Rumors & Rants "A few years ago Ryan Howard was one of the most feared hitters in baseball, and now he’s on the verge of being out of the game altogether. On Wednesday a report surfaced claiming that the Philadelphia Phillies are considering paying the rest of Howard’s contract and releasing him after the..." July 24
Source says the A's have released Jim Johnson.
CBSSports.com "The Padres have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade Ian Kennedy, sources said. Or at least that's the message being received. That isn't to say Kennedy won't be dealt, of course. But the indication seems to be that the Padres aren't anxious to trade the..." July 24
Boston Herald "If Jon Lester re-signs with the Red Sox, it won’t be until after the season. In an e-mail to the Herald last night, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the team has agreed not to resume contract talks with its ace left-hander until the season is done. In late June, Lester said he didn’t..." July 24
Yanks announce that Sabathia's knee surgery went "as planned."
L.A. Daily News "The next two days could determine whether or not Hanley Ramirez goes on the 15-day disabled list with a swollen left hand. The Dodgers’ shortstop was unable to take batting practice with his teammates prior to Wednesday’s game against the Pirates. Ramirez hasn’t played since he was hit by two..." July 24
ESPN Chicago "The St. Louis Cardinals were unlikely winners Wednesday when they secured a bonus draft pick in Major League Baseball's competitive-balance lottery. Theo Epstein, for one, couldn't deny feeling a tad bitter about the Cardinals' good fortune. "They do extremely well from a baseball standpoint..." July 24
Thumb sprain for Cespedes. X rays negative.
ESPN Los Angeles "Mark McGwire wants nothing to do with any reconciliation attempts by his former "Bash Brother" Jose Canseco. "It's too late. I don't care to ever speak to him again," McGwire told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday. "What he did was wrong." Canseco apologized to McGwire while attending the..." July 24
San Francisco Chronicle "Wednesday was not a good day for Brandon Belt. Shortly after he arrived at Citizens Bank Park, he returned to the hotel feeling terrible, his concussion symptoms not improving. Belt clearly will not be returning when eligible to come off the seven-day disabled list Sunday. Instead, he might..." July 24
Hardball Talk "Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported yesterday that the Phillies have considered releasing struggling first baseman Ryan Howard with more than $60 million remaining on his contract and today is the day it becomes totally clear that the former MVP has been benched. Philadelphia is facing a..." July 24
Nathan will remain closer, Dave Dombrowski confirms in email.
SB Nation "The Tigers have acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Rangers in exchange for right-handed pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel, Detroit announced on Wednesday night. The deal was first reported by Kyle Bogenschutz of Scout.com and Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. Soria will likely..." July 24
New York Post "Ron Washington didn’t quite accuse the Yankees of any wrongdoing, but the Texas manager admitted he never had seen anything like what he witnessed Wednesday night in The Bronx. With the Yankees up by a run in the bottom of the fifth, a torrential downpour began faster than predicted, and what..." July 24
Arizona Republic "In his second start with his new team on Saturday, New York Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy fired six innings of one-run ball against the Cincinnati Reds. As it pertains to the Diamondbacks, it isn't just the results that are of interest, it's how he said he accomplished them. McCarthy,..." July 24
CSN Philly "Slumping Ryan Howard was not in the Phillies’ starting lineup against a left-handed pitcher for the second time in six post-all-star break games on Wednesday night, and his future with the team is in serious question. Manager Ryne Sandberg would not use the word “platoon,” but that’s exactly..." July 23
Rival evaluators saying July 31 trade deadline doesn't apply to Cliff Lee, because he'll clear waivers; guaranteed $48m for next 1 1/3 yrs.
Cameron Maybin suspended 25 games for amphetamines
ESPN New York "New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Masahiro Tanaka, the ace of his pitching staff, is still feeling discomfort in his pitching elbow despite not having picked up a baseball since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection 10 days ago. Speaking on ESPN New York..." July 23
CBSSports.com "On Wednesday, MLB announced the results of its competitive balance draft pick lottery. First: What the heck is the competitive balance lottery? Long story short, the smallest-market and or lowest-revenue teams get a chance to win an extra draft pick each year. A team's odds of winning the..." July 23
Arizona Republic "With a great poker face, Tony La Russa has been evaluating the Diamondbacks for two months. We don't know many details, except he can barely stand to look at his manager. "It would give me such great joy to give him that pink slip," La Russa said. La Russa was kidding, of course, referencing..." July 23
CBSSports.com "If anyone's looking for the Astros to make up for their well-documented misstep at the amateur signing deadline by making a big splash at the trade deadline, well, it's probably not happening. Veteran starter Scott Feldman's $30 million, three-year contract probably precludes him from being..." July 23
Kendrys Morales 12-game hitting streak, but OPS still only at .599. #Twins open to trading him, along with other potential free agents…
Huffington Post "Who needs retirement gifts like a rocking chair and gold watch? Nothing says congratulations on a brilliant baseball career quite like freebies at a... strip club? An all-nude joint in New York City is offering Derek Jeter and the rest of the Yankees organization free lap dances Sept. 7, the..." July 23
ESPN New York "Derek Jeter moved ahead of Lou Gehrig and into first place on the New York Yankees all-time doubles list with a two-bagger into the left-field corner in the ninth inning of tonight's Yankees-Texas Rangers game." July 23
Los Angeles Times "So it’s whatever makes Matt Kemp feel all comfy and cozy? Not really, though there does seem some of that. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday he’s thinking of moving Yasiel Puig to center, which would allow Kemp to remain in right. This after an entire one-game experiment that..." July 23
San Francisco Chronicle "The long-disputed 10-year lease to allow the Oakland A's to continue playing at O.co Coliseum was finally settled Tuesday after co-owner Lew Wolff said he had accepted most of the changes made by city officials. Wolff's acceptance closes a bitter divide between Oakland City Hall and the owners..." July 23
Miami Herald "Though they failed to pull the trigger on an earlier deal for A's reliever Jim Johnson, it appears the the Marlins continue to remain interested in Oakland's struggling former closer, according to sources. One player the A's have discussed with the Marlins as a possible trade return: Marlins minor..." July 23
CSN Philly "Even though the media -- social, mainstream and otherwise -- is a abuzz with the potential for an active trade deadline for the Phillies, the players have been able to ignore most of the chatter. Burrowed into a cocoon where TV and computers are used for watching video on hitting and pitchers,..." July 23
CSN Bay Area "A’s manager Bob Melvin said he’s spoken with pitcher Tommy Milone, who made news Monday when it surfaced that he’s requested that Oakland trade him. It was Milone that sought Melvin out for a phone conversation, the lefty apparently wanting to clear the air and make sure his big league manager..." July 23
Troy Tulowitzki placed on the DL by the Rockies. He is tied with Adam Wainwright for the NL lead in Wins Above Replacement (5.6).
Hardball Talk "Casey McGehee entered play on Tuesday evening with a batting average (.322) that is 54 points above his career mean (.268) and an RBI total (56) that ranks ninth in the National League. The 31-year-old third baseman — who spent the 2013 season in Japan — fits the mold of a sell-high..." July 23
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Parkview's pride and joy will return home this weekend. Former Atlanta Brave right fielder Jeff Francoeur was called up by the San Diego Padres Wednesday. Francoeur, who had an opt-out clause on his minor league deal, was hitting .294 with a .465 slugging percentage and 15 homers with the..." July 23
New York Post "The Mets want to move Bartolo Colon if, for nothing else, to redirect the $11 million he is owed next year to other needs. But multiple executives from outside of the Mets say it is exactly that $11 million owed in 2015 that will make Sandy Alderson’s job trading the righty anywhere from..." July 23
The Wall Street Journal "As Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approaches the end of his final season on the job, the task of choosing his successor remains far from finished. But there is a growing sense of inevitability among baseball officials that the job will end up going to Selig's right-hand man. Rob..." July 23
CSN Chicago "If his finger is broken, and Adam Eaton said Tuesday it isn’t, the White Sox leadoff man sure hasn’t played like it. The outfielder has played with a jammed right middle finger since earlier this month and though it’s painful, it’s still playable. The last point is most important to Eaton,..." July 23
ESPN New York "The New York Yankees have acquired third baseman Chase Headley in a trade with the San Diego Padres, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand. The Yankees traded infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula to San Diego in exchange for Headley, who could..." July 22
New York Times "Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka, old friends and rivals from both the Pacific League in Japan and the American League, met in the tunnel underneath Yankee Stadium on Monday afternoon and chatted. The men have much in common. Both were highly successful in Japan, and both converted that into..." July 22
CBSSports.com "In an interesting twist, the Blue Jays are showing interest in their former player Alex Rios, according to sources. Rios is one of the best hitters in a thin market for middle-of-the-lineup batters, so it shouldn't come as a surprise Toronto, with three key injuries hurting them now, would..." July 22
ESPN Los Angeles "The Los Angeles Angels won't limit Garrett Richards' workload down the stretch this season, especially with the Oakland Athletics squarely in their sights. Richards has emerged as Los Angeles' top pitcher this season but is on pace to eclipse 200 innings, well over his previous career..." July 22
To date, Phillies telling other teams Cole Hamels is not available.
Sportsnet.ca "The Toronto Blue Jays plan to recall top pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez along with infielder Ryan Goins on Tuesday, industry sources told Sportsnet. Sanchez, 22, was shifted into the bullpen from the rotation at triple-A Buffalo with an eye toward a quick ascension to the big-leagues. He..." July 22
CBSSports.com "The Yankees, to no one's surprise, have checked in on White Sox lefty John Danks. The Yankees, having lost four starting pitchers to injury, are seeking to upgrade their rotation even after the acquisition of Brandon McCarthy is paying off early. Danks, still only 29, is 8-6 with a 4.35..." July 22
Tigers showing interest in Phillies LHP Bastardo, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me. Keeping tabs on all relievers -- including Papelbon.
ESPN Boston "The Cole Hamels-to-the-Sox rumors, while making some modicum of sense, shouldn’t be taken too seriously, one major league source said Monday. The Phillies are actively shopping Cliff Lee, who came off the disabled list Monday night to start against the Giants, and are much more apt to keep Hamels...." July 22
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Shin-Soo Choo returned to the outfield Monday for the Texas Rangers, though in the less-taxing right field at Yankee Stadium than in his usual spot in left field. The change was to continue to take it easy on his left ankle, which was sprained in April. Choo continued to play without going on..." July 22
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Jason Kipnis was named American League Player of the Week on Monday for the damage he did to Detroit over the weekend, but of more concern to the Indians' second baseman are the daily adjustments in his swing that he has to make because of his right oblique muscle. Kipnis spent a month on the..." July 22
CBSSports.com "The Royals are looking for corner bats as they try to fix their offensive woes and get back into the AL Central race, and Rangers right fielder Alex Rios is one player they've considered. Kansas City is 14th in the AL with a .687 OPS and 12th with 388 runs, so it understands it needs some help." July 22
Fox Sports "The odd man out in the Oakland Athletics’ rotation wants to be gone for good. Left-hander Tommy Milone has asked the club to trade him, major-league sources tell FOX Sports. The A’s sent Milone to Triple A on July 5 after acquiring right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the..." July 22
CBSSports.com "The Colorado Rockies have placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list with neck stiffness. In Morneau's place, Ben Paulsen will be making his major-league debut, playing first and batting sixth Monday night. Paulsen was hitting .291/.380/.524 with 24 doubles, 15 homers and..." July 22