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MLB Trade Rumors: a clearinghouse for legitimate baseball free agent and trade rumors. MLBTradeRumors.com is a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors. The site focuses on the hot stove - trades and free agent signings. MLBTR has new material 365 days a year, and attempts to post all rumors with analysis as soon as they are



Reds Claim Jake Buchanan, Designate Peter O'Brien  

The Reds announced that they’ve claimed right-hander Jake Buchanan off waivers from the Cubs and designated minor league outfielder Peter O’Brien for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Buchanan, it seems, will be added to the Major League roster, as Cincinnati also announced that left-hander Amir Garrett has been placed on the…

2017-05-25 12:48:33
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NL East Notes: Heisey, Mets, Phillies, Yelich, Chen  

Nationals outfielder Chris Heisey was placed on the disabled list with what the team termed a “right biceps rupture,” per a club announcement. That’s an ominous-sounding injury for the 32-year-old Heisey, and he will indeed undergo an MRI today to learn if the injury requires surgery, as MASNsports.com’s Byron Kerr writes. As Heisey explains the…

2017-05-25 10:46:51
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AL Central Notes: No. 1 Pick, White Sox, Karns, Gose  

The Twins are leaning toward passing on high school right-hander/shortstop Hunter Greene with the top overall pick in the upcoming MLB draft, writes Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Greene has drawn quite a bit of fanfare over the past calendar year, due largely to his ability to reach triple digits with his fastball. However, he’d be…

2017-05-25 06:12:50
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Padres Receiving Trade Interest In Brad Hand  

The Padres recently reaffirmed to clubs that they’re “open for business,” and lefty reliever Brad Hand is the “primary” piece that they have on the table at present, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney (Twitter link). San Diego’s willingness to sell off pieces isn’t exactly a new development, though the fact that the Padres are marketing…

2017-05-25 01:46:25
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Braves Designate Josh Collmenter For Assignment  

The Braves have recalled right-hander Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett and designated fellow righty Josh Collmenter for assignment in order to clear a spot on the active roster, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (Twitter link). The 31-year-old Collmenter turned in a solid April for the Braves but has been shelled in…

2017-05-25 01:27:14
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MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read the transcript from MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: May 24, 2017

2017-05-24 19:53:54
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Chris Marrero To Sign With Japan's Orix Buffaloes  

First baseman/left fielder Chris Marrero has agreed to a deal with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, tweets Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News was the first to report that Marrero, who was recently designated for assignment and outrighted by the Giants, was close to joining…

2017-05-24 19:31:02
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Free Agent Stock Watch: Lorenzo Cain  

It’s tempting to look in on pending free agents when they are clearly trending up or down. Sometimes, though, the news is mixed, and that’s the case for Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Cain, 31, emerged as a force in 2014 and fully broke out in the following season. Helping to drive the Royals to…

2017-05-24 14:59:06
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Jacoby Ellsbury Place On DL With Concussion, Neck Sprain  

9:30pm: Ellsbury has been placed on the 7-day DL, tweets MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. The team has yet to announce a corresponding roster move, however. 7:30pm: The Yankees announced that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was removed from tonight’s game with a concussion and a neck sprain. Ellsbury made a sensational catch of a deep fly-ball to…

2017-05-24 13:03:32
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Giants Notes: Shaw, Cueto, Tomlinson, Hwang  

The Giants have promoted 2015 first-round pick Chris Shaw from Double-A to Triple-A, and as Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area writes, the former first baseman will continue his work in left field following the latest promotion. Giants GM Bobby Evans spoke to reporters about Shaw’s impressive run in Double-A (.301/.390/.511, six homers, 10 doubles)…

2017-05-24 12:55:08
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Orioles Claim Luis Sardinas  

The Orioles have claimed shortstop Luis Sardinas off waivers from the Padres, per a club announcement. He had been designated for assignment recently. Sardinas, a switch-hitting 24-year-old, gives the Baltimore organization another piece of infield depth. The club had an open 40-man spot to work with, but will need to make an active roster move…

2017-05-24 12:22:11
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Anthony Alford Placed On 10-Day DL With Hamate Fracture  

The Blue Jays have placed outfielder Anthony Alford on the 10-day DL, as Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca first reported on Twitter. Per the club’s announcement, Alford has been diagnosed with a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist. Alford, 22, had only recently been called up for his first taste of the big leagues. At…

2017-05-24 07:16:49
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Orioles Release Michael Bourn  

The Orioles have released outfielder Michael Bourn, according to a club announcement. Bourn exercised his opt-out clause yesterday, per Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (via Twitter), and the team obviously elected not to add him to the active roster. Bourn thrived with the O’s late last year, hitting .283/.358/.435 over 55 plate appearances. And he might well…

2017-05-24 07:10:24
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Injury Notes: Sanchez, Chen, Cahill, Hughes, Beltre  

Aaron Sanchez won’t resume throwing until the blister/fingernail issues that have plagued him this season have completely subsided, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. The Blue Jays ace and 2016 American League ERA champ has already had three separate 10-day DL stints due to the issue, and at this point, he’s not even going to play…

2017-05-24 06:15:23
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NL East Notes: Rodriguez, Marlins, Yelich, Bruce, Nava, Phils, Solis  

Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an interesting interview with injured Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez. He’s working through his rehab in Atlanta, and says that he believes he can make it back to action before the end of the current season. Rodriguez also discussed his stint with the Pirates, saying that his former colleagues were immensely…

2017-05-24 05:15:12
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Inside The Draft Studio: A Conversation With Mike Trout  

The date was June 9, 2009 - the first day of the annual MLB Draft. As we all know, while the buildup to the baseball draft gets a lot of play, the actual draft itself doesn't have the same fanfare as its counterparts in football and basketball. So this particular date wouldn't normally stand out…

2017-05-24 05:05:29
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Mariners Acquire Andrew Aplin, Designate Chris Heston  

The Mariners have acquired outfielder Andrew Aplin from the Astros, per a club announcement. Cash or a player to be named later will head to Houston in return. To create room on the 40-man roster, Seattle has designated righty Chris Heston for assignment. [RELATED: Updated Mariners Depth Chart] Aplin, 26, had just been designated for assignment…

2017-05-24 03:19:05
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AL East Notes: Farrell, Jimenez, Miller, Ramos, Torres  

Though the Red Sox haven’t lived up to their preseason status as division favorites, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowksi told reporters Tuesday that he doesn’t place the blame for the team’s relatively slow start on manager John Farrell (link via Jen McCaffery of MassLive.com). Dombrowki pointed to the fact that the Sox won the AL…

2017-05-24 02:03:38
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Minor MLB Transactions: 5/23/17  

Here are the latest minor moves from around the game: Right-hander Al Alburquerque has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Omaha, the Royals announced on Tuesday. Kansas City designated the veteran 30-year-old for assignment over the weekend after just four innings with the big league bullpen. Alburquerque has totaled just six innings in the…

2017-05-23 20:24:18
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Indians Sign David Lough  

The Indians have signed outfielder David Lough to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement. He’ll report to Triple-A Columbus. Lough, 31, joined the Tigers on a minors deal over the winter but failed to crack the Opening Day roster. He had struggled to a .169/.210/.203 batting line over 63 Triple-A plate appearances, leading to his…

2017-05-23 16:17:18
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10 Minor-League Free Agent Relievers Off To Strong Starts  

There’s no more fickle existence in Major League Baseball than that of a relief pitcher. Teams are generally more willing to tinker with their bullpens than their benches, and often need to make changes to account for overworked staffs. But the tumult also brings opportunity. Relievers who are throwing well at the right moment can…

2017-05-23 15:23:57
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Central Notes: Zambrano, Brewers, Robert, Gose  

Long-time Cubs righty Carlos Zambrano will return to the hill, per Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com (via Twitter). At this point, though, there’s no indication he has his sights set on a return to the majors; rather, the soon-to-be-36-year-old will suit up for Venezuelan Winter League action. Zambrano last pitched in the majors in 2012 and…

2017-05-23 14:13:15
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Injury Notes: Matz, Hughes, Cardinals, Span, Flaherty  

The Mets may welcome back lefty Steven Matz sooner than later, David Lennon of Newsday reports on Twitter. Indeed, if he has a strong outing tomorrow at Triple-A, the club may allow him to make his next start at the major league level. That would obviously represent welcome news for the beleaguered Mets staff. Whether Matz…

2017-05-23 13:12:13
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Mets Notes: Robles, Cespedes, d'Arnaud, Rivera  

The Mets announced on Tuesday that they’ve optioned right-hander Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas. That’s a somewhat surprising and definitively unfortunate measure for the team to resort to, as Robles has emerged as a solid relief option for the Mets over the past two seasons. However, the 26-year-old has been shelled for 12 earned…

2017-05-23 10:20:23
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Top Prospect Promotions: Travis, Lamet  

Here are the latest top prospect promotions of note: The Red Sox have announced that first baseman Sam Travis has been called up for his first taste of the majors. The team demoted righty Hector Velazquez to create roster space. Travis, 23, missed much of last year with a torn ACL. He has hit well in 139…

2017-05-23 10:18:12
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MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read a transcript of Tuesday’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

2017-05-23 09:32:36
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Rockies Re-Sign Stephen Cardullo  

The Rockies have reached a new minor-league contract with outfielder/first baseman Stephen Cardullo, per a club announcement. He had been released recently, even as the sides contemplated a new contract. The 29-year-old Cardullo is expected to miss several months with a fractured wrist. That, evidently, explains the procedural moves; Cardullo will leave the 40-man roster…

2017-05-23 06:26:24
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Marco Hernandez To Undergo Shoulder Surgery  

Red Sox infielder Marco Hernandez will undergo surgery to repair his injured left shoulder on Friday and is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season, tweets Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Hernandez has been on the disabled list due to a left shoulder subluxation since May 4. The 24-year-old Hernandez hasn’t solidified…

2017-05-23 06:22:06
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Scouting Shohei Otani  

The assignment: Write a scouting report on Shohei Otani. Paint a very clear picture of Otani's pitching repertoire - including pitch grades and major league comparisons. And that’s just on the mound; gather similar information about his hitting (and perhaps even fielding) capabilities. The reality: I haven't seen Otani pitch or hit, other than on…

2017-05-23 02:50:57
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Astros Designate Andrew Aplin For Assignment  

The Astros announced that they’ve designated outfielder Andrew Aplin for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for right-hander Jordan Jankowski, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Fresno. The 26-year-old Aplin was a fifth-round pick of the Astros back in 2012, and while he reached Triple-A for the first time…

2017-05-22 20:11:13
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2017-18 Opt-Out Clause Update  

Recently, I took a quick look at all of the players with vesting options for the 2018 season, noting that many of the outcomes within will have significant ramifications for both the upcoming free-agent market and the future of those players’ respective teams. The implications are even greater for the eight players that have opt-out provisions of…

2017-05-22 16:14:04
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Cubs Designate Jake Buchanan  

The Cubs have designated righty Jake Buchanan, per a club announcement. His 40-man spot will go to lefty Zac Rosscup, whose contract was selected. In a corresponding move, right-hander Dylan Floro was optioned to Triple-A. Buchanan, 27, has seen limited MLB action in each of the past three seasons. He landed in Chicago early last…

2017-05-22 15:03:17
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Angels Option C.J. Cron To Triple-A  

The Angels announced on Monday that they’ve optioned first baseman/designated hitter C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled infielder Nolan Fontana in his place. Entering the season, Cron was a popular trade candidate once the Angels signed Luis Valbuena, as it was reported that Valbuena would spend quite a bit of time at first…

2017-05-22 12:55:05
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James Loney Granted Release From Braves  

Veteran first baseman James Loney asked for his release from the Braves and was granted that request, according to a club announcement. He had only just signed a minor-league deal with Atlanta last Thursday. The Braves were clearly searching for solutions in the wake of an injury to starting first baseman Freddie Freeman. While Loney…

2017-05-22 08:23:52
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Tigers Option Anibal Sanchez  

The Tigers have optioned veteran righty Anibal Sanchez to Triple-A, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters including Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter links). Sanchez, who would’ve had the right to reject any minor-league assignment, will return to working as a starter at Toledo. The move was driven by Sanchez himself, per Ausmus. He…

2017-05-22 07:31:47
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Quick Hits: Eibner, Torres, Padres, Gallo  

The Dodgers are experimenting with using outfielder Brett Eibner as a pitcher, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times writes. Eibner pitched in college and reached 95 MPH with his fastball, and he’s now working on developing secondary pitches; it remains to be seen, of course, how those would play against big-leaguers. The Dodgers’ plan is to…

2017-05-22 05:35:30
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Minor MLB Transactions: 5/22/17  

Here are Monday’s minor moves from around the league… The Astros will select the contract of right-hander Jordan Jankowski from Triple-A Fresno today, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com (Twitter link). He’s not on the 40-man roster, meaning the team will need to make another move to accommodate him. Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports…

2017-05-22 05:27:18
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Injury Notes: Hughes, Cano, Cahill, Karns  

Here are a few quick injury notes from around the league: The Twins have placed righty Phil Hughes on the DL with shoulder trouble, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press writes (all Twitter links). The extent of his current troubles aren’t yet known, although it’s worth noting that last year Hughes had season-ending shoulder surgery to relieve thoracic…

2017-05-22 05:14:52
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Nationals Notes: Harris, Robertson, Bullpen, Rotation  

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post shares an excellent look at Doug Harris’ road back to the Nationals following a diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia. Harris, the Nationals’ assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel, was away from the team for much of the 2016 season and underwent a bone marrow transplant early…

2017-05-22 02:47:33
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NL Notes: Pirates, Cardinals, Urias  

Pirates GM Neal Huntington says the team plans to spend money the team recently saved from Starling Marte’s PED suspension, Jung Ho Kang’s prolonged visa issues, and the release of Jared Hughes, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes. “As soon as that option becomes available, we'll gladly pour the money back into the club,” Huntington…

2017-05-21 20:19:53
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Diamondbacks Place Taijuan Walker On DL  

The Diamondbacks have placed right-hander Taijuan Walker on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, with a blister. His roster spot will go to left-hander T.J. McFarland, who’s coming off the DL. Injury notwithstanding, Walker has gotten off to a nice start in Arizona, which acquired him as part of an offseason trade that saw…

2017-05-21 18:41:59
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MLBTR Originals  

Here’s a look back at MLBTR’s original content from the past week. MLBTR contributor Chuck Wasserstrom continued his detailed look back at the 1992 expansion draft, from which the Rockies and Marlins assembled their first rosters. Part 3 came out this week; here are parts 1 and 2. “Eric Young turned out to be a heckuva ball…

2017-05-21 17:50:57
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NL Notes: Cardinals, Padres, Phillies  

The Cardinals were aggressive in trying to sign Cuban outfield prospect Luis Robert, but general manager John Mozeliak sensed the 19-year-old would end up elsewhere, writes Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Robert proved Mozeliak correct when he agreed to sign with the White Sox on Saturday. Ultimately, St. Louis wasn’t up to paying north of $50…

2017-05-21 13:22:10
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Padres Claim Chase d'Arnaud  

The Padres have claimed infielder Chase d’Arnaud off waivers from the Red Sox, tweets Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. D’Arnaud had been in limbo since the Red Sox designated him for assignment Thursday. This marks the second time a team has claimed d’Arnaud this season. The 30-year-old ended up with Boston last month shortly…

2017-05-21 13:03:28
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Eric Gagne Ends Comeback Attempt  

Former star closer Eric Gagne has elected to end his comeback bid, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation (Twitter link). The 41-year-old told Cotillo that he plans to turn his attention to coaching. Gagne, who last pitched in the majors in 2008 and retired for the first time in 2010, decided in February that he…

2017-05-21 12:56:08
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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Jays, Bucs, Cubs, Brewers, Yanks, Royals, Rays  

This week in baseball blogs: Blue Jays From Away and Jays Journal react to Toronto center fielder Kevin Pillar’s use of an anti-gay slur in a game against the Braves on Wednesday. North Shore Nine analyzes Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen’s precipitous decline. World Series Dreaming examines the struggles of Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. The First…

2017-05-21 11:10:36
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Padres Designate Luis Sardinas For Assignment  

The Padres have announced that they’ve designated infielder Luis Sardinas for assignment. The move comes in the wake of this afternoon’s news that the team had claimed another infielder, Chase d’Arnaud, from the Red Sox. Sardinas only turned 24 this week, has played in parts of four big-league seasons, and can play shortstop, second, or third.…

2017-05-21 07:39:23
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Minor MLB Transactions: 5/21/17  

Sunday’s minor moves from around baseball: The Marlins announced that they’ve selected the contract of right-hander Vance Worley, who will start their game against the Dodgers on Sunday. Worley hadn’t cracked the majors this year until now, having spent the first month-plus at Triple-A after inking a minor league deal in early April. The 29-year-old…

2017-05-21 07:17:01
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7 Trade Candidates Who Have Hurt Their Stock  

Major League Baseball’s 2017 season is already at the quarter pole, making it a reasonable time to begin evaluating potential trade candidates. Of the seven players featured below, five have found themselves in trade rumors dating back to last season. Meanwhile, the other two signed short-term contracts with bottom-feeding teams during the winter and, as…

2017-05-21 05:32:09
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Astros Place Brian McCann On DL, Select Juan Centeno's Contract  

The Astros have placed catcher Brian McCann on the seven-day concussion disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, and selected the contract of fellow backstop Juan Centeno from Triple-A, per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com (on Twitter). McCann is now the second prominent Astro to hit the DL since Saturday, joining ace Dallas Keuchel on the shelf. Like…

2017-05-21 03:57:12
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Royals Designate Al Alburquerque For Assignment  

The Royals have designated right-hander Al Alburquerque for assignment, tweets Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com. Alburquerque, whom the Royals signed to a minor league deal over the winter, debuted with the big club earlier this month and ended up tossing four innings before losing his 40-man spot. The 30-year-old gave up three earned runs on two…

2017-05-21 02:06:02
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David Wright Suffers Another Setback  

Mets third baseman David Wright was making progress in his recovery from a shoulder impingement last month, but the latest update on the seven-time All-Star isn’t nearly as promising. The Mets have halted Wright’s throwing program, assistant general manager John Ricco said earlier this week (via Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com; h/t: MetsBlog). It’s unclear when…

2017-05-21 01:39:06
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Rosenthal's Latest: Mets, Royals, D-backs, Brewers  

The Mets have not resumed contract extension talks with second baseman Neil Walker, and it’s doubtful they will before the offseason, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (video link). New York would rather enter the winter with flexibility at various positions than commit to Walker, with whom it discussed a three-year deal in the $40MM…

2017-05-20 19:01:32
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AL Notes: Red Sox, Athletics, White Sox, Tigers  

Speaking with Evan Drellich of CSNNE.com on Saturday, Athletics third baseman Trevor Plouffe confirmed that the Red Sox had interest in signing him as a free agent during the offseason. In the end, Plouffe chose to ink a deal with Oakland because it presented a clearer path to playing time at the hot corner than…

2017-05-20 15:44:41
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White Sox To Sign Luis Robert  

The White Sox have agreed to a deal with Cuban outfielder Luis Robert, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports.  Robert will earn a bonus in the range of $25MM-$30MM.  FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link) was the first to report that the two sides were “closing in” on a deal worth more than $25MM. Chicago has…

2017-05-20 14:04:29
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Blue Jays Place Aaron Sanchez On 10-Day DL; Designate Mike Ohlman For Assignment  

The Blue Jays have placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day DL with a right middle finger laceration.  This was one of several roster moves announced (Twitter links) by the team, a list that also notably included catcher Russell Martin returning from the DL, Kevin Pillar returning from a two-game suspension, catcher Mike Ohlman being…

2017-05-20 13:38:30
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Cafardo's Latest: Cole, Astros, Gordon, Peralta, Frazier  

The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo shares some hot stove rumblings and more in his latest notes column…. The Astros are “very interested” in Pirates righty Gerrit Cole.  Houston has been checking in on top-tier starters for months, so it makes sense that the team would have an eye on Cole’s availability.  Peter Gammons recently suggested…

2017-05-20 13:22:08
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Braves Acquire Enrique Burgos  

The Braves have acquired right-hander Enrique Burgos from the Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations, as announced via the D’Backs Twitter feed.

2017-05-20 12:11:19
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Shawn Tolleson Undergoes Tommy John Surgery  

Rays right-hander Shawn Tolleson underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week, as per a team announcement.  As per the surgery’s usual 12-15 month recovery timeline, Tolleson will miss the rest of this season and a big portion of the 2018 campaign.  It’s possible Tolleson could be on the high side of that timeframe since this…

2017-05-20 09:41:41
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Orioles Acquire Left-Hander Alex Katz From White Sox For Two International Pool Slots  

The Orioles have acquired left-hander Alex Katz from the White Sox in exchange for international signing bonus slots #45 and #75, the club announced (Twitter link).  The total value of those slots adds up to $756.3K (from Baseball America, here is the full list of slot values for the 2016-17 signing period, which ends on…

2017-05-20 08:28:24
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Braves Acquire Matt Adams  

The Braves have acquired first baseman Matt Adams and cash considerations from the Cardinals for minor league infielder Juan Yepez, according to an announcement from Atlanta. In a corresponding move, the Braves have designated catcher Anthony Recker for assignment. [RELATED: Updated Braves & Cardinals Depth Charts] The Braves already have one of the elite first…

2017-05-20 06:05:43
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Top 30 Trade Deadline Candidates For 2017  

It’s time to bring back our trade-deadline power rankings, drawing from our power ranking approach to pending free agents. As the summer trade market develops, you can expect more regular updates when modifications to the list are warranted. As with last year, the approach is pretty straightforward. We’re looking at both trade value and trade likelihood in compiling…

2017-05-20 05:37:49
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Astros To Place Dallas Keuchel On 10-Day DL  

The Astros will place ace Dallas Keuchel on the 10-day DL with a pinched nerve in his neck, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart (Twitter link) and others reported.  Left-hander Ashur Tolliver will be recalled in a corresponding move. The injury doesn’t seem particularly serious, as Keuchel is expected to only miss one start since the DL stint…

2017-05-20 05:35:57
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Minor MLB Transactions: 5/20/17  

Here are the latest minor moves from around the baseball world, with the newest transactions at the top of the post… Craig Gentry accepted his outright assignment to the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate, MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko tweets.  Gentry was outrighted off Baltimore’s 40-man roster earlier this week, and he had the option of rejecting that assignment…

2017-05-20 04:40:33
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Injury Notes: Price, Haniger, Kluber, Doolittle, Axford, Ramos, Jones, Ceciliani  

Here’s the latest on some injury situations from around the game: Red Sox lefty David Price only made it through two innings in his rehab outing tonight, as David Ricci of the Boston Globe reports. On the positive side, Price says that he felt that he was in good physical form during and after the outing. Still,…

2017-05-20 02:19:44
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AL East Notes: Bourn, Hicks, Donaldson  

Here’s the latest from around the AL East… Monday is Michael Bourn’s opt-out date in his minor league contract with the Orioles, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.  Bourn suffered a broken finger that sidelined him through most of Spring Training, which led the outfielder and the Orioles to agree to a new minors…

2017-05-20 01:24:45
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NL Central Notes: Peralta, Heyward, Happ, Reds, Cole  

Jhonny Peralta is back with the Cardinals after being activated from the disabled list, though Peralta told reporters (including Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) that he’ll have to adjust to being a part-time player for the first time in his career.  “Everybody is doing good and the team — we're in second place,”…

2017-05-20 01:16:13
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Anthony DeSclafani Cleared To Resume Throwing  

Reds righty Anthony DeSclafani has been cleared to resume throwing, according to John Fay of WCPO.com (via Twitter). DeSclafani has been out all year while resting a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. While the initial hope was that DeSclafani could begin working back within about a month of the diagnosis, that obviously wasn’t to be. Last…

2017-05-19 21:17:36
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Pirates Claim Jhan Marinez  

The Pirates have claimed righty Jhan Marinez off waivers from the Brewers, per a club announcement (h/t MLB.com’s Adam Berry, on Twitter). He had been designated for assignment earlier in the week. Marinez, an out-of-options reliever, has scuffled early in 2017, leading to his loss of a roster spot in Milwaukee. Over 16 2/3 frames,…

2017-05-19 14:20:47
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Tony Watson Hires Scott Boras  

Pirates closer Tony Watson has changed agencies and is now a client of Scott Boras, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The soon-to-be 32-year-old lefty will be a free agent following the 2017 campaign. Watson stepped into the ninth-inning spotlight for the Pirates last season following their trade of Mark Melancon to the Nationals, and…

2017-05-19 10:30:25
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Minor MLB Transactions: 5/19/17  

Here are today’s minor moves from around the game… The Marlins have announced that infielder Steve Lombardozzi cleared waivers and was sent outright to their Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans. The veteran could have rejected the outright assignment in favor of free agency but accepted and will continue on in New Orleans in hopes of…

2017-05-19 09:39:33
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Blue Jays To Promote Anthony Alford  

The Blue Jays are promoting top outfield prospect Anthony Alford to the Majors this afternoon, reports Jason Munz of the Hattiesburg American. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reported yesterday that the team has been debating a promotion for Alford. Alford, 22, entered the season as a consensus Top 100 prospect in the game, topping out at No. 55…

2017-05-19 07:24:39
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Mets Notes: Injuries, Granderson, Rosario  

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick takes a deep look at the Mets’ medical procedures and protocols in the wake of their injury woes. Crasnick notes on Twitter that he spent two weeks and conducted nearly 20 interviews for the piece, and the thoroughness is apparent in a must-read column that is rife with industry opinions and quotes…

2017-05-19 06:09:59
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White Sox, Cardinals Seen As Favorites To Sign Luis Robert  

The White Sox and Cardinals are seen as the two likeliest organizations to land standout Cuban youngster Luis Robert, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Sources say the same to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. That’s not to say that other teams aren’t still involved in pursuit of the 19-year-old phenom, who will officially be…

2017-05-19 04:34:59
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Rockies Release Stephen Cardullo  

The Rockies have released outfielder/first baseman Stephen Cardullo, as Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports (Twitter links). But the sides are already in discussions on a new minor-league deal to bring Cardullo back into the fold. Because Cardullo is out for a few months with a broken wrist, the organization has apparently worked out an arrangement with…

2017-05-19 03:38:48
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Dodgers Place Justin Turner On 10-Day DL  

6:22pm: Turner has only a Grade 1 strain and is expected to be ready within a “couple weeks,” Roberts told reporters including MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick (via Twitter). The club anticipates utilizing Logan Forsythe at times at third while Turner is out, the skipper added. 5:47pm: The Dodgers have placed third baseman Justin Turner on the 10-day…

2017-05-19 03:11:31
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Heyman's Latest: Nats, Cutch, Marlins, Cole, Cobb  

Jon Heyman of Fan Rag takes a look around the league in his latest notes columns. In addition to providing updates on every National League and American League team, he takes a particularly close look at the Nationals in separate posts. Let’s take a look at some of the items of particular relevance to the transactional…

2017-05-19 02:11:12
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2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings  

About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books.  The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme.  Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards.  Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those eligible for free agency after the…

2017-05-18 22:05:29
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Angels To Sign Doug Fister  

The Angels are in agreement with free-agent right-hander Doug Fister on a Major League contract, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). Fister is a client of PSI Sports Management. As of last week, the 33-year-old Fister was said to be close to signing, and Cotillo listed the Angels as one of five clubs in the…

2017-05-18 15:09:41
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Jung Ho Kang Loses Appeal Of DUI Sentencing  

A South Korean court has denied the appeal of infielder Jung Ho Kang over his sentencing in an offseason DUI charge, reports Jee-ho Yoo of Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. According to Yoo, the Seoul Central District Court upheld a suspended eight-month prison sentence for Kang, which now jeopardizes Kang’s career with the Pirates. Kang was…

2017-05-18 13:34:17
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Freddie Freeman Out Approximately 10 Weeks Due To Fractured Wrist  

2:22pm: The Braves announced that Freeman has indeed been placed on the disabled list, though their release indicates that Freeman will miss “approximately 10 weeks.” The Braves added that Ruiz has been recalled from Triple-A to replace Freeman on the roster. 1:33pm: As the Braves feared, first baseman Freddie Freeman suffered a fractured wrist in…

2017-05-18 12:11:21
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The Inner Monologue of @DimTillard Random Thoughts Vol. 1  

It’s 10:58am on Thursday May 18th, 2017.  I’m Milwaukee Brewers veteran MINOR league sidearm pitcher of over fourteen years, Tim Dillard.  Of course you haven’t heard of me, but that’s beside the point.  I’ve experienced a lot in my middlewhelming career, and have witnessed even more. 11:01am  Sometimes I write for MLB Trade Rumors… that…

2017-05-18 10:45:30
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Blue Jays Suspend Kevin Pillar For 2 Games  

The Blue Jays have issued a two-game suspension to center fielder Kevin Pillar, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports (links to Twitter). The 28-year-old has acknowledged and apologized for his use of a homophobic slur during an argument in last night’s game. Toronto handed down the decision after consulting with the league and player’s association, per GM Ross Atkins. The…

2017-05-18 09:15:05
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Freddie Freeman Headed For MRI, CT Scan On Injured Wrist  

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman exited Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays after being struck by a pitch on the left wrist, and David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that he’s headed for an MRI and a CT scan after initial X-rays of the wrist were inconclusive (Twitter links). Freeman was struck on the…

2017-05-18 06:45:16
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Red Sox Designate Chase d'Arnaud  

The Red Sox have designated infielder Chase d’Arnaud for assignment, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe (via Twitter). He’ll make way for righty Hector Velazquez, whose contract was selected. Boston also moved injured hurler Steven Wright to the 60-day DL. He was already expected to miss the entire season, so that was only…

2017-05-18 06:39:35
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NL West Notes: Bettis, Rox, Cahill, Cosart, Melancon  

Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis shared some good news today, via Instagram, announcing that he’s wrapped up his final session of chemotherapy. Bettis has yet to pitch this season after learning in Spring Training that the testicular cancer for which he underwent surgery this offseason had unexpectedly spread. While it’s not clear when he’ll be ready…

2017-05-18 06:10:52
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: 5/18/17  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with host Jeff Todd.

2017-05-18 06:06:48
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Braves To Sign James Loney  

5:12pm: It’s a minors pact, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweets. 3:46pm: The Braves have agreed to a deal with veteran free agent James Loney, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag reports on Twitter. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney had just reported via Twitter that a deal was close. It’s unclear at this time whether it’s a MLB deal, though that certainly seems…

2017-05-18 05:34:13
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Nationals Notes: McCutchen, Gio, Harper, Fedde, Ross  

Last December’s Andrew McCutchen trade talks between the Nationals and Pirates included top prospect Lucas Giolito and left-hander Gio Gonzalez, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Heyman notes that talks between Pittsburgh and Washington centered around three players, and he reported back in December that Giolito and minor league righty Dane Dunning were a part…

2017-05-18 03:45:19
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Rays Acquire Michael Martinez, Place Brad Miller On Disabled List  

The Rays have acquired infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez from the Indians in exchange for cash or a player to be named later and placed fellow infielder Brad Miller on the 10-day disabled list due to a left abdominal strain. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Martinez, Tampa Bay transferred Xavier Cedeno…

2017-05-18 01:03:08
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Marlins Designate Mike Aviles, Shake Up Pitching Staff  

The Marlins have announced a host of roster moves, with the club designating infielder Mike Aviles for assignment to open a 40-man and active roster spot. He’ll be replaced by fellow infielder Christian Colon, who was claimed yesterday. Righties Brian Ellington and Odrisamer Despaigne are coming up for Miami, as MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro tweeted last…

2017-05-17 13:20:01
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Orioles Designate Francisco Pena  

The Orioles have designated catcher Francisco Pena for assignment, per a club announcement. He’ll be replaced on the roster by righty reliever Stefan Crichton. Pena, 27, remained on the roster yesterday despite the fact that starting backstop Welington Castillo was activated from the disabled list. However, he survived only 24 hours, as the O’s understandably decided…

2017-05-17 10:59:37
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MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read the transcript for MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: May 17, 2017

2017-05-17 09:12:44
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NL Central Notes: Lackey Trade, Robert, Wacha, Happ, Theo  

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers a look back at the stunning 2014 trade that the Cardinals pulled off with the Red Sox. While the deadline swap that brought in John Lackey devastated the St. Louis clubhouse at the time — Allen Craig and Joe Kelly went to Boston — it looks quite good for…

2017-05-17 05:52:20
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Marlins Option Tom Koehler  

The Marlins announced following tonight’s game that right-hander Tom Koehler has been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. That’s a fairly surprising development not because of Koehler’s performance but simply due to the fact that the 30-year-old has been a mainstay in the Miami rotation since 2013. In fact, Koehler hasn’t thrown a single pitch in…

2017-05-17 03:46:55
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Pirates Place Gregory Polanco On 10-Day DL  

The Pirates have placed outfielder Gregory Polanco on the 10-day DL, as Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweets. The move was made retroactive to May 15th, and Pittsburgh has recalled Danny Ortiz to take his place on the active roster. Polanco is dealing with a left hamstring strain, which added to the shoulder troubles that…

2017-05-17 03:43:18
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AL West Notes: Astros, Diaz, Weber, Angels  

The Astros are lining up to pursue pitching at the trade deadline, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports writes. Houston has its sights set on a quality starter and left-handed reliever, per the report. That hasn’t really changed since the winter, of course, though the team has posted the best record in baseball to this point even…

2017-05-17 03:26:44
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AL Central Notes: Moncada, JDM, Royals, Almonte, Ervin  

White Sox fans hoping to see Yoan Moncada join the Major League club will definitely be waiting a bit longer, as Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports that the top prospect is expected to land on the minor league 7-day disabled list tomorrow (Twitter link). Moncada has been playing through a sore left thumb, and…

2017-05-17 01:40:17
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NL East Notes: Marlins, Mets, Ramirez, Fedde  

Though a potential ownership change has many Marlins fans hoping for an increased payroll, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal argues that any new owners should operate in familiar fashion and tear down the organization with an aggressive rebuild. Miami’s farm system is barren, and the team already has as much as $95MM committed to players in 2018.…

2017-05-17 01:19:22
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Inside The Draft Room: The 2009 Diamondbacks  

When you look back at the 2009 Arizona Diamondbacks draft, there are quite a few storylines that jump off the page at you. The Diamondbacks had eight selections over an 80-pick span from No. 16 in the first round to No. 95 in the third round - including a pair of first-round selections, a trio…

2017-05-17 01:11:46
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