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  • Jose Ramirez recalled from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled RHP Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Acquired from the Yankees in the Dustin Ackley deal, Ramirez holds a 2.90 ERA and 56/23 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings this season in Triple-A. He'll be used in middle relief. Today, 2:49 pm
  • Mets announce trade for Yoenis Cespedes
    Mets acquired OF Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers in exchange for RHPs Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.

    Advice: The Mets whiffed on Carlos Gomez and Jay Bruce but found the bat they were looking for in Cespedes. He'll patrol left field in New York and should provide a much-needed jolt to the Mets' lineup. Today, 2:35 pm
  • Tyler Collins recalled from Triple-A
    Tigers recalled OF Tyler Collins from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: He's taking Yoenis Cespedes' spot on the roster. Collins hit .275/.315/.490 with two homers and seven RBI in his 51 at-bats with the big league club. Today, 1:53 pm
  • Ben Revere will hit at bottom of order
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that Ben Revere will bat at the bottom of the batting order and platoon in left field.

    Advice: He'll be on the strong side of a platoon, but hitting ninth instead of leadoff obviously hurts Revere's run-scoring potential. He'll still have plenty of fantasy value going from Philadelphia to Toronto, though. Today, 1:42 pm
  • David Buchanan recalled from Triple-A
    Phillies recalled RHP David Buchanan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: He'll start on Friday against the Braves. Buchanan holds a 7.00 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 19/18 K/BB ratio over 36 innings in seven starts for the Phillies this season. Today, 1:15 pm
  • Cubs get Tommy Hunter for Junior Lake
    Cubs acquired RHP Tommy Hunter from the Orioles in exchange for OF Junior Lake.

    Advice: Hunter, who is a free agent after the season, holds a 3.63 ERA with 32 strikeouts over 44 2/3 relief innings this season. He'll help out the Cubs in a middle relief role. Lake is in the minors now but could get a look as an occasional corner outfielder. Today, 1:07 pm
  • Blue Jays bring in Ben Revere from Phillies
    Blue Jays acquired OF Ben Revere from the Phillies for RHP Alberto Tirado and RHP Jimmy Cordero.

    Advice: The Jays got a nice complimentary piece for their outfield. Revere shouldn't start over Kevin Pillar in center, but he can fill in there on occasion. He'll probably end up platooning with Chris Colabello in left field, giving the Jays more defense there at the cost of power. His fantasy value would seem to drop some, since he could hit low in the order and play less than he might have elsewhere. Still, he remains worth using in mixed leagues. The Phillies have freed up more at-bats for Domonic Brown and Cody Asche as they try to figure out their 2016 outfield. Today, 1:00 pm
  • Mets trade for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes
    Bruce Levine of reports that the Mets have acquired Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers.

    Advice: The Tigers will receive pitching prospects Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa in return, but the Mets didn't blink in refusing to offer Zack Wheeler. Detroit pretty much had to deal Cespedes, as they're in seller mode and can't make him a qualifying offer after the season. He'll provide some much-needed thump to the Mets' lineup. Today, 12:52 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera (calf) does agility drills
    Miguel Cabrera (calf) did some agility drills on Friday.

    Advice: He's also done some hitting over the last week. Obviously running will be the biggest test for Cabrera's strained left calf and it's unclear at this point when he might be cleared for that. The Tigers think the slugger will be ready for activation from the disabled list around August 15. Today, 12:38 pm
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  • Pablo Sandoval (forearm) not in lineup
    Pablo Sandoval (forearm) is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Sandoval was hit on the left forearm by a pitch on Thursday. He merely has a bruise and should be fine in a day or two. Josh Rutledge is filling in at third base. Today, 12:22 pm
  • Rays recall RHP Yates from Triple-A
    Rays recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Yates replaces Kevin Jepsen on the roster and in the bullpen. He's given up five runs in 7 1/3 innings in the majors this season, but he should prove better given a longer look. Today, 11:43 am
  • Chris Capuano outrighted to Triple-A
    Yankees sent LHP Chris Capuano outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: He was removed from the 40-man roster earlier this week. Capuano will stick around for depth. Today, 11:26 am
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  • Mets 'making push' for Yoenis Cespedes
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are "making a push" for Yoenis Cespedes.

    Advice: The Mets had a deal in place for Carlos Gomez and were close on Jay Bruce, only to see both potential trades fall apart. It appears they've moved their focus to Cespedes as they seek some offensive help. It's unclear at this point what the Mets would have to give up. Today, 11:20 am
  • Cubs trying for Ross/Kimbrel package?
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Cubs "would love to pull off a blockbuster" and land Tyson Ross and Craig Kimbrel from the Padres.

    Advice: The Cubs, Padres and Red Sox reportedly discussed a possible three-team blockbuster deal, but Nightengale says the Cubs and Padres are dealing exclusively with each other on this one. It's unclear what would be headed to San Diego in the deal, but Chicago has numerous assets on the block like Starlin Castro and Javier Baez. Today, 11:17 am
  • Angels have discussed Cespedes with Tigers
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Angels have talked with the Tigers about Yoenis Cespedes.

    Advice: The Angels have already traded for three different outfielder/designated hitter types, but Cespedes would be a much bigger bat than all of them. It's unclear how serious the discussions are at this point. The Mets have also been linked to Cespedes. Today, 11:11 am
  • Blue Jays pick up Ben Revere from Phillies's Todd Zolecki reports that the Blue Jays have acquired Ben Revere from the Phillies.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point what the Blue Jays are giving up in return. Revere will take over in left field for Toronto and possibly slide into the leadoff spot. He could score a ton of runs in front of that dynamic offense. Today, 11:06 am
  • Ross Ohlendorf released by Rangers
    Rangers released RHP Ross Ohlendorf.

    Advice: Ohlendorf has battled a groin issue for much of the season and was removed from the 40-man roster earlier this week. He should receive a look elsewhere as long as he's healthy. Today, 11:02 am
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  • Cubs to acquire Dan Haren from Marlins
    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs will acquire Dan Haren from the Marlins.

    Advice: The Marlins are expected to receive a minor league pitcher and infielder in return. Haren should fit in nicely at the back-end of the Cubs' rotation, as he's put up a 3.42 ERA and 1.09 WHIP across 21 starts this season. The veteran right-hander will be a free agent this winter and has hinted at retirement. Today, 10:25 am
  • Mets talking to Tigers about Yoenis Cespedes
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets are talking to the Tigers about Yoenis Cespedes.

    Advice: Talks with the Reds about Jay Bruce appear to be losing steam, so the Mets are looking at other outfielders. Rosenthal notes that Cespedes is "one of their many options," as they've also been connected to Will Venable and Rajai Davis. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says that the Nationals "could be a possibility" for Cespedes. Today, 10:14 am
  • '50/50' chance Orioles trade for Ben Revere
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was told by one source that there's a "50/50" chance the Orioles trade for Ben Revere.

    Advice: The O's have already added Gerardo Parra, but they're still seeking some outfield help. Revere has also been connected with the Blue Jays, but it sounds like their interest has died down a bit. He's under team control through 2017. Today, 9:02 am
  • Blue Jays 'aren't interested' in Ben Revere
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Blue Jays "aren't interested" in Ben Revere at the current asking price.

    Advice: This comes after multiple reports had talks between the Jays and Phillies about the outfielder progressing, but obviously significant ground needs to be made up. Olney says the Phils "are talking to some other team." It's unclear which club that is, but the Orioles reportedly still have some interest even after acquiring Gerardo Parra. Today, 8:48 am
  • Blue Jays' talks for Ben Revere 'heating up'
    Jim Salisbury of reports that the Blue Jays' trade talks with the Phillies involving Ben Revere are "heating up."

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has confirmed that the Jays are in on Revere. It's unclear what the Phillies might receive in return, but Toronto makes sense for a landing spot for Revere since they're looking for left field help. The speedy outfielder could also be an option to hit leadoff. Today, 8:00 am
  • Marlins getting lots of hits on Dan Haren's Joe Frisaro reports that Dan Haren is "drawing interest from several clubs."

    Advice: Just Wednesday Frisaro reported that Haren was "shaping up as an August (trade) candidate," but it appears there's now a good chance of him getting moved Friday. The veteran right-hander boasts a 3.42 ERA and 1.09 WHIP this season and is making $10 million. Today, 7:29 am
  • Red Sox having talks with Padres about Ross
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Red Sox are in the market for cost-controlled young pitching and "like Tyson Ross a lot."

    Advice: They've also talked to the Indians about Carlos Carrasco. We haven't heard much from the Red Sox this week since they're out of the playoff hunt, with Crasnick saying they're "operating very quietly" in their pursuit of young rotation help. Ross, who is under team control through 2017, would certainly fit the bill. Today, 6:17 am
  • Cubs discussing Tommy Hunter with Orioles
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs have discussed Tommy Hunter with the Orioles.

    Advice: The O's are expected to add payroll from an offensive standpoint, so they're looking to shed some elsewhere. Hunter is making $4.65 million this season before hitting free agency this winter. Today, 5:49 am
  • Orioles trying to acquire Revere and Parra
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are trying to acquire both Ben Revere and Gerardo Parra.

    Advice: Picking up two corner outfielders would allow them to move Chris Davis back to first base. Revere is making $4.1 million this season and is under team control through 2017, while Parra will be a free agent this winter. Today, 5:43 am
  • Giants pick up SP Mike Leake from Reds
    Giants acquired RHP Mike Leake from the Reds in exchange for 1B Adam Duvall and RHP Keury Mella.

    Advice: The Giants were unable to land the frontline starter they sought, but Leake isn't a bad backup plan. The right-hander boasts a 3.56 ERA on the season and has put up a 2.59 mark since the beginning of June. He'll bump Tim Hudson to the bullpen. Today, 5:14 am
  • Anthony Rizzo goes 3-for-4, hits big homer
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and a double as the Cubs beat the Brewers 5-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Brewers were up 2-0 when Rizzo delivered his big blow in the eighth. The Cubs then added two runs in the ninth as insurance. Rizzo has homered in back-to-back games, so maybe his lengthy slump is coming to an end. He had just one homer in five weeks prior to yesterday. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Giants agree to deal with Reds for Mike Leake
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants have agreed to a deal with the Reds for Mike Leake.

    Advice: The Reds will receive minor leaguers Keury Mella and Adam Duvall in return. The Giants get the rotation help that they so desperately coveted without having to sacrifice their entire future. It's also a huge win for Mike Leake, who gets to pitch in his home state while moving from one of the top offensive parks in the league to a pitcher's paradise in San Francisco. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Giants in active discussions on Mike Leake
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Reds are in active discussions with the Reds about acquiring right-hander Mike Leake.

    Advice: The Giants have been mentioned as possible suitors for nearly every starting pitcher on the market thus far, they simply haven't had the necessary pieces to land any of the top options. They could have enough to get Leake though, and he would certainly help to add stability to the back of their rotation as they attempt to defend their World Series title. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes goes 3-for-5, homers
    In probably his final game with the Tigers, Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI as Detroit prevailed 9-8 against Baltimore on Thursday.

    Advice: The Tigers moved David Price and Joakim Soria, so there's no reason to stop now. Since Cespedes won't even bring back a pick this winter, he's almost certainly a goner. And he'll probably have less fantasy value wherever he ends up. Cespedes is batting .293 with 18 homers, 62 runs scored and 61 RBI this season. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • David Buchanan to start for Phillies Friday
    David Buchanan will be recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start for the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: He'll take the rotation spot of Cole Hamels who was dealt to the Rangers on Wednesday. The 26-year-old owns a 7.00 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 19/18 K/BB ratio over 36 innings in seven starts for the Phillies this season. He remains an unappealing fantasy option. Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Cubs pushing hard to acquire Tyson Ross
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs are pushing hard to acquire Tyson Ross from the Padres.

    Advice: Rival executives are convinced that the right-hander will be moved before Friday's trade deadline, with the Cubs as the club showing the most interest at the moment. The 28-year-old right-hander is relatively inexpensive and under team control through 2017, meaning the Padres should be able to net a nice return package. Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Sandoval diagnosed with forearm contusion
    Pablo Sandoval is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with a left forearm contusion.

    Advice: Sandoval was forced to leave Thursday's contest against the White Sox after being hit by a pitch. It appears as though he didn't sustain any structural damage though and should be ready to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend. Yesterday, 6:53 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval leaves after hit by pitch
    Pablo Sandoval was removed from Thursday's game against the White Sox after being hit in the wrist/forearm area by a Chris Sale pitch.

    Advice: Sandoval actually struck out swinging at the pitch, literally adding insult to injury. He'll presumably head for X-rays to rule out any fractures. The Red Sox should have an update on his status shortly. Yesterday, 6:17 pm
  • Report: Orioles interested in Yoenis Cespedes
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are interested in Yoenis Cespedes.

    Advice: The Orioles are just one game back for a Wild Card spot and could really use a bat, but they might not have enough in their farm system to outbid other contenders. They also might not be willing to give a top prospect for a rental. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Mariners acquire RHP Ramirez from Yankees
    Mariners acquired RHP Jose Ramirez from the Yankees in the Dustin Ackley deal.

    Advice: The 25-year-old Ramirez has appeared in 11 games with the Yankees over the past two seasons and owns a 2.90 ERA and 56/23 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings this season in Triple-A. He could be a bullpen piece for Seattle. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Haren holds Nationals to one run over 6 IP
    Dan Haren pitched well over six innings in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Nationals, allowing just one run on four hits.

    Advice: Haren coughed up a solo home run to Ryan Zimmerman in the second inning, but otherwise kept the Nationals in check throughout his six innings of work. He struck out four and walked two on the afternoon. Unfortunately, he had the honor of facing off against a game Max Scherzer and was unable to come away with the win despite the strong performance. A possible trade candidate, whether it come before the non-waiver trade deadline on Friday or in August, Haren currently holds a 3.42 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 88/25 K/BB ratio over 129 innings. He's set to face the Mets at home in his next start. Yesterday, 11:57 am
  • Phillies' next trade could involve Ben Revere
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies' next trade could involve Ben Revere.

    Advice: Rosenthal says at least one American League club has expressed interest in the 27-year-old speedster, who entered play Thursday with a .298/.335/.376 slash line and 24 stolen bases in 95 games. Revere, who's under contractual control through 2017, would be a nice bench addition for any contending team. Yesterday, 8:06 am
  • Tyson Ross drawing 'intense' trade interest
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Tyson Ross is drawing "intense interest" from many.

    Advice: Heyman suspects that the Astros may be at the forefront, though he also ties in the Blue Jays, Cubs, Dodgers, and "many, many others." Ross, 28, owns a 3.03 ERA and 332 strikeouts in 323 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2014 season and he is under contract through 2017. Everybody loves a good, cost-controlled starting pitcher. Yesterday, 6:45 am
  • Farrell admits Sandoval's weight is an issue
    Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Wednesday that Pablo Sandoval's weight is an issue.

    Advice: It's the first time Farrell has addressed this topic since spring training, when he was in full support of Boston's new acquisition. The burly third baseman got thrown out at home on a ball he should have scored on Wednesday night against the White Sox and had to be lifted from the game two innings later due to dehydration. "There are ongoing efforts to support that, to try to get him in the best shape possible," said Farrell. "That's something Pablo has dealt with his entire career. It continues to be addressed." Yesterday, 5:37 am
  • Tyson Ross holds Mets to one run
    Tyson Ross pitched five innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a victory over the Mets.

    Advice: Maybe Ross's status as a trade candidate had something to do with him exiting after 83 pitches and not being pushed to pitch a sixth inning. His control wasn't the best tonight, as it often hasn't been this year, but he's just so darn difficult to get the ball in the air against. The homer he allowed to Lucas Duda tonight was just the fourth he's given up in 127 2/3 innings this season. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Mets have inquired on Yoenis Cespedes
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Mets have spoken to the Tigers about Yoenis Cespedes.

    Advice: Morosi cautions that there is only minimal interest from the Mets at this time. With the team reportedly closing in on a deal for an outfielder, there should be a resolution soon. Wednesday, 4:27 pm
  • Rizzo hits two-run shot in win vs. Rockies
    Anthony Rizzo cranked a two-run homer in the Cubs' win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his first home run since July 7. Rizzo has been in an offensive rut, but he still owns a shiny .279/.393/.500 batting line on the season. And he's now up to 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 99 games. Wednesday, 2:02 pm
  • Tyson Ross is Blue Jays 'top trade target'
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that Tyson Ross has become the Blue Jays' "top trade target."

    Advice: The issue, however, is how eager the Padres are to move him given his skill level and the fact that he's under team control through 2017. San Diego is also listening on James Shields, Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy and they'd surely prefer to trade any of those three over Ross. The Jays have also been connected to Jeff Samardzija, Mike Leake and others. Wednesday, 12:45 pm
  • Mike Leake one of SPs Blue Jays considering
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Mike Leake is one of the starters the Blue Jays are considering.

    Advice: Rosenthal says that the Jays' targets are "all at similar talent levels," which suggests that they aren't in the market for an ace if they're considering Leake. Toronto is "looking for the best acquisition cost," Rosenthal adds. Leake certainly didn't hurt his trade value with eight shutout innings against the Cardinals on Tuesday. Wednesday, 11:01 am
  • Chris Capuano designated for assignment
    Yankees designated LHP Chris Capuano for assignment.

    Advice: The move comes after Capuano allowed five runs over just two-thirds of an inning in a spot start Tuesday. The left-hander held a 6.97 ERA and 1.77 WHIP over 16 appearances -- four starts -- this season for the Yanks. He should be able to catch on elsewhere pretty quickly on a minor league deal. Wednesday, 10:54 am
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  • Dan Haren could be traded in August's Joe Frisaro reports that Dan Haren is "shaping up as an August (trade) candidate."

    Advice: Haren would likely clear waivers with his $10 million salary, so waiting to trade him until next month shouldn't be an issue. The Blue Jays are one club known to have some interest. Frisaro adds that "indications remain" that Mat Latos will be dealt by Friday. Wednesday, 8:20 am
  • Capuano coughs up five runs in early exit
    Chris Capuano wasn't long for Tuesday's game, allowing five runs over 2/3 of an inning against the Rangers before exiting.

    Advice: Amazingly, Capuano escaped with a no-decision in the game, as the Yankees were able to do even more damage against Rangers starter Martin Perez. The start was just Capuano's fourth of the year and his first since May 29. The Yankees certainly don't want another outing like Tuesday's, so the club may look to acquire another starter ahead of Friday's trade deadline. Capuano now owns a 6.97 ERA and 1.77 WHIP on the year. Tuesday, 9:50 pm
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  • Leake tosses eight scoreless against Cards
    Mike Leake threw eight shutout innings in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: In what was possibly his last start as a member of the Reds, Leake showed off for potential suitors. The right-hander scattered four hits and a walk over eight innings, striking out three. It was his fourth straight start allowing zero or one run, improving to 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on the year. In the event Leake survives the trade deadline as a member of the Reds, he'll take on the Pirates on Sunday. Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Cespedes homers again but Tigers lose to Rays
    Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, but the Tigers were felled by the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cespedes hit a solo home run off of Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning to create a 1-1 tie. He's gone deep in back-to-back games and seven times in 19 games since July 6, giving him 17 on the year with 58 RBI and a .289/.321/.500. The Tigers are four games under .500 with less than three days remaining until the trade deadline. Cespedes remains a candidate to be moved in a trade. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Sandoval hits eighth homer against White Sox
    Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Sandoval's two-run blast against White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija in the second inning was all the offense the Red Sox could muster until the ninth inning. The two-hit game was Sandoval's third in a row, raising his line to .263/.307/.382 with eight homers and 34 RBI. Tuesday, 7:31 pm
  • Tigers have Mike Leake on their radar
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Tigers have Reds right-hander Mike Leake on their radar.

    Advice: The Tigers are three games under .500 at 48-51, but they are just 4 1/2 games out of the Wild Card and haven't given up on the possibility of contention. Leake would certainly help their rotation. The 27-year-old owns a 3.78 ERA over 20 starts this season and has been on a roll of late. The impending free agent figures to draw a lot of interest. Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • Chris Capuano to start on Tuesday
    Chris Capuano will start on Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It will presumably just be a spot start. Capuano holds a 5.64 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over 15 appearances -- three starts -- this season and allowed four runs over an inning of work in his last game. Monday, 8:39 pm
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  • Cespedes knocks in both Tiger runs in a loss
    Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a solo home run, accounting for all of the Tigers' offense in Monday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Cespedes got the Tigers on the board with a solo home run off of Nate Karns in the seventh inning to make it 3-1, then added an RBI single in the eighth. The Tigers weren't doing much else offensively. Cespedes has put together a fine season, batting .287/.319/.492 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI. He could be wearing a new uniform by Saturday. Monday, 7:48 pm
  • Ross is 'focus' in Cubs' talks with Padres
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Tyson Ross has been the "focus" of the Cubs' trade talks with the Padres.

    Advice: The Padres appear willing to trade anyone from their rotation, but Ross would probably be the least likely to be dealt since he's under team control through 2017. The Cubs have also expressed interest in Ian Kennedy and there's been some speculation that they could consider James Shields. Monday, 7:03 pm
  • Ross Ohlendorf designated for assignment
    Rangers activated RHP Ross Ohlendorf from the 15-day disabled list; designated him for assignment.

    Advice: Ohlendorf is over his groin injury, but the Rangers decided they had a better use of a 40-man roster spot. He should get another shot elsewhere. Monday, 1:53 pm
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  • 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. Monday, 10:18 am
  • Miguel Cabrera could return around August 15
    According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Tigers are becoming convinced that Miguel Cabrera could return to the lineup around August 15.

    Advice: That would put the slugger at the front end of his projected timeframe for recovery. It's unclear how that could impact their decision to buy or sell at the trade deadline. It still seems increasingly likely that they'll be forced to sell, especially if they drop another couple of games before the trade deadline. Sunday, 5:41 pm
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  • Ben Revere not in Phillies lineup on Saturday
    Ben Revere is not in the Phillies starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Cubs.

    Advice: It doesn't appear to be anything more than a day of rest for Revere, who has been a popular name in trade rumblings this week. Odubel Hererra will start in his place in center field and will bat second for the Phillies against Jake Arrieta. Saturday, 9:03 am
  • Cabrera take light batting practice on Friday
    Miguel Cabrera (calf) has been cleared for light baseball activity and took a few rounds of batting practice before Friday's game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: He is now traveling with the team and making strides in his recovery from a Grade 3 calf strain. Cabrera was also able to take throws at first base during fielding drills. He is still expected to return at some point in mid-August, though Cabrera is optimistic that he'll beat that timetable. Saturday, 6:03 am
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  • Cabrera (calf) still not cleared for activity
    Miguel Cabrera (calf) has yet to be cleared to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Cabrera, who has been doing physical therapy, did say Friday that he's feeling better and thinks he's making good progress. However, he obviously hasn't really been tested yet. The slugging first baseman is expected to be sidelined until at least mid-August. Friday, 1:58 pm
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  • 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
  • Rizzo can't manage hit in loss to Reds
    Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-4 in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo was far from the only Cub to struggle in the contest, as the team compiled just five total hits. He had a chance to do a little cosmetic damage in the ninth inning, when he stepped to the plate with two runners on and his team down 9-1, but he flew out. These things happen. Rizzo's hitting .285/.400/.510 with 16 homers and 51 RBI this season. He's recorded just three hits in 25 at-bats coming out of the break, but we're confident in saying that the current slump will likely come to an end soon enough. Wednesday, 12:41 pm
  • Leake dominates over eight innings
    Mike Leake tossed a superb game in Wednesday's 9-1 win over the Cubs, scattering four hits and yielding just one run over eight innings.

    Advice: Only the possibly-immortal Kyle Schwarber managed to put a dent in Leake's line, as the rookie's RBI single in the third would be the lone run-scoring hit allowed by the pitcher. Leake struck out six without walking a batter and has been on an absolute roll as of late. In his last 21 innings, he's given up just two runs. With the Reds taking on water at 42-50, he's a prime candidate for trade and his 3.78 ERA and 1.18 WHIP are likely to draw some interest from contending teams. He'll try to make it four straight dominant starts when he takes to the road against the Cardinals in his next scheduled start. Wednesday, 12:26 pm
  • Blue Jays 'would consider' Dan Haren
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Blue Jays "would consider" Dan Haren.

    Advice: Crasnick debunked rumors about the Jays' supposed interest in Mat Latos, but the club apparently might be intrigued by his teammate. He adds, though, that Toronto is more focused on relief help at the moment. An impending free agent, Haren holds a 3.46 ERA in 117 innings this season. Wednesday, 9:02 am
  • 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
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