• Report: Rays acquire Lucas Duda from the Mets

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the..." July 27

  • Dodgers confident they will land Darvish, Gray or Verlander

    CBS Sports "Coming into Thursday, the Dodgers have baseball's best record (71-31) and best staff ERA (3.12), both by comfortable margins. The Astros have the second best record (67-34) and the Diamondbacks have the second best staff ERA (3.52). Despite their record and strong pitching staff, the Dodgers..." July 27

  • Blue Jays may be close to trading Liriano

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays could be nearing a trade of left-hander Francisco Liriano, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman tweets that some teams may be interested in Lirano, who’s started 17 games this season, as a relief option. The 33-year-old pending free agent has issued just one..." July 27

  • Marlins now open to trading Straily

    MLB Trade Rumors "After focusing primarily on trades involving their relievers over the past couple of weeks, the Marlins have now informed teams that they’re open to trading right-hander Dan Straily, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). The 28-year-old Straily was essentially a free pickup for the..." July 27

  • The Houston Astros Are Going From Really Good To Possibly Great

    The Sports Fan Journal "The Houston Astros own the American League’s best record. That’s a sentence you’re going to see a lot in coming years. While the Astros are having a great amount of success today, they are poised to keep improving. There are a multitude of factors that make teams successful: high draft-picks..." July 27

  • White Sox trade lefty Dan Jennings to Rays for prospect

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox fire sale continued Thursday with yet another trade, this one sending left-handed reliever Dan Jennings to the Tampa Bay Rays for first base prospect Casey Gillaspie. Jennings has pitched to a 3.45 ERA over 44 innings in his third season with the Sox. He owns a 2.86 ERA over six..." July 27

  • Report: Dustin Pedroia applauded David Price for telling off Dennis Eckersley

    Larry Brown Sports "David Price was supposedly sticking up for a teammate when he confronted Dennis Eckersley on a team flight recently, and another prominent Boston Red Sox player reportedly got Price’s back when the incident took place. Fred Toucher of 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston was told by a source that..." July 27

  • Bryce Harper blamed his pregame music following his latest ejection

    CBS Sports "Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper went off on home plate umpire Chris Segal after striking out in the eighth inning of the Nats' win over the Brewers (WAS 8, MIL 5) on Wednesday night. Harper was visibly upset at a called strike on the second pitch of the at-bat, then he lost it,..." July 27

  • There's a baby boom in Chicago, nine months after Cubs World Series win

    Chicago Tribune "Last fall, Jackie Young told her husband a joyous but unexpected bit of news: She was pregnant. The couple did the math to figure out when their baby was conceived and landed on the night of Nov. 2 — Game 7 of the World Series. The two longtime Cubs fans, swept up by the magic of the Cubs'..." July 27

  • The Twins and Diamondbacks make a minor trade

    Hardball Talk "The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they’ve acquired minor league catcher John Ryan Murphy from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitcher Gabriel Moya. Murphy has played in 141 major league games across four seasons, three with the Yankees, one with Minnesota." July 27

  • Astros Won't Overpay For Pitching At Deadline

    Real GM Baseball "The Houston Astros would like to upgrade their pitching staff, but Jeff Luhnow says the club won't overpay to do so ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline. "We're not going to overpay dramatically, because we're not in a situation where we have to," Luhnow said. "We have a pretty good team, and..." July 27

  • Twins could sell at the deadline even after adding Jaime Garcia

    CBS Sports "Thanks to yet another miraculous Dodgers comeback (LAD 6, MIN 5), the Twins lost their fourth straight game Wednesday night. It was also their 10th loss in their last 14 games. Minnesota led Wednesday's game 5-0 at one point. The tying run scored when rookie center fielder Zach Granite threw to..." July 27

  • Umpire ejects Adrian Beltre for moving on-deck circle

    Hardball Talk "As far as ejections go, this is one of the stranger ones you’ll hear about. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning of a game his team trailed at the time 18-6. Beltre was a few feet away from the circle towards home plate and was asked by Marlins pitcher..." July 27

  • Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw hopeful he can make 'at least a few' starts before playoffs begin

    Los Angeles Times "On Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers’ pitching staff gathered on the diamond around 4 p.m. for pitchers fielding practice. A staple of spring training, the drills serve as refreshers during the long season. The gang was nearly all there — even Brock Stewart, the team’s starter for that night’s game..." July 27

  • Michael Fulmer hopes Tigers go ‘all out’ with rebuild

    Larry Brown Sports "The Detroit Tigers have already traded one of their best players, but they haven’t exactly committed to a full-on rebuild yet. One of their players who has been mentioned in some trade talks hopes the team goes all-in on the rebuild if they commit to doing so. Michael Fulmer, who won Rookie of..." July 27

  • Dansby Swanson optioned to Triple-A

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The move that once seemed so improbable is now a reality: Struggling Braves rookie Dansby Swanson has been sent to Triple-A. Swanson, batting .214 with six home runs and a .287 on-base percentage in 95 games, was informed after the Braves’ series finale Wednesday at Arizona that he would be..." July 27

  • Pat Neshek Traded to Rockies for Jose Gomez, J.D. Hammer, Alejandro Requena

    Bleacher Report "The Colorado Rockies announced Wednesday that they have acquired reliever Pat Neshek in a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies. As the Phillies noted, they will receive three minor leaguers in the deal in shortstop Jose Gomez as well as pitchers Alejandro Requena and J.D. Hammer. Neshek is..." July 27

  • Jeff Samardzija Unlikely To Waive No-Trade Clause

    MLB Trade Rumors "Jeff Samardzija’s name has come up frequently in recent trade rumors, but the 32-year-old right-hander’s five-year, $90MM contract allows him to block trades to all but eight teams. Moreover, Samardzija tells Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that if approached by the Giants about a..." July 27

  • The Orioles are reportedly having trouble drumming up trade interest in Zach Britton

    CBS Sports "One year ago at this time, Orioles closer Zach Britton was a legitimate Cy Young candidate in the middle of one of the best relief seasons in history. He went a perfect 47 for 47 in save chances and finished with a 0.54 ERA in 67 innings. Now, prior to Monday's trade deadline, the O's are..." July 26

  • Farrell says he hasn't apologized to Eckersley about Price incident

    WEEI Boston "Since Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy broke news on Sunday of what was said in a confrontation between David Price and NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley, there have still been lingering questions regarding whether an apology from Price or Red Sox manager John Farrell was ever..." July 26

  • The details of Rangers' Yu Darvish's 10-team no-trade list

    MLB Trade Rumors "At some point within the next five days the Rangers will make the franchise-altering decision whether to trade staff ace Yu Darvish. Texas is 49-51 this season and 3 1/2 games back of the second AL wild card spot. There are four teams ahead of them in the standings. FanGraphs put their postseason..." July 26

  • Mr. October loves Judge but a 'half-season doesn't make a great player'

    TMZ "Aaron Judge is killin' it, but don't go retiring his number just yet ... so says Yankees legend Reggie Jackson, who told us the rookie phenom still has a lot more to prove. Mr. October was RAVING about Judge when we ran into him at LAX -- saying he's showing serious signs that he could be one..." July 26

  • Cubs Reach Out to Mets About Trade for Starting Hurler

    12 Up "​The Chicago Cubs are still looking to upgrade their starting rotation despite ​acquiring Jose Quintana from their crosstown rivals. Young, controllable starters are what they are seeking, and they've contacted the New York Mets about a potential deal involving right-hander Seth Lugo. ​​The..." July 26

  • Tigers have decisions to make as big sellers

    MLB.com "The White Sox already have dealt away most of their veteran trade candidates. Publicly, the Rangers suggest they may not sell at all. That leaves the Tigers at the center of the ongoing non-waiver Trade Deadline drama as much as any non-contender, with the possible exception of the A's. Yes,..." July 26

  • Brett Anderson activated, designated for assignment

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs activated left-hander Brett Anderson from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment on Wednesday. Anderson had been placed on the disabled list in May with a back strain and then transferred to the 60-day disabled list a month later." July 26

  • Kris Bryant on ejection: ‘I had to stick up for myself’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was ejected for the first time in his major league career during Tuesday’s 7-2 victory over the crosstown Chicago White Sox. Bryant’s ejection occurred during the fourth inning after arguing a questionable third-strike call by umpire Lance Barksdale. After..." July 26

  • Danny Tartabull Locked Up On Deadbeat Dad Charges

    TMZ "Danny Tartabull has finally been captured -- more than 5 years after a warrant was issued for the ex-MLB star's arrest on deadbeat dad charges ... TMZ Sports has learned. Oh, and the reason he was caught? DUMBASSERY. Quick backstory: Officials say the former NY Yankees star -- who played..." July 26

  • Royals in talks with Blue Jays about acquiring Francisco Liriano

    Sportsnet "The Kansas City Royals are in talks with the Toronto Blue Jays about acquiring starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Liriano, a pending free agent, has struggled mightily this season, but is coming off a stellar outing against the Oakland Athletics on Monday..." July 26

  • Giants open to dealing Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija

    Sporting News "The MLB trade deadline is less than a week away, and a number of big names are currently being floated around the rumor mill. According to ESPN, the Giants are willing to listen to offers for starting pitchers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. The Giants are in the midst of a disastrous..." July 26

  • Odubel Herrera flips his bat on a fly ball, gets benched for lack of hustle

    Hardball Talk "Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera has been a polarizing figure in his young career. He’s talented and at times has shined, inspiring the Phillies to give him a long term contract this past offseason. At other times, however, he’s aggravated the snot out of his manager, his teammates and his..." July 26

  • Jacoby Ellsbury is now a $153 million pinch runner

    New York Post "With Clint Frazier starting over Jacoby Ellsbury against Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo on Tuesday, manager Joe Girardi left no doubt that Ellsbury is now the Yankees’ fourth outfielder. “There’s going to be days he’s going to start and I told him I’d let him know and prepare him for..." July 26

  • Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

    CSN Bay Area "Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox. The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night. Fox Sports was the first to report the news. The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers..." July 26

  • Rothbaum, Bush meet with MLB Commish in pursuit of Marlins

    Miami Herald "Wayne Rothbaum and Jeb Bush, who are leading up a group trying to buy the Miami Marlins, met with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in New York last week and continue to work toward acquiring the team, a New York-based MLB source said this week. The meeting, curiously, did not include any..." July 26

  • Tigers, Brewers reportedly talking trade involving both Ian Kinsler, Justin Wilson

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers may have the Detroit Tigers to shout out if they hang on to win the National League Central. According to a report by Jon Morosi of MLB Network on Tuesday, the two teams are having discussions on a trade involving Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler as well as Tigers closer..." July 26

  • Kris Bryant on ejection: 'I had to stick up for myself'

    CSN Chicago "There's always something wacky that occurs when the Cubs and White Sox get together for Crosstown. The lasting image from the 2017 iteration of the rivalry may be Kris Bryant getting ejected for the first time in the big leagues and only the second time in his life. Bryant - who was..." July 26

  • Money still a big factor as Tigers approach trade deadline

    Detroit Free Press "Today in the Detroit Tigers and trade deadline talks: Money. And no matter which way you look at it, money remains the biggest factor influencing the team and their trade plans. General manager Al Avila has been up front about the Tigers' desire to scale back payroll. But in nearly every..." July 26

  • Sources: Rockies interested in Lucroy

    MLB.com "The Rockies have expressed interest in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, according to Major League sources. A trade is not imminent, but the Rockies are looking to upgrade their catching as Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. MLB.com's Thomas Harding is also reporting the Rockies have..." July 26

  • Yankees reportedly working toward deal for Gray, Alonso

    CBS Sports "The Yankees have already made a splash leading up to Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, and if the rumors are any guide then general manager Brian Cashman isn't done. Take, for instance, this juicy one from Mark Feinsand ... The Yankees of course still need help in the rotation. That's..." July 26

  • John Lackey makes history, hits four White Sox batters in one game

    Sportsnaut "Tuesday’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox got chippy. Both benches were warned when White Sox pitcher Chris Beck hit Ian Happ with a pitch. That came after Cubs pitcher John Lackey hit some batters on his own, making team history in the process. " July 25

  • Stephen Strasburg expected to make next start for Nats

    Larry Brown Sports "All appears to be good on the Stephen Strasburg injury front, at least for now. The Washington Nationals ace is expected to make his next scheduled start for the team despite leaving his Sunday start with forearm discomfort." July 25

  • Justin Verlander admits - briefly - Detroit Tigers tenure may now be over

    Detroit Free Press "There was a moment, however fleeting, that Justin Verlander wants to share with you. It came after the top of the seventh inning on Monday night, after the 119th pitch of his night, a 98 m.p.h. fastball, was caught in centerfield. It was in the back of his mind – has been for quite some time..." July 25

  • Brewers, White Sox Discussing Anthony Swarzak Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers and White Sox are in talks about a trade that would send right-hander Anthony Swarzak from Chicago to Milwaukee, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). After signing a minor league deal with a $900K base salary this offseason, the 31-year-old Swarzak has broken out with..." July 25

  • Yankees Really Can’t Swing Jacoby Ellsbury-Giancarlo Stanton Trade, Can They?

    NESN "The New York Yankees have a Jacoby Ellsbury problem. The Bronx Bombers appeared to pull off a coup when they signed the All-Star outfielder away from the rival Boston Red Sox following the 2013 season, luring Ellsbury away with a grandiose seven-year, $153 million contract. Ellsbury is a very..." July 25

  • Nats, Yanks among those in on Sonny Gray

    MLB.com "When Sonny Gray pitches tonight in Toronto -- if he's not traded before then -- the Nationals and Yankees will be paying close attention. Sources say the A's and Nats have remained in contact since finalizing the deal that sent relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington earlier this..." July 25

  • The A's are reportedly seeking a young center fielder in any Sonny Gray trade

    CBS Sports "At some point before Monday's trade deadline, the Athletics are very likely to trade staff ace Sonny Gray. Keeping him carries too much risk given his injury problems over the last year or so, and chances are his trade value will never again be as high as it is right now. With Oakland in a..." July 25

  • Don't Look Now, But The Yankees Might Be Interested In Giancarlo Stanton

    Deadspin "Giancarlo Stanton was definitely thinking home run. In a rare visit to the Rangers, one of the few ballparks the Marlins slugger hasn’t homered in, Stanton realized this might be his last chance for a while to notch it on his belt. (Well, his last chance for a while unless he becomes a Yankee..." July 25

  • Rangers ready to move ace Yu Darvish in 'right deal'

    ESPN "The Texas Rangers are ready to move ace pitcher Yu Darvish. All it's going to take is someone to meet their asking price. Sources told ESPN.com that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels began calling potential suitors Monday and telling them the team is open to trading Darvish for the "right..." July 25

  • Yankees will reportedly explore trade options for Jacoby Ellsbury

    Larry Brown Sports "Jacoby Ellsbury is currently one of the most overpaid players in baseball, and the New York Yankees are hoping they can convince some other team to pay at least part of his remaining salary. Ellsbury, who is set to make $21 million in each of the next three seasons before he can be bought out..." July 25

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Pirates and Royals: Off the trade block, ready to shake up pennant races

    USA Today "Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole walked slowly into the near-empty clubhouse late Monday evening at AT&T Park, but instead of answering questions about trade rumors, he was talking about playoffs. Kanas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who was supposed to be wearing a Boston Red Sox..." July 25