This was an expected move, as the Cardinals had the choice between a $1M buyout or $17M option on Holliday for 2017. Simply put, the aging star did not produce at a level anywhere near worth that $17M price tag. In the 2016 regular season, Holliday posted a .782 OPS, the lowest of his 13-year career, with 20 homers and 20 doubles across 426 plate appearances. The seven-time All-Star appears to have some pop left in his bat, but he is clearly not the slugger he once was.
Melvin has the luxury of making that assessment thanks in large part to the presence of both Bruce Maxwell and Dustin Garneau on the big-league roster, two capable backstops that can hold down the fort while Phegley gets fully recovered. The 29-year-old has already missed 22 games with his currently injury and also spent seven days on the DL back in May with a concussion.
The 28-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment on Wednesday to make room for southpaw Sam Moll, who'd been acquired from the Rockies on that same day. Neal has endured a rocky 2017 in stints with both the Sounds and the big-league club, and he's appears destined to finish out the balance of the campaign in Nashville.
The recovering reliever logged two setback-free bullpens during this past week, setting up a third such session this coming Sunday. Siegrist will then be evaluated to determine whether or not a minor-league rehab stint will be necessary before he's activated.
There were already whispers of a possible September call-up for the promising prospect, and Friday's effort certainly did nothing to dissuade that notion. Adames drew a first-inning walk before roping a two-run single in the fourth, another RBI single in the fifth and a run-scoring two-bagger in the seventh. His fifth and final RBI came on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly, allowing him to eclipse the four-RBI tally he'd managed on two previous occasions in his minor-league career. Adames has now compiled six hits and reached base on eight occasions overall during the last two contests, raising his season line to a solid .273/.366/.417.
Eflin has now allowed at least seven hits in each of his past six starts, a stretch in which he owns a brutal 9.46 ERA. The Phillies need anybody who can eat innings at this point, but it's hard to see a future for Eflin in the rotation given his performance thus far.
Moore has thrown two of his best starts of the season in consecutive outings. This marks the first time all year Moore has gone at least seven innings in consecutive starts, and he held his opponents to two runs both times. Friday marks his first win since June 20 against Atlanta, breaking a nine-start stretch in which Moore managed just a 5.51 ERA and 1.54 WHIP.
Perdomo has walked multiple batters in six of his last seven starts now, a stretch in which he has just a 24:17 K:BB and a brutal 5.77 ERA. Control has plagued him throughout his young career, and if Perdomo can't figure out a way to keep runners of the bases, his velocity won't save him from big innings.
Scherzer was placed on the disabled list Friday but only expects to miss one more start. The Nationals have yet to announce who will take Scherzer's spot in the rotation next time around. Grace made a good case for himself, but the Nationals may choose to call up a minor league starter whose arm has been stretched out a bit more.
Kennedy has now given up 14 runs on five homers over his last three starts. He has never really found a groove this year, and this latest cold streak brings his ERA back up above 5.00, a mark he hasn't breached in a full season since his rookie season with the Yankees when he recorded an 8.17 ERA over 39.2 innings. At this point, it's easy to wonder just how much the 32-year-old has left in the tank.
Bruce has been on fire since coming over to Cleveland, as he now owns a ridiculous .406/.486/.813 batting line in nine games with his new club. With 32 home runs between the Mets and Indians, Bruce is now just two away from tying his career high in home runs, set all the way back in 2012 with the Reds.
Marquez gave up three homers, but he was able to use his pristine control to keep the bases clear and keep rallies from getting out of control. He has now allowed more than three runs in just one of his past nine starts, a stretch in which Marquez is a sharp 5-1.
Garza was hammered at Coors Field, as the Rockies touched him up for three home runs. This marks the second time in Garza's past three starts that he has given up at least three bombs, and he has watched his ERA balloon from 3.68 to 4.81 in that short span. Getting away from Coors Field should help Garza, but this is his third straight season with a HR/9 of at least 1.0, so it may not be a problem that will ever disappear entirely.
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