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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



Injury Notes: Castro, Werth, Rodon, Finnegan, McCarthy  

Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro left last night’s game with a right hamstring strain, as MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch writes. The severity of the injury isn’t yet clear — he’ll head for an MRI today — but Castro did say that he hopes he can avoid a DL stint. If a roster move is needed, though,…

2017-06-27 07:48:41
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Minor MLB Transactions: 6/26/17  

Here are the day’s minor moves: Righty Keyvius Sampson has signed on with the Marlins on a minors deal, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter). The 26-year-old threw 91 2/3 MLB innings for the Reds in the past two seasons, struggling to a 5.60 ERA while allowing 16 long balls and 53 walks to go…

2017-06-27 04:34:16
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Draft Signings: 6/27/17  

Here are the latest draft signings of note: The Astros have landed second-round pick Joe Perez, according to MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo (via Twitter). He’ll take home a $1.6MM bonus that exceeds the 53rd overall pick’s slot value of $1.265MM. Perez is coming off of Tommy John surgery, but he has a big arm that led to…

2017-06-27 04:25:15
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Jae-gyun Hwang Likely To Opt Out Of Giants Deal If Not Promoted  

Third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang suggested in an interview with Korean media that he expects to opt out of his contract with the Giants if he is not added to the major league roster in the coming days (via Jee-ho Yoo of Yonhap News Agency). Hwang’s deal allows him to force the team to promote or release…

2017-06-27 01:18:28
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Bryan Morris To Elect Free Agency  

Right-handed reliever Bryan Morris, who was designated for assignment by the Giants over the weekend, has cleared waivers and will elect free agency rather ...

2017-06-26 21:24:15
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Rockies Place Carlos Gonzalez, Tyler Anderson On 10-Day DL  

The Rockies have placed both outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and southpaw Tyler Anderson on the 10-day DL, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports on ...

2017-06-26 19:36:26
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Nationals To Sign Francisco Rodriguez  

7:27pm: A deal is now in place, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post (Twitter link). 3:09pm: The Nationals and veteran right-hander Francisco Rodriguez are nearing agreement ...

2017-06-26 18:59:34
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Zach Putnam Undergoes Tommy John Surgery  

White Sox righty Zach Putnam has undergone Tommy John surgery, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago was among those to tweet. He’s expected to miss ...

2017-06-26 15:07:33
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Taking Inventory: Miami Marlins  

This is the 10th entry in MLBTR’s Taking Inventory Series. Click for entries on the White Sox, Royals, Phillies, Pirates, Giants, Padres, Reds, Braves and Tigers. While the Marlins have played better of late, they face an uphill climb just to get to within striking distance of postseason contention. The signs point to moving some veteran assets,…

2017-06-26 12:30:57
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Yankees Place Aaron Hicks On DL, Activate Jacoby Ellsbury  

The Yankees announced today that they’ve placed Aaron Hicks on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained right oblique muscle. In his place, they’ve activated Jacoby Ellsbury from the 7-day concussion disabled list. Additionally, the Yanks optioned lefty Tyler Webb and outfielder Mason Williams to Triple-A and recalled infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder and righty Ronald…

2017-06-26 08:47:18
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Rays Acquire Adeiny Hechavarria  

5:16pm: Both clubs have announced the deal, making it official. 2:26pm: The Rays and Marlins have reportedly agreed to a trade that will send shortstop ...

2017-06-26 08:21:44
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5 Key Stories: 6/17/17 – 6/24/17  

Here are the top stories from the past week at MLBTR… Mets, Tigers ready to discuss selling veterans at the deadline.  With 2017 increasingly looking like a lost season for both teams, both Detroit and New York are reportedly open to moving some established stars to free up payroll space and acquire some young talent. …

2017-06-26 06:06:31
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Rockies Acquire Zac Rosscup From Cubs For Matt Carasiti  

The Rockies and Cubs have announced a swap of pitchers, with the Rockies adding the southpaw Zac Rosscup out of DFA limb. Heading to ...

2017-06-26 05:45:06
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Taking Inventory: New York Mets  

This is the 11th entry in MLBTR's Taking Inventory Series. Click for entries on the White Sox, Royals, Phillies, Pirates, Giants, Padres, Reds, Braves, Tigers, and ...

2017-06-26 05:43:59
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Trade Rumblings: Pirates, Hechavarria, Gyorko, Harvey  

Since the Pirates plan to contend in 2018, they could pursue a “soft sell” at the deadline rather than unload major pieces, Fangraphs’ Travis Sawchik writes.  This would mean keeping big names like Andrew McCutchen or Gerrit Cole unless they receive offers too good to ignore, while perhaps being open to moving the likes of…

2017-06-26 02:52:29
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Nationals In Talks With Francisco Rodriguez  

Right-hander Francisco Rodriguez, who was recently released by the Tigers, is being pursued by the Nationals and is likely to end up signing there, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (via Twitter). The Nationals, of course, have a clear need for bullpen help, and while K-Rod has been torched to this point of the 2017…

2017-06-26 02:20:25
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Reds Activate Brandon Finnegan, Move Bronson Arroyo To 60-Day DL  

The Reds announced Monday that they’ve activated lefty Brandon Finnegan from the 60-day DL and cleared a spot on the 40-man by transferring veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL. Righty Lisalverto Bonilla was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to clear a spot on the active roster. [Related: Updated Cincinnati Reds…

2017-06-26 02:13:48
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Minor MLB Transactions: 6/25/17  

Here are the latest minor moves from around baseball, with the newest transactions at the top of the post… The Brewers have optioned Lewis Brinson and Jett Bandy to Triple-A, manager Craig Counsell told reporters, including Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Twitter links).  Bandy has been in a major slump at the plate, and…

2017-06-25 19:06:48
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MLBTR Originals  

Here is the week’s original content from the MLB Trade Rumors team… Jeff Todd’s latest edition of the Top 50 Trade Deadline Candidates featured several changes from the previous list, published just over a week ago, as various players have entered and exited the rankings based on their teams’ fortunes.  One constant has been White…

2017-06-25 17:25:45
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Cardinals Place Dexter Fowler, Kevin Siegrist On DL  

The Cardinals have placed center fielder Dexter Fowler and reliever Kevin Siegrist on the disabled list, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com (on Twitter). In other moves, the team has optioned outfielder Chad Huffman to Triple-A, recalled outfielder Randal Grichuk and right-hander Mike Mayers, and selected the contract of outfielder Luke Voit, as Derrick Goold…

2017-06-25 16:19:19
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Indians Sign Michael Martinez To Minors Deal  

The Indians have signed utilityman Michael Martinez to a minor league contract, per a team announcement. He’ll report to Triple-A Columbus. The 34-year-old Martinez was most recently with the Rays, who designated him for assignment this past Monday, but there’s plenty of familiarity between him and the Cleveland organization. This will be the third stint…

2017-06-25 14:14:13
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Free $500 Fantasy Baseball Contest  

To introduce the new Arcade Mode Fantasy Baseball contests, DraftKings is inviting MLBTR readers to a free fantasy baseball contest with prizes! Arcade Mode is the new easy-to-draft and fast-scoring fantasy baseball contest. To play, simply select a team of five hitters and one pitcher playing on Monday night. With more scoring and higher bonuses,…

2017-06-25 14:09:53
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NL Notes: Phillies, Marlins, Cards, Rox, Cubs  

The last-place Phillies will be open for business at the trade deadline, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. While free agents-to-be like Pat Neshek, Howie Kendrick, Jeremy Hellickson, Joaquin Benoit and Daniel Nava stand out as obvious trade candidates, Zolecki suggests that the Phillies could also listen to offers for some controllable players. That list includes…

2017-06-25 13:06:37
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Brewers Claim Stephen Vogt  

The Brewers have claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN (on Twitter). Milwaukee was the only team to put in a claim for Vogt, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. [RELATED: Updated Brewers Depth Chart] The 32-year-old Vogt had been in limbo since the A’s designated…

2017-06-25 12:32:08
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Quick Hits: Garland, Cardinals, Yankees, Orioles  

Right-hander Jon Garland, 37, hasn’t pitched professionally since the Rockies released him in June 2013. Four years later, Garland is mulling a comeback, according to Scott Merkin of MLB.com. Garland threw Sunday for White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper, as Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com was first to report (via Twitter). Before that, Garland told Levine…

2017-06-25 11:21:10
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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Pirates, Orioles, Cards, A's, Mets, Jays  

This week in baseball blogs: Pirates Breakdown explores the possibility of the Bucs adding another arm by the trade deadline. Camden Depot names the Orioles’ top five trade chips. Notes From The Sally lists the top 25 prospects in the South Atlantic League at the midpoint of the season. The Redbird Daily examines Cardinals center…

2017-06-25 10:12:55
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Taking Inventory: Detroit Tigers  

This is the ninth entry in MLBTR's Taking Inventory series. Click for entries on the White Sox, Royals, Phillies, Pirates, Giants, Padres, Reds and Braves. The Tigers entered the 2017 campaign with the seemingly realistic goal of contending for a playoff spot, but their season has gone off the rails in recent weeks. Losers of eight straight,…

2017-06-25 06:15:05
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Quick Hits: Seager, Rangers, Young, Morse  

Corey Seager won’t be in the Dodgers starting lineup for what could be several games due to a mild right hamstring strain, as reported by Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times and other media.  Seager suffered a Grade 1 strain, the lowest level of hamstring injury, and the team is hopeful Seager can avoid…

2017-06-25 05:16:13
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Injury Notes: Conforto, Russell, Anderson, Keuchel, Meadows  

Here’s the latest on some developing injury situations around the game… X-rays were negative on the left hand of Michael Conforto after the Mets outfielder was hit by a Matt Moore pitch today (the SNY MetsBlog has the details).  Conforto remained in the game after being hit but was replaced in the field during the…

2017-06-25 04:47:27
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Phillies Notes: Franco, Neshek, Galvis  

Here’s the latest from the City Of Brotherly Love… Maikel Franco is “more than available” in trade talks, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports.  Franco is struggling through a terrible 2017 season that has seen him hit just .224/.284/.371 over 285 plate appearances — between Franco’s subpar hitting, fielding and baserunning, he has delivered…

2017-06-25 02:28:42
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AL Notes: Sox, Mariners, Rays, Angels  

Red Sox third base prospect Rafael Devers is making a case for a promotion in Double-A, but the team still isn’t ready to summon the 20-year-old to the majors, writes Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. Devers, Baseball America’s 14th-ranked prospect, has slashed .289/.346/.550 with 14 home runs in 272 plate appearances this year and…

2017-06-25 01:47:52
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AL East Notes: Osuna, Rutledge, Rusney, Duda, Rays  

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna told Sportsnet’s Arden Zwelling and other reporters that he has been dealing with anxiety issues in recent days and is unsure as to when he’ll be back on the mound.  “I don't really know how to explain it. I just feel anxious. I feel like I'm lost a little bit…

2017-06-25 01:23:36
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Pirates Outright Josh Lindblom  

The Pirates announced that righty Josh Lindblom has been outrighted to Triple-A. He had been throwing at Indianapolis already on a rehab assignment. Lindblom, who just turned 30, threw 10 1/3 rough innings for Pittsburgh as a long reliever before hitting the DL with an oblique injury. Entering the season, he had not seen much big…

2017-06-24 19:38:33
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Rosenthal's Latest: Cueto, Puig, Adams, Blevins, Chatwood  

Some hot stove buzz from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, courtesy of two Full Count videos (link one, link two)… A rival general manager describe Johnny Cueto’s potential trade value as “lower than a rental’s” due to the added complication of Cueto’s opt-out clause, which could it hard for the Giants to find a trade partner. …

2017-06-24 17:41:10
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Giants Designate Aaron Hill  

The Giants have designated veteran utilityman Aaron Hill for assignment, as Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area was among those to tweet. Prospect Ryder Jones has had his contract purchased to take the open roster spot, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported on Twitter. Like their neighbors in Oakland, the Giants are in the…

2017-06-24 14:26:14
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Duquette: Orioles Looking To Add Pitching, “Premature” To Consider Selling At Deadline  

Even with the Orioles in a tailspin over the last six weeks, executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette said it was “a little premature” to consider whether or not his team will be sellers at the trade deadline, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun writes.  If anything, the O’s are still considering making an…

2017-06-24 14:24:08
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Yankees Designate Chris Carter  

After last night’s game, the Yankees announced that first baseman/DH Chris Carter has been designated for assignment. He’ll be replaced by prospect Tyler Austin, who returns to the majors for the first time this year. Carter was a surprising non-tender after providing the Brewers with 41 home runs last year. The streaky, strikeout-prone slugger ultimately…

2017-06-24 12:28:58
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Injury Notes: Alvarez, Nunez, Duffy, Smith, Freeman, Perez, Hatcher, Bailey  

Former All-Star righty Henderson Alvarez put on a showcase yesterday, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). There’s no word yet on how it went, though it’s certainly promising that he was able to take the mound at all. Alvarez, who only just turned 27, is said to be to full health. He…

2017-06-24 11:40:10
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Top 50 Trade Deadline Candidates For 2017  

With trade season entering full swing, we’ll be doing these lists with greater frequency. We last checked in about a week ago. Click here for the first one, including an explanation of the approach. Basically, we’re looking at both trade likelihood and trade value (in all its facets). There’s quite a lot of change in the…

2017-06-24 10:42:16
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Latest On Marlins' Sale Efforts  

There has been a flurry of new information on the Marlins’ efforts to find new ownership. There’s still little clarity about how things will turn out, though indications are that a near-term agreement of some kind remains the expectation. Here’s the latest from Miami: As things stand, there are no prospective new owners ready or able…

2017-06-24 09:46:01
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Athletics Promote Franklin Barreto  

12:11pm: Barreto was not in the initial lineup, with Adam Rosales penciled in at short and Lowrie at second. But he’s now taking the latter’s place, with the club announcing that Lowrie “has been scratched.” It’s just a slight knee sprain for the veteran, skipper Bob Melvin tells reporters including Susan Slusser of the San…

2017-06-24 07:44:17
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Minor MLB Transactions: 6/24/17  

We’ll track the day’s minor moves in this post: Veteran Phillies players Michael Saunders and Jeanmar Gomez were each released, according to the MLB.com transactions page. Both were designated at the same time recently, and the Phils evidently couldn’t find takers in trade — which isn’t terribly surprising given their pronounced struggles and big salaries. Saunders, 30,…

2017-06-24 07:38:52
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Alex Dickerson Expected To Miss Remainder Of Season  

Padres outfielder Alex Dickerson is slated to undergo back surgery on Wednesday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports on Twitter. The procedure, in which “bulging disc material” will be removed from Dickerson’s back, will keep him out for at least three or four months. Unfortunately, that means that the 27-year-old won’t have a chance…

2017-06-24 06:44:59
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Marlins Designate Christian Colon For Assignment  

The Marlins announced on Friday that they’ve reinstated third baseman Martin Prado from the disabled list and designated infielder Christian Colon for assignment to clear a spot on the active roster. Colon, 28, was claimed off waivers from the Royals a bit more than a month ago but struggled at the plate in his relatively…

2017-06-24 06:21:10
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NL Central Notes: Greene, Brewers, Cervelli, Meadows  

The Reds’ efforts to sign right-hander Hunter Greene are complicated by the need to wait for fourth overall pick Brendan McKay to reach agreement with the Rays, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes. It seems that Greene is still hoping to emerge as the highest-paid player in the draft, with Cincinnati apparently willing to oblige…

2017-06-24 05:44:26
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Yankees Sign First-Rounder Clarke Schmidt  

The Yankees have announced the signing of first-round pick Clarke Schmidt. He’ll receive a $2,184,300 bonus, per Jack Curry of YES Network (via Twitter), falling well below the $3,458,600 slot value of the 16th overall selection. Much of the savings from that selection will go toward second-round choice Matt Sauer, whose signing was also announced. As MLBTR’s…

2017-06-24 05:19:55
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Padres Agree To Terms With MacKenzie Gore  

The Padres are set to announce the signing of third-overall pick MacKenzie Gore tomorrow, per Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune (via Twitter). Once the signing is official, Gore will receive a $6.7MM bonus, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis (Twitter link). That payday lands just over the $6,668,100 slot value that came with the Friars’ top…

2017-06-24 04:43:58
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Diamondbacks Designate Oscar Hernandez  

The Diamondbacks have designated catcher Oscar Hernandez for assignment, per a club announcement. His roster spot was needed so that the club could select the contract of righty Rubby De La Rosa, who’s headed back to the majors. Righty J.J. Hoover is headed for a DL stint owing to shoulder inflammation. Arizona picked up Hernandez…

2017-06-24 04:25:08
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Royals Designate Chris Young, Announce Neftali Feliz Signing  

The Royals have announced that veteran righty Chris Young has been designated for assignment. His roster spot will go to reliever Neftali Feliz, whose previously reported signing is now official. Young, 38, is in the second year of the free-agent deal he signed to return to Kansas City before the 2016 campaign. He’s promised a…

2017-06-24 03:54:19
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Mets Ready To Listen To Offers On Short-Term Veterans  

5:56pm: Unhappy about being bumped to second base upon his activation today, Cabrera says he has asked to be traded. (Video via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, on Twitter.) He also suggested he indicated a willingness to move to another part of the diamond earlier in the year if the team would pick up his 2018 option, but…

2017-06-24 03:43:21
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Julio Urias To Undergo Shoulder Surgery  

Young Dodgers southpaw Julio Urias will require anterior capsule surgery on his left shoulder, according to a team announcement. It’s a major operation that clouds the future of the 20-year-old hurler. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman says that the expectation is Urias will require an absence of between twelve and fourteen months, as…

2017-06-24 03:06:09
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Red Sox Sign Jhonny Peralta  

The Red Sox have agreed to a minors deal with veteran infielder Jhonny Peralta, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe was among those to tweet. He’ll report to Triple-A for the time being, where he’ll line up at third base and attempt to give the organization another option at that area of need. Boston has…

2017-06-24 03:03:42
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Avila: Tigers Open To Trade Talks On Veterans  

Tigers GM Al Avila says that his organization is willing to begin listening to inquiries on the organization’s players, Evan Woodberry of MLive.com reports (Twitter links). While that doesn’t mean the club is specifically seeking to make early deals, says Avila, it will be amenable to considering them. It’s not particularly surprising, at this point, to…

2017-06-24 03:02:02
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Tigers Release Francisco Rodriguez  

The Tigers announced today that they have released veteran righty Francisco Rodriguez. He’ll be replaced on the active roster by righty Bruce Rondon. Detroit also announced that it has selected the contract of outfielder Matt Den Dekker. He’ll take the spot of Alex Presley, who’s headed to the 7-day concussion DL. Rodriguez, now 35, was acquired…

2017-06-24 02:18:28
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Draft Signings: Pirates, Twins, Blue Jays, Cubs, Orioles, Marlins, Angels  

Here are the latest notable signings from the 2017 amateur draft.  You can check out scouting reports and analysis of all these players via the draft prospect rankings from MLB.com, Fangraphs, Baseball America and ESPN's Keith Law (the latter two links are subscription-only). Pirates second-round pick Steven Jennings will receive a $1.9MM bonus, according to MLB.coms…

2017-06-24 01:51:15
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Rays To Designate Derek Norris, Activate Wilson Ramos  

The Rays have designated catcher Derek Norris, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). He’ll make way for Wilson Ramos, who’ll be activated from the 60-day DL. Norris, 28, was added just before the start of the season after he was released by the Nationals — who had themselves acquired him…

2017-06-24 01:27:15
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Giants To Designate Bryan Morris  

The Giants are set to designate righty Bryan Morris for assignment, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter). Lefty Steven Okert will be called up to take the open roster spot. Morris, 30, owns an unsightly 6.43 ERA through his 21 frames on the year. He has struck out 6.4 and walked 4.7…

2017-06-24 01:15:03
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Red Sox Claim Doug Fister Off Release Waivers  

The Red Sox have claimed righty Doug Fister off release waivers, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (Twitter links). The signing is a reunion of sorts for Fister, who previously spent two and a half seasons with the Tigers when Dave Dombrowski was Detroit’s general manager. Because he was claimed off release waivers, Fister will have the option…

2017-06-23 12:40:52
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Trade Chatter: Jays, Braves, O's, ChiSox, BoSox, Bucs, Dodgers, Tigers  

While the Blue Jays got off to a terrible start in 2017, their strong play from late April through early June has them back in the mix for a Wild Card spot, writes MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand as part of a look at numerous trade-related topics. As such, the Jays don’t seem like obvious sellers at the…

2017-06-23 09:33:01
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Latest On Injuries To Adrian Gonzalez, Julio Urias  

Adrian Gonzalez has been dealing with back pain for the better part of half a decade, writes Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, and the longtime Dodgers first baseman tells Plunkett that if the discomfort doesn’t subside, this could be his final contract. “[I]f I have to deal with this next year again?” Gonzalez asked…

2017-06-23 09:01:07
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Navigating Life Post-Surgery: When Your Right Arm and Left Leg Don't Work  

It's the second installment of the Trevor May MLB Trade Rumors experience y'all, let's get to it! (Those who missed the first one can check it out here.) Before I get into the meat of my "week of woe" post-surgery guide, let me start with some good news: I was on a mound the other day! Well,…

2017-06-23 05:07:30
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Royals To Sign Neftali Feliz  

The Royals have reached an agreement with free-agent right-hander Neftali Feliz, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Feliz was designated for assignment and released by the Brewers over the past week. The 29-year-old Feliz inked a one-year, $5.35MM deal with the Brewers this winter and got off to a red-hot start as Milwaukee’s…

2017-06-23 04:57:15
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Twins Designate Alex Wimmers, Mason Melotakis  

The Twins announced that they’ve designated left-handed reliever Mason Melotakis and right-handed reliever Alex Wimmers for assignment on Friday. The moves will clear way for the the team to select the contracts of veteran righty Dillon Gee and right-hander Trevor Hildenberger, one of the organization’s top bullpen prospects. The DFA of Melotakis comes as something…

2017-06-23 03:32:03
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Nationals Among Teams With Interest In Pat Neshek  

The Nationals have shown interest in Phillies righty Pat Neshek, reports FOX’s Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link). Other clubs are interested in the veteran setup man as well, he notes, which comes as little surprise given Neshek’s affordable salary and strong work thus far in 2017. Indeed, the 36-year-old Neshek has been nothing short of exceptional…

2017-06-23 03:10:40
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AL West Notes: Street, Shoemaker, Astros, Vogt  

The Angels announced today that right-hander Huston Street has been activated from the disabled list. The 33-year-old Street has been out all season with a strained right lat muscle — an injury that initially led to just a two- to three-week shutdown in Spring Training but ultimately cost him more than a third of the…

2017-06-22 21:36:12
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: 6/22/17  

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

2017-06-22 20:12:19
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Cubs Designate Zac Rosscup For Assignment  

The Cubs have designated left-hander Zac Rosscup for assignment, the team announced to reporters (Twitter link via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney). Rosscup’s DFA will open a spot on the 40-man roster for outfielder Mark Zagunis, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Iowa today. Rosscup, 29, made just one appearance for the Cubs this season and recorded two…

2017-06-22 18:48:36
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Check Out Hoops Rumors For NBA Draft Coverage  

Draft day is here for the NBA, and it appears tonight’s event will be the culmination of a wild week. Jimmy Butler, Paul George, and Kristaps Porzingis remain with their respective teams for now, despite plenty of trade rumors, but two former All-Stars (Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez) and 2015’s second overall pick (D’Angelo Russell) have…

2017-06-22 15:13:06
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Marlins Likely To Deal Hechavarria Soon, Willing To Listen On Relievers  

3:34pm: The Cardinals have also spoken to the Marlins about Hechavarria, tweets Spencer. 2:37pm: Miami is also willing to discuss relievers AJ Ramos, David Phelps, and perhaps Kyle Barraclough, Passan tweets. Both Ramos and Phelps are earning fairly well in 2017, with respective salaries of $6.55MM and $4.6MM, and each is controllable through the 2018 campaign…

2017-06-22 14:11:05
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Rangers Designate Eddie Gamboa, Select Preston Claiborne, Place Jeremy Jeffress On DL  

The Rangers have announced that righty Eddie Gamboa was designated for assignment, via executive VP of communications John Blake. His 40-man spot will go to righty Preston Claiborne, whose contract was purchased. Texas also shifted reliever Jeremy Jeffress to the 10-day DL. Gamboa, a 32-year-old knuckleballer, cracked the majors for the first time last year…

2017-06-22 10:20:39
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Minor MLB Transactions: 6/22/17  

Here are Thursday’s minor moves from around the game… Right-hander Tyler Cloyd has been outrighted to Triple-A by the Mariners after clearing waivers, per a club announcement. The former Phillies farmhand made his return to the Majors for the first time since 2013 this season, though he made just one appearance with Seattle before being…

2017-06-22 10:04:02
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Cubs Option Kyle Schwarber, Place Jason Heyward On DL  

11:03am: Chicago will also place outfielder Jason Heyward on the DL with a left hand injury, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago tweets. Outfielder Mark Zagunis and righty Dylan Floro are expected to take the open roster spots. Zagunis, 24, has followed up on a strong 2016 campaign with a .249/.399/.474 slash through 268 plate appearances at…

2017-06-22 07:51:57
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AL Notes: McCullers, Morton, Fister, Yankees, Red Sox  

Here’s the latest from around the American League: The Astros have weathered the absences of several top starters, though the team is surely looking forward to welcoming them back in time to make a full rotation assessment before the trade deadline. First in line seems to be righty Lance McCullers; as Jake Kaplan of the Houston…

2017-06-22 07:07:08
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Agency Changes: Ramirez, Robles, Polanco  

Here at MLBTR we do our best to cover notable agency changes while keeping tabs on player representation through our Agency Database. Here are a few recent moves: Indians utilityman extraordinaire Jose Ramirez will move his representation to the Wasserman Media Group, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets. It seems that Ramirez is sticking with agent Rafa…

2017-06-22 05:08:45
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Red Sox Outright Kyle Kendrick  

The Red Sox have outrighted right-hander Kyle Kendrick off of their 40-man roster, Evan Drellich of CSNNE.com reports on Twitter. He will remain at Triple-A Pawtucket, however, suggesting he has already cleared waivers. Kendrick, 32, was previously optioned after making two rough starts at the major league level for Boston. He consented to that move…

2017-06-22 04:23:08
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Athletics Designate Stephen Vogt  

The Athletics have designated veteran catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment in the team’s latest future-oriented move, per a club announcement. Catcher Bruce Maxwell and first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson have been called up from Triple-A, with third baseman Matt Chapman hitting the DL. [RELATED: Updated Athletics Depth Chart] Chapman had only just been called up himself,…

2017-06-22 04:13:26
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Draft Signings: Yankees, Mariners, Rockies, Tigers, Mets, Padres, ChiSox  

The Yankees’ agreement with second-rounder Matt Sauer, which we reported here yesterday, is for an over-slot bonus of $2.5MM, MLBTR has learned (Twitter link). That’s a bit more than double the slot value for the prep righty out of California, although many rankings listed Sauer as a potential first-round talent. The Yankees drafted injured righty Clarke…

2017-06-22 03:34:28
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Freddie Freeman: “Mindset” Is To Move To Third Base  

Braves star Freddie Freeman says that his “mindset is to return as a third baseman,” as MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports (links to Twitter). With Matt Adams emerging as a productive offensive player at first in his absence, Freeman appears serious about attempting a move across the diamond even while completing his recovery from a wrist…

2017-06-21 22:59:58
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Mariners Designate Tyler Cloyd  

The Mariners have designated Tyler Cloyd and optioned Christian Bergman, per a club announcement. Righty Andrew Moore’s contract was selected in a corresponding move. Cloyd, 30, made only a single appearance for Seattle this year — his first since 2013. He has thrown well at Triple-A, though, carrying a 1.40 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 0.9…

2017-06-21 21:44:51
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Brewers Sign Keston Hiura  

The Brewers announced on Wednesday that they’ve signed their first-round pick, UC Irvine second baseman/outfielder Keston Hiura. According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis (on Twitter), he’ll receive a bonus of $4MM, which comes in a bit south of the $4.57MM slot value of the No. 9 overall selection. Tom Hadricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel tweets that…

2017-06-21 21:23:04
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Mariners Move Yovani Gallardo To Bullpen  

The Mariners selected the contract of top organizational prospect Andrew Moore earlier today, and they’ve informed reporters prior to tonight’s game that Yovani Gallardo will move to the bullpen to accommodate Moore’s arrival (Twitter link via the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish). MLB.com’s Greg Johns was the first to report that Moore would take over Gallardo’s spot in…

2017-06-21 18:05:59
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Cubs Agree To Terms With Brendon Little  

The Cubs have agreed to a $2.2MM signing bonus with first-rounder Brendon Little, reports MLB.com’s Jim Callis (via Twitter). That comes in just below the $2,373,300 slot value of Little’s No. 27 overall selection. Little, a junior college lefty out of Florida, is listed at 6’2″ and 195 pounds, and he’ll turn 21 this August.…

2017-06-21 16:30:25
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Mets Place Zack Wheeler On Disabled List  

The Mets announced that they’ve placed right-hander Zack Wheeler on the 10-day DL due to biceps tendinitis in his right arm. The team has also optioned infielder Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Las Vegas and, in a pair of corresponding moves, recalled right-handers Tyler Pill and Erik Goeddel from Vegas. [Related: Updated New York Mets depth…

2017-06-21 14:48:11
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Check Out Pro Hockey Rumors For NHL Expansion Draft Coverage  

In true Las Vegas fashion, the city’s first major sports team will reveal their initial roster at an awards ceremony this evening. With the power to select a single player from every other team, the Vegas Golden Knights have held all the cards for the past few weeks. Already they’ve swung deals to acquire young…

2017-06-21 14:32:47
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Astros' Jandel Gustave Undergoes Tommy John Surgery  

Astros righty Jandel Gustave underwent Tommy John surgery today, writes Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. The hard-throwing reliever had been on the disabled list since April 19 with what was announced as a flexor strain. It’s not clear when the diagnosis of a torn ulnar collateral ligament was made, but regardless, Gustave will be…

2017-06-21 11:46:29
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Athletics Notes: Gray Rumors, Semien, Stadium  

It now seems likely that the Athletics will end up moving Sonny Gray this summer, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes. There’s likely to be plenty of interest in the righty, who is showing improved form after a forgettable 2016 season; indeed, he just placed fourth on MLBTR’s list of the top 50 trade candidates. The full scope…

2017-06-21 10:45:26
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Phillies Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Adam Haseley  

11:01am: Philadelphia has announced the signing of Haseley and six other picks from the first ten rounds of the draft. Howard, a righty from Cal Poly, will earn a $1.15MM bonus, Callis tweets. That’s shy of the $1,523,800 allocation for the 45th overall pick with which he was taken, though most of those savings will…

2017-06-21 07:41:57
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Braves Notes: Adams/Freeman, Weigel, Phillips  

Matt Adams’ surprisingly dominant performance for the Braves following last month’s trade has the Braves considering multiple scenarios to keep him in the lineup when Freddie Freeman returns, according to a pair of reports from Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Like the Cardinals before them, the Braves are debating…

2017-06-21 05:54:06
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AL East Notes: Sandoval, Devers, Tillman, Erasmo  

Tim Britton of the Providence Journal takes a look at where the Red Sox’ contract with Pablo Sandoval stands historically in comparison to other large contracts. As might be expected, it doesn’t fare well at this stage of the analysis. While there’s still time for the former star to add back value, it seems likelier…

2017-06-21 05:15:15
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Diamondbacks Sign First-Rounder Pavin Smith  

The Diamondbacks have agreed to an at-slot deal with first-round pick Pavin Smith, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports on Twitter. The team has announced the signing. Smith, taken seventh overall, will receive a $5,016,300 bonus. That payday falls just a bit shy of the $5.1MM bonus locked up earlier today by Smith’s former University of Virginia…

2017-06-21 04:57:02
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MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to view the transcript for MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: June 21, 2017

2017-06-21 04:42:58
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Red Sox Sign First-Rounder Tanner Houck  

The Red Sox have signed first-round selection Tanner Houck, per a club announcement. He’ll earn a $2,614,500 bonus, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis (via Twitter), the exact slot value of the 24th overall pick. Houck is a 20-year-old righty out of the University of Missouri. Entering the draft, he drew varying assessments from pundits, ranking as high…

2017-06-21 04:10:06
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Central Notes: Castillo, Bailey, Cards, Duffy, Tigers  

The Reds will promote young righty Luis Castillo to make his MLB debut on Friday, as C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Skipper Bryan Price cited the 24-year-old’s strike-throwing ability as a prime motivation for his call-up over a few other hurlers who are working at the team’s Triple-A affiliate. Castillo, who came over in…

2017-06-21 03:59:38
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Yangervis Solarte Headed For DL Due To Strained Oblique  

The Padres announced to reporters prior to tonight’s game that infielder Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the lineup due to a strained left oblique muscle (Twitter links via Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune). He’ll be placed on the 10-day disabled list due to the injury, which he suffered taking a swing prior to tonight’s…

2017-06-21 03:37:44
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Doug Fister Opts Out Of Angels Contract  

3:29pm: Fister did indeed exercise his opt-out, tweets SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. He’ll be on release waivers for the next 48 hours and will then have the opportunity to sign on with another team once he clears. While Fister could technically be claimed off release waivers, any team doing so would have to be comfortable…

2017-06-21 03:02:51
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Free Agent Notes: Gee, Jepsen, Morneau  

A few notes on some currently unsigned players… The Twins are in talks with right-hander Dillon Gee, reports Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (via Twitter). Gee elected free agency over the weekend after he cleared waivers following his DFA by the Rangers. The 31-year-old veteran posted a 4.15 ERA and a 10-to-6 K/BB ratio in 13…

2017-06-20 15:24:06
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Phillies Designate Jeanmar Gomez, Michael Saunders  

The Phillies made a rather dramatic roster move today, announcing that righty Jeanmar Gomez and outfielder Michael Saunders have been designated for assignment in one fell swoop. Lefty Hoby Milner and outfielder Cameron Perkins have had their contracts purchased. While there were never realistic hopes of contention in 2017, the Phillies’ worst-in-baseball 22-and-46 record nevertheless…

2017-06-20 13:05:43
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MLBTR Chat Transcript  

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

2017-06-20 10:53:15
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Braxton Garrett To Undergo Tommy John Surgery  

Top Marlins prospect Braxton Garrett is undergoing Tommy John surgery today on his left elbow, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports on Twitter. The southpaw recently was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL. The seventh overall pick in last year’s draft, Garrett entered the year with consensus top-100 billing. He showed well in 15 1/3…

2017-06-20 10:21:27
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Marlins Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Trevor Rogers  

The Marlins have agreed to terms with first-round pick Trevor Rogers, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald (Twitter links). The high school southpaw will take home a $3.4MM bonus, so long as his physical checks out. With the move, Miami will save $475,800 against the slot allocation of the 13th overall draft selection. It’s not yet clear…

2017-06-20 08:31:36
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