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  • Mets not finding great market for Colon
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that there "doesn't appear to be a great market" for Mets' right-hander Bartolo Colon.

    Advice: Colon has posted a 3.88 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 21 starts this season, but he's 41 years old and under contract for $11 million next season, so there is some hesitation about dealing for him. However, things could change in a hurry if teams move on from more high-profile names like Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, David Price, and John Lackey. The Mets could wait until August to make a deal or possibly move him over the offseason.
    50 minutes ago
  • Royals interested in Boston's Andrew Miller
    Rob Bradford of reports that the Royals are one of multiple teams interested in Andrew Miller.

    Advice: The Pirates and Braves have also been linked to Miller in recent days. The 29-year-old left-hander owns a fine 2.45 ERA and 65/13 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings this season. He's due to become a free agent this offseason.
    Today, 6:50 am
  • Rays would need big offer to move Price
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the asking price for Rays left-hander David Price is going up.

    Advice: As a result, it's very likely that the Rays -- who have also won 10 out of 11 to move back into playoff contention -- will keep Price rather than move him before Thursday. "I believe so," said one person familiar with the team's thinking. "Simply put, it will take more than it would have a few weeks back." Heyman was told by rival GM that Price will either be "sold at 200 percent markup or not moved."
    Today, 6:02 am
  • Astros RHP prospect Foltynewicz fans 10
    Astros right-handed pitching prospect Michael Foltynewicz struck out 10 over six innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.

    Advice: Foltynewicz also allowed three hits (all singles), five walks, and two hit batsman. He has struggled since the middle of June, as opposing batters have hit .316/.418/.513 against him, good for a 1.860 WHIP. Foltynewicz's primary out pitch is his mid-90s fastball that touches triple digits, but his below-average command and lack of a second pitch that is average will likely turn him into a 7th or 8th inning option.
    Today, 5:56 am
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs Oak
  • C.J. Wilson (ankle) pitches in rehab game
    C.J. Wilson (ankle) allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings Monday in a minor league rehab start with Double-A Arkansas.

    Advice: Wilson threw 81 pitches and gave up four hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. The southpaw has been sidelined all month with a right ankle sprain, but he should be cleared to rejoin the Angels' rotation this weekend.
    Today, 5:50 am
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Gerrit Cole (lat) makes first rehab start
    Gerrit Cole (lat) tossed five scoreless innings Monday in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Cole, out since July 5 with right lat soreness, allowed five hits and three walks while striking out seven. He threw 50 of his 81 pitches for strikes. He's expected to get stretched out to 100 pitches in his next outing before rejoining the Pirates.
    Today, 5:45 am
    Disabled List
  • Brewers have called Red Sox about Lester
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are among the teams who have called the Red Sox about left-hander Jon Lester.

    Advice: As Heyman notes, the Brewers have been aggressive with in-season moves before, but it's not clear if they have the pieces to get a deal done. Rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson is one possibility. Of course, the Brewers aren't alone in their interest for Lester, as the Dodgers, Mariners, Pirates and Orioles have also reportedly been in touch with the Red Sox.
    Today, 5:36 am
  • Vance Worley completes first career shutout
    Vance Worley tossed his first career shutout, allowing only four hits, in a 5-0 victory against the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: It was the best start of his career. He induced two double plays, striking out three and walking one. Worley's control continues to be outstanding, and it in part explains his mini resurgence. Only 29 of his 100 pitches were balls, and he's issued only seven eight passes in 49-plus innings all year. The 26-year-old finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 and was the Twins' Opening Day starter last season, but he went through waivers unclaimed in March after a horrific 2013. Called up a month-and-a-half ago, Worley has staked his claim to a rotation gig with a 4-1 record, 2.54 ERA and 1.07 WHIP across seven starts and one relief appearance. And would you believe the formerly maligned starter, given up for dead mere months ago, has a career 3.95 ERA? Worley travels to Arizona on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Bumgarner gives up 5 ER in loss to Pirates
    Madison Bumgarner was roughed up for five runs on six hits over four innings in a 5-0 loss to the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: He rode into this start on a three-start winning streak, having surrendered only one run over his last two. Bumgarner didn't bring his good stuff -- striking out two, walking two, and giving up a Josh Harrison solo homer -- but perhaps that isn't a surprise. After all, the southpaw hasn't been comfortable at home in 2014, entering this evening 4-5 with a 5.22 ERA in 10 outings at AT&T Park. He's now given up at least four earned runs in eight of 11 home starts. Luckily, Bumgarner will toe the rubber Sunday in New York against the Mets.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Chase Anderson goes seven in no-decision
    Chase Anderson held the Reds to one run and three hits over seven innings in Monday's extra-inning win.

    Advice: Anderson wasn't involved in the decision, but he was effective once again, recording a third straight quality start. He's looking like a keeper for the Diamondbacks.
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Homer Bailey goes eight strong in no-decision
    Homer Bailey pitched eight innings and allowed only one run against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: In part because the Reds front office has declined to import any offensive talent to help cover for all of the recent injuries, Bailey is 0-1 despite a 2.67 ERA in four starts this month. The players deserve better.
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Clay Buchholz gives up seven runs to Jays
    Clay Buchholz surrendered seven runs in five-plus innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Another clear step backwards for Buchholz. He seemed to have things headed in the right direction earlier this month, but his three starts since the break have gotten progressively worse. He's even a hard guy to use in AL-only leagues now.
    Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Bartolo Colon goes 7 2/3 innings in win
    Bartolo Colon scattered 10 hits while holding the Phillies to one run in 7 2/3 innings in Monday's win.

    Advice: Colon hasn't been nearly as effective as he was last year, but he's lasted at least seven innings in 14 of 21 starts this year and allowed three runs or fewer 15 times. The Mets could cash him in if someone makes a nice offer this week, but since he still looks like he'll be an asset in 2015, their under no pressure to make a deal.
    Yesterday, 7:38 pm
  • Four teams scouting Colon vs. Burnett
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays, Cardinals, Pirates and Braves have scouts at Monday's Bartolo Colon versus A.J. Burnett matchup.

    Advice: It's not clear which pitcher each team is evaluating (and it's possible they're evaluating both). Colon certainly got the better of the matchup, as he tossed 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball, while Burnett was tagged for seven runs over five frames. Both pitchers could be moved prior to Thursday's deadline.
    Yesterday, 6:34 pm
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka to resume throwing soon
    Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) is expected to resume throwing in 3-4 days.

    Advice: Matsuzaka doesn't have any structural damage in his right elbow and anti-inflammatory medication has reduced the swelling. He's eligible to return from the DL on August 9 and it sounds like he'll have a shot to be ready at that time.
    Yesterday, 3:59 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • M's have called Red Sox about Jon Lester
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have been in touch with the Red Sox regarding Jon Lester.

    Advice: Of course, the Mariners have been linked to the Rays' David Price for a long time now, but Lester would almost certainly cost less since he's due to become a free agent this offseason. The Dodgers and Orioles have also reportedly called the Red Sox about Lester, but they figure to get calls from most contenders leading up to Thursday's trade deadline.
    Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • Report: O's have inquired on Jon Lester
    FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Orioles are among the teams who have contacted the Red Sox about Jon Lester.

    Advice: Hey, it doesn't hurt to ask. Still, it's probably unlikely that the Red Sox would deal Lester to a division rival, even for just two months. The Dodgers are among the other teams who have expressed interest in Lester, who suddenly appears to be a legitimate possibility to be dealt before Thursday.
    Yesterday, 2:34 pm
  • Kennedy (oblique) expected to return on Sat.
    Ian Kennedy (oblique) is expected to return to the Padres' rotation on Saturday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Kennedy was scratched from his scheduled turn Monday due to soreness in his left oblique, but it's not a major concern. He is expected to throw a side session on Wednesday. Jason Lane will start in his place for the Padres on Monday afternoon at Turner Field in Atlanta.
    Yesterday, 8:08 am
  • 'Growing expectation' that BOS trades Lester
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, there is a "growing expectation from rival execs" that the Red Sox will move Jon Lester before the July 31 trade deadline.

    Advice: The Red Sox have failed to work out a long-term contract extension with Lester, who can become a free agent after this season, and so they might as well get something for him before he hits the open market. The Dodgers are known to have interest and many other contending teams will likely be in contact with the Boston front office over the next couple of days. Lester, 30, boasts a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings this year for the 48-57 Red Sox.
    Yesterday, 7:32 am
  • Mike Adams (shoulder) throws off mound soon
    Mike Adams (shoulder) hopes to begin throwing off a mound during the first week of August.

    Advice: Adams, who's been out since June 7 with fraying in his right shoulder labrum, was recently transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The right-hander could return in late August if he's able to avoid setbacks, but he admitted to reporters Sunday that he won't be 100 percent. Adams holds a $6 million club option for next season.
    Yesterday, 6:18 am
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Dodgers among teams interested in Jon Lester
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox are listening to offers on Jon Lester and that the Dodgers are among the teams inquiring.

    Advice: The Red Sox are still seeking a huge return package for the All-Star southpaw. The Red Sox have been rumored to have interest in Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, so perhaps there could be something brewing here. Lester has made it clear that he wouldn't be open to signing an extension as a condition of any deal, and that his preference would be to re-sign with the Red Sox.
    Sunday, 3:14 pm
  • Ian Kennedy (oblique) to miss start Monday
    Ian Kennedy will not make his scheduled start on Monday versus the Braves due to left oblique soreness.

    Advice: Kennedy is not expected to require a disabled list stint, but he'll have one turn skipped. It's poor timing, of course, given that the Padres are considering trading the right-hander before the deadline. Jason Lane will start in Kennedy's place.
    Sunday, 11:55 am
  • Pirates interested in Andrew Miller
    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are interested in Andrew Miller.

    Advice: The Braves are also in on Miller, with CBS Sports' Jon Heyman calling the left-hander their "prime bullpen target." The interest in Miller is no surprise given his 2.31 ERA and absurd 64/12 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings this season.
    Sunday, 9:49 am
  • Gerrit Cole (lat) to have second rehab start
    Gerrit Cole (lat) will need a second minor league rehab start after his first one on Monday.

    Advice: Cole has been out since July 5 with right lat soreness. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday that he wants the right-hander to get to 100 pitches in the minors before returning to the major league rotation.
    Saturday, 3:16 pm
    Disabled List
  • C.J. Wilson (ankle) to make rehab start Mon.
    C.J. Wilson (ankle) will make a rehab start Monday with Double-A Arkansas.

    Advice: Wilson has been out retroactive to July 1 with a right ankle sprain. He should be cleared to rejoin the Angels rotation after his one minor league rehab outing.
    Saturday, 2:55 pm
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka will avoid elbow surgery
    Daisuke Matsuzaka does not need elbow surgery.

    Advice: But he's not quite out of the woods yet. Matsuzaka was placed on the disabled list Saturday with elbow inflammation and won't pick up a baseball for another 7-10 days. It's possible he won't make it back this year.
    Saturday, 1:25 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Mets place Daisuke Matsuzaka on disabled list
    Mets placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.

    Advice: Matsuzaka flew back to New York on Friday to have his ailing elbow examined, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. Buddy Carlyle will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his place in the bullpen.
    Saturday, 9:59 am
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Lester willing to return to Red Sox if traded
    Jon Lester admitted Friday that even if he is traded before next week's non-waiver trade deadline, he would be open to returning to the Red Sox as a free agent next season.

    Advice: Lester hasn't hidden his desire to remain with the Red Sox, and as they currently sit in the cellar of the American League East, it's an idea that may make sense for them as an organization. If they can flip the star southpaw for the best prospects they can get at the deadline, and then re-sign him over the Winter, the organization will be strengthened.
    Saturday, 7:48 am
  • Price Ks 10 over eight IP in win over Red Sox
    David Price struck out 10 batters and yielded three runs over eight innings Friday in a win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Price was on the losing side of things before the Rays rallied for four runs in the seventh inning. The red-hot Rays have now won eight straight games, so a Price trade is looking more unlikely by the moment. The southpaw has now gone at least eight innings in eight out of his last nine starts. His ERA went up a tick from 3.06 to 3.08 in the win, but he continues to be money for fantasy owners.
    Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Lester goes six innings in no-decision
    Jon Lester gave up two runs over six innings against the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: His lone mistake was a two-run homer by Desmond Jennings in the fifth inning. He left in line for the win, but the Rays took the lead in the seventh inning. The southpaw struck out seven and walked one in the no-decision and now owns a dominant 0.93 ERA and 34/3 K/BB ratio in 29 innings over four starts this month. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts. He'll try to keep it going when he makes his final start of July next week against the Blue Jays.
    Friday, 7:56 pm
  • Gerrit Cole to make rehab start on Monday
    Gerrit Cole (lat) is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

    Advice: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated that he would be limited to 80-85 pitches in the ballgame. If all goes well, he could be cleared to rejoin the Pirates rotation shortly afterwards.
    Friday, 4:09 pm
    Disabled List
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka to get elbow examined
    Daisuke Matsuzaka has flown back to New York to have his right elbow examined.

    Advice: The elbow evidently must have been bothering him when he gave up three runs over two relief innings on Thursday. The Mets should have an update on Matsuzaka's status over the weekend.
    Friday, 2:16 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Mets willing to eat $2M of Colon's contract
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are willing to eat about $2 million of what remains on Bartolo Colon's two-year, $20 million contract.

    Advice: Colon is making $9 million this season and is owed $11 million next year. Martino adds that it's "been clear for weeks" that the Mets would like to trade Colon, who has posted a 4.03 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 100/19 K/BB ratio in 134 innings this season. He might wind up being a fallback option for contenders that lose out on the bigger names on the market.
    Friday, 9:08 am
  • Yanks 'not being aggressive' for Kennedy
    Chris Cotillo of reports that the Yankees "are not being aggressive" in their pursuit of Ian Kennedy.

    Advice: It essentially backs up what CBS Sports' Jon Heyman said, as Heyman noted Thursday night that while the Yanks like Kennedy, they're not prepared to give up both third base prospect Eric Jagielo and pitching prospect Ian Clarkin for him. That was the proposed package that ESPN's Jim Bowden reported, but it would be a steep price given that they were the Yankees' two first-round picks last season. San Diego is listening on Kennedy, but he's under control next season so they don't feel obligated to move him now.
    Friday, 6:35 am
  • Yankees talking Kennedy deal with Padres
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Yankees and Padres are discussing a trade that would send Ian Kennedy to New York in exchange for third base prospect Eric Jagielo and pitching prospect Ian Clarkin.

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says that the Yankees are indeed interested in Kennedy but not if it means giving up both Jagielo and Clarkin. It would be Kennedy's second stint in New York if the trade did go through, as he was drafted by the Yanks and spent his first three big league seasons there. Needless to say, it would be just about the worse-case scenario for his fantasy value going from Petco Park to Yankee Stadium. Kennedy is making $6.1 million this season and is eligible for arbitration for a final time this winter.
    Thursday, 8:04 pm
  • Padres 'need to be overwhelmed' for Kennedy
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Padres "have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade" starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.

    Advice: This could be a negotiating ploy on the part of the Padres, or it might just be serious. Kennedy is under contractual control (via arbitration) through the 2015 season, so the San Diego front office can slow-play this and wait for the best offer -- even if it doesn't come until this winter or next summer. The 29-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 143/42 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings (22 starts) this season.
    Thursday, 8:17 am
  • Red Sox table extension talks with Jon Lester
    Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that extension talks with impending free agent Jon Lester have been tabled until after the 2014 season.

    Advice: Lester doesn't want to be distracted any longer by in-season contract negotiations and probably wants a taste of the open market -- where there could be crazy money flying around this winter. The 30-year-old left-hander is putting together the best season of his career at the perfect time, boasting a 2.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 142/31 K/BB ratio in 137 innings. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the Red Sox were prepared to offer him "$100 million for five years, or thereabouts."
    Thursday, 6:56 am
  • Clay Buchholz struggles in loss to Jays
    Clay Buchholz surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: This was a definite step backward for Buchholz, who seemed to be making progress prior to the All-Star break. He walked four and hit two batters tonight, while striking out just one. It was actually quite an accomplishment that he managed to get through six innings. Buchholz will face the Jays again next time out, making him a tough play in any format.
    Wednesday, 9:37 pm