Ken Rosenthal has found out the ten teams on Yu Darvish‘s no-trade list per his contract. They are the Orioles, Red Sox, Cubs, Indians, Rockies, White Sox, Tigers, A’s, Pirates and Blue Jays. He has no right to veto trades to any other team. As we’ve noted in recent days, the Dodgers are said to have a “strong interest” in Darvish. It’d not be at all surprising to see other contenders in on him too, at least as long as the Rangers keep listening to offers. In the no-trade category, it would seem that the Cubs and Indians would have a need, but it’s doubtful the Indians would make that kind of deal. The Cubs may, but of course they’d have to sweeten the deal for Darvish in order to get him to
Posted: July 26, 2017, 3:50 pm
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Kansas City Royals are in talks with the Toronto Blue Jays about a trade for Francisco Liriano. Liriano is not having a good year, but an arm is an arm I suppose. Liriano’s arm has posted 5.99 ERA and 70/42 K/BB ratio through 76.2 innings across 17 starts. He’s a free agent to be, so he shouldn’t cost too much, of course. Earlier this week Kansas City picked up Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer, and Ryan Buchter from the Padres. They’ve also won seven in a row and are just a game and a half behind the first place Indians. They’re going for it with whatever help they can find.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 3:19 pm
A trade went down in the wee-wee hours: the Boston Red Sox acquired third baseman Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants. The Giants will receive minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos in return. Third baseman for the Boston Red Sox have, obviously, been terrible this year, with Pablo Sandoval being released and Brock Holt being injured for most of the season. top prospect Rafael Devers was just called up and got his first start for Boston last night, but it may be a lot to ask of a 20-year-old to carry third base every day for a contender. Nunez can play other infield positions, but it’s not like second base and short are problem areas for Boston. Better too have too many
Posted: July 26, 2017, 9:33 am
Phillies (34-64) vs. Astros (67-33) 7:05 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App After being dominated by the AL-best Houston Astros on two consecutive nights, the Phillies attempt to avoid a sweep with their best pitcher on the mound. 1. Unstoppable offense As Nick Pivetta was cruising through the first five innings last night, retiring 14 of the first 15 batters he faced, you just knew the Astros’ offense wouldn’t be dormant for long. Sure enough, they put up a four-spot in the sixth and the game was over. Last night’s game was the 64th time the Astros have scored five runs or more this season. The league average is 45. The Phillies have done it just 34 times, fewest
Posted: July 26, 2017, 4:09 am
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin favors using honey over vinegar when trying to teach enigmatic Odubel Herrera the right way to play the game. But even Patient Pete has his limits. So when Herrera did not run out a dropped third strike in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s 5-0 loss to the Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park (see Instant Replay), Mackanin yanked him from the game as part of a double switch, a remarkable move considering Herrera has been the club’s best hitter, batting .331 (58 for 175) since June 1. “It had something to do with it,” Mackanin admitted. “I’m going to talk to him tomorrow.” Herrera knows well the way to Mackanin’s office. He’s been called in front of the principal
Posted: July 26, 2017, 1:54 am
Rhys Hoskins, the ex-Jesuit High School and Sacramento State slugger, smacked his International League-tying 23rd home run Monday night for the Leigh IronPigs of Allentown, Pa., in a 9-3 loss to Gwinnett. Hoskins shares the league’s home run lead with teammate Dylan Cozens. Hoskins, playing for the Philadelphia Phillies’ Triple-A team, leads the IL in RBI with 75 this season. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound first baseman crushed 38 homers last season in Double A. “Rhys is doing everything he needs to do in Triple A, and the timing of the player’s promotion has to do with his own performance but also with opportunity,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak told the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier this season.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 12:27 pm
A lot has changed since the Houston Astros last came to Philadelphia in 2014. Back then the Astros were a rebuilding team on their way to a 92-loss season after reaching triple-digit losses the previous three seasons. Now, the Astros’ rebuild is complete and they have the best record (66-33) in the American League and the second best in the majors after the Los Angeles Dodgers (68-31). The Astros have a powerhouse offense that ranks first in the majors in runs (594), hits (1,105), doubles (222), homers (165), batting average (.293) and OPS (.863). Those numbers burned the eyes of Phillies manager Pete Mackanin when he got a look at them before Monday’s game. “When I look at their stat sheet and
Posted: July 25, 2017, 6:03 am