• Chris Sale sent home by White Sox for 'clubhouse incident'

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox sent Chris Sale home before Saturday’s game against the Tigers for what general manager Rick Hahn called a “clubhouse incident.” “Chris Sale has been scratched from tonight’s schedule start and sent home from the ballpark,” Hahn said in a statement. “The incident, which was..." July 23

  • Trade candidate Sale scratched from start

    The Score "As rumors continue to swirl around Chris Sale, the Chicago White Sox left-hander was scratched from his start Saturday due to an illness. The White Sox head into their game with the Detroit Tigers four games under .500 and 10 1/2-games back in the division, leaving general manager Rick Hahn..." July 23

  • Ken Griffey Jr. says David Ortiz 'absolutely' belongs in Hall of Fame

    ESPN "As Ken Griffey Jr. prepares to enter the Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee, he's throwing his endorsement behind another left-handed slugger who played for the Seattle Mariners' organization in the mid-1990s. Griffey said that Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who broke into..." July 23

  • Price on Wade Davis high; Nats, others check in

    Today's Knuckleball "The Nationals and a few other teams searching for a big-time closer have checked in on Royals star closer Wade Davis, and they have found the asking price to be higher than the price put on Yankees star closer Aroldis Chapman. There’s no certainty either star closer will be traded, as the..." July 23

  • Minor League Players’ Wage Suit against Major League Baseball suffers a huge setback

    Hardball Talk "A judge handed minor leaguers looking to hold Major League Baseball liable for underpaying and exploiting them a huge setback today, ruling that the case cannot go forward as a class action. Minor leaguers who want to sue over their pay and treatment still can, but they’ll have to do it..." July 23

  • Chris Sale Is Landscape-Altering Possibility on MLB Trade Market

    Bleacher Report "For weeks, we've all been asking whether the New York Yankees would sell. Turns out the Sale we should have been focused on is Chris, as in Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox, as in the pitcher who could energize this July trade market. If a team gets (or misses out on) Aroldis Chapman, it..." July 23

  • Royals didn't invite Cueto to White House

    San Jose Mercury News "Johnny Cueto pitched a shutout for the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 of the World Series last October. Apparently, that’s not enough to earn an invitation to join the team for their congratulatory visit to the White House." July 23

  • Pete Rose only signing autographs this HOF weekend, banned from speaking to minor leaguers

    The Comeback "Pete Rose’s recent story has been certainly an odd one. After Rob Manfred decided to uphold Rose’s ban from baseball, and by extension the Hall of Fame, the sport’s hit king continues to truck along, signing autographs wherever he can, including at minor league ballparks. Last night, he was at..." July 23

  • Marlins still in mix to acquire Cashner

    The Score "The playoff-chasing Miami Marlins remain in discussions with the San Diego Padres regarding pitcher Andrew Cashner, the coveted right-hander who's been the subject of increased trade speculation in recent days. Cashner continues to be pursued by several teams ahead of next week's non-waiver..." July 23

  • Jurickson Profar not likely to be dealt

    Lone Star Ball "Texas Rangers trade rumors: Jurickson Profar is a player who every team talking to the Rangers has interest in, but Ken Rosenthal writes that the Rangers are "more likely to keep Profar . . . than move him," unless its for a Chris Sale or Chris Archer type. This highlights the dilemma of this..." July 23

  • A-Rod, Yankees have 'positive' talk amid reports of possible release

    ESPN "Amid media reports that the Yankees are considering releasing Alex Rodriguez and eating the approximately $28 million remaining on his contract, sources told ESPN that Rodriguez and team owner Hal Steinbrenner met and spoke Friday before the team's 3-2 win over the San Francisco..." July 23

  • Blue Jays talking with Padres about Cashner, Upton

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays are battling the Baltimore Orioles in the standings and trade market, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, who reports the AL East rivals are among the clubs discussing a trade for Padres outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. Toronto is also reported to have held dialogue with..." July 23

  • The White Sox Should Absolutely Trade Chris Sale

    The Big Lead "Chris Sale is one of the five best pitchers in baseball, and he’s having another outstanding season. Unfortunately, his Chicago White Sox have not joined him on that train, as they enter Friday’s action 10 games behind the Cleveland Indians for first place in the American League Central. The South..." July 23

  • Giants too savvy to be fazed by slump after All-Star break

    Sporting News "The last time the Giants won a game, gasoline cost $2.24 a gallon, Donald Trump was merely the presumptive Republican nominee for president and the baseball world was eagerly anticipating Giancarlo Stanton’s appearance in the home run derby. OK, so July 10 isn’t really all that long ago, but..." July 23

  • Familia joins elite club with 50th straight save

    Yahoo! Sports "It hasn’t necessarily been pretty this week, but New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia continues getting the job done at a remarkable rate. In Friday’s 5-3 win against the Marlins, the first-time All-Star recorded his 50th consecutive regular season save dating back to July 30 of last season...." July 23

  • Blue Jays weigh obvious and obscure avenues at deadline

    Sportsnet "Trade talks are picking up around the majors ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline, and the Toronto Blue Jays are looking at both obvious and obscure ways to improve the team. “I know they’re looking,” manager John Gibbons said Friday. “Everything’s started to heat up.” “They’re getting..." July 23

  • Ichiro is 4 MLB hits away from 3,000

    SB Nation "Ichiro Suzuki is in the unique position of having more hits than anyone else in baseball history while also sitting just four hits away from becoming the 30th player in MLB history with 3,000 career knocks. Ichiro has 4,274 when you combine his 1,278 hits from Nippon Professional Baseball, and has..." July 23

  • White Sox taking calls on Sale, Quintana, with Red Sox among suitors

    Today's Knuckleball "The White are being inundated with calls of interest in ace Chris Sale, who may be the best pitcher in the American League, and All-Star left-hander Jose Quintana on the day after it became public that they are contemplating a serious sale. The Red Sox, who already have made four trades, are..." July 23

  • Nationals want Yankees' Aroldis Chapman, but top prospects untouchable

    Newark Star-Ledger "We've known for some time that the Washington Nationals are hot for Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman. New information, according to Washington Post national baseball writer Barry Svrluga, is that the NL East-leading Nats want to deal for Chapman before the Aug. 1 trade deadline without giving up..." July 23

  • White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s famous bat-breaking skills in bobblehead form

    The Comeback "Bo Jackson played just two seasons for the Chicago White Sox, but as of Thursday the famed two-sport star has his first ever bobblehead doll in the Second City and it is epic to say the least. While football fans may remember Jackson for his insane speed as a running back, baseball fans know..." July 23

  • Padres, Orioles discussing possible Upton for Jimenez deal

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres and the Orioles reportedly are discussing a trade that would send outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. to Baltimore in exchange for right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. According to a FoxSports.com report, no agreement is close, as the Padres also are seeking a prospect from the Orioles. Acquiring..." July 23

  • In theory, it would almost make sense to trade Joe Panik

    McCovey Chronicles "If you weren’t around Twitter last night, a brief recap: Andrew Baggarly, known anarchist, was asked about Joe Panik’s unscheduled day off from his rehabilitation assignment, and he responded with "In all seriousness, maybe he’s part of a potential trade." As you would expect, everyone freaked..." July 23

  • Jay Bruce continues to draw interest across MLB

    Today's Knuckleball "In a trade market flush with outfield talent, perhaps no outfielder is drawing as much interest as Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce. Bruce is drawing the eyes of many teams across baseball looking to add an impact bat prior to the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. The Indians, Rangers,..." July 23

  • Blue Jays Bobblehead Giveaway Game Tops Upcoming Weekend Slate On Secondary Ticket Market

    Black Sports Online "The summer is heating up, which means that the divisional races in both leagues are hotly contested, and the games are becoming a little more important as we draw into the second half of the season. Two of baseball’s best teams, the Boston Red Sox (53-39) and Chicago Cubs (57-37), find..." July 23

  • Rangers considering bid for DeSclafani

    The Score "Anthony DeSclafani is high on the Texas Rangers' radar. The Rangers are considering the Cincinnati Reds starter as one of the possible names to improve their rotation ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network." July 23

  • Jose Bautista: I’m ready to return to the Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista is starting to feel like his old self. The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, who has been out since mid-June with turf toe, acknowledged his toe isn’t yet 100 per cent but he feels he’s healthy enough to come up to the big-leagues once he completes his rehab assignment this weekend..." July 23

  • Trevor Story ties rookie shortstop record with 24th HR

    CBS Sports "Rockies shortstop Trevor Story made some history Friday night. In the sixth inning of his team's win over the Braves (COL 4, ATL 3), Story swatted his 24th home run of the season, which tied the NL record for rookie shortstops." July 23

  • Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley undergoes procedure to break up scar tissue in shoulder

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Another day, another attempt to get Michael Brantley back on the field so he can help the Indians maintain their hold on first place in the AL Central. Brantley, to date, has played 11 games this season as he recovers from November surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Brantley..." July 23

  • Diamondbacks consider replacing manager Chip Hale

    ABC 15 "The Arizona Diamondbacks' disappointing season may soon result in a managerial change, according to a report Friday. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com said the D-backs are considering a move to replace second-year manager Chip Hale, though general manager Dave Stewart refused comment. Rosenthal..." July 22

  • Clay Buchholz believes he’s going to be traded

    WEEI Boston "This might not be the last time Clay Buchholz pitches on the Fenway Park mound, but it sure is starting to feel like his run in Red Sox home whites is facing its finale. Part of the vibe came from the obvious observation as to what Buchholz’s lot in life has become, as he finally pitched for..." July 22

  • Mike Piazza was terrifying and the Dodgers should have kept him

    SB Nation "In 1993, the San Francisco Giants won 103 games and missed the postseason. Unless the wild card system is eliminated in the future, that will be the last time in baseball history something like that happens. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Mike Piazza was a rookie, and..." July 22

  • Drew Pomeranz learned of trade to Red Sox on TV

    Larry Brown Sports "If the San Diego Padres continue to sell off their major league talent as we approach the Aug. 1 trade deadline, starting pitcher Andrew Cashner could be the next to go. The right-hander is not concerned about it, however, because he doesn’t expect the team to keep him in the loop anyway. After..." July 22

  • Coppolella says he won't trade Teheran

    MLB.com "Julio Teheran will continue to draw interest from teams looking to add a frontline starting pitcher before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline. But Braves general manager John Coppolella contends he will not be influenced to trade his All-Star pitcher. "I have told about 12 different general..." July 22

  • Indians involved in Chapman, Miller pursuit

    The Score "The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians are reportedly on the hunt for a high-profile bullpen arm to help bolster their playoff chances down the stretch. Previously linked to Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, the Indians are said to be "in on" teammate Andrew Miller as well, according to..." July 22

  • Royals have interest in acquiring Markakis

    Royals Review "We are a little over a week away from the August 1 trade deadline, and while fans debate whether or not the Royals should be sellers or buyers, the rumors seem to suggest the Royals are looking to be buyers. Despite the great need for starting pitching, there are persistent rumors the Royals are..." July 22

  • Reddick awaits news

    San Francisco Chronicle "Josh Reddick said trade rumors don’t bother him. What’s bothersome is that talks for a new A’s deal haven’t progressed. “It’s kind of disheartening something hasn’t been worked out so far,” Reddick said, “and we’ve been four months into it.” Asked if he’d like to stay in Oakland, Reddick..." July 22

  • Mets’ biggest trade need might not be so easy to get

    New York Post "A little extra bullpen help would be a relief to the Mets. Even with the rotation showing signs of wear and tear, the team’s primary focus heading toward the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline remains another reliever, according to a person with knowledge of the organization’s..." July 22

  • Anthopoulos, Cherington among execs linked to Twins' GM job

    The Score "Alex Anthopoulos, the former Blue Jays general manager and current vice president of baseball operations for the Dodgers, is reportedly among several executives generating early consideration for the vacant Minnesota Twins' GM position. Anthopolous was one of many names mentioned Friday by..." July 22

  • Dodgers impressed with the way Julio Urias has handled season of uncertainty, first-place opponents

    Orange County Register "Now what? For the third time this season, the Dodgers turned to 19-year-old left-hander Julio Urias to fill a short-term need in their starting rotation. Urias went four innings in Thursday’s 6-3 victory over the Washington Nationals after left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu went on the DL with elbow..." July 22

  • Ken Griffey Jr. was a transcendent motherf**ker

    SB Nation "Ken Griffey, Jr. is a Hall of Famer. He’s been an unquestioned, first-ballot Hall of Famer in spirit for a decade now. He fits every description of Hall of Famer, from the performance standards to the literal use of the word "fame." He saved baseball in the Pacific Northwest, and he almost..." July 22

  • Five Biggest free agent busts thus far in 2016 MLB season

    Sportsnaut "Last offseason produced a slew of big contracts. Some MLB teams are happy with the results from their investments. Unfortunately, other deals haven’t produced quite the same dividends. What players aren’t living up to the hype? What teams are already regretting their decisions to sign these..." July 22

  • Blue Jays scout Cashner, Sabathia

    Today's Knuckleball "The Blue Jays sent scouts to watch at least CC Sabathia and Andrew Cashner Thursday in what may be an indication they will follow through on their plan to move All-Star starter Aaron Sanchez into the bullpen. The Jays are weighing both starters and relievers but are said to be concerned about..." July 22

  • Padres' Cashner: 'I know I'm going to be traded'

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Andrew Cashner's latest, and perhaps last, start in a Padres uniform began shortly before 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Busch Stadium. By then, hours of speculation had shadowed the 6-foot-6 right-hander. Some rival officials believed he would be in a new uniform before he could take the mound. But the..." July 22

  • Matt Holliday bloodied by fastball to the face

    Fox Sports "Matt Holliday was knocked out of the St. Louis Cardinals' game in the sixth inning Thursday night when he was hit in the face by a fastball from San Diego's Andrew Cashner. Holliday dropped to the ground, spitting blood, before he was able to get up and go to first. He was removed for a pinch..." July 22

  • Indians To Sign Joe Thatcher

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with lefty Joe Thatcher, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). He had been released by the Dodgers after opting out of his deal with the team. Thatcher, 34, has seen action in each of the last nine major league seasons, but has yet..." July 22

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • White Sox reportedly turned down massive offer for Chris Sale

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago White Sox are apparently trying to single-handedly disprove the old adage, “Everything can be had for a price.” According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Thursday, the White Sox were recently offered a “king’s ransom” for five-time All-Star Chris Sale but turned it..." July 21

  • Chicago considering dealing David Robertson, Todd Frazier

    MLB Daily Dish "With their team falling out of contention, the White Sox are mulling over the sale of some assets according to a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Since the All-Star break, the White Sox have managed just one win over their six games. After opening the season as one of the hottest teams..." July 21

  • Report: Yankees have thought about cutting A-Rod and Mark Teixeira

    CBS Sports "The expectation with the Yankees, who are now five back in the Wild Card (and six back in the division), is that they'll still trade Aroldis Chapman and perhaps a few others by the deadline. But those might not be the most drastic moves made in New York over the coming weeks. According to Jon..." July 21

  • Cubs reportedly interested in Josh Reddick

    Sportsnaut "Slated to become a free agent this upcoming winter, Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick will likely find himself on another team between now and the August 1st trade deadline. As the longest-tenured member of the A’s, it’s not going to be easy for the team’s brass to move him. But picking..." July 21