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Morning Mound Visit: Where will Kumar Rocker go now?

Rocker’s options; Stanton’s funk; The deadline by the numbers

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R.J. Anderson | CBS Sports: The Mets didn’t sign Kumar Rocker before Sunday’s deadline, and the electrifying pitcher isn’t returning to Vanderbilt. If Rocker wants to enter MLB, he’ll have to do so through the 2022 draft. What exactly are Rocker’s options until then?

Jesse Dorey | Pinstripe Alley: Giancarlo Stanton is in a major slump right now. Between the All-Star Break and August 2, Stanton slashed just .176/.300/.275. Is this just a minor blip or is there something else going on?

Ben Lindbergh | The Ringer: If this trade deadline seemed like it was especially bonkers, that’s because it was. Since 1986, there had never been as much year-to-date WAR traded by the deadline as there was this season.

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