Jayson Stark of The Athletic hears that the Phillies talked to the Diamondbacks about Paul Goldschmidt. A potential deal involving pitcher Zach Eflin was discussed, but then things broke down once the Phillies brought up the idea of Arizona taking Carlos Santana which, nope, is not exactly what the Dbacks are wanting to do right now.
Goldschmidt, as we’ve discussed, is heading into his walk year for a Dbacks team that could very well lose Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock this offseason and is thus considering just tearing down and selling off. In addition to Goldschmidt, Zack Greinke is reportedly on the block as well. For his part, Goldschmidt remains an MVP-caliber player and is only making $14.5 million in 2019, so he’d take quite a haul of prospects, even if it is his walk year.
Like a lot of offseason transaction rumors, the end product of this is “welp, nothing came of it, so why should I care?” I think the takeaway here, however, should be more like “dang, the Phillies are willing to try anything and at least are thinking big.” The talk about them has mostly surrounded how they’ve positioned themselves to bid on Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado, but they clearly aren’t limiting themselves to that. And, in trying to shop Santana, they are not content to pretend that past signings weren’t mistakes, as so many teams tend to do.
The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.
It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.
Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.
In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.