Fans can now be excited — or angry — now that the MLB’s trade deadline is finally over. There were a lot of different people moving during the trade deadline, but one move that wasn’t made shocked many observers. Many at Wrigley Field made a big deal about what they felt was going to be Willson Contreras’ last game as a Cub at home on July 26th.
During a 4-2 win over Pittsburgh, Contreras — along with Ian Happy — both received strong ovations from the Chicago crowd, who wanted to thank them for their time with the team. However, both players remained with Chicago. Contreras, who was chosen as an All-Star for the third time this season, has been having a strong season behind the plate.
Contreras is batting .252 with 14 home runs and has also hit 20 doubles. Happ, who was selected as an All-Star team for the first time this year, is batting .279 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs. While both thought they were headed in different directions, both know how much they are admired by their hometown fans.
Braves beat the buzzer
Atlanta is going to be locked into a tight battle for the NL East crown with the New York Mets over the last stretch of the season.
The Brave were able to bolster their bullpen by adding closer Raisel Inglesias from the Los Angeles Angels right before transactions were cut off. Atlanta will send back Jesse Chavez and pitching prospect Tucker Davidson in the deal.
Iglesias will be relieved to be headed from an Angels team headed nowhere to the defending World Series champions. So far this season, Iglesias has converted 16 of 19 save opportunities.
Thor heads to Philadelphia
Philadelphia has rebounded from a slow start and now sits in the National League’s third Wild Card spot. To make sure the teams behind them have a harder time catching up, the Phillies traded for right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard from the Los Angeles Angels. Philadelphia was looking for another pitcher for the rotation following the absence of right-hander Zach Eflin, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
Syndergaard, 29, has postseason experience during his time with the Mets. While he hasn’t been the same type of pitcher he was in New York, the Phillies believe he can be a solid contributor. Philadelphia sent outfielder Mickey Moniak and prospect Jadiel Sanchez to Los Angeles.
Syndergaard is 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA for the Angels this season in 15 starts.
Gallo, Yankees ready for new surroundings
Playing in a pressure cooker of a market like New York City wasn’t easy on Joey Gallo. The former Texas Rangers slugger had a hard time living up to the standard expected from Yankees’ fans. New York decided to part ways with Gallo Tuesday, dealing him to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a minor league pitcher.
Gallo is batting a career-worst .159 this season. He has struck out 106 times in 233 at-bats so far this season. Gallo’s power has fallen off a tick as well, as he has 12 home runs in 82 games. Gallo’s best two seasons came in 2017 and 2018, when he hit 41 and 40 home runs, respectively.
Blue Jays add steady veteran presence
Toronto traded for Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield Tuesday. Merrifield, 33, had played all seven of his MLB seasons with the Royals. He was always reliable for Kansas City, setting a franchise record for consecutive games played with 553. Merrifield recently collected his 1,000th career hit and is batting .240 with six home runs this season.
The Royals received two minor league players in return for Merrifield. One change for Merrifield will be has to get vaccinated for COVID-19 because of the rules in Canada.
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