It’s Monday, and it’s time to hit those links you might have missed from last week:
- John Heyman from Fanrag Sports reports that the Padres are vying to get the highly touted Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo for Brad Hand. Verdugo is Dodgers’ number two prospect and 50th ranked prospect in all of baseball.
- Chad Raines wrote in Gaslampball that the Yankees are looking at Brandon Maurer as a cheap replacement for the elusive Brad Hand. The Yankees bull pen has mightily struggled in the recent past and in Maurer, they would have someone who could to take the place of Tyler Clippard.
- After Brad Hand tossed an impressive 1-2-3 seventh inning for the National League, AJ Cassavell articulated how impressive the lefty was at MLB.com.
- To a certain degree, the Padres and Dodgers have have a solid fan base in Mexico. If reports are to be believed, the two familiar foes could play a regular-season series in the 5,200-seat Estadio Fray Nano, Mexico City, as Scott Allen from The Washington Post reports. The Padres first played in Mexico way back in 1996 when Fernando Valenzuela, a Mexico native, threw the first pitch for the Padres against the Mets.
- In other minor league news, here is Roy Thomasson’s analysis about all the recent minor league transactions, promotions and demotions.