• Giants' Hunter Strickland to Undergo Surgery for Hand Injury After Punching Door

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco Giants closer Hunter Strickland reportedly punched a door after blowing a save Monday night against the Miami Marlins, fracturing his pitching hand in the process, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.  Strickland will require..." June 19

  • Diamondbacks and Orioles have talked about Manny Machado trade

    Sportsnaut "A new suitor has entered the Manny Machado sweepstakes. According to a report, the Arizona Diamondbacks have been in contact with the Baltimore Orioles about possibly acquiring the slugger. Machado has been tied to multiple teams. The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have both been..." June 19

  • Joe Maddon on split doubleheaders: ‘I don’t think it’s a good idea’

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Chicago Cubs will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in a split doubleheader on Tuesday at Wrigley Field after Monday’s postponement due to bad weather and a ballpark lighting issue. The first pitch of the front half of the doubleheader came at 12:00 local time with the second game set to..." June 19

  • Why the Cubs should move to a six-man rotation when Yu Darvish returns from a triceps injury

    CBS Sports "At some point, likely in July, the Cubs are going to get Yu Darvish back from a triceps injury. When they do, assuming no other injuries in the meantime, they will have six quality rotation options. Consider:  Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks obviously aren't going anywhere...." June 19

  • Mariners ink pair of int'l teen pitching prospects

    MLB.com "The Mariners added a pair of southpaws to their system Tuesday as they announced the signing of international pitching prospects Jing-Yu Chang and Blake Townsend. Chang, 18, is a left-hander from Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, who is coming off a national high school championship with Kao..." June 19

  • Report: Padres Asking Red Sox for Rafael Devers or a Young MLB Starter in Brad Hand Talks

    12 Up "​With the American League currently containing the best teams in the entire MLB, any deal before the trade deadline could change momentum in such a tight race.  For the Boston Red Sox, ​acquiring additional arms in the bullpen is their top priority this summer. Relying..." June 19

  • Ronald Acuña to begin rehab assignment ‘sooner than later’

    Sportsnaut "It’s looking like the Atlanta Braves will soon have 20-year-old superstar outfielder Ronald Acuña back in the fold as his recovery process moves into the final stages. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Acuña will soon begin a..." June 19

  • Yankees' Stanton seems to have made adjustment at plate

    SNY TV "Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton said he wouldn't be changing his stance as he continues to fight his struggles at the plate. But, after a four-hit night in the team's win over the Nationals on Monday, it appears Stanton made an adjustment after all. And it..." June 19

  • Trade interest building for Blue Jays' Tepera

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Ryan Tepera has followed up a career year with another strong season, and could be an intriguing trade chip for the club heading into the non-waiver deadline. Trade interest is reportedly building for the club's late-inning reliever who has shared..." June 19

  • How the Cubs are trying to help Kris Bryant out of his slump

    NBC Sports Chicago "Whatever Kris Bryant does from here, it's just frosting on the cake that is his legacy. That's one way to look at the lasting impact of a guy like Bryant, who morphed from "The Chosen One" as the No. 2 overall pick. He's lived up to the hype from Day 1, has a..." June 19

  • Angels, Dodgers Pursued Kelvin Herrera Before Trade To Nationals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels and Dodgers were among the clubs that pursued reliever Kelvin Herrerabefore he was dealt yesterday from the Royals to the Nationals, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports (in an article and on Twitter). In fact, per the report, the two Los Angeles..." June 19

  • Could A’s changing times signal end to Billy Beane era?

    San Francisco Chronicle "For two decades, Billy Beane has reigned as the A’s mastermind, the team’s one real constant. For much of that time, David Forst has served as Beane’s trusted lieutenant, turning down chances to go elsewhere to stay in Oakland. And for nearly seven years,..." June 19

  • MLB Rumors: Rangers' Cole Hamels or Blue Jays' J.A. Happ to Yankees?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The 2018 MLB season could feature one of the most fierce pennant races between the Red Sox and Yankees in the history of these two storied franchises. Going into Tuesday's action, the clubs are tied for first place in the American League East. The..." June 19

  • Orioles Designate Pedro Alvarez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have designated corner infielder Pedro Alvarez for assignment, per a club announcement. His roster spot will go to infielder Steve Wilkerson, whose contract was selected. Also coming up to the O’s is catcher Caleb Joseph, who was recalled from optional assignment...." June 19

  • Blue Jays plan to start Stroman in Angels series

    Sportsnet "Marcus Stroman is headed back to the Toronto Blue Jays. Stroman had been rehabbing a shoulder injury and was scheduled to make a start for the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday, but his start was rained out. He instead threw a simulated game against some Fisher..." June 19

  • A trade isn’t the big move Mets should make with Jacob deGrom

    New York Post "Forget about trading Jacob deGrom. If the Mets really want to make a splash, they should extend deGrom as soon as possible and have him for the next five years. That is the move to make to bring stability to this fractured franchise. That is the move for the Wilpons to finally show..." June 19

  • Clayton Kershaw could start this weekend against Mets

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said starter Clayton Kershaw could come off of the 10-day disabled list to start this weekend against the Mets at Citi Field, Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports. Kershaw, 30, came off of the DL (from a biceps injury) to start against the..." June 19

  • Bryce Harper shaved his face before playing the Yankees and the conspiracy theorists went nuts

    CBS Sports "Bryce Harper's beard is no more.  The Washington Nationals outfielder showed up to the ballpark with a freshly shaved face on Monday. Normally, a player's facial hair (or lack thereof) wouldn't necessarily be newsworthy, but Harper's beard has..." June 19

  • Royals trade Herrera to Nats for 3 prospects

    MLB.com "The Royals continued their quest to restock the farm system as they traded closer Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals prior to Monday night's game against the Rangers. In exchange, the Royals acquired three Minor Leaguers: infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, who was ranked as..." June 19

  • White Sox midseason minors promotions coming, and Eloy Jimenez likely to jump to Triple A

    Chicago Tribune "White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez is likely to take another big step in his progress toward the majors this week. The Sox will announce their midseason minor-league promotions later this week after the Southern League, Carolina League and South Atlantic League All-Star Games are..." June 19

  • Angels 'very optimistic' about Ohtani's prognosis

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia was able to relay some good news Monday regarding sidelined two-way star Shohei Ohtani, who is dealing with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Angels' medical staff is "very optimistic," about Ohtani's..." June 19

  • Mike Trout has no interest in Home Run Derby

    Larry Brown Sports "A Home Run Derby trophy is one of the only pieces of individual hardware that Mike Trout has yet to collect, but that may not change any time soon. Speaking with reporters on Monday, the Los Angeles Angels superstar said that he would not be participating in this year’s..." June 19

  • Trevor Bauer's 'tunneling' strategy aims to make Cleveland Indians pitcher more effective late in games

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Trevor Bauer isn't trying to reinvent the wheel, but he is putting his own spin on a pitching strategy that aims to make him more effective as he gets deeper into each start for the Cleveland Indians. After pitching seven innings of shutout ball against Chicago on..." June 19

  • Rays Designate Rob Refsnyder

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have designated infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder for assignment, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. It seems that’s the roster move to enable the activation of center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. Refsnyder, 27, received a forty-game trial..." June 19

  • Dombrowski doesn't believe Red Sox match up for Machado trade

    The Score "After a number of blockbuster deals, there likely isn't enough prospect capital for the Boston Red Sox to trade for Manny Machado this summer. Despite Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski reportedly contacting the Orioles about the three-time All-Star's..." June 18

  • Astros Extend Jeff Luhnow Through 2023

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros have extended general manager Jeff Luhnow's contract until 2023 and promoted him to president of baseball operations. Luhnow joined owner Jim Crane at a news conference announcing the extension prior to Monday night's game at Minute Maid Park. Crane hired..." June 18

  • Clint Frazier voices frustration after spending majority of season at Triple-A

    ESPN "Clint Frazier feels fortunate to wear his New York Yankees uniform again for the next couple of days, but he was frank Monday when asked about his growing frustration with spending the bulk of the season at Triple-A. "It's in the back of your mind every time you turn the TV..." June 18

  • Report: Manny Machado may consider re-signing with one potential trade partner

    Larry Brown Sports "One potential factor in any Manny Machado trade is the fact that he’s poised to become a free agent at the end of the year, and any team trading for him may get a rental. Thus, any acquiring team would have to consider whether they think they can sign Machado to an extension before he..." June 18

  • Juan Soto's HR in Nationals' continued game to be recorded as pre-debut

    ESPN "Add time travel to the list of Juan Soto's accomplishments. On Monday, the Washington Nationals rookie crushed a pinch-hit homer against the New York Yankees in the continuation of a game that started May 15 -- five days before his big league debut. According to the..." June 18

  • Blue Jays’ Roberto Osuna intends to plead not guilty to assault charge

    Sportsnet "Roberto Osuna, the Toronto Blue Jays closer facing an assault charge, intends to plead not guilty, according to his lawyer, Domenic Basile. June 18

  • Clayton Kershaw inches closer to return, throws three-inning simulated game

    Yardbarker "Those hoping to see Clayton Kershaw back in action got some good news on Monday. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace threw a three-inning simulated game, and from all appearances, things seemed to go well. Kershaw had previously thrown off of the mound with no issue. This is even more good..." June 18

  • Why Yankees should give up Miguel Andujar for Mets' Jacob deGrom

    Newark Star-Ledger "Jacob deGrom to the Yankees chatter won’t go away. Last week, Jon Heyman of FRS Baseball talked to officials on both sides about the potential of a deal going down before the July 31 trade deadline. The idea of it actually coming to fruition seemed..." June 18

  • Mets need four things to happen if they want J.T. Realmuto

    SNY TV "The Mets are in dire need of a long-term, everyday catcher that can hit, deal with the pressure of New York and handle the team's pitching staff. This is why, if Sandy Alderson intends to change the complexion of the team via trade this summer, I'd like for him to find a way to get..." June 18

  • Giancarlo Stanton can’t count on his bat to do the talking right now

    New York Post "There are moments when you are embraced as a New York Yankee in the Bronx, signature moments when you get to announce yourself as a New York Yankee in a Ruthian way. And so here came that moment for Giancarlo Stanton: Bottom of the fifth inning, Yankees on first and second,..." June 18

  • Report: Mets ready to entertain trade offers for virtually everyone

    The Score "The New York Mets are open for business. With the club nine games under .500 and eight games back of a playoff spot, the front office is reportedly ready to entertain trade offers for almost everyone on the roster, but prefer to keep their top young players who are under..." June 18

  • Phillies option Hector Neris to Triple-A

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Nerris, who saved 26 games as the Phillies closer in 2017 and ten games in that role this year, has struggled this year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30 appearances. While his..." June 18

  • Report: Yankees, Mariners interested in Blue Jays’ Happ

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ is expected to be one of the top starters available on the trade market this summer, and suitors are already lining up. The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are both showing interest in acquiring..." June 18

  • Report: Nelson Cruz could get David Ortiz-like deal from Mariners for final years

    Larry Brown Sports "The Seattle Mariners seem to have an idea of how to approach the future with their aging but still productive slugger Nelson Cruz. According to a report by Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times on Sunday, the Mariners have approached Cruz about the possibility of a contract setup..." June 18

  • Melky Cabrera Elects Free Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Monday that outfielder/designated hitter Melky Cabrera has elected free agency rather than accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus. He’d been designated for assignment last week and cleared outright waivers. The 33-year-old veteran..." June 18

  • Shohei Ohtani’s UCL tear is a new one

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani is dealing with another UCL tear, according to a report. Ohtani has been on the disabled list since June 7 with a Grade 2 UCL sprain in his elbow. When Ohtani first became an international free agent during the offseason, the medical information shared with clubs showed..." June 17

  • Javier Baez reportedly wants to participate in 2018 Home Run Derby

    Sporting News "Javier Baez wants to participate in the Home Run Derby. The 25-year-old Cubs infielder told ESPN earlier this week he’d like to enter this year’s event. Baez has hit a team-leading 14 home runs so far this season. FanRag Sports reported last week that MLB is..." June 17

  • GM: Bucs looking to add rather than subtract

    MLB.com "While there has been speculation that the Pirates could be sellers before next month's non-waiver Trade Deadline, general manager Neal Huntington said the club's current outlook is just the opposite. "We've had more conversations about adding players at this point in..." June 17

  • Yoenis Cespedes takes break from rehab, still has no timetable

    Yardbarker "The New York Mets are still waiting to see when Yoenis Cespedes will return from his hip injury. Cespedes took a break from rehab over the weekend, according to Tim Healey of Newsday, and will resume activities on Monday. Those activities are physical therapy, as the outfielder still..." June 17

  • Orioles Option Chance Sisco

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have optioned starting catcher Chance Sisco to Triple-A Norfolk, per a team announcement. In a corresponding move, the Orioles will recall fellow backstop Caleb Joseph from Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com tweets. Sisco last took the field for the Orioles on Friday,..." June 17

  • Bryce Harper's struggles are largely tied to shifts, but don't expect them to last

    CBS Sports "In Toronto, Marco Estrada and three Blue Jays relievers combined for a three-hit shutout of the Nationals. In that sense, no one in a Washington uniform was really hitting on this day. For Bryce Harper, though, it's a continuation of his recent struggles.  Harper hit for..." June 17

  • No. 2 overall pick Bart among Giants' signees

    MLB.com "The Giants announced on Sunday that they have signed the second overall selection in this year's MLB Draft, catcher Joey Bart, bringing their total of signed draftees to 32, including 23 of their first 25 selections and 29 of their first 33. Bart's deal is worth $7.025 million,..." June 17

  • Brewers expected to aggressively pursue starting pitching

    Larry Brown Sports "In the midst of a heated battle for the NL Central lead, the Milwaukee Brewers may be looking to address arguably their biggest weakness. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported on Saturday that rival executives expect the Brewers to “aggressively” pursue starting..." June 17

  • Moustakas offense has likely lowered trade value

    Yardbarker "Although Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is an obvious trade candidate, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears (video link) that he’s unlikely to bring back much in a deal at his current pace. As Rosenthal points out, Moustakas’ offensive output has faded as the season has..." June 17

  • Braves re-sign Luke Jackson

    Hardball Talk "The Braves inked right-handed reliever Luke Jackson to a major league deal on Sunday, per a team announcement. Jackson was designated for assignment by the club last Wednesday and elected free agency; with his return to Atlanta, he’ll take the place of fellow reliever Luiz..." June 17

  • Orioles now on pace to be one of the worst teams in MLB history

    Sportsnaut "The Baltimore Orioles are bad. Really, really bad. This was already known prior to them dropping Saturday’s home game against the hapless Miami Marlins. But following the loss, it’s now apparent that this year’s version of the Orioles could be among the worst in..." June 17

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