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The Washington Nationals are 2nd in 3 games against the Atlanta Braves in Washington, D.C.

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The Washington Nationals are 2nd in 3 games against the Atlanta Braves in Washington, D.C.

In 45 games and 206 games with the Washington Nationals last season, 26-year-old Ryan Thomas posted a solid .270/.364/.489 line of .270/.364/.489 with 14 doubles, 2 Threes, seven home runs, 27 walks and 46 at-bats. Acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals at the end of the trade.

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As he explained, hitting a consistent triple-A in the card system got him going again after struggling with St. Louis in a limited AB match at the majors.

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“When I was with the Cardinals, I only played a few times a week,” Thomas said, “…and then I had the opportunity to hit triple-A and get my feet back on my feet.”

“So before I came here, I played every day,” he explained, “and then had to play in Rochester before I got activated.

“Let’s hope it continues like this.”

“He’s doing really well,” Martinez said in mid-September 2021. “I like him so much. He’s not afraid – he pitches – he’s not afraid to throw two, so he pitches, so he does a good job of putting the ball into the game. He hits the ball hard and you’ll see him Got the results, so it’s great to watch. He’s also good defensively, so he’s got a chance to play every day, and he’s going to take every opportunity to be his best.

However, Thomas didn’t get off to a good start that year, hitting .195/.256./325 odds, 5 doubles, 1 3 and 3 homers in his first 43 games of the season , and hit 137 PAs in the first two months of the season. But he packed up in June.

As the Nationals noted in their pregame notes, Thomas went “15-39 (.385) with 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 5 runs at the start of the series against Atlanta yesterday in the U.S. capital. RBIs, 4 walks and 12 runs. Scored in nine games in June”, and he “shot to safety in seven of his nine games with six multiples”.

“I think it’s a consolation for him,” Nat captain David Martinez said of Thomas’ rise, which has coincided with a rise to the top of the order in recent weeks. “He was in the middle of the season at the start of the season. I knew in spring training he wanted to try to keep the ball and hit the ball more into right field, you know, I think he was so busy trying to do that that he was late. A few positions, his timing was totally screwed up.”

“He’s in a good position right now,” Martinez added. “He’s hitting the ball in the right field and doesn’t really try, he keeps breaking the balls and taking them there, he’s very good at fastballs now. That’s the guy we saw last year, so hopefully we can keep him that way. It’s been in this state for months, but as you know, the game is always changing and people go through crises, so if we can limit the amount of time they have fun, that’s what we try to do.”

Thomas continued last night’s 9-5 loss to the Nationals’ NL East rivals with a 2-4 walk and another HR.

“His racket swings really well,” Martinez told reporters after the game. “Like I said, he’s ready. His timing is good. He’s ready early. I’m impressed with the second base guy who was behind and batted the opposite way, but he can do it. The biggest thing about him is he starts swinging the bat. He doesn’t shoot, he doesn’t make two shots, but when he does, he understands that he’s good on the ball, so he’s done well so far, we Just need to keep him going. He’s doing really well.”

Thomas will play the second of three tonight with the Warriors in the District of Columbia. Go back to the top of the list.

Apparently, Juan Soto hit the bench at the Nationals before going on the field last night before limping off the right field. For the second of three games with the Washington Braves, he was not on the Nats’ lineup.

“He slipped and his knee hit the corner of the bench,” David Martinez said in his postgame news conference last night.

“He was in pain. So, I took it away to be safe. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

“He did it before the inning,” Martinez continued. “He said he could go out, but he limped pretty badly when he came on. He came back and said he was starting to hurt so I said I didn’t want to risk it. So we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

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Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

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Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

Although no more serious negotiations have begun, the Boston Red Sox have noted the interest of other franchises in pitcher Chris Sale and have not ruled out involving him in a possible trade.

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Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that while the Red Stockings are not thinking of trading any of their starters, they may at least listen and consider offers for the members of the rotation, due to many options in the sector.

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However, if the team decides that Ace’s time in Boston is over, Sale can veto his fate and choose where he will go, since the no-trade clause in his contract gives him this possibility.

Should any team decide to take over the pitcher’s contract this offseason, they will secure his services for at least two more years, as Chris Sale becomes a free agent only in 2025.

Known for his excellent left-handedness, the athlete has a considerable history of physical problems. In addition to missing the entire already shortened 2020 season as a result of recovery from Tommy John surgery, Sale also took the field nine times the following year in uneven performances.

This season did not start in good shape for Sale either, who missed the start due to a rib injury during Spring Training. When he was healthy, he played only twice and fractured his little finger during an away game against the New York Yankees in July in his last performance. In addition, he broke his wrist riding a bicycle.

“You can’t make that up, right?” said Chaim Bloom, head of baseball operations for the Sox Kings. “We need to send some people after whoever is with Chris Sale’s voodoo doll and get it back.”

Sale was among the top six nominees for the Cy Young award between 2012 and 2018, receiving seven All-Star Game nominations, one World Series win, recording the record for unblemished innings with three (tied with Sandy Koufax and Max Scherzer) and owns a 5.33 strikeouts-to-walk average, the best mark in league history.

Taking into account his wins, but also the medical issue, Chris Sale will have to prove himself again as an elite pitcher who has made it through the injuries. If so, he is a powerful weapon on the mound, regardless of the uniform he wears.

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Pirates sign veteran pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal

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Pirates sign veteran pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates and left-handed pitcher Rich Hill finalized terms on a one-year, $8 million contract on Tuesday (27), reported Jeff Passan of ESPN USA.

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Hill, 42, will be entering his 19th season in the MLB. He accumulated a 4.27 ERA with 109 strikeouts in 124.1 innings for the Boston Red Sox in 2022. Including, his last stint in Boston was his fourth with the team.

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Since 2015, when the lefty had a “resurgence” period in his career, he has maintained an average of 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings, along with a good 2.91 ERA (140 ERA+) and a 1.06 WHIP in 87 total games.

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The Mariners acquire Wong from the Brewers in exchange for Winker and Toro.

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The Mariners acquire Wong from the Brewers in exchange for Winker and Toro.

The Mariners acquired Kolten Wong from the Brewers on Friday in exchange for outfielder Jesse Winker and infielder Abraham Toro, filling a much-needed left-handed spot in their lineup.

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DETAILS OF THE TRADE

  • 2B for the Mariners Kolten Wong
  • Brewers are awarded: LF/DH INF Jesse Winker Toro, Abraham.

The Mariners will also receive $1.75 million to help offset Wong’s $10 million salary in 2023, when he will be a free agent. Winker is due $8.25 million in his final year before free agency, effectively a money and player swap for Seattle, while Toro is in his first year of arbitration as a Super Two player and won’t be a free agent until until 2026.

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Wong has been a Mariners goal since the team came short of signing him as a free agency ahead of the 2021 season, when Seattle offered a two-year deal but Milwaukee offered a third-year club option, which was the difference at the time, according to sources. The Mariners had inquired about Wong’s availability at the Trade Deadline the previous two seasons, but the competing Brewers were uninterested in moving him.

However, with numerous arbitration-eligible players set to receive raises this offseason, many in the business anticipated that the team might be willing to move some of its higher-priced players for payroll relief, prospect capital, and/or depth. Toro, a switch-hitting infielder with glimpses of good performance, provides longevity for the Brewers’ squad, while Winker, coming off a terribly disappointing season, returns to a division where he flourished with the Reds while facing the motivation of a contract year with the Brewers.

The Brewers activated Wong’s option last month instead of paying him a $2 million buyout, opening the door for him to be traded, which sparked interest from clubs other than Seattle, according to sources.

Wong, 32, is coming off what was maybe his greatest season at the plate, hitting.251/.339/.430 (.769 OPS) with a career-high 15 homers, 24 doubles, four triples, 47 RBIs, and 116 wRC+ (league average is 100) while collecting 2.5 wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs.

Some of this was by purpose, with a more deliberate attempt to raise the ball higher. His line-drive and fly-ball rates were the best in his career the last two years (49.3% combined), but his ground-ball percentage was the lowest (43.7% for ’21-22). It’s possible that his OPS+ in each of the last two seasons – 110 in ’21 and 118 in ’22 – was the greatest of his career.

Wong is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner who is coming off a defensively bad year in which he was worth minus-9 outs above average (placing in the third percentile, per Statcast) and minus-1 defensive runs saved.

Some of that could be attributed to lower-body injuries he battled throughout the year, such as a right calf strain from a hit-by-pitch in June, which led to a stint on the injured list and persisted despite treatment and footwear experimentation. A full offseason of rest and a Spring Training with infield coaching guru Perry Hill, who has helped J.P. Crawford and Ty France among others, should be beneficial.

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