Waiver Wired: Oscar Freed

Waiver Wired: Oscar Freed
In this week's Waiver Wired, D.J. Short sees opportunity for Oscar Taveras and looks at some quick post-trade deadline fallout.
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Brian Dozier is not in Thursday's lineup due to a swollen left thumb.

Dozier jammed the thumb while sliding into third base during Wednesday's game. The good news is that he planned to take batting practice before Thursday's contest and be available off the bench, so he should return to the lineup over the weekend. Eduardo Escobar is at second base Thursday.
Jul 31 - 6:25 PM

Rays acquired SS Willy Adames and LHP Drew Smyly from the Tigers in a three-team trade that sent LHP David Price to Detroit.

Andrew Friedman takes a gamble on an 18-year-old ranked as Detroit's No. 5 prospect in Baseball America's mid-season update (you could call him No. 3, taking into account the two prospects ahead of him that were promptly traded for Joakim Soria). Adames, enjoying a breakout season, leaped up from a No. 30 ranking in the preseason. He's slashed .269/.346/.428 for Low-A West Michigan in the Midwest League, where he was the youngest everyday player. Adames is a big shortstop at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. If he can retain his range as he grows, he could develop into an offensive threat at shortstop in the bigs. If he has to move to third or the outfield, however, the power doesn't project to be good enough to make him a star. Yes, he's a boom-or-bust proposition, but it does speak well on the player that Friedman himself purchased the flier at a high cost.
Jul 31 - 6:25 PM

Tigers purchased the contract of OF Ezequiel Carrera from Triple-A Toledo.

Carrera is expected to receive the bulk of the starts in center field against right-handed pitching following the trade of Austin Jackson. It doesn't figure to be a strict platoon, as Rajai Davis will play more than just versus lefties. Carrera is a career .251/.306/.339 hitter over parts of five seasons in the majors but has had a big year at Toledo, batting .307/.387/.422 with six homers, 41 RBI and 43 stolen bases. He's worth a look for those in need of some speed.
Jul 31 - 6:19 PM

Rays acquired LHP Drew Smyly and SS Willy Adames from the Tigers in a three-team trade that sent LHP David Price to Detroit.

Smyly isn't Price, but he's only 25, is under team control for four more seasons, and should remain a solid mid-rotation starter throughout that time. The left-hander is 6-9 with a 3.77 ERA, and has logged a career 3.46 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 275-plus innings. He teams with Chris Archer, Alex Cobb, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Hellickson to give Tampa Bay an outstanding young rotation under team control for years to come.
Jul 31 - 6:16 PM

Shane Victorino is expected to miss some time after aggravating his back injury.

It's not clear when Victorino re-injured his back or how much time he'll miss, but obviously it's discouraging. He just returned from the disabled list less than two weeks ago. The newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes will assume the majority of the at-bats in right field.
Jul 31 - 6:14 PM

Tigers activated LHP Patrick McCoy from the 15-day disabled list.

He missed the last few weeks with a strained hamstring. McCoy has allowed just one run over five relief frames for the Tigers this season.
Jul 31 - 6:07 PM

Rays acquired SS Nick Franklin in a three-team trade that sent LHP David Price to the Tigers.

Tampa Bay immediately optioned Franklin to Triple-A. It seems as though Tampa Bay is viewing Franklin as Ben Zobrist 2.0, so it's a little disappointing they couldn't move Ben Zobrist 1.0 today to open a spot in the lineup. The talented 23-year-old raced through the minor leagues -- his time at Low-A Clinton was even chronicled in the 2013 book Class A -- but fell out of favor in Seattle by slashing a rough .214/.291/.358 over 119 games the past two seasons. The former top prospect has destroyed, and continues to destroy, minor league pitching, so this is an interesting gamble by Andrew Friedman.
Jul 31 - 6:07 PM

Tigers optioned LHP Ian Krol to Triple-A Toledo.

Krol has been a disappointment this season, posting a 4.97 ERA over 42 relief appearances. He'll be back in September, if not before.
Jul 31 - 6:05 PM
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