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Fernando Tatís Jr. probably out for season


Some bad news about one of the most exciting young players in the game: Fernando Tatís Jr. is probably done for the season. That’s the news from San Diego Padres manager Andy Green.

Tatís was sent to the injured list earlier today due to a a back issue. It’s apparently more serious than we thought. We’ll no doubt get more information about his injury in the near future.

Tatís is batting .317/.379/.590 with 22 homers and 16 stolen bases through 84 games while playing spectacular defense as well. He was a serious contender for the Rookie of the Year Award despite an earlier stint on the IL this season. Now the hardware will almost certainly go to Pete Alonso of the Mets.

That may be a short term disappointment, but the long term is all that truly matters for Tatís and the Padres. The team is going nowhere this year but he, along with a group of promising young players and recent free agent signings such as Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer, has the team in good position to contend in the next year or two and for an extended period after that. It makes no sense to risk that future for a month and a half of what would be, essentially, meaningless games.

Astros trade Jake Marisnick to the Mets

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The Mets and Astros have announced that they’ve completed a trade. The Mets will get outfielder Jake Marisnick from the Astros in exchange for outfielder Kenedy Corona and lefty Blake Taylor.

Marisnick, a seven-year big league veteran, has never hit all that much — his career line is .227/.280/.380 — but he’s a very strong defender at all three outfield positions and can run a good bit. That makes him a decent bench option at least. To the extent the Mets rely on him to be more than a bench guy they’ll get diminishing returns, but the Astros used him a good deal more than your standard 4-5th outfielder and that worked out fine. Really, having a no-hit, plus-defending center fielder is something that even contenders can deal with, even if you’d like some more offense.

Taylor is organizational depth. He turns 25 next season and has only pitched 50 innings above A-ball. Corona was an international signee last year so he’s not near contributing to a contender like Houston.