• 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

  • Clayton Kershaw not expected to miss start after back treatment

    ESPN "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday morning that Clayton Kershaw was receiving treatment for minor back discomfort but insisted the issue did not affect his pitcher's six-inning start Sunday against the Pirates. Kershaw gave up both his second-most hits (nine) and runs..." June 27

  • Yankees sign deal with StubHub to be official ticket resale partner

    ESPN "The New York Yankees announced Monday morning that they are transferring their resale business, Yankees Ticket Exchange, to StubHub, which will take over for Ticketmaster as the team's new fan-to-fan ticket exchange. Financial terms were not available, but the business is believed to be worth..." June 27

  • Confessions of a Steroid Pioneer

    Bleacher Report ""This is going to be awesome, bro," the man with no front teeth—upper or lower—tells me. Steak, medium-rare, sizzles on the platter. Sauteed mushrooms beckon from their bowl. Loaded baked potatoes are floating nearby like a couple of delicious, cumulous clouds. We have come to meet and dine..." June 27

  • The Tigers could be sellers at the trade deadline. Again.

    Bless You Boys "As the month of June draws to a close and the halfway point of the 2016 MLB season approaches, the Detroit Tigers, who were supposed to resume their place as contenders in the AL Central, find themselves falling farther behind the first place Cleveland Indians. The Tribe just ran through..." June 27

  • Why Stroman's struggles are more mental than physical

    The Score "Marcus Stroman continued to labor through his season-long slump Sunday in a pitching matchup he probably could have learned something from. After all, the young Blue Jays right-hander was facing White Sox ace Chris Sale, the All-Star lefty who’s readjusted himself into the American League’s..." June 27

  • Boston Red Sox Should Trade For Matt Garza

    Baseball Hot Corner "The Boston Red Sox are in trouble. They can’t just keep pedaling Clay Buchholz out to the mound every fifth day and cross their fingers. Boston dropped two of three in Texas after losing three out of four at home against Chicago. Their bench is weak due to injuries, especially in left field. The..." June 27

  • Report: Marlins discussing Chapman, Rodney

    The Score "The surging Miami Marlins are reportedly mulling a pair of big-name relievers to help bolster their chances of securing a playoff spot in the wide-open National League. Sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney that the surprising Marlins, who currently own a share of the NL Wild Card lead, have..." June 27

  • Why Mark McGwire would make a great manager someday

    Fox Sports "Week 12 of the MLB season is in the books and many drafted high school and college baseball players are getting rich this month. The leader in the clubhouse is the Reds' first-round pick -- third baseman Nick Senzel out of the University of Tennessee -- who went No. 2 overall and has signed for..." June 27

  • Mariners ‘leaning toward’ Thursday start for Walker

    Tacoma News Tribune "Help is on the way. If all goes as Mariners manager Scott Servais said he expects, Taijuan Walker should be ready to make his next start on Thursday when the Mariners host the Baltimore Orioles. Walker missed his last start because of tendinitis in his right foot. Both he and Wade Miley..." June 27

  • Weird weight room accident lands Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list

    CBS Sports "Stephen Strasburg hasn't started a game since June 15 due to a strained back. On Saturday he was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday, his second consecutive missed start. Barring a miraculous night of sleep, it seemed likely that Strasburg would be headed to the disabled list. Sure..." June 26

  • Dodgers considering trade for Jay Bruce?

    Dodger Blue "During a recent interview, Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said the front office would target ‘elite-level players’ at the trade deadline. Their focus reportedly is on acquiring a starting pitcher, reliever, and/or a bat, with trading for a young starter said..." June 26

  • Schilling says he would return to ESPN under new ownership

    Awful Announcing "Ever since Curt Schllling was fired by ESPN back in April, he’s been keeping busy making political posts on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, appearing on Boston’s WEEI Radio and talking on various conservative talk shows. He also did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) chat taking questions on..." June 26

  • Mets, Giants Interested In Yunel Escobar; Angels “Listening”

    MLB Trade Rumors "SUNDAY: The Mets have also shown interest in Escobar, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports (Twitter link). Escobar could directly serve as a replacement for the injured David Wright at third, or his multi-position versatility could further add to a plethora of infield options for New..." June 26