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Giants bring back 2 key starting pitchers

Anthony DeSclafani pitches

The San Francisco Giants are bringing back two key members from their 2021 pitching staff.

The Giants announced on Monday that they signed Anthony DeSclafani to a 3-year deal.

The contract is worth $36 million and will pay DeSclafani $12 million in each season.

The Giants are also bringing back pitcher Alex Wood on a 2-year deal reportedly worth more than $10 million per season, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The Giants led MLB with 107 wins last season. Wood went 10-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 138.2 innings last season. DeSclafani went 13-7 with a 3.17 ERA. They, along with Kevin Gausman and Logan Webb, formed the core of the team’s pitching rotation.

Photo: Apr 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (26) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

MLB pitchers have funny responses to unwritten rules controversy

Yermin Mercedes

Chicago White Sox slugger Yermin Mercedes violated one of baseball’s unwritten rules on Monday night when he belted a home run late in his team’s 16-4 win. His own manager was unhappy with him over it, but there are plenty of players who had no problem with Mercedes swinging away — even pitchers.

The White Sox scored 14 runs in the first six innings en route to blowing out the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota had utility player Willians Astudillo pitch the final half-inning of the game, and Mercedes crushed a 3-0 home run off of him. La Russa said Tuesday that he understood why the Twins were upset and that Mercedes would face consequences.

New York Mets pitcher Trevor May did not see what all the fuss was about. He sent a sarcastic tweet saying hitters should just sit back and allow pitchers to get back in the count.

Alex Wood, a veteran pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, agreed. He said all “rules” go out the window when a team sends a position player out to the mound.

The Twins threw behind Mercedes on Tuesday because of the stunt (video here), so you know they didn’t appreciate it. Many would argue that you should never stop playing hard, but apparently not everyone agrees.

Dodgers’ Alex Wood shuts down MLB talking point about proposed playoff changes

Major League Baseball’s proposal for playoff changes has not gone over well with players who have spoken out about it, and one player is taking aim at one of the goals of those changes.

MLB is reportedly floating a proposal to expand the playoffs by two teams in each league and add a reality-style angle where certain teams can select their opponents. One advantage of this proposal, MLB believes, is that more small-market teams will have a chance to overcome financial disparity and make the playoffs.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood doesn’t agree. He pointed out that even small-market clubs are worth a billion dollars or more, and the fact that they field teams with lower payrolls does not mean they’re struggling financially.

MLB profits are at an all-time high. Some teams obviously have much higher profits than others — the Yankees certainly make more money than the Royals, for instance — but revenue sharing is meant to decrease that disparity. The second wild card has not really changed how teams operate — if anything, spending has gone down, as some teams realize that they can still make the playoffs without going all-in payroll-wise. Wood probably has a point, and that’s just one of the reasons that MLB’s proposal has been met with very negative feedback so far.

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Alex Wood sound off on Astros cheating allegations

Cody Bellinger

As more and more allegations about the Houston Astros’ cheating emerges, more players are feeling emboldened to speak out. On Thursday, that included some members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost to the Astros in the 2017 World Series, the year MLB confirmed Houston cheated.

In response to allegations of the Astros using electronic buzzers to communicate stolen signs, 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger said he hoped the allegations were not true. He hoped for “major consequences to the players.”

His teammate, pitcher Alex Wood, put into context just how bad the Astros stealing and illegally communicating the signs in real-time is for a pitcher. He said he’d rather face someone on steroids than a hitter who knew what pitch was coming.

Wood similarly lamented the lack of punishments for players.

When MLB handed out punishments on Monday, the franchise was hit by penalties, and so were GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch. Alex Cora was also named. Carlos Beltran was the only player named, and that’s because he’s no longer playing. MLB otherwise left players out of it and did not discipline them.

The prevailing feeling following the penalties was that the Astros got off too easily. As more and more comes out, that feeling will likely magnify.

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Dodgers trade Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp to Reds in massive deal

Yasiel Puig

The Los Angeles Dodgers were looking to clear some payroll this offseason and accomplished that goal in a major trade with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Dodgers are trading Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, $7 million, and prospect Kyle Farmer to the Reds. Homer Bailey, Josiah Gray, and Jeter Downs are among the players going back to Los Angeles, according to reports.

You’re probably thinking to yourself: Puig and Kemp were very good last season, why would the Dodgers want to trade them? The answer has to do with money and roster space.

The Dodgers had a surplus of outfielders and were unable to play all of them at the same time. They often had Kemp or another slugger like Joc Pederson on the bench during the postseason when everyone was healthy. Because Kemp ($21.75 million) and Puig (due to make around $11 million in arbitration) are making the most money, it made the most sense to trade those two and keep the much cheaper Chris Taylor, Pederson, Enrique Hernandez and Cody Bellinger, who combine to make less than Puig. All four are under team control, with only Pederson and Hernandez in their second year of arbitration.

Wood is entering the final year of arbitration and expected to make $9 million.

The deal makes some sense for Cincinnati in the short-term. They get out of the money owed to Homer Bailey (around $28 million) and for around the same amount, they get a productive outfielder in Kemp. Plus they get Puig and Wood on essentially 1-year deals for a total expected to be around $20 million. This really helps add some pop to the lineup and protection for Joey Votto. But one has to wonder what their incentive is for getting rid of two prospects.

The Dodgers add quality prospects in Downs and Gray, who will help give them some future cost-controlled cheap options that have become so valuable these days.

Alex Wood reportedly still dealing with sternum discomfort

Alex Wood might not be returning to the Dodgers rotation any time soon.

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports on Thursday that Wood has flown home for further examination by team doctors, having progressed more slowly than the Dodgers had hoped. Manager Dave Roberts also said that, while he isn’t concerned about structural damage to Wood’s shoulder, the left-hander continues to battle discomfort in his sternum.

Wood, 26, has dazzled in his 10 appearances so far this season, going 6-0 with a 1.69 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and 60 strikeouts in 48 innings. But he was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier this week with what was officially termed as “left SC joint inflammation.” Wood also battled injury problems last season, but the good news is that the Dodgers have a surplus of starting-caliber arms, lefties and righties alike, to pick up the slack in his absence.

Alex Wood to undergo elbow procedure, out eight weeks


The injury bug plaguing the Los Angeles Dodgers has officially mutated into super bacteria status.

According to a report by Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Dodgers lefty Alex Wood will undergo an elbow debridement procedure and is expected to miss the next eight weeks of action.

Wood has been on the shelf since late May with ongoing soreness in his pitching elbow. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list at the end of June and, having apparently not made significant improvement, will now be out until at least September and could very well miss the remainder of the season. The 22-year-old had posted a 1-4 record with a 3.99 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and 62 strikeouts in 10 starts this year.

The Dodgers just got discouraging news on Tuesday about six-time All-Star Clayton Kershaw’s health, and now they will have to withstand another gut punch to their rotation as they look to catch the Giants atop the NL West.

Image Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

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