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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Travis d'Arnaud accomplished three incredible things at Yankee Stadium

    The Sports Daily "Earlier this season, Travis d’Arnaud appeared to be at a crossroads in his career. The 30-year-old catcher entered his final season of team control while also needing to make an impact following missing basically all of 2018 due to undergoing Tommy John surgery. The..." July 16

  • Rays Have Asked About Zack Wheeler

    MLB Trade Rumors "Mets right-hander and prime trade candidate Zack Wheeler went on the injured listMonday with shoulder fatigue – an issue that may damage or destroy his value. However, if Wheeler makes it back in the next couple weeks, the Rays could be among the teams competing for him..." July 16

  • Rays Designate Anthony Bemboom For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have reinstated catcher Anthony Bemboom from the 60-day injured list and designated him for assignment, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Bemboom, 29, made his MLB debut earlier this season after grinding through seven years in the minors. Unfortunately,..." July 15

  • Angels Acquire Anthony Bemboom

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels announced that they’ve acquired catcher Anthony Bemboom from the Rays for cash considerations. This is the second transaction of the day involving Bemboom, whom the Rays designated for assignment in the afternoon. The 29-year-old had been on the..." 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Rays Activate Ji-Man Choi, Option Ian Gibaut

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tampa Bay Rays activated first baseman Ji-Man Choi ahead of today’s action, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). Ian Gibaut has been optioned back to Durham.  Choi missed the minimum ten games for a sprained left ankle. He is a key cog in the middle of..." July 13

  • Rays acquire RHP Peter Fairbanks for prospect Nick Solak from Rangers

    DRays Bay "The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired two-time Tommy John fireballer RHP Peter Fairbanks from the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league infielder/outfielder Nick Solak. Fairbanks, 25, was added by the Rangers to the major league roster on June 8 and made eight relief appearances for..." 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

  • Rays Place Chaz Roe On 10-Day IL; Activating Diego Castillo On Friday

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays will place right-hander Chaz Roe on the 10-day injured list prior to tomorrow’s game due to a flexor strain, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (Twitter links).  Righty Diego Castillo will be activated from the injured list himself on Friday to take Roe’s..." July 11

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Five Storylines Entering The MLB All-Star Game

    The Big Lead "MLB All-Star week started with a blast after Monday night’s thrilling Home Run Derby, won by the Mets’ Pete Alonso, but highlighted by the epic home run duel between the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson and Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr, who lit up Progressive Field in Cleveland..." July 09

  • Rays GM will let AL East standings dictate trade deadline deals

    MLB.com "Just a few weeks ago, the Rays were atop the American League and were certainly headed to being one of the more aggressive teams with trade talks set to heat up over the next month. But after posting a 13-16 record in June, Tampa Bay is now one of the teams looking up at the Yankees,..." July 08

  • George Springer, Christian Yelich leading off All-Star lineups

    Hardball Talk "We learned earlier this afternoon that Justin Verlander and Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the All-Star Game on the mound. Now we learn that George Springer and Christian Yelichwill lead off. Here are the lineups: AMERICAN LEAGUE 1. George Springer, Astros..." July 08

  • These players aren’t MLB All-Stars, but their last year of work says otherwise

    SB Nation "A baseball season is more than just a first half, and it would be nice if there was a way to recognize second-half performances in All-Star rosters. For the most part, the All-Star roster construction process is just fine. Fans get to vote for the starting position players, and sure..." July 08

  • What went wrong for Bryce Harper, other missing MLB All-Stars from 2018

    ESPN "As you roll into downtown Cleveland, there's a pedestrian overpass across Ontario Street with a huge All-Star banner draped along the length of the bridge to promote the week's festivities. It features the faces of several of baseball's biggest stars. One of those stars..." July 08

  • Series with Rays revealed the truth about these Yankees

    New York Post "This was a four-game test, the perfect way for the Yankees to end the first half instead of one of those roll-over series against the Orioles. Face a team like the Rays with strong pitching, a team that is good at run prevention. This was October in July, a perfect measuring..." July 08

  • Jose Alvarado Suffers Oblique Injury

    MLB Trade Rumors "According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter links), Rays lefty Jose Alvarado has suffered an oblique injury that could keep him sidelined for the next 2-6 weeks. Alvarado was pulled from today’s game against the Yankees after wincing on the follow-through of his final..." July 07

  • Twins Acquire Jeremy Hazelbaker From Rays

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins and Rays have struck a trade, with Minnesota receiving outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker from Tampa Bay in exchange for cash considerations, per LaVelle E. Neal of the Star Tribune. The Twins will assign Hazelbaker to Triple-A. " July 07

  • Rays Option Brendan McKay, Recall Ian Gibaut

    Tampa Bay Times "Brendan McKay was sent back to Triple-A Durham after working the first five innings in Friday’s 8-4, 11-inning loss to the Yankees. Reliever Ian Gibaut was called up for what will be his major-league debut. McKay is expected back, in at least a cameo role, to pitch of the games..." July 06

  • Each MLB Team's Nightmare 2019 Trade Deadline Scenario

    Bleacher Report "The July 31 trade deadline is approaching. May every team in Major League Baseball get everything it wants. But what would the opposite of that look like? We've endeavored to answer this question by imagining the nightmare trade deadline scenario for all..." July 05

  • Rays Place Brandon Lowe On Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays announced Wednesday that they’ve placed second baseman Brandon Loweon the 10-day injured list due to a right shin contusion. Lowe, who was only recently named a All-Star replacement, fouled a ball off his shin Tuesday but remained in the game after talking things over with a..." July 04

  • MLB Home Run Derby Bracket Officially Revealed

    12 Up "The MLB Home Run Derby is set to take place on Monday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Yet, just days before the event, there was still some drama left to decide. After Javier Baez was forced to pull out of the event due to injury, MLB announced that Joc Pederson of..." July 04

  • Rays Activate, Option Jose De Leon

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays righty Jose De Leon has at long last returned to active duty, the club announced. But he’ll return to Triple-A on optional assignment as he looks to get his injury-addled career back on track. De Leon, once a top prospect who is now almost 27 years of age,..." July 03

  • Rays put Ji-Man Choi on IL, call up Mike Brosseau, trade Casey Sadler and Andrew Velazquez

    Tampa Bay Times "De Leon was indeed activated off the 60-day IL and optioned to Triple-A Durham, where he had been pitching, 0-1, 3.99 in nine games, throwing only 29 1/3 innings. DEVELOPING: The Rays had a busy Wednesday morning, making a series of roster moves. Most significantly,..." July 03

  • Xander Bogaerts among AL injury replacements added to All-Star roster

    The Score "Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts will be an All-Star, after all. Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that Bogaerts, Tampa Bay Rays rookie Brandon Lowe, and Minnesota Twins right-hander Jose Berrios will serve as..." July 03