MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 7/30/23

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Today’s Headlines


Mad Max is heading to Texas.

The New York Mets traded veteran pitcher Max Scherzer to the Texas Rangers for Luisangel Acuña, the younger brother of Ronald Acuña Jr. The Mets will cover most of Scherzer’s contract, around $35 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Scherzer, who had a player option for 2024, agreed to opt in. The Rangers will pay the remaining $22.5 million on his contract.

As for the Mets’ return, Will Sammon of The Athletic had the following to say about the 21-year-old shortstop: Multiple evaluators say he profiles as an above-average major leaguer. One compared his ceiling to “like an Ozzie Albies guy.” Not exact, but it speaks to Acuña’s power-speed combo as an up-the-middle guy. In 84 games at the Double-A level, Acuña is hitting .315/.377/.453 with 25 doubles, 7 home runs, 51 RBI, and 42 stolen bases.

Lastly, as the hot stove season gets even hotter, let’s keep this message in mind:


Ronald Acuña Jr. steals his 50th base of the season.

Ronald Acuña Jr. nabbed second base with ease in the top of the first inning on Saturday. The great Sarah Langs pointed out that Acuña is the first player with 20+ home runs and 50+ stolen bases before August in a season. He came into today on-pace for 79 stolen bases. The last time a player stole that many bases was Rickey Henderson with 93 in 1988.


Aaron Judge homers in second game back.

Aaron Judge returned to the field on Friday night for the first time since suffering a toe injury nearly two months ago. He looked as good as we all remember on Saturday, collecting three hits including a third-inning, 442-foot home run. The last-place Yankees beat the first-place Orioles with a final score of 8-3.



Best Moments From Yesterday


South Florida continues to honor Miggy.

Yesterday’s Tigers vs. Marlins game was an honor to attend in person. 32,936 fans packed the stadium to celebrate future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera on Venezuelan Heritage Day. He got a standing ovation from the crowd each time he came to bat, including as he walked off the field in the ninth inning and saluted the crowd.

Farewell, Miggy. South Florida loves you.


Shout out to Brandon Crawford and the Giants’ social media person. 

Today was a fairytale in San Francisco. The Giants won on a walk-off home run from J.D. Davis. The Red Sox will try to shake it off and win the series this afternoon.


Injuries & Transactions


RP Jordan Romano was placed on the 15-day IL with lower back inflammation.

SP Nathan Eovaldi will not start today due to soreness in his elbow. His MRI was clean but he will be pushed back further rather than placed on the injured list, per Evan Grant of Dallas Morning News.

OF Mookie Betts was scratched with right ankle soreness on Saturday. He’s considered day-to-day.

2B Jonathan India was scratched with left heel pain. He’s also day-to-day.



Articles You Should Read


Miggy propels Tigers on ‘one of the most special days of my career’ — Paige Leckie, MLB.com

2023 Marlins Fans and 2027 Mets Fans, Rejoice: Your Teams Made a Great Trade — Ben Clemens, FanGraphs

An Open Letter from Ray Kinsella to Our Fans — Sean Roberts, Pitcher List


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Nicole Cahill

Nicole Cahill is a freelance writer who focuses on mental health and sports. She recently founded a nonprofit that helps youth athletes living with mental health challenges. When she's not fighting stigma or exploring Baseball Savant visuals, you can find Nicole enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book. Portfolio: NicoleCahill.com.

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