After a few weeks of almost nothing major to talk about regarding the Baseball season in the month of June, the last week of the month really has brought a lot of stories to light. For the non diehard fans of the game, June is typically a month where there’s a lot of nothing to talk about. It’s almost fitting that the MLB Draft is during that time period. During this time, no team really sticks out from the rest of the pack, teams are still in the race, while some are on the verge of potentially already being eliminated. This month normally is to set up the craziness of July with the trade deadline, and August with playoff teams separating himself. With that said, we’re going to take what has happened over the past month into one big, “This Week In The Show”.
My thoughts- To fans who don’t understand the MLB Draft, it’s far more complex than people think. There are so many factors to take in as a GM that teams in the NBA and NFL never had to take into effect like sign-ability, signing bonus cap, and concern over whether players will attend school or play pro ball. The MLB Draft is always something I love to watch because of its unpredictability.
My thoughts- First off, Chicago didn’t pay a huge price price to get Shields, plus they got San Diego to take on some of his contract. Shields is an older veteran that honestly shouldn’t be relied on as a front of the rotation option. While the Sox have Chris Sale and Jose Quintana ahead of him but if the Sox have any chance, they need Shields to bounce back, but honestly he’s on the rapid decline.
My thoughts- As much as the Padres don’t want to trade Wil Myers or Drew Pomeranz, those two will bring back the most in terms of prospects to replenish their farm system in their rebuild. Matt Kemp will probably be dealt too, but the Padres will have to pay a hefty sum of salary with him to make a team interested to bringing him into a playoff contender. Bottom line, there’s smoke coming from San Diego and there’s a full blown fire sale going right now.
My thoughts- The Indians are for real, their pitching is outstanding, although they should target a closer in the trade market. If they could add maybe another bat to solidify the lineup, when Brantley comes back from injury the Indians could really make some noise in a wide open American League.