The latest on a few National League clubs…
- The Brewers were “thought to be” vying for then-Tigers right-hander Mike Fiers before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press writes. Fiers didn’t end up going to the the Brewers or any other team that day; instead, he ultimately headed to Oakland, which Fenech notes was the only team competing with Milwaukee for his services at the deadline, in a deal on Monday. Had he gone to the Brewers, it would have represented a homecoming of sorts for the 33-year-old Fiers, whom Milwaukee drafted in the 22nd round in 2009 and who later pitched with the team from 2011-15.
- Although he has been among the worst players in baseball this season, 35-year-old infielder Jose Reyes is hopeful of continuing his career in 2019 and would like to do so with the Mets. “Of course I’d want to come back,” Reyes told Howie Kussoy of the New York Post this week. “My body feels good. I feel healthy. We’ll see if there’s an opportunity.” An opportunity could be difficult to come by next year for Reyes, a .186/.261/.281 hitter across 184 plate appearances this season. Despite that disastrous production, though, the Mets haven’t been willing to cut the cord on the longtime franchise staple thus far.
- The Padres plan to select righty Jacob Nix from Triple-A El Paso to make his major league debut in a start against the Phillies on Friday, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune tweets. The Friars have an open spot on their 40-man roster, so adding Nix wouldn’t force them to make a corresponding move in that regard. Nix joined the Padres in the third round of the 2015 draft and now ranks as their 14th-best prospect at MLB.com. The 22-year-old has spent most of this season at the Double-A level, where he has logged a 2.05 ERA/3.41 FIP with 7.01 K/9, 1.54 BB/9 and a 45.2 percent groundball rate in 52 2/3 innings.