Phil Gosselin and Scott Schebler were rubbing it in against the Mariners yesterday. Serves the Mariners right for ending an inning on us with the bases loaded and one out. Jaime Barria is still waiting to see if he will have another option year after all. Aaron Slegers and Dillon Peters are both dealing with back spasms. Max Stassi is slated to make his catching debut in the coming week. Reid Detmers appears to be the real deal. Shohei Ohtani is back! Mike Trout is the best center fielder in baseball (duh). Jose Iglesias makes an otherworldly play.
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Several guys, including Pedro Strop and Franmil Reyes are kicked out of spring training for a while because they violated COVID-19 protocols. These two apparently dined together at a restaurant and Reyes got a haircut on Friday. Our old friend Sean Newcomb is on a COVID-19 timeout.
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Justin Bour got a minor league gig in the Giants organization. Jose Alvarez is now also with the Giants. As expected, the Astros are taking a good long look at Jake Odorizzi. They liked what they saw so much, they signed him to a two year deal with a player option for a third year. Several other starting pitchers still remain in the free agent pool. Ichiro batted in a Mariners intrasquad game at the age of 47 and apparently raked. Not to be outdone, Ian Kinsler is getting himself ready to play for Israel in the Japan-hosted Olympic Games.
Major League Baseball will be having Lou Gehrig day on June 2. The Nationals released pitcher Jeremy Jeffress for unspecified “personnel reasons.” Just speculation, but he may have just gotten popped the third time for a drug of abuse, which would earn him a lifetime ban from MLB. MLB Trade Rumors thinks the Nationals just decided to cut bait on Jeffress rather than risk paying him an MLB salary. The Pirates acquired Duane Underwood from the Cubs and in a corresponding move designated right hander Carson Fulmer for Assignment. The Astros are having a tough year about pitching. Prospect Forrest Whitley was advised to undergo Tommy John surgery. He is seeking a second opinion.
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