AL Central Notes: Guardians, Hosmer, Kepler, Brieske

It was a quiet trade deadline for guardiansCleveland Plain Dealer Paul Hoenes also wrote that the club “at times … felt they were close” to relegation. Sean Murphy of athletics, however no deal was finalized. Murphy was known to be a commercial target for the Guards, although a somewhat surprising name was at least briefly on their radar, with Hoenes reporting that Cleveland and San Diego had some conversations about the first baseman. Eric Hosmer. However, these discussions fell short, as the Guardians are one of the ten teams on the Hosmer no-trade list. Hosmer has also used non-commercial protections to thwart his participation in parents‘Huge deal with the citizens for John SotoSo, he transferred Padres instead of Hosmer to the Red Sox.

San Diego dealt with Hosmer and two prospectives to Boston for the prospect of a left-handed pitcher Jay GroomThe Padres also covers essentially all of the remaining $44 million in Hosmer’s deal (which runs through the 2025 season). It’s fair to guess that the Guardians might have had an interest in something similar, with Hosmer joining in Josh Naylor And the Owen Miller As part of the first base/DH mix. Perhaps the Guards are looking at Hosmer as just filling in for a season now that the team seems ready to part ways Franmil Reyesbut with Padres footing the bill, Cleveland could have kept Hosmer as a seasoned supplement to the junior players.

More around AL Central…

  • The twins Activated player Max Kepler From the injured list for 10 days and a player option Mark Contreras to Triple-A. Kepler is making a relatively quick comeback from a fracture of his baby’s right toe, after he was hit by a ball on July 24. Kepler has achieved 2.0 fWAR in 85 games this season, thanks to a solid defense and above-average (113) wRC+) .244/.344/.390 offensive streak in 337 plate appearances.
  • tigers right hand Pretty Brisky He had a Triple-A rehab yesterday, and manager AJ Hench For reporters (including Chris McCuskey from the Detroit News) that Brieske may be on his way to activation from the injured list for 15 days in time for the Tigers’ match with the Guardians to start on Wednesday. A forearm wrench sent Brieske to IL on July 18, but it looks as if the rookie has avoided any serious setback — a bit of good health news during an injury-packed season for Detroit pitchers. All of these injuries open the door for Brieske to make his major league debut, and the right has posted a respectable 4.19 ERA over his first 15 starts and 81 2/3 runs in the show.

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