• Dusty Baker isn’t optimistic Stephen Strasburg will start Sunday

    Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg is eligible to come off the disabled list this weekend. His turn in the rotation comes around Sunday, when he could pitch against the Reds after missing two starts. Strasburg threw a bullpen earlier this week. He threw another Thursday, which would put him on schedule for a..." July 01

  • The dumb teams that are going to ruin the lame trade deadline because of the stupid wild card

    SB Nation "If you like fun facts, look elsewhere. This is not a fun fact. From ESPN: Since divisional play started in 1969, there's never been a season in which every division leader had at least a five-game lead heading into July - until now. The O's, Indians, Rangers, Nats, Cubs, and Giants all have..." July 01

  • MLB voids deals of 5 Red Sox international prospects

    The Score "Major League Baseball has acted swiftly against the Boston Red Sox for overspending on international prospects in 2015. They are voiding the contracts of five players signed by the team last year while also barring them from signing any international players during the 2016 signing period,..." July 01

  • Red Sox banned from signing international players for a year

    Yahoo! Sports "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation..." July 01

  • Pay day: Mets owe Bonilla latest installment of deferred money

    ESPN "It's Friday, July 1, and we should be thinking about our Fourth of July weekend plans. But as baseball fans, we can't. Why? Because today is all about Bobby Bonilla. A man who last played 5,381 days ago owns this day. Not just this July 1, but every July 1 through 2035. It's the day when the..." July 01

  • Blue Jays aren't expecting Jose Bautista to return before the break

    Toronto Star "Jose Bautista’s injury layoff could run a lot longer than his disabled-list due date suggests. Bautista has been on the DL since June 16 with a toe injury, and a good indicator for how much longer he will be sidelined will surface this weekend. He was scheduled to be in a walking boot for two..." July 01

  • Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Lopez leaves team again

    Arizona Republic "Diamondbacks pitching prospect Yoan Lopez left his minor league team on Wednesday night with the intention of leaving the sport entirely, but General Manager Dave Stewart said the club has convinced him to hold off on a decision. Stewart said the team believes Lopez is dealing with “serious..." July 01

  • Cuban star Yulieski Gourriel works out for Yankees

    New York Daily News "Prized Cuban free agent Yulieski Gourriel worked out for the Yankees in Tampa on Thursday. Gourriel, who has said his favorite team is the Yankees and his favorite player is Alex Rodriguez, is being eyed by several clubs, including the Mets, who worked out the infielder on Monday. Mets GM..." July 01

  • Giants’ Madison Bumgarner will not participate in Home Run Derby

    San Francisco Chronicle "Madison Bumgarner will not participate in next month’s Home Run Derby, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before Thursday night’s game at Oakland Coliseum. “The players union, of course, they don’t want a pitcher taking a player’s spot in the home run derby,” Bochy said, “and I don’t think they..." July 01

  • Felix Hernandez scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday, progressing in throwing program

    Seattle Times "The plan for Felix Hernandez is now set in place with his return still scheduled for after the All-Star break. The Mariners’ ace will throw his second bullpen session on Friday afternoon. If all goes well, he will throw a simulated game on the road trip in Houston. From there, he will progress..." July 01

  • Oakland A’s sign 1st round pick A.J. Puk

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland Athletics have signed first round draft pick A.J. Puk (No. 6 overall), a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Florida. The signing was for a reported $4,069,200, the slot value of the pick." July 01

  • Andrew Heaney To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    Los Angeles Times "The Angels announced left-hander Andrew Heaney will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles. The decision was made after his second checkup, Monday, on the progress of a stem-cell injection he received eight weeks ago. He will miss the remaining half of this season, and, likely, all of..." July 01

  • Clayton Kershaw has herniated disc, won't require surgery

    True Blue L.A. "The Dodgers gave an official announcement regarding the status of Clayton Kershaw, which had both good and bad news. The good news is that Kershaw will not require surgery, but the bad news is that he has a herniated disc in his back, with the club only saying they will know more about his..." June 30

  • Dodgers trade two pitching prospects to Braves for Bud Norris

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Thursday, the Dodgers placed Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list. Now they've gone out and acquired another starting pitcher to help fill the void, grabbing Bud Norris from the Braves in exchange for two prospects, the Dodgers announced on Thursday afternoon:" June 30

  • Marlins nearing trade for Padres' Rodney

    The Score "The Miami Marlins are reportedly nearing a deal to acquire San Diego Padres reliever Fernando Rodney for a prospect, according to Keith Law of ESPN. " June 30

  • Phillies prospect has eye removed after freak injury

    Philly.com "Matt Imhof, a Phillies pitching prospect, had surgery Tuesday to remove his right eye after suffering a serious injury in a freak accident last week during an exercise after a minor-league game in Florida. The pitcher was struck in the face by a resistance band that was anchored to a wall. The..." June 30

  • Dodgers To Place Clayton Kershaw On Disabled List

    MLB Trade Rumors "Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw received an epidural injection to treat his ailing lower back yesterday and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, manager Dave Roberts told reporters, including Andy McCullough of the L.A. Times (Twitter link). He adds that the team is hopeful that Kershaw..." June 30

  • Dodgers actively looking for starting pitching help

    The Score "With Clayton Kershaw joining five other starters from the Los Angeles Dodgers on the disabled list Thursday, the front office is looking for reinforcements. The Dodgers have yet to announce a starter for Friday as they're actively searching for arms from outside the organization, according to..." June 30

  • Jay Bruce would ‘very likely’ waive no-trade clause for Indians

    Today's Knuckleball "Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has the Cleveland Indians listed as one of eight teams on his no-trade clause, but according to a friend of Bruce, he only added the Indians as the eighth team as a late replacement for the Blue Jays after hearing Toronto was interested (he apparently liked the..." June 30

  • Rival execs believe Yankees will trade Miller, Chapman

    The Score "Though general manager Brian Cashman refuses to wave the white flag, the reeling New York Yankees may give him no choice. Losers of three of their last four and sitting nine games back in the division, the Yankees are on course to be sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline. Despite his..." June 30

  • Yankees want Schwarber for Miller

    Cubs HQ "Cubs President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have reportedly been discussing potential trades for relief help before the trade deadline on August 1. Scouts from the Cubs watched Yankees relievers Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman back in the second week of June..." June 30

  • Rangers are showing interest in Matt Moore

    Tampa Bay Times "Matt Moore gave the Rays the kind of start in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Red Sox that they have been so desperately seeking. He pitched well enough, most vital of all, to win the game, just their second in the past 14 tries. A no-hitter through five, a jam created by his only three hits..." June 30

  • No DH for Bumgarner: Ace to bat vs. A's

    MLB.com "Madison Bumgarner will strike a blow, at least the Giants expect him to, for pitchers everywhere on Thursday when manager Bruce Bochy will place him in the batting order against the Oakland A's. The Giants thus will become the first team to opt against using a designated hitter when it has one..." June 30

  • Miguel Cabrera became the 50th player in history to homer against all 30 teams

    Hardball Talk "With a fifth inning, three-run home run against his former team on Tuesday night, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera became the 50th player in baseball history to hit a home run against all 30 major league teams. The blast, off of Adam Conley, gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead. Cabrera, 33, was..." June 29

  • Dodgers, Rays discussing Erasmo Ramirez trade

    MLB Daily Dish "The Dodgers and Rays are discussing a trade involving Rays right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Los Angeles is looking at Ramirez as a possible stopgap option for its rotation. Los Angeles has dealt with more than its share of rotation injuries..." June 29

  • Red Sox hold team meeting after Dustin Pedroia chews out Eduardo Rodriguez

    Sporting News "The Red Sox have lost six of their past eight games mainly because of dismal outings from Boston starters, but no performance was as poor as Eduardo Rodriguez's meltdown Monday against the Rays. Rodriguez gave up nine runs on 11 hits in just 2 2/3 innings of work, ballooning his ERA to 8.59..." June 29

  • Ortiz won't participate in Home Run Derby at All-Star Game

    NESN "Picture this: David Ortiz makes his triumphant return the Home Run Derby at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and takes home the crown in his final big-league season. It’s a nice story, but it won’t happen, according to Ortiz. The Boston Red Sox slugger said before Tuesday’s game against..." June 29

  • New bill aims to make minor leaguers exempt from OT pay

    The Comeback "Congress has introduced a bill which aims to make life a lot tougher for Minor League Baseball players. The Save America’s Pastime Act would amend the Fair Labor Standard Act to make MiLB players not subject to laws that protect hourly-rated employees. Basically, they don’t want Minor League..." June 29

  • Journeyman RHP Mat Latos signs minor league deal with Nationals

    Today's Knuckleball "According to a report from Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM on Wednesday, the Washington Nationals have signed starting pitcher Mat Latos to a minor league deal. While the club has yet to announce the signing, Levine was told by Latos himself that the journeyman is now headed to our nation’s..." June 29

  • Lorenzo Cain placed on 15-day DL

    kctv5.com "The Royals announced Wednesday that center fielder Lorenzo Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain." June 29

  • Assessing Mets’ Yulieski Gourriel interest amid the chaos

    New York Post "By the time Yulieski Gourriel worked out for the Mets on Monday, at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., he seemingly had transitioned from savior to afterthought. But with the Mets’ starting rotation avoiding an all-out meltdown for now, and with Jose Reyes still working his way through..." June 29

  • Cubs use 3 different pitchers as OFs en route to 15-inning win

    ESPN "The Cubs played three different pitchers in left field in their 15-inning, 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Two of them, lefty Travis Wood and righty Spencer Patton, alternated pitching and playing left in the 14th inning before Wood pitched the 15th while setup man Pedro Strop played..." June 29

  • Despite Angels' poor start, GM says Mike Scioscia's job is not in jeopardy

    Los Angeles Times "he Angels were 17 ½ games back in the American League West with four starting pitchers still on the shelf and a .206 hitter in the cleanup spot Tuesday night, grim realities for a team that hasn’t hit the halfway point of the season and is already far out of contention. But a first half filled..." June 29

  • Marlins infield on historic 26-game error-free run

    Sportsnaut "The Miami Marlins know how to minimize mistakes on the defensive end, and the infield has put together the best stretch of defensive ball in over a century. According to STATS LLC, per Patrick Pinak of MLB.com, Miami’s infield hasn’t recorded an error in 26 straight games. The last time they..." June 29

  • Injured Carlos Beltran would be the sign Cashman’s waited for

    New York Post "Two to four. Seven to nine. When the baseball obit writers put the final touches on the Yankees’ disappointing 2016 season, the visiting hours for the pinstriped wake are posted above courtesy of The Post. Three-fifths of the rotation sport ERAs north of 5.00. The hitting has been spotty..." June 29

  • Heavy rain and hail turned the Rockies' clubhouse into a flooded mess

    SB Nation "The Colorado Rockies' game was delayed on Tuesday after heavy rain and hail created a very wet scene and ice covered the field. But the field wasn't the only area that needed some maintenance. Water also poured into the Rockies' clubhouse, leaving it very flooded." June 29

  • Phil Hughes To Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Twins right-hander Phil Hughes will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, tweets Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The operation will alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, who adds that GM Terry Ryan says the club expects Hughes..." June 28

  • Billy Beane's Athletics need to embrace a rebuild

    MLB Daily Dish "Nobody in baseball today has as much of a reputation as a wheeler-dealer as Billy Beane's Oakland A's (yes, David Forst is the general manager, but they will always be Beane's A's). And it's well-earned; when the going gets tough, A's players get going. Last year, Oakland dealt for Tyler..." June 28

  • Cause for concern as Clayton Kershaw flies to L.A. to see back specialist

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers are 14-2 when Clayton Kershaw starts and 28-34 when he doesn't. We already knew he was the best pitcher on Earth, but the Dodgers' performance when he does or doesn't pitch is a nice illustration of his value. Why do we bring this up? Well, you can read a headline so you already..." June 28

  • Giants could let Bumgarner hit in lieu of DH

    MLB.com "An intriguing issue was raised Monday, but not answered: Will the Giants scrap using a designated hitter when Madison Bumgarner starts Thursday at Oakland and let the adept-hitting pitcher take his cuts instead? Giants manager Bruce Bochy skirted the issue for now. "Too early to commit," he..." June 28

  • Murray: Goldschmidt changes agents to Excel Sports Management

    Today's Knuckleball "Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has left ISE Baseball, formerly called Relativity Baseball, and is now represented by Excel Sports Management, according to league sources. It is not believed that Goldschmidt’s agent at ISE Baseball, Joe Sambito, will follow him to..." June 28

  • Rays' Silverman 'dissatisfied,' not ready to sell

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said he was "very dissatisfied" with the team's play this season, but he offered his support Monday for manager Kevin Cash and stated his faith in his ballclub in the wake of the 0-for-7 road trip that extended the Rays' losing streak to 11..." June 28

  • Cashman: 'I want to be a contender, not a pretender'

    The Score "New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is done playing games. The club is 7 1/2 games back of the division lead, and fading, while Baltimore, Boston, and Toronto continue to own the American League East. Meanwhile, New York is struggling to keep pace. "We can't keep treading..." June 28

  • Bruce Bochy joins Sparky Anderson as the only managers to win 800 games with two teams

    Hardball Talk "Bruce Bochy won his 800th game as the Giants’ manager in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon, as his club pulled out a walk-off 8-7 victory against the Phillies. He leads active managers in wins with 1,751 and joins Sparky Anderson as the only managers in baseball history to win 800-plus games..." June 28

  • Noah Syndergaard denies reports he has bone spur after short start

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Mets have some pitcher drama, but this time it doesn't involve Matt Harvey. After struggling during an 11-4 loss against the Washington Nationals, Noah Syndergaard denied reports he's been dealing with a bone spur in his elbow. While Syndergaard was able to pump his usual velocity..." June 28

  • Phillies prospect suffers career-threatening eye injury

    The Good Phight "ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports the Phillies’ second round draft pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, left-handed pitcher Matt Imhof, has suffered an eye injury during a routine stretching exercise that is considered career threatening. Imhof, who was not listed among the Phils’ top 30 prospects heading..." June 28

  • Sean Doolittle Drawing Interest; Giants Looking At Josh Reddick

    Fox Sports "Here's an idea for the Athletics, a relatively radical idea considering the team's history of trading its best players: Keep the core together. Sign right fielder Josh Reddick long-term, and do not trade right-hander Sonny Gray, catcher Steven Vogt and reliever Sean Doolittle. Oh, Billy..." June 28

  • Yankees president rips media for asking if they'll sell at trade deadline

    Yahoo! Sports "Since many contenders around baseball are already dreaming of adding either Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman to their bullpens, it's safe to say a good chunk of the league thinks of the New York Yankees as trade-deadline sellers as we getting closer to July. The Yankees are 37-37. They're..." June 27

  • Lucas Giolito to make major league debut on Tuesday against the Mets

    Hardball Talk "Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito will be called up from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Mets, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. The Nationals recently placed Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list, so the club was in need of another..." June 27

  • Drew Pomeranz could be key trade chip

    Today's Knuckleball "With James Shields already gone and the San Diego Padres continuing to fall farther back in the National League West standings, many are waiting for the next shoe to drop. And it’s quite possible that the next piece of the roster to go is starter Drew Pomeranz, who signed a one-year, $1.35..." June 27