The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly had conversations with the Cincinnati Reds about acquiring Scooter Gennett.
Sources: Dodgers have stepped up pursuit of a position player and are looking beyond Manny Machado. Have had conversations with Reds about Scooter Gennett, Twins about Brian Dozier and Mets about Asdrubal Cabrera. Dodgers’ versatility allows them to pursue a number of positions.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 10, 2018
He isn’t the only player they’ve inquired about when it comes to infielders, but he’s the only one Reds fans should care about. Scooter Gennett is once again having a big year for the Reds. He’s hitting .326/.368/.515 with 20 doubles and 14 home runs this season. Gennett has arguably been the best second baseman in the National League this season. He’s helped the Reds win post-April this season quite a bit. But, he’s a free agent to be after next season and it’s tough to imagine his value being much higher than it is today. If there’s a good deal on the table for him, then the Reds should take it. However, because he does have an extra year of control left, it means that Cincinnati doesn’t have to just accept whatever comes their way.
What would you ask the Dodgers for in return for Scooter Gennett?
Tejay Antone almost broke the laws of baseball on Monday
The perfect game. There haven’t been many in the Major Leagues. There have been a few more in the Minor Leagues. On Monday evening, in the first game of a double header, Tejay Antone took the mound to start the game. He was perfect for the regularly scheduled seven innings. Had Daytona scored a run, Antone and the Tortugas would have been celebrating a perfect game. But, they hadn’t.
And that brought up a wild scenario. The 8th inning, considered extra-innings in this game, would begin with a runner on second base under the new rules in the minor leagues this season. There was a chance that the Daytona Tortugas could complete a perfect game, but still give up a run AND LOSE. Antone was pulled, and he was replaced to begin the inning with Joel Kuhnel, who kept the game perfect and scoreless through the eighth. Daytona again went scoreless and the game went into the ninth inning when Florida broke through and would win 3-1.
Packy Naughton, not quite perfect, but close
While Tejay Antone was perfect for Daytona, Packy Naughton came as close as he could for Dayton on Monday night. The left-handed starter allowed just two hits in 8.0 innings against Great Lakes at Dow Diamond in Michigan. He didn’t walk anyone and he struck out nine batters over his start. That dropped his ERA to 4.10 on the season and gave him 85 strikeouts with just 20 walks in 98.2 innings pitched through 18 starts on the year. He’s been on a roll for the last three starts, not allowing an earned run in his last 21.0 innings, walking just one batter, and striking out 17.