There weren’t any MLB or affiliate games on Wednesday, and there also weren’t any draft signings.
Thursday will have a few MLB teams beginning their post All-Star break schedule, but the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t start back up again till Friday.
Not much else going on, other than mostly simmering feelings about the draft. There are a few rumors swirling around Daniel Vogelbach, mostly surrounding the New York Mets inquiring on the first baseman.
With regards to trades, the one aspect I miss is the ability to trade International slot money. The International market is actually a bit of a hot topic this week. The MLB and MLBPA have a deadline of July 25th to come to an agreement on a draft, or it returns to the status quo. MLB’s proposal would institute an International draft in 2024, whereas the MLBPA proposal would begin the draft in 2023.
This would’ve been a great year to still have the ability to trade slot money, as majority of the Pirates presumed “assets” don’t appear to likely draw much of a return.