Update: Orioles have agreed to sign Nelson Cruz on a 1-year, $8 million contract plus $750,000 in incentives, pending a physical tomorrow.
It's a great move for the Orioles who have been looking for a bigger bat in the DH slot as well as build a little depth for left field. If all goes well with the physical he'll be in camp immediately and will be on-track for an Opening Day start. The move to Baltimore keeps his fantasy value the same as Camden yards plays very favorably to hitters.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a double and a run against Houston on Sunday.
Castillo benefitted greatly from Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s recent injury as Castillo played a large majority of the games behind the plate in Salty’s absence. And he played well as his wOBA since the All-Star break is over .450. But he struck out in almost 40 percent of his plate appearances and rode a .400 BABIP to most of his success. With Salty back now and regression likely for Castillo, don’t count on as much from him going forward. Analysis: Brett Talley
The Indians are weighing the possibility to placing Jason Kipnis (shoulder) on the disabled list.
Kipnis DH'ed on Friday and Saturday nights before sitting out on Sunday, so apparently this shoulder injury has been an isue for a few days now. Kipnis has ridden a .375 BABIP to an excellent .326 batting average this season. He has been hitting line drives at an incredibly high rate, but counting on a super-high line drive rate to continue is foolhardy, so Kipnis could be in line for some regression in that department if this injury doesn't knock him out for the rest of the year. Analysis: Brett Talley