• Brewers Reportedly 'Fading' in Talks for Sonny Gray

    Bleacher Report "The Milwaukee Brewers may be falling out of the Sonny Gray sweepstakes, with MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal reporting the Brewers are "fading" in their pursuit of the Oakland Athletics ace. After the Chicago White Sox dealt Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs, Gray is arguably the best starting..." July 25

  • Wilson Ramos suffers head injury on Ruben Tejada’s backswing

    Hardball Talk "Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his..." July 24

  • Mets place Zack Wheeler on disabled list for second time this season

    Newsday "After being sidelined for two full seasons, Mets righthander Zack Wheeler knew better than to think his comeback would be smooth. He braced for the reality that there would be setbacks. But mentally preparing himself for such hurdles hasn’t dulled the frustration of his latest flare-up, a..." July 24

  • Royals acquire three pitchers from Padres in exchange for Matt Strahm and Travis Wood

    Kansas City Star "One week before the trade deadline, the Royals executed a deal to reinforce their pitching staff, acquiring starting pitcher Trevor Cahill, reliever Brandon Maurer and left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter from the San Diego Padres in exchange for left-handed pitchers Travis Wood and Matt Strahm and..." July 24

  • Twins Acquire Jaime Garcia, Anthony Recker

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have acquired lefty Jaime Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker from the Braves, per a club announcement. Cash considerations will also go to Minnesota in the deal, in which Atlanta acquires young righty Huascar Ynoa. While these two clubs had seemingly been nearing a deal involving..." July 24

  • Brandon Crawford: Giants should change right-center field wall

    CSN Bay Area "Since the moment it opened, AT&T Park has been a pitcher's park. Last Friday, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford answered questions from kids at a youth baseball camp. How big are Major League fields? “They vary in size. Ours is one of the bigger ones, 421 feet to right-center, which..." July 24

  • Justin Verlander Trade Talks Reportedly Involve Cubs, Dodgers

    Bleacher Report "MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Monday that the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs have been engaged in trade talks involving starting pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Verlander would be the second big-name pitching acquisition for the Cubs after previously landing Jose Quintana..." July 24

  • Rangers telling teams Darvish is not available

    Yardbarker "The Texas Rangers are coming off a sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, and they are not yet ready to commit to being sellers with the MLB trade deadline only a week away. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported on Monday that the Rangers have been telling interested teams Yu Darvish is not available —..." July 24

  • With Clayton Kershaw Out, Dodgers Must Trade For Another Ace

    The Big Lead "Clayton Kershaw is headed to the disabled list with another back injury and this time the 29-year-old ace is expected to miss four to six weeks. With this news, it’s even more imperative that the Los Angeles Dodgers acquire another front-line starting pitcher before next week’s trade..." July 24

  • The Pirates are, not surprisingly, leaning against trading Andrew McCutchen

    Hardball Talk "Over the winter there was serious talk about the Pirates trading Andrew McCutchen to the Washington Nationals. His move to left field to allow Starling Marte to take over center further served to make McCutchen a less important part of the Pirates long term plans. Then the season began, Marte..." July 24

  • On his way out? Melky Cabrera wants to stay with White Sox

    Chicago Tribune "White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Saturday night he was surprised veteran left fielder Melky Cabrera is still with the team because he believes Cabrera would be a valuable player for contending teams to pick up in a trade. But Cabrera wouldn't mind sticking with the Sox through this season..." July 24

  • MLB reporters spar over report linking Giancarlo Stanton to Yankees

    Larry Brown Sports "With a new ownership group set to take over the Miami Marlins, there have been rumblings that Giancarlo Stanton and his 13-year, $325 million contract could be traded to usher in a new era. The New York Yankees are one of the teams that have been mentioned as potentially being interested —..." July 24

  • Clayton Kershaw Likely to miss 4-to-6 weeks

    CBS Sports "Kershaw (back) is estimated to miss four-to-six weeks due to his current back issue, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. This is a rough timetable for his return, although it's promising to hear that he isn't expected to miss as much time as he did last season with a similar injury. Official..." July 24

  • Mariners set to enter trade mix for Sonny Gray?

    MLB.com "The Sonny Gray sweepstakes could have a new entrant: the Seattle Mariners. A source with knowledge of the team's thinking suggested that Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto might be preparing to make a run for the A's right-hander, who stands as one of the controllable jewels of this year's..." July 24

  • What went down between David Price and Dennis Eckersley

    Boston Globe "The Red Sox wrapped up their weekend in California with a 3-2 loss to the Angels Sunday and flew from John Wayne Airport to Seattle. Here’s hoping the flight went smoothly, that none of the players were offended by anything Mike Timlin (a NESN fill-in on this trip) said during the Red..." July 24

  • Dodgers Among Teams To Scout Phillies’ Pat Neshek

    Dodger Blue "While the Los Angeles Dodgers have been linked to several left-handed relievers, team president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is hardly the type to pigeonhole himself. Friedman has regularly stressed exploring all avenues to upgrade the roster. Even as the Dodgers are regularly linked..." July 24

  • Pudge emphatically denies using steroids in new book

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Pudge Rodriguez, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, unequivocally denies ever using steroids in his new book, “They Call Me Pudge.” “I never took steroids,” Rodriguez writes in the first chapter titled Hall of Fame and Clearing the Air. “Let’s make that as crystal..." July 24

  • Twins DFA reliever Craig Breslow, recall Alan Busenitz

    Fox Sports North "The Minnesota Twins designated left-handed reliever Craig Breslow for assignment Monday, recalling right-hander Alan Busenitz from Triple-A Rochester to replace him on the 25-man roster. Breslow last pitched for the Twins during a marathon loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Originally..." July 24

  • Clayton Kershaw Heading to 10-Day DL Due to Back Injury Suffered vs. Braves

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw left Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves with a back injury. Though there was initially some mystery about the cause of his departure, the team announced Kershaw experienced tightness in his right lower back. After the game, manager Dave Roberts..." July 24

  • Dodgers chasing Yu Darvish

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers have been baseball's best team lately. Yet that isn't stopping the front office from pursing some impact talent. While most of the names connected to the Dodgers have been relievers, Jon Morosi introduced a new one on Sunday: Rangers ace Yu Darvish. Darvish is a free agent at..." July 23

  • Stephen Strasburg exits start with apparent injury

    Fanrag Sports "No, it’s not a “hug watch,” but Stephen Strasburg did leave the Washington Nationals-Arizona Diamondbacks game on Sunday early with an apparent injury. Washington’s scheduled starter threw two scoreless innings, but not without some scares along the way. He induced a Chris Owings flyout with..." July 23

  • Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Leaves Sunday's start prematurely

    CBS Sports "Kershaw was removed from Sunday's game after just two innings pitched due to an undisclosed issue, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Kershaw was examined by trainers in the top half of the inning but managed to finish the frame before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom half." July 23

  • Is Willson Contreras becoming the most valuable Cub?

    ESPN "Ask Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras if he likes hitting cleanup and watch his face light up. "Oh yeah," he said recently. "I'm in the middle of things right there. I like that." Contreras has been in a middle of a lot lately, as the Cubs have begun their climb toward first place in..." July 23

  • Britton sets AL record with 55th consecutive save

    Bleacher Report "Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton registered a save in Sunday's 9-7 win over the Houston Astros, and he made history in doing so. Britton has now converted 55 straight saves dating back to last year, setting a record in the American League. The Orioles celebrated the achievement. Britton..." July 23

  • Mariners To Sign Danny Espinosa

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have agreed to a Major League deal with infielder Danny Espinosa, Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown reports (Twitter links)." July 23

  • Hill: Stanton, Yelich, Ozuna not going anywhere -- for now

    Miami Herald "The Marlins have no intention of trading their core pieces before the July 31 trade deadline, preferring to leave those decisions to the team’s next owner. In other words, don’t expect any headline-grabbers over the coming week. President of baseball operations Michael Hill said Sunday that..." July 23

  • Blue Jays acquire 2B Refsnyder

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays have struggled to produce at second base all year, but help is on the way. The Jays have acquired second baseman Rob Refsnyder from the New York Yankees in exchange for first baseman Ryan McBroom. Refsnyder was designated for assignment by the Yankees earlier this week and..." July 23

  • Texas mulls what to do with Yu Darvish at the trade deadline

    ESPN "After the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals eight days ago, FanGraphs pegged their chances of making the playoffs at a solid 29.5 percent, an encouraging number for a team that long ago saw the Astros run away with first place and lap the rest of the AL West. With Cole Hamels back from..." July 23

  • Masahiro Tanaka ‘frustrating’ the Yankees at every turn

    New York Post "Some ace. Here is what Masahiro Tanaka has aced this season when the Yankees run him out to the mound every five days: He has become the ace of surrendering home runs. Tanaka surrendered four runs in the third inning, two on solo home runs to No. 9 hitter Mike Zunino and ex-Yankee Ben..." July 23

  • Here are some out-of-the-box third base options for the Red Sox

    Boston Globe "Things you hear about the Red Sox on the dusty trail: ■ When MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal suggested an outside-the-box solution for third base by acquiring Gold Glove second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers and converting him to third, we asked around about other outside-the-box..." July 23

  • Yankees have ‘checked in’ with Marlins about trading for Giancarlo Stanton

    New York Daily News "Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton sharing the same outfield would give new meaning to the Yankees being called the "Bronx Bombers." And according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees have "checked in" with the Marlins about Stanton. But based on Heyman's report, it doesn't appear the..." July 23

  • White Sox manager Rick Renteria 'surprised' Melky Cabrera hasn't been traded

    CSN Chicago "The White Sox have offloaded more pieces in the past eight months than that furniture store that always seems to be going out of business. Everything. Must. Go. Even so, the team hasn’t found any takers for veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who finished with four hits in Saturday night’s 7-2..." July 23

  • As deadline nears, Mozeliak says teams know Cards are 'open for business'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The trade deadline usually offers a fair, unvarnished measure of what other teams think of the Cardinals’ talent in the minors and chances in the standings, and with July 31 nearing John Mozeliak was asked Saturday whether his peers see the Cardinals as buyers or sellers this summer. “They know..." July 23

  • Pablo Sandoval wishes he signed with Giants, not Boston Red Sox

    Mass Live "Pablo Sandoval, who officially has signed a minor league deal with the Giants, met with reporters at AT&T Park in San Francisco today and said, "I learned my lesson." He said he wishes he had re-signed with the Giants following 2014 instead of taking less money to join the Red Sox. "I wish..." July 23

  • Chi Chi Gonzalez to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Rangers’ right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez is slated for Tommy John surgery, according to a report by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Gonzalez was placed on the 60-day disabled list back in early April with a partial UCL tear and was working towards a throwing program before getting sidelined..." July 23

  • Noah Syndergaard, Injured After Bulking Up, Rethinks His Training

    New York Times "Noah Syndergaard is devising a new training strategy. The previous one emphasized packing more muscle onto the solid 6-foot-6 frame that had helped him earn the nickname Thor, and throttling up pitches that had already made him the hardest-throwing starter in the major leagues. “I’m always..." July 23

  • Orioles' Duquette says team in market for pitching, won't give up on season

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "With 10 days to go before the Aug. 1 nonwaiver trade deadline, Dan Duquette has one aim. “We’re going to try to add to our rotation. We need some more consistency from the guys we have here, and we’re going to try to add to it via the trade route,” Duquette said. The Orioles executive vice..." July 23

  • Sergio Romo Traded from Dodgers to Rays for PTBNL or Cash

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Saturday that they traded reliever Sergio Romo and cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Romo, 34, was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Thursday. Romo signed a one-year, $3 million contract..." July 23

  • Cubs interested in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy

    Sportsnaut "There’s been talk around the water cooler that the Chicago Cubs are interested in Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish. While that might still very well be the case, at least one report suggests Chicago is more interested in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. “According to a source, a key Rangers..." July 22

  • Pablo Sandoval apologizes for 2015 comments on leaving Giants

    Fanrag Sports "Despite being a beloved figure during his first stint with the San Francisco Giants, third baseman Pablo Sandoval probably could have handled his departure more smoothly than he did. In an interview with Scott Miller of Bleacher Report, Sandoval said that leaving the Giants for Boston was “not..." July 22

  • Blue Jays place Sanchez on DL for 4th time with blister issues

    TSN "Aaron Sanchez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list – again. It’s the fourth time this season he has been placed on the shelf, all regarding issues to his pitching hand. The most recent news of yet another blister is troubling for Sanchez and the Blue Jays. Sanchez met with a hand..." July 22

  • Dodgers considering adding Mets' Addison Reed to bullpen

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers have been baseball's best team over the past month-plus, looking nearly unstoppable at times. That's not stopping the Dodgers' front office from examining potential upgrades, however. According to Buster Olney, the Dodgers are interested in adding New York Mets closer..." July 22

  • ‘Scared’ teams running from Zach Britton blockbuster

    New York Post "If Zach Britton were pitching like last year, the Orioles could receive a package back at least as strong as what the Yankees got for Andrew Miller, perhaps more because, at minimum, the super power Astros and Dodgers would be pushing hard to land him. But he is not pitching like last..." July 22

  • Brewers reportedly looking into adding Tigers' Ian Kinsler

    CBS Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers entered the weekend with a 52-47 record, a game ahead of the Chicago Cubs and two up on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Brewers have been fading lately, losing six in a row. Yet that isn't stopping Milwaukee's front office from pursuing potential upgrades. Take Buster Olney's..." July 22

  • Pablo Sandoval signs deal to return to Giants

    WEEI Boston "Out of options and paid almost $50 million to simply go away just one week ago, Red Sox bust of a third baseman Pablo Sandoval was without a job for just one week, as he has officially signed a deal to return to the Giants, according to MLB insider Jon Heyman. Designated for assignment last..." July 22

  • Morse still recovering from concussion, Giants unsure about his future

    KNBR "Michael Morse is 35 years old and has played more than 100 games in a season just once since 2012. Morse’s best season in the last five years came in 2013, when he appeared in 131 contests for the Giants and hit 16 home runs while driving in 61 runs. Nevertheless, Morse was a popular..." July 22

  • Yoenis Cespedes wants to finish career in Oakland

    San Francisco Chronicle "Here’s something for A’s fans to look forward to a few years down the road, potentially: former Oakland star Yoenis Céspedes wants to finish his career with the A’s. In a rare interview conducted entirely in English, Céspedes told The Chronicle on Friday before the Mets’ 7-5 win over Oakland..." July 22

  • Brewers aggressively pursuing Justin Wilson

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers seem to have zeroed in on their new bullpen messiah. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports on Friday that the Brewers are “aggressive” in trade talks with the Detroit Tigers for closer Justin Wilson. The 29-year-old lefty Wilson has a 2.75 ERA with 10 saves in 12..." July 22

  • Mets' Yoenis Cespedes says "(New York) is my home" following comments about Oakland

    Newark Star-Ledger "Prior to the New York Mets' 7-5 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday, star left fielder Yoenis Cespedes told The San Fransisco Chronicle reporter Susan Slusser that he wanted to finish his career with the A's reports say. The San Fransisco Chronicle also quoted Cespedes saying that A's..." July 22

  • Red Sox ace Chris Sale fastest in AL history to 200 K's in season

    ESPN "It was a fastball, 96 mph on the outer half of the plate, and Kole Calhoun didn't swing at it as much as he reached and flailed. Once again, Chris Sale's last pitch of a game was as nasty as his first. Sale struck out Calhoun to complete a sixth scoreless inning Friday night in the Boston..." July 22