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  • Red Sox acquire Kelly, Craig for John Lackey
    Red Sox acquired RHP Joe Kelly and OF Allen Craig from the Cardinals for RHP John Lackey and LHP Corey Littrell.

    Advice: Kelly owns a promising 3.25 ERA in 266 career major league innings, but he's made half of his appearances in pitcher-friendly Busch Stadium and likely won't have as much luck on batted balls with the move to Fenway Park. The 26-year-old right-hander seems like a bullpen arm long term for Boston. He is under control through 2018.
    34 minutes ago
  • Blue Jays recall Chad Jenkins from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled RHP Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Jenkins has a decent 3.72 ERA in 15 appearances this season for Toronto. He will pitch in middle relief.
    59 minutes ago
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  • Cards pick up John Lackey for Craig and Kelly
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals have acquired John Lackey from the Red Sox.

    Advice: Joe Kelly and Allen Craig are headed to the Red Sox in an interesting three-player swap. Lackey was sporting a cool 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 116/32 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this season for Boston and gets a nice fantasy boost moving from the American League to the National League, and from Fenway Park to Busch Stadium. He holds a bargain $500,000 option for 2015.
    Today, 9:35 am
  • Report: Cards or Dodgers close on Lackey deal
    The Red Sox are close to trading John Lackey to either the Cardinals or Dodgers, reports ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes.

    Advice: Both clubs are good fits. The Dodgers want to fortify a rotation that is pretty good 1-5, but would be in serious trouble in the event of an injury. The Cardinals, meanwhile, would like to add more depth to a rotation currently relying heavily on Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller. New acquisition Justin Masterson is still on the disabled list, and Carlos Martinez didn't acquit himself well as a starter and was moved back to the bullpen. Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha are obviously both shelved as well.
    Today, 9:32 am
  • Royals have 'asked about' Jorge De La Rosa
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Royals have asked about Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.

    Advice: The Royals have also been linked recently to A.J. Burnett as they try to make a minor rotation upgrade. De La Rosa has posted a weak 4.20 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 122 innings this season, but Coors Field is to blame for part of that poor production. The 33-year-old left-hander is scheduled to become a free agent this winter.
    Today, 9:05 am
  • Texas won't deal Lewis unless he wants to go
    The Rangers received a call on Colby Lewis, but's T.R. Sullivan reports that the club will only deal him if "the situation really appeals to Lewis."

    Advice: The first Twitter reply to the report quickly sums up the fanbase's reaction: "omg do it! Even if it's for a bag of sunflower seeds." It's a bit surprising that the Rangers could drum up any interest at all for a pitcher with a 5.98 ERA and 1.73 WHIP across 19 starts, but it's fair to point out that Lewis has been much better on the road (4.29 ERA) than at home (7.62 ERA) this year.
    Today, 8:58 am
  • Chances of David Price trade 'have increased'
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the chances of a David Price trade "have increased."

    Advice: The Rays have moved closer to contention for a postseason spot over the past month-plus, so the growing thought has been that they might want to hang onto their ace. But the elite starting pitcher market has now centered around Price with Jon Lester already heading to Oakland. The Rays' asking price will likely be sky-high, but pretty much every contending team is seeking a top-tier arm. The Dodgers and Cardinals are among the teams with rumored interest.
    Today, 8:40 am
  • Report: Phillies, Royals discussing Burnett
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Phillies and Royals are discussing an A.J. Burnett trade.

    Advice: "No indication that [a] deal is close," Rosenthal adds. It remains to be seen if Kansas City is amenable to assuming Burnett's player option for 2015, which could pay him as much as $14.25 million if he makes 32 starts. ESPN's Jayson Stark reported earlier this week that the Phillies are telling interested clubs they expect Burnett to retire, and Burnett (4.15 ERA) has echoed that sentiment to teammates. If the Royals expect to remain in contention, they need to improve their rotation somehow. This would help.
    Today, 8:30 am
  • Rosenthal: Astros very busy with Cosart calls
    Houston is "very, very busy" taking calls on Jarred Cosart, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

    Advice: The 24-year-old is 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA and will exit this season with just 1.070 years service time, leaving him under club control for years. The Astros will need to be presented with an offer they can't refuse, but GM Jeff Luhnow is apparently fishing hard.
    Today, 8:18 am
  • Astros take SP Dallas Keuchel off the market
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Astros have taken Dallas Keuchel off the trade market.

    Advice: Keuchel threw his fourth complete game of the season on Wednesday against the A's, allowing only four hits and one run over nine innings. The 26-year-old left-hander owns an impressive 2.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 104/33 K/BB ratio through 136 1/3 total frames this season. There was no good reason for Houston to trade him.
    Today, 8:00 am
  • Twins acquire SP Tommy Milone from the A's
    Twins acquired LHP Tommy Milone from the Athletics for OF Sam Fuld; assigned him to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Milone was pushed even further down the A's rotation depth chart with Thursday's Jon Lester trade. He'll get new life in Minnesota, which is almost as pitcher-friendly as Oakland. The 27-year-old left-hander had a solid 3.55 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 61/26 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings this season with the Athletics. He will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. It's a decent get for the Twins.
    Today, 7:56 am
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  • A's officially get Lester, Gomes for Cespedes
    Athletics acquired LHP Jon Lester and OF Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox for OF Yoenis Cespedes.

    Advice: The A's were unsatisfied with their rotation even after acquiring Jeff Samardzija (and Jason Hammel) from the Cubs, so they got a little more creative and picked up the top ace on the trade market. Lester can become a free agent after the 2014 World Series and is highly doubtful to re-sign with Oakland, but he'll give the club a big boost down the stretch and into October. The 30-year-old left-hander was sporting a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings this season for Boston. Now he moves to the most pitcher-friendly park in MLB.
    Today, 7:16 am
  • OAK to acquire Lester, Gomes for Cespedes
    WEEI's Alex Speier reports that the A's have acquired left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

    Advice: Boston also gets a competitive-balance pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. Without many elite-level prospects remaining in the wake of the Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel trade, the A's had to get creative to work out a deal for Lester. And this sure is creative. Cespedes has big-time power, a huge throwing arm, and is under contractual control through 2015, so it's a big piece to give up for the penny-pinching A's. Lester, who can become a free agent this winter, gets a sizable fantasy boost with the move to pitcher-friendly Oakland.
    Today, 6:49 am
  • Astros have made Scott Feldman available
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Astros have made starting pitcher Scott Feldman available.

    Advice: But the 30-year-old right-hander signed a three-year, $30 million contract with Houston last offseason and hasn't pitched well enough to justify it, so the Astros may have a hard time finding a trade partner. Feldman owns a 4.39 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 19 starts this season.
    Today, 6:30 am
  • Appel throws five scoreless in Double-A debut
    Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel tossed five scoreless innings Wednesday in his Double-A debut.

    Advice: Appel was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi this week despite posting a hideous 9.74 ERA in 44 1/3 innings at High-A Lancaster. And it was clearly the right move. The 23-year-old right-hander walked four in his debut but also struck out four and gave up only two hits. He is likely to finish out the 2014 season at the Double-A level but could move to Triple-A at the start of 2015. Appel was the first overall pick (out of Stanford) in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.
    Today, 5:25 am
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  • Greinke whiffs 13 Braves, allows 1 ER in 8 IP
    Zack Greinke allowed only one run over eight innings and struck out 13 in a no-decision opposite the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He allowed five hits and walked one. Greinke has struck out 10-plus in consecutive outings, and now has five 10-strikeout games in 2014. After punching out 148 batters in 177 2/3 innings last year, Greinke has struck out 153 across 139 1/3 frames thus far. Greinke, who hosts the crosstown Angels on Monday, is 12-6 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He'd be in the Cy Young conversation if he pitched in the American League, not so in Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright's sprawling shadows.
    Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Wood gives up 1 run in no-decision vs Dodgers
    Alex Wood held the Dodgers to one run over seven innings, striking out eight, in Wednesday's no-decision.

    Advice: The young lefty allowed six hits and a pair of walks. It was a nice bounce back effort after Wood allowed five runs (four earned) and a career-high 12 hits to a meek Padres' offense on Friday. He sliced the ERA to 3.30 and the WHIP to 1.23 in tonight's stellar outing. Wood won't have to tote his bat to his next matchup, which is in Seattle on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Hahn allows 1 run to Cards over seven innings
    Jesse Hahn fired seven innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits, in a 12-1 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hahn, who was lifted after 95 pitches having run out of gas, whiffed a trio and also walked two. This was the right-hander's seventh win in his last eight starts. Hahn, a 2010 sixth-round pick who came to San Diego along with Alex Torres for Logan Forsythe, Brad Boxberger, Matt Andriese, and Maxx Tissenbaum in January, entered this evening 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA in seven starts since returning to the rotation on June 14. The 24-year-old right-hander boasts a 1.88 ERA and 1.01 WHIP over his first nine major league outings. Hahn has a nice matchup on deck, getting the Twins in the Twin Cities on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Kelly gets whipped for 4 runs vs. Padres
    Joe Kelly was chased out after five innings of work having allowed four runs on seven hits Wednesday in the Cardinals' loss against the Padres.

    Advice: The right-hander struck out five and walked one on the night. After missing almost three months due to a painful hamstring strain, Kelly has yielded 15 runs and 22 hits over 12 2/3 innings in his three road starts since activation. He fired seven innings of one-run ball on July 19 against the Dodgers in his only home start since coming off the shelf. Fortunately, Kelly gets the Red Sox at home next week.
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Cardinals, Pirates pushing hardest for Lester
    The Cardinals and Pirates are the two teams "pushing hardest" for Jon Lester, sources tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers remain involved as well. The Cardinals made a move for a starter on Wednesday, acquiring Justin Masterson from the Indians, but they remain interested in Lester as more impactful starter to pair with Adam Wainwright. Lester would immediately become the Pirates' ace down the stretch. Lester is a free agent after the season.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Anderson strong again over seven innings
    Brett Anderson limited the Cubs to two runs over seven innings but took a no-decision, as the Rockies needed 10 innings before cinching a 6-4 victory on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was a weird outing for Anderson. He allowed 11 hits, but nine were singles, and he did not issue a single walk while striking out nine. He's now allowed one run or fewer in at least six innings over each of his last three starts. Over seven starts overall since returning from the disabled list, Anderson has a 3.12 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP, and a 27/13 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Cubs again next week, this time at home.
    Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Holland goes two innings in first rehab start
    Derek Holland threw 33 pitches over two scoreless innings in his first rehab start with Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.

    Advice: Holland didn't allow a hit over his two innings, walking two while striking out four. His next start will come Monday with Triple-A Round Rock. Holland will continue to build up his endurance and his pitch count with an eye on a late August return.
    Yesterday, 8:35 pm
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  • Colby Lewis holds Yankees to two runs
    Colby Lewis yielded two runs in seven innings Wednesday in a win over the Yankees.

    Advice: It looked like this would be a high-scoring game after Brett Gardner led off the first with a homer and the Rangers came through with three in the bottom of the inning against Hiroki Kuroda, but it ended up being a 3-2 Rangers win. Lewis allowed just four hits, two of them being solo shots (the other belonged to Jacoby Ellsbury). It was Lewis's first win since July 5, but he has pitched decently in three straight starts after giving up 13 runs in his final outing before the break. He probably still doesn't have much trade value right now should the Rangers decide to cash him in.
    Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Scherzer solid, picks up 13th win vs. ChiSox
    Max Scherzer improved to 13-3, holding the White Sox to one run over seven innings as the Tigers enjoyed an easy 7-2 win on Wednesday.

    Advice: Scherzer appears to have found some consistency. Now in his last seven starts, the impending free agent has a 2.08 ERA over 47 2/3 innings. On Wednesday, he limited the White Sox to five hits and a walk while striking out six. As a result, he lowered his overall ERA to 3.27. He has a 1.17 WHIP and a 167/41 K/BB ratio to go along with it. Scherzer will toe the rubber at Yankee Stadium on Monday.
    Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Morton allows four runs in ND against Giants
    Charlie Morton allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings in Wednesday's no-decision against the Giants.

    Advice: Morton has now failed to turn in a quality start in three of his last four starts, a bad trend for a guy who will never have much fantasy value for his strikeout ability. Morton walked three batters while striking out two. The right-hander owns a 3.54 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 22 starts, and he'll match up with the Marlins on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 4:13 pm
  • Cubs recall Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa
    Cubs recalled LHP Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Rusin has allowed six runs in 8 2/3 innings this season for Chicago. He will pitch in middle relief.
    Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Keuchel tosses complete game in rout of A's
    Dallas Keuchel tossed his fourth complete game of the season in Wednesday's 8-1 rout of the A's.

    Advice: Keuchel was fantastic, allowing only four hits (and one run) over his nine frames. The only run that Oakland scored was on a Josh Donaldson solo homer in the top of the second inning. Keuchel struck out five and now boasts a 2.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 104/33 K/BB ratio through 136 1/3 innings this season. The Orioles have expressed interest in acquiring him before Thursday's July 31 trade deadline, but Houston seems likely to keep the blossoming 26-year-old southpaw.
    Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • O's Harvey (elbow) shut down for rest of 2014
    Hunter Harvey has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season with a right elbow strain.

    Advice: Harvey doesn't need surgery and the Orioles are just being overly careful with their first-round pick from 2013. The 19-year-old right-hander owns a 2.87 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 139/39 K/BB ratio through his first 113 innings as a pro. He should begin the 2015 season in High-A ball.
    Yesterday, 2:00 pm
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  • Harvey (elbow) to throw off mound next week
    Matt Harvey (elbow) has been cleared to begin throwing off a mound next week.

    Advice: Harvey was hoping to hop on a mound in June, but the Mets decided to play it safe and nixed that idea. The right-hander could get some innings in a fall instructional league but won't return to the majors until 2015.
    Yesterday, 1:56 pm
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  • David Price solid but takes loss vs. Brews
    Making what could be his final start for the Rays, David Price was charged with four runs -- three earned -- over seven frames in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Price had a 1-2-3 first inning but surrendered a bases-loaded, two-RBI single to Martin Maldonado in the second and as it turned out that's all the runs Milwaukee needed. The left-hander permitted six hits and two walks while striking out six. Assuming he's not traded before then, Price will take a 3.11 ERA into next week's start in Oakland.
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Jon Lester-to-Orioles deal not done yet
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that a trade sending Jon Lester to the Orioles is "not close."

    Advice: Rosenthal didn't rule out something getting done, but it appears the two sides aren't as close to crossing the finish line as previously reported.'s Peter Gammons adds that the Red Sox still have "plenty" of alternatives if they're not able to work something out with the O's.
    Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Orioles close to dealing for Jon Lester's Brittany Ghiroli reports that the Orioles are close to acquiring Jon Lester from the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham is also hearing the deal is close and says the Red Sox will receive a pitcher in return. He mentions Miguel Gonzalez, but he would figure to be a secondary part of the deal. It appears that Lester will get to stay in the AL East and has said in the past that he would still consider re-signing with the Red Sox.
    Yesterday, 12:16 pm
  • 'Zero chance' Marlins trade for John Lackey
    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is hearing that there's "zero chance" the Marlins trade for John Lackey.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported earlier Wednesday that the Fish were talking to the Red Sox about a deal involving the veteran righty, but apparently those negotiations didn't get very far. Morosi's colleague, Ken Rosenthal has said there's a "very good chance" Lackey is dealt somewhere. It just apparently won't be to Miami.
    Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Cardinals could still pursue Jon Lester
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals could still go after Jon Lester even after the acquisition of Justin Masterson.

    Advice: Morosi says that they would have to be willing to give up Shelby Miller to do it. It's certainly possible that the Red Sox have floated this information to Morosi in order to drive up Lester's price with other teams. On the other hand, St. Louis didn't have to surrender any of their top prospects to get Masterson, so we can't rule anything out.
    Yesterday, 11:51 am
  • Marlins discussing Lackey deal with Red Sox
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Marlins and Red Sox are discussing a possible John Lackey trade.

    Advice: The Marlins obviously like the fact that Lackey has a team option of $500,000 for next season. It also doesn't hurt that he's posted a 3.55 ERA over 50 starts since the beginning of last season. It's not clear at this point what kind of package the Marlins might be willing to give up.
    Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • Dodgers out on Lester, Price, Hamels's Peter Gammons reports that the Dodgers are no longer pursuing Jon Lester, David Price and Cole Hamels.

    Advice: The Dodgers are refusing to give up Joc Pederson, Corey Seager or Julio Urias in any deal, which makes acquiring one of the aforementioned aces an impossibility. Gammons said they're now focused on adding a back-end starter and bullpen help. With the Cardinals also out of the picture, it appears the Lester market might be down to the Pirates and A's.
    Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • D'Backs ink Clayton Richard to minors deal
    Diamondbacks signed LHP Clayton Richard to a minor league contract.

    Advice: He'll make a start for the Arizona League Diamondbacks this weekend. Richard underwent AC joint surgery last summer and thoracic outlet surgery over the offseason but is finally ready for game action again after a long rehab. He could possibly come up with the D'Backs in September if he looks good in the minors.
    Yesterday, 10:54 am
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  • Mets don't expect to trade Bartolo Colon
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets don't expect to trade Bartolo Colon prior to Thursday's deadline.

    Advice: Puma says the Mets aren't willing to eat any of the $13 million owed to Colon, which conflicts with what Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported last week (he said they'd be willing to eat $2 million). CBS Sports' Jon Heyman noted Tuesday that there "doesn't appear to be a great market" for Colon. The Royals, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Pirates and Braves have been connected to the righty.
    Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • Marlins 'not completely' out on Jon Lester
    Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the Marlins are "not completely" out of the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

    Advice: Rodriguez says the Marlins will not trade Andrew Heaney for Lester, but it sounds like they might be willing to consider just about anyone else in their system. For what it's worth, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said the club is "not going to be short-sighted" in any deals.
    Yesterday, 9:37 am
  • 'Very good chance' Red Sox trade Lackey
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there is a "very good chance" the Red Sox trade John Lackey in addition to Jon Lester.

    Advice: The Red Sox have a $500,000 club option on Lackey for 2015 that's as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery, so while he might not bring as much as Lester, you can understand why he's sought after. The righty boasts a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings this season. Rosenthal says the Indians and Marlins are interested in Lackey. The Royals have previously been reported to have interest.
    Yesterday, 9:31 am
  • Orioles interested in Astros' Keuchel, Cosart
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles are interested in the Astros' Dallas Keuchel and Jarred Cosart.

    Advice: The O's don't want to give up one of their better pitching prospects for a rental like Jon Lester and instead are focused more on players that they'd control longer. Both Keuchel and Cosart have yet to reach arbitration, so they'd fit the bill. The Orioles have also dealt with the Astros in the past, having acquire Bud Norris at the deadline last season.
    Yesterday, 7:01 am
  • Rockies will keep lefty Brett Anderson
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rockies plan to either pick up Brett Anderson's $12 million option for 2015 or sign him to a long-term deal.

    Advice: Anderson has been terrific in his last two starts, which has piqued the interest of the Yankees, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. However, Rosenthal says Colorado wants to keep the lefty around rather than field trade offers for him. Anderson has been limited to just six starts this year due to a fractured left index finger, but he's put up a 3.24 ERA in those outings.
    Yesterday, 6:52 am
  • Two 'elite' prospects needed to get Lester
    Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox have told teams that it will require "at least two elite-level prospects" to acquire Jon Lester.

    Advice: It's a hefty price to pay for a two-month rental, but you can't blame the Red Sox for asking for that haul, especially when it looks like David Price might not be dealt. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has listed the Dodgers and the Cardinals as the favorites for Lester, and Lauber has been told by industry insiders that the Dodgers are the "front-runner." The Pirates and A's are lurking in the background.
    Yesterday, 6:22 am
  • Dodgers, Cardinals lead way for Lester, Price
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers and Cardinals "appear to be the teams most aggressively competing" for Jon Lester and David Price.

    Advice: Lester is virtually certain to get moved after being scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start, while Price's status is more up the air with the Rays back in the playoff hunt. Heyman writes that the Pirates "are still involved to some degree on the Lester front, but they are reluctant to surrender top prospects for a rental, seeming to place them third in the derby at the moment." The A's have also been mentioned as a potential suitor for Lester, but it appears that they may have fallen back from the pack, as well. It could be an interesting battle between the Dodgers and Cardinals for Lester and perhaps Price, as they both have the prospects to deal and the room to add payroll.
    Yesterday, 5:58 am
  • Feldman limits A's to one run over seven
    Scott Feldman kept the A's to one run on five hits over seven innings but walked away with a no-decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: Feldman was in line for his fifth win, but a complete meltdown from closer Chad Qualls rendered Feldman's work meaningless. It's been that kind of year for the right-hander, who loses when he gets shelled and rarely wins when he pitches well. Feldman has a 4.39 ERA through 19 starts but remains 4-8 on the season. He'll look for a better fate Sunday against the Blue Jays.
    Tuesday, 8:48 pm
  • Royals have inquired on John Lackey
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have inquired on John Lackey.

    Advice: It backs up a previous report from Gordon Edes of McCullough adds that the Red Sox are "said to be seeking a sizable return." It's not a surprise, given that Lackey has a $500,000 club option on Lackey for 2015 that's as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery. The righty boasts a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings this season.
    Tuesday, 5:19 pm
  • Rays 'talking and willing' on Price trade
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was told by a Rays source that the team is "talking and willing" on the David Price trade front.

    Advice: "[We'll] see if any teams have the desire," the source added. Heyman was told by rival executives that they believe general manager Andrew Friedman "has the guts to deal Price when the team has rallied from nowhere to the cusp of the AL pennant race. A few even suggest that he may prefer to pull the trigger." USA Today's Bob Nightengale has indicated that the Cardinals could have an offer on the table of Oscar Taveras, Shelby Miller and their competitive balance pick in exchange for Price. It appears, however, that the Rays may want even more. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi says that Price is expected to start for the Rays Wednesday afternoon "barring a dramatic turn" in trade talks.
    Tuesday, 5:02 pm
  • A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates talks 'all but dead'
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that trade talks between the Phillies and Pirates regarding A.J. Burnett are "all but dead."

    Advice: The stumbling block is Burnett's player option for 2015, which could pay him as much as $14.25 million if he makes 32 starts. Stark says that the Phillies are telling teams they expect Burnett to retire, and Burnett has told his teammates the same thing. However, the Pirates don't want him at $14.25 million next year and aren't willing to take the chance if he changes his mind. After all, Burnett waffled back-and-forth between continuing his career or retiring last winter before ultimately deciding on the former.
    Tuesday, 3:32 pm
  • Royals could be interested in Colon, Burnett
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News hears from major league sources that the Royals could be interested in the Mets' Bartolo Colon or the Phillies' A.J. Burnett.

    Advice: Martino notes that the Royals might not be able to add the payroll necessary to acquire Colon or Burnett, but the team's evaluators like both pitchers. Colon, who got the best of Burnett on Monday, is owed $11 million next season. Burnett's contract includes a complicated player option for 2015 which already guarantees him $7.5 million. It will increase to $12.75 million if he makes 30 starts this season. He has already made 23 starts.
    Tuesday, 12:23 pm
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 7:00 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."
    Tuesday, 6:02 am
  • Red Sox open to trading Lackey and Lester
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are open to trading both John Lackey and Jon Lester for the right returns.

    Advice: It had been clear that they were listening on Lester, but it appears they'd consider dealing Lackey, as well. While Lester is set to hit free agency after the season, the Red Sox have a $500,000 club option on Lackey for 2015 that's as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery. That obviously makes his value much higher. Lackey is also pitching very well for the second straight season, posting a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings.
    Monday, 7:39 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.
    Monday, 7:38 pm
  • A.J. Burnett gives up seven runs in loss
    A.J. Burnett was tagged for seven runs in five innings by the Mets in Monday's loss.

    Advice: It's the sixth time this year that Burnett has allowed at least six runs, most in the majors (Clay Buchholz and Kyle Gibson have done it five times apiece). As many awful outings as he's had, it's sort of impressive that his ERA is still a respectable 4.15. Still, there won't be much demand for his services in trade talks this week.
    Monday, 7:34 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.
    Monday, 6:34 pm
  • Marlins interested in lefty Tommy Milone
    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are "thought to be considering" a trade for Tommy Milone.

    Advice: Milone requested a trade from the A's last week, as he became buried on their depth chart following the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. As Spencer notes, the lefty is appealing to the Marlins because he won't reach free agency until 2018. Spencer also lists Wade Miley and Ian Kennedy as possible targets for the Marlins, with Kennedy being the unlikelier of the two. Miley might also be a long shot, as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this month that the D'Backs have told teams the southpaw is unavailable.
    Monday, 4:11 pm
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  • Astros willing to trade a starter for a bat
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal Monday that he's willing to trade one of the team's starters if he can "get back a big-league piece, preferably a bat."

    Advice: Rosenthal lists Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Jarred Cosart as starters that could be on the move for the right price. "We do seem to have an excess of pretty good young starters so we wouldn't rule anything out," Luhnow said. "We'd have to get back a big-league piece, preferably a bat, in a package that makes sense for the future and present." As Rosenthal points out, Keuchel, McHugh and Cosart all have fewer than two years of major-league service time, so the Astros will want something pretty good in return.
    Monday, 3:41 pm
  • Bud Black: Jesse Hahn has '5-10 starts left'
    Padres manager Bud Black said this weekend that Jesse Hahn has "between five and 10 starts left."

    Advice: Hahn threw just 69 innings last season in the Rays' minor league system after returning from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and has already totaled 87 innings this season between Double-A San Antonio and big-league San Diego. The 24-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.12 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over his first eight major league outings, but enjoy the ride while you still can. He won't be much help down the stretch.
    Monday, 10:00 am
  • Holland (knee) beginning rehab assignment
    Derek Holland (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Wednesday if he gets through a bullpen session Monday with no issues.

    Advice: Rangers general manager Jon Daniels admitted that the Rangers considered before the second half began shutting Holland down for the season, but they obviously decided against it. The lefty has been out all year following left knee surgery. He should rejoin the rotation in late August if all goes well. "You start thinking about what's most important," Daniels said. "With that being said, he has worked out so hard to come back. I think there is some benefit to him from a mental standpoint to see the light at the end of the tunnel."
    Sunday, 9:02 am
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  • Astros promote RHP prospect Appel to AA
    Astros prospect right-handed pitcher Mark Appel was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi.

    Advice: Appel made a few mechanical tweaks prior to his start on Saturday, and had his best outing of the season, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out seven batters. Appel was the first overall pick in the 2013 draft and has struggled mightily in 2014, but the Astros are keeping the faith in the process and clearly feel that Appel's most recent start shows that he is ready for a new challenge.
    Sunday, 7:32 am
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  • Cosart gives up five runs in loss to Marlins
    Jarred Cosart gave up five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in the Astros' loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Cosart struggled right out of the gate, yielding a first-inning RBI single to Casey McGehee and then four runs in the second inning. He's really fallen off the rails lately, now with a 4.41 ERA and 1.46 WHIP on the year. A home start against the Blue Jays is next.
    Saturday, 7:52 pm
  • Zack Greinke strikes out 10 in win
    Zack Greinke shut out the Giants for seven innings and struck out 10 in a win Friday.

    Advice: It was Greinke's fourth 10-strikeout game of the season. He's up to 140 strikeouts in 131 1/3 innings this year after finishing with 148 in 177 2/3 innings last year.
    Friday, 10:56 pm
  • Morton gives up four runs in loss
    Charlie Morton allowed four runs over six-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Morton held the Rockies to just one run before he unraveled to begin the seventh inning. He struck out three and walked one in the loss and now sits at 5-10 with a 3.40 ERA and 106/44 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings of work this season. He'll attempt to turn the page next week in another road start, this time against the Giants.
    Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Anderson notches first win of season
    Brett Anderson tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Pirates on Friday for his first win of the season, but he was forced to exit due to an apparent blister on his throwing hand.

    Advice: Anderson didn't give up his first hit until the fifth inning and ended up allowing just two in all. It was a bit of an odd outing, as he struck out just one batter and walked four, but it was good enough to put him in line for the win. Anderson was at 102 pitches when he left the ballgame, so he likely didn't have much left, anyway. After all the injuries he has dealt with in recent seasons, fortunately this one seems minor.
    Friday, 9:58 pm