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  • Josh Ravin recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled RHP Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Ravin has spent nearly all of the season at Oklahoma City, posting a 4.35 ERA and 49/13 K/BB ratio over 31 innings. He'll work in middle relief. Rotoworld.com 20 minutes ago
  • Amed Rosario (illness) returns to lineup
    Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario (illness) returned to the lineup at Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.

    Advice: Rosario missed nearly a week of action with gastroenteritis. The top prospect could finally debut for the Mets after the trade deadline once the club unloads some veterans, although nothing is guaranteed at this point. Rotoworld.com 22 minutes ago
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  • Chirinos (ankle) could return by Wednesday
    Robinson Chirinos (ankle) could be available to play as soon as Wednesday.

    Advice: Chirinos is feeling better than expected Monday after spraining his left ankle Sunday. "I woke up today, and it felt better than I thought," Chirinos said. "I hit in the cage. It felt like I can deal with it. The way I felt yesterday, I thought it would feel worse today." With Chirinos considered only day-to-day, the Rangers can go back to shopping Jonathan Lucroy. Rotoworld.com 36 minutes ago
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  • Rafael Devers not in Monday's lineup
    Rafael Devers is not in the Red Sox' lineup Monday.

    Advice: The Red Sox are facing left-hander James Paxton, and they apparently don't want Devers to make his major league debut in such a tough matchup. The rookie should play against most lefties and obviously all righties as Boston sees if he can solve their third base issues. Deven Marrero is at the hot corner Monday. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:17 pm
  • Brandon McCarthy (blister) placed on DL
    Dodgers placed RHP Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on his right hand.

    Advice: McCarthy threw a bullpen session Sunday in hopes that his blister wouldn't keep him from starting Tuesday, but obviously it's not in good enough shape yet. Kenta Maeda will start Tuesday instead. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:12 pm
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  • Matt Carpenter (quad) expected back Tuesday
    Matt Carpenter (quad) is expected back in the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Carpenter isn't playing Monday after exiting Sunday's game with a tight right quad, but manager Mike Matheny said it was simply a dehydration issue and the infielder is feeling much better. Luke Voit is starting at first base Monday. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:47 pm
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  • For real this time: Twins get Jaime Garcia
    Twins acquired LHP Jaime Garcia, C Anthony Recker and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for RHP Huascar Ynoa.

    Advice: The two sides tentatively agreed to a trade last week, but it was nixed due to physical concerns with Nick Burdi (elbow), who had been slated to go to Atlanta in the deal. Garcia has been up-and-down this season, posting a 4.30 ERA and 85/41 K/BB ratio over 113 innings, but he should offer Minnesota more reliable work at the back of their rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:22 pm
  • J.T. Riddle (shoulder) sitting out again
    J.T. Riddle (shoulder) remained out of the Marlins' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's missed five straight games with tendinitis in his right shoulder. Miguel Rojas will handle shortstop again. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:01 pm
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  • Matt Carpenter (quad) not in Monday's lineup
    Matt Carpenter (quad) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Carpenter was lifted from Sunday's game with a tight right quad. The injury appears to be a day-to-day situation for the time being. Luke Voit is getting a start in his place, and Paul DeJong has moved up to the No. 3 spot in the lineup with Dexter Fowler shifting up to his old leadoff spot.With Paul DeJong slotting up to the three spot in the order, he becomes a viable punt play across the industry. Antonio Senzatela isn't a sieve by any means, as he's held hitters to a 0.75 HR/9 rate on the road this season (3 in 36 IP), but he's still not an arm we necessarily need to avoid with value plays. DeJong owns a very solid .367 ISO at home against RHP this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:50 pm
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  • J.D. Martinez (hand) back in lineup Monday
    J.D. Martinez (hand) is back in the Diamondbacks' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's his first start since he was hit on the left hand with a pitch last Wednesday. Martinez is in right field and batting fifth against R.A. Dickey and the Braves. Daily Slant: Martinez actually has the biggest track record against R.A. Dickey on the Arizona side, as he's faced him 14 times and has racked up a .286 ISO (1 HR) over that span with one strikeout. BvP is a polarizing topic in baseball, but when it comes to knuckeballers the data is a bit more well received. Martinez enters play tonight with an elite 46.6 hard% against RHP. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:48 pm
  • Eric Fryer elects free agency
    Eric Fryer has elected free agency.

    Advice: Fryer cleared waivers after being designated for assignment but will look for a gig elsewhere. He's a strong defensive catcher but is a career .232/.320/.300 hitter over parts of seven seasons. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:43 pm
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  • Tom Koehler optioned to Triple-A
    Marlins optioned RHP Tom Koehler to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Koehler has been a Marlins' rotation mainstay the last few years, but it speaks to how awful he's been in 2017 that he's now been optioned twice even while the club has a weak starting staff. The righty holds a 7.92 ERA over 12 starts in the majors this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:22 pm
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  • Red Sox officially promote 3B Rafael Devers
    Red Sox purchased the contract of 3B Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: It's been a rapid rise for the 20-year-old Devers, who batted .300/.369/.575 with 18 homers over 77 games at Double-A this year before a recent promotion to Triple-A. He hit .400 (14-for-35) with two homers over nine games with Pawtucket, which was apparently enough for the Red Sox to see if he can be a solution at third base. It's a lot to ask him to produce right away, but he's a worthwhile pickup in most mixed fantasy leagues given the lineup and ballpark. He should see most of the starts against right-handed starters. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:37 pm
  • Adams not a realistic option for 2017
    According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Chance Adams is not considered a realistic rotation option for 2017.

    Advice: As such, the Yankees are still seeking a starter on the trade market. Adams has dominated with a 1.92 ERA over 19 starts this season between Double- and Triple-A this season, but he's still working on a third pitch and isn't far off from approaching his career-high in innings pitched. The Yankees would prefer to not throw him into the fire this soon, if possible. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:18 am
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  • Alcantara hurls seven scoreless
    Cardinals prospect Sandy Alcantara pitched seven scoreless innings on Sunday for Double-A Springfield.

    Advice: Alcantara allowed just three hits in those seven innings, and he walked two and struck out four. It's been an up-and-down season for the right-hander, but there have been signs of progress. With his fastball and change combination he could be a devastating reliever, but with an average curveball he does have a chance to be a starter at the highest level. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:00 am
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  • Pirates leaning against trading McCutchen
    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are leaning against trading Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as the Pirates are still within spitting distance in the National League Central. While McCutchen should stick around past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Biertempfel hears that the club has given him no indication that they'll pick up his $14.75 million club option for 2018. Given the way he has bounced back at the plate, it's an inevitability, even if he ends up a trade chip over the winter. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:52 am
  • Lewis homers twice
    Mariners prospect Kyle Lewis homered twice on Sunday for High-A Modesto.

    Advice: It's the fourth homer of the season for Lewis, which is much more impressive when you keep in mind that he's only played in 16 games. With Tyler O'Neill now in St. Louis, Lewis is clearly the top prospect in the Seattle system. He can hit for average, power, and isn't a clog on the bases. Assuming he can stay healthy, he could be playing in the Seattle outfield before the end of next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:51 am
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  • Lewis homers twice
    Mariners prospect Kyle Lewis homered twice on Sunday for High-A Modesto.

    Advice: It's the fourth homer of the season for Lewis, which is much more impressive when you keep in mind that he's only played in 16 games. With Tyler O'Neill now in St. Louis, Lewis is clearly the top prospect in the Seattle system. He can hit for average, power, and isn't a clog on the bases. Assuming he can stay healthy, he could be playing in the Seattle outfield before the end of next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:35 am
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  • Graveman (shoulder) continues rehab stint
    Kendall Graveman (shoulder) allowed seven runs -- three earned -- over three innings Monday in his latest minor league rehab start with Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Graveman, who is coming back from a shoulder strain, gave up nine hits and walked one while striking out one. He threw 42 out of 65 pitches for strikes. It wasn't the sort of results he likely had in mind going in, but it wasn't all his fault. He'll likely make at least one more start before rejoining the Athletics. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:34 am
  • Calhoun homers
    Dodgers prospect Willie Calhoun hit his 22nd homer of the season for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday.

    Advice: It was Calhoun's only hit of the day, but any game that features a homer is a pretty good one. He's been the subject of several trade rumors, and with Clayton Kershaw and Brandon McCarthy hitting the disabled list, those trade rumors are likely to pick up. As a second baseman who can hit for average and power, he should be able to headline a package, and you can understand why the Dodgers are hesitant to move him. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:22 am
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  • Smith continues to crush Triple-A pitching.
    Mets prospect Dominic Smith hit his 14th homer of the year on Sunday for Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Smith also singled. There have not been many hitters better than Smith in the month of July, and his OPS for the month is now 1.106. He's also a solid defender at first, so no, you're not looking at a future DH. Not yet, anyway. If/when the Mets deal Lucas Duda, Smith should get the call. He's ready. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:15 am
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  • Twins designate LHP Breslow for assignment
    Twins designated LHP Craig Breslow for assignment.

    Advice: The Twins took a shot on a retooled Breslow over the winter, but he has struggled with a 5.23 ERA over 30 appearances this season and has also missed time due to injury. Alan Busenitz will take his spot on the active roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:10 am
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  • Honeywell strikes out 11
    Rays prospect Brent Honeywell gave up two runs over five innings for Triple-A Durham on Sunday.

    Advice: Honeywell allowed only four hits over those five innings, and he struck out 11 while walking just one. It was a sensational start for the Rays' top pitching prospect, and he looks like he's ready to contribute to a big-league staff. The Rays are certainly in contention, and an arm like Honeywell could help put them into one of the two wild card spots. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:08 am
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  • Report: Cubs and Tigers talking trade
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cubs and Tigers continue to have trade discussions.

    Advice: The Cubs just acquired Jose Quintana from the White Sox, but Morosi hears that Justin Verlander is a person of interest, in addition to catcher Alex Avila. However, the level of progress in talks is unclear. The Dodgers have also been mentioned as a possibility for Verlander and talks could pick up depending on what the club hears about ace Clayton Kershaw's back. Verlander is owed $60 million through 2019 while Avila is due to become a free agent this winter. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:30 am
  • Nationals promote OF Robles to Double-A
    The Nationals have promoted prospect outfielder Victor Robles to Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: This comes after Robles tore up High-A Potomac to the tune of a .289/.377/.495 batting line with seven homers and 16 steals over 77 games. The 20-year-old is considered one of the top position prospects in the game. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:53 am
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  • Martinez (hand) appears as pinch-hitter
    J.D. Martinez (hand) drew a walk as a pinch-hitter Sunday against the Nationals.

    Advice: It was his first appearance in a game since being hit in the left hand with a pitch in his first game with the Diamondbacks last Wednesday. It seems like he's trending in the right direction. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:56 am
  • Bettis (cancer) makes latest rehab start
    Chad Bettis (cancer) allowed three runs over 2 2/3 innings Sunday in his latest minor league rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Bettis, who previously made two starts with Double-A Hartford, allowed six hits and two walks while striking out four. He was pulled after throwing 62 pitches. The results weren't the best, but Bettis is feeling good as he continues his comeback from testicular cancer. "Physically, I felt good and strong. I felt like I could've thrown a lot more," Bettis said after Sunday's outing. "But I worked on what I need to. I felt like I was able to execute some of the pitches that I really wanted to, but at the same time, it seemed like there's some stuff to work on." Bettis is slated to throw 75-80 pitches in his next rehab start on Friday before being reevaluated. He should join the Rockies' rotation at some point in August. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:45 am
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  • Ramirez elects to become free agent
    Neil Ramirez has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Ramirez cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Mets late last week. The 28-year-old owns a rough 7.18 ERA over 29 appearances in the majors this season between the Giants and Mets. He'll try to find a new opportunity elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:32 am
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  • Red Sox transfer Robbie Ross to 60-day DL
    Red Sox transferred LHP Robbie Ross to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Nothing has changed in the recovery for the left-hander, this was done merely as a procedural move to free up a roster spot for the promotion of Rafael Devers on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 pm
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  • McCarthy scratched from Tuesday's start
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Brandon McCarthy (blister) won't make his scheduled start on Tuesday and will be heading to the disabled list.

    Advice: Kenta Maeda will start in his place on Tuesday against the Twins. McCarthy dealt with blister issues in each of his previous two starts and the club wants to make sure he gets rid of the problem before he takes the hill again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:53 pm
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  • Matt Carpenter leaves game with tight quad
    Matt Carpenter was removed from Sunday's game against the Cubs due to right quadriceps tightness.

    Advice: The injury appeared to occur while Carpenter was running the bases. The severity of the injury is not yet known. Luke Voit replaced him at first base on Sunday. Look for an update from the Cardinals on Carpenter's status after the conclusion of Sunday's game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:59 pm
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  • Red Sox to promote Devers to play third base
    Red Sox team president Dave Dombrowski announced Sunday that top prospect Rafael Devers will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to play third base.

    Advice: Devers was just moved up to Triple-A on July 14 where he hit .355 with a pair of homers and four RBI in his eight games. The 20-year-old sensation should get a chance to hold the position for the remainder of the season and could be a worthwhile investment in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:20 pm
  • Koehler allows three homers in loss to Reds
    Tom Koehler surrendered six runs -- five earned -- over 5 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Koehler gave up nine hits, including three home runs, while falling to 1-5 on the year with a brutal 7.92 ERA. If he gets another turn in the Marlins' rotation, it'll be a rematch against the Reds on Friday night in Miami. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:21 pm
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  • X-rays come back negative for Chirinos
    The X-rays on the ankle of Robinson Chirinos came back negative on Sunday.

    Advice: The backstop was removed from Sunday's game against the Rays after a collision at home plate resulted in a sprained ankle. It's unclear how much time he stands to miss, but the fact that there's no structural damage is an encouraging sign. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:03 pm
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  • Robinson Chirinos lifted with sprained ankle
    Robinson Chirinos was pulled from Sunday's game against the Rays after a collision at home plate resulted in a sprained left ankle.

    Advice: Rougned Odor's throw home in the bottom of the fourth inning took Chirinos into Adeiny Hechavarria and the catcher was knocked over (he did hang on to the ball). After initially staying in the game, Chirinos was pinch-hit for by Jonathan Lucroy in the top of the fifth. He'll undergo X-rays. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:58 am
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  • Amed Rosario (illness) sent to hospital
    Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario has missed five straight games and was taken to the hospital Saturday in Memphis due to a stomach issue.

    Advice: He'll miss at least a sixth straight game Sunday. It sounds like Rosario is probably dealing with food poisoning, so it shouldn't be too much longer before he's ready to play. Obviously, it doesn't help his chances of being promoted in the next few days. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:14 am
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  • Brewers considering lefty Jaime Garcia
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Jaime Garcia is "among the names" on the Brewers' radar.

    Advice: Crasnick notes that the Brewers "are considering both long-term and rental starters at trade deadline." Garcia had appeared headed to the Twins last week in a trade, but it fell apart. It's possible he could still wind up in Minnesota, but there are multiple clubs interested in him now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:48 am
  • J.D. Martinez (hand) out again on Sunday
    J.D. Martinez (hand) remained out of the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since being hit on the left hand by a pitch in his first game with the D'Backs last Wednesday. The good news is Martinez was slated to take batting practice Sunday and is "trending upward," according to manager Torey Lovullo. It sounds like he should be back in there soon. Daniel Descalso is getting another start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • J.T. Riddle (shoulder) out again Sunday
    J.T. Riddle (shoulder) remained out of the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He'll miss a fourth straight start with right shoulder tendinitis. Miguel Rojas will handle shortstop. The Marlins are also giving J.T. Realmuto and Marcell Ozuna days off, as they have A.J. Ellis at catcher and Ichiro Suzuki in left field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:15 am
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  • Neil Ramirez outrighted to Triple-A
    Mets sent RHP Neil Ramirez outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Ramirez cleared waivers after being removed from the 40-man roster and will accept an outright assignment. He's struck out well over a batter per inning with a few clubs this season but has also posted a 7.18 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:16 am
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  • Brandon McCarthy to test blister Sunday
    Brandon McCarthy will test his blister during Sunday's bullpen session.

    Advice: Blister issues hampered McCarthy in his last start Thursday against the Braves but he's hoping it's nothing major. If everything checks out on Sunday, he should get the nod Tuesday against Minnesota. If the blister is still bugging him, the Dodgers would likely pivot to Kenta Maeda. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:57 pm
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  • Chad Bettis (cancer) moves rehab to ABQ
    Chad Bettis (cancer) will make his next rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: He'll log between 60 and 65 pitches. The right-hander will make another start for the Isotopes on Friday and is expected to throw about 80 pitches in that outing. After that, he should be ready to join the Rockies' rotation. Bettis looked sharp in his first two rehab appearances, allowing just one run over 4 2/3 innings for Double-A Hartford. The 28-year-old missed the first half of the season while undergoing treatment for testicular cancer. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:20 pm
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  • J.T. Riddle (shoulder) absent again Saturday
    J.T. Riddle (shoulder) is out of the Marlins' lineup Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: Riddle is out of the lineup for a third straight day, last appearing as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia. He's day-to-day with a shoulder injury. Miguel Rojas is filling in at shortstop and batting eighth Saturday against Reds right-hander Robert Stephenson. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:19 pm
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  • Twins deal for Garcia stalled due to medicals
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the potential deal between the Braves and Twins for Jaime Garcia stalled out due to the Braves' medical concern over one of the Twins' prospects that would have headed back in the trade.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that while both sides are now working alternative trade possibilities, the two sides could still revive the deal and get something done. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:28 am
  • Jaime Garcia hits grand slam in victory
    Jaime Garcia allowed three runs over seven innings and hit a grand slam off Alex Wood to lead the Braves to a 12-3 rout of the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: One of the more surprising results of the season, in no small part because a Garcia trade to Minnesota seemed all but finalized 24 hours earlier. Garcia helped his stock some with a fine outing against the NL's hottest and probably best team. He's won two straight to get to 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA for the year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:55 pm
  • McCutchen knocks in three over Rockies
    Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with three RBI, two walks, and three runs scored in Friday’s blowout 13-5 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: McCutchen delivered with RBI singles in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings. This was his first multi-hit game since July 7. The red-hot Pirates have won six straight games and now sit two games back in the NL Central and 6 1/2 games back for a Wild Card spot. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:47 pm
  • Martinez (hand) remains out of D'Backs lineup
    J.D. Martinez (hand) remains out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: While X-rays came back negative and MRI showed no structural damage, the newly-acquired slugger is still a bit sore and will need at least another day before rejoining the lineup. Daniel Descalso is starting in left field against Max Scherzer and the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:11 pm
  • Jaime Garcia expected to start for ATL Friday
    Jaime Garcia is expected to make his scheduled start with the Braves on Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Thursday that the Braves had agreed to trade Garcia to the Twins, but at the very least the deal appears to be on life support, if not dead. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says that the Braves are "still talking to a number of clubs" about the left-hander. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:36 pm
  • Twins' trade for SP Garcia could fall through
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins' trade for Jaime Garcia could fall through.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Thursday that the two sides had reached an agreement on a trade, but there appears to be a snag. Garcia has a long history of injury issues, especially involving his pitching shoulder, so it's possible a physical issue might be the concern. Garcia is currently still penciled in to start for the Braves on Friday against the Dodgers, but Aaron Blair is in Los Angeles and will fill in if the deal goes through. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:31 am
  • Eric Fryer designated for assignment
    Cardinals designated C Eric Fryer for assignment.

    Advice: Fryer hit an ugly .155/.277/.197 this season and hardly played as Yadier Molina's backup. He's being replaced on the roster by Carson Kelly. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:20 am
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  • Brandon McCarthy crushed for six runs vs. ATL
    Brandon McCarthy surrendered six runs on nine hits over four innings in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: The Dodgers have looked like an unstoppable freight train this season, but that train slowed for at least one night. A three-run fourth inning knocked McCarthy out of the game, with the key blow coming in the form of a two-run homer by Kurt Suzuki. McCarthy struck out five and walked one in the dismal showing. He will try for better times in a home start against the Twins next time he takes to the mound. The veteran right-hander will carry a 3.84 ERA and 1.23 WHIP into that one. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:10 pm
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  • Twins and Braves finalizing Jaime Garcia deal
    According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins and Braves are not expected to complete their Jaime Garcia trade on Thursday night but the deal is "very close to final."

    Advice: The trade is expected to be a one-for-one swap with the Braves acquiring a minor league prospect from the Twins. Per Berardino, the Braves are paying only a small portion of Garcia's remaining $4.79 million salary with Minnesota covering the rest. The two sides are sifting through medical records as we speak. That process could take a while given Garcia's lengthy injury history. Assuming all the medical reports check out, Garcia could be in line to make his Twins debut this weekend against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:04 pm
  • Report: Twins close to landing Jaime Garcia
    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Twins are "close" to acquiring Jaime Garcia from the Braves.

    Advice: Garcia had been scheduled to start Friday night's game against the Dodgers but the Braves just scratched Aaron Blair from his scheduled outing Thursday for Triple-A Gwinnett, a sure sign that he's headed to the big leagues to replace Garcia. The left-hander would only be a rental as his contract is up at the end of the year but he'd be a great addition to Minnesota's starting rotation, which is relatively thin beyond All-Star Ervin Santana and rising star Jose Berrios. The Royals and Yankees were also said to be interested in Garcia, who sports a 4.33 ERA over 17 starts this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:04 pm
  • Brewers have interest in SP Justin Verlander
    Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press hears that the Brewers have expressed interest in Tigers veteran Justin Verlander.

    Advice: The first-place Brewers could use another starting pitcher and the Tigers would probably eat some cash to grab some of the top young talent in Milwaukee's system. Verlander is owed around $60 million and has posted a disappointing 4.54 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 117 innings this season, though he was very good in 2016. Fenech adds that the Cubs, who just acquired Jose Quintana from the White Sox, are "still monitoring" the Verlander market. Houston's interest is said to be "minimal." Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:09 am
  • Mets DFA right-hander Neil Ramirez
    Mets designated RHP Neil Ramirez for assignment.

    Advice: Ramirez has allowed 30 runs -- 25 earned -- in 31 1/3 innings of relief this season at the major league level. Josh Smoker was activated from the disabled list Thursday in a corresponding roster move. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:44 am
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  • JD Martinez (hand) out for D'Backs on Thurs.
    J.D. Martinez (hand) is not in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Martinez got hit by a pitch Wednesday in his second-ever at-bat with Arizona and suffered a left hand contusion. X-rays turned up negative, so he should be good to go in a day or two. Chris Herrmann is starting in right field and Daniel Descalso is in left field on Thursday afternoon in Cincinnati. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:29 am
  • Justin Verlander strong for seven
    Justin Verlander pitched seven innings of two-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Royals.

    Advice: The second run scored in the seventh after a bad play from Justin Upton in left turned a potential out into a triple for a Salvador Perez. Verlander ended up striking out eight and walking one. He has allowed more than three runs just once in 10 starts, though he has only one win in that span. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:02 pm
  • Justin Verlander strong for seven
    Justin Verlander pitched seven innings of two-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Royals.

    Advice: The second run scored in the seventh after a bad play from Justin Upton in left turned a potential out into a triple for a Salvador Perez. Verlander ended up striking out eight and walking one. He has allowed more than three runs just once in 10 starts, though he has only one win in that span. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:02 pm
  • J.D. Martinez exits with left hand contusion
    J.D. Martinez was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Reds with a left hand contusion.

    Advice: Martinez got hit on the left hand by a pitch while attempting to check his swing during his second at-bat of the game -- and his second at-bat in a Diamondbacks uniform. X-rays came back negative. Martinez is considered day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:55 pm
  • J.D. Martinez forced out after HBP on hand
    J.D. Martinez left Wednesday's game against the Reds after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

    Advice: Something of an inauspicious debut for Martinez, who just joined the Diamondbacks after being traded over from the Tigers on Tuesday evening. He departed Wednesday upon getting plunked with a 91 mph fastball while attempting to check his swing in his second at-bat of the game. The Diamondbacks should pass along an update on his status later on Wednesday evening. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:43 pm
  • J.D. Martinez bats fifth in debut for Arizona
    J.D. Martinez will start in right field and hit fifth Wednesday in his Diamondbacks debut.

    Advice: Jake Lamb is batting third and Paul Goldschmidt is at cleanup versus Reds right-hander Tim Adleman. Martinez was acquired from the Tigers on Tuesday night for minor league infielders Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King.Daily Slant: Martinez's debut as a D'Back comes at a good time, as he'll face off with Tim Adleman, who has allowed a 1.70 HR/9 rate to RH bats this season with a 38.2 hard%. Arizona is arguably the most appealing offensive target on the main slate - they rank inside the top ten in wRC+ (8th) and ISO (9th) against RHP on the season. Jake Lamb is right up there as a top overall play at the 3B spot, while Paul Goldschmidt is the clear-cut top bat on the slate regardless of position. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:14 pm
  • Jaime Garcia has interest from six teams
    According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, there are "about six teams with strong interest" in Braves starter Jaime Garcia.

    Advice: Garcia was excellent on Sunday, working seven innings of one-run ball against a good Diamondbacks offense, though he owns a mediocre 4.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 81/40 K/BB ratio in 106 total innings (17 starts) this season for the Braves. The 31-year-old left-hander is owed around $4 million and scheduled to hit free agency this winter. He could be a back-end rotation rental for a contender. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:26 am
  • Carpenter turns in four-hit night versus Mets
    Matt Carpenter went 4-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Carpenter had a pair of doubles in the game, catalyzing the Cardinals' offense with four of the team's 12 hits. The infielder is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak in which he's 14-for-31 with five doubles, three RBI and six runs scored. The hot stretch has Carpenter's overall line up to a more respectable .253/.386/.461 after a subpar first half. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:18 pm
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  • Chad Bettis (cancer) pitches 2 2/3 at AA
    Chad Bettis (cancer) allowed one earned run over 2 2/3 innings Tuesday in a rehab appearance with Double-A Hartford.

    Advice: There were some weather concerns, so Bettis pitched in relief. He struck out three, walked one, and yielded three hits. The 28-year-old right-hander could be ready to join the Rockies before the end of July, after being re-diagnosed with testicular cancer in early March. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:56 pm
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  • D'Backs, Tigers announce J.D. Martinez deal
    Diamondbacks acquired OF J.D. Martinez from the Tigers for INFs Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King.

    Advice: The deal was first reported by Jon Morosi of MLB.com and promptly confirmed by Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports. Martinez was slashing .305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 57 games this season for Detroit and should flourish in the power-friendly confines of Arizona's Chase Field. The impending free agent perfectly fits the Diamondbacks' need for a right-handed power bat, and the package of prospects heading to Detroit is quite underwhelming. This trade looks like a big win for the Snakes, even if Martinez turns out to be a two-and-a-half month rental. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:07 pm
  • Report: Diamondbacks acquire J.D. Martinez
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms that J.D. Martinez has been traded to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB.com was first to report that a deal might be close. Martinez missed the opening month of the 2017 regular season due to a Lisfranc sprain, but the 29-year-old slugger has batted .305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 57 games since debuting on May 12. He fits the Diamondbacks' need for a right-handed power bat, though it's probably going to be a rental situation as Martinez is set to become a free agent this winter. Detroit will get infield prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King in return. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:30 pm
  • Twins activate Craig Breslow from the DL
    Twins activated LHP Craig Breslow from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Breslow will return to the Minnesota bullpen on Tuesday night after missing three weeks with left thoracic rib soreness. The lefty reliever has a 5.28 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 27 appearances this season at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:25 pm
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  • Koehler allows four runs in no-decision
    Tom Koehler allowed four earned runs over five innings Monday in a no-decision versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Philly pounced for all four of those runs in the top of the third, on two walks, two doubles, and a single. Miami wound up winning the game in extras, though that's not much of a consolation for Koehler and his 7.92 season ERA. He has surrendered 22 earned runs over his last 14 2/3 frames. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:21 pm
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  • Another multi-hit game for Smith
    Mets prospect Dominic Smith picked up two more hits on Sunday for Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: One of those hits was a double, his 25th of the season. Against right-handed pitchers, he's hitting .354/.405/.521. Obviously his numbers against southpaws aren't as good, but an OPS of .774 is nothing to complain about. Smith can rake, and the Mets should find a chance for him to play before the end of the year. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 10:21 am
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  • Braves could make Garcia, Phillips available
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Braves will listen on left-hander Jaime Garcia and second baseman Brandon Phillips if they fall out of contention.

    Advice: The Braves currently sit at 45-45, which places them six games back of the second Wild Card spot in the National League. They have upcoming series against the Cubs, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks, which should be telling about which way they decide to go before the deadline. Garcia spun seven innings of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks on Sunday and owns a 4.33 ERA and 81/40 K/BB ratio in 106 innings across 17 starts this season. Phillips, 36, is batting .291/.337/.443 with eight homers, 34 RBI, and seven steals over 83 games. As a condition of waiving his 10-5 rights with the Reds, he would receive a $500,000 assignment bonus for any future trade. The Braves moving Phillips could open the door for top prospect Ozzie Albies at second base. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 8:23 am
  • Graveman (shoulder) set for rehab appearance
    Kendall Graveman (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jharel Cotton (blister) will also pitch for Nashville on Wednesday. It's unclear how many rehab appearances Graveman will need before being activated, but it figures to be a handful. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 11:22 am
  • Carpenter steals rare base, collects two hits
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a stolen base and a run scored in a win over the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: Carpenter had a pair of singles in the win, including chipping in a run-scoring hit as part of the club's three-run fifth inning. As part of that inning, the 31-year-old also stole second base, his second steal of the season, and scored a run. He had a first half to forget, but Carpenter has been trending up in recent weeks, raising his average 10 points since the month started. Carpenter is now hitting .241/.378/.447 overall. Rotoworld.com Jul 15, 8:02 pm
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  • Kendall Graveman nearing rehab assignment
    Kendall Graveman (shoulder) threw a two-inning simulated game Friday in Stockton.

    Advice: He threw 31 pitches and 20 warmup tosses. Graveman is on track to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday. The plan is for him to throw about 45 pitches in that outing. Graveman will likely make three starts for Nashville before joining Oakland's rotation in early August. Rotoworld.com Jul 15, 4:12 pm
  • Verlander suffers seventh loss against Jays
    Justin Verlander was handed his seventh loss of the season on Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander fanned five and walked three on the night. After holding the Jays off the board through the first four frames, they broke through for a pair in the fifth inning including a solo homer from Steve Pearce. Verlander now sports a 4.66 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 103/54 K/BB ratio over 110 innings on the season. He'll do battle against the Royals his next time out in Kansas City on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Jul 14, 8:00 pm
  • McCarthy gives up four runs in no-decision
    Brandon McCarthy surrendered four runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: The Dodgers grabbed the lead in the top of the fifth inning, but McCarthy gave up three runs in the bottom of the frame before being pulled. This was just the second time in his last nine starts that he gave up more than two earned runs. He’ll attempt to rebound against the Braves in his next outing. Rotoworld.com Jul 14, 7:33 pm
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  • Two hits for Smith
    Mets prospect Dominic Smith went 2-for-4 with a double on Thursday for Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: The double gives Smith 24 on the year, and 36 extra-base hits overall. He's going to hit a lot of singles, but the power he's found over the last month or so is fun to see. If the Mets are able to trade Lucas Duda this summer, Smith should get time with the club. If they don't, he still has a chance to see time with New York when rosters expand. Rotoworld.com Jul 14, 10:32 am
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  • Red Sox promote Rafael Devers to Triple-A
    Evan Drellich of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox have promoted third base prospect Rafael Devers to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He's taking the spot of Pablo Sandoval, who had been at Pawtucket rehabbing but was designated for assignment Friday. A consensus top-20 prospect, Devers batted .300/.369/.575 with 18 homers at Double-A Portland to earn the promotion. The Red Sox have an obvious need at third base, but they seem likely to acquire help outside the organization and give the 20-year-old Devers more seasoning in the minors. Rotoworld.com Jul 14, 8:51 am
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