The Angels are, once again, under .500. One wonders if the reason GM Perry Minasian didn’t move Raisel Iglesias or Alex Cobb at the trade deadline is because he believes they will be extension candidates. Obviously, Andrew Heaney and Tony Watson were traded away.
The big news of the weekend was the debut of Reid Detmers.
At the Olympics in Japan, a columnist asks local workers how they feel about Shohei Ohtani. The results will not shock anyone.
The Angels ended up signing 19 of 20 draftees. Only 20th round pick Marcelo Perez out of TCU did not sign.
Related to the draft, the Mets do not sign Kumar Rocker before the Sunday deadline. (He was available for the Angels to select.) After reviewing Rocker’s medicals, the Mets felt that it was not taking a risk on the young righty. As Rocker did not participate in MLB’s pre-draft medical checkups, the Mets were not required to make an offer to Rocker to receive the #11 slot in the 2021 MLB Draft.
If you need a quick recap of what went down at the Trade Deadline, SI provides one, including winners and losers.
The Angels check in at #19 on MLB.com’s power rankings. Seems about right.
Former Cubs are having a blast on their new teams thus far:
At the time of publishing, this Olympic quarterfinal game will be underway, and by the time most of you read this, this game will be over. But Masahiro Tanaka vs. Shane Baz is always worth highlighting.
And of course, Shohei Ohtani made the team of the month.
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