NL West Notes: Gonsolin, Belt, Bryant – MLB Trade Rumors

NL West Notes: Gonsolin, Belt, Bryant - MLB Trade Rumors

Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin continues to work his way back from a right forearm strain, having been placed on the 15-day injured list on Aug. 29. The rehabilitation of Gonsolin did not move as quickly as the team initially hoped, but Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times relayed that he responded well to a bullpen session earlier this week. Gonsolin’s role with the Dodgers upon his return is not set in stone, with Gonsolin revealing that he and manager Dave Roberts have discussed “different routes” for his role when he returns.

In his first full season starting, Gonsolin was nothing short of remarkable, pitching to a 2.49 ERA, 23.7 K%, 7.2 BB% in 128 1/3 innings (23 starts). These impressive numbers propelled him to his first All-Star game, but he already surpassed his previous high innings, 128, set in 2018. Additionally, after dealing with a forearm strain, it makes sense why the Dodgers may be hesitant to push. their young, controllable starter ahead of their upcoming playoff run.

Elsewhere around the division…

  • Giants loyal Brandon Zone enters free agency coming off his third surgery on his right knee, but he said Andrew Baggarly of The Football Club this week that his knee “feels great” about two weeks after surgery. Belt says he feels “like a brand new person,” while adding that he knows there’s “a lot more left in me” and explaining that he’s already shed his crutches. Belt also added that he has about four weeks of rehab before he’s back to normal — plenty of time for normal offseason preparation. Belt expressed interest in returning to San Francisco but indicated he would be willing to play elsewhere if the team was “ready to move on.” The 34-year-old did not categorically rule out the idea of ​​retirement, stating that “it has to be the right situation for me to continue” and that it does not make sense to “go play for nothing” stating that he would not accept a minor league contract. Although Belt had a disappointing 2022 season, slashing .213/.326/.350 for a .676 OPS, he is less than a year removed from posting back-to-back .900+ OPS seasons and is a career .261/.356/ .458 hitter.
  • The Rocky Mountains still still officially shut down third baseman Chris Bryant for the season. However, there is still no timetable for Bryant’s return to the field. In a chat with reporters (incl Patrick Mooney of the Athletic) this afternoon, Bryant stated that the Rockies want him to “feel really good in the offseason” and that he wants “an offseason as close to normal as possible.” With those sentiments, it seems likely that the 30-year-old will not start again this season with the Rockies destined to miss the playoffs for the fourth season in a row. Overall, Bryant is in the first year of a seven-year, $182MM contract, but has appeared in just 42 games with the Rockies, being placed on the injured list three times because of a strained lower back and plantar fasciitis in his left foot. However, when healthy he performed at a high standard, slashing .306/.376/.475 for an .851 OPS, albeit in a hitter-friendly environment.

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