MLB Betting: Players Rumors, Coaches on Hot Seat & More Apr. 6 Edition

Posted by Derrick Harper on April 6, 2021 in

The baseball season is less than a week old, and we’ve already seen two trades, a team with COVID issues, and an injury to one of the game’s top young stars. Add all of these things to an exciting first few days of the season, and we’re going to expect a season filled with a lot of excitement and surprises. Let’s review some of the early happenings of the 2021 Major League Baseball season so you can bet against their MLB odds.

Latest MLB Rumors and News – Apr. 6th Update

Trade Season is Starting Early

We’ve already seen two trades this week involving two players that were former starters for their respective teams. The Rangers designated Odor for assignment prior to opening day. They owed him $27 million over the next two seasons. Even with trading him to the Yankees for two minor league prospects, the Rangers will still be on the hook for Odor’s salary for the next two seasons. In Odor, the Yankees get a powerful bat, and someone that could fill in at 2B, and can fill the DH role as well. Odor’s left handed bat will be a great fit for the short right field fence at Yankee Stadium.

The Brewers seemingly gave up on shortstop Orlando Arcia, trading him to the Atlanta Braves for two minor leaguers. Arcia had been Milwaukee’s starting shortstop over the last two seasons, but after they acquired Luis Urias in the offseason, they had other ideas for the middle of the infield. Arcia has a very solid glove, but his offense has been lacking. Arcia will head to Atlanta where he will be a utility man, as Dansby Swanson is entrenched as the Braves starting shortstop.

COVID Issues Early On

The Washington Nationals and New York Mets series was postponed due to COVID issues. The Nationals finally started their season off on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves. The National put a slew of players on the 10-Day Injured List, and most of the players were put on their due to COVID issues. Patrick Corbin, Brad Hand, Jon Lester, Josh Bell, Kyle Schwarber, and Yan Gomes were the most notable Nationals on the injured list. We’re hoping that none of the players will be seriously affected by the virus.

Tatis Injured

The San Diego Padres had a huge scare on Monday when star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. went down with a shoulder injury. After a swinging strike out, Tatis went down in a heap. He was immediately removed from the game. It was determined by the Padres medical staff that Tatis had suffered a slight labrum tear in his left shoulder. Tatis was immediately placed on the 10-day injured list with no timetable to return. The Padres will be very cautious with their young slugger, as they just recently signed Tatis to a 14-year, $340 million contract.

Ha-Seong Kim will replace Tatis for the time being. The former Korean Baseball Organization star signed a 4-year, $28 million contract this past offseason. Having Kim around will be a great luxury for the Padres, as they really like what he brings to the team.