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AL Ratings: Moncada, Blue Jays, Verlander, Athletics

AL Ratings: Moncada, Blue Jays, Verlander, Athletics

Yoan Moncada left tonight’s game with a strained right hamstring, an injury apparently sustained when Moncada ran out of a grounder early in the second inning. Moncada returned to play third base in the bottom half of the frame but was replaced on the field by Josh Harrison in the next round.

More on Moncada’s status will be known after further testing, but another injury is the last thing Moncada and the White Sox need. An oblique strain he suffered late in spring training kept Moncada out until May 9, and he hit a mere .179/.230/.292 in his first 113 plate appearances. If Moncada needed to run out of time, the Sox would have at least one ready replacement in the hot shot Jacques Burgerand Danny Mendick could also find more playing time once Tim Anderson returns from IL next week and returns to his normal shortstop position. However, an injury to Moncada would represent another setback for a White Sox club that has been unable to play its ideal first-choice roster all season.

More from the American League…

  • The blue jays were known to be interested Justin Verlander last winter, and as Verlander tells ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it seems Toronto was Verlander’s second choice before he finally joined the Astros on a two-year, $50 million deal. The Jays”were very proactive to the point that when I signed with Houston I made sure to let them know I appreciated it all“said Verlander, noting that the former teammate George Springer pushed hard to try to recruit him. “Ultimately, ultimately, Houston had the same offer. It was kind of a ballpark between them and Toronto and New York [the Yankees) was kind of always just a step behind.”  With Verlander off the board, the Blue Jays instead signed Kevin Gausman and Yusei Kikuchi to augment the rotation.  Verlander also added that the Yankees were “kind of always just a step behind” those top suitors — reports surfaced in November that the Yankees were willing to offer Verlander $25MM over one year, but weren’t willing to add a second season to the contract.
  • The new collective bargaining agreement temporarily restored the Athletics’ status as a revenue-sharing recipient, though that status is dependent on whether or not the A’s can finally secure a new ballpark by January 15, 2024 (in Oakland or any other city).  Even with these caveats in place, the New York Post’s Jon Heyman reports that some owners weren’t pleased that the A’s were again receiving revenue-sharing funds, especially given that the A’s then slashed their payroll by moving several notable players after the lockout.  “The idea of revenue sharing is not to make money, it’s to field a competitive team,” one owner told Heyman.  “That money is supposed to go toward player salaries.  [The A’s] took the money and put it in his pocket.”

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