MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets have struggled for much of the season when it comes to left-handed relief, but Anthony DiComo of MLB.com tweets that a source says the team is “unlikely” to trade for another reliever. Mike Puma of the New York Post, too, tweets that the Mets don’t expect to add a reliever from outside..." August 27
Bleed Cubbie Blue "Wrigley Field appears to be the rest home for older closers who are having trouble getting people out, as they have now acquired former Mariner Fernando Rodney. Here's the latest: Theo & Co. seem to be trying to complete a set of Joe Maddon closers, as Rafael Soriano closed for Maddon's Rays..." August 27
CBS Sports "Baseball superstar Barry Bonds has lost his collusion case against Major League Baseball. Baseball arbitrator Frederic Horowitz has ruled in favor of MLB in the case in which Bonds claimed he couldn't get a playing job following the 2007 season due to a concerted effort by MLB to keep him out..." August 27
Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds owner Bob Castellini is frustrated. "Absolutely," he said. "What did we lose nine in a row? That's about as bad as it gets. I can't think of any worse time in the 10 years we've owned the club." But Castellini said the struggles — the Reds had lost 11 of 12 going into Thursday — will..." August 27
MLB.com "Adam Jones exited Thursday's Orioles game in the top of the third inning after running into the center-field wall at Kauffman Stadium. Jones was trying to make a play for Ben Zobrist's first-inning double and went down hard, taking several moments to get back up. Head athletic trainer Richie..." August 27
Baseball Essential "In an interview with ESPN 980 last week, Cal Ripken Jr. made it fairly clear that he is more than interested in the possibility of returning to a Major League dugout. The 55 year-old was strongly considered for the Washington Nationals’ job back in 2013 before he and Mike Rizzo decided it wasn’t..." August 27
CSN New England "Time is ticking for Alejandro De Aza. About a week ago, it seemed De Aza would be going from the Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers in an August waiver deal. But reportedly, the asking price on De Aza was too high and a deal couldn't get done. De Aza has cleared waivers and could be dealt to..." August 27
Fish Stripes "Christian Yelich is not expected to be moved by the Miami Marlins. Yelich has struggled throughout the course of 2015, but according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, the Marlins are "leaning strongly against" moving their starting left fielder. ChristianYelich has been a disappointment;..." August 27
Yanks GM Brian Cashman said the team will call up Rob Refsnyder when rosters expand, but there are no plans to call up Aaron Judge.
Hardball Talk "Over the past year-plus, multiple high-profile players and agents have come out in favor of expanding the use of protective netting at Major League Baseball stadiums. Currently nets only cover the sections surrounding home plate, and there’s a push to have it extend farther up both foul..." August 27
New York Daily News "The photograph shows four well-dressed men around the table at Piccolo’s steakhouse in Omaha in 2006, root beer floats with straws on each placemat. Next to the reigning American League MVP, Alex Rodriguez, is the investor Warren Buffett. They are joined by Rodriguez’s then brother-in-law,..." August 27
Toronto Star "The same day his months-long standoff with Sportsnet was made public, Jose Bautista said he will no longer boycott the Blue Jays’ official broadcaster. “The issue’s resolved and we’re moving on,” Bautista told The Star’s Richard Griffin before Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers. The..." August 27
Cincinnati Enquirer "Right-hander Michael Lorenzen, who allowed just one hit in eight scoreless innings for Louisville on Wednesday, will return to the Reds "no later than September," Reds manager Bryan Price said before Thursday's game with the Dodgers. Lorenzen pitched on Wednesday, the same day David Holmberg..." August 27
MLB Daily Dish "Just three years removed from his second consecutive All-Star appearance, former Indians' closer Chris Perez has retired from baseball, according to the International League transactions page. Perez was most recently pitching with the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk. Perez saved 124..." August 26
McClendon says Tom WIlhelmsen remains his closer for now, "as we speak." Wilhelmsen has pitched well in first 2 save opps.
Chicago Sun-Times "Curt Schilling’s apology for an offensive tweet and post on Facebook comparing Muslims to Nazis wasn’t enough to keep him on the air. ESPN has issued a statement saying he has been suspended from on-air duties at the Little League World Series. “Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and..." August 26
SB Nation "We've all missed Giancarlo Stanton and his majestic dingers these past couple of months. Whether you simply appreciate how far he can hit a baseball or you've found your fantasy season slowed by yet another Stanton injury or you are somehow both the general manager and the manager of the Marlins..." August 26
The Score "A frustrating year for Reed Johnson just got unimaginably worse. The Washington Nationals outfielder hasn't played since April 28 due to a torn tendon in his left calf. He was sent to Single-A Potomac for a rehab assignment Aug. 13 and things were looking promising as he went for 5-for-16 in..." August 26
New York Post "Jacoby Ellsbury’s injury woes continued Wednesday, when he sat out the Yankees’ homestand-closing matinee against the Astros due to a sore right hip. Ellsbury experienced swelling in his hip after he dove for Colby Rasmus’ liner in the first inning of Tuesday’s 15-1 loss. The misplay turned..." August 26
Hardball Talk "After missing the past month with a triceps injury Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello is off the disabled list and will start tonight against the White Sox. Porcello has had a miserable first season in Boston, going 5-11 with a 5.81 ERA in 20 starts after coming over in an offseason trade from..." August 26
Chicago Sun-Times "Jose Quintana has been a consistently good starting pitcher for the White Sox, so good, in fact, that they might consider TRADING him in the offseason. Why? Because he has value, and the White Sox’ shortage of position player depth might prompt general manager Rick Hahn to deal from a strength..." August 26
ESPN New York "During the Houston Astros' 15-1 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday, Carlos Gomez told Joe Girardi and the Yankees' dugout to "shut up," causing the benches to clear in the sixth inning. Gomez's three-run home run later in the game probably didn't help matters, either. With Houston..." August 26
Toronto Star "While Sportsnet has enjoyed record-breaking ratings this month as the Blue Jays ramp up their first pennant race in more than 20 years, the team’s official broadcaster is also stuck in a protracted conflict with its highest-profile player. Jose Bautista has refused to do one-on-one interviews..." August 26
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett began to answer, then paused. “Knock on wood — let me find some wood,” Burnett said, turning to his locker in the Marlins Park clubhouse and knocking, “but yeah. It's the best it’s felt in a long, long time.” Burnett was referring to his right elbow, which he said had no pain..." August 26
Hinch said Springer will travel to Minnesota with club and take BP on Friday there. Appears he could begin rehab during weekend.
Hardball Talk "There has been external discussion about the Dodgers calling up 19-year-old left-hander Julio Urias when rosters expand on September 1 to serve as a shutdown reliever for the final month of the 2015 regular season. But manager Don Mattingly is taking some of the gas off that particular pedal..." August 26
Fox Sports Florida "Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki became the second-fastest major leaguer to reach 10,000 plate appearances on Tuesday night. Suzuki accomplished the feat in the first inning batting second against Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton. He lined out to right on a 2-1 pitch -- a 93..." August 26
TMZ "Curt Schilling believes radical Muslims are as serious of a threat to the world as the Nazis -- and says the numbers prove it. The former Boston Red Sox pitcher just posted a meme to Twitter which says, "It's said only 5-10% Muslims are extremists. In 1940 only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd..." August 26
MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs and Emilio Bonifacio are in agreement on a minor league contract, tweets Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. The 30-year-old switch-hitter was recently designated for assignment and released by the White Sox, with whom he had signed a one-year, $4MM contract this..." August 25
Hanley IS moving to first base by next year, he said. Maybe some this year. He's on board. "I'm looking forward to it."
Halos Heaven "I remember back in the days when Johnny Giavotella would just miss a game from "flu like symptoms". Well, the spark plug 2B has now hit the DL due to "personal medical condition", which, in terms of cryptic sports language, is just about as confusing and unsatisfying as "flu like symptoms". The..." August 25
BREAKING: #Rays Loney to get 1 game suspension, will appeal
The Score "Curt Schilling, the six-time All-Star who currently serves as an analyst for ESPN, drew the ire of both the internet and his employer after posting (and hastily deleting) an offensive tweet Tuesday that likened Muslims to Nazis. After deleting the tweet, the 48-year-old wrote in reply to an..." August 25
MLB Trade Rumors "Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson has cleared revocable TRADE waivers, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. The free-agent-to-be has been discussed recently in TRADE talks, per the report. Jackson, 28, has had something of an up-and-down season but has generally disappointed since..." August 25
New York Post "Derek Jeter has been called out by President Obama. While speaking at a fundraiser Monday at the home of Las Vegas Sun owner Brian Greenspun, Obama told a story about the former Yankees shortstop and Greenspun hustling him on a Vegas golf course. Via Politico: “He and Derek Jeter stole..." August 25
Hardball Talk "Center fielder Denard Span is off the disabled list after missing the past six weeks with a lower back injury and for the first time all season the Nationals have their planned Opening Day starting lineup available for a game. Here’s the lineup it took 124 games for the Nationals to have..." August 25
Bleacher Report "1. College of Cardinals Jon Jay hasn't played a game since June 30. Rehabbing a stress reaction in his left wrist, the center fielder is on ice and has been on ice. Bird, caged. Yet to say there's nothing he can do to help the St. Louis Cardinals WIN would be patently wrong. First day of..." August 25
MLB.com "Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has only appeared in one game since Aug. 12 — last Tuesday’s blown save vs. the Royals where he allowed the game-tying homer in the ninth before the game went 13 innings. He hasn’t pitched since then because of shoulder stiffness. Chapman is now viewed as available..." August 25
Over The Monster "Don Orsillo is a fantastic baseball announcer to the point that it's amazing that he hasn't left NESN and the Red Sox for a cushier, better-paying national gig yet. He'll have that chance now whether he wants it or not, as NESN is reportedly set to part ways with Orsillo after the 2015 season,..." August 25
Los Angeles Times "At the various low points of the Dodgers' season, the team's veteran players have often called for patience. Clayton Kershaw wanted to see something else Sunday. With the Dodgers swept by the Houston Astros in a three-game series and extending their losing streak to a season-long five games,..." August 25
Hardball Talk "Phillies radio announcer Larry Andersen didn’t like the fact that there were a lot of Mets fans in Citizens Bank Park last night. Here’s what he said after they cheered David Wright‘s homer and a double by Michael Cuddyer: “I’ll take the Nationals fans over the Mets fans,” Andersen said on..." August 25
Houston Chronicle "If Dallas Keuchel can follow in the footsteps of the game’s premier southpaw just along the dotted line alone, Astros fans could have reason to be thrilled for a long time. Clayton Kershaw signed a two-year, $19 million deal with the Dodgers in the 2011-12 offseason, which bought out his first..." August 24
Jeff Francoeur was recently claimed on waivers and pulled back by #phillies. Can't be traded this month.
CBS Sports "Chase Utley debuted for the Philadelphia Phillies on April 4, 2003. He last played for them on Aug. 18, 2015 before being traded to the Dodgers. In between, we saw Utley make six All-Star games, make the playoffs five times, help the Phillies win the pennant twice and World Series..." August 24
Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees' roster? Get used to it. The Yankees won't make any waiver trades before the Aug. 31 deadline, general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday. "No,' he said. "Nothing has gotten to me. I've done a lot of claims, I've just never been awarded any of them." The regular trade..." August 24
#Cubs expecting Motte to miss 3-4 weeks and Soler to miss about a month. Tough blow.
Houston Chronicle "Astros manager A.J. Hinch says George Springer will likely take batting practice Monday or Tuesday during the upcoming series against the Yankees at Yankees Stadium. “It’s very encouraging,” Hinch said. “That’s when it starts to feel real that he’s becoming more and more of an active player,..." August 24