Cliff Lee is exiting the game with an injury.
Yahoo! Sports "In a complex, star-laden three-way deal at Thursday afternoon’s trade deadline, the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers acquired former Cy Young Award winner David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays, strengthening a rotation that already featured Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. The primary..." July 31
CSN New England "The Red Sox aren't only selling their best players of the season, but also their worst. Having already parted ways with pitchers Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Andrew Miller, as well as outfielder Jonny Gomes, the Sox struck again before the deadline, trading away shortstop Stephen Drew to . . ...." July 31
Let's Go Tribe "The Indians have traded shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals, as first reported by Paul Hoynes on Twitter. No word yet on the return package coming to Cleveland. This comes a day after the team traded Justin Masterson to the Cardinals for outfield prospect James Ramsey, which..." July 31
CSN Bay Area "The Giants will make a decision soon on whether Matt Cain will undergo arthroscopic right elbow surgery to clean out bone chips and other debris. The good news: He doesn’t require any repairs more drastic than that. Cain sought a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, who examined the..." July 31
Source: #Tigers get Price.
Source: Orioles LHP prospect Eduardo Rodriguez going to Boston for Andrew Miller.
Confirmed: #Mariners gave up OF Abraham Almonte and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen in exchange for Padres' Chris Denorfia.
Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks' crowded outfield just got a little bit less so. The team announced it has dealt Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Mitch Haniger and pitcher Anthony Banda. Parra, 27, was hitting .259 with six home runs and 30 RBI for the D-backs this..." July 31
WEEI Boston "According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox have sent Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Athletics in exchange for power hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The Athletics are loading for bear in their rotation, believing that power pitching is what wins in the postseason. With Lester —..." July 31
CBSSports.com "The Cardinals are set to acquire John Lackey from the Red Sox, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Boston will receive Joe Kelly and Allen Craig in the trade. Lackey, 35, is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts and 137 1/3 innings this season. He returned from Tommy John surgery last year to go..." July 31
Been told #Rays are definitely moving Price
CBSSports.com "The Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports first reported the deal. Milone, 27, asked the Athletics for a trade earlier this month after being sent to Triple-A..." July 31
Source: David Price trade talks intensifying following the Jon Lester deal. Chances of Price trade have increased in last 12 hours.
CBSSports.com "The Royals, Giants and Mariners, and to a lesser degree the Reds and Indians, are in on Ranger outfielder Alex Rios, one of the better hitters on the market. The Yankees do not seem to be heavily involved at this point." July 31
The #Redsox are getting swarmed with offers for LHP Andrew Miller, but pricetag remains high. Exec: Once he's dealt, dominos will fall.
CBSSports.com "The Yankees have talked to the Phillies about Marlon Byrd, though nothing is close yet. The Yankees would like to add a bat and have also talked about Josh Willingham, among others. They do not appear to be in on Alex Rios at this time." July 31
The #tigers are making a big push for Andrew Miller, says a source.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers are trying hard to acquire Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Yesterday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the Dodgers and Yankees were in on the 37-year-old reliever. Benoit, who assumed the Padres’ closer role after Huston Street was..." July 31
Diamondbacks involved in a lot of places. Expect something from them before 4 on what's turning out to be an insanely busy July 31.
#Mets strongly suspect will stand pat today. Feel better market forms for Colon in offseason when he is 1-yr, $11M
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays are off today, and find themselves eight games behind the Orioles in the AL East race and 5 1/2 back of the Jays - and with four teams in the way - for the second wild-card. Baseball Prospectus gives them only a 3.8 percent chance to win the division and 6.7 to win that wild card...." July 31
Hardball Talk "From FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi comes word that the Marlins and White Sox “have discussed a possible trade” involving left-handed starter John Danks. The Marlins have been linked to a range of starters this week — from Jon Lester to John Lackey and now Danks — as they look to beef up their young..." July 31
CBSSports.com "The asking price for Marlon Byrd is said to be extremely for Marlon Byrd, with interested teams saying Philly would have to lower it to move him. Byrd should be among the Phillies most movable pieces, but there's no certainty he goes at this point. Word is, the Phillies handed Seattle a list..." July 31
MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have re-started extension talks with catcher Kurt Suzuki, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). There is a reasonable chance that agreement will be reached, he adds. Last we heard, an extension seemed unlikely, and Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN tweeted this morning that..." July 31
Sources: Indians have discussed Asdrubal Cabrera with Blue Jays and Giants this week. Not clear if either deal is viable now.
Nats Insider "In five years now as general manager of the Nationals, Mike Rizzo has approached all trade discussions with an underlying philosophy: Any move made must be in this team’s best interests not only in the short-term but especially in the long-term. That philosophy has served the Nationals well,..." July 31
CBSSports.com "Chad Qualls would seem to be the perfect trade candidate. He's a 35-year-old closer for the non-contending Astros. But Houston continues to tell teams Qualls, who will make $3 million next year in the second year of a two-year deal, is unavailable." July 31
CBSSports.com "Despite missing three key pieces from its lineup, the Blue Jays' main focus remains pitching. Toronto may have to get creative or concentrate on cost-efficient guys, as it isn't believed to be flush with cash at the moment. The Blue Jays have been linked to infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, but..." July 31
Fox Sports "The back-and-forth began late Wednesday night, after I reported that the Phillies had not received acceptable trade offers for any of their players. Rival executives responded by saying the Phillies were setting unrealistic values on older, expensive talent. And sources countered with the..." July 31
Source: Red Sox have traded Felix Doubront to the Cubs. @jonmorosi had it close.
Sporting News "The proclamation from Joe Maddon was made on Twitter on June 7, when the Rays were 24-39. Those 11 losses ticked away, when Tampa Bay fell to 41-51 with a 6-0 loss to the Royals on July 7, it appeared that the season was lost. By July 11, the Rays, who had fought admirably to make even as much..." July 31
#Astros looking to move Chris Carter (.212 BA, but 21 HRs). Also would listen on SPs: Cosart, Keuchel, McHugh
Bombers Beat "Brian Cashman has said that he has “more work to do” in preparing the Yankees’ roster for a playoff run, and if the general manager is able to cross the finish line on anything, there could be new faces in the clubhouse on Friday at Fenway Park. Possibilities continue to float with Thursday’s..." July 31
USA Today "The Tampa Bay Rays want to do it, but come on, man, how can they? The Boston Red Sox don't really want to do it from an emotional standpoint, but from the business side, they've got no choice. The Philadelphia Phillies sort of want to do it, know they don't have to, but are wondering if they..." July 31
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals have made their move for a starting pitcher. The Cardinals traded a prospect Wednesday afternoon for Cleveland Indians righty Justin Masterson, a source confirmed to the Post-Dispatch. The deal was announced by the teams shortly after 1:30 p.m. St. Louis time. Masterson is on the..." July 30
Cardinals still could acquire Jon Lester, but that may require giving up Shelby Miller, who is currently in the rotation.
Detroit Free Press "A Detroit Tigers pitcher now with the Toledo Mud Hens is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a 45-year-old woman in March at a Motor City Casino Hotel room. Evan Reed, 28, met the woman at about midnight March 30, when she and her friend were invited to sit in a booth..." July 30
Source: “Very good chance” that #RedSox trade Lackey along with Lester.
Marlins among teams that have interest in Lackey
CBSSports.com "The Yankees and White Sox are still discussing John Danks as a trade possibility, but the latest word is the sides were still apart in terms of the package New York would send back. Danks, who is 9-6 with a 4.40 ERA, is a lefty the Yankees would like to have, but with two years to go on his..." July 30
CBSSports.com "Eric Chavez, the five-tool third baseman with extraordinary skill and a low-key California personality who won six straight Gold Glove awards and became the only star of the famed Moneyball A's to sign a long-term deal to stay in Oakland, is retiring Wednesday after an exceptional 16-plus-year..." July 30
Nothing has changed regarding Colon. Mets won't eat any of the $13 million he is owed. Team officials expect he will still be a Met on 8/1.
Hardball Talk "According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Twins “really want to move” left fielder Josh Willingham before Thursday’s trade deadline, but a source tells him “I don’t think they’re getting any bites.” Which makes sense, because while the Twins may have been able to cash in Willingham for a..." July 30
One option being considered by the Orioles: Emilio Bonifacio, who has an OPS over 1,000 against left-handed pitching. http://t.co/L9daZ9CJlR
Los Angeles Times "Best Dodgers news of the year came in the second inning Tuesday night via the stadium video boards. Vin Scully will return next season. Apparently the game still gives him goose bumps – or maybe he didn’t want to go out in a season when some 70% of the Los Angeles area can’t hear him..." July 30