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Three straight losses to the Kansas City Royals has left a sour taste in the Minnesota

in Voliere & Einrichtung 29.03.2019 09:23
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Twins‘ mouths as they prepare to kick off their final road trip of the season Daniel Castro Jersey , a 10-game, three-city jaunt that will include stops in Detroit and Oakland.Minnesota has been outscored 24-11 in the three games and its frustrations appeared to boil over Friday night in a 10-3 rout by the Royals at Kauffman Stadium when Twins manager Paul Molitor and third-base coach Gene Glynn were ejected by home plate umpire Ben May during the Royals’ four-run fourth-inning rally.The Twins, who fell to 4-10 in September, will try to avoid a sweep Sunday when they wrap up their season series with Kansas City behind right-hander Kyle Gibson.Article continues below ...Gibson held the New York Yankees to one run in 5 2/3 innings in his last outing, allowing just a home run to Gary Sanchez while striking out five. The Twins, though, managed just two runs in that game, leaving Gibson on the hook for a fourth consecutive loss and his sixth in his last eight starts.“Kyle fought; there’s no question about it,” Molitor said. “He had a few situations he had to pitch around, including some free passes, but he did well. I was proud of him for how he hung in there.”Sunday will mark Gibson’s 30th start of the season and his third against the Royals in 2018. He took the loss in their last meeting after allowing four runs and six hits and striking out five in 5 1/3 innings. Gibson is 6-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 18 career starts against Kansas City.The Royals have won five of their last six games and 14 of their last 20, They’ll be trying to close out their first four-game sweep since taking four straight from the Twins on Aug. 18-21, 2016.“We’re feeling like we’re a quality team right now that’s playing well,” said Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, one of the few remaining veteran players on a team in the early phases of a full-scale rebuilding process. “Whether you’re young or old, we’re just playing together and having fun. That’s really all that matters. It doesn’t matter who does it, just as long someone gets it done.”Gordon had three hits, including two doubles Saturday night, and third baseman Alcides Escobar, another holdover from the Royals’ 2015 World Series run, drove in three while finishing with three hits.Escobar is batting .319 (29-for-91) with eight doubles and Gordon has 27 RBIs in his last 41 games.“I’m just trying to stay simple,” Gordon said. “I’ve been working with (hitting coach) Terry (Bradshaw) and (quality control coach) Pedro (Grifol) a lot this year and trying to use the opposite way. Obviously, teams are shifting me http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey , so a lot of my hits are going to come the other way and that’s what I’ve been trying to do. Not hitting into the shift but hit it where they aren’t.”The Royals turn to right-hander Jakob Junis to start the finale. Junis turned in a gem in his last outing, allowing three runs in eight innings of a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.Junis has a 2.15 ERA in his last seven starts and hasn’t walked a batter in his last four.“He’s on a roll right now,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. “He’s making it easier on himself to go deep (into games).”Junis is 0-1 with a 3.43 ERA in four starts against the Twins. In the KNBR interview referenced earlier, Zaidi stated that trade buzz surrounding Madison Bumgarner has been "overblown."Yet, that shouldn't be translated to mean that the ace left-hander is altogether unavailable.Like Smith, Bumgarner is heading into his walk year. As a guy with a 3.03 regular-season ERA and a 2.11 postseason ERA, Bumgarner might have one team willing to overlook his 2017-18 troubles that values him as a guide to and through October. The Giants can't hang up if that franchise comes calling.Philadelphia PhilliesAccording to Morosi, the Phillies checked in with the Giants about Bumgarner in December. There hasn't been much (if anything) linking the two since then. That may be because the Phillies have been prioritizing other targets.Still, it's possible that they will circle back on Bumgarner. Regardless of whether they complete their offense with Harper, Bumgarner would be an equally appealing and potentially less costly alternative to Ray. The Phillies might even base a deal around Odubel Herrera, whose team-friendly contract runs as far as 2023. Milwaukee BrewersThat old Phillies rumor is nice, but Bumgarner wouldn't even be mentioned here if it wasn't for Milwaukee's interest in him. This also comes courtesy of Morosi, who reported Jan. 7 that the Giants and Brewers have had "substantive communication" about Bumgarner.We'rebig fans of how Bumgarner would fit on the Brewers, as well as of what he would do for their standing in a crowded NL Central race. And Morosi noted that the Brewers may have just the guys to get the Giants to budge in Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta. Speculative Wild Card: Atlanta BravesThe Astros could just as easily go here. If the Phillies don't pursue Bumgarner as a Plan B for Ray, Houston might.But once again, it's hard to ignore how well-suited the Braves are to trading for an ace. And much more so than Gray or Ray, Bumgarner's pitching ability and experience would make him an ideal leader for a young rotation.J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins7 of 8John Bazemore/Associated PressNow that Wilson Ramos and Yasmani Grandal have been taken off the free-agent market, all eyes are on where the Miami Marlins will trade J.T. Realmuto.According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, there are six front-runners for the 27-year-old backstop, who's fresh off breaking out with an .825 OPS and 21 homers in 2018. Cincinnati RedsFor the Reds, Realmuto would represent a major improvement over Tucker Barnhart. For that matter Kyle Freeland Jersey , including Barnhart in the deal would satisfy Miami's reported desire for "acatcher with some big league experience to work with a young pitching staff."But since Realmuto is due for free agency after 2020, a deal for him would effectively mean going all-in on contending in the next two years. That doesn't jibe with how the Reds have operated this winter. San Diego PadresIf the Marlins must have a catcher in a Realmuto trade, the Padres are the team to barter with. San Diego can offer either Austin Hedges, who excels defensively, or Francisco Mejia, who figures to excel offensively.Like with the Reds, however, there's the question of whether Realmuto fits the Padres' timeline. They might not be contenders by 2020. That's an excuse to keep their incumbent catchers, both of whom are controlled beyond 2022. Tampa Bay RaysThe Rays are also in on Realmuto, and there's plenty in their No. 5 farm systemto satisfy the Marlins'other desire for "a top prospect and more."But do the Rays reallyneed Realmuto? With Mike Zunino already in the fold, perhaps not. That might lead them to commit their time, energy and prospects to more pressing matters. Atlanta BravesTo some extents, the Braves are in the same boat as the Rays. They have plenty to offer the Marlins, but they already have Tyler Flowers and Brian McCann behind the plate.Where the two clubs differ is in what they stand to gain. The Raysmight have a shot at taking down the Red Sox or Yankees if they add Realmuto. The Braves would absolutely have a shot at winning a second straight NL East title, if not more. Houston AstrosThough the Astros could progress with Robinson Chirinos and Max Stassi behind the plate, that's a weak catching duo for a team with eyes on a second World Series title in three years.The Astros could fix that by offering Stassi and one or more prospects for Realmuto. He would not be the pitching upgrade they need, but his well-rounded defense would at least be helpful to what pitchers they do have.Los Angeles DodgersThe Dodgers' catching duo of Russell Martin and Austin Barnes is worth just as much skepticism as Houston's Chirinos-Stassi combo. Likewise, they too could look to upgrade their World Series pursuit with a blockbuster for Realmuto.The difference is what the Dodgers have to offer. If not Barnes, one of two top catching prospects could go to Miami: Keibert Ruiz or Will Smith. The Dodgers could also pile more on to form a package that likely nobody else would be willing to match.Speculative Wild Card: Colorado RockiesThe Rockies are threatening to roll with Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters, who combined for negative WAR in 2018, behind the plate once again in 2019. Instead, perhaps they'll sneak in through the backdoor and try to interest the Marlins in Brendan Rodgers, Colton Welker or Tyler Nevin.Corey Kluber http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey , Cleveland Indians8 of 8Phil Long/Associated PressThe Indians have entertained offers for both Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer this winter. But at this point, the focus seems to be entirely on the former.Kluber is a two-time AL Cy Young Award winner, and his 2.89 ERA over 215 innings helped him finish third in the voting in 2018. Between that and the reality that his new team would likely have to pay him $52.5 million through 2021, he only fits with clubs that have spare prospectsand spare cash.San Diego PadresThe Padres have been hot after Kluber, according toMorosi, and they may have a shot at him despite their unwillingness to part with any of their top five prospects. Instead, they could offer Cleveland the outfielders it needs, such as Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe.Even still, this is a believe it/see it situation. Would the Indians really trade one of baseball's best pitchers just to cut his salary and add two warm bodies to their outfield? For their part, is the timing right for the Padres to sacrifice controllable talent for a guy who'll turn 33 on April 10? These are questions best asked in skeptical tones.Cincinnati RedsAlternatively, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reported that the Padres have considered a scenario in which they would get Kluber only to flip him to the Reds in a three-team deal. One possibility may involve top prospect Nick Senzel going to San Diego to play third base.It's an interesting idea, but not very practical. As much as the Reds might like to have Kluber, he wouldn't fit with their current strategy of making low-risk buys on short-term assets. They're not trying to mortgage their future. Thus, Senzel (MLB.com's No. 6 prospect) is likely close to untouchable. Los Angeles DodgersThe Dodgers are also in on Kluber, per Morosi, and they too have parts that the Indians need. One is Alex Verdugo, who's an elite and MLB-ready outfield prospect. They could also offer Ruiz or Smith, and/or one of the pitchers they have no clear role for: righty Ross Stripling or lefty Julio Urias.The catch would seem to be that the Dodgers don't reallyneed another top-of-the-rotation starter to pair with Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. But adding one certainly wouldn't hurt, and Kluber in particular would outfit the Dodgers with arguably baseball's best rotation. Speculative Wild Card:Atlanta BravesBecause of course. Though the rumor mill has yet to solidly connect the Braves to Kluber, that could change with one phone call. The Braves can offer Cleveland several elite pitching prospects to one day take Kluber's place. For them, the reward would be the perfect No. 1 for their rotation.Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs. Payroll data courtesy of Roster Resource and Cot's Baseball Contracts.

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