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Friday Bantering: 3 Angels on Restricted List

And other Jays stuff.

Toronto Blue Jays (6) Vs. Boston Red Sox (5) at Fenway Park, 10 Innings Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Happy Friday and Happy Jays Return Home Day.

Mitch White almost has to go 5-6 innings in today’s game, considering the state of the Jays bullpen. I kind of expected some moves today, but nope. Unless they are going to announce something later.

There are three Angels players who aren’t making the trip to Toronto for reasons of ‘we did our own research’:

  • Taylor Ward
  • Aaron Loup
  • Ryan Tepera

Ward is having a good season, hitting .261/.351/.447 with 17 home runs, playing mostly right-field. Loup has a 4.05 ERA in 51 games, with 18 walks and 48 strikeouts (and 6 hit batters). Tepera has a 3.80 ERA in 46 games, 18 walks and 33 strikeouts.

The Mariners have signed Julio Rodriguez to a long extension. It is complicated. The least he could make is $120 over the next eight seasons, including this one. After seven years, the Mariners has to decide to ‘extend’ him by either eight years or ten years. What those years would be worth depends on how Rodriguez votes in MVP voting. At minimum, he would get eight years and $120 million more, at most ten years and $350 million more.

If the Mariners don’t exercise their option, Rodriguez has a five-year player option worth $90 million,

If the team doesn’t pick up their option and Rodriguez declines his option, he would be a free agent the winter before his age 30 season.

And there is a full no-trade clause.

If you want to read through how MVP voting can affect his contract, Jeff Passan has a thread on Twitter:

And there is more, if the Mariners decline his option and he takes his option, his five-year option $90 million could become five years at $125.5 million depending on All-Star games and Silver Slugger awards. It is very complicated:

Dear Blue Jays Front Office.....Get on the phone with Vlad Guerrero Jr. and his agent. Today.

George Springer will likely play with Team Puerto Rico for the WBC.

Bryce Harper is back in the lineup for the Phillies after two months on the IL.

And an All-Star team of MLB players are going to go to Korea to play KBO stars from November 9th to 16th.

Today’s lineups. Springer is in again. Kirk catches. Merrifield plays center. Espinal second base:

Today's Lineups

David Fletcher - 2B George Springer - DH
Mike Trout - CF Vladimir Guerrero - 1B
Shohei Ohtani - DH Lourdes Gurriel - LF
Luis Rengifo - 3B Alejandro Kirk - C
Mike Ford - 1B Teoscar Hernandez - RF
Matt Thaiss - C Bo Bichette - SS
Jo Adell - LF Matt Chapman - 3B
Ryan Aguilar - RF Whit Merrifield - CF
Andrew Velazquez - SS Santiago Espinal - 2B
Reid Detmers - LHP Mitch White - RHP