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Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been out since mid-May on account of both an 80-game suspension and a fractured right hand. In his absence, the Mariners have deployed Dee Gordon at second, and they’re not going to waver from that upon Cano’s return. “We are looking at Dee as our second baseman,” general manager…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 22, 2018, 3:50 am
Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels has made it known he’d welcome a return to Philadelphia, where he pitched from 2008-15, but a reunion appears “unlikely,” Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes. The Phillies are trying to stay away from the starting pitching market in general, according to general manager Matt Klentak, who said Friday that the team’s…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 22, 2018, 1:59 am
8:44pm: It’s “at least” a six-team race for Britton, Jon Heyman of Fancred tweets. 8:14pm: The Orioles are seeking a return equal to or better than the one the Royals received for reliever Kelvin Herrera in a trade last month, Buster Olney of ESPN reports. Washington acquired Herrera for three prospects, though none ranked among…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 22, 2018, 1:44 am
Tigers right-hander Mike Fiers started against the Red Sox on Saturday, but he may find himself on Boston’s roster soon. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nearing, the Red Sox are one of several clubs “evaluating” Fiers, Buster Olney of ESPN tweets. Although Boston possesses the majors’ best record (69-30) and a five-game lead…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 22, 2018, 12:32 am
Reds infielder Alex Blandino suffered a torn ACL in his right knee on Friday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes. Blandino will miss the rest of the season, though the length of the recovery period (five to six months, Fay writes) suggests his 2019 isn’t in jeopardy. A first-round pick (No. 29 overall) of…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 22, 2018, 12:05 am
JULY 21: There is “significant interest” in Archer, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (video link), though he doesn’t specify which teams are pursuing him. Regardless, there’s no guarantee a trade will happen, as Rosenthal says the pitcher “would almost certainly need to show” a return to form in his final two pre-deadline starts for…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 21, 2018, 11:43 pm
SATURDAY, 5:38pm: Zimmer underwent an arthroscopic procedure to repair his right labrum, and he won’t return to full baseball activities for eight to 12 months, the team announced (Twitter link via Jordan Bastian of MLB.com). At least some of Zimmer’s 2019 season could be in jeopardy, then. 1:15am: Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer has undergone surgery…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 21, 2018, 10:38 pm
Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia indicated earlier this season that this could be the last year of his career, but now he seems likely to return in 2019. Sabathia recently told Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com that he aims to play next year, health permitting. “I’m [going] start to start,” Sabathia said. “I go out one…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 21, 2018, 10:34 pm
In an unfortunate development for the surging, playoff-contending Rockies, second baseman DJ LeMahieu is headed to the 10-day disabled list because of a left oblique strain. The Rockies will replace him with infield prospect Garrett Hampson, whose contract they selected from Triple-A Albuquerque. To make room for Hampson, Colorado designated infielder Daniel Castro for assignment.…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 21, 2018, 10:03 pm
A few notable players were activated from the disabled list today… The Mariners have activated right-hander Felix Hernandez; he’d been on the DL with lower back tightness, though it’s possible the DL stint had more to do with roster management than with the injury itself. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award-winner has continued to trend downwards this…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: July 21, 2018, 9:57 pm
In a trade that has been widely expected since last night, the Athletics have officially acquired right-hander Jeurys Familia from the Mets. In exchange, the Athletics have sent a pair of minor leaguers back to New York: third baseman William Toffey and right-hander Bobby Wahl. The Mets will also receive $1MM in international bonus money, while the…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: July 21, 2018, 7:53 pm
Here’s a roundup of some recent minor moves… The Red Sox have signed reliever Mark Montgomery to a minor league contract, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports. The deal runs through 2019, per Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com. The 27-year-old Montgomery got off to a strong start this season with the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate, pitching to…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: July 21, 2018, 7:43 pm
The Royals have designated lefty reliever Enny Romero for assignment, Maria Torres of the Kansas City Star reports. The move was made in order to recall right-handed starter Jakob Junis for tonight’s game. As Torres notes in her above tweet, the Royals are the third team that the 27-year-old Romero has pitched for this season.…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: July 21, 2018, 6:24 pm
The Rays have promoted outfielder Justin Williams to the major league club for the first time, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. To make room for him on the active roster, they’ve optioned lefty reliever Hoby Milner to Triple-A. Williams, who’ll turn 23 next month, was the Diamondbacks’ second round pick in the…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: July 21, 2018, 6:07 pm
12:45pm: The two clubs expect to complete the deal by the end of the day, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Saturday, 11:08am: It’s “down to the medical reviews,” says ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, who expects that the deal should “sail through” once that’s finished. Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters today that Familia remains unavailable for today’s game.…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 21, 2018, 5:45 pm
Free-agent lefty Antonio Bastardo has received a 140-game suspension, per a league announcement. He tested positive for the banned performance-enhancing drug stanozolol. Stanozolol (better known by its popular name, Winstrol) is one of very few anabolic steroids that’s actually been deemed safe for consumption by the FDA; Stanozolol possesses the rare quality of being able…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 21, 2018, 5:28 pm
The Red Sox activated young third baseman Rafael Devers from the 10-day disabled list, who had been sidelined with left shoulder inflammation. He’ll return to the lineup and the field after missing just the minimum ten days. To make room for him on the active roster, the club has elected to ship lefty Bobby Poyner…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: July 21, 2018, 4:11 pm
Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez is going back on the disabled list, this time due to a right oblique strain. The Cardinals have also recalled John Brebbia, reinstated Miles Mikolas from the paternity list, optioned Matt Bowman, and added Luke Weaver to the roster as the 26th man for today’s…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: July 21, 2018, 3:22 pm
The Cubs have made a host of roster moves today (first announced by Patrick Mooney of The Athletic), chiefly among them the placement of right-hander Anthony Bass on the 10-day disabled list due to a back muscle issue. The move creates room for the recently acquired Jesse Chavez to be activated. The club also promoted…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: July 21, 2018, 3:18 pm
Fangraphs recently released its annual rankings of the top 50 most valuable contracts in baseball, or the players who would have the highest value in a trade. High atop the list sits a pair of Indians infielders (Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor), while Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and Carlos Correa round out the top five.…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: July 21, 2018, 2:51 pm
After optioning Domingo German to Triple-A following last night’s ugly performance in the Subway Series, the Yankees are set to promote a replacement Domingo. Robert M. Pimpsner of Pinstriped Prospects reported early this morning that the club was expected to promote 6’7″ righty Domingo Acevedo to the big league club; Robert Murray of The Athletic later confirmed the news.…
Author: Kyle Downing
Posted: July 21, 2018, 1:37 pm
As we wait to hear about the consummation of a prospective deal that would send closer Jeurys Familia out west, the Mets have served up plenty of other noteworthy news. Here are the other topics of conversation in New York: High-priced outfielder Yoenis Cespedes homered in his return from a lengthy DL stint, but dropped…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 21, 2018, 5:41 am
ROSTER MOVES BY TEAM (July 16th-July 20th) NATIONAL LEAGUE ATLANTA BRAVES | Depth Chart Promoted: OF Michael Reed Designated for assignment: OF/INF Danny Santana CHICAGO CUBS | Depth Chart Reinstated from Family Medical Emergency List: OF Albert Almora Jr. Placed on 10-Day DL: RP Brandon Morrow (biceps inflammation) Activated from 10-Day DL: RP Anthony Bass Reinstated from Paternity List:…
Author: Jason Martinez
Posted: July 21, 2018, 5:11 am
Much-hyped Padres prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. — son of the former major-leaguer of the same name — is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season, Jeff Sanders and Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune report. Tatis may well require surgery on his left thumb after injuring it last night, though that…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 21, 2018, 2:36 am
The Athletics are “among the teams hoping to land” righty Jeurys Familia from the Mets, according to a report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The Cubs are also showing interest in Familia, Jon Heyman of Fancred tweets. It seems these organizations are hardly the only ones with interest. At least seven or eight…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 21, 2018, 12:37 am
The Mariners announced today that they have outrighted reliever Mike Morin. That move helped clear the way for two promotions, with first baseman Dan Vogelbach and outfielder John Andreoli joining the active roster. This is the second time Morin has been bumped from the Seattle 40-man roster this season. The 27-year-old righty has recorded six…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 20, 2018, 11:22 pm
The Tigers announced this afternoon that they have placed starter Michael Fulmer on the 10-day disabled list. He’s said to be dealing with a left oblique strain. It’s a surprising placement, as Fulmer had seemingly been on track to remain in the rotation heading out of the All-Star break. Details on the injury are not…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 20, 2018, 9:32 pm
The Tigers have activated outfielder Leonys Martin from the 10-day disabled list, per a club announcement. Fellow outfielder Mikie Mahtook has been optioned to open a roster spot. Martin hit the shelf earlier this month with a hamstring strain. That was especially worrying given that the 30-year-old had already required one prior DL stint this…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 20, 2018, 8:48 pm
The Rangers announced today that top prospect Willie Calhoun is headed up to the active MLB roster. He’ll take the spot of outfielder Nomar Mazara, who’ll hit the DL with a thumb sprain. Calhoun, who came to the Texas organization in last summer’s Yu Darvish swap, earned a brief taste of the big leagues late…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 20, 2018, 8:25 pm
The Rays have designated outfielder Johnny Field for assignment, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (Twitter links). That opens 40-man space for the team to select the contract of catcher Adam Moore. Field, 26, debuted this year and posted a .213/.253/.373 slash line with six home runs in 179 MLB plate appearances. Clearly,…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 20, 2018, 7:49 pm
The Nationals have reinstated right-hander Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day disabled list and brought back first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 60-day DL, the team announced. To make room for those two, Washington optioned righties Wander Suero and Trevor Gott to Triple-A. Strasburg’s back after missing upward of a month with shoulder inflammation, and his…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 20, 2018, 7:04 pm
2:49pm: Baltimore has given Tillman an opportunity to continue pitching in its minor league system, but he’s undecided as of now, general manager Dan Duquette told Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun and other reporters. 2:24pm: The Orioles announced that they’ve designated right-hander Chris Tillman for assignment. His roster spot will go to infielder/outfielder…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 20, 2018, 6:49 pm
1:09pm: The Mets have activated Cespedes, Tim Britton of The Athletic was among those to tweet. In other moves, the Mets recalled reliever Drew Smith and optioned both first baseman Dominic Smith and right-hander Corey Oswalt to Triple-A. 8:25am: After a two-month layoff, Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is poised to return from the disabled…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 20, 2018, 6:09 pm
The Rays are set to select catcher Adam Moore’s contract from Triple-A Durham, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The club will have to make a corresponding 40-man move to create a spot for Moore, as Topkin notes. The 34-year-old Moore signed a minor league contract with the Rays in February and has…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:46 pm
The Mariners announced that they’ve agreed to a multiyear contract extension with manager Scott Servais. The length of the deal isn’t yet known. “Scott has created a culture here in Seattle that allows players to be successful,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said of Servais. “They are encouraged to be themselves, which has resulted in a…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:40 pm
11:19am: The Braves have had interest in Fulmer in the past, and he’s still “on their radar,” Mark Bowman of MLB.com tweets. Atlanta discussed Fulmer with Detroit over the winter, per Bowman, and the Braves also had reported interest in him last summer. *Note: Fulmer was placed on the 10-day DL this afternoon. 10:23am: With…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:19 pm
JULY 20, 10:58am: Add the Braves to the list of teams interested in Britton, Crasnick reports. 9:28am: Baltimore’s “barreling ahead” with its Britton trade talks, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com tweets. Along with the teams mentioned below (the Astros, Cubs, Yankees, Phillies and Red Sox), the Giants are among the clubs in the mix for Britton,…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: July 20, 2018, 3:58 pm
The Yankees were involved in the Manny Machado sweepstakes before the Dodgers acquired him from the Orioles this week, though adding him wouldn’t have led New York to trade rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar. Rather, the Yankees simply would have platooned Andujar at first base or sent him down to the minors while Machado played…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 20, 2018, 2:15 pm
The Brewers have signed corner infielder/outfielder Richie Shaffer and outfielder Rymer Liriano to minor league contracts, according to Jim Goulart of Brewerfan.net (h/t: Adam McCalvy of MLB.com). Both players will report to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Shaffer had been without a team since the Indians released him June 8, which came after he opened the season…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: July 20, 2018, 1:02 pm
The Cubs have acquired right-hander Jesse Chavez from the Rangers, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported (via Twitter). Lefty Tyler Thomas is heading to the Rangers in return. Chavez, 34, is owed $1.5MM on the season under his one-year deal. (That includes an additional $500K over the base $1MM guarantee that was tacked on when…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 20, 2018, 2:43 am
The Yankees have activated catcher Gary Sanchez heading out of the All-Star break, per a club announcement. Backstop Kyle Higashioka was optioned to clear a roster spot. Sanchez ended up missing just under a month with a groin strain. Higashioka produced good power numbers (.500 SLG) while joining with Austin Romine to fill in for Sanchez, but…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 20, 2018, 2:32 am
Diamondbacks righty Shelby Miller has been cleared of any new damage to his surgically replaced ulnar collateral ligament, Jack Magruder of The Sports Xchange reports on Twitter. That’s the news the club was hoping for when it sent Miller’s MRI results to surgeon Neal ElAttrache. Miller, 27, has only made four starts since working back…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 20, 2018, 1:07 am
Angels starter/DH Shohei Ohtani has been cleared medically to resume throwing, per a club announcement. The news came on the heels of his examination after six weeks of rest following stem cell and platelet-rich plasma treatment. Ohtani, who took MLB by storm in his first season after coming over from Japan, hit the shelf in…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 19, 2018, 10:44 pm
The Cubs have placed closer Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his right biceps. The placement has been backdated to July 16th. There’s no indication at present that a lengthy absence is anticipated. Indeed, skipper Joe Maddon suggests the opposite is true, as ESPNChicago.com’s Jesse Rogers tweets. Morrow hit the DL…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: July 19, 2018, 8:44 pm
The Twins have acquired outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Rays organization in exchange for cash, the Twins’ top affiliate in Rochester announced today. Hazelbaker, who is not on the 40-man roster, has been assigned to Triple-A Rochester. Hazelbaker, 30, opened the season in the D-backs organization but was quickly traded to the Rays in early…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: July 19, 2018, 8:05 pm