MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES, CABRERA, GREINKE, HARPER, ARCHER

The Mets shipped Asdrubal Cabrera to the Phillies on Friday. Paul J. Bereswill

The New York Mets purge of veteran players set to hit free agency continued Friday, when Asdrubal Cabrera was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Double-A pitcher Franklyn Kilome.

The Cleveland Indians situation in right and center field has taken a disastrous turn. Opening Day center fielder Bradley Zimmer’s out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery, their best right field option Lonnie Chisenhall’s out until September with another calf issue, and even Tyler Naquin has recently joined the injury report with a hip issue that could keep him out awhile.

That leaves the Indians trying to piece together an outfield puzzle with pieces like Melky CabreraRajai DavisBrandon Guyer and Greg Allen, none of whom have been particularly inspiring this season. It’s understandable that the Indians would be checking in on each and every outfield option available.

Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports that the Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants have been scouting the  Brian Dozier  this week, who’s set to become a free agent at season’s end.

The Cleveland Indians have also been connected to Joey Gallo within the past 24 hours, following recent news that Tyler Naquin is likely headed to the DL.

Three weeks ago, when MLB.com’s Mike Petriello considered the possibility of a Bryce Harper trade, it sounded crazy. But now that the Washington Nationals are around .500 and have just placed right-hander Stephen Strasburg back on the disabled list with a neck injury? Maybe it’s not quite so crazy.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the San Diego Padres, who have already been connected to Chris Archer this season have made progress in talks with the Tampa Bay Rays, in part because Tampa Bay has shown “a greater willingness” to deal him.

Jul 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) pitches during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports Jake Roth-USA Today Sports

Zack Greinke had his third consecutive impressive performance — a stretch in which he’s allowed just two earned runs in 22 2/3 innings – and his sixth in his past seven. Over his past 46 2/3 innings, he’s given up just six earned runs (1.16 ERA) and has held hitters to a .202/.233/.256 line across 168 at-bats.

MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports as the closer it gets to Tuesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, the more speculation grows as to which players may stay or go. Brad Ziegler, a free agent after the season, is aware his tenure with the Marlins could soon be ending. The Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Oakland A’s are potential suitors.

The Washington Nationals aren’t having any luck acquiring catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins. Marlins want  both outfield prospect Victor Robles and shortstop prospect Carter Kieboom, both of whom are generally seen as top 100 prospects.

With the completion of last night’s Los Angeles DodgersAtlanta Braves game, every team has played at least 100 games. The Washington Nationals are the only .500 or better team with a losing record at home.

Among players with at least 200 at-bats, Washington Nationals 19 years old rookie Juan Soto leads the National League with a 1.005 OPS.

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The Chicago Cubs placed third baseman Kris Bryant on the disabled list for the second time in recent weeks with left shoulder inflammation. It’s gotten to the point that there have to be legitimate concerns about what he can offer the rest of the season.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale struck out the side in the first inning, giving him 200 K in 136 IP. That breaks the AL record of 141 1/3 IP to 200 K.

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