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Report: No Untouchables In Yankees' Farm System  

The first-place Yankees are aiming for a championship this year, and it seems they’re prepared to pay steep prospect prices at the July 31 trade deadline in order to increase their chances. The team has no “untouchable” players in its farm system, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. No Yankees prospect has generated…

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2019-07-16 06:41:41



Cubs Acquire Martin Maldonado For Mike Montgomery  

The Cubs have acquired catcher Martin Maldonado from the Royals, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets. Left-hander Mike Montgomery’s going to Kansas City in the swap, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. The teams have confirmed the trade. With Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini having combined to offer excellent behind-the-plate production in 2019, the Cubs don’t…

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2019-07-16 06:20:57



Reds GM Nick Krall On Deadline Approach, Yasiel Puig  

Reds GM Nick Krall chatted with Jon Heyman and Josh Lewin on the Big Time Baseball Podcast (audio link), providing some information on the team’s approach to the swiftly approaching trade deadline. He largely echoed the recent comments of his boss, president of baseball operations Dick Williams, but put a slightly different spin on things.…

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2019-07-16 06:18:59



Pitcher Notes: Fried, Eovaldi, A. Wood, Brewers, Rangers  

Braves southpaw Max Fried exited his start Monday with a blister on his left index finger, David O’Brien of The Athletic writes (subscription link). The Braves will re-evaluate Fried on Tuesday, per O’Brien, who points out blister issues have “plagued” the 25-year-old in the past. Blisters can be serious enough to lead to injury list…

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2019-07-16 05:26:45



Royals “Close” To Trading Martin Maldonado  

The Royals pulled catcher Martin Maldonado from their game Monday, likely because a deal is on the way. They’ve been “working on a trade” involving Maldonado with an unknown team, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. A trade is indeed “close,” Mark Feinsand of MLB.com adds on Twitter. A former Brewer, Angel and Astro, Maldonado…

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2019-07-16 03:54:10



Mariners Release Jon Niese, Tyler Cloyd  

The Mariners have released left-hander Jon Niese and righty Tyler Cloyd, Triple-A Tacoma broadcaster Mike Curto reports. Both pitchers had been on the Rainiers’ roster. Niese’s release is the latest unwelcome development in what has largely been a solid professional career. The 32-year-old lasted just under three months with the Mariners, who inked him to…

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2019-07-16 03:13:33



Giants Place Evan Longoria On 10-Day IL  

Giants third baseman Evan Longoria has been forced to the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters including Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group (Twitter link). His timeline to return is not yet known. It’s unfortunate to see Longoria go down at this particular time. He has been on a…

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2019-07-16 01:45:38



Rays Have Asked About Zack Wheeler  

Mets right-hander and prime trade candidate Zack Wheeler went on the injured list Monday with shoulder fatigue – an issue that may damage or destroy his value. However, if Wheeler makes it back in the next couple weeks, the Rays could be among the teams competing for him around the July 31 trade deadline. They’ve…

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2019-07-16 01:06:03



Tigers Select Trevor Rosenthal  

The Tigers announced that they’ve selected the contract of right-hander Trevor Rosenthal from Triple-A Toledo. The former Cardinals closer signed a minor league pact with Detroit after being released by the Nationals in late June. Detroit’s 40-man roster is now full. Rosenthal, 29, slogged through a catastrophic few months in the Nationals organization prior to…

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2019-07-15 20:40:39



Trade Candidates: Top 5 Hitters By xwOBA  

Plenty of major league hitters are trade candidates leading up to the July 31 deadline, but which ones truly stand out as players who could help a team’s offense down the stretch? Let’s take a look at the cream of the crop (minimum 100 plate appearances), with help from the enormous trade candidates list MLBTR’s…

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2019-07-15 19:42:04



Minor MLB Transactions: 7/15/19  

We’ll kick off the week with a handful of minor moves from around the league… The Mets have released right-handed reliever Arquimedes Caminero from their Triple-A affiliate, as first noted on the International League transactions log. The flamethrowing 32-year-old generated solid results with the Pirates in 2015-16 before signing on to pitch with Japan’s Yomiuri…

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2019-07-15 14:10:58



Angels Acquire Anthony Bemboom  

The Angels announced that they’ve acquired catcher Anthony Bemboom from the Rays for cash considerations. This is the second transaction of the day involving Bemboom, whom the Rays designated for assignment in the afternoon. The 29-year-old had been on the 60-day injured list for two-plus months before then because of a knee issue, but his…

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2019-07-15 12:59:24



Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List  

The Mets will place right-hander and top trade candidate Zack Wheeler on the injured list today due to shoulder fatigue, reports Newsday’s Tim Healey (Twitter link). Lefty Steven Matz will start in place of Wheeler tomorrow. It’s still not known precisely how Wheeler’s trade status and value will be impacted. Even if the move is backdated…

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2019-07-15 12:03:36



Latest On Cubs' Trade Deadline Focus  

The Cubs’ signing of Craig Kimbrel last month may have crossed one item off their trade deadline to-do list, but the NL Central division leaders aren’t necessarily sitting back. Manager Joe Maddon spoke openly over the weekend about the manner in which the team is missing the “consistent” and “professional” at-bats brought to the table…

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2019-07-15 11:41:12



Royals Likely To Move Hamilton, Gore  

So much focus this time of the year is placed on the biggest names on the trade market. And while it’s understandable that everyone wants to know where Madison Bumgarner, Marcus Stroman and other players of that ilk will land, it’s also true that smaller-scale deals can often have considerable postseason ramifications. To that end,…

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2019-07-15 11:40:15



Latest On Tyler Glasnow  

Rays righty Tyler Glasnow will not be allowed to throw for at least two weeks after his latest MRI, manager Kevin Cash told reporters including MLB.com’s Juan Toribio (Twitter link). The skipper says he doesn’t know whether the young righty will have time to ramp back up in order to return this season. That’s not terribly…

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2019-07-15 09:28:07



Brewers, Giants Have Discussed Will Smith Trade  

The Brewers and Giants have been in talks about a potential trade that would send lefty Will Smith from San Francisco back to Milwaukee, reports Robert Murray of The Athletic (subscription required). The Giants are particularly interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon, per Murray, though he specifies that no deal is close between the…

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2019-07-15 08:19:38



Astros, Phillies Have Shown “Recent Interest” In Robbie Ray  

Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray is one of the top rotation targets on this summer’s trade market. The Arizona organization will have to decide whether the time is right to cash in on the southpaw, who’s earning $6.05MM in 2019 and can be controlled via arbitration for one more season beyond the present. The Astros and…

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2019-07-15 07:10:55



Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment  

The Red Sox announced Monday that they’ve designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment and optioned right-hander Hector Velazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket. In a pair of corresponding moves, right-hander Ryan Weber and first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis were called up from Triple-A. Now 32 years of age, Nunez proved to be an excellent pickup for Boston when…

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2019-07-15 06:23:06



Rays Designate Anthony Bemboom For Assignment  

The Rays have reinstated catcher Anthony Bemboom from the 60-day injured list and designated him for assignment, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Bemboom, 29, made his MLB debut earlier this season after grinding through seven years in the minors. Unfortunately, in the same game that saw Bemboom collect his first…

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2019-07-15 05:49:30



Chris Taylor Diagnosed With Fractured Forearm  

Dodgers utilityman Chris Taylor has been diagnosed with a fractured forearm, per a club announcement (via Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, on Twitter). He’ll be replaced on the active roster by Matt Beaty. It isn’t known at present what kind of an absence the club can anticipate from Taylor, a shape-shifting defender and…

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2019-07-15 05:44:06



Injury Notes: Ozuna, Gyorko, Winker, Longoria  

The latest on some injury situations from around baseball… Marcell Ozuna isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return to the Cardinals lineup, MLB.com’s Anne Rogers writes, as the outfielder is still battling swelling in his right hand.  As a result, Ozuna “hasn't been able to test his grip strength much.”  Ozuna suffered a fractured…

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2019-07-15 04:33:47



Cardinals Move Michael Wacha Back To Bullpen  

The Cardinals have removed Michael Wacha from their rotation for the second time this season, Wacha told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other reporters.  Daniel Ponce de Leon will now take Wacha’s spot in the rotation and start on Wednesday against the Pirates. Wacha had been originally slated to start on Tuesday,…

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2019-07-15 04:05:34



Dodgers Designate Zac Rosscup  

The Dodgers have designated lefty Zac Rosscup for assignment, per a club announcement. Taking his active roster spot is fellow reliever Casey Sadler. The swap clears a 40-man opening for the Los Angeles org. Rosscup, 31, has traveled far and wide over the past several seasons. This year alone, he has appeared in the majors with three…

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2019-07-15 03:48:43



MLBTR Chat Transcript: 7/15/19  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with host Jeff Todd.

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2019-07-15 03:18:09



Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest  

The Orioles made their first of what will likely be several trades over the weekend when they dealt Andrew Cashner to the Red Sox, and Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports that closer Mychal Givens is drawing interest and is “definitely” available — a departure from recent seasons under previous front office management. The Phillies and…

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2019-07-15 03:06:01



Mariners Activate Sam Tuivailala From 60-Day Injured List  

The Mariners announced Monday that they’ve reinstated right-hander Sam Tuivailala from the 60-day injured list, thus filling one of the two vacancies on their 40-man roster. Tuivailala will join the MLB bullpen as righties Parker Markel and David McKay are optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, per the club. An additional move to fill the 25th spot…

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2019-07-15 02:44:33



AL West Notes: Astros, Bailey, Santana, Rangers  

Pitching is on the Astros’ mind as the AL West leaders approach the trade deadline, and both starters or relievers could be on the menu, GM Jeff Luhnow told The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan (subscription required).  “It all depends on whether or not we're able to acquire a starter and what that means for the rest…

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2019-07-15 02:12:03



Cubs' Mike Montgomery Reportedly “Involved” In Trade Discussions  

The Cubs are seeking a left-handed reliever in advance of the July 31 deadline, but one of their own southpaws – Mike Montgomery – “has been involved in trade talks,” Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com writes. However, it’s unclear whether there’s a deal featuring Montgomery on the horizon. Now 30, Montgomery joined the Cubs in July…

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2019-07-15 01:50:11



Red Sox Activate Andrew Cashner, Place Steven Wright On IL  

The Red Sox have placed right-hander Steven Wright on the 10-day injured list to make room for newly-acquired pitcher Andrew Cashner on the active roster, reports Ian Browne of MLB.com. Cashner is in line to make his first start for Boston on Tuesday. Wright suffered a contusion on his right foot after being hit by…

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2019-07-14 21:44:51



Indians Notes: Bauer, Otero, Salazar  

Here’s the latest from Progressive Field… While an extra year of control is generally considered as a boon to a player’s trade value, this may not necessarily be the case for Trevor Bauer, as Ken Rosenthal explains in his latest video report for FOX Sports.  Bauer has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining in 2020,…

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2019-07-14 18:46:29



Rays Intend To Buy At The Deadline  

With just over two weeks until the trade deadline, the Rays are scouring the market for upgrades, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. “What we think of this group and the way they've played so far it certainly motivates us to want to help them out however we can," front office head Chaim…

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2019-07-14 14:25:08



Aroldis Chapman On Upcoming Opt-Out Decision  

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is one of several prominent major leaguers who will have a chance to opt out of his contract after the season. Unlike a lot of his peers, there’s seemingly a realistic shot Chapman will vacate the remainder of his deal. The Cuban fireballer briefly discussed his future with Ken Davidoff of…

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2019-07-14 13:46:17



Astros' Brad Peacock Has Setback In Injury Rehab  

Brad Peacock and the Astros were hoping that the right-hander was ready to return to the starting rotation tomorrow, though Peacock will now instead visit with team doctors after feeling soreness in his throwing shoulder, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters (including The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan).  Peacock reported the setback a day after a bullpen session…

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2019-07-14 12:28:47



Jonathan Lucroy To Undergo Surgery, Expected To Miss Three Weeks  

Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy will undergo a brief procedure on Tuesday to mend his nasal fracture, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com adds on Twitter that manager Brad Ausmus expects his catcher to miss about three weeks due to the operation. Lucroy bore the brunt of a…

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2019-07-14 12:19:58



MLBTR Chat With Mark Polishuk  

Click here to enter the Sunday evening baseball chat, moderated by Mark Polishuk of the MLB Trade Rumors writing staff

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2019-07-14 11:29:03



Athletics Acquire Homer Bailey  

The Oakland Athletics have closed on a deal to acquire Kansas City’s Homer Bailey, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported (via Twitter) that a trade was imminent. The Royals will receive minor-league infielder Kevin Merrell in return, according to an official Athletics release. Bailey, 33, will go down as…

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2019-07-14 08:23:53



Mariners Outright Andrew Moore  

Mariners right-hander Andrew Moore has passed through waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. The move leaves the Mariners with 38 players on the 40-man roster. Moore has made only one start for Seattle this year, lasting 4 2/3 innings and conceding four runs. He was…

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2019-07-14 07:17:26



Phillies Place Tommy Hunter On IL, Recall Edubray Ramos  

The Phillies announced today that right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain. Fellow right-hander Edubray Ramos has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Hunter’s 25-man roster spot. Forearm strains are always ominous for pitchers, but it seems especially alarming in Hunter’s case. The…

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2019-07-14 06:41:11



Luis Severino, Dellin Betances Cleared To Begin Throwing Programs  

Injuries have prevented star Yankees right-handers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances from pitching in 2019, but that could change in the coming weeks. Severino and Betances have been medically cleared to begin throwing programs Monday, per reports from Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News and James Wagner of the New York Times. The…

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2019-07-14 06:09:29



Minor MLB Transactions: 7/14/19  

The latest minor moves from around baseball… Former major league first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp is attempting a comeback with the New Britain Bees of the independent Atlantic League, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. This is the first mention of Carp on MLBTR’s pages since the Orioles released him in April 2016. The 33-year-old hasn’t…

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2019-07-14 04:53:46



Marlins' Bullpen Reportedly Earning Attention Of Scouts  

According to a report from MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, several scouts were in attendance for Saturday night’s game between the Marlins and Mets, presumably with an interest in observing several Miami relievers. Though Frisaro did underscore that the participation of New York starter Noah Syndergaard in tonight’s affair likely had much to do with the heavy…

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2019-07-14 04:49:33



AL Injury Notes: Tigers, Maybin, Lucroy  

The Tigers had a bit of a good news/bad news day in regards to some currently injured players. Gargantuan catcher Grayson Greiner has reportedly suffered a setback in his recovery process, per Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. Sidelined with a lower back injury since June 13th, Greiner experienced a “flare up” in that region…

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2019-07-14 04:39:21



Blue Jays Option Rowdy Tellez  

Following this afternoon’s game, the Blue Jays have optioned 1B/DH Rowdy Tellez to Triple-A Buffalo, per Gregor Chisholm of the Toronto Star. The move leaves the team without its everyday designated hitter. A corresponding roster move has yet to be announced, though Shi Davidi of Sportsnet suggests that outfielder Billy McKinney could be activated from the…

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2019-07-14 03:57:26



East Notes: Thor, Lowe, Bundy, Richard  

The Mets’ struggles have mounted to the point that their general manager acknowledges having “low expectations” for the season’s second half. Despite the organization’s dumpster fire start, their young flamethrower has no hope of going elsewhere. “I love being a Met,” Noah Syndergaard told reporters, including Tim Healey of Newsday. “If something were to ever…

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2019-07-14 03:29:58



Dave Dombrowski On Nathan Eovaldi, Bullpen, Deadline  

The Red Sox addressed their rotation Saturday with the addition of veteran right-hander Andrew Cashner, whom they acquired from the AL East rival Orioles. There had been a need for another starter in Boston, which has lacked a true complement to Chris Sale, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez and Rick Porcello for most of the season.…

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2019-07-14 03:02:05



Mike Trout Leaves Game Due To Calf Tightness  

6:52PM: Trout’s injury isn’t considered to be serious, manager Brad Ausmus told J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group (Twitter link).  Still, Trout will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his calf problem. 5:31PM: Mike Trout left today’s game after two innings due to what the Angels described as right…

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2019-07-14 02:59:42



Padres Reportedly Not “Committed” To Adding Starter  

Running contrary to recent reports linking the Padres to starters Matt Boyd and Noah Syndergaard, MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell today indicated that the team “seems unlikely” to “push” for either pitcher. While Padres general manager A.J. Preller is willing to add a controllable starter, he’s not “committed” to doing so, Cassavell writes. It was just this…

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2019-07-14 02:17:29



Leonys Martin Signs With Chiba Lotte Marines  

Outfielder Leonys Martin has signed a one-year deal with Japan’s Chiba Lotte Marines, according to the Associated Press. Martin became a free agent June 29, a week after the Indians designated him for assignment. Trekking to Asia continues a frenetic 12 months for the 31-year-old Martin. The Indians acquired Martin from Detroit at last July’s…

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2019-07-14 01:24:51



Twins Designate Adalberto Mejia For Assignment  

The Twins have designated lefty Adalberto Mejia for assignment, tweets Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Mejia, 26, was once a borderline top-100 prospect in the Giants farm before being shipped for INF Eduardo Nunez in a 2016 deadline deal. The Twin Cities haven’t been kind to the big lefty – he was…

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2019-07-13 22:54:37



Angels Activate Matt Harvey, Designate Jarrett Parker  

The Angels have activated right-hander Matt Harvey from the injured list and designated outfielder Jarrett Parker for assignment, the team announced. The 30-year-old Harvey is returning after missing almost two months because of an upper back strain. Signed to a one-year, $11MM contract in the offseason, the ex-Met and Red started this season with a…

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2019-07-13 19:11:25



Mariners Notes: Adams, Bradford, Altavilla, King Felix, Long  

The Mariners are no longer pacing the playoff race, but they’re just one behind the Yankees for the league lead in players on the injured list with 12, per MLB.com’s Sarah Wexler, who provides updates on a number of injured Mariners. The bullpen trio of Austin Adams, Chasen Bradford, and Dan Altavilla are all in a…

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2019-07-13 14:58:05



Nationals “Considering” Jake Diekman  

The Nationals, in clear need of bullpen help as the July 31 trade deadline nears, are “considering” Royals left-hander Jake Diekman and other relievers, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (video link). The 32-year-old Diekman’s an obvious trade candidate for the rebuilding Royals, who likely signed him to a $2.75MM guarantee last winter with the…

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2019-07-13 14:41:32



Red Sox Acquire Andrew Cashner  

7:35pm: The Orioles are picking up exactly $1.78MM, per Rosenthal. They’ll also cover “most” of the performance bonuses Cashner could earn, according to Sean McAdam of BostonSportsJournal.com. 5:30pm: Baltimore will pay approximately half of the ~$3.36MM in guarantees left on Cashner’s deal, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets. The Orioles also owe Cashner $1.5MM in…

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2019-07-13 14:26:20



Phillies Sign Logan Morrison  

The Phillies have signed free-agent first baseman Logan Morrison to a minor league contract, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Morrison became available when he opted out of a minors pact with the Yankees on July 2. The 32-year-old Morrison is only two seasons removed from serving as one of the majors’ finest…

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2019-07-13 14:06:33



Rays Activate Ji-Man Choi, Option Ian Gibaut  

The Tampa Bay Rays activated first baseman Ji-Man Choi ahead of today’s action, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). Ian Gibaut has been optioned back to Durham.  Choi missed the minimum ten games for a sprained left ankle. He is a key cog in the middle of the Rays lineup. With…

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2019-07-13 12:44:21



Nationals Place Max Scherzer On Injured List  

The Nationals have placed ace Max Scherzer on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to July 10) with a mid-back strain. They recalled catcher Spencer Kieboom from Double-A Harrisburg to take Scherzer’s 25-man spot. Scherzer last pitched a week ago, when he turned in a seven-inning, four-hit performance with 11 strikeouts against no walks in a…

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2019-07-13 12:23:22



Brewers Select Jay Jackson, Option Mauricio Dubon  

The Brewers have selected the contract of righty Jay Jackson from Triple-A San Antonio and optioned Mauricio Dubon to AAA, the team reports. Jackson, 31, appeared poised for a middle-inning role after a dominant 2015 season for San Diego’s AAA-affiliate, but opted instead to pitch in Japan. He excelled there, too, posting back-to-back seasons of…

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2019-07-13 11:41:01



Keone Kela To Start Rehab Assignment; Erik Gonzalez Suffers Setback  

Pirates reliever Keone Kela has been out since May 4 because of right shoulder inflammation, though he may finally be moving toward a return. The team announced that Kela’s likely to start a rehab assignment at the Triple-A level Saturday. This is the second time Kela has begun a rehab stint since he landed on…

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2019-07-13 09:51:11



Phillies Designate Rob Brantly For Assignment  

The Phillies have designated catcher Rob Brantly for assignment among a series of roster moves, the team reports. Brantly’s contract was selected yesterday by Philly, presumably to hold down the weekend fort with catcher J.T. Realmuto away on paternity leave. In 182 plate appearances for AAA-Lehigh Valley in ’19, the former Tiger and Marlin farmhand…

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2019-07-13 08:53:24



Injury Notes: Scherzer, Kluber, Hamels  

Nationals ace Max Scherzer will push back his first post-All-Star-break start from Sunday to Tuesday due to back tightness, per Sam Fortier of the Washington Post. At 5.5 fWAR on the season, Scherzer trails only Mike Trout (6.4 fWAR) and Cody Bellinger (5.7 fWAR) while leading all pitchers by a fairly significant margin (Lance Lynn…

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2019-07-13 08:38:34



Carlos Correa, Aledmys Díaz To Begin Rehab Assignments On Monday  

According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Houston Astros infielders Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz will both begin minor league rehab assignments with the club’s AAA Round Rock affiliate on Monday (Twitter link). That the two up-the-middle players would begin rehab assignments simultaneously is fitting, considering that both have been sidelined with injuries since a May 26th…

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2019-07-13 08:08:38



Rangers Acquire Nick Solak From Rays  

The Rangers have acquired INF Nick Solak from Tampa for righty Peter Fairbanks, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. More to come…

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2019-07-13 07:53:09



White Sox Designate Juan Minaya For Assignment  

The White Sox have designated righty Juan Minaya for assignment, tweets Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Minaya, a former Astro farmhand, was reasonably effective for the club this season, posting a 3.90 ERA with a decent 27/12 K/BB in 27 2/3 mostly low-leverage innings. ERA estimators were far less impressed, though – his…

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2019-07-13 07:18:37



Minor MLB Transactions: 7/12/19  

Keeping track of the latest minor moves from around baseball… The Giants have signed infielder Cristhian Adames to a minor league contract, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Adames had been with the Cubs until this past Monday, when they released him after injuries limited him to 75 plate appearances with their Triple-A…

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2019-07-13 06:07:55



Andy MacPhail Discusses Phillies' Deadline Approach  

Philadelphia came into 2019 mired in a seven-year playoff drought, but an aggressive winter made the club a popular pick to turn around its fortunes this season. With the second half of the campaign now underway, the good news for the Phillies is that they are in possession of a playoff spot. The bad: It’s…

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2019-07-13 06:04:37



Yankees To Activate Luke Voit; Latest On Stanton, Betances  

The Yankees will activate first baseman Luke Voit from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com tweets. The club cleared room for Voit on Friday by optioning infielder Breyvic Valera to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It’s not apparent from looking at the Yankees’ major league-best 58-31 record, but long-term injuries to core players have haunted…

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2019-07-13 05:53:07



Brodie Van Wagenen Addresses Mets' Struggles, Deadline Plans  

Embattled Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen discussed his team’s dire straits today with the media. Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News and Mike Puma of the New York Post were among those to round up the choicest quotes. MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola approached it from a bit of a different perspective, focusing on the forward-looking…

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2019-07-13 02:35:08



Orioles Place Dylan Bundy On Injured List  

The Orioles placed starting pitcher Dylan Bundy on the 10-day injured list with right knee tendinitis, the team announced today. Pitcher Tayler Scott was recalled from Triple-A. Bundy underwent a medical exam this morning after feeling discomfort during yesterday’s shellacking at the hands of the Rays, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. Bundy and the Orioles will…

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2019-07-13 01:51:04



Retirements: Stewart, Nieuwenhuis  

A couple of former role players are leaving the game… Longtime catcher Chris Stewart has called it quits, Andy Martino of SNY tweets. Stewart entered the pros as a 12th-round pick of the White Sox in 2001 and went on to play with them as well as the Rangers, Yankees, Padres, Giants, Pirates, Braves and…

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2019-07-13 01:11:39



Brodie Van Wagenen Gives Mickey Callaway Vote Of Confidence  

A bleak season atop the Mets’ dugout continued Friday for second-year manager Mickey Callaway. His club opened the second half of the season with yet another forgettable performance in an 8-4 loss to the Marlins – the lone National League team with a worse record than New York’s. The Mets are an abysmal 40-51 after…

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2019-07-13 01:05:04



Rangers Not Ruling Out Mike Minor Trade  

Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels indicated today that he is not willing to rule out a trade of top starter Mike Minor, as TR Sullivan of MLB.com was among those to cover on Twitter. While Daniels also made clear he isn’t particularly inclined to move the organization’s best pitcher, it’s notable that he’s…

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2019-07-12 21:04:26



Angels Acquire Adam McCreery, Josh Thole From Dodgers  

The Angels have added a pair of players out of the break, acquiring lefty Adam McCreery and catcher Josh Thole from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations. The move will help bolster the Halos’ depth. It’ll also clear needed 40-man roster space for their cross-town rivals. The Dodgers activated outfielder A.J. Pollock today from…

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2019-07-12 19:39:44



Top 60 Trade Candidates At The All-Star Break  

This is the first update to our annual ranking of top trade candidates in the run-up to the trade deadline, drawing from our power ranking approach to pending free agents. You can check out the original list (and review the methodology) here. Essentially, we're ordering players based upon our assessment of both their trade value and likelihood of…

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2019-07-12 17:39:57



Royals Designate Terrance Gore For Assignment  

The Royals have designated outfielder Terrance Gore for assignment, tweets Alec Lewis of The Athletic. His roster spot will go to fellow outfielder Bubba Starling, whose promotion to the Major Leagues was announced by the Royals yesterday. Gore, 28, was the surprise recipient of a big league contract with Kansas City this offseason, as the…

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2019-07-12 14:41:37



Max Muncy: Not A Fluke  

Max Muncy rose from obscurity last year to become one of the majors’ most improbable success stories. The Athletics jettisoned Muncy in April 2017, a half-decade after they used a fifth-round draft pick on him. The Dodgers then scooped up Muncy on a minor league contract that has turned into one of the greatest low-risk…

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2019-07-12 12:37:27



Mets Release Matt Kemp  

The Mets have released outfielder Matt Kemp, according to the International League transactions page. He had been with the organization on a minors deal. Kemp, 34, only took 36 plate appearances in eight games with the Mets’ top affiliate. He turned in an unremarkable .235/.278/.324 slash there and obviously was not viewed as a candidate…

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2019-07-12 12:09:06



Cubs Release Junichi Tazawa  

The Cubs have released veteran right-hander Junichi Tazawa from their Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, as first reported by broadcaster Alex Cohen (Twitter link). He’ll return to the open market in search of a new opportunity as numerous clubs seek out bullpen depth in advance of the July 31 trade deadline. Tazawa, who turned 33 last…

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2019-07-12 11:46:34



Astros Activate Joe Smith, Move Carlos Correa To 60-Day IL  

The Astros have activated righty Joe Smith for the first time this season, per a club announcement. He’ll take the spot of Cy Sneed, who was optioned down. To create 40-man space, shortstop Carlos Correa was bumped to the 60-day IL. Correa will not be eligible to return before the end of the month, though…

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2019-07-12 10:49:52



Reds See Themselves As Trade Deadline Buyers  

Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams chatted over a few elements of the club’s trade deadline approach with C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic (subscription link). Of particular note, he left no doubt of the organization’s intention to seek roster improvements over the next few weeks. “We’re going to look around to see what…

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2019-07-12 09:32:34



Zack Cozart To Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery  

6:05pm: GM Billy Eppler says that Cozart will not return to action this year, as J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group was among those to tweet. The club is reinstating backstop Kevan Smith from the IL to take the place of injured catcher Jonathan Lucroy. 4:55pm: The Angels announced today that infielder Zack Cozart will undergo an…

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2019-07-12 08:27:11



Phillies Select Rob Brantly  

The Phillies have selected the contract of catcher Rob Brantly, per a club announcement. He’ll take the active roster spot of J.T. Realmuto, who’ll take a brief step away on paternity leave. To create a 40-man roster spot, the Phils have moved reliever Pat Neshek to the 60-day injured list. Neshek has been sidelined for…

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2019-07-12 06:53:20



A Breakout Reliever Emerges For Rays  

Rays reliever Emilio Pagan was not the headliner in a three-team offseason trade featuring Tampa Bay, Oakland and Texas. That honor went to infielder Jurickson Profar, whom the Athletics acquired from the Rangers in the swap. However, between Pagan and Profar – the two major leaguers involved in the deal – it’s the former who…

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2019-07-12 06:30:46



Dodgers, Braves, Rays Interested In Matthew Boyd  

The Padres, Cubs, Red Sox and Astros are reportedly among teams with interest in breakout Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd as the July 31 trade deadline creeps closer. Add the Dodgers, Braves and Rays to the clubs involved in the derby, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. The 28-year-old Boyd has evolved from average…

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2019-07-12 06:08:50



3 Twins Prospects Could Be “Off Limits” In Trade Talks  

With July 31 approaching, the AL Central-leading Twins have reportedly shown interest in an array of pitchers who are potential trade candidates. The club has been connected to Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith, Marcus Stroman, Ken Giles and Kirby Yates in the rumor mill over the past few weeks. However, if the Twins are going to…

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2019-07-12 05:32:20



Twins Release Chase De Jong  

The Twins have released righty Chase De Jong, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune (via Twitter). He had been pitching for the club’s top affiliate. De Jong was acquired last summer, then designated and outrighted over the winter. He got another shot in the majors earlier this year, but was torched…

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2019-07-12 05:06:51



Report: Cardinals “Poised” To Renew Will Smith Pursuit  

Giants closer Will Smith looks like one of the majors’ most obvious trade chips as the July 31 deadline nears. The left-handed All-Star has already drawn interest from multiple teams, and St. Louis is among those that will join the fray for Smith, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com. As long as they remain in…

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2019-07-12 03:03:47



Braves Activate Anthony Swarzak, Place Grant Dayton On 10-Day IL  

The Braves have activated righty Anthony Swarzak from the injured list, per an announcement. To create an opening, the club placed southpaw Grant Dayton on the 10-day injured list with a fractured big toe. It’s nice to see Swarzak returning quickly from a shoulder malady. After all, he has quickly become an important piece of…

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2019-07-12 02:55:26



Tigers, Nicholas Castellanos Expected Extension In Spring  

It doesn’t appear Tigers right fielder Nicholas Castellanos is going to get a contract extension before the July 31 trade deadline, which means the impending free agent is likely to find himself in another uniform by Aug. 1. Castellanos said in March, a few weeks before the season started, that he and the Tigers hadn’t…

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2019-07-12 02:40:49



Indians Acquire Phil Maton From Padres  

The Indians have acquired righty Phil Maton from the Padres, per a club announcement. International bonus poll space is headed to San Diego in the deal. In other moves, the Friars announced that that they have selected the contract of righty Andres Munoz. That explains the need to free a 40-man roster. Catcher Austin Allen…

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2019-07-12 01:56:33



Lone Star Notes: Correa, Diaz, Bregman, Pence, Smith  

Major League Baseball’s two Texas-based teams officially got the second half of the season underway Thursday. Led by another terrific performance from right-hander Lance Lynn, who struck out 11 in seven shutout innings, the Rangers coasted to a 5-0 victory over the Astros. Both teams’ rosters were missing some key components because of injuries. Here’s…

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2019-07-12 01:56:28



Trade Candidate: Roenis Elias  

The trade market should pick up steam in earnest over the next week to 10 days, now that the All-Star break is behind us. Teams will play in pivotal series against divisional foes — some of which will dictate whether fringe contenders add pieces or wave a metaphorical white flag and begrudgingly sell off some…

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2019-07-12 01:44:33



Mitch Moreland Starts Rehab Assignment  

Injured Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland started a rehab assignment at the Triple-A level on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Moreland, who has been out for several weeks, may be in for a somewhat “lengthy” stint in the minors as he works his way back to the bigs, per Cotillo. Moreland got off…

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2019-07-12 01:25:50



Brian Cashman On Yankees' Search For Rotation Help  

If there was any doubt that the Yankees are in the market for starting pitching — not that there should have been — general manager Brian Cashman was candid about his team’s pursuit of rotation help in an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (Twitter links, with audio). “Yeah, we’re going to target starting…

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2019-07-12 01:15:09



The Anti-Gerrit Cole  

Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole is currently on pace to join the prestigious 300-strikeout club, a group with no shortage of Hall of Fame-level talent. Cole leads the majors with a dazzling 13.11 strikeouts per nine innings, whereas Athletics left-hander Brett Anderson resides on the opposite end of the spectrum. Anderson places dead last among qualified…

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2019-07-11 22:28:23



NL East Notes: Stroman, Braves, Phillies, Doolittle  

The Braves and Blue Jays haven’t had any discussions about Marcus Stroman, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports (Twitter link).  While Stroman would be a fit on at least half the teams in the league, Atlanta stands out as a natural landing spot due to both the Braves’ talented but generally inexperienced rotation, and the connection…

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2019-07-11 21:54:42



Rockies Sign Yonder Alonso  

The Rockies have signed first baseman Yonder Alonso to a minor league contract, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Alonso’s playing for their Triple-A affiliate tonight. More to come.

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2019-07-11 21:16:27



Marlins Have Received Interest In Starlin Castro  

The Marlins are firmly in seller mode as the deadline approaches, and one of the veterans who has received some interest from rival teams is Starlin Castro, as the Miami Herald’s Jordan McPherson reports that the Fish have received some calls about the second baseman. Castro has been a trade candidate since the moment he…

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2019-07-11 19:53:55



Rockies Expected To Recall Kyle Freeland This Weekend  

The Rockies are “expected” to call left-hander Kyle Freeland back up to the Majors to rejoin their rotation on Saturday, Kyle Newman of the Denver Post reports. Colorado optioned the southpaw to Triple-A last month after a prolonged cold spell. That Freeland’s difficulties reached the point where an optional assignment was deemed necessary was a…

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2019-07-11 18:45:23



Cardinals Place Yadier Molina On 10-Day IL; Activate Matt Carpenter  

5:22pm: Molina will likely miss around three weeks and surgery won’t be required, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told MLB.com’s Anne Rogers and other media. 4:14pm: The Cardinals have announced (Twitter links) a series of roster moves in advance of their second-half opener on Friday.  Catcher Yadier Molina is heading to the 10-day injured list due…

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2019-07-11 16:52:12






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