Gordon’s Stock Rises

Gordon’s Stock Rises
In this week’s Bump and Run, Jesse Pantuosco discusses the impact of Josh Gordon’s surprise reinstatement and Le’Veon Bell’s suspension.
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The Mets will call up left-hander Josh Smoker as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

Smoker, 27, has posted a 4.73 ERA and 67/18 K/BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas this season. He'll be making his major league debut if he gets into a game.
Jul 26 - 1:10 PM

Padres general manager A.J. Preller indicated Tuesday that prospect outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot will likely debut as September call-ups.

Many speculated that one or both could be on the way after the Melvin Upton trade, but Preller said that the deal will open up playing time for Alex Dickerson and Travis Jankowski in the short-term. Renfroe doesn't have much left to prove in the minors, as he's batting .331/.356/.607 with 25 homers over 95 games this season with Triple-A El Paso. Margot, who is getting over a minor Achilles injury, is batting .306/.356/.434 with four homers and 24 seals over 89 games in Triple-A. Both are worth watching in fantasy leagues.
Jul 26 - 1:04 PM

Padres prospect right-hander Chris Paddack is dealing with a strain in his elbow/forearm area.

Paddack, who was recently acquired from the Marlins in the Fernando Rodney deal, was pulled after suffering the injury during his warm-up pitches Monday at Low-A Fort Wayne. He'll be looked at by a doctor in the coming days.
Jul 26 - 12:40 PM

Neil Walker is not in the Mets' lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

The Mets are rolling with the same lineup they were planning to use before Monday's game was rained out. Kelly Johnson will start at second base and bat fifth, but the struggling Walker should be back in the lineup for the second game.
Jul 26 - 12:31 PM

Padres acquired RHP Hansel Rodriguez from the Blue Jays for OF Melvin Upton and cash considerations.

Rodriguez, 19, has posted a 3.06 ERA and 26/11 K/BB ratio over 32 1/3 innings as a starter in rookie ball this year. The Padres are covering a significant portion of Upton's remaining salary and managed to get a high-upside arm in return. The trade also opens up playing time for Alex Dickerson and (eventually) prospects Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot.
Jul 26 - 11:15 AM

Blue Jays acquired OF Melvin Upton and cash considerations from the Padres for RHP Hansel Rodriguez.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Padres will cover all but $5 million of the roughly $22 million remaining on Upton's contract. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent season with the Padres and will provide some depth and versatility to the Blue Jays' outfield. While the ballpark change is a positive, he might lose a couple of starts a week and probably won't run as much. His fantasy value takes a bit of a dip with the trade. Since the Padres are in Toronto this week, Upton will just have to switch dugouts on Tuesday.
Jul 26 - 11:04 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Padres will acquire prospect right-hander Hansel Rodriguez in the Melvin Upton deal.

The Padres are also expected to cover a significant portion of Upton's remaining salary. 19-year-old Rodriguez has a big arm and has posted a 3.06 ERA and 26/11 K/BB ratio over 32 1/3 innings in rookie ball this year. He's obviously a ways off from the majors.
Jul 26 - 10:17 AM

Madison Bumgarner is now represented by the Legacy Agency.

Bumgarner left Relativity for Excel Sports Management earlier this year, but now he has switched representation again. The southpaw is under contract through 2017 with a pair of affordable club options for 2018 and 2019, so this is a move with a look toward the future.
Jul 26 - 10:12 AM
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