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  • Carter Capps also part of haul for Padres
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Carter Capps is also going to the Padres in the Andrew Cashner deal.

    Advice: He adds that Tayron Guerrero is headed to the Marlins, too, as this trade just keeps getting bigger. Capps is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery but has been dominant when healthy, posting a 1.16 ERA and 58/7 K/BB ratio over 31 innings last season. He's a big health risk with his unorthodox delivery and big velocity but should be a shutdown reliever as long as the Padres can keep him on the mound. Guerrero has flashed triple-digit heat himself and is under team control for many years. 56 minutes ago
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • David Rollins optioned to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned LHP David Rollins to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Rollins has been back and forth from Triple-A to the majors many times this season, holding a 7.04 ERA over nine appearances with the big club. He'll be back up in September, if not before. Today, 7:43 am
    Not Active
    11:20 am @ChC
  • Orioles discussing Erasmo Ramirez with Rays
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have had trade discussions with the Rays regarding Erasmo Ramirez.

    Advice: They would be interested in using Ramirez as a starter, as he evidently represents a backup plan after they missed out on Andrew Cashner. Ramirez has been used almost exclusively as a reliever this season and hasn't gone more than two innings since mid-May, so obviously it will take a bit for his stamina to be built back up. He holds a 3.90 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 46/16 K/BB ratio over 60 innings this season and is under team control through 2019. Today, 6:36 am
  • T.J. McFarland (knee) throws off mound
    T.J. McFarland (knee) threw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown off the bump since going down with left knee tendinitis a month ago. A timetable for McFarland isn't known, but it appears he's making progress. Today, 6:29 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Shawn Kelley retires final batter for save
    Shawn Kelley struck out the only batter he faced to pick up his fifth save of the season in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Jonathan Papelbon started the inning but was pulled after allowing a one-out single and walk. Oliver Perez came on to retire two of the three batters he faced while allowing one inherited runner to score. Kelley then finished things off with a strikeout of Angel Pagan. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was non-committal after the game when asked about his ninth-inning situation, but Kelley may now be the favorite for saves. Of course, there's a pretty decent chance the Nats will acquire a reliever over the weekend. Today, 5:39 am
  • Ziegler, Han-Ram combine to blow save
    Brad Ziegler coughed up a 1-0 ninth-inning lead in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Ziegler entered in the ninth attempting to secure the win for David Price, who gave the Red Sox eight shutout innings. It was not to be. After loading the bases with one out, Ziegler surrendered an infield grounder to Daniel Nava. Enter Hanley Ramirez, who fired home in an attempt to secure the first out on what might have been a game-ending double play. That was the idea, anyway, but Ramirez sailed the throw high to allow two runners to race home. Ballgame. This was Ziegler's third blown save of the season, his first in eight appearances with the Red Sox since coming over from the Diamondbacks via trade earlier this month. He has now allowed runs in back-to-back appearances and might be in line for a breather as this four-game set with the Angels unfolds. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Cards, Indians, Mariners, Mets in on Joe Smith
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Joe Smith is drawing interest from the Cardinals, Indians, Mariners and Mets.

    Advice: Cam Bedrosian's emergence as the primary setup man for Huston Street has made Smith somewhat expendable. With the Angels unlikely to make the postseason this year or anytime soon, dealing Smith for a prospect would be a good way to begin the rebuilding process. The 32-year-old hasn't been anything special this year (4.08 ERA in 36 appearances) but he has a proven track record and could be an asset for a contending team looking for bullpen depth. Yesterday, 6:25 pm
  • Blue Jays showing interest in Boone Logan
    The Blue Jays and Rockies have had trade discussions about Boone Logan.

    Advice: The Blue Jays have put an emphasis on improving their bullpen by adding veterans Jason Grilli and Joaquin Benoit and now they have their sights set on Logan. Toronto's primary lefty out of the bullpen has been Brett Cecil, who is 0-6 with a 6.00 ERA. Logan has pitched to a solid 2.48 ERA over 43 appearances this year. The Giants have also checked in on the 31-year-old left-hander. Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Giants call up veteran lefty Matt Reynolds
    Giants purchased the contract of LHP Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: He'll take the roster spot left by Josh Osich, who was placed on the disabled list with a strained forearm. Reynolds earned his promotion by tossing 10 1/3 scoreless innings between Sacramento and Double-A Richmond. He last pitched in the major leagues with Arizona, compiling a 4.61 ERA over 18 relief outings in 2015. Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • Caleb Cotham (shoulder) moved to 60-day DL
    Reds transferred RHP Caleb Cotham (shoulder, knee) to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Homer Bailey, who is set to return from Tommy John surgery Sunday versus San Diego. Cotham was close to returning from shoulder inflammation earlier this month but was shut down because of a knee issue. His return date remains a moving target. Yesterday, 3:48 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:40 pm @SD
  • Luke Hochevar showing symptoms of TOS
    Royals placed RHP Luke Hochevar on the 15-day disabled list with symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

    Advice: That's never good. Matt Harvey just underwent season-ending surgery to relieve his TOS symptoms and Hochevar could be headed down a similar path. Hochevar is slated to meet with Texas-based Dr. Greg Pearl, who is one of the nation's leading TOS specialists. The right-hander had been the subject of trade rumors but those are probably on hold now that Hochevar is dealing with a potentially serious shoulder issue. Yesterday, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Carlos Estevez converts 11th save Thursday
    Carlos Estevez nailed down his 11th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: After Jeurys Familia blew a save in the top of the ninth, Estevez protected a one-run lead with ease in the bottom of the frame with a flyout, strikeout and groundout, throwing only eight pitches. Estevez is walking too many guys, but he's blown just one save chance in 12 tries since taking over the closing duties. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Casey Kelly to start Sunday versus Phillies
    Casey Kelly is expected to start Sunday against the Phillies.

    Advice: The Braves need someone to take the spot of Lucas Harrell, who was traded to Texas on Wednesday. Kelly made 10 appearances for the Braves earlier this year, collecting a 5.82 ERA while mostly working out of the bullpen. Aaron Blair is close to returning to the Braves' rotation so this might be the only start Casey gets. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
    Not Active
    4:35 pm vs Phi
  • Braves recall lefty Matt Marksberry
    Braves recalled LHP Matt Marksberry from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Marksberry allowed two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings of work with the Braves back in June. He will function as a lefty specialist in his return to the majors. Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • D'Backs don't expect Hudson trade Thursday
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale says the Diamondbacks are not expected to trade Daniel Hudson on Thursday.

    Advice: Steve Gilbert of reported Thursday afternoon that the Diamondbacks were moving close to a Hudson trade, but it's apparently not all that close. Nightengale hears that the 29-year-old right-hander is drawing heavy interest from three different teams. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports Hudson will not be heading to the Mets. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Report: Mets not trading for Daniel Hudson
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets are not getting Daniel Hudson.

    Advice:'s Steve Gilbert is hearing that the Diamondbacks are close to a trade involving Hudson and Mike Puma of the New York Post reported Thursday afternoon that the Mets had been showing interest, but the right-hander is not headed to Queens. Hudson, a 29-year-old impending free agent -- owns a rough 6.08 ERA in 37 innings this season out of the Arizona bullpen. He started the year in a great groove but has been getting hammered lately. Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Mets dumpster-diving for relief help
    According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets have expressed trade interest in relievers Daniel Hudson, Jim Johnson, and Joe Smith.

    Advice: They're probably looking at several other options too. Hudson was setting himself up as a valuable trade chip for the Diamondbacks earlier this summer, but he has allowed 25 runs -- 20 earned -- over his last eight innings of work. Johnson and Smith both have season ERAs in the 4.00s. This is dumpster-diving. Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Cardinals looking into Angels' Joe Smith
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are "said to have looked at Joe Smith."

    Advice: St. Louis is on a wide-reaching search for relief help with Trevor Rosenthal falling apart this summer. Smith isn't the most exciting name on the market and he owns an underwhelming 4.08 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 24/13 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings this season. The 32-year-old impending free agent right-hander should come rather cheap. Yesterday, 6:24 am
  • Estevez locks down 10th save on Wednesday
    Carlos Estevez pitched a clean ninth inning with one strikeout to lock down his 10th save of the season on Wednesday.

    Advice: He stumbled into the closer's role in Colorado a few weeks ago after the guys ahead of him got hurt, and has pitched plenty well enough to hold onto the job for awhile. Pitching in Coors Field would leave even the best relievers prone to the occasional blowup. Estevez's high walk rate is reason for concern but it hasn't hurt him too badly yet. He has 42 strikeouts and 17 walks in 37 1/3 innings to go with his 3.86 ERA. Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • Ziegler yields go-ahead homer to Cabrera
    Brad Ziegler allowed a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers.

    Advice: Ziegler entered a 3-3 game and retired the first two batters he faced -- Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias -- but Cabrera launched a two-out solo bomb to right-center to put the Tigers on top. Ziegler is still the best bet for save opportunities in Boston until Craig Kimbrel (knee) returns from the disabled list. Wednesday, 1:38 pm
  • Smith was unavailable due to back tightness
    Joe Smith was unavailable Monday because his back tightened up.

    Advice: Some speculated about a trade when Smith didn't pitch in the seventh inning Monday, but he's not going anywhere yet. Fortunately, the back issue appears to be minor and he should be good to go Tuesday. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • McFarland (knee) nearing return to mound
    T.J. McFarland (knee) is close to getting back to throwing off a mound.

    Advice: McFarland landed on the disabled list at the end of June with left knee inflammation and even paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews earlier this month, but he's slowly working his way back to action. The southpaw had a 5.63 ERA over 15 appearances before hitting the DL. Monday, 1:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Mariners recall David Rollins from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled LHP David Rollins from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Rollins returns to the Mariners to provide an extra arm from the left side in the bullpen. As they have been so many times this season, expect his stay with the M's to be relatively short. Saturday, 6:20 am
    Not Active
    11:20 am @ChC
  • Carlos Estevez records eighth save
    Carlos Estevez worked out of a bases-loaded jam for his eighth save Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: The Braves helped Estevez with a sac bunt after the first two reached in a 4-3 game. Estevez went on to walk Erick Aybar, but he was able to retire Chase d'Arnaud and Jace Peterson to end the game. Friday, 9:13 pm
  • Mets monitoring reliever Joe Smith
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "monitoring" Joe Smith, Chris Withrow and Jeremy Jeffress.

    Advice: The Mets have been connected to Jeffress previously, but Smith's and Withrow's names are new as the club seeks relief help. Smith, who began his career with the Mets, has had a down season with a 4.36 ERA and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, but that might mean the Mets can get him at a discount. Friday, 9:40 am
  • Giants considering trade for Rockies' Logan
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Giants are considering a trade for Rockies lefty Boone Logan.

    Advice: But he's just one of a number of relief targets for San Francisco. Logan, a 31-year-old impending free agent, has held left-handed batters to a .164/.203/.262 batting line in 2016 and he boasts a 2.81 ERA in 38 appearances overall. He'd be a great bullpen rental for any contending team. Thursday, 9:51 am
  • Ziegler likely to see saves with Uehara down
    Brad Ziegler is likely to see regular save chances with Koji Uehara (pectoral) landing on the disabled list.

    Advice: Ziegler has made three scoreless appearances since joining the Red Sox, all in non-save situations. He has a 2.61 ERA in 41 1/3 innings for the year. Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Uehara are both out through at least mid-August, so Ziegler could suddenly have tremendous fantasy value. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Mariners option David Rollins to Tacoma
    Mariners optioned LHP David Rollins to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Rollins has registered a 4.05 ERA and 1.95 WHIP in eight appearances this season at the major league level. The left-hander has been up and down all year. Wednesday, 9:51 am
    Not Active
    11:20 am @ChC
  • Boone Logan expected to draw heavy interest
    According to Jon Morosi of, Rockies left-hander Boone Logan "will be among the most talked about bullpen arms across the industry in the coming days."

    Advice: Morosi suggests the Giants, Cubs, and Nationals as possible suitors. Logan, an impending free agent, has held left-handed hitters to a .465 OPS in 2016. He boasts a 2.84 ERA in 37 total appearances. Wednesday, 8:03 am
  • Carlos Estevez records sixth save
    Carlos Estevez worked a hitless ninth against the Rays on Monday for his sixth save.

    Advice: Estevez has two saves in three days after going nearly four weeks without one. Jake McGee's struggles since returning should result in Estevez holding down the closer gig for at least a couple of more weeks. Monday, 9:53 pm
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