Sources say the Yankees have been working hard to acquire Luis Castillo and have offered a package to front-runner Jason Dominguez. Nonetheless, they stuck with Anthony Volpe, and possibly Oswaldo Peraza, two of the Reds' targets, before Cincinnati ultimately decided to favor the offer of four Mariners prospects, including Noelby Marte. Castillo has shut down the Yankees twice since the deadline.
Dominguez was a great hitter candidate, and one scout suggested that Dominguez might not end up in center field, but the same criticisms have been heard about Marte. } Orioles GM Mike Elias makes the tough decision to trade inspirational leader and big bat Trey Mancini for closer Jorge Lopez to become a highly promising player on the team's first successful team in years. was dropped. Fangraphs and other prognosticators had only given O about a 7% chance even before the trade, but the valiant team kept fighting and improved their odds. Please give O great credit.
Padres players miss Eric Hosmer and this may have affected the first play after the deadline.
Dodgers executive Josh Barnes is a natural choice to replace Al Avila as the Tigers' GM. Barnes, the former Padres and Diamondbacks GM, was once the Mets' second-largest GM job, behind Sandy Alderson. He is the manager of the Tigers, A.J. Hinch, as far back as when Burns moved Hinch from his front office to manager of his D-Backs.
Carlos Correa is likely to opt out of the deal if there are no injuries, and his list of free agents will be joined by Trea his Turner, Dansby his Swanson, and Xander his Bogaerts.
Justin Verlander will also decline without injury, opting for his option as a $25 million player. There's no reason he wouldn't use Max Scherzer as a comp.
Michael Conforto remains a candidate to hit back in September.
Charlie Montoyo, who he lost to in Toronto for a month before being fired, and former Mets manager Luis Rojas have been mentioned as possible coaches.
Player of the Week: M.J. Melendez, Royals, OF/C. Runner-up: Francisco Lindor, Mets, SS.