• Phillies Continue To Have Interest In Mike Minor

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies continue to maintain interest in Rangers left-hander Mike Minor. At some point, though, you have to wonder whether Texas will really trade him. The Rangers are five games over .500 at 50-45 even after losing three in a row. Trailing the Astros by 8½ games and..." July 18

  • Washington’s Yan Gomes Acquisition Isn’t Working Out

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals were one of eight teams whose catchers posted a sub-replacement fWAR in 2018, which led general manager Mike Rizzo to make over the position entering this season. Rizzo said goodbye to Matt Wieters and Pedro Severino, the Nationals’ primary catchers last year, and brought in..." July 18

  • Max Muncy says Phillies closer Hector Neris shouted an expletive at Dodgers' dugout after converting save

    CBS Sports "Thursday afternoon, the Dodgers and Phillies wrapped up a very rainy -- and also very eventful -- four-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the finale (PHI 7, LAD 6) thanks to Rhys Hoskins' two-run go-ahead single in the seventh inning. Hector Neris, who blew the..." July 18

  • Why the Yankees need to trade for Madison Bumgarner

    Sportsnaut "The New York Yankees head into this weekend’s action with an AL-best 60-33 record. From top to bottom, they are right there with the Houston Astros as top World Series contenders in the league. Unlike previous versions of Yankees title contenders, most of this core group was..." July 18

  • Ranking the Yankees' top 10 trade targets with Madison Bumgarner, Marcus Stroman high on the list

    CBS Sports "The single July 31 trade deadline is less than two weeks away. The first place New York Yankees are expected to be among the most active teams prior to the deadline, and in fact, they've already been busy. They added Edwin Encarnacion last month, and, more recently, they..." July 18

  • Drew Smyly Elects Free Agency

    Yardbarker "Veteran left-hander Drew Smyly has opted out of his minor league contract with the Brewers, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports (on Twitter). Smyly had signed a minor league pact with Milwaukee back on July 1 after being cut loose from the Rangers. Smyly made three starts with..." July 18

  • Reds Sign Ryan Lavarnway, Designate Jesus Reyes

    Redleg Nation "The Cincinnati Reds have made a cornicopia of roster moves today, with the biggest one being that they’ve signed catcher Ryan Lavarnway to a Major League deal. That was hardly the only move, though. Curt Casali was played on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right knee. Kyle Farmer..." July 18

  • 3 Costly Luis Castillo Trades MLB Teams Should Still Pursue

    12 Up "The Reds' already slim chances of making the playoffs have faded drastically since the end of the All-Star break. They've dropped critical games against the Cubs and Rockies and don't seem like they can hang with the teams that are in the playoff race. With such..." July 18

  • Mike Trout expects to return to Angels’ lineup on Thursday

    Orange County Register "Mike Trout is expecting to return to the Angels’ lineup on Thursday, which would be after missing most of four games with a mild right calf strain. “I feel good,” Trout said before Wednesday’s game. “I feel fine. Just being cautious. I think I’ll be..." July 18

  • Don Mattingly Is Ready For Robot Umpires

    Deadspin "Marlins manager Don Mattingly watched his team get very nearly no-hit by electrifying Padres ace Chris Paddack Wednesday night, in what would’ve been the first no-hitter in Padres history. Paddack gave up his first hit, a solo dinger to Starlin Castro, in the bottom of the..." July 18

  • MLB rumors: Is Giants’ Madison Bumgarner the only starting pitcher Yankees would trade for now?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Could left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner be headed to the Yankeesbefore the trade deadline on July 31? Some feel the Yankees already have enough pitching to compete for a World Series title, considering their batting lineup. They boast a starting pitching rotation --..." July 18

  • The Giants are winning but they’re still gonna sell

    Hardball Talk "The state of baseball in general, the state of the National League in particular and the state of the San Francisco Giants as a competitor are conspiring to create what seems like at least a mildly absurd situation. The Giants, a veteran-laden team that, as recently as this past..." July 18

  • Aroldis Chapman, Yankees can’t run from massive decisions

    New York Post "Aroldis Chapman has a decision to make, and in turn the Yankees may have one as well. Granted, if the All-Star closer opts out of the final two years of his contract at the end of this season, general manager Brian Cashman and Co. would then have a decision to make, too. Do..." July 18

  • Desperate times for the Red Sox and ace Chris Sale

    WEEI Boston "Chris Sale seems to be a broken man right now, if not physically then certainly mentally. Mired in the midst of a midsummer nightmare season, the Red Sox ace had a bullpen session in Boston Tuesday afternoon that was anything but normal. The workout took place in front of a..." July 18

  • A’s Stephen Piscotty makes good progress in return from knee injury

    San Francisco Chronicle "When Stephen Piscotty felt his right knee pop when sliding into second base June 29 at Anaheim, he thought his season might be over. “That’s what scared me,” he said of the popping sensation. “I was a little in shock. I didn’t know what had..." July 18

  • Yu and improved Cubs? Darvish resurrection is the deadline acquisition Cubs need most

    Chicago Sun-Times "The 98 mph fastball sizzled over the inside part of the plate as Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig unleashed a big swing and miss for the final out in the sixth inning Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Yu Darvish turned to pump his fist and screamed, then pumped his fist again and screamed one..." July 18

  • Mike Clevinger's Return Should Completely Change Indians' Plans at the Trade Deadline

    12 Up "With the July 31 trade deadline looming, teams across Major League Baseball have a decision to make: call it a season to get value and assets return or make a strong push for the postseason. Currently four games behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central, Cleveland..." July 18

  • Diamondbacks Reportedly Shopping Adam Jones

    Arizona Central "While Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray are dominating Arizona Diamondbacks MLB trade deadline discussion, some other names continue to be brought up in chatter throughout the league. Outfielder Adam Jones is among them. USA TODAY Sports' Bob..." July 18

  • Could this be Nick Williams' last hurrah with the Phillies?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Could this be Nick Williams' last hurrah as a Phillie? Williams was called up from Triple A on Wednesday to replace Jay Bruce on the active roster. Bruce strained his right oblique Tuesday night and was placed on the injured list. Oblique strains tend to sideline a player for 3-5..." July 18

  • 'It takes a special person': Baseball Hall of Fame finally home to Mariano Rivera and history's great closers

    USA Today "Major League Baseball no longer has a clear and defined role for them, and certainly does its best to devalue them, but this weekend at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, we once again can celebrate them. They are the closers. It took one swift check mark from all..." July 18

  • Dominic Smith: 'I only want to play for the Mets'

    Newsday "Dominic Smith is 24, still in the process of establishing himself as a major-leaguer and having a very good season for a team which has a very good player at his primary position. That means, especially this time of year, the question of a trade will always pop up. The Mets have..." July 18

  • Mitch Haniger Set To Resume Baseball Activities

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have re-started the baseball activities of injured outfielder Mitch Haniger, manager Scott Servais told reporters including MLB.com’s Greg Johns (Twitter link). Doctors gave him the go-ahead to start some light catch and hitting. Haniger halted an earlier..." July 18

  • Wilmer Flores' return from injury could create righty-lefty platoon with Jake Lamb

    Arizona Central "Second baseman Wilmer Flores is an option to return from the injured list in time for Thursday’s series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers, a development that could lead to a platoon of sorts with infielder Jake Lamb. Lovullo said Flores “will get every lefty” when..." July 18

  • Dodgers Trade Minor League Reliever Justin Grimm to Cincinnati Reds

    Dodgers Nation "The Dodgers have reportedly traded RHP Justin Grimm to the Cincinnati Reds. Grimm was signed on March 24, right before the season started. Grimm was signed to a minor league deal, so he was not occupying a 40-man roster spot. According to Andersen Pickard, the deal was..." July 18

  • Kenley Jansen on getting hit by comebacker: ‘I should have come out of the game’

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen blew the save Tuesday night, allowing three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Phillies walked off 9-8 winners. The struggles continued for Jansen, who now has a 5.73 ERA across his last 11 appearances. The inning started..." July 18

  • Stroman? Bauer? The best Yankees pitching targets right now

    New York Post "On Wednesday afternoon, Braves left-hander Dallas Keuchel gave up five runs (four earned) to the Brewers over 5 ²/3 innings, walking two and striking out five. His ERA shot up from 3.09 to 3.58 in six starts, totaling 37 ²/3 innings. Those overall numbers would have worked..." July 18

  • Twins Sign Alejandro De Aza

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have added outfielder Alejandro De Aza to their top affiliate, per an announcement from Triple-A Rochester communications director Nate Rowan (via Twitter). De Aza agreed to terms on a minors deal with the Minnesota organization, which in turn purchased his contract from the..." July 18

  • 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

  • Report: Blue Jays expected to deal Marcus Stroman by deadline

    Larry Brown Sports "The MLB trade market is expected to be heavy on starting pitchers, and one of the best who is clearly available is currently with the Toronto Blue Jays. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, multiple executives expect the Blue Jays to deal pitcher Marcus Stroman before the July 31..." July 17

  • Pirates Reportedly Making Jordan Lyles Available In Trade Talks

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates are “believed” to be making right-hander Jordan Lyles available to rival organizations in trade talks, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). The report also cites corner outfielders Corey Dickerson and Melky Cabrera as..." 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

  • Royals trade Terrance Gore to the Yankees for cash considerations

    Royals Review "The Royals have traded outfielder Terrance Gore to the New York Yankees for cash considerations. He will not be on the Yankees’ 40-man roster, as he cleared waivers, and will report to their Triple-A affiliate in Scranton-Wilkes Barre. The 28-year old Gore appeared in 37 games..." July 17

  • Giants Reportedly Still Plan To Sell Despite Recent Hot Streak

    Yardbarker "The Giants have won eight of their past 10 games and are suddenly within three games of an NL Wild Card spot, but ESPN’s Jeff Passan writes in his latest 10 Degrees column that the team still plans to operate as a seller. The only real uncertainty surrounding team legend Madison..." July 17

  • Aroldis Chapman Refutes Report That He Expects To Opt Out After Season

    Bleacher Report "Despite seeing Craig Kimbrel struggle to find a long-term deal amid a tepid market, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is reportedly preparing to opt out of the final two years of his contract. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Chapman is "one million percent"..." July 17

  • Report: MLB could have international draft in place by 2020

    Baseball America "Major League Baseball is discussing a 20-round international draft concept, with a goal of implementing the draft as soon as 2020, with 2021 another possibility. MLB officials met yesterday with international club personnel in Miami and told them that owners are in support on an..." July 17

  • Hector Neris suspended 3 games for hitting David Freese

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The last thing the Phillies need is to lose another reliever, but it appears that will be the case. Closer Hector Neris on Wednesday was suspended for three games for hitting Dodgers infielder David Freese with a pitch in Tuesday night’s win. The Phillies say that Neris will..." July 17

  • Pirates making veterans available on trade block

    Sportsnaut "With the July 31 trade deadline looming, the Pittsburgh Pirates are reportedly making a number of their veteran players available. While stars like closer Felipe Vazquez are not on the block, veterans such as starting pitcher Jordan Lyles, as well as outfielders Bryan Reynolds and..." July 17

  • Injured Max Scherzer played catch from 90 feet, could start Sunday

    NBC Sports Washington "After being placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain, Max Scherzer is supposed to come off of the IL by Saturday in time for the Nationals' third game of their series against the Atlanta Braves. When he will actually pitch, is another..." July 17

  • Dave Roberts not pleased with Kenley Jansen pitching through injury

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts openly wishes closer Kenley Jansen had learned his lesson about pitching through injury a little sooner. Jansen melted down in the 9th inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. After getting an out on a comebacker that hit his..." July 17

  • Travis d'Arnaud 'Keep Robot Umps Out Of Baseball ... We Don't Need Them!!!'

    TMZ "Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud is going to bat for the guys he shares space with behind the dish ... telling TMZ Sports the MLB needs to keep human umpires!!! Of course, the league is flirting with the idea of ditching humans for robot umps -- ones that'll call balls..." July 17

  • Should Giants package Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith at MLB trade deadline?

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Giants might be streaking, but their new-found winning ways likely won't stop them from being sellers as the MLB trade deadline approaches (nor should it).  Now just three games out of the second NL Wild Card, the Giants might have one eye on the playoffs but the other..." July 17

  • Separating the trade deadline buyers and sellers in a crowded National League

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball trade deadline is approaching, and this year figures to be even more hectic than usual. There is only one trade deadline now, on July 31, thanks to rule changes last offseason, which makes these next two weeks very important in helping to shape certain..." July 17

  • Rangers reportedly ‘increasingly likely’ to trade Mike Minor

    Larry Brown Sports "The Texas Rangers are in a difficult situation at the trade deadline, but it appears they’re going to stick to their rebuilding plan instead of going for it. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Rangers pitcher Mike Minor is “increasingly likely” to be traded by..." July 17

  • Mets' asking price for Noah Syndergaard is ‘a few arms and a leg’

    Sportsnaut "The struggling New York Mets will likely look to sell before the July 31 MLB trade deadline. Though, don’t expect ace starter Noah Syndergaard to be changing teams. As has long been the case, New York wants to retain its ace long-term and has no real intention of..." July 17

  • Mariners Receiving Trade Interest In Domingo Santana, Roenis Elias

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners, as one would expect with GM Jerry Dipoto at the helm, continue to be active in trade discussions and are receiving the most interest in outfielder Domingo Santana and lefty Roenis Elias, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required). Interest..." July 17

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Shut Down Outfielder Gregory Polanco’s Rehab Assignment Due To Recurring Shoulder Soreness

    CBS Pittsburgh "The comeback for injured Pirate outfielder Gregory Polanco has been halted, at least temporarily. Pirates Director of Sports Medicine Todd Tomczyk spoke with reporters Wednesday morning to give an update on the veteran. “The Pirates are shutting down Gregory..." July 17

  • Manny Machado hints MLB treats him differently due to his ethnicity

    Larry Brown Sports "Manny Machado has been following the situation with Jake Marisnick closely, and the San Diego Padres slugger is confident he would have been treated much, much differently if it were him who barreled into Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy at home plate. Marisnick slammed..." July 17

  • Xander Bogaerts is red hot for the Red Sox, who need him to keep hitting as they fight for a playoff spot

    CBS Sports "On Tuesday, the Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays, 10-4, at Fenway Park, and fell 10 games behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East. The bright spot for Boston was their shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who went 3 for 5 with one RBI and two runs scored in the..." July 17

  • Report: Yankees' Aroldis Chapman '1 million percent' opting out of contract

    The Score "It appears this season could be Aroldis Chapman's last with the New York Yankees. The perennial All-Star closer is "1 million percent" going to opt out of his contract at the end of the season, a player who's friendly with Chapman told Ken Rosenthal of..." July 17

  • The Nationals are filling the power void by committee — and it’s working

    Washington Post "In the lead-up to this season — at the winter meetings, during spring training, whenever a new player joined the team — the Washington Nationals were asked how they’d fill the power void created by Bryce Harper’s departure. The Nationals promised to become a..." July 17