MLB Betting Rumors Of The Week, August 26th

Posted by Daniel Strum on Wednesday,August 26, 2015 12:57, EDT in

We’re getting close to September, which means that the playoff races within Major League Baseball are getting even hotter. for MLB betting fans. Let’s take a look at some of the latest gossip around the league.

MLB Betting Rumors Of The Week, August 26th



Seattle Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson has cleared waivers and has also been the talk of trade rumors in recent days, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi. Jackson, 28, has been inconsistent at the dish this year, striking out 103 times in 398 at bats and hitting just .259. He did have some good years with Detroit before the Tigers shipped him to Seattle in 2014.

Jackson is due to hit free agency in the offseason, and if the Mariners did put him on waivers to try to shop him around, it will be intriguing to see what teams want to take a flyer on this player as the waiver trade deadline of August 31 nears.

The Chicago Cubs have signed Quintin Berry to a minor league deal, reports WSCR-AM’s Bruce Levine. It was just about two years ago on the dot that the Red Sox grabbed Berry from Kansas City, using him primarily as a pinch runner as the Sox cruised toward a World Series title.

Now 30, Berry is still a speedster on the bases, and it may be that the Cubs have something similar in mind. At Triple-A Pawtucket, Berry didn’t hit all that well, but he still stole 35 bases before Boston granted him his outright release. In his career, he has stolen all 30 bases that he has attempted, including postseason steals. It will be interesting to see how the Cubs plan to put Berry to use. The Cubs do have to add him to their 40-man major league roster by August 31 if they plan to use him in the playoffs this year.

The Philadelphia Phillies had put Jeff Francoeur on waivers, but they pulled him back off when a team placed a claim on him. The Phillies have not been able to cobble together a deal with the team that claimed him, reports’s Jerry Crasnick. Now, the Phils won’t be able to trade Francoeur this month. Now 31.

Francoeur is having one of his hottest seasons at the plate, and several other teams had expressed interest in his services at the non-waiver trade deadline, but the Phillies didn’t deal him. Now it looks like they will keep him the rest of the way. It’s possible that they want to sign him back as a free agent in order to mentor the club’s younger talent along.

Ron Washington is back on the field in Oakland. The 63-year-old former manager of the Texas Rangers had resigned that gig suddenly in 2014 because of a personal situation. Oakland had brought him back as a special defensive instructor, and when the A’s went through a reshuffling of the deck and released third base coach Mike Gallego, there was room for Washington to take that role.

According to Jim Caple of, Washington said, “I’m just happy to be back in the dugout.” It’s been a long road for Washingotn, who has spent his whole life in baseball and has been almost to the very apex, leading the Rangers to the World Series in 2010 and 2011, just falling short against San Francisco and St. Louis, respectively.