• Do MLB HOF voters need to finally embrace PED users?

    Sportsnaut "In December of 2007, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell released the famed “Mitchell Report,” which detailed the PED use (both alleged and confirmed) of 89 MLB players, including some of the sport’s biggest stars. In the nearly 12 years that have past, not one..." July 15

  • MLB expected to introduce advertising patches to uniforms within three years, report says

    Sports Business Daily "Expect advertising logos on MLB uniforms within three years. Such was the buzz among the marketing cognoscenti at last week’s MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland. A handful of MLB  teams have already reached out to marketing agencies for evaluations and pricing estimates for the proposed..." July 15

  • Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray becoming popular target for contenders

    CBS Sports "At 47-47, the Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the biggest surprise teams in baseball this season. They traded Paul Goldschmidt and lost Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock to free agency over the winter, yet the D-Backs come into Monday only 1 1/2 games behind the second National League wild-card..." July 15

  • Mesa brothers making steady progress in Minors

    MLB.com "The youngest player on the Marlins’ Rookie-level Gulf Coast League roster, outfielder Victor Mesa Jr. already is establishing himself hitting second in the lineup. Mesa Jr. usually has an at-bat or two by the time his older brother, Victor Victor Mesa, arrives at the Roger Dean..." July 15

  • How a Blue Jays reunion with Edwin Encarnacion could benefit young stars

    Sportsnet "The most pressing leverage point right now for the Toronto Blue Jays is, of course, the upcoming trade deadline and that’s rightly where the club’s focus currently lies. Still, it’s never too early to start thinking about the ideas for the off-season, and one avenue worth..." July 15

  • Cardinals Must Consider Trading for a Starter After Moving Struggling Michael Wacha Back to Bullpen

    12 Up "For the second time this season Michael Wacha is heading back to the bullpen. The former All-Star has struggled mightily with a 5.54 ERA in 76.1 IP with only 62 strikeouts. The Cardinals rotation has gone through plenty of issues this season. Miles Mikolas and Jack Flaherty have not..." July 15

  • Mets fans must be excited about young superstars Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso

    The Sports Daily "The New York Mets have had a very tough season. At 42 wins and 51 losses, they are currently 14.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East. However, Mets fans have lots to be excited over. Besides being nine games below the .500 mark, the club is..." July 15

  • Chris Taylor Diagnosed With Fractured Forearm

    Number Fire "Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor (fractured arm) has been placed on the 10-day IL. What It Means: Taylor has been diagnosed with a fractured forearm and will miss at least six weeks. Matt Beaty was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. " July 15

  • Top trade target Zack Wheeler placed on IL with shoulder fatigue

    Larry Brown Sports "Zack Wheeler has been frequently mentioned as a top target heading into the trade deadline later this month, but the New York Mets may have to hang onto him now. Wheeler has apparently been experiencing discomfort in his throwing shoulder, and the Mets are placing him on the injured..." July 15

  • Royals Likely To Move Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

    MLB.com "As the July 31 Trade Deadline approaches, outfielder Billy Hamilton knows his days with the Royals could be drawing to an end. The signs are all there. Hamilton is on an expiring contract, the team was 29 games below .500 entering Sunday, and now Hamilton’s playing time is being..." July 15

  • Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

    Boston "The Red Sox designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment on Monday, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced. Nunez, 32, appeared in 60 games for the Red Sox this season, batting .228 (38-for-167) with two home runs and a .548 OPS. He made 21 starts at second..." July 15

  • Angels 'playing it safe' with Mike Trout's sore calf

    ESPN "A tight right calf forced Mike Trout to exit Sunday's game early, but the Los Angeles Angels' star center fielder doesn't anticipate missing much more time, if any. "I don't think it's a big deal," Trout said after a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners,..." July 15

  • 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

  • Giants place Evan Longoria on 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Before playing four games at Coors Field, the Giants were forced to make a move with one of their hottest bats.  Third baseman Evan Longoria was placed on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis and right-hander Ray Black returned to the active roster to provide some..." July 15

  • Sources: Red Sox out on potential trade for Yankees target Zack Wheeler

    SNY TV "During the All-Star break, the Yankees and Red Sox were both talking to the Mets about Zack Wheeler, setting up a potential race between division rivals to acquire the pitcher. Then, when the Sox acquired righty starter Andrew Cashner from Baltimore on Saturday, it left..." 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

  • What the hell, Ketel Marte?

    SB Nation "For several years a friend and I been engaged in a running debate over the Major League viability of Ketel Marte. This might seem like a strange thing to have been doing with our time, as indeed it was, but having strong opinions on Seattle Mariners prospects (whom the organization will..." 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

  • Tigers’ Matthew Boyd should be untouchable at trade deadline, MLB.com says

    Detroit News "Is there any player on the Detroit Tigers who should be “untouchable” at the trade deadline? It’s tough to imagine. The Tigers are 28-59 and entering play Sunday had lost 20 of their last 23 games. They’ve plummeted to the bottom of the AL Central and nearly..." July 15

  • Joe Maddon says Ben Zobrist won’t return to the Cubs ‘anytime soon’

    Chicago Tribune "Asked before Sunday’s game for a “wish list” before the July 31 trade deadline, Joe Maddon replied: “We have to become a little bit more offensive in the right moments. I’m certain, I would believe, we are looking in that particular area. I think our starting..." July 15

  • MLB Trade Rumors: Here’s who the Yankees could want from teams targeting Clint Frazier

    Sporting News "The Yankees do not want to trade Clint Frazier. It's understandable. There is nothing worse for an MLB team than trading a player or designating one for assignment and seeing them succeed with other teams. The Astros still regret letting J.D. Martinez walk and New York..." July 15

  • Dave Dombrowski built a dysfunctional Red Sox roster, and team is paying the price

    NBC Sports Boston "The standard big league roster is comprised of 25 men, but sometimes you'd swear Dave Dombrowski stopped at 19. We've spent so much time complaining about the component parts — one night the bullpen, another the rotation, another the lack of clutch hitting, another..." July 15

  • MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees dealing huge haul for Tigers’ Matthew Boyd?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Here’s an idea for Brian Cashman: Go get Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd. While that’s likely something the Yankees general manager has thought of himself, blockbuster moves are easier said than done. Actually coming up with the right package, executing the..." July 15

  • Dodgers are being patient with catcher Austin Barnes' poor production

    Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers entered the season counting on a bounce-back year from catcher Austin Barnes after losing Yasmani Grandal, missing out on J.T. Realmuto on the trade block, and adding 36-year-old veteran Russell Martin as his partner. They hoped Barnes could rediscover his form from 2017 when he..." July 15

  • Who’s the next Orioles player to be traded?

    Masn "Once the Orioles completed and announced their trade with the Red Sox Saturday afternoon, swapping Andrew Cashner for Rookie-level Dominican Summer League outfielder Elio Pradoand infielder Noelberth Romero, the logical question hung in the air like a mile-high pop..." July 15

  • Why Ramon Laureano's power surge doesn't surprise A's manager Bob Melvin

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Just by looking at Ramón Laureano, you'd have no idea he could crush baseballs as far as he does. The A's centerfielder stands at 5-foot-11 and is more well-known for his blazing speed, but this season, he has truly become a bona fide slugger. Laureano,..." July 15

  • 3 Yankees Prospects Who Should be Untouchable in Trade Talks

    12 Up "With MLB action returning following the All-Star break, teams will be focused on the trade deadline on July 31. One team to keep an eye on is the New York Yankees, who are in prime position to clinch a playoff spot. However, with pressing needs at pitching, the trade market will present..." July 15

  • Report: Brewers, Giants have discussed Will Smith trade

    Larry Brown Sports "In need of bullpen help, the Milwaukee Brewers appear to be zeroing in on one of the better players on the market. According to Robert Murray of The Athletic, the Brewers and San Francisco Giants have had discussions about left-handed reliever Will Smith in recent days. While no..." 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

  • Cardinals Move Michael Wacha Back To Bullpen, might be on way out

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Michael Wacha was a Cardinals postseason hero in 2013, winning four games then after he had won just four during the regular season. His career record in the majors is 58-36 but his earned-run average this year is 5.54 and, for the second time this season, he is back in the bullpen —..." July 15

  • MLB Trade Rumors: Marcus Stroman discusses New York’s reported interest in him

    Sporting News "Marcus Stroman is focusing on pitching his best. The 28-year-old starter has been at the center of trade rumors and he has continued to be linked to the Yankees. Stroman discussed those reports Sunday after the Blue Jays' 4-2 loss to New York. "I'm truly focused..." July 15

  • Where Yankees’ top prospect Estevan Florial goes from here

    New York Post "Yankees top prospect Estevan Florial only has to look down the dugout to face his cautionary tale. It’s as old as baseball: Highly touted up-and-comer has his dream squashed by injuries. Florial’s manager, Aaron Holbert, lived it. “I was a guy that was..." July 15

  • MLB trade rumors: Mets asking ‘enormous’ price for Zack Wheeler?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As baseball gets set for play on July 15, we’re just 16 days away from the July 31 MLB trade deadline. While much can change in that time, it certainly feels like we’re in a strong sellers market. With only eight teams (Mets, Marlins, White Sox, Mariners,..." July 15

  • Noah Syndergaard addresses trade rumors, says he loves being with Mets

    Sporting News "Noah Syndergaard wants to stay with the Mets. Multiple teams have reportedly inquired about a potential deal for the 26-year-old starter and New York will consider moving him for the right price. Syndergaard, who has spent his entire five-year career with the Mets, addressed the trade..." July 14

  • Mike Moustakas explains why he declined Home Run Derby invite

    MLB.com "It was one week ago that Christian Yelich withdrew from the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and was replaced by Matt Chapman of the Oakland A’s. At the time, a common question was “What about Yelich’s own teammate, Mike Moustakas?” The answer is that Moustakas was..." July 14

  • Marcus Stroman’s injury-free start bodes well for Blue Jays in trade talks

    Sportsnet "The first notable deals ahead of the July 31 trade deadline are in and rather than big-game hunting, a couple of contending clubs have gone fishing for value instead. First, it was the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox trying to bolster their rotation with the addition of..." July 14

  • Homer Bailey was warming up for Royals when he was traded to A’s

    Larry Brown Sports "Life comes at you fast, as Homer Bailey learned on Sunday. The veteran righty was traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Oakland A’s, and the timing of it turned out to be pretty interesting. Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Bailey was actually..." July 14

  • Angels' Mike Trout Day-to-Day After Leaving Game vs. Mariners with Calf Injury

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Angels announced star Mike Trout was removed from Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners with right calf tightness and is day-to-day. Trout was his usual self in 2018, finishing with 39 home runs, 79 RBI and a .312/.460/.628 slash line in 140 games. His 9.8 WAR..." 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

  • Mickey Callaway benched Amed Rosario for lack of hustle

    Hardball Talk "Mets manager Mickey Callaway did not include shortstop Amed Rosario in the lineup for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Marlins due to a lack of hustle on a fly ball hit in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game, according to Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports, quoting what was said on the..." July 14

  • Rays fall 3 outs short of MLB's 1st-ever combined perfect game

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Rays lost their combined perfect game in the ninth inning of Sunday's contest against the Baltimore Orioles. Hanser Alberto hit a leadoff single off left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to break it up, and Stevie Wilkerson added salt to the wound with another hit immediately..." July 14

  • Royals trade pitcher Homer Bailey to Oakland for minor-league infielder

    Kansas City Star "Right-handed pitcher Homer Bailey abruptly went from Royals scheduled starter to a member of the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon. The Royals scratched Bailey from the lineup roughly a half hour before his start against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium, and just before..." July 14

  • Rumors: Yanks scouted Noah Syndergaard's start on Saturday

    MLB.com "In speaking with reporters Friday, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen indicated the club's Trade Deadline focus will be on moving expiring contracts, but said he "would fully expect" Mets ace Jacob deGrom and highly sought-after fellow righty Noah Syndergaard (under club..." July 14

  • Padres placing high price tag on All-Star closer Kirby Yates

    The Score "The San Diego Padres are entertaining calls for closer Kirby Yates, but he won't be leaving on the cheap. Teams inquiring about a potential trade for the All-Star right-hander say the Padres have placed a very high price tag on Yates, Buster Olney of ESPN reports. The..." July 14

  • Here’s who the Yankees could want from teams targeting Clint Frazier

    Sporting News "The Yankees do not want to trade Clint Frazier. It's understandable. There is nothing worse for an MLB team than trading a player or designating one for assignment and seeing them succeed with other teams. The Astros still regret letting J.D. Martinez walk and New York..." July 14

  • Aroldis Chapman On Upcoming Opt-Out Decision

    New York Post "As the Yankees explore the trade market for bullpen arms, they should consider not only whether a target can help them for 2019, but also for 2020 and beyond, depending on his contract/service time status. Because the Yankees could lose as many as two significant bullpen pieces this..." July 14

  • Rays Intend To Buy At The Deadline

    Tampa Bay Times "Welcome to baseball’s crazy season. With 2 ½ weeks until the trade deadline, and 19 teams entering play Saturday sitting in or within 2½ games of a playoff spot, there will be a staggering amount of speculation, analyzing and even some consummation. Lists..." July 14

  • Here's who the Tigers could want from teams targeting Matthew Boyd

    Sporting News "There are plenty of teams after Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd right now. The Dodgers, Rays, Astros, Braves, Padres and Yankees have all been mentioned as having interest in the 28-year-old, but no one has gotten a deal done yet. If the Tigers do trade Boyd he will likely fetch a..." July 14

  • Mike Trout in the middle of his best offensive season ever

    Larry Brown Sports "Mike Trout has been the best player in baseball for at least the last five years, if not longer. He’s won two AL MVP awards and has finished second in MVP voting four other times. Despite all that previous success, 2019 is shaping up to be his best offensive season ever. Trout..." July 14