Storylines: Athletics promoting Barreto

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? The Oakland Athletics are continuing their youth movement.  They have promoted top prospect Franklin Barreto to the majors per a club announcement.  Over the past few weeks the Athletics have given more playing time to their younger crop of players while benching the veterans or parting with them via trade or outright release.  Barreto is just the latest young talented player the Athletics are giving time to.  He’s spent the entire season at Triple-A where he’s hit .281/.326/.428 with eight home runs in 68 games. He’s also whiffed 92 times in just 309 plate appearances showing there is still room for improvement.  Nonetheless the Athletics feel it is time to see how he performs at the major league level while they are sending current shortstop Chad Pinder to the DL with a left hamstring strain.  Barreto has been speculated to profile better as a second baseman so even if Pinder returns in short time, Barreto may be moved off to second base.  That would mean less playing time for current second baseman Jed Lowrie, but his time in Oakland seems to b coming to an end anyways.  He’s played terrific so far this eason but he’s a veteran on an expiring contract so the Athletics have more incentive to move him via trade than hang onto him and let him walk for nothing.  Despite owning one of the worst records in baseball, the Athletics are hoping for a brighter future with their incoming wave of young talent.

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? There is a reported mystery team involved in the bidding for Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.  The Marlins are reportedly close to moving him via trade and it has appeared the Tampa Bay Rays are frontrunners but as usual, a mystery team is involved in the bidding and may end up swooping in at the last minute and strike a deal to take Hechavarria off the Marlins’ hands.

? The Baltimore Orioles are seeking out additional pitching help prior to the trade deadline per Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun.  The Orioles have one of the worst pitching rotations in baseball.  Their saving grace is their offense which has shown the ability to be explosive at times, thus why they are not throwing in the towel and focusing on being buyers once again at the deadline.

? The New York Mets made headlines earlier in the week when it was reported they were open for business regarding trades.  The Mets are inclined to keep at least one veteran player on the team past the trade deadline.  That is left-hander Jerry Blevins per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The southpaw has been a key left-handed weapon out of the bullpen and the Mets intend to compete in 2018, so keeping him for another season makes sense.

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