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MLB News and Notes for Monday, June 6th, 2022

As the season hovers around the one-third mark, teams are starting to get a sense of whether they are contenders or pretenders this season.

Even though the focus right now is on the field, there is plenty of news happening off of it as well. From extensions to firings, this week saw a little bit of everything.

Here are some of the biggest stories of the week around Major League Baseball.

Astros Extend Yordan

Despite being just 25-years-old, Yordan Alvarez has established himself as one of the best sluggers in all of baseball. On Friday, the Houston Astros ensured that he would be remaining in the organization for the foreseeable future.

First reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Astros and Alvarez agreed on a deal that will keep the slugger in Houston through at least 2028. A six-year deal worth $115 million, the deal kicks in next year and buys out three free agent seasons for Alvarez.

Those three free-agent years, from 2026 to 2028, will pay Alvarez $26 million each of those three seasons.

Alvarez was acquired by the Astros from the Los Angeles Dodgers for reliever Josh Fields. Since breaking into the big leagues in 2019, Alvarez has done nothing but hit.

This season, in 173 at bats, he is hitting .295/.391/.624 with 16 home runs, 34 runs batted in, and 35 runs scored.

While most view Alvarez as a designated hitter, he has increased his workload in the outfield this season. Through 48 games played this year, he has played 28 as designated hitter and 20 in left field.

At 35-19, the Astros lead the AL West by 8.5 games over the Los Angeles Angels. They are the favorites to win the division at -490, and they have the fourth-best odds of winning the World Series this season at +750.

Yankees’ Andujar Requests Trade

The New York Yankees have absolutely dominated early on in the season as they have the best record in all of baseball at 39-15. While they have had an immense amount of success, there have been some minor issues that have popped up.

On Saturday, one of those issues surfaced as Miguel Andujar requested a trade. According to Hector Gomez of Z101 Digital, Andujar made the request after being optioned to make room for Giancarlo Stanton’s return from injury.

This season, the 27-year-old Andujar is hitting .268/.279/.317 in 41 at bats with no home runs and just three runs batted in.

Andujar really broke out in 2018, when he hit 27 home runs and drove in 92, but it has been all downhill since. Since then, Andujar has struggled with injuries and consistency.

Whether a trade happens or not, the Yankees have been just fine without Andujar. They currently have the best odds of winning the AL East (-220) and the second-best odds of winning the World Series (+650).

Phillies Fire Manager, Lose Second Baseman

After a rough start to the season, the Philadelphia Phillies announced on Friday that they decided to part ways with manager Joe Girardi. In his place, Rob Thompson will take over as interim manager for the rest of the season.

Girardi managed the Phillies for just over two seasons and leaves with a combined 132-141 record.

This season, the Phillies are 25-29, 11 games back of the New York Mets in the NL East. Entering play Monday, they have the third-best odds of winning the division at +1500.

While the Phillies have one of the higher payrolls in baseball, there are certainly flaws in their roster, particularly in the bullpen. Still, as the team struggled out of the gate, management decided it was the right time to get a new voice leading the club for the rest of the season.

As Thompson takes over, he will be without one of his veterans for the foreseeable future. Earlier this week, the Phillies announced Jean Segura would be out for up to 10-12 weeks after having surgery on a fractured finger.

This season, the 32-year-old Segura is hitting .275/.324/.407 with six home runs, 19 runs batted in, 22 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 167 at bats.

With Segura out, Johan Camargo and Bryson Scott will see time at second base.

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