Here is another article about trading Shohei Ohtani. This time it is to the Padres. I think the Padres might be interested in a catcher right now. Austin Nola might be out for a little while. The Angels shut down Jose Marte for four weeks because of a stress reaction in his elbow. They claim there is no damage to his UCL.
Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken says she’s open to working on a stadium deal with Arte Moreno. Fool me thrice shame on whom?
The Angels are close to the middle of the pack in catcher power rankings. Everybody projects to have a little positive WAR except for the replacement level Chad Wallach.
The Reds released Daniel Norris, optioned outfielder Stuart Fairchild, and reassigned a couple of guys to minor league camp. Meanwhile, the Guardians just signed Jhon Romero to a minor league deal. The Athletics also signed Carlos Perez to a minor league deal. The Phillies acquired outfielder Jordan Qsar from the Tampa Bay Rays. They released Mark Appel.
Ivan Prieto, the bullpen catcher for Team Cuba, became the first “player” to defect from Cuba during the World Baseball Classic.
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