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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



Yasmany Tomas To Undergo Core Surgery  

Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas is slated to undergo surgery for a core injury, per a club announcement. Details were not given on the exact nature of the procedure or the anticipated timeline. Tomas has been out since early June with successive groin injuries. Presumably, that’s the malady that will be treated tomorrow. Tomas had been…

2017-08-21 22:29:33
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Steven Matz To Undergo Elbow Surgery  

8:36pm: Matz will indeed undergo a procedure to reposition his ulnar nerve, the Mets have announced. That will be scheduled in the coming days, per the announcement. 4:52pm:Mets lefty Steven Matz is dealing with a nerve issue in his pitching elbow that will likely lead to a DL stint and may require surgery, according to…

2017-08-21 20:40:44
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: August Swaps, Verlander, Wild Cards  

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

2017-08-21 15:46:49
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Paul Janish To Retire, Join Rice University Coaching Staff  

Veteran utility infielder Paul Janish has been granted his release from the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate and “has left the club with plans to retire,” reports David Hall of the Virginian Pilot (on Twitter). Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com tweets that O’s skipper Buck Showalter confirmed the release, and Kubatko adds that Janish will join the coaching…

2017-08-21 15:05:27
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Submit Your Questions For This Week's MLBTR Mailbag  

In last week’s MLBTR Mailbag, Jeff Todd fielded questions on the Athletics’ chances of trading Jed Lowrie, Jay Bruce’s free agent stock, the Giants’ offseason outlook and some potentially available arms on the offseason trade market. If you have a question pertaining to August trades, 2017-18 free agency or any other topic we'd typically cover…

2017-08-21 14:30:33
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MLB Daily Roster Roundup: Anderson, Faria, Uehara  

IMPACT ROSTER MOVES CHC: C Rene Rivera added to 25-man roster; RP Koji Uehara activated from 10-Day DL; C Victor Caratini and RP Rob Zastryzny optioned to minors. | Cubs Depth Chart Rivera was the catcher and batted 7th in Sunday’s game. MIL: SP Chase Anderson activated from 10-Day DL; SP Brandon Woodruff optioned to minors. | Brewers Depth Chart The Brewers do not…

2017-08-21 06:40:44
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West Notes: Kershaw, Ray, Rangers, Padres  

Clayton Kershaw threw a simulated game today as he continues to work toward a return from his back injury, and Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweets that the Dodgers’ ace is now scheduled for a minor league rehab start this coming Saturday. McCullough cites Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt in reporting that Kershaw…

2017-08-21 06:40:32
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Quick Hits: Colon, Upton, D'Backs, Piscotty, Blue Jays, Anderson  

Bartolo Colon was the winning pitcher in the Twins’ 12-5 win over the Diamondbacks today, giving the 44-year-old another distinction in the record books.  Colon became the 18th pitcher in baseball history to record at least one win against all 30 big league teams.  The veteran righty was 0-2 in four previous career starts against…

2017-08-21 05:11:51
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Minor MLB Transactions: 8/21/17  

Here are Monday’s minor moves from around the league… The Twins are set to select the contract of right-hander Tim Melville to start one half of today’s doubleheader, as La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote this weekend. The 27-year-old journeyman signed a minor league pact with the Twins in June after…

2017-08-21 03:26:33
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Melvin Upton Requests & Receives Release From Giants  

The Giants have released veteran outfielder Melvin Upton after he requested his release, as Jon Heyman of Fan Rag first reported on Twitter. Upton, it seems, is hopeful of catching on with a contender down the stretch. Upton, who turns 33 today, caught on with the Giants in early April after he was released by…

2017-08-21 01:12:53
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NL Central Notes: Cozart, Piscotty, Brewers, Montero  

While Zack Cozart still stands out as a logical on-paper trade candidate, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that it doesn’t seem that much of a market has developed for the 31-year-old. That puts the Reds in a difficult position, as if no trade materializes, they’ll need to weigh whether to make Cozart a…

2017-08-21 01:08:29
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Dodgers Claim Jordan Jankowski From Astros  

The Dodgers have claimed right-hander Jordan Jankowski off waivers from the Astros, per an announcement from Los Angeles. The hurler had been in limbo since the Astros designated him for assignment this past Monday. [Updated Dodgers Depth Chart] A 34th-round pick of the Astros in 2012, Jankowski made his major league debut earlier this year…

2017-08-20 20:39:37
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MLBTR Originals  

Here’s the list of original content from the MLB Trade Rumors writing staff over the last seven days… Just hours after Steve Adams published the latest edition of the Top 25 August Trade Candidates ranking, the list already needed revising thanks to the news that Curtis Granderson (#2 on Steve’s list) had been dealt to…

2017-08-20 13:07:53
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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Stanton, Jays, Devers, Judge, D-backs, Braves, Twins  

This week in baseball blogs: BP Toronto argues that the Blue Jays should try to acquire the majors’ home run leader, Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. The Sports Tank is relieved the Red Sox didn’t trade for third baseman Todd Frazier last month, as failing to do so paved the way for the already fruitful…

2017-08-20 12:53:54
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Injury Notes: Astros, Kershaw, Price, Richards, Nats, Rays  

Astros superstar shortstop Carlos Correa is progressing toward a return from the torn left thumb ligament he suffered July 18. Correa will take batting practice on the field Tuesday for the first time since succumbing to the injury, and he could then embark on a rehab assignment, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters, including Ben DuBose…

2017-08-20 12:25:33
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Mariners Place Danny Espinosa On Release Waivers  

The Mariners have placed infielder Danny Espinosa on release waivers, according to a team announcement. Espinosa lasted less than a month with the Mariners, who signed him July 23. They recalled utilityman Taylor Motter from Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move. This is the second time this season a team has released Espinosa. The Angels,…

2017-08-20 11:22:33
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East News & Rumors: Sabathia, Stanton, Marlins, Nats  

Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia’s right knee was in so much pain during an unsuccessful Aug. 8 start against the Blue Jays that the 37-year-old feared he wouldn’t take the ball again, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. "I know that he was pretty emotional that night, because I think he thought he was…

2017-08-20 10:41:24
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Mets Acquire Jacob Rhame From Dodgers As PTBNL In Curtis Granderson Trade  

The Mets and Dodgers have completed their Curtis Granderson trade from Friday. New York announced that it has acquired minor league right-hander Jacob Rhame as the player to be named later in the swap. Rhame will report to Triple-A Las Vegas. [Updated Mets Depth Chart] The 24-year-old Rhame had been with LA since 2013, when…

2017-08-20 04:54:06
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NL Notes: Otani, Dodgers, Mets, Phillies  

Eight members of the Dodgers organization, including president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, were in Japan on Sunday to watch Nippon Ham Fighters star Shohei Otani, according to a report from Sponichi (translation courtesy of Kazuto Yamazaki of Beyond the Box Score, on Twitter). The two-way standout threw a 58-pitch bullpen session before the game…

2017-08-20 04:54:03
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Twins To Place Miguel Sano On 10-Day Disabled List  

Miguel Sano won’t join the Twins on their upcoming road trip and he is headed to the 10-day DL due to a stress reaction in his left shin, the slugger told reporters (including Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press).  No move has yet been announced by the team, though Mike Berardino of the…

2017-08-20 04:01:38
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MLB Daily Roster Roundup: Darvish, Kemp, Strasburg  

IMPACT ROSTER MOVES ATL: OF Matt Kemp activated from 10-Day DL; RP Matt Wisler recalled from minors; 2B/OF Micah Johnson optioned to minors; RP Luke Jackson (strained shoulder) placed on DL. | Braves Depth Chart CWS: SP Reynaldo Lopez (strained back) placed on 10-Day DL; RP Danny Farquhar has contract purchased from minors. | White Sox Depth Chart LAD: OF Curtis Granderson added to 25-man…

2017-08-20 03:40:13
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NL East Notes: Asdrubal, Phillips, Phillies, Koehler  

The latest from around the NL East… The Mets are receiving more trade interest in Asdrubal Cabrera, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.  Cabrera received some buzz prior to the deadline (with the Indians and Red Sox mentioned as two of the interested teams) though there haven’t been many rumblings about him yet this month.  The veteran…

2017-08-20 01:43:33
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Blue Jays Interested In Extending Marco Estrada  

Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada is scheduled to become a free agent in the offseason, but a trip to the open market isn’t a certainty. A member of the Toronto organization informed FanRag’s Robert Murray that there’s mutual interest in keeping Estrada in a Blue Jays uniform beyond this season. "The player loves Toronto, the…

2017-08-20 01:32:28
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NL Notes: Brewers, Rockies, Lucroy, Cards, Stanton  

A late-season reinforcement is on the way for the Brewers, who will see right-hander Chase Anderson return to their rotation Sunday in Colorado. Rookie left-hander Brandon Woodruff is headed back to Triple-A in a corresponding move. An oblique injury has kept Anderson from the mound since the end of June, before which he turned in…

2017-08-20 01:06:16
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Rays Claim Cesar Puello From Angels  

The Rays have claimed outfielder Cesar Puello off waivers from the Angels, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports (on Twitter). The Angels designated Puello for assignment last Saturday. The Rays organization will be the fifth for the 26-year-old Puello, who topped out at No. 77 among Baseball America’s 100 best prospects when he was with…

2017-08-19 21:52:36
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AL News & Rumors: Astros, Tigers, ChiSox, Jays  

There remains an outside chance that Houston will trade for Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander this month, as the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo hears from major league sources that the Astros haven’t closed the door on acquiring the fireballer. There have been a slew of reports since last month on the possibility of Verlander going to…

2017-08-19 20:39:34
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West Notes: Gomez, Renfroe, Astros  

The Rangers have announced that they’ve placed outfielder Carlos Gomez on the 10-day DL after having a cyst on his right shoulder excised. To take his place on the active roster, the Rangers have recalled infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock. Gomez has not played since last Sunday, but the Rangers were hopeful until recently that…

2017-08-19 18:54:06
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Dodgers Place Yu Darvish On 10-Day DL  

The Dodgers have formally announced that they’ve placed righty Yu Darvish on the 10-day DL with lower back tightness. They also officially activated outfielder Curtis Granderson, optioned outfielder Joc Pederson to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and recalled lefty Edward Paredes from Oklahoma City. Darvish’s injury is not expected to be serious, as GM Farhan Zaidi tells…

2017-08-19 17:29:11
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MLBTR Mailbag: Lowrie, Bruce, Giants, Controllable Starters  

Thanks as always for your questions! If yours wasn’t selected this week, you can always pose it in one of our weekly chats: Steve Adams at 2pm CST on Tuesdays, Jason Martinez at 6:30pm CST on Wednesdays, and yours truly at 2pm CST on Thursdays. Here are this week’s questions and answers: Why is it…

2017-08-19 13:05:39
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Cubs Claim Rene Rivera From Mets  

The Cubs have claimed catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the Mets, the teams have announced. To clear space for Rivera on their roster, the Cubs have designated righty Aaron Brooks for assignment. Rivera is the latest veteran to leave the Mets this month, following the trades of Jay Bruce, Neil Walker and Curtis Granderson. The…

2017-08-19 12:20:08
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Minor MLB Transactions: Cardinals, Mariners, Phillies, Athletics  

Here are today’s minor moves from around the league. The Cardinals have announced that they’ve selected the contract of righty Josh Lucas, optioning fellow righty Mike Mayers (who allowed five runs against Pittsburgh yesterday) to Triple-A Memphis to clear space. The 26-year-old Lucas is a former 21st-round pick and took a slow path through the minors, but he’s…

2017-08-19 12:11:29
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Dodgers To Option Joc Pederson  

In the wake of yesterday’s acquisition of Curtis Granderson, the Dodgers appear set to demote fellow outfielder Joc Pederson. There hasn’t been any official confirmation of the move, but various beat writers noted earlier today that Pederson’s locker was empty, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has seemingly confirmed the decision, telling reporters (including the Orange County…

2017-08-19 10:28:03
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5 Key Stories: Brewers Nab Walker, Dodgers Get Granderson  

Here are five top stories from throughout the week here at MLBTR. Brewers acquire Neil Walker. The Brewers made a significant move to upgrade their infield, acquiring second baseman Neil Walker from the Mets (plus a bit of salary relief) for a player to be named later. Walker had previously cleared waivers, meaning the Mets were…

2017-08-19 09:50:16
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Blue Jays Acquire Tom Koehler  

The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Tom Koehler and cash considerations from the Marlins for minor league righty Osman Gutierrez, according to announcements from both teams. Gutierrez will report to Single-A Greensboro with his new organization. [RELATED: Updated Blue Jays Depth Chart] Koehler, who’s on a $5.75MM salary and has another year of arbitration eligibility…

2017-08-19 09:09:33
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Yankees Notes: Chapman, Estrada, Tanaka  

Not even a full season into signing a five-year, $86MM contract – a record deal for a reliever – Aroldis Chapman is out as the Yankees’ closer, manager Joe Girardi announced Saturday, per Erik Boland of Newsday (Twitter link). The move isn’t necessarily permanent, however, but a measure to “try and get him right,” said…

2017-08-19 07:56:43
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Dodgers Acquire Curtis Granderson  

The Dodgers have officially struck a deal to land outfielder Curtis Granderson from the Mets for cash or a player to be named later. Granderson took the second spot on MLBTR’s list of the top 25 August trade candidates earlier this evening; now, he’s headed out west in search of a ring. While the Dodgers are…

2017-08-19 06:10:56
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Offseason Primer: The New Qualifying Offer Rules  

Introduced as a more straightforward method of free agent compensation than the old Type A/Type B free agent designations, the qualifying offer has led to its own set of controversies over its five offseasons of existence.  Some players and agents felt that the attachment of a first-round draft pick to the signings of players who…

2017-08-19 05:23:34
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MLB Daily Roster Roundup: Kiermaier, Lester, Scherzer  

IMPACT ROSTER MOVES CHC: SP Jon Lester (shoulder fatigue) and RP Justin Grimm (finger infection) placed on 10-Day DL; RP Felix Peña and Rob Zastryzny recalled from minors. | Cubs Depth Chart Mike Montgomery will move to the rotation while Lester is out. CIN: OF Scott Schebler activated from 10-Day DL; SP Scott Feldman (knee inflammation) placed on 10-Day DL. | Reds Depth Chart Schebler was…

2017-08-19 02:23:12
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NL Notes: Phillies, Rockies, Cardinals, Price  

Phillies righty Zach Eflin left yesterday’s game with shoulder discomfort, and while there’s no indication yet that the injury is serious, it continues a pattern for Phillies starters that’s likely to lead to the team pursuing rotation help this winter, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki writes. The ten starters the Phillies have used this year include two pitchers…

2017-08-19 01:52:17
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Nationals Place Max Scherzer On 10-Day DL  

The Nationals have placed ace righty Max Scherzer on the 10-day DL, per a club announcement. He was scratched from his start tonight after experiencing inflammation on the left side of his neck. It’s somewhat alarming to hear that Scherzer again wasn’t able to go after leaving a prior start with neck problems. That prior…

2017-08-18 22:56:43
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Angels Claim Noe Ramirez  

The Angels announced on Friday that they’ve claimed right-handed reliever Noe Ramirez off waivers from the Red Sox and optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake. Ramirez, 27, was designated for assignment yesterday. The claim represents a potential homecoming for Ramirez, who is from the L.A. area and played his college ball at Cal State Fullerton.…

2017-08-18 19:28:49
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Top 25 August Trade Candidates  

Since last week’s iteration of this list ran, the Mets have traded Jay Bruce (No. 2) to the Indians and Neil Walker (No. 2o) to the Brewers. Meanwhile, the White Sox traded Tyler Clippard (No. 7) to the Astros, and Ian Kinsler (No. 12) was pulled off waivers by the Tigers following a claim from…

2017-08-18 18:45:24
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Mark Melancon Weighing Surgery For Unknown Injury  

Giants reliever Mark Melancon is considering undergoing surgery, he told reporters today, including Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (links to Twitter). The veteran righty declined to disclose the precise nature of the injury, but did indicate it is not an elbow ligament problem. Whatever the malady, it has evidently plagued Melancon for quite some…

2017-08-18 17:35:40
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Blue Jays Re-Sign Taylor Cole To Minors Deal  

The Blue Jays announced on Friday that they’ve re-signed right-hander Taylor Cole to a minor league contract after releasing him earlier this week. Cole, 27, missed the first several months of the season on the disabled list but worked his way back to toss 12 2/3 scoreless innings across three minor league levels before making…

2017-08-18 16:04:12
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Cardinals Place Adam Wainwright On 10-Day DL  

The Cardinals have placed righty Adam Wainwright on the 10-day DL with an elbow impingement, as MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports on Twitter and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had previously indicated (Twitter links). He’ll be replaced on the roster by righty Mike Mayers. It isn’t yet clear just how serious the issue is for…

2017-08-18 13:22:06
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Royals Put Joakim Soria On 10-Day DL With Oblique Strain  

The Royals announced Friday that setup man Joakim Soria has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. The move is retroactive to Aug. 16, so Soria can be activated on the 26th of this month, but oblique injuries often require upwards of a month to fully heal. Right-hander Kevin McCarthy…

2017-08-18 08:27:15
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Injury Notes: Lester, Wainwright, Cervelli, Feldman, Tomas  

Jon Lester’s start yesterday lasted just 1 2/3 innings and ended with the Cubs lefty calling for the trainer before exiting with an 8-0 deficit. The Cubs’ initial diagnosis on Lester was tightness in his left lat muscle, though he headed out to see a specialist in Chicago yesterday afternoon. Following that examination, the Cubs…

2017-08-18 06:55:22
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Twins Notes: Garver, Colon, Enns, Ervin, Rosario  

In the wake of Robbie Grossman’s fractured thumb, the Twins are turning to one of their top organizational prospects. Catcher Mitch Garver, who ranked ninth on Fangraphs’ summer edition of the team’s top prospects, is being called up to the Majors, the club announced. In addition to his work behind the plate, the 26-year-old Garver…

2017-08-18 05:45:44
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MLB Daily Roster Roundup: Peralta, Perkins, Rosenthal  

IMPACT ROSTER MOVES ARZ: OF David Peralta was reinstated from Paternity Leave List; SP Anthony Banda optioned to minors. | Diamondbacks Depth Chart Peralta played RF and batted 1st in Thursday’s game. Banda was scheduled to pitch on Sunday. No word on who will replace him in the rotation. MIN: RP Glen Perkins activated from 60-Day DL; SP Aaron Slegers and…

2017-08-18 05:10:44
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Cubs Place Jon Lester On Disabled List  

The Cubs announced that they’ve placed left-hander Jon Lester and right-hander Justin Grimm on the 10-day disabled list due to left shoulder fatigue and an infected right index finger, respectively. It’s the first trip to the disabled list for Lester since 2011. Left-hander Rob Zastryzny and right-hander Felix Pena have been recalled from Triple-A Iowa…

2017-08-18 03:37:38
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The Top 10 Rookies Of 2017  

With the 2017 Major League Baseball season three-quarters of the way over, we’ve seen no shortage of rookies* burst on the scene as potential long-term building blocks for their respective teams. Here, we’ll take a look at those who have enjoyed the finest introductions to the big leagues thus far. 1.) Aaron Judge, RF, Yankees:…

2017-08-18 02:56:12
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Heyman's Latest: Astros, Verlander, Samardzija, Rays, Mets, Dickey  

In his weekly Inside Baseball column, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag takes a look at the tightly packed AL Wild Card race. He also provides some notes from both the American League and National League. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of relevance to the transactional landscape: While the Astros could still conceivably renew their…

2017-08-18 02:46:18
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New Marlins Ownership Group Still Seeking Equity, Will Replace Samson  

One week back, we learned that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had finally struck a deal to sell the organization to an investment group led by legendary shortstop Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman. But that was only the beginning of the process to finalize the deal. Notably, there’s still a possibility of changes to the financial…

2017-08-18 01:04:11
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: Verlander, Jays, Stanton, Braves Rotation  

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

2017-08-17 22:05:25
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Nationals Activate Shawn Kelley, Place Ryan Madson On 10-Day DL  

The Nationals have swapped out right-handed relievers, per a club announcement. Shawn Kelley has returned from a long run on the disabled list, replacing Ryan Madson on the active roster. Madson is headed for his own DL stint. Kelley has been out since the middle of June with a trap strain. Before that, though, it was…

2017-08-17 20:27:32
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Robbie Grossman Diagnosed With Fractured Thumb  

Twins outfielder/DH Robbie Grossman has been diagnosed with a fractured left thumb, the club announced (h/t Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, on Twitter). Grossman’s prognosis is not yet known, but it seems clear he’ll require a DL stint of some duration. The Twins have come to lean rather heavily on the switch-hitter over the…

2017-08-17 19:43:01
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Orioles Outright Ruben Tejada  

The Orioles announced that infielder Ruben Tejada has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Norfolk. Tejada’s removal from the roster clears way for Ryan Flaherty, who has been reinstated from the disabled list, according to the team. Injuries to Flaherty and J.J. Hardy created an opening for Tejada on Baltimore’s big league roster,…

2017-08-17 19:02:33
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Players Clearing Revocable Waivers: Thursday  

As August wears on, more and more players are being put through revocable trade waivers. Here’s today’s list of names that have not only been placed on revocable waivers but have also gone unclaimed and are now free to be traded to any team… White Sox starters Derek Holland, Miguel Gonzalez and James Shields have…

2017-08-17 16:53:19
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Minor MLB Transactions: 8/17/17  

Here are Thursday’s minor moves from around the game… The Brewers announced last night that right-hander Michael Blazek has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Milwaukee designated the 28-year-old for assignment on Sunday, though he hasn’t been with the big league club since allowing six home runs in an eight-run shellacking at…

2017-08-17 11:51:03
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Phillies Designate Pedro Beato, Select Contract Of Pedro Florimon  

The Phillies have designated righty Pedro Beato for assignment. He’ll make way for the activation of infielder Pedro Florimon, who is joining the active roster. Beato made just one appearance for the Phils before landing on the DL, though he did return to the majors for the first time since 2014. He had spent each…

2017-08-17 07:59:01
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Rubby De La Rosa To Undergo Tommy John Surgery  

Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa will require Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, manager Torey Lovullo announced today. This will mark the second Tommy John procedure of De La Rosa’s career, as he had the same surgery back in 2011. It’s obviously discouraging news for the 28-year-old…

2017-08-17 07:44:19
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Twins Activate Glen Perkins  

After spending more than 16 months on the shelf thanks to a shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery to reattach the labrum to the bone, left-hander Glen Perkins has been activated from the 60-day disabled list, the Twins announced. To make room on the roster, Minnesota put fellow lefty Dietrich Enns on the 10-day DL…

2017-08-17 06:52:16
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NL Notes: Stanton, Spangenberg, Hernandez, Reds  

The Marlins are “willing to engage” other clubs in trade talks regarding Giancarlo Stanton, tweets MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. That much has already been clear — Yahoo’s Jeff Passan indicated yesterday that four clubs had already had some level of dialogue with the Marlins regarding Stanton, who has cleared revocable waivers — but Morosi adds that…

2017-08-17 06:08:07
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Red Sox Designate Noe Ramirez For Assignment  

The Red Sox announced on Thursday that they’ve designated right-handed reliever Noe Ramirez for assignment. Ramirez’s roster spot will go to lefty Roenis Elias, who has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Ramirez, 27, totaled 4 2/3 innings in two appearances with Boston this season and has posted a…

2017-08-17 05:42:31
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MLB Daily Roster Roundup: Goodwin, Montero, Weaver  

IMPACT ROSTER MOVES SDP: SP Jered Weaver announced retirement. | Padres Depth Chart Weaver had been on the disabled list with hip inflammation since May 20th. He finishes his career with 150 wins in 331 starts.  TOR: C Miguel Montero activated from 10-Day DL; RP Dominic Leone reinstated from Bereavement List; C Michael Ohlman and RP J.P. Howell…

2017-08-17 02:59:22
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Cardinals Place Trevor Rosenthal On 10-Day DL  

The Cardinals have placed reliever Trevor Rosenthal on the 10-day DL with what the team is calling right posterior elbow irritation, per an announcement. Young righty Luke Weaver has been recalled to take his spot on the active roster. Rosenthal had recently regained the team’s closer role, turning in quality results as the Cards surged…

2017-08-17 02:23:37
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: Nationals, Stanton, Verlander  

Click here to view the transcript for MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: August 16, 2017

2017-08-16 16:17:17
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Athletics Acquire Sam Moll  

The Athletics have acquired lefty Sam Moll from the Rockies, per an announcement from the Colorado organization. Cash considerations or a player to be named later will make up the return for Moll, who had been designated for assignment recently. Moll, a 2013 third-rounder, showed enough to earn a 40-man spot but had yet to…

2017-08-16 12:35:30
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Nationals Select Contract Of Alejandro De Aza, Place Brian Goodwin On DL  

The Nationals have made yet another move in the outfield after losing a player to injury. As Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post first reported (via Twitter), Washington will select the contract of veteran Alejandro De Aza and place Brian Goodwin on the DL with a left groin strain. To open a 40-man spot, the Nationals moved…

2017-08-16 11:20:19
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Luhnow: “Expectations Very Low” For Astros To Add Starter  

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow suggested today that he doesn’t anticipate making another significant acquisition this month. In an appearance on the Josh Innes Show on SportsTalk 790, the Houston executive said in particular that the team isn’t likely to add a starter. "Right now I would set expectations very low that anything happens between now…

2017-08-16 10:42:14
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White Sox Recently Extended Kenny Williams, Rick Hahn  

Earlier this summer, the White Sox extended the contracts of executive vice president Kenny Williams and general manager Rick Hahn, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports in the course of a lengthy interview with long-time club owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Precise terms are not known, but both have received new long-term deals, per the report. Reinsdorf also discussed the…

2017-08-16 09:57:06
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Minor MLB Transactions: 8/16/17  

Here are some of the latest minor moves from around the game, courtesy of Baseball America’s Matt Eddy except where otherwise noted: The Mariners outrighted right-hander Christian Bergman to Triple-A after he cleared waivers, per a club announcement. Bergman, 29, had the right to opt for free agency now or at the end of the season; given…

2017-08-16 08:34:49
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8 Candidates To Be Acquired Via Waiver Claim  

Following the July non-waiver trade deadline, revocable waivers present obstacles for teams wishing to trade players on their 40-man rosters. If a player clears waivers, his team can trade him anywhere. If he’s claimed on waivers, though, the player’s team can only trade him to the team that claims him. Occasionally, though, when a player…

2017-08-16 08:26:33
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Blue Jays Designate J.P. Howell, Mike Ohlman  

The Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that they’ve designated veteran left-hander J.P. Howell and catcher Mike Ohlman for assignment. The moves will clear roster space for right-hander Dominic Leone (activated from the bereavement list) and catcher Miguel Montero (activated from the 10-day disabled list). Howell, 34, has been limited to 11 innings this year due…

2017-08-16 07:51:20
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Jered Weaver Announces Retirement  

Padres right-hander Jered Weaver has announced his retirement through a team press release. The former Angels ace had an impressive 12-year career in the majors. Weaver, 34, had been on the disabled list for much of the season with hip issues. In a statement, he explained that he has not been able to get back to health.…

2017-08-16 04:59:10
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Athletics Designate Zach Neal  

The Athletics have designated righty Zach Neal for assignment, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee (via Twitter). Presumably, the move was made to open a 40-man spot for the just-added Sam Moll. Neal, 28, has functioned as an optionable swingman for Oakland over the past two years, with an unusual blend of elite control and (at…

2017-08-16 02:23:41
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Injury Notes: Tanaka, Angels, Diekman, Wahl, Lugo, Nats  

Masahiro Tanaka is on the disabled list due to some inflammation in his shoulder, but he could be back with the Yankees as soon as next week, per WFAN’s Sweeny Murti (Twitter link). Murti also notes that lefty CC Sabathia is slated to come off the DL on Saturday. Tanaka will throw a bullpen session…

2017-08-16 02:17:14
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MLB Daily Roster Roundup: Barraclough, Freeland, Polanco  

IMPACT ROSTER MOVES CIN: C Devin Mesoraco (fractured foot) placed on 10-Day DL. | Reds Depth Chart COL: SP Kyle Freeland activated from 10-Day DL; RP Zac Rosscup optioned to minors. | Rockies Depth Chart  MIA: RP Kyle Barraclough activated from 10-Day DL; RP Jarlin Garcia (strained biceps) placed on 10-Day DL. | Marlins Depth Chart | Closer Depth Chart NYM: SP Robert Gsellman activated from 10-Day DL; SP Seth Lugo (shoulder impingement)…

2017-08-16 02:03:27
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East Notes: Yankees, Mets, Nava, Orioles, De Leon  

Both the Yankees and Mets acted rationally with their approaches in trades this summer, opines Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Yankees showed a willingness to deal from the middle range of their considerable prospect depth to avoid luxury taxation, as they did with the Jaime Garcia trade and reportedly tried to do…

2017-08-16 01:03:57
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Angels Outright Damien Magnifico  

The Angels announced on Tuesday that right-hander Damien Magnifico has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Double-A Mobile. Magnifico remains with the organization, but the Halos now have a vacancy on their 40-man roster. Magnifico, 26, appeared in just one game for the Angels this season and faced only three batters, none of whom…

2017-08-15 20:52:45
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Athletics Acquire Chris Hatcher  

The Athletics announced that they’ve acquired right-hander Chris Hatcher from the Dodgers in exchange for $500K in international bonus money. Hatcher’s roster spot will go to infielder/outfielder Rob Segedin, who has been activated from the 60-day disabled list, the Dodgers announced. The 32-year-old Hatcher has struggled in each of the past two seasons with the…

2017-08-15 20:35:18
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Marco Estrada Claimed On Revocable Waivers  

5:22pm: Toronto manager John Gibbons bluntly told reporters that he doesn’t expect Estrada to go anywhere (via MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm). “Yeah, but nothing is going to happen,” said the skipper. “We need him. Most guys go through that; most of them probably get claimed anyway. Nothing’s going to happen.” Gibbons went on to indicate that…

2017-08-15 17:46:39
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: Darvish, Estrada, Awards, Opt-Outs  

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

2017-08-15 13:54:50
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AL Central Notes: Kinsler, Perkins, White Sox, Chisenhall, Brantley  

After being tossed from yesterday’s game, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was blunt (to say the least) when voicing his displeasure with veteran umpire Angel Hernandez today (via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News and Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press). “I don't know how, for as many years he's been in the league,…

2017-08-15 11:23:30
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Mariners Designate Christian Bergman For Assignment  

The Mariners have designated right-hander Christian Bergman for assignment, per a team announcement. Bergman’s DFA is but one of several moves from the Mariners, who have also selected the contract of southpaw Andrew Albers (as was reported by MLB.com’s Greg Johns yesterday), recalled righty Sam Gaviglio from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned right-handers Casey Lawrence and…

2017-08-15 11:11:31
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10 Pitchers Lining Up Big First-Time Arbitration Salaries  

No MLB team would evaluate a player based only upon his accumulation of traditional, outcome-oriented statistics. But one of the game’s primary mechanisms for determining compensation — the arbitration process — remains rooted in the kinds of numbers that once dominated the backs of baseball cards. On occasion, that disconnect can boost a player’s arb earning…

2017-08-15 08:06:44
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Astros, Tigers Still Discussing Possible Justin Verlander Swap  

11:31am: The clubs have not been in touch “for a few days” and remain “apart,” Heyman now tweets. 10:31am: The Astros remain engaged with the Tigers about a possible deal that would send star righty Justin Verlander to Houston, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. Verlander has cleared revocable waivers, meaning he can be freely dealt…

2017-08-15 06:46:41
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MLB Daily Roster Roundup: Fulmer, McCann, Peralta  

IMPACT ROSTER MOVES ARZ: OF David Peralta placed on Paternity Leave List. | Diamondbacks Depth Chart Gregor Blanco played LF and batted 1st in Peralta’s place on Monday. COL: SP Chad Bettis recalled from minors; RP Carlos Estevez optioned to minors. | Rockies Depth Chart  DET: SP Michael Fulmer activated from 10-Day DL; RP Bruce Rondon optioned to minors. | Tigers Depth Chart HOU: C Brian…

2017-08-15 05:43:06
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Minor MLB Transactions: 8/15/17  

Here are the day’s minor moves: Veteran righty Edward Mujica has been outrighted to Triple-A by the Tigers after clearing waivers, per a club announcement. It is not immediately clear whether Mujica has accepted the assignment; he’d have the right to decline it, or instead to elect free agency at the end of the year. The…

2017-08-15 05:14:15
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Mets Acquire Travis Snider, Sign Neil Wagner  

The Mets have announced two minor acquisitions, with outfielder Travis Snider joining the club through a trade with the Rangers and righty Neil Wagner signing a minors deal with the organization. Both players will head to Triple-A Las Vegas. Snider, 29, comes over in a minor swap with the Rangers. He did not need to clear waivers…

2017-08-15 04:34:22
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NL Notes: Bettis, Granderson, Familia, Baker, Roberts, Davis  

Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis made his return to the major league hill tonight after a long road back following treatment for testicular cancer. To call it a success would be an understatement: Bettis, 28, scattered six hits over seven scoreless frames. MLBTR congratulates him on an inspiring return to the game’s highest level of competition. Here’s more…

2017-08-15 03:05:13
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Giancarlo Stanton Clears Revocable Waivers  

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has cleared revocable waivers, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. While it is far from clear that Stanton is going to end up being traded this month, that’s now possible. He joins a list of other veterans that are known to have made it through waivers without being claimed. Passan…

2017-08-15 02:35:30
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Devin Mesoraco Diagnosed With Fractured Foot  

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has once again been hit with an injury, this time a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot, per Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer (Twitter link). More will be known about his prognosis once he is examined by team doctors. Significant hip and shoulder problems have limited the…

2017-08-15 02:10:58
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Blue Jays Release Chris Coghlan  

The Blue Jays announced that veteran infielder/outfielder Chris Coghlan has been given his unconditional release after being designated for assignment over the weekend. Coghlan, 32, appeared in 36 games for the Blue Jays and totaled 88 plate appearances in 2017. However, the former National League Rookie of the Year didn’t fare too well in his…

2017-08-15 01:39:11
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Blue Jays Select Tim Mayza's Contract, Release Taylor Cole  

The Blue Jays announced on Monday that they’ve selected the contract of left-hander Tim Mayza from Triple-A Buffalo. In order to clear roster space, Toronto has optioned right-hander Leonel Campos back to Buffalo and given righty Taylor Cole his unconditional release. Cole’s release comes on the heels of a tough MLB debut, during which he…

2017-08-14 18:39:53
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Astros Place Brian McCann On DL, Designate Jordan Jankowski  

The Astros have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day DL and designated righty Jordan Jankowski for assignment, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports (Twitter links). Jankowski will lose his 40-man spot to allow the club to select the contract of Max Stassi, who is needed to fill in for McCann. It isn’t yet known…

2017-08-14 14:22:04
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2017 Opt-Out Clause Update  

The last look we took at the handful of players with opt-out clauses following the 2017 season was more than a month ago, and a few of their situations may have changed since that early July check-in. Here’s an update on this group of potential free agents… [Related: MLBTR Free Agent Power Rankings: August Edition]…

2017-08-14 12:50:43
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AL Central Notes: Verlander, Miller, Lopez, Sox  

Too often overlooked in the general talk about Justin Verlander’s contract serving as an impediment to a theoretical trade is the amount of leverage that Verlander’s no-trade clause gives him, opines ESPN’s Buster Olney. Verlander currently can’t become a free agent until after his age-36 season, but his recent return to form would give him…

2017-08-14 11:27:04
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Mariners To Select Contract Of Andrew Albers  

The Mariners will select the contract of just-acquired lefty Andrew Albers, per MLB.com’s Greg Johns (via Twitter). He’ll step into the rotation spot that opened when James Paxton hit the DL. It’s not yet known how the M’s will clear roster space, but corresponding moves will need to be made before the scheduled start tomorrow.…

2017-08-14 08:58:48
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AL West Notes: Astros, Felix, Phelps, A's, Rangers  

The Astros acquired Tyler Clippard last night and swung a deal to acquire Francisco Liriano prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, but they’re still on the lookout for relief upgrades, tweets MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal. Specifically, Houston hopes to add another left-handed reliever. Of course, with the best record in the American League, Houston won’t…

2017-08-14 06:50:03
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