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The Daily Chop: Unpredictable Trade Deadline, Austin Riley breakout and more

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As spring gives way to summer, Major League Baseball could be headed for an interesting trade deadline. There are a number of factors that could play a part in trade discussions for teams looking to strengthen themselves for the stretch run. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal examined some of those factors in a notes column Friday.

The rise in injuries around the league has teams reluctant to trade as that depth could be hard to replace. Additionally, the lack of a minor league season in 2020 has limited the amount of looks that teams have given to lower level prospects. There is also a financial component that must be considered with the league heading into an uncertain offseason with looming CBA negotiations.

The Braves figure to be a team that will be looking to make upgrades so it will be interesting to see how things shape up the closer we get to the deadline.

Braves News

At FanGraphs, Devan Fink takes a closer look at Austin Riley’s breakout season and explains why it could be sustainable this time around.

We are just over a month away from the MLB Draft and here are some names to keep an eye on.

MLB News

Two more Major League Baseball teams have reached the 85% threshold for relaxed coronavirus protocols bringing the total to 22 of 30 teams. The league announced Friday that 85.1% of Tier 1 personnel have been partially or fully vaccinated.

Mets acting GM Zack Scott refuted comments made by first baseman Pete Alonso a day earlier where he accused Major League Baseball of manipulating baseballs in order to hurt potential free agents.

“I didn’t know Pete was a conspiracy theorist,” Scott said

“The way teams value and evaluate performance is relative to levels, so we’re not going to be fooled by offense is way up or way down,” he said. “We’re going to look at players about relative to how the league is playing. So it would have no influence on how players are valued or paid.”

Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen is taking a physical leave of absence from the team to be with his wife Nicole who is battling brain cancer.

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired right-hander Matt Wisler from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for minor league pitcher Michael Plassmeyer. Wisler posted a 6.05 ERA in 19 1/3 innings for San Francisco before he was designated for assignment Wednesday.

The San Diego Padres plan to sign reliever Joe Beimel to a minor league contract. Beimel is now 44 years old and made his Major League debut with the Pirates back in 2001. He last pitched in the majors in 2014 with the Mariners.