• Blue Jays talking with Padres about Cashner, Upton

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays are battling the Baltimore Orioles in the standings and trade market, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, who reports the AL East rivals are among the clubs discussing a trade for Padres outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. Toronto is also reported to have held dialogue with..." July 23

  • A-Rod, Yankees have 'positive' talk amid reports of possible release

    ESPN "Amid media reports that the Yankees are considering releasing Alex Rodriguez and eating the approximately $28 million remaining on his contract, sources told ESPN that Rodriguez and team owner Hal Steinbrenner met and spoke Friday before the team's 3-2 win over the San Francisco..." July 23

  • The White Sox Should Absolutely Trade Chris Sale

    The Big Lead "Chris Sale is one of the five best pitchers in baseball, and he’s having another outstanding season. Unfortunately, his Chicago White Sox have not joined him on that train, as they enter Friday’s action 10 games behind the Cleveland Indians for first place in the American League Central. The South..." July 23

  • Giants too savvy to be fazed by slump after All-Star break

    Sporting News "The last time the Giants won a game, gasoline cost $2.24 a gallon, Donald Trump was merely the presumptive Republican nominee for president and the baseball world was eagerly anticipating Giancarlo Stanton’s appearance in the home run derby. OK, so July 10 isn’t really all that long ago, but..." July 23

  • Familia joins elite club with 50th straight save

    Yahoo! Sports "It hasn’t necessarily been pretty this week, but New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia continues getting the job done at a remarkable rate. In Friday’s 5-3 win against the Marlins, the first-time All-Star recorded his 50th consecutive regular season save dating back to July 30 of last season...." July 23

  • Blue Jays weigh obvious and obscure avenues at deadline

    Sportsnet "Trade talks are picking up around the majors ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline, and the Toronto Blue Jays are looking at both obvious and obscure ways to improve the team. “I know they’re looking,” manager John Gibbons said Friday. “Everything’s started to heat up.” “They’re getting..." July 23

  • Ichiro is 4 MLB hits away from 3,000

    SB Nation "Ichiro Suzuki is in the unique position of having more hits than anyone else in baseball history while also sitting just four hits away from becoming the 30th player in MLB history with 3,000 career knocks. Ichiro has 4,274 when you combine his 1,278 hits from Nippon Professional Baseball, and has..." July 23

  • White Sox taking calls on Sale, Quintana, with Red Sox among suitors

    Today's Knuckleball "The White are being inundated with calls of interest in ace Chris Sale, who may be the best pitcher in the American League, and All-Star left-hander Jose Quintana on the day after it became public that they are contemplating a serious sale. The Red Sox, who already have made four trades, are..." July 23

  • Nationals want Yankees' Aroldis Chapman, but top prospects untouchable

    Newark Star-Ledger "We've known for some time that the Washington Nationals are hot for Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman. New information, according to Washington Post national baseball writer Barry Svrluga, is that the NL East-leading Nats want to deal for Chapman before the Aug. 1 trade deadline without giving up..." July 23

  • White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s famous bat-breaking skills in bobblehead form

    The Comeback "Bo Jackson played just two seasons for the Chicago White Sox, but as of Thursday the famed two-sport star has his first ever bobblehead doll in the Second City and it is epic to say the least. While football fans may remember Jackson for his insane speed as a running back, baseball fans know..." July 23

  • Padres, Orioles discussing possible Upton for Jimenez deal

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres and the Orioles reportedly are discussing a trade that would send outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. to Baltimore in exchange for right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. According to a FoxSports.com report, no agreement is close, as the Padres also are seeking a prospect from the Orioles. Acquiring..." July 23

  • In theory, it would almost make sense to trade Joe Panik

    McCovey Chronicles "If you weren’t around Twitter last night, a brief recap: Andrew Baggarly, known anarchist, was asked about Joe Panik’s unscheduled day off from his rehabilitation assignment, and he responded with "In all seriousness, maybe he’s part of a potential trade." As you would expect, everyone freaked..." July 23

  • Jay Bruce continues to draw interest across MLB

    Today's Knuckleball "In a trade market flush with outfield talent, perhaps no outfielder is drawing as much interest as Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce. Bruce is drawing the eyes of many teams across baseball looking to add an impact bat prior to the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. The Indians, Rangers,..." July 23

  • Blue Jays Bobblehead Giveaway Game Tops Upcoming Weekend Slate On Secondary Ticket Market

    Black Sports Online "The summer is heating up, which means that the divisional races in both leagues are hotly contested, and the games are becoming a little more important as we draw into the second half of the season. Two of baseball’s best teams, the Boston Red Sox (53-39) and Chicago Cubs (57-37), find..." July 23

  • Rangers considering bid for DeSclafani

    The Score "Anthony DeSclafani is high on the Texas Rangers' radar. The Rangers are considering the Cincinnati Reds starter as one of the possible names to improve their rotation ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network." July 23

  • Jose Bautista: I’m ready to return to the Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista is starting to feel like his old self. The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, who has been out since mid-June with turf toe, acknowledged his toe isn’t yet 100 per cent but he feels he’s healthy enough to come up to the big-leagues once he completes his rehab assignment this weekend..." July 23

  • Trevor Story ties rookie shortstop record with 24th HR

    CBS Sports "Rockies shortstop Trevor Story made some history Friday night. In the sixth inning of his team's win over the Braves (COL 4, ATL 3), Story swatted his 24th home run of the season, which tied the NL record for rookie shortstops." July 23

  • Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley undergoes procedure to break up scar tissue in shoulder

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Another day, another attempt to get Michael Brantley back on the field so he can help the Indians maintain their hold on first place in the AL Central. Brantley, to date, has played 11 games this season as he recovers from November surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Brantley..." July 23

  • Diamondbacks consider replacing manager Chip Hale

    ABC 15 "The Arizona Diamondbacks' disappointing season may soon result in a managerial change, according to a report Friday. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com said the D-backs are considering a move to replace second-year manager Chip Hale, though general manager Dave Stewart refused comment. Rosenthal..." July 22

  • Clay Buchholz believes he’s going to be traded

    WEEI Boston "This might not be the last time Clay Buchholz pitches on the Fenway Park mound, but it sure is starting to feel like his run in Red Sox home whites is facing its finale. Part of the vibe came from the obvious observation as to what Buchholz’s lot in life has become, as he finally pitched for..." July 22

  • Mike Piazza was terrifying and the Dodgers should have kept him

    SB Nation "In 1993, the San Francisco Giants won 103 games and missed the postseason. Unless the wild card system is eliminated in the future, that will be the last time in baseball history something like that happens. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Mike Piazza was a rookie, and..." July 22

  • Drew Pomeranz learned of trade to Red Sox on TV

    Larry Brown Sports "If the San Diego Padres continue to sell off their major league talent as we approach the Aug. 1 trade deadline, starting pitcher Andrew Cashner could be the next to go. The right-hander is not concerned about it, however, because he doesn’t expect the team to keep him in the loop anyway. After..." July 22

  • Coppolella says he won't trade Teheran

    MLB.com "Julio Teheran will continue to draw interest from teams looking to add a frontline starting pitcher before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline. But Braves general manager John Coppolella contends he will not be influenced to trade his All-Star pitcher. "I have told about 12 different general..." July 22

  • Indians involved in Chapman, Miller pursuit

    The Score "The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians are reportedly on the hunt for a high-profile bullpen arm to help bolster their playoff chances down the stretch. Previously linked to Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, the Indians are said to be "in on" teammate Andrew Miller as well, according to..." July 22

  • Royals have interest in acquiring Markakis

    Royals Review "We are a little over a week away from the August 1 trade deadline, and while fans debate whether or not the Royals should be sellers or buyers, the rumors seem to suggest the Royals are looking to be buyers. Despite the great need for starting pitching, there are persistent rumors the Royals are..." July 22

  • Reddick awaits news

    San Francisco Chronicle "Josh Reddick said trade rumors don’t bother him. What’s bothersome is that talks for a new A’s deal haven’t progressed. “It’s kind of disheartening something hasn’t been worked out so far,” Reddick said, “and we’ve been four months into it.” Asked if he’d like to stay in Oakland, Reddick..." July 22

  • Mets’ biggest trade need might not be so easy to get

    New York Post "A little extra bullpen help would be a relief to the Mets. Even with the rotation showing signs of wear and tear, the team’s primary focus heading toward the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline remains another reliever, according to a person with knowledge of the organization’s..." July 22

  • Anthopoulos, Cherington among execs linked to Twins' GM job

    The Score "Alex Anthopoulos, the former Blue Jays general manager and current vice president of baseball operations for the Dodgers, is reportedly among several executives generating early consideration for the vacant Minnesota Twins' GM position. Anthopolous was one of many names mentioned Friday by..." July 22

  • Dodgers impressed with the way Julio Urias has handled season of uncertainty, first-place opponents

    Orange County Register "Now what? For the third time this season, the Dodgers turned to 19-year-old left-hander Julio Urias to fill a short-term need in their starting rotation. Urias went four innings in Thursday’s 6-3 victory over the Washington Nationals after left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu went on the DL with elbow..." July 22

  • Ken Griffey Jr. was a transcendent motherf**ker

    SB Nation "Ken Griffey, Jr. is a Hall of Famer. He’s been an unquestioned, first-ballot Hall of Famer in spirit for a decade now. He fits every description of Hall of Famer, from the performance standards to the literal use of the word "fame." He saved baseball in the Pacific Northwest, and he almost..." July 22

  • Five Biggest free agent busts thus far in 2016 MLB season

    Sportsnaut "Last offseason produced a slew of big contracts. Some MLB teams are happy with the results from their investments. Unfortunately, other deals haven’t produced quite the same dividends. What players aren’t living up to the hype? What teams are already regretting their decisions to sign these..." July 22

  • Blue Jays scout Cashner, Sabathia

    Today's Knuckleball "The Blue Jays sent scouts to watch at least CC Sabathia and Andrew Cashner Thursday in what may be an indication they will follow through on their plan to move All-Star starter Aaron Sanchez into the bullpen. The Jays are weighing both starters and relievers but are said to be concerned about..." July 22

  • Padres' Cashner: 'I know I'm going to be traded'

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Andrew Cashner's latest, and perhaps last, start in a Padres uniform began shortly before 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Busch Stadium. By then, hours of speculation had shadowed the 6-foot-6 right-hander. Some rival officials believed he would be in a new uniform before he could take the mound. But the..." July 22

  • Matt Holliday bloodied by fastball to the face

    Fox Sports "Matt Holliday was knocked out of the St. Louis Cardinals' game in the sixth inning Thursday night when he was hit in the face by a fastball from San Diego's Andrew Cashner. Holliday dropped to the ground, spitting blood, before he was able to get up and go to first. He was removed for a pinch..." July 22

  • Indians To Sign Joe Thatcher

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with lefty Joe Thatcher, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). He had been released by the Dodgers after opting out of his deal with the team. Thatcher, 34, has seen action in each of the last nine major league seasons, but has yet..." July 22

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • White Sox reportedly turned down massive offer for Chris Sale

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago White Sox are apparently trying to single-handedly disprove the old adage, “Everything can be had for a price.” According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Thursday, the White Sox were recently offered a “king’s ransom” for five-time All-Star Chris Sale but turned it..." July 21

  • Chicago considering dealing David Robertson, Todd Frazier

    MLB Daily Dish "With their team falling out of contention, the White Sox are mulling over the sale of some assets according to a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Since the All-Star break, the White Sox have managed just one win over their six games. After opening the season as one of the hottest teams..." July 21

  • Report: Yankees have thought about cutting A-Rod and Mark Teixeira

    CBS Sports "The expectation with the Yankees, who are now five back in the Wild Card (and six back in the division), is that they'll still trade Aroldis Chapman and perhaps a few others by the deadline. But those might not be the most drastic moves made in New York over the coming weeks. According to Jon..." July 21

  • Cubs reportedly interested in Josh Reddick

    Sportsnaut "Slated to become a free agent this upcoming winter, Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick will likely find himself on another team between now and the August 1st trade deadline. As the longest-tenured member of the A’s, it’s not going to be easy for the team’s brass to move him. But picking..." July 21

  • Dodgers looking for help, CarGo and Bruce will get looks

    Today's Knuckleball "The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking hard for a bat as well as an arm, and seem to be in win-now mode. While they are expected to at least talk about Carlos Gonzalez, they are expecting the price to be quite high. Jay Bruce remains a possibility, as well, and probably a much more likely..." July 21

  • Sabean looking for 'meaningful piece' for Giants' bullpen

    CSN Bay Area "Brian Sabean doesn’t know whether the Giants will get an impact bullpen arm in a market flush with marquee buyers. But he knows exactly the type the front office will chase before the August 1 deadline. “The real dilemma is how you upgrade, and it has to be meaningful,” the Giants’ executive..." July 21

  • Report: Good chance Chris Archer ends up with Dodgers

    Larry Brown Sports "Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer is one of the more intriguing names on the trade market this month, and he may be inching closer to a new destination. ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported that he has been told by an executive that the chances of Archer going to the Los Angeles Dodgers are..." July 21

  • Max Scherzer on 13-0 Stephen Strasburg: 'He's laser-focused'

    ESPN "Every time Stephen Strasburg takes the mound, he inches closer toward history. One more win and Strasburg will tie Roger Clemens for the second-longest winning streak by a starting pitcher to begin a season in the divisional era. Strasburg is the first starter to go 13-0 since 2013, and you..." July 21

  • Joe Girardi is finally going off script — and it’s saving the Yankees

    New York Post "Joe Girardi is holding his players more accountable and making some strategic moves with his lineup. It’s about time. There is no room for error. The Yankees cannot afford one misstep. After so many frustrating starts, Michael Pineda stepped up Wednesday night in an easy 5-0 win over the..." July 21

  • Brandon Crawford, the Giants’ Shortstop, Is the Best at What He Does Best

    New York Times "Brandon Crawford, the splendid shortstop for the San Francisco Giants, is the best defensive player in baseball. If only he knew what to make of it. “I’m on social media, so I see it, but probably the reason I don’t look at it is because I don’t know how they calculate it,” Crawford said..." July 21

  • How Twins lefty Fernando Abad hurt his back — and why he’s ripe for trade

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Veteran reliever Fernando Abad continues to attract trade interest as the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline draws closer, but the lefty’s sporadic usage has given potential trade partners pause. After working on back-to-back days six times in the first two months of the season, Abad has done so just..." July 21

  • White Sox to consider selling at deadline

    The Score "On the heels of a prolonged nosedive from the top of the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox are reportedly considering shifting their focus to next year and beyond. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the White Sox are receiving "plenty" of calls on closer David Robertson, as they decide..." July 21

  • Mike Montgomery deal makes perfect sense for the Cubs and Mariners

    Fox Sports "Mike Montgomery's average fastball velocity has increased from 90.9 mph as a starter last season to 93.4 this season, when 30 of his 32 appearances have come in relief. That's a nice jump, but not atypical for a pitcher who moves to the bullpen — and certainly not enough to preclude the Cubs..." July 21

  • Ken Griffey Jr.: MLB Relying on 'The Kid' to Make Baseball Cool for Kids Again

    Bleacher Report "They sit across the negotiating table as adversaries, but Rob Manfred and Tony Clark are also partners. As the commissioner of Major League Baseball and the head of its players union, respectively, Manfred and Clark have significant differences, but also common goals. There's little they agree..." July 21

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