With the July 31 MLB trade deadline approaching, the Seattle Mariners appear to be actively working the phones as they push for a wild-card spot.
The team acquired Marlins middle reliever David Phelps on Thursday, with baseball insider Jon Morosi tweeting a few days before that Seattle also would like more starting pitching. It’s a bold Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys but savvy gambit. Though 48-49 and distantly trailing the Houston Astros in the AL West, the Mariners are just 2.5 games out in the wild-card race.+
Sandoval’s struggles in Boston were well-documented, from not long after he signed a five-year, $95 million free-agent deal in November 2014 to his recent designation for assignment and subsequent release. But the idea of Sandoval soon embarking on a redemption tour with beleaguered San Francisco doesn’t seem insane, at least as evidenced by what he showed Tuesday in Sacramento.
The show began two hours before game time when Sandoval took batting practice. Wearing shorts and a snug No. 48 that he would swap for No. 47 before the game began, Sandoval took some cuts from the left side of the plate. He offered hints of that sweet swing that helped him to a .294 batting average and 123 OPS+ in seven years with San Francisco, sending line drives arcing into the outfield.
“He looks like same old Pablo to me,” Blackburn said. “He’s still got really good Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys hands, still got the same swing.”
Sandoval didn’t look as sharp from the right side of the plate, neither in batting practice nor in the game. He hit righthanded his final at-bat of the night against southpaw Dario Alvarez, popping up to second. Sandoval’s taken nearly three times as many at-bats in the majors from the left side of the plate than from the right, while Super Cheap Jerseys hitting nearly 40 points higher as a lefty.