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The Major League Baseball trade deadline might be a little less than two months away, but general managers around the league are already trying to identify how to make their teams better. Between additions, subtractions, and trying to account for injuries, there is a lot of news going around the league right now. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories of the last week.

Rangers Get Crushing Blow To Rotation

The Texas Rangers have been one of the most surprising teams in baseball this year. Not only do they have the best record in the American League West at 41-23, they have the second-best record in the American League. Unfortunately, the team’s rotation took a crushing blow last week.

The Rangers announced that superstar offseason acquisition Jacob deGrom was undergoing Tommy John surgery and would be out not only the rest of this year, but for at least part of next season too.

deGrom only pitched in six games this season, going 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA, 0.758 WHIP, and he had 45 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. Unfortunately, his recurring injuries, which has prevented him from pitching over 100 innings since 2019, have struck again.

For the Rangers, this is not what they had hoped for after signing deGrom to a five-year deal worth $185 million over the offseason. It is worth noting that he had a conditional option for 2028, which will now become a club option for $20 million.

Despite their current five-game lead over Houston, the Astros are still the favorites to win the division at -115. The Rangers are right on their heels, though, at +110. They also have the sixth-best odds of winning the World Series at +1600.

Alonso To Miss A Few Weeks

The Rangers are not the only one that is going to be missing a superstar for a little while. While not nearly to the extent of deGrom’s injury, the New York Mets will be without first baseman Pete Alonso for a few weeks as he has a sprain in his left wrist to go along with a bone bruise.

The 28-year-old Alonso has been off to a strong start. While hitting just .231/.326/.546, he has 22 home runs, 49 runs batted in, and 41 runs scored.

This is obviously a big blow for a Mets team that went all in this offseason. They have struggled thus far as they are just 31-35, good for fourth in the NL East.

Their rough start has also affected their odds of winning the division. Currently, they have the fourth-best odds to do so at +3000.

Angels Bring In Veteran On Minor League Deal

The Los Angeles Angels brought in a veteran infielder on a minor league deal this week as they signed 38-year-old Daniel Murphy.

Murphy last played in 2020, with the Colorado Rockies, where he hit .236/.275/.333 with three home runs and 16 runs batted in over 123 at bats. His best season was in 2016, when he hit .347/.390/.595 with 25 home runs and 104 runs batted in for the Nationals.

While Murphy’s best days are behind him, the Angels are hoping to give some depth options for an infield that has struggled with consistency this season.

Guardians Retain Plesac, Outright Him To Triple-A

A little over a week ago, the Cleveland Guardians designated righty Zach Plesac for assignment; however, it appears as if no one was interested in claiming the 28-year-old.

On Sunday, the team announced that Plesac had cleared waivers and was accepting an assignment to their Triple-A affiliate.

In five games with the Guardians this season, Plesac was just 1-1 with a 7.59 ERA, 1.969 WHIP, and he had struck out 14 in 21.1 innings.

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