Both Carlos Correa and Lance McCullers are headed out on minor league rehab assignments this week. Correa told reporters that he’s going to Triple-A Fresno tomorrow to begin his rehab assignment (Twitter link, with video, from FOX 26’s Mark Berman). Yesterday, Correa said he expected that he’d need 20 to 30 at-bats to get back up to speed, which would suggest that he could return to the Astros in about a week’s time. As for McCullers, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle tweets that he’s slated to make a rehab start with Fresno on Friday. Berman also tweets that in addition to that pair of key players, righty Will Harris, lefty Tony Sipp and righty Michael Feliz are all headed to Triple-A Fresno for rehab work. Beyond that, Brian McCann is ready to be activated tomorrow.
Here’s more from the division…
- Details surrounding the contract of Mariners skipper Scott Servais weren’t reported or announced when he was initially hired, but MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reports today that Servais is signed through the 2018 season (Twitter link). That would indicate that the first-time manager inked a three-year deal in his first term at the helm in Seattle. While Servais’ Mariners aren’t guaranteed a postseason spot, they’re right in the thick of the Wild Card hunt, sitting just two games back. That’s an impressive feat for a Mariners team that has seen Felix Hernandez, James Paxton and Hisashi Iwakuma all spend significant time on the DL while projected rotation member Drew Smyly was lost for the year due to injuries without ever throwing a regular-season pitch.
- It’s looking more and more like Jurickson Profar’s future will be with a team other than the Rangers, writes Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Profar was again passed over for a call-up when Texas placed Joey Gallo on the disabled list with a concussion, and he’s blocked all over the infield by the likes of Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Adrian Beltre. Grant notes that Profar has only played shortstop on consecutive days in the Majors twice in his career, and he often sits against lefties in the bigs. One knock on him has been his lack of production as a right-handed hitter, Grant notes, but he’s hitting .404/.457/.649 against lefties in 109 plate appearances this season. Profar will be out of options entering next year, meaning the Rangers will either have to find a role for him or find a trade partner for him.
Well played JD
yea, Either trade Andrus or trade Profar. Daniels screwed this up by dragging his feet.
Uhh they’re not going to trade Elvis…
If the Mariners make the playoffs, it has nothing to do with the managing of Scott Servais. How many losses will it take him to realize Diaz can’t pitch in tie games? Diaz also struggled in those situations last year. And that’s just one of the many problems that I find in his managing. The Cruz not in lineup is debatable, but how do you keep your best hitter out of your lineup?
Let’s not forget Odor has been trash offensively this season. Could be a competition at 2nd
He also signed a $49.5MM contract extension, though. I can’t see the Rangers relegating him to a bench role or optioning him.
Before all the off field drama with Profar, I could’ve seen Texas finding a trade partner for Odor and plugging Profar in at 2nd. Defensively, they would get loads better, and Bannister is all for that. The offensive production could be there too, but we haven’t seen Profar get consistent at bats yet while playing 1 sole position. He says he’s worrying too much about what position he’s playing in the field since it changed almost daily that it through off his mindset when batting. The HRs won’t be anywhere near Odor’s numbers, but Texas already has enough power bats to begin with.
Trade him to the angels for kaleb cowart swap of past prospects who may need a fresh start
Uh no thanks. I’d love to have Profar with Simba up the middle but Cowart has at least shown some recent success in the bigs. Gonna have to be some flyer for Jurickson. Not seeing much more value currently
Trade him to Boston for Swihart. A prospect bust for a prospect bust.
Swihart isn’t a “bust”. Unlike Profar, who has yet to show MLB success, Swihart had a very promising debut season. Then the team sent him down for no good reason, then out of need moved him to LF temporarily, then he got hurt in the field, and he has YET to fully recover from that injury (which is why he is DH’ing so often this season).
He might never get back to where he was, so he certainly might end up being a bust, but until he gets healthy and then still fails we’re all just waiting on him, not prematurely slapping the “bust” sticker on him. At least, if you have baseball sense that’s what you should do.
Poor pooh – poor injured Mariners. The Angels make the Mariners look healthy and they just swept them at home in Seattle. You’re dead with Dipoto at the trigger.
Profar needs to be a bench piece in the NL.
Makes no sense, he’s already shown he can’t produce when he’s a bench piece and if given the chance his offense and defense are good enough to start
This is kind of a far-fetched idea, but could Texas and NY Mets swap the contracts of Prince Fielder and David Wright, since Fielder is only unofficially retired? The Mets would sort of be doing this as a favor to Wright, giving him a chance at longevity to seek a comeback as a DH, while Texas would be getting something potentially useable for their money earmarked currently for Fielder. In such a scenario, Juan Lagares could head back to Texas to make the money more even, while Jurickson Profar would be the fourth and final piece, going to NYM as a sweetener. Crazy?
Is my memory making stories up or did the rangers get some sort of insurance money for fielder? I’m pretty sure it happened but i could be wrong. If so i doubt they want any of wrights money.
yes, Rangers are “only” on the hook for $9 mil per year after insurance. Bad part is they have to keep him on the 40 man during the off season and 60 day DL during the season.
With the money owed to Fielder, $9 mil per year after insurance, I would say that the Mets would need to send $10 mil back to the Rangers and it would work as Wright is due $20, $15, $12 over the next 3.
Profar’s value today vs 5 years ago in a trade is one of the greater falls in baseball during that time.
He was the piece that was going to be included in a deal for Stanton along with Martin Perez and others
Pretty surprised Preller hasn’t made a move for Profar yet. We need a SS. Maybe Daniels is still asking too much for him. We have a plethora of minor league pitching. Send them Reggie Lawson or something
i’d take a flyer if he came very cheap prospect and money-wise. Can’t be any worse than the last 3 years of SD SS.
The Mariners excuses are their own. When you sign and trade for injury prone players, you’re going to have a lot of injuries. Look at the names mentioned above, Paxton and Iwanotgonnapitchanymore have been injury prone their entire careers, Felix’s arm is shot from being completely overused when he was younger and Smyly was coming off an injury as well. It’s mind boggling people don’t see this and continue to make excuses for them.
Once every five years or so, I’m glad I live in Fresno. Tomorrow night I get to drive down the street and watch McCullers and Correa. That ain’t bad.
Profar will either get traded in the offseason or he may have a spot next year? Can he play outfield? We have a lot of one-year deals