FanGraphs | Sheryl Ring: The issues that arose from the Aroldis Chapman suspension are cropping up again with Roberto Osuna. Considering the similarities—bargaining for a plea agreement, boosting his trade value, and taking place in non-proven rehabilitation counseling—the question stands: other than perverse incentives given to teams to acquire abusers, what purpose does this policy serve, exactly? It’s definitely not serving victims, that’s for sure.
Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood ($): In a manager deep-dive, Trueblood examines Dave Martinez’s style as manager—old-school starter management, adaptable lineups, and his ability to have a soft touch with players.
The Athletic | Ken Rosenthal ($): Seeing a trade of Jacob deGrom as implausible given a GM’s reluctance to trade a star for another potential star’s team control, he sees extending deGrom and trading everyone else as the alternative. This could back-fire given the history of seven-ish-year deals for star pitchers, but it’s worth it for a pitcher like deGrom.
ESPN Insider | Dan Szymborski ($): Which players have the biggest impact on playoff odds? It’s a much smaller list because of how many teams are seemingly a lock for the postseason, so the list is filled with more border-line contenders—Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Freddie Freeman, and Paul Goldschmidt, for example.