AL Center Notes: Guardians, Hosmer, Kepler, Brieske

It was a quiet commercial deadline for the Guardiansas Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that the club “sometimes…felt it was about” to land Sean Murphy of athletics, but no agreement was reached. Murphy was known to be a trade target for the Guards, although another somewhat surprising name was at least briefly on their radar, as Hoynes reports Cleveland and San Diego had discussions over the first baseman. Eric Hosmer. However, those talks didn’t go far, as the Guardians are one of 10 teams on Hosmer’s no-trade list. Hosmer also used his no-trade protection to scuttle his involvement in the fathers‘ blockbuster deal with the Nationals for John Sotoso the Padres moved Hosmer to the Red Sox instead.

San Diego dealt Hosmer and two prospects to Boston for a left-handed pitching prospect Jay Groome, with the Padres also covering nearly all of the remaining $44 million on Hosmer’s deal (which spans the 2025 season). It’s fair to guess that the Guardians could have been interested in something similar, with Hosmer joining Josh Naylor and Owen Miller as part of the first base/DH mix. Hosmer might have been considered by the Guards as a one-season replacement now that the team are apparently open to parting ways with Franmil Reyesbut with the Padres footing the bill, Cleveland could have kept Hosmer as a veteran complement to their young players.

More from around the AL Central…

  • The Twins active outfielder Max Kepler 10-day disabled list and optional outfielder Marc Contreras at Triple-A. Kepler is making a relatively quick comeback from a broken right toe after being hit by a pitch on July 24. Kepler has generated 2.0 fWAR in his 85 games this season, thanks to strong defense and an offensive line wRC+ average of .244/.344/.390 in 337 plate appearances.
  • tigers right handed Beautiful Brieske had a Triple-A rehab start yesterday, and the manager AJ Hinch told reporters (including Detroit News’ Chris McCosky) that Brieske may be on track to be activated from the 15-day injured list in time to start the Tigers’ game with the Guardians on Wednesday. Forearm pain sent Brieske to the IL on July 18, but it appears the rookie avoided any serious setbacks — rare good health news in an injury-plagued season for the Detroit pitchers . All of those injuries open the door for Brieske to make his Major League debut, and the right-hander has posted a respectable 4.19 ERA over his first 15 starts and 81 2/3 innings in the Show.

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