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  • Mark Reynolds nursing bruised hand
    Mark Reynolds is not playing Monday for a second straight day due to a bruised left hand.

    Advice: Reynolds was hit by a pitch during Saturday's game. He could be available to pinch-hit Monday, although he noted that he'd have to hold his bottom hand off the end of the bat because of how sore it is. Dan Johnson is at first base Monday. 53 minutes ago
    Bot 4, 0-1 vs x Cin
  • Manny Parra (elbow) still not throwing
    Manny Parra (elbow) has yet to resume throwing.

    Advice: Parra has been on the disabled list for a week with a strained left elbow and it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. "He still has a little bit of soreness in the back of his elbow, which is a little bit more like a bone bruise. It's providing some discomfort," Reds manager Bryan Price said. Today, 4:56 pm
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  • Mitch Harris activated, optioned to Triple-A
    Cardinals activated RHP Mitch Harris from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Harris is over his groin injury but will have to earn his way back to the majors. He holds a 3.10 ERA for the Cards this season. Today, 3:43 pm
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  • Pads have discussed Starlin Castro with Cubs
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Padres have discussed Starlin Castro with the Cubs.

    Advice: Morosi adds that the Cubs have inquired on the Padres' starters and he opines that a Castro-for-James Shields swap might make some sense. Castro has been a colossal disappointment with the Cubs this season, hitting just .233/.268/.302 with five homers. He's under contract through 2019 and the Cubs would probably love to use him as a trade chip this week to get pitching help. Today, 3:33 pm
  • Rusney Castillo recalled from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled OF Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He's taking Shane Victorino's spot on the roster. Castillo disappointed earlier this season by batting just .230/.260/.544 with one home run and one stolen base in 26 games. However, he should be given another shot to man right field pretty regularly and is worth a gamble in fantasy leagues. Today, 3:12 pm
  • Giants ask Reds about closer Aroldis Chapman
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Giants have inquired to the Reds about Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Morosi says there haven't been any offers exchanged so far. The Nationals have also been linked to Chapman, although it's not a given that the Reds will trade him since he's under team control through another season. Chapman would push Santiago Casilla to a setup role if he winds up in San Francisco. Today, 2:51 pm
  • Jennings (knee) nears rehab assignment
    Desmond Jennings (knee) could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

    Advice: Jennings is working his way back from last month's arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The Rays have said that they hope he'll be ready to return in early August, so his rehab assignment figures to be a short one if all goes well. Today, 2:18 pm
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    Bot 7, 3-1 vs x Det
  • Orioles, Padres talking Justin Upton trade
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Orioles and Padres have discussed a trade that would send Justin Upton to Baltimore.

    Advice: The O's have been one of the clubs connected to Upton previously. However, Stark also notes that the deal could be expanded to include Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross. It's unclear at this point how close something might be to getting done. The Orioles have been mentioned as a possible seller, but they sit just 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot and this rumor would seem to indicate that they have no plans to give up on a playoff run. Today, 1:19 pm
  • Alex Presley accepts assignment to AAA
    Alex Presley has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Presley had the option of electing free agency when he was moved off the Astros' 40-man roster last week, but the 30-year-old outfielder will remain with the organization. He is a .259/.299/.393 career hitter. Today, 10:27 am
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  • Pirates now likely to keep 1B Pedro Alvarez?
    According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Pirates are telling teams they're likely to keep Pedro Alvarez.

    Advice: That could be a negotiating tactic, as CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported just days ago that the first baseman is on the trade block. Alvarez has a rough .232 batting average and .301 on-base percentage in 90 games this season, though he does lead the Pirates with 14 home runs. The 28-year-old will be arbitration-eligible one final time this winter. Today, 10:22 am
  • TOR, HOU, LAD, TEX interested in Tyson Ross
    Tyson Ross has drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Astros, Dodgers, and Rangers, reports CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    Advice: Heyman calls Ross "an extremely popular man on the trade market," and rightly so. The 28-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through 2017 and boasts a 3.05 ERA and 9.2 K/9 in 318 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2014 season. It's going to take a big return for the Padres to give him up, but it does sound like they're listening. Today, 10:18 am
  • Rangers, Indians interested in Carlos Gomez
    Carlos Gomez is drawing serious trade interest from the Rangers and Indians, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

    Advice: Those teams are not currently in line for postseason spots and many expect them to be sellers at the July 31 trade deadline, but a player with the profile of Gomez is going to get attention from all sorts if he's truly made available by the Brewers. The 29-year-old center fielder is earning $8 million this season and is under contract for only $9 million next season. He's a summer removed from a 23-homer, 34-steal campaign. Today, 6:34 am
  • Nats, Jays among clubs interested in Kimbrel
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Nationals and Blue Jays are among the teams looking into acquiring Padres closer Craig Kimbrel.

    Advice: Washington and Toronto have also been linked to Jonathan Papelbon and Aroldis Chapman. It's a market flush with late-inning relief help, with Tyler Clippard, Francisco Rodriguez, and Jim Johnson also being dangled publicly ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Kimbrel has been his usual dominant self after a shaky first few months in a Padres uniform, boasting a 2.75 ERA and 55/15 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 total innings along with 29 saves. Today, 6:22 am
  • Piscotty (neck) goes 2-for-3 in return Sun.
    Stephen Piscotty (neck) finished 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in his first major league start at first base Sunday afternoon against the Braves.

    Advice: Piscotty started two games in left field for the Cardinals early last week in Chicago, but he was held out of the lineup for three straight games when the team returned home because of a stiff neck. The 24-year-old is obviously fine now and should begin to see semi-regular playing time at first base. He was sharp there defensively on Sunday and he's done some nice things offensively since his July 21 callup. Today, 6:02 am
  • Kipnis (neck) goes 0-for-4 in return Sat.
    Jason Kipnis (neck) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Sunday in his return to the Indians' lineup.

    Advice: Kipnis was held out of action on Saturday due to some mild stiffness in his neck. It obviously isn't a big deal. The second baseman is slashing .321/.397/.476 in what has otherwise been a frustrating year for Cleveland. Today, 5:54 am
  • Justin Upton powers Padres past Marlins
    Justin Upton clobbered his 16th home run of the season on Sunday, powering the Padres to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Marlins.

    Advice: Upton got the scoring started with his solo blast off Marlins starter Mat Latos in the second inning. He also singled and walked in the contest, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3, raising his season slash to .251/.330/.429 to go along with 16 homers and 50 RBI. Yesterday, 4:02 pm
  • Carlos Gomez not in Sunday's lineup
    Carlos Gomez is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Gerardo Parra is filling in for Gomez in center field, while Khris Davis is manning left. Yesterday, 9:54 am
  • Piscotty hits pinch-hit RBI single in win
    Stephen Piscotty hit a pinch-hit RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday as the Cardinals edged the Braves at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Piscotty was held out of the lineup for a second straight day due to neck stiffness, but he got called upon to hit after a Yadier Molina single and a Randal Grichuk walk and drove in pinch-runner Pete Kozma. It was the only run scored in the game, a duel between young starting pitchers Carlos Martinez and Shelby Miller. Saturday, 6:34 pm
  • Kipnis out Saturday because of neck stiffness
    Jason Kipnis is out of the Indians' starting lineup on Saturday night because of a stiff neck.

    Advice: One day off should do the trick for Kipnis. Mike Aviles will start at second base and bat leadoff as the Indians do battle with White Sox left-hander Chris Sale. Saturday, 3:20 pm
  • Piscotty (neck) out of lineup again Saturday
    Stephen Piscotty (neck) is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup again on Saturday.

    Advice: Piscotty remains day-to-day with a stiff neck. He was able to pinch-hit on Friday night against the Braves, so the injury obviously isn't too serious. The 24-year-old prospect should begin to see regular action at first base once he returns to full strength. Saturday, 1:13 pm
  • Mets unwilling to meet asking price for Upton
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets and Padres have reached an impasse in trade talks for Justin Upton.

    Advice: The Padres are reportedly demanding at least one high-end prospect, possibly two, but the Mets have balked at the high asking price. While the two sides could certainly resume talks, it seems more likely that the Mets will target a lower-level outfielder such as Gerardo Parra from the Brewers, rather than mortgage any part of their future. Saturday, 11:19 am
  • Stephen Piscotty appears as pinch hitter
    Stephen Piscotty (neck) grounded out in his lone at bat as a pinch hitter in Friday's victory over the Braves.

    Advice: He was out of the starting lineup the past two games due to a stiff neck, but the fact that he was available to take swings off of the bench is an encouraging sign. Look for him to return to the lineup on Saturday. Saturday, 5:40 am
  • Alvarez slugs two-run homer vs. Nats
    Pedro Alvarez slugged a two-run homer against the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: The blast traveled an estimated 439 feet into the Allegheny River. Alvarez has now gone deep in back-to-back games. The Pirates are reportedly shopping him, but he leads the team with 14 home runs. Friday, 7:51 pm
  • Justin Upton returns to Padres lineup Friday
    Justin Upton (oblique) has returned to the Padres starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Upton missed the previous four games due to an oblique issue. The 27-year-old, who is a hot commodity on the trade market, is slashing .251/.330/.425 with 15 homers, 49 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 90 games on the year. Friday, 2:59 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty (neck) out again Friday
    Stephen Piscotty (neck) remained out of the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's now missed two straight contests due to a stiff neck, but Piscotty took swings before the game and could be available off the bench. Mark Reynolds is at first base Friday. Friday, 1:19 pm
  • Pirates put Pedro Alvarez on trade block
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates have put Pedro Alvarez on the trade block.

    Advice: It confirms an earlier report from Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the club was fielding offers for the first baseman. Alvarez's defense has been awful this season and he's batting just .232/.302/.424 with 13 homers. He'll also get more expensive over the winter in his final year of arbitration, and the Pirates have decided to try and upgrade at first base now. It's unclear at this point who might be interested in Alvarez. Friday, 12:36 pm
  • Alex Presley outrighted to Triple-A
    Astros sent OF Alex Presley outright to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: It's the second time this season he's been removed from the 40-man roster. Presley can elect free agency if he wants. Friday, 10:27 am
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  • Reds' asking price for Chapman 'exorbitant'
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Reds' asking price for Aroldis Chapman is "exorbitant."

    Advice: Stark adds that other clubs are "not sure (Reds owner Bob Castellini) wants to move him." It's no surprise, of course, that the club's asking price for Chapman would be sky-high, as he's arguably the best closer in baseball and is under team control through next season. The Nationals are one team that's been linked to Chapman, but a deal probably isn't terribly likely. Friday, 9:14 am
  • Justin Upton (oblique) expected back Friday
    Justin Upton (oblique) is expected back in the Padres' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Upton missed a fourth straight start on Thursday, but he took batting practice before the game and then pinch-hit in it. The outfielder has been battling tightness in his left oblique. Friday, 5:22 am
  • Ross gives up hree earned runs in loss
    Tyson Ross allowed four runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: What's strange about the poor outing is that Ross struck out eight, walked zero and gave up no homers. That second bit is shocking given his ineffectiveness tonight, as Ross entered last in the bigs with 4.38 walks per nine (but also leading the league with 0.23 homers allowed per nine innings). Ross gets the Mets next time. Thursday, 10:21 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez hits 13th homer
    After sitting out two of the previous four games, Pedro Alvarez started Thursday and delivered a homer and an RBI groundout.

    Advice: It wouldn't be notable that Alvarez sat out a couple of games, except these were both against right-handers. Between the mediocre offense and the worse-than-mediocre defense, the Pirates are looking to do better at first base, and they might consider playing Aramis Ramirez there after Josh Harrison returns. Thursday, 7:34 pm
  • Justin Upton feels better, remains sidelined
    Justin Upton (oblique) said that he felt better on Thursday, but remained out of the lineup for a fourth straight game.

    Advice: Upton was scheduled to take batting practice on Thursday, and there have been no indications that anything went wrong with that session. He should still be considered day-to-day with a return over the weekend looking more and more likely. Thursday, 5:39 pm
  • Piscotty scratched from Thursday's lineup
    Stephen Piscotty was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Royals due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: Piscotty was slated to make his first major league start at first base, but now Dan Johnson will fill in. Consider Piscotty day-to-day. Thursday, 1:51 pm
  • Piscotty starting at 1B on Thursday night
    Stephen Piscotty is starting at first base and batting eighth on Thursday versus the Royals.

    Advice: It will be Piscotty's first major league start at first base. He served as the Cardinals' left fielder during a two-game interleague set against the White Sox. Mark Reynolds is on the bench on Thursday night. Thursday, 12:42 pm
  • Justin Upton (oblique) still out Wednesday
    Justin Upton (oblique) remained out of the Padres' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's the third straight game he's missed after he tweaked his left oblique on Sunday. The Padres remain hopeful that Upton will avoid a trip to the disabled list, especially since they're likely to trade him soon. Abraham Almonte is in left field Wednesday. Wednesday, 10:27 am
  • Starlin Castro sitting out on Wednesday
    Starlin Castro is absent from the Cubs' lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Reds.

    Advice: Addison Russell is at shortstop, with Jonathan Herrera covering second base. Castro will be back out there for the nightcap. Wednesday, 7:03 am
  • Gomez reaches base four times against Indians
    Carlos Gomez reached base all four times he came to the plate against the Indians on Tuesday, finishing 1-for-1 with an RBI, a run scored and three walks.

    Advice: In a strange twist, the usually walk-averse outfielder has now walked 11 times in his last nine games after walking just 10 times all season through July 6. Although most leagues don't count walks, it's a good sign for fantasy owners that Gomez seems to be seeing the ball well these days. The RBI single pushed his line to .271/.338/.442 with 42 RBI and 41 runs scored on the year. Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Astros have discussed Ross, Cashner with Pads
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have "had at least a preliminary conversation" with the Padres about Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: They've also talked with the Phillies about Cole Hamels, although there's been some feeling that Hamels would reject a trade to the Astros. Houston has been connected to Johnny Cueto, as well. Both Ross and Cashner would be more than rentals for the Astros, as Ross is under team control through 2017 and Cashner through 2016. Drellich does add that the Astros "do seem prepared to part with top prospects, however, even for a rental." Tuesday, 6:41 pm
  • Justin Upton (oblique) out of SD lineup Tues.
    Justin Upton is out of the Padres' lineup again on Tuesday due to tightness in his left oblique.

    Advice: Upton had to pulled from Sunday's eventual rainout against the Rockies because of oblique discomfort and he hasn't played since. The injury comes with bad timing for the Padres, who figure to be shopping the 27-year-old Upton ahead of the July 31 deadline. Will Venable is starting in left field on Tuesday night against the Giants. Tuesday, 2:47 pm
  • Piscotty starting in LF in MLB debut Tuesday
    Stephen Piscotty is starting in left field and batting ninth in his MLB debut Tuesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Matt Holliday will serve as the Cardinals' designated hitter in their series-opener at U.S. Cellular Field, an American League park. Piscotty was officially promoted Tuesday afternoon from Triple-A Memphis, where he was slashing .272/.366/.475 with 11 home runs over 87 games. The 24-year-old former first-rounder is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues. He'll play first base and some corner outfield for the Cards. Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Mitch Harris (groin) set for rehab assignment
    Mitch Harris (groin) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Harris has been on the shelf since July 11 with a groin strain. The 29-year-old right-hander has allowed 22 hits and 10 walks in 20 1/3 innings this season for the Cardinals, so he may spend a bit of time on the farm. Tuesday, 1:12 pm
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  • Report: Mets not in on Justin Upton
    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets aren't in on Padres outfielder Justin Upton.

    Advice: The Mets have a clear need in their outfield and in the middle of their lineup, but the cost in prospects and salary (Upton is making $14.5 million this season) probably makes it unrealistic. However, they are considering a number of options in the wake of Michael Cuddyer's knee injury, including lesser trade targets and a potential promotion of top prospect Michael Conforto. Tuesday, 12:41 pm
  • Cardinals call up prospect Stephen Piscotty
    Cardinals purchased the contract of OF/1B Stephen Piscotty from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: News of the move was reported on Monday, but it's now official. Piscotty has mostly played the outfield in the minors, but he has gotten some exposure at first base in recent weeks and could begin to take playing time away from the struggling Mark Reynolds. The 24-year-old was batting .272/.366/.475 with 11 home runs over 87 games this season in Triple-A. He's worth a look in deeper fantasy formats. Tuesday, 10:04 am
  • Kimbrel mows down the Giants for 26th save
    Craig Kimbrel needed only four pitches to dispatch the Giants for his 26th save as the Padres emerged victorious 4-2 on Monday.

    Advice: Kimbrel induced ground outs from Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco before getting Hector Sanchez to fly out to end the contest. The right-hander is now 26-for-27 in save chances with a 2.97 ERA and a 52/14 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. Monday, 10:37 pm
  • Chapman slams door on Cubs for 19th save
    Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth inning, snagging his 19th save in Monday's 5-4 win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Chapman sandwiched strikeouts of Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo around a Kris Bryant fly out, an impressive way to get the save. The lefty could potentially be dealt by the Reds in the next week and a half. He's 19-for-20 in save opportunities with a 1.56 ERA and a 72/21 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings to date. Monday, 8:08 pm
  • Desmond Jennings (knee) to hit in sim game
    Desmond Jennings (knee) will hit in a simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll be facing fellow rehabber Drew Smyly (shoulder). Jennings is nearly six weeks removed from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is making steady progress. The Rays maintain hope that he'll be ready to return to the lineup in early August. Jul 20, 6:14 pm
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    Bot 7, 3-1 vs x Det
  • Justin Upton (oblique) sitting out on Monday
    Justin Upton (oblique) is not in the Padres' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Upton had to be lifted from Sunday's game with tightness in his left oblique. It's an ailment that often leads to a disabled list stint, but the Padres seem convinced that this flare-up is minor. Will Venable is in left field Monday, with Melvin Upton in center. Jul 20, 3:30 pm
  • Reds place Manny Parra (elbow) on the DL
    Reds placed LHP Manny Parra on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left elbow.

    Advice: Parra also missed time earlier this season with a neck strain. He has a 4.00 ERA in 24 relief appearances. Jul 20, 12:14 pm
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  • Stephen Piscotty to join Cardinals on Tuesday
    Rob Rains of reports that top outfield prospect Stephen Piscotty will join the Cardinals on Tuesday evening in Chicago.

    Advice: Piscotty has been getting work at first base over the last couple of weeks at Triple-A Memphis and could see some starts there with Mark Reynolds struggling and Matt Adams (quad) possibly done for the year. Piscotty got off to a slow start this season in the minors, but the 24-year-old former 36th overall pick was batting .314/.401/.497 over his last 42 games. He could carry some value in NL-only formats if he works his way into a regular role. Jul 20, 10:25 am
  • Orioles also have interest in Carlos Gomez
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles have also talked to the Brewers about acquiring Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: The O's appear to be in the market for an upgrade in the outfield and are looking at all possible options to find the best fit. Gomez, unlike Justin Upton who they have also expressed interest in, is signed through the 2016 season rather than being an impending free agent. It's unclear if the O's have the potential pieces needed to require such an impact bat however. Jul 19, 2:19 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez not in Sunday's lineup
    Pedro Alvarez is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Alvarez is down to .230/.298/.419 for the season and has struggled defensively, which has some thinking the Pirates could pursue a first baseman at the trade deadline. Travis Ishikawa is filling in for him on Sunday. Jul 19, 10:04 am
  • Mitch Harris (groin) throws off mound
    Mitch Harris (groin) threw a bullpen session Saturday.

    Advice: Harris has missed the last week with a strained groin but is looking like a good bet to be activated when eligible in another week. He holds a 3.10 ERA but ugly 11/10 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings this season. Jul 19, 7:07 am
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  • Kimbrel takes 25th save, Padres top Rockies
    Craig Kimbrel nailed down his 25th save of the season Saturday in the Padres' 5-4 defeat of the Rockies.

    Advice: Kimbrel struck out all three batters he faced in an impressive ninth-inning performance. He still carries a way-higher-than-normal 3.06 ERA, but the 27-year-old right-hander has been much better lately and should remain a top-tier fantasy closer going forward. Jul 18, 8:47 pm
  • Ross allows three runs in no-decision vs. Rox
    Tyson Ross allowed three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Rockies.

    Advice: San Diego wound up winning the back-and-forth game 5-4. Ross was good but not great, yielding six hits and two walks while striking out six. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 3.38 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 117 innings this season, though spotty control (1.39 WHIP, 57 walks) has doomed some of his outings. He'll face the Marlins next. Jul 18, 8:45 pm
  • Astros designate Alex Presley for assignment
    Astros designated OF Alex Presley for assignment.

    Advice: The move was made to create a spot on the roster for Scott Feldman who was activated from the disabled list on Saturday. Presley appeared in just eight games with the Astros this season, hitting .250/.308/.250 with five strikeouts in 12 at-bats. He should generate some interest on waivers. Jul 18, 12:45 pm
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  • Brewers 'willing to trade' OF Carlos Gomez
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are "willing to trade" Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: Heyman suggests that a potential deal of Gomez would be "born of pragmatism," as the club doesn't anticipate having a chance to re-sign the outfielder to a long-term contract. Gomez is making $8 million in 2015 and is set to earn $9 million in 2016 before hitting free agency that winter. He's not having a great season (.273/.322/.450) but would surely bring a boatload in return if the Brewers do indeed decide to trade him. Jul 17, 8:26 am
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