MLB Power Rankings: Week 8

MLB Power Rankings: Week 8
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Mets optioned INF/OF Phillip Evans to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Evans went 1-for-8 with four strikeouts during his short stay with New York. This moves clears a 25-man roster spot for Jose Bautista, who has been signed to a one-year major league contract and will be available for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins.
May 22 - 5:56 PM

Mets signed OF Jose Bautista to a one-year contract.

This came together quickly, as Bautista is already in New York and will be active for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins. He got a major league deal from the Mets despite batting .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances on a minor league pact with the Braves. That just shows how desperate the Mets are for immediate right-handed corner outfield depth. We wouldn't expect the 37-year-old to carry any fantasy value in Queens.
May 22 - 5:55 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post confirms that the Mets have reached a deal with Jose Bautista.

It'll presumably be a minor league contract with performance incentives built in. Bautista was released by the Braves on Sunday after batting just .143/.250/.343 in 40 plate appearances and struggling defensively at third base, but the 37-year-old can provide some much-needed immediate corner outfield depth for New York. The deal should be official soon.
May 22 - 5:48 PM

Ryan Braun (back) went through a full pregame workout on Monday and will do the same Tuesday.

If everything continues to go smoothly, Braun could be activated from the 10-day disabled list when first eligible on Thursday. He's been out since May 14 with a middle-back injury. The veteran outfielder was batting .222/.268/.413 with five home runs and four stolen bases through 37 games this season.
May 22 - 5:45 PM

Yonny Chirinos (forearm) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says Chirinos will make "several" rehab appearances before returning to the Rays' rotation. The 24-year-old right-hander has been out since May 1 because of a forearm strain. He had a decent 3.71 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 24/9 K/BB ratio over his first 26 2/3 innings this season.
May 22 - 5:42 PM

Hector Velazquez (back) appears poised to come off the disabled list Thursday.

That's the first day he's eligible. Velazquez was placed on the 10-day disabled list May 14 with a lower back strain, after delivering a 2.10 ERA and 18/5 K/BB ratio over his first 25 2/3 innings this season for the Red Sox.
May 22 - 5:40 PM

Trevor May (elbow) is expected to work five innings in a rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Rochester.

He'll then go six innings at Rochester on Sunday and could come off the 60-day disabled list after that. It remains unclear whether May will be used as a starter or reliever at the major league level. He is making his way back from Tommy John surgery.
May 22 - 5:39 PM

Jeimer Candelario (wrist) is set to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Toledo.

He's expected to play at least three games on the farm. Candelario landed on the disabled list May 14 due to tendinitis in his left wrist. The 24-year-old third baseman was batting .272/.359/.497 with five home runs and 16 RBI through 37 games this season with Detroit.
May 22 - 5:37 PM
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