Florida Ratings: Marlins, Rays, Lopez, Rojas, Yankees, Franco, Baz, Cooper

The Yankees were known to aim Pablo Lopez before the trade deadline, and reports suggested that Gleyber Torres was involved in the talks between New York and Miami. A job offered by marlins would have seen Lopez and Miguel Rojas head to the Bronx in exchange for Torres and a field prospect Oswald Perazareports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, but the Yankees rejected the offer.

Antoine Volpe is considered one of the best prospects in all of baseball, so while Peraza is a top-100 staple in his own right, he could have been more of an expendable item in trade talks. New York were always reluctant to move Peraza, and while the club would have been open to moving him to a possible Frankie Montas trade, the Yankees ended up landing Montas from the athletics for another trade package that did not involve Peraza. The inclusion of longtime Miami staple Rojas is an interesting wrinkle, as the Marlins presumably offered Rojas as a replacement for Torres in the Yankees’ interior mix, and may have been looking to give the veteran a chance. to win a ring with a competitor. This creates an interesting timeline and any of these players could potentially be part of different trade talks should the two teams rekindle negotiations this winter.

A few rumbles from the Marlins and Rays, as we check out the two Sunshine State teams…

  • After some on-court drills and batting practice on Wednesday, Take a walk Franco told reporters (including Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times) that “I feel great right now and [am] get better“, regarding his injured right hand. Pain in that hand led to Franco being pulled from his rehab assignment earlier this week, and the Rays will continue to monitor Franco’s injury before deciding when to return to minor league work. Talk with Topkin and company today Rays manager Kevin Cash said Saturday would be the earliest date for Franco to resume his rehab assignment. Franco has only played 58 games this season due to a quadratic strain and then hamate bone surgery, and his return would be a big boost for a Rays club trying to secure a berth. joker.
  • In other Rays Topkin injury updates, Josh Fleming and matt wisler each began minor league rehab assignments in the past two days, while JP Feyereisen will kick off a live batting practice session before the team decides on his rehab assignment. It’s a good development for Feyereisen, who suffered a brief setback with shoulder pain earlier this month. Shane Baz also said Topkin and other journalists that he will begin a pitching program on Monday, but it remains to be seen if Baz can be fully operational in time to return to big league action before the end of the season. A sprained elbow sent Baz to IL for 15 days and then IL for 60 days retroactively to July 14, so it will be a few more weeks before he’s even eligible to be activated.
  • Garrett Cooper is two games into a minor league rehab assignment and could be back on the Marlins’ active roster as soon as Friday. Manager Don Mattingly told reporters Cooper was scheduled to play three games as part of his recovery from a seven-day stint on IL’s concussion, and Cooper is no longer showing any symptoms. Cooper’s placement in IL was retroactive to August 17, and it doesn’t look like he’ll miss much more time beyond the seven-day minimum.

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