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  • Astros Designate Tyler White

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros designated Tyler White for assignment after Friday's game while calling up righthander Jose Urquidy from Class AAA Round Rock as Saturday's starting pitcher against the Rangers. Houston now has seven days to trade White or expose him to waivers. If White goes..." July 20

  • One trade each World Series contender must make

    Sportsnaut "As MLB’s trade deadline draws near, the potential lingers for major shakeups that will have a lasting impact on what team thrives in October and wins the World Series. This could be a special year when several marquee names move and the biggest impact could be seen on the..." July 19

  • Each MLB Contender's Most Untouchable Prospect at 2019 Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "With Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline fast approaching, 'tis the season for postseason contenders to sacrifice their best young talent at the altar of October glory. Yet there are some prospects whom sellers shouldn't waste their time even asking..." July 19

  • Every team's biggest need at the MLB trade deadline

    Yardbarker "Arizona Diamondbacks: pitching prospects Arizona has been a surprise team this year despite major offseason losses, but the odds of sticking around are still against it with Luke Weaver unlikely to return from injury any time soon. The D-backs have an opportunity to sell high on..." July 19

  • Three Trade Destinations for Madison Bumgarner

    The Big Lead "Despite getting injured in a freak accident a year ago and seeing his pitching decline just a bit through the last few years, Madison Bumgarner is still one of baseball’s most sought-after starters with the trade deadline approaching. However, despite a recent upward trend by..." July 19

  • Astros look set for playoffs but still desperately need a starter

    Sporting News "The Astros reminded everyone over their last two games why they are the best team in the American League West. Houston dropped the Angels 6-2 on the road Thursday to win its second straight game over Los Angeles, forcing a split in a four-game series. The Astros outscored..." July 19

  • Astros not pleased with brutal travel schedule

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros are acutely aware of their upcoming terrible travel. Talk has surrounded this hellish stretch for a while, but it finally arrived on Thursday at Angel Stadium, where the first pitch of this series finale against the Angels was at 8:07 p.m. CT. When it ended, an hour-long..." July 19

  • MLB Trade Deadline: MLB Trade Predictions 2 Weeks from the 2019 Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The July 31 MLB trade deadline is creeping up. Over the next two weeks, swaps will be consummated, or they won't. Based on the latest rumors and credible rumblings, plus a dollop of informed speculation, here are nine deal or no deal predictions for some of the top..." July 17

  • Noé Ramirez, Brad Ausmus suspended for pitch thrown at Jake Marisnick

    Hardball Talk "Angels reliever Noé Ramirez and manager Brad Ausmus have received undisclosed fines and respective suspensions of three games and one game as a result of Ramirez’s actions on Tuesday night against the Astros in Anaheim. Ramirez threw a fastball that hit Jake Marisnick in the..." July 17

  • Buy, Sell or Stand Pat for Every Team at 2019 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The time for evaluating is over. With the July 31 trade deadline bearing down, teams across Major League Baseball must decide how they're going to handle it. We can't make this choice for them, but we do have notions as to which clubs should buy, sell or stand pat ahead of the..." July 17

  • 10 MLB teams that need to make a trade deadline move

    Larry Brown Sports "It is a seller’s market in Major League Baseball this July. The bulk of MLB teams can at least claim to be in contention, sitting within five games of either the division or a wild card spot, and that means a lot of teams are going to be competing for limited resources ahead of the July..." July 17

  • Astros manager A.J. Hinch fuming after Angels bean Jake Marisnick, benches clear

    Yahoo! Sports "The tension between the Astros and Angels has yet to settle nine days after a violent collision at home plate left one player with a broken nose and the other with a suspension. The culprit of that ugly collision, Houston outfielder Jake Marisnick, was plunked in the upper back by an..." July 17

  • What could Yankees, Astros, Padres offer for Noah Syndergaard?

    Sporting News "Noah Syndergaard wants to stay with the Mets and has been very upfront about that. "As of right now, I love being a Met," Syndergaard said Sunday, via MLB.com. "If something were to ever change, it would definitely be bittersweet just because New York City itself, the..." July 16

  • Jake Marisnick Wins Astros' 'Heart and Hustle' Award Right After Railroading Jonathan Lucroy

    12 Up "One player from all 30 MLB teams is nominated for the Heart and Hustle Award every year, which is given to the player who “demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.” Okay, that's great. So, why did..." July 16

  • Five deals we want to see get done before the MLB trading deadline

    USA Today "As the second half gets underway and with just a few weeks remaining before Major League Baseball's trade deadline, the market's potential buyers and sellers are taking shape. It's an intriguing group of players expected to be dealt this month, ranging from..." July 16

  • Top 20 MLB pitching trade candidates

    The Score "With Major League Baseball's trade deadline approaching, theScore's MLB editors break down the 20 best pitchers who could be moved ahead of July 31. 1. Zack Greinke, SP, Diamondbacks Greinke has settled down after a really rocky start to the campaign and is putting..." July 15

  • Do Umpires Dream of Electronic Strikes?

    Bleacher Report "Like a bang-bang call at first base, there is much jawing and a whole lot of disagreement throughout baseball over an idea threatening to arrive soon at a ballpark near you: the electronic strike zone. Dubbed "robo ump"—affectionately by some, not so much by..." July 15

  • 10 biggest questions for the MLB trade deadline

    USA Today "The days of posturing, pretenses, bluffs, deception and even out-and-out lies are about to end. It’s that time of year where every Major League Baseball club’s front office must call and turn over their cards. In or out? And if you want to win, just..." July 15

  • Report: Asking prices on MLB trade market are ‘enormous’

    Larry Brown Sports "With the MLB trade deadline looming, things are a little bit distorted in the market due to the limited number of teams who are clear sellers. As of Monday morning, 22 of 30 teams are within five games or less of a playoff spot, meaning many teams will be looking to add and few are..." July 15

  • The Most Brutal Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Fails Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "There's undeniable risk when it comes to pulling the trigger on a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline. Case in point, even after he helped them win a World Series, fans around the league still question the Chicago Cubs' decision to trade Gleyber Torres for two months of..." July 15

  • Carlos Correa, Aledmys Díaz To Begin Rehab Assignments On Monday

    Houston Chronicle "Injured infielders Carlos Correa (fractured rib) and Aledmys Díaz (left hamstring strain) will begin rehab assignments Monday for the Class AAA Round Rock Express. Correa has been training in West Palm Beach, Fla. "He's got a little longer rehab projection..." July 14

  • Astros’ Brad Peacock Has Setback In Injury Rehab

    MLB Trade Rumors "Brad Peacock and the Astros were hoping that the right-hander was ready to return to the starting rotation tomorrow, though Peacock will now instead visit with team doctors after feeling soreness in his throwing shoulder, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters (including The Athletic’s Jake..." July 14

  • Jonathan Lucroy to Miss 3 Weeks Following Surgery on Broken Nose After Jake Marisnick Collision

    12 Up "After a slide that Major League Baseball deemed to be out of bounds, Jake Marisnick of the Astros will miss only two games while contesting his legal battle. Jonathan Lucroy, the man who received the brunt end of Marisnick's decision, will miss plenty more time than that, though..." July 14

  • Alex Bregman returns to lineup after taking grounder off chin

    Sporting News "Alex Bregman is back in the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Rangers after taking a ground ball to the face in Thursday's 5-0 loss. Bregman left the team's matchup with Texas after taking a shot to the face on a two-hopper off of the bat of Shin Soo-Choo in the..." July 13

  • Jonathan Lucroy on Marisnick collision: 'I don't think he was trying to hurt anybody'

    Yardbarker "Less than a week after his frightening collision with Jake Marisnick, Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy is opening up a bit about the play. Lucroy, who suffered a concussion and broken nose when the Houston Astros outfielder ran him over Sunday in a play at the plate, spoke..." July 13

  • One thing every MLB team needs to do in the second half

    USA Today "Major League Baseball's first half is now in the rear-view mirror and all 30 teams are turning their attention to the final 11 weeks of the 2019 season. Across both leagues, there's still plenty of ambiguity in the races for the postseason. Four teams are within..." July 12

  • MLB trade rumors: Tigers' Matthew Boyd monitored by at least 5 teams

    Sporting News "The Tigers will have multiple options if they decide to move Matthew Boyd. The Dodgers, Braves, Astros and Rays are all monitoring the market for the 28-year-old starter, according to a report from the Detroit News. The Padres are also "evaluating Boyd as a trade..." July 12

  • Top MLB Prospects Who Could Be Prizes of 2019 Blockbuster Trades

    Bleacher Report "The 2019 Major League Baseball trade deadline won't be all about brand-name veterans. Some of the league's best prospects might also change hands ahead of July 31. We've pointed to eight specific young talents who are worth keeping an eye on as potential trade chips in..." July 12

  • 5 Players Who Will Bounce Back From Disappointing 1st Halves After the All-Star Break

    12 Up "The MLB All-Star break has come and gone, and plenty of the league's stars just recharged in order to continue their phenomenal seasons. However, there are a few players who were expected to enjoy great success in 2019 who couldn't manifest it in the first half of the year. However, for..." July 11

  • Seven bold predictions for the rest of MLB season

    Yahoo! Sports "Although we are past the midpoint of the 2019 MLB season, there is still plenty of time for the fantasy landscape to undergo dramatic changes. And gamers who get too comfortable with the current hierarchy of assets are going to get burned when some players soar or sink. Although each..." July 11

  • Jake Marisnick suspended two games by MLB for collision at home with Jonathan Lucroy

    USA Today "Major League Baseball announced Thursday that it is suspending Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick for two games as punishment for his violent collision at the plate with Jonathan Lucroy on Sunday. Marisnick crashed into the Los Angeles Angels catcher while trying to..." July 11

  • MLB All-Star Game draws record low 6.2 overnight rating

    Awful Announcing "Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game on Fox drew a 6.2 overnight rating, a record low overnight. Last year’s game drew a 6.5 overnight, same as 2017, and the previous record low came in 2016, when the game in San Diego drew a 6.2 overnight. Fox is just happy they won the..." July 11

  • The MLBPA needs to get its story straight

    New York Daily News "Ballplayers have been frozen out by their billionaire bosses for two straight winters in free agency. Are they ready to do anything about it? At the All-Star Game, at least, that depends who you ask. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale painted a flowery picture of proletariat..." July 11

  • 8 MLB teams potentially poised to break out in the second half

    Larry Brown Sports "The All-Star break is a good time to step back and assess where the 30 teams across Major League Baseball stand. Some teams comfortably occupy first place, some are facing a second half of playing out a string of meaningless games, and then there is the group caught in the middle. In..." July 11

  • Gerrit Cole calls for Astros to add ‘impact player’ at trade deadline

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Astros righty Gerrit Cole is hoping for an active trade deadline from his team. Speaking with Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle this week, the All-Star pitcher called on the club to make a splash ahead of the Jul. 31 deadline. “I’d like to see..." July 11

  • Astros All-Star Gerrit Cole calls out tanking in MLB, says half of the league doesn't care about winning

    CBS Sports "At the All-Star Game on Tuesday, Houston Astros starting pitcher and three-time All-Star Gerrit Cole told reporters that he believes there are too many MLB teamstanking in the 2019 season. Cole argued that people who buy tickets should see the best product on the..." July 11

  • MLB managers wearing uniforms is the weirdest thing in sports we’ve accepted as normal

    SB Nation "Major League Baseball managers are the only coaches in professional sports who suit up in uniform like players do. This never bothered me until I saw an Instagram of Braves manager Brian Snitker with some of his all-stars. It was this Instagram (second photo) that gave..." July 10

  • Atlantic League to experiment with batters “stealing first base”

    Hardball Talk "People often joke about fast guys who can’t hit by saying “you can’t steal first base.” What Major League Baseball and the Atlantic League’s new rules presuppose is, “what if you can?” As you’re no doubt aware, Major League Baseball and..." July 10

  • MLB players are furious, willing to strike over economic system: 'We're all united'

    USA Today "There are no threats, no allusions of intimidation ... really, not even raised voices. Yet there also is not the slightest tinge of fear. Major League Baseball players representing their brethren at the All-Star Game in Cleveland made it quite clear this week..." July 10

  • 7 Top Prospects Who Could Spur Their Teams Down The Stretch

    MLB Trade Rumors "Every now and again, a young player arrives in the majors relatively late in the season and immediately functions as a key cog for a contender. Think Corey Seager in 2015. It takes a combination of talent, readiness, and opportunity all coming together. We’ll be focused in no..." July 10

  • Mets' Noah Syndergaard reportedly drawing trade interest from Astros, Brewers

    SNY TV "With the trade deadline three weeks away, Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is drawing interest from the Brewers, while some with the Astros are "intrigued" at the possibility of dealing for him, reports MLB.com's Jon Morosi. SNY's Andy Martino reported..." July 10

  • Justin Verlander got ‘chewed out’ by MLB before All-Star Game

    Larry Brown Sports "Justin Verlander made headlines earlier in the week when he openly accused Major League Baseball of lying about juicing balls, and he had to have known league officials would not appreciate the remarks. What he may not have known, however, was that he would be scolded over them. As..." July 10

  • Gerrit Cole Discusses Potential Trip To Free Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole is on a collision course with an enormous payday in the next few months. Arguably the most valuable impending free agent in baseball, the three-time All-Star expressed excitement Tuesday in regards to his potential trip to the open market, per..." July 10

  • Max Scherzer Delivers Savage Response To Justin Verlander’s Anger Over Juiced Balls

    Total Pro Sports "Home runs are way up in 2019 to the point that they are on pace to shatter the league record for home runs in a season. Observers started noting as early as April that home run rates were up, and it is certainly being noticed by pitchers. MLB’s new homer-happy environment and..." July 09

  • Houston stole Michael Brantley from right under Cleveland's nose

    Yardbarker "The Indians never so much as made a contract offer to Michael Brantley before he inked a two-year, $32M deal in Houston this offseason, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports within a broader look at the club’s struggles to retain top stars. Nightengale interviews both Brantley and CC..." July 09

  • Carlos Correa seems offended by juiced ball talk

    Larry Brown Sports "The hottest topic at the MLB All-Star Game seems to be talk of a juiced baseball. One current player seems to be dismissing such talk. ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday quoted MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred issuing a denial about MLB giving instructions to Rawlings to create a juiced..." July 09

  • MLB All-Stars Most Likely to Be Traded Pre-2019 Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Some of the players going into the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in one uniform may be wearing a different one come August 1. Specifically, we think there are nine All-Stars who could be moved ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. These are players who are obviously talented..." July 09

  • MLBPA Chief Tony Clark Discusses CBA, Juiced Ball

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark chatted with the media today as part of this week’s All-Star festivities. The Twitter feeds of Alex Speier of the Boston Globe and Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Group feature many of the key comments. Those..." July 09

  • Rob Manfred Says He'll Encourage Owners to Pass 3-Batter Minimum Rule for 2020

    12 Up "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is (eternally) looking to make some drastic changes in the game, and one of the new rules he's looking to implement soon is the three-batter minimum for entering relievers. While he's not officially casting a vote per..." July 09

  • Rob Manfred: MLB didn't alter baseball for more HRs

    ESPN "Commissioner Rob Manfred once again emphatically denied that Major League Baseball has altered baseballs to generate more offense, amid widespread criticism from some of the sport's top pitchers. "Baseball has done nothing, given no direction for an alteration in the..." July 09