With the MLB trade deadline about a month away, the hot stove is starting to heat up as this week saw one of our first major trades. Let’s take a look at the deal that went down and other news from around the league so you can keep wagering against their MLB odds.
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Blue Jays Acquire Cimber And Dickerson
At 41-36, the Toronto Blue Jays are currently third in the American League East, 6.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox. Despite their current standings, the Blue Jays feel they are right in the thick of the division race.
For that reason, they got a jump on the trade deadline by striking a deal with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. The deal will send minor league pitcher Andrew McInvale and infielder Joe Panik to the Marlins, and, in return, Toronto will receive reliever Adam Cimber and outfielder Corey Dickerson.
Cimber is the real draw in this deal. The Blue Jays relief core has struggled, and Cimber gives them a notable arm to plug into high-leverage situations. This season, Cimber is 1-2 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and has struck out 21 in 34.1 innings.
Dickerson is the oddity in the deal. For a Blue Jays team that already has a plethora of outfielders, gaining another one is a head-scratcher, especially when that additional outfielder is currently injured. Still, he could provide depth for the Blue Jays or possibly even be flipped if he can return healthy.
Dickerson is on the injured list with a foot injury, and the timing of a return is uncertain. When healthy, Dickerson has hit .260/.321/.377 with a couple of home runs in 204 at-bats.
The Blue Jays are currently +500 to win the division and +2500 to win the World Series.
On the Marlins side of things, they basically receive a bench option in Panik while also acquiring a 24-year-old pitcher who has shown flashes of being solid, albeit not a top prospect. The real incentive may be the financial savings from dealing with Dickerson.
Bauer Making Headlines For All The Wrong Reasons
Trevor Bauer has certainly not been immune from media attention in his career, but he is now in it for all the wrong reasons. On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the Pasadena Police Department is investigating Bauer on allegations of domestic violence.
The allegations stem from a woman who accuses Bauer of assault, although Bauer’s agent has indicated that anything done between the two was consensual. This story was first broken by TMZ Sports.
Bauer is in the first year of a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This season, he has gone 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and has struck out 137 batters in 107.2 innings.
While he has had success on the field this season, these off-the-field allegations are far more serious. Through the MLB-MLBPA agreement on domestic violence, Bauer could face discipline even if no criminal charges are filed.
Will Starling Marte Be Traded Or Extended?
As Tuesday’s deal shows, the Miami Marlins are certainly open for business. With that in mind, one of their most valuable assets may come in centerfielder Starling Marte. The real question, though, is whether GM Kim Ng is planning on trading him or extending him?
According to Craig Mish of SportsGrid, it appears that the Marlins and Marte have had recent talks in regards to a contract extension. A free agent at the end of the season, Marte has expressed his desire to stay with Miami.
Currently, he is hitting .295/.404/.477 with six home runs, 18 runs batted in, 34 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 178 at-bats.
For the Marlins, they currently sit last in the N.L. East, 9.5 games behind the top-ranked New York Mets. The Marlins are currently +6000 to win the division.