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Tigers Notes: E-Jax, Reyes, Norris, Castro, Minor League Staff  

Edwin Jackson’s on-field performance in his second stint with the Tigers hasn’t given fans much to cheer about — 8.58 ERA in 35 2/3 innings — but catcher Grayson Greiner called Jackson’s experience “invaluable,” when talking with MLB.com’s Jason Beck about the veteran right-hander’s role as a mentor. And while one would expect teammates to…

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2019-09-16 13:58:17



Minor MLB Transactions: 9/16/19  

We’ll start the week by tracking some minor moves throughout the league… The Rays released middle infielder Tyler Ladendorf from their Triple-A club over the weekend, and he quickly re-signed with the High Point Rockers of the independent Atlantic League, per an announcement from the Rockers. The 31-year-old, who would’ve been a free agent at season’s…

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2019-09-16 12:29:59



Orioles Announce Baseball Operations Hires, Promotions  

The Orioles announced a series of front office moves Monday, headlined by the hiring of Matt Blood as the team’ new director of player development. Blood has worked previously as the director of player development and baseball innovations with the Rangers and as an area scout in the Cardinals organization. In his new role, Blood…

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2019-09-16 11:16:08



AL West Notes: Robles, Mathis, Astros  

Right-hander Hansel Robles has been a bright spot in what has become another disappointing season for the Angels, writes Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times. Robles boasts a 1.25 ERA over his past 40 games — tops among AL pitchers with at least 40 innings in that time — and recently set down 27…

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2019-09-16 07:36:31



AL West Notes: Luzardo, Sanchez, Gallo, Santana  

Jesus Luzardo’s second Major League appearance resulted in his first career save, as the star Athletics rookie allowed a run on two hits and two walks over three innings of work in Oakland’s 6-1 win over the Rangers today.  Luzardo has tossed three innings in each of his two MLB games, both times coming directly…

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2019-09-16 06:55:39



Anthony Rizzo Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle  

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left Sunday’s matchup with the Pirates in the third inning after he rolled his right ankle attempting to field a bunt. He underwent preliminary X-rays after the game, which revealed that he avoided a fracture, but suffered a sprained ankle, per The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma. He’s ticketed for an MRI…

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2019-09-15 18:02:43



Yankees Designate Ryan Dull; Activate Betances, Montgomery  

The Yankees announced they have designated right-handed reliever Ryan Dull for assignment. That, coupled with the transfer of Jonathan Holder to the 60-day injured list, clears roster space for the previously-reported activations of Dellin Betances and Jordan Mongtomery from the IL. Betances is the most notable name in today’s series of transactions. The fireballer has missed the entire season…

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2019-09-15 14:18:46



NL Notes: Voth, Haseley, Lyles  

We’ll check in some NL postseason hopefuls with two weeks to play in the regular season. Nationals right-hander Austin Voth has pitched himself into strong consideration for a spot on the club’s postseason roster as a multi-inning reliever, manager Dave Martinez tells Mark Zuckerman of MASN. Voth has started six of his seven MLB appearances this…

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2019-09-15 14:03:24



Quick Hits: Free Agency, Dodgers, General Managers  

Who is this offseason’s top free agent? MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand posed that question to a handful of executives, who came back pretty well split between Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon. Those who pointed to Cole as the likely recipient of the winter’s biggest deal pointed to Rendon’s lengthy injury history and the leaguewide scarcity of ace-level starting…

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2019-09-15 12:34:32



Injury Notes: Turner, Kipnis, Kimbrel, Gsellman  

Justin Turner is expected to return to the Dodgers’ lineup on Tuesday, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick tweets.  The third baseman hasn’t played since September 7 due to a left ankle sprain, so it will end up being a seven-game absence for Turner.  Still one of the game’s better hitters (.291/.370/.514 with 27 homers in 538 PA)…

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2019-09-15 06:57:59



Minor MLB Transactions: 9/15/19  

The latest minor moves from around baseball…. The Dodgers sent right-hander Jaime Schultz on an outright assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City.  Schultz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week.  Already a regular for the Triple-A affiliate this season, Schultz had a 5.85 ERA, 11.7 K/9, and 5.1 BB/9 over 47 2/3 innings…

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2019-09-15 05:53:47



MLBTR Chat With Mark Polishuk  

Click here to join tonight’s live chat about all things baseball, moderated by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk

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2019-09-15 05:36:24



Pirates Shut Down Chris Archer  

The Pittsburgh Pirates plan to shut down injured right-hander Chris Archer for the remainder of the season, general manager Neal Huntington told reporters including Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. More to come.

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2019-09-15 04:49:27



NL Notes: Hiura, BA Awards, Freeland  

With a .301/.369/.571 line, 16 home runs, and nine stolen bases in his first 295 plate appearances in the majors, Brewers infielder Keston Hiura has this season put on prominent display the skills that made him a top-10 pick in the 2017 Rule IV draft. Today comes word that the UC Irvine product is a…

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2019-09-15 03:51:58



AL Notes: Miggy, Ortiz Shooting, M's Record  

The Tigers pulled out an 8-4 victory today over the equally troubled Orioles, but the win didn’t come without a fair share of bummer news. Baseball legend Miguel Cabrera was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, and the club announced after the game that the former Triple Crown winner is dealing with…

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2019-09-15 02:31:43



Giants Place Tony Watson On 60-Day IL  

The Giants have placed left-handed pitcher Tony Watson on the 60-day injured list and have promoted right-hander Enderson Franco in his place. Watson suffered a small fracture in his left wrist in early September. With Watson’s season effectively over, he may well have played his last game in a Giants uniform. He holds a $2.5MM…

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2019-09-15 02:22:37



Mike Trout To Undergo Season-Ending Foot Surgery  

The Angels’ Mike Trout, who has been sidelined for the last week due to a neuroma in his right foot, will undergo surgery later this week, the Angels announced. The procedure will remove the neuroma and prematurely end his MVP-caliber season. Trout, who hasn’t played since September 7, planned to return to the lineup today…

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2019-09-15 01:10:44



Diamondbacks, City Of Las Vegas Signed NDA In 2018  

The Diamondbacks have been engaged in an ongoing stadium kerfuffle for a considerable chunk of this decade, as the club looks to pull the shutters on the 21-year-old auspices of Chase Field and develop a new stadium project–in Arizona, or, possibly, elsewhere. Last month, word spread that the club had been in discussions with the city…

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2019-09-15 01:03:07



Giants Designate Corban Joseph For Assignment  

The Giants made a number of roster moves today, with Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group reporting that the club has designated infielder Corban Joseph for assignment. Taking his spot on the 40-man roster will be Cristhian Adames, who had his contract selected. He’ll be joined on the Major League roster by Mike…

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2019-09-14 17:51:05



Matt Shoemaker Interested In Resigning With Blue Jays  

Over his first 5 starts this season–his first in a Toronto uniform–righty Matt Shoemaker was one of the best pitchers in the AL East. Though likely benefitting from a .183 BABIP, Shoemaker’s 1.57 ERA across those first 28.2 innings was likely even more than GM Ross Atkins bargained for when the club signed the embattled…

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2019-09-14 10:39:56



NL East Notes: Freeman, Braves, Phillies, Marlins  

Nick Markakis returned to the Braves lineup Friday night after a seven-week layoff. The Braves were able to “ease” Markakis back into action with a cupcake matchup against Max Scherzer, against whom he's rolled to a .323/.375/.423 line in 65 career at-bats. Not bad production against one of the best pitchers of his generation. Three…

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2019-09-14 10:14:14



Mike Fiers Exits With Apparent Arm Injury  

Athletics starter Mike Fiers set Twitter ablaze twice on Saturday. Initially, it was the veteran’s flamboyant, swirl-shaped facial hair that drew attention; however, by the second inning of tonight’s game with the Rangers, eyes were on Fiers for far more troublesome reasons, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle points out (link). After issuing…

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2019-09-14 08:55:34



Twins DFA Marcos Diplan, Select Jorge Alcala  

The Minnesota Twins designated Marcos Diplan for assignment, per MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park (via Twitter). Diplan’s designation paves the way for Jorge Alcala to join the big league club at Progressive Field for today’s doubleheader against the Indians. Alcala was not on the 40-man roster prior to today’s call-up. Alcala, 24, came to the Twins from…

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2019-09-14 07:39:49



Tim Mayza Out For 2020 With Torn UCL  

Those who saw Tim Mayza exit yesterday’s Blue Jays game won’t be surprised to hear he will miss the rest of this season and all of 2020 after tearing his UCL, per sportsnet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith (via Twitter). Mazya, 27, has been a big piece of Toronto’s pen this year, often in a situational capacity, though…

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2019-09-14 07:35:34



West Notes: Richards, Trout, Piscotty  

When the Padres signed erstwhile Angels ace Garrett Richards to a two-year, $15.5MM deal in December, expectations were that Richards would return in time to lead their young staff in 2020–and, if everything broke right in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, that Richards might squeeze in a few September frames. Apparently, that vision is…

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2019-09-14 07:16:25



Mets Designate Eric Hanhold For Assignment  

The Mets have designated right-handed pitcher Eric Hanhold for assignment, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. His removal from the 40-man will clear a spot for the return of lefty Donnie Hart. Hanhold will be exposed to the other 29 teams via waivers, though he could remain with the Mets organization if he goes unclaimed.…

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2019-09-14 06:59:12



Charlie Culberson Exits With Facial Injury  

A very heated scene ensued in D.C. this afternoon after a fastball from Washington’s Fernando Rodney struck Atlanta’s Charlie Culberson squarely in the face. Though Culberson, 30, was turned to bunt when at-bat in the top of the seventh, Rodney’s fastball apparently got away from him and connected with Culberson’s nose. Culberson was placed onto a…

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2019-09-14 06:04:31



Yankees Outright Adonis Rosa  

The Yankees announced today that they have outrighted right-hander Adonis Rosa. He cleared waivers after recently being designated for assignment. Rosa, 24, was one of several hurlers cycled into the Yanks’ pen this year before being dropped from the 40-man roster. It’d be hard to glean much of anything from his lone appearance, in which…

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2019-09-14 05:53:11



Blue Jays Activate Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Luke Maile  

The Blue Jays announced on Saturday that they have made a pair of notable reinstatements, adding both Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Luke Maile to the active roster. Gurriel’s return to the lineup will mark the first time he has suited up for Toronto in more than a month. For Maile, it’s been even longer: he…

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2019-09-14 04:42:50



Jordan Montgomery To Make Season Debut This Weekend  

Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery hasn’t taken a major league mound since May 1, 2018, but he’s on the verge of making a long-awaited return. Montgomery is expected to make his season debut “in some capacity” this Sunday, James Wagner of the New York Times reports. Meanwhile, fellow lefty J.A. Happ just had a cortisone shot…

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2019-09-14 04:10:57



Poll: Stephen Strasburg's Opt-Out Decision  

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is one of a few major leaguers who will have an interesting opt-out decision to make once the offseason arrives. Strasburg will still have four years and $100MM left on the extension he signed with the Nationals in 2016 then, but he has done well in 2019 to make a case…

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2019-09-14 03:50:11



Ron Gardenhire Discusses Future With Tigers  

On Saturday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News published an interesting story regarding the ongoing contract situation of Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire. As McCosky points out, both Tigers owner Christopher Illitch and GM Al Avila have been complimentary of Gardenhire’s influence on Detroit’s young roster, and the veteran manager has himself indicated that he expects…

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2019-09-14 03:49:45



AL East Notes: Rays, Yanks, Red Sox, Hazen, Mayza  

The latest on four of the American League East’s five teams… As of three weeks ago, the Rays expected injured infielder Brandon Lowe to miss the rest of the regular season. That might not happen, though, as manager Kevin Cash suggested Friday that Lowe and right-hander Yonny Chirinos could return, Juan Toribio of MLB.com tweets.…

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2019-09-14 03:28:07



Yankees To Activate Dellin Betances  

Dellin Betances is on his way to Toronto. The Yankees plan to activate the right-hander tomorrow, per James Wagner of the New York Times (via Twitter), and he should be available out of the pen for the series finale versus the Blue Jays. Betances was a key piece of the Yankees’ bullpen from 2014 to…

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2019-09-14 02:53:14



Indians Notes: Kluber, Ramirez, Hand, Naquin  

Cleveland’s crucial matchup against division-rival Minnesota was postponed Friday due to weather, so the Indians are still 3 1/2 games out in the American League Central race. The notable injuries the Indians have faced this season could help keep them out of the playoffs, though they’re just a half-game back of the AL’s second wild-card…

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2019-09-14 02:43:57



Central Notes: Twins, Reds, Senzel, Tigers  

Before hiring Rocco Baldelli as the 31st manager in franchise history  (just the fourth in the last 33 years), the Twins had him vetted by a pair of professional contemporaries currently serving Minnesota’s baseball ops department as special assistants: LaTroy Hawkins and Torii Hunter, per The Athletic's Andy McCullough. Not long after Baldelli’s hire, he…

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2019-09-14 02:15:47



Sam Dyson's Season In Jeopardy  

More bad news today from the suddenly snakebitten Minnesota Twins. Trade deadline acquisition Sam Dyson is unavailable this weekend, and he may not return at all this season, per Phil Miller of the Star Tribune (via Twitter). Dyson spent a short stint on the injured list at the beginning of August with right bicep tendinitis.…

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2019-09-14 01:34:40



Marlins Claim Josh Smith  

The Miami Marlins have claimed left-handed pitcher Josh Smith off waivers from the Indians., per an official team announcement. The 29-year-old Smith, who made eight appearances for the Indians this year, will join his new team on Monday, while infielder JT Riddle has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. Smith had been designated for…

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2019-09-14 01:31:29



Justin Upton Done For Season  

Already eliminated from American League playoff contention, the Angels don’t have much left to play for this season. They’ll go through their final meaningless couple weeks of the year without left fielder Justin Upton, who’s dealing with patella tendinitis in his right knee, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register was among those to…

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2019-09-14 01:22:30



NL Notes: Dodgers, Brewers, Cubs, Padres  

It’s “very unlikely” outfielder Alex Verdugo will return for the Dodgers’ National League Division Series matchup, manager Dave Roberts told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com and other reporters Friday (Twitter links). The rookie originally landed on the injured list Aug. 6 with a right oblique strain, but a back injury has slowed him of late. Meantime,…

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2019-09-14 01:11:44



Diamondbacks Extend Mike Hazen  

The Diamondbacks have extended GM Mike Hazen, the team announced and MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert tweeted. Terms of the multi-year pact remain unknown at this time. It’s tempting to raise an eyebrow here at the timing. Hazen was originally hired away from the Red Sox and has deep roots there. The powerhouse Boston organization has just…

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2019-09-13 22:40:26



Athletics Release Chris Herrmann  

The Athletics announced today that catcher Chris Herrmann was released. He had rejected an outright assignment after clearing release waivers. Herrmann was dropped from the MLB roster recently when the A’s decided to add backstop Beau Taylor. The club preferred the long-time minor-leaguer, who has a notable amount of experience with some of the organization’s…

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2019-09-13 19:51:48



Blake Snell Slated To Return Next Week  

Rays lefty and reigning American League Cy Young winner Blake Snell is scheduled to return to action next week, he tells reporters including Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter links). Snell will take the ball on Tuesday with the expectation of throwing about three innings. Snell last appeared in late July, at which time…

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2019-09-13 12:32:06



The Rangers Need A Catcher  

Set to miss the playoffs for the third straight year, the Rangers reportedly plan to make third base a priority in the offseason. Understandably so, as the position has been a sore spot for the club this year. But the problems the Rangers have faced at the hot corner pale in comparison to the issues…

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2019-09-13 11:01:43



Indians Designate Josh Smith  

The Indians have designated lefty Josh Smith for assignment, per MLB.com’s Mandy Bell (via Twitter). That’s the corresponding move for the club’s already announced promotion of James Karinchak. Smith seemingly found another gear at 29 years of age. The long-time minor-leaguer earned his first MLB call-up after racking up a 74:24 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3…

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2019-09-13 10:51:55



Braves Activate Nick Markakis; Johan Camargo Diagnosed With Shin Fracture  

The Braves announced today that they have activated outfielder Nick Markakis from the injured list, as expected. Utilityman Johan Camargo has been placed on the 10-day IL after being diagnosed with a fractured shin. The Atlanta organization also called up some fresh arms to help the team manage innings down the stretch. Righties Touki Toussaint, Bryse…

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2019-09-13 09:44:44



Indians Expected To Recall Bradley Zimmer  

The Indians are “expected” to recall outfielder Bradley Zimmer from Triple-A Columbus, tweets Zack Meisel of The Athletic. He’ll join righty James Karinchak as a late September call-up for an Indians club that is hosting the division-leading Twins for a pivotal three-game series this weekend. Cleveland currently trails Minnesota by 3.5 games. It’ll be the…

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2019-09-13 09:23:10



MLBTR Live Chat  

Click here to join Friday’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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2019-09-13 08:38:30



AL East Notes: Alford, Orioles, Chacin  

Longtime Blue Jays prospect Anthony Alford will be out of options next spring, increasing his urgency to make an impression with the club, Laura Armstrong of the Toronto Star writes. That said, opportunities in a crowded Toronto outfield aren’t necessarily easy to come by. Manager Charlie Montoyo said this week that he plans to “try…

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2019-09-13 08:25:28



Dodgers Activate Max Muncy  

The Dodgers announced that they have activated infielder Max Muncy from the injured list. He had been sidelined with a fractured wrist. Fortunately, the injury ended up requiring only a brief absence. While the Dodgers will likely take it slow with the 29-year-old slugger upon his return, there’s obviously no concern that he’s at risk…

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2019-09-13 06:11:08



West Notes: A's Ballpark, Simmons, Dahl, Paddack  

The Athletics’ plans to build their new ballpark in the Howard Terminal area took a positive step forward when state officials unanimously voted that the State Lands Commission has the authority to decide whether a new stadium “is an appropriate use of the land,” Sarah Ravani of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.  Several other steps…

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2019-09-13 06:01:20



East Notes: Phillies, Red Sox, Nationals  

This doesn’t exactly rate as a surprise, but third baseman Maikel Franco’s time with the Phillies is nearing an end, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer observes. Although Franco has had a stranglehold on the third base position in Philly since his career began in earnest in 2015, the former high-end prospect has clearly fallen…

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2019-09-13 05:26:50



Scott Boras On Nicholas Castellanos' Market  

There’s no doubt that outfielder Nicholas Castellanos has established himself as one of the majors’ best trade deadline acquisitions this year. Since he went from the Tigers to the Cubs on July 31, Castellanos has slashed .333/.359/.673 with 14 home runs in 167 plate appearances. He’s tied for 21st among position players in fWAR (1.5)…

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2019-09-13 04:59:10



Digging Into The Cubs' Looming Decision On David Phelps  

When David Phelps signed with the Blue Jays this past offseason, his $2.5MM contract contained a club option for the 2020 season initially that was valued at $1MM — a likely reflection of the fact that his performance and general health were question marks coming off Tommy John surgery. Unsurprisingly, the contract allowed for him…

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2019-09-13 04:41:42



David Dahl Will Not Return In 2019  

Rockies outfielder David Dahl says he won’t continue pressing to return late this year, as Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports on Twitter. That’s not terribly surprising with just two weeks left in a lost season. Dahl had been working steadily back from a high ankle sprain — the latest in a string of…

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2019-09-13 04:26:45



NL Notes: Vazquez, Crick, Tomas, Nats, Cardinals  

Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez initiated the fight he and teammate Kyle Crick engaged in Monday, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The altercation began when Crick declined to turn off music that was playing at his locker when Vazquez asked him to, according to Wilborn. Vazquez then threw the initial punch at Crick after…

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2019-09-13 03:42:21



Pirates Claim Williams Jerez  

The Pirates have claimed southpaw Williams Jerez off waivers from the Giants, per a club announcement. Righty Kyle Crick — another former Giant who was injured recently in memorable fashion — was moved to the 60-day injured list to create roster space. Jerez had been designated for assignment after a brief MLB showing with the…

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2019-09-13 02:30:21



Boras Corp. Amateur Department Research Job Opening  

From time to time, as a service to our readers, MLB Trade Rumors will post job opportunities of possible interest that are brought to our attention. MLBTR has no affiliation with the hiring entity, no role in the hiring process, and no financial interest in the posting of this opportunity. Position: Boras Corp. Market Research…

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2019-09-13 02:02:52



Hunter Pence On Future Plans, Possible Rangers Return  

For the short term, Hunter Pence is focused only on returning to the Rangers’ lineup before the season is out.  As far as 2020 goes, Pence told reporters (including T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com) that he will head into the offseason in preparation of playing next year and potentially spending another season with Texas, though nothing…

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2019-09-12 18:58:33



Latest On Rich Hill  

7:05PM: Hill’s outing only lasted six batters and two-thirds of an inning, as Jon Morosi reports (Twitter link) that Hill had a problem with his left knee.  A sprain to that same knee put Hill on the IL for the first month of the season. 2:10PM: The Dodgers have officially activated veteran left-hander Rich Hill…

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2019-09-12 18:24:33



Royals Claim Randy Rosario  

The Royals have claimed southpaw Randy Rosario off waivers from the Cubs, as per a team announcement.  Rosario was designated for assignment by Chicago earlier this week.  To create a 40-man roster spot, Kansas City recalled infielder Kelvin Gutierrez and placed him on the 60-day injured list. Rosario posted a 5.91 ERA over 10 2/3…

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2019-09-12 18:21:19



Indians To Promote James Karinchak  

The Indians are calling up right-hander James Karinchak, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter link).  Cleveland has a full 40-man roster, so a move will have to be made to accommodate Karinchak prior to tomorrow’s game. A ninth-round pick for the Tribe in the 2017 draft, Karinchak made his Triple-A debut in 2019 and posted a…

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2019-09-12 13:50:31



Nick Senzel Done For Season Due To Torn Right Labrum  

Nick Senzel’s season is over, as the Reds outfielder has suffered a torn right labrum, The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans reports (Twitter link).  Senzel has missed four of Cincinnati’s last seven games due to the shoulder injury, and only took one plate appearances over the other three games. Senzel will finish with a .256/.315/.427 slash…

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2019-09-12 12:42:58



Shohei Ohtani To Undergo Season-Ending Knee Surgery  

5:23PM: Ohtani’s recovery from his knee surgery shouldn’t impact his Tommy John rehab or his readiness for Spring Training or the start of the 2020 season, Eppler told Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times and other reporters. 3:52PM: Angels DH Shohei Ohtani will undergo surgery on his left knee tomorrow, as per a statement…

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2019-09-12 12:05:44



Edwin Encarnacion Leaves Game With Left Oblique Strain  

4:34PM: The initial feeling is that Encarnacion’s injury isn’t overly serious, manager Aaron Boone told reporters (including Newsday’s Erik Boland). 3:29PM: Yankees designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion left today’s game with the Tigers in the seventh inning due to what the team called a left oblique strain.  The slugger will return to New York to receive…

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2019-09-12 11:58:33



Early Trade Deadline Re-Assessment: AL West  

It has only been a little over five weeks, so it's too soon to judge with finality how this year's trade deadline maneuvers will play out. That said, we're already half of the way through the period — the regular season portion, at least — for which rental players were acquired. Even players with future…

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2019-09-12 11:34:35



Giants Sign Andrew Triggs To Minors Contract  

In a transaction that flew under the radar back on August 30, the Giants signed righty Andrew Triggs to a minor league deal, as per Roster Roundup (Twitter link). Triggs hasn’t pitched since an April 10 appearance for Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate.  It was almost a full year ago that Triggs underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery,…

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2019-09-12 11:13:34



Dodgers Notes: Muncy, Alexander, Turner, Lux  

Let’s check in on the best team in the National League… Expectations are that the Dodgers will activate infielder Max Muncy from the injured list Friday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times relays. Muncy hasn’t played since he suffered a fractured right wrist Aug. 28, but it obviously wasn’t an overly serious injury. The…

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2019-09-12 08:40:15



Yankees Notes: Sanchez, Happ  

7:53pm: Sanchez told Hoch and other reporters that his newest groin injury feels “very similar” to his previous one. He’ll head back to New York for testing (Twitter links). 6:34pm: Stop us if you’ve heard this before: The Yankees are dealing with a couple potential injuries. Catcher Gary Sanchez left the second game of the…

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2019-09-12 07:37:17



Brandon Woodruff Expected To Return Within A Week  

It hasn’t been a good week for the Brewers on the injury front (obviously), but they’re on the verge of getting one of their best arms back from the IL, general manager David Stearns tells Adam McCalvy of MLB.com (Twitter link). Right-hander Brandon Woodruff threw to hitters yesterday, and the organization is “very pleased” with…

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2019-09-12 05:37:11



Latest On Garrett Richards  

Having scored a 10-year, $300MM contract, Manny Machado was easily the Padres’ biggest free-agent signing last winter. Long before that addition, though, the Padres made headlines by awarding right-hander Garrett Richards a two-year, $15.5MM guarantee. The Padres handed Richards his deal knowing they likely wouldn’t get much from the former Angel this season after he…

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2019-09-12 05:33:40



Rangers Could Prioritize Third Base In Offseason  

Few teams have been worse off at the hot corner this season than the Rangers. Their third basemen rank 23rd in the majors in fWAR (8.6) and 24th in wRC+ (87). It’s fair to say life after Adrian Beltre hasn’t gone smoothly for Texas, which tried to replace the future Hall of Famer with free-agent…

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2019-09-12 05:23:53



Braves Activate Grant Dayton, Place A.J. Minter On 60-Day IL  

The Braves have exchanged one left-handed reliever for another off the 60-day injured list.  The club announced that Grant Dayton has been activated, while A.J. Minter’s season was placed on the IL due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder, which will end his season. After missing all of 2018 due to Tommy John surgery, Dayton…

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2019-09-12 05:21:06



MLBTR Poll: AL Wild Card Race  

We just gathered your latest predictions on the National League side, where there are still quite a few scenarios to consider. But the situation in the American League has gained quite a bit of clarity of late. It appears we’re looking at a potentially fascinating three-team race … with only one of those clubs ultimately…

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2019-09-12 04:26:25



Ehire Adrianza Suffers Oblique Strain  

Twins utilityman Ehire Adrianza left the team’s game against the Nationals on Thursday with a right oblique strain, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com was among those to report. Considering oblique strain often lead to weeks-long absences, it’s possible this will end Adrianza’s season. A lengthy absence for Adrianza would count as yet another unfortunate late-season development…

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2019-09-12 04:10:22



Injury Notes: Hiura, Cubs, Ender, Rockies, Mariners  

The playoff-contending Brewers received terrible news Tuesday when their best player, all-world outfielder Christian Yelich, suffered a season-ending broken kneecap. Fortunately for the club, though, one of its other top players is on the way back from the injured list. Second baseman Keston Hiura, out since Aug. 31 with a left hamstring strain, could get…

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2019-09-12 02:51:39



Angels Notes: Bedrosian, Upton  

With the playoffs officially out of the question for the Angels, they’ve decided to shut injured reliever Cam Bedrosian down for the season, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register tweets. Meanwhile, outfielder Justin Upton underwent an MRI on his right knee Wednesday. The results aren’t yet known. Bedrosian has been a clear bright spot…

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2019-09-12 02:44:50



Blue Jays Release Clayton Richard, Activate Elvis Luciano  

The Blue Jays have released left-hander Clayton Richard, Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae reports (Twitter link).  As expected, the team used the open 40-man roster spot to reinstate righty Elvis Luciano from the 60-day injured list. The move ends a disappointing tenure for Richard in Toronto, as knee and lat injuries limited him to only 45 1/3…

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2019-09-12 02:42:21



Quick Hits: Buchholz, Keuchel, Phils, Mets, Indians  

Blue Jays right-hander Clay Buchholz, who turned 35 last month and is closing in on another trip to free agency, told Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe that he intends to play again in 2020. But there’s one condition: Buchholz isn’t willing to pitch in the minors, Abraham reports. "I told my agent that," Buchholz…

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2019-09-12 02:35:23



Severino, Stanton Expected To Join Yankees Next Week  

10:40am: Not only are Severino and Stanton on the verge of a return, it seems that left-hander Jordan Montgomery and righty Dellin Betances could be back in the same general timeframe. Montgomery could start things off in a bullpen game for the Yankees in Toronto on Sunday (Twitter link via Newsday’s Erik Boland), while Hoch…

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2019-09-12 01:41:17



Mariners Outright Ryan Court  

The Mariners announced Wednesday that corner infielder/outfielder Ryan Court cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. Seattle had designated Court for assignment yesterday in making another wave of September call-ups. Court, 31, made his MLB debut with the Mariners earlier this season, hitting .208/.240/.375 with a home run, a double and 11 strikeouts…

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2019-09-11 22:07:39



Cubs Name Jason McLeod Senior VP of Player Personnel  

The Cubs announced Wednesday that senior vice president of amateur scouting and player development Jason McLeod will change role, transitioning to senior vice president of player personnel. “Jason has made immense contributions to the organization in his eight years supervising Amateur Scouting and Player Development,” president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in the press…

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2019-09-11 20:30:50



Cubs Outright Taylor Davis  

Cubs catcher Taylor Davis, who was designated for assignment over the weekend, cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Iowa, per the MLB.com transactions log. Davis, 29, has been up and down with the Cubs over the past three seasons, appearing in just 20 games and putting together a .222/.256/.333 slash with a homer…

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2019-09-11 20:23:16



Jesse Chavez Undergoes Elbow Surgery  

Rangers right-hander Jesse Chavez underwent surgery to have loose bodies removed from his elbow this week, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com (via Twitter). He’ll go through an eight-week recovery process before beginning a throwing program and is expected to be ready for Spring Training 2020. Chavez, 36, signed with the Rangers in each of the…

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2019-09-11 18:59:35



Rays Select Johnny Davis  

The Rays announced Wednesday that they’ve selected the contract of outfielder Johnny Davis from Double-A Montgomery. Left-hander Hoby Milner was placed on the 60-day injured list to create a roster spot. Milner is dealing with a “cervical neck injury” and will be shut down for at least three weeks before he’s reevaluated. Davis, 29, will…

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2019-09-11 16:01:53



MLBTR Poll: Time For Changes In Pittsburgh?  

Tuesday brought the latest ignominious development of 2019 for Pittsburgh, a team that has gone from playoff hopeful to laughingstock in the span of a couple months. The Pirates announced that reliever Kyle Crick underwent season-ending surgery for an injury to his right index finger, which came as a result of a fight with teammate…

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2019-09-11 14:30:39



Early Trade Deadline Re-Assessment: AL East  

It has only been a little over five weeks, so it's too soon to judge with finality how this year's trade deadline maneuvers will play out. That said, we're already half of the way through the period — the regular season portion, at least — for which rental players were acquired. Even players with future…

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2019-09-11 13:09:55



Latest On Aaron Hicks  

The Yankees seem increasingly unlikely to receive a late-season (or postseason) contribution from outfielder Aaron Hicks. He’s slated to rest for several more weeks after a visit to the offices of Dr. Neal ElAttrache, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter links). This is in some respects good news, it bears noting. Hicks…

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2019-09-11 12:53:05



Nick Markakis Nearing Return  

The Braves may soon welcome back veteran outfielder Nick Markakis. While a return this season once seemed in some doubt, he’s tracking to be activated as soon as the end of this week, as Paul Casella of MLB.com reports. Markakis has been rehabbing a broken left wrist since suffering the injury in late July. His…

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2019-09-11 11:24:49



Early Trade Deadline Re-Assessment: NL East  

It has only been a little over five weeks, so it's too soon to judge with finality how this year's trade deadline maneuvers will play out. That said, we're already half of the way through the period — the regular season portion, at least — for which rental players were acquired. Even players with future…

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2019-09-11 10:29:10



Michael Pineda Hopes To Stay With Twins  

Even though the AL Central-leading Twins are well on their way to a playoff berth, the 2019 season is already in the rearview mirror for one of their top starters, Michael Pineda. Major League Baseball hit the right-hander with a 60-game suspension last weekend after he tested positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, which is on…

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2019-09-11 07:24:05



AL Injury Notes: Astros, Red Sox, Jays, Tigers  

Let’s check in on a few notable injury situations from the American League… Astros reliever Ryan Pressly is closing in on a return, manager A.J. Hinch revealed Tuesday (Twitter links via Brian McTaggart of MLB.com). The first-place club has been without Pressly, likely its premier reliever, since he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Aug. 22. Expectations…

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2019-09-11 05:52:56



The Least Valuable Sluggers Of 2019  

With a couple weeks left in the regular season, 108 players have already hit at least 20 home runs, and several more figure to join the group before the year’s out. We all know it’s a homer-happy game these days, but even if you’re capable of launching the ball over the fence on a consistent…

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2019-09-11 05:43:01



Latest On Alex Cora, Red Sox Front Office  

With former president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski now out of the organization, the Red Sox are on the hunt for a new front office chief. Dombrowski’s successor won’t have the right to choose a manager, though, as Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy confirmed Tuesday on WEEI’s "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria" that Alex Cora…

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2019-09-11 04:23:24



Christian Yelich Suffers Fractured Kneecap, Out For Season  

The Brewers announced devastating news Tuesday: Superstar outfielder Christian Yelich suffered a fractured right kneecap in their win over the Marlins and will miss the rest of the season. He incurred the injury after fouling a ball off his knee in the first inning. This will cut short a phenomenal season for Yelich, who may…

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2019-09-11 03:43:28



Pat Neshek Undergoes Hamstring Surgery  

Veteran righty Pat Neshek has undergone surgery to repair his injured right hamstring, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Twitter. Neshek had been weighing a procedure against other potential courses of action. Obviously, this news means that the hurler isn’t going to return to the field of play in 2019. It’s all but…

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2019-09-11 02:36:22



Giants Could Hire General Manager  

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi continues reshaping the team’s front office in his image. The Zaidi-led club fired eight of its 20 pro scouts Tuesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle details. More changes are likely, per Schulman, and it’s possible the Giants will add a general manager to their baseball department.…

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2019-09-11 01:49:06



NL Injury Notes: Kimbrel, Verdugo, Renfroe, Taijuan  

Injured Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel is progressing toward a return, but that won’t come until at least the weekend, Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com reports. The big-money in-season signing has been on the injured list with right elbow inflammation since Sept. 1, making him eligible to come back as early as Thursday. Kimbrel’s IL placement came…

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2019-09-11 01:45:43



Pirates' Kyle Crick Injured In Fight With Felipe Vazquez  

WEDNESDAY: Crick told Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other reporters that Vazquez threw the first punch. Vazquez didn’t comment, per Wilborn, who adds that the closer had “noticeable swelling and bandages” on his nose. TUESDAY: Pirates relievers Felipe Vazquez and Kyle Crick engaged in a clubhouse fight Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today…

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2019-09-11 01:27:04



Mariners Promote 4 Prospects, Designate Ryan Court  

The Mariners announced the promotion of four prospects: righty Justin Dunn, outfielder Kyle Lewis, infielder Donnie Walton, and righty Art Warren. To create 40-man roster space, the club designated utilityman Ryan Court for assignment. This multi-part move comes as no surprise, as the Seattle organization was reportedly preparing to call up Dunn (link) and Lewis…

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2019-09-10 21:40:36






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