Who Owned Baseball – August 5, 2020


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Let’s see who owned baseball on August 5, 2020.

For an explanation of how WOB works, click here.

Earning Full WOBs:

Randy Dobnak held the Pirates scoreless in his 6 innings as the red hot Twins won 5-2.

Adrian Houser blanked the White Sox over 7 innings, striking out 5 to earn the 1-0 victory for Milwaukee.

Matt Olson launched a pair of homers to help the A’s top the Rangers, 6-4.

Joc Pederson homered twice and walked to help the Dodgers edge the Padres, 7-6.

Earning 1/2 WOBs:

Josh Bell went 3 for 4 with a homer in the Pirates 5-2 defeat by Minnesota.

Dallas Keuchel threw 7 strong innings, allowing 1 run and struck out 8 Brewers but the White Sox were blanked, 1-0.

Aaron Nola struck out 12 Yankees in 6 innings, walking none, but did not fare in the decision as the Phillies lost, 3-1.

Mike Trout homered twice in the Angels 7-6 loss in Seattle.

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Josh Bell just got designated for assignment

Did anyone else notice that?
The guy who was the center piece of the George Sherrill with L.A. and was ranked as the #60 prospect in the game by Baseball America was DFA’d today.

Granted, it was a roster move in order to bring catcher Luis Exposito to the team. It’s not like he’s being cut. He’s not even on the major league roster. He’s 3 for 32 in AAA Norfolk and the Orioles want to use Exposito on the 40 man roster ahead of Bell.

If he clears waivers, it will simply be a clerical issue.

But there is the thing.
Why have him clear waivers?

Sure at age 25 he looks like a classic Quadruple A player.
But he’s got talent. He was good enough to be a highly regarded prospect coming into this season.

What if a change works out for him?
What if an opportunity with a team that has a need in the infield says “Hey, we’ll give you a shot”?

Hell his original organization, the Dodgers, are playing Juan Uribe and Adam Kennedy at third. Each is in their mid 30s and not going to light up anything.

What about the A’s? Renato Nunez is years away from taking over third base. Josh Donaldson’s OPS+ is currently -42.

The Padres could have spot on their bench. So could the Cubs. And the Mariners.

I’m not saying he is going to be a star. But how many times do you see a talented player (which he evidently is) just need a chance to show his worth?

What’s the worst thing that could happen by claiming a top 100 prospect on waivers and forcing the Orioles to make a trade?

Make the move.

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