• Stanton has 'slim chance' of returning for final week?

    Larry Brown Sports "If the Miami Marlins can stay in the playoff race, there is a slight chance they’ll have some big help down the stretch. According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, Giancarlo Stanton could return for the final week of the regular season if everything goes “absolutely perfect.” The most..." August 28

  • Puig reportedly placed on trade waivers

    MLB.com "Yasiel Puig has been placed on trade waivers by the Dodgers, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported on Sunday. It is common for teams to place their players on revocable trade waivers during August. If Puig is claimed by another team, which according to Rosenthal is likely, the Dodgers..." August 28

  • Angels Outright Johnny Giavotella To Triple-A

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have outrighted second baseman Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A, the club announced. Giavotella cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. After being acquired from Kansas City in a December 2014 trade, Giavotella has spent much of the last two seasons as the..." August 28

  • Dustin Pedroia takes temporary leave from Red Sox

    Sporting News "Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will take a short leave of absence from the team to attend to a family matter, according to the Boston Herald. Pedroia will miss Sunday night's clash against the Kansas City Royals and may miss Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays as well. The..." August 28

  • Blue Jays' Josh Thole: Designated for assignment

    CBS Sports "Thole was designated for assignment following Sunday's 9-6 win over the Twins, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports. The Blue Jays bolstered their catching corps by acquiring Dioner Navarro from the White Sox over the weekend, leaving no room for Thole as the club's third backstop." August 28

  • Jeremy Hellickson ineligible for late trade

    CSN Philly "Jeremy Hellickson will be with the Phillies for the remainder of the season. According to sources, the veteran right-hander was recently claimed on waivers. The Phillies were unable to work out a deal with the claiming team and Hellickson was pulled back, making him ineligible to be traded the..." August 28

  • Girardi on surging Yankees: 'I believe in these guys'

    MLB.com "The Yankees insisted that they weren't waving the white flag on anything by dealing away some of their most attractive assets a month ago, expressing the belief that the players still in their clubhouse would continue to push for a postseason berth. They may have known exactly what they were..." August 28

  • Rangers’ Jeffress stays on restricted list while MLB looks at arrest

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Texas Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress will remain on the Major League Baseball restricted list while MLB continues to investigate his arrest early Friday morning in Dallas for suspicion of drunken driving. The Rangers placed the right-hander on the restricted list, which is often used when a..." August 28

  • Don't count out the San Francisco Giants

    Yardbarker "The even-year magic may finally be kicking in for the San Francisco Giants. After back-to-back wins against the Dodgers and the Braves, the Giants sit one game back from first place in the National League West. Considering the Giants have only won 13 of the last 40 games, two wins is a lot to get..." August 28

  • Orioles bring back Hunter on major-league deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have signed free agent reliever Tommy Hunter, as Rich Dubroff of CSN Mid-Atlantic tweets that the right-hander now has a locker in their clubhouse. This will be the second stint in Baltimore for the 30-year-old Hunter, whom the Orioles first acquired from the Rangers in the Chris..." August 28

  • Here are the MLB teams we know attending Tim Tebow's showcase

    CBS Sports "Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is scheduled to hold his baseball showcase on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Some estimates have as many as 20 teams set to attend. To help everyone keep track of who's in, we've rounded up all the reports linking individual teams to Tebow's showcase. That doesn't..." August 28

  • Strained relations? Irate Hammel not happy with Maddon

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs manager Joe Maddon dropped a “seminal moment” on the impressive relief outing Saturday by rookie Rob Zastryzny. But the only reason the left-hander was pitching in the third inning against the Dodgers marked a more significant seminal moment in the relationship between the Cubs and veteran..." August 28

  • Phegley hospitalized with synovitis in knee

    MLB.com "A's catcher Josh Phegley is resting comfortably in a Bay Area hospital after receiving treatment for synovitis in his right knee. Phegley was admitted to a hospital in San Francisco on Friday night and was administered IV antibiotics to treat the synovitis, which is an inflammatory disease..." August 28

  • Xander Bogaerts Really Wanted Dustin Pedroia To Break That MLB Record

    NESN "Dustin Pedroia nearly made history Saturday night. The Boston Red Sox’s second baseman entered his final at-bat with a chance to tie the major league record for most consecutive at-bats with a hit. After three terrific nights at the plate, Pedroia was sitting on 11 straight hits (with a walk..." August 28

  • Gary Sanchez becomes fastest player in MLB to hit 11 homers

    Sportsnaut "The new era of New York Yankees baseball started when the team moved on from Alex Rodriguez. It’s now been taken to a whole new level by the performance of the team’s youngsters. Ripe with talent at all levels of the Minors and even within the Major League club, there’s no more impressive..." August 28

  • Dave Roberts has nothing to say about Yasiel Puig returning in September

    Orange County Register "As a first-year manager, Dave Roberts has learned the value of silence. The Dodgers manager was asked Saturday if outfielder Yasiel Puig would be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma when rosters expand on Sept. 1. "We haven't decided that yet," Roberts said. Through his first 15 games in..." August 27

  • Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw close to facing hitters as return nears

    Los Angeles Times "Clayton Kershaw completed another significant step in his recovery process on Friday afternoon, completing a 60-pitch bullpen session, which would put him in a position to face hitters next week. Kershaw could require only one outing, either on a rehabilitation assignment or in a simulated..." August 27

  • Gerrit Cole To Miss Start, Have Elbow Examined

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates ace Gerrit Cole will miss his next start Monday against the Cubs and will instead travel to Los Angeles to have his a specialist examine his sore elbow, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes (all Twitter links). The Bucs are not currently concerned about the possibility..." August 27

  • Terry Collins Acknowledges Mets May Fire Him After Season

    Real GM Baseball "The New York Mets are still in the race despite a deeply frustrating season. The Mets are within five games of the NL Wild-Card. “We had no idea we’d break down like this,’’ Terry Collins said, “None. It’s hard to believe.’’ The Mets reached the World Series last season and had high..." August 27

  • Giants place Jake Peavy on disabled list with back injury

    San Jose Mercury News "Jake Peavy, who was scheduled to make his first start since July 30 Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves, was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Giants with a lower back strain. Peavy, who was placed on the D.L. retroactive to Aug. 21, will be replaced as the starter by Albert..." August 27

  • Dodgers’ Scott Van Slyke to undergo season-ending surgery

    Today's Knuckleball "The Los Angeles Dodgers have endured yet another long-term injury: Outfielder Scott Van Slyke will receive arthroscopic wrist surgery to clear out cysts and scar tissue, as Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register tweeted the news on Saturday afternoon; Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA clarifies..." August 27

  • It’s time for Mets to bench Curtis Granderson

    New York Post "There was a throwback feel to Friday night, as if this were 2015 again and the Mets were enjoying an August beatdown of the Phillies to bolster their playoff chances. Wilmer Flores hit a grand slam, Asdrubal Cabrera homered twice, Jose Reyes hit another and even Bartolo Colon had two hits. The..." August 27

  • Minnesota Twins ace Ervin Santana clears waivers

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "As veteran right-hander Ervin Santana took the mound Saturday in Toronto, he did so for perhaps the final time in a Twins uniform. That’s because the surging staff ace surprisingly cleared major league trade waivers in recent days, according to a person with direct knowledge, meaning Santana..." August 27

  • Padres interested in re-signing Jon Jay

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Just after the last out of the World Series is recorded this November, dozens of players around baseball will become free agents. For some, it will be the first time in their careers they can choose which uniform they want to wear. Padres outfielder Jon Jay is among those faced with that..." August 27

  • Why Yankees' Joe Girardi has beef with September roster expansion

    Newark Star-Ledger "On Thursday, rosters around Major League Baseball will expand from 25 players to 40. The Yankees will benefit. They'll get deeper. They'll add a couple of promising relievers (Bryan Mitchell, Nick Goody), innings eaters (Richard Bleier) and high-upside youngsters (Luis Severino, Mason..." August 27

  • Tigers Activate Jose Iglesias, Designate Alex Presley

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have announced that they’ve activated shortstop Jose Iglesias from the 15-day disabled list. To clear roster space for him, they’ve designated outfielder Alex Presley for assignment. Iglesias had missed two weeks with a hamstring strain. The 26-year-old is hitting just .249/.297/.328..." August 27

  • Troubling details emerge from Jeremy Jeffress' DWI arrest

    Sportress of Blogitude "Texas Rangers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was arrested early Friday morning on a DWI charge. And if that wasn’t bad enough for the 28-year-old reliever, police revealed some embarrassing details of the arrest, including how Jeffress apparently urinated on himself twice during his arrest. A Dallas..." August 27

  • Mets decide to skip deGrom's next start

    MLB.com "Concerned about Jacob deGrom's consecutive poor starts, the Mets spent this week digging into the Trackman technology available to them at ballparks around the country, hoping to spot the root cause of their ace's struggles. Coming away convinced that deGrom's issues are mechanical, not..." August 27

  • San Francisco Giants inching closer to a record they really don’t want

    Larry Brown Sports "Entering the All-Star break, the San Francisco Giants had the best record in baseball at 57-33. Since the All-Star break, they rest comfortably in the Major League Baseball cellar with a record of 12-25. Despite Matt Moore’s near no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on..." August 27

  • Blue Jays bring back catcher Dioner Navarro in trade with White Sox

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays bolstered their bench Friday, acquiring Dioner Navarro from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league left-hander Colton Turner. The 32-year-old Navarro played for the Blue Jays in 2014 and ’15, batting .267/.390/.704 with 17 homers across 193 games with Toronto...." August 26

  • Rays To Release Desmond Jennings

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays will release veteran outfielder Desmond Jennings tomorrow, the club has announced. He had been on the 15-day DL with a knee injury. This isn’t the first time that Jennings has succumbed to leg problems. The 29-year-old was shelved earlier this year with a hamstring strain and underwent..." August 26

  • Did Dodgers send message to Kershaw with Ellis Trade?

    Hardball Talk "The trade of a light-hitting backup catcher is normally about as inconsequential as it gets. The trade of A.J. Ellis by the Dodgers to the Phillies, however, is anything but that. Indeed, it may be the public manifestation of long-simmering, well, maybe “feud” is too strong a word, but a definite..." August 26

  • How much would Aroldis Chapman return cost Yankees in free agency?

    Newark Star-Ledger "From the moment the Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, the door was kept open for a possible return this coming winter in free agency. While Dellin Betances has been more than adequate in the closer role, the idea of reuniting Chapman and Betances in a dominant bullpen duo has to be at..." August 26

  • Red Sox ‘optimistic’ Andrew Benintendi can return this season, no structural damage besides knee sprain

    WEEI Boston "Friday was a good day for the Red Sox and Andrew Benintendi. After suffering a knee injury Wednesday night in Tampa that looked season-ending at first glance, Benintendi went through a number of tests Friday, including another MRI, CT scan and X-rays and it revealed no structural damage other..." August 26

  • Terry Collins’ potential plan for ‘run-down’ Jacob deGrom

    New York Post "The Mets’ updated “to do” list contains an item they wouldn’t have expected just over a week ago: Get Jacob deGrom right. With the ace righty struggling, manager Terry Collins is considering extra rest for deGrom, who is scheduled to face the Marlins on Monday at Citi Field. DeGrom had a..." August 26

  • Did An MLB Star Pay A Teammate $2.5 Million To Take The Fall On A Drug Test?

    Deadspin "Dozens of Major League Baseball players have been suspended for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, but relatively few stars have been caught. Could it be that there should be one more star on this list, but he instead paid his less heralded teammate millions of dollars to take the..." August 26

  • Rangers Place Jeremy Jeffress On Restricted List After DWI Arrest

    MLB Trade Rumors "3:06pm: Club GM Jon Daniels says that Jeffress will go to the restricted list, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (Twitter links). That will likely only be a one-day placement, however, and is intended to ensure that the team has a full bullpen. It appears that Jeffress was found to be..." August 26

  • Report: Phillies calling up prospect Jorge Alfaro

    CSN Philly "It appears prized catching prospect Jorge Alfaro is coming to the Phillies. But not for long. According to a report late Thursday night by Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, Alfaro will be promoted from Double A Reading to the Phillies and join the team Friday in New York. Alfaro, already on the..." August 26

  • Texas Rangers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress arrested on DWI charge in Dallas

    San Antonio Express-News "Newly acquired Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was arrested early Friday morning on a driving while intoxicated charge in Dallas, according to jail records and media reports. Jeffress, a 28-year-old hard-throwing right-hander acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers Aug. 1, was booked..." August 26

  • Tigers' Aybar may keep playing SS when Jose Iglesias returns

    Detroit Free Press "Jose Iglesias is expected to return to the Detroit Tigers on Friday, when they begin a six-game home stand with a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wouldn’t say for sure if it would happen, instead saying if Iglesias' hamstring was still bothering him,..." August 26

  • Bruce Bochy makes wrong call sending Matt Moore out for no-hitter

    Larry Brown Sports "Few managers handle their pitchers and bullpen better than San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy, but the three-time World Series winner made the wrong call on Thursday night. Bochy allowed pitcher Matt Moore to bat for himself to lead off the top of the 9th inning against the Dodgers despite throwing..." August 26

  • A.J. Ellis and Clayton Kershaw get emotional after catcher is dealt to Phillies

    Los Angeles Times "Shortly after A.J. Ellis received clarification about his future, he asked Clayton Kershaw to meet him outside by the Dodgers bench. There, the backup catcher shared the news to his closest friend on the team. The Dodgers had traded Ellis to the Philadelphia Phillies for another veteran..." August 26

  • Kipnis jokingly gets ready to fight Odor after hard slide

    Deadspin "Jason Kipnis turned a nice little double play for the Indians this evening, which started with tagging out a quickly approaching Rougned Odor. Kipnis got the forceout, made the throw under pressure, then came up ready to scrap with the known punch enthusiast. Well, not really." August 26

  • Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

    Philly.com "Carlos Ruiz will have another shot at a World Series ring. The Phillies have traded their long-time catcher to the Los Angeles Dodgers for veteran catcher A.J. Ellis and a minor-league pitcher named Tommy Bergjans. Ruiz, 37, had expressed a desire to play for a contender. To do that, he..." August 25

  • Shelby Miller Demotion Expected To Delay Free Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have scheduled right-hander Shelby Miller for at least one more Triple-A start, which Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic says will leave the 25-year-old unable to accrue enough days on the active roster this year to reach four full years of MLB service. Miller is sitting at..." August 25

  • Giancarlo Stanton says he's uncertain if he'll play again this season

    CBS Sports "The Marlins entered Thursday just 1 1/2 back in the race for the second wild card. Yet no matter how close the Marlins get to a postseason spot, their efforts are overshadowed by the looming specter that is Giancarlo Stanton's availability. Stanton, of course, was placed on the disabled list..." August 25

  • Is Manny Machado becoming a better investment than Bryce Harper?

    ESPN "With Bryce Harper and Manny Machado scheduled to hit free agency in two years, the 2018 offseason could go down in history as the winter that broke baseball's bank. The question is, which one of them will be the most prized catch? Earlier this season, the answer seemed simple. Coming off his..." August 25

  • Nationals acquire Marc Rzepczynski in trade with Athletics

    Today's Knuckleball "The Washington Nationals have acquired left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations in a trade with the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock, per Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post. Rzepczynski has appeared in 56 games out of the bullpen this..." August 25

  • Red Sox put Andrew Benintendi on disabled list

    Boston Globe "The Red Sox placed rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and recalled infielder Marco Hernandez from Triple A Pawtucket before their game against the Tampa Bay Rays." August 25

  • Tim Tebow has ‘no shot’ of making it in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "At least 20 MLB teams are expected to take a look at Tim Tebow’s baseball prospects at the former NFL quarterback’s workout next week, but some scouts is confident nothing will come of it. Katie Strang of ESPN.com spoke with three pro baseball scouts on Wednesday, and all three “expressed..." August 25

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