Astros, Giants “Engaged” In Talks On Madison Bumgarner

Astros, Giants “Engaged” In Talks On Madison Bumgarner The Astros and Giants are “engaged” in discussions regarding San Francisco lefty Madison Bumgarner, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Long considered a major rental starter for this summer’s trade market, Bumgarner’s availability has increasingly come in question as the Giants have unexpectedly risen…

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Closer Market Rumors: Diaz, Vazquez

Closer Market Rumors: Diaz, Vazquez The Mets have numerous top trade chips on the market right now, including marquee offseason acquisition Edwin Diaz. The talented young closer remains highly valuable despite his 4.95 ERA, though it’s likewise true that there’s little chance the Mets would be able to recoup what they gave up to get…

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Appy notes: Shackelford shows potential

Appy notes: Shackelford shows potential A 14th-round pick in June, Pirates prospect Aaron Shackelford is confident he’ll be able to deliver similar results with the Rookie Advanced Bristol Pirates as he did during his successful collegiate career. Source: http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20190730&content_id=309510250&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

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Patent dive

Patent dive When I wrote my post about Collect A Books, I stuck my nose into Google Patents because it was the easiest way for me to produce a citation for Bouton actually being the inventor. Once inside though I couldn’t help myself and started looking around at other patents related to baseball cards. I…

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Indians Showing Interest In Justin Smoak

Indians Showing Interest In Justin Smoak The Indians are “among [the] teams looking at” Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Smoak, a switch-hitter, is earning $8MM this year before reaching free agency at season’s end. It’s not surprising to see the Cleveland organization exploring possible offensive-oriented…

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