NL West Notes: Estrada, Blackmon, Dodgers, Peralta, Ohtani

NL West Notes: Estrada, Blackmon, Dodgers, Peralta, Ohtani

Giants infielder Thairo Estrada is likely to be added to the seven-day concussion injured list after being hit in the head by one Mark Leiter Jr. Pitch in yesterday’s game. Estrada was able to leave the field under his own power after initially spending time on site to be examined by the team’s medical staff. Estrada has hit .262/.316/.406 on 342 plate appearances this season, a step short of his solid numbers from 2021 but still good for an above-average 106 wRC+.

With that respectable hitter and his defensive versatility, Estrada was a valuable member of San Francisco’s roster, but his likely absence will leave the Giants pretty thin at shortstop. With Brandon Crawford on the 10-day IL and not yet started a rehab assignment, Jason Voesler is the only player on the active squad who has ever been at shortstop this season. It seems likely that one of Isan Diaz or Donovan Walton must be called by Triple-A to fill this gap unless the Giants make another move before the trade deadline. Since the Giants could be salesmen by the deadline, Estrada’s injury likely means he will remain in San Francisco beyond Aug. 2, although his team control during the 2026 season has already made him one of the Giants players who are less likely are.

More from all over the NL West…

  • rockies GM Bill Schmidt told reporters (including Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders) that the club had not received any trade requests Charlie Blackmon, although it doesn’t look like Blackmon will give up his 10-and-5 rights to allow a deal. Blackmon has spent his entire professional career with the Colorado organization, and “I think it would be a lot more fulfilling for me to be successful with the Rockies than doing it anywhere else given what I’ve been through and the dedication of both of them Pages.” Blackmon said back in October that he plans to exercise his 2023 player option (worth at least $10 million) and indicated to Saunders and other reporters that his perspective hasn’t changed.
  • Before the diamond markers traded David Peralta to the Rays yesterday, The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya reported that the dodgers interested in the services of Peralta. With Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy With the Dodgers struggling all season, they could use a little more help off the left side of the plate, and the team has the flexibility to explore options ranging from platoon options to Superstars Juan Soto. As for Peralta, it could be that the D’Backs preferred the Rays’ offer to what the Dodgers were willing to give up, or maybe Arizona wanted more in return for Peralta moving to a division rival.
  • Speaking of big left-handed bats, “the dodgers tried to hire them Angel‘ about a possible one Shhei Ohtani Handel, Jon Morosi of MLB Network tweets. The Angels are reportedly at least listening to offers from other teams for Ohtani, even though Anaheim’s asking price is said to be high and a trade seems unlikely. Morosi’s specific phrasing implies that the Angels were unwilling to truly “engage” in discussions with the Dodgers, which is perhaps unsurprising — as Morosi notes, “many in the industry are skeptical that Ohtani is involved in the Angels’ geographic location.” would be admitted rival.”