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  • Kris Bryant (hamstring) back in lineup Friday
    Kris Bryant (hamstring) is back in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Bryant pinch-hit during Thursday's game and is now back in the lineup a day after after missing two starts with right hamstring fatigue. He's in left field and batting second against Zac Gallen and the Diamondbacks. NBCSportsEDGE.com 17 minutes ago
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Report: NYY in recent talks with MIA about Marte
    Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports that the Yankees had discussions as recently as late Thursday night with the Marlins regarding a trade for Starling Marte.

    Advice: Kuty says that the Yanks have also talked to the Twins about Max Kepler and the Rockies about Trevor Story. Marte looks like a shoo-in to be traded sometime over the next week after contract extension talks with the Marlins broke down. He would fill a big need for the Yankees in center field, although there will be plenty of interest in him from other suitors, as well. Kepler is a fit, as well, although he's under team control cheaply for several years so the asking price for him has been "exorbitant," per Kuty. Story would allow the Yanks to move Gleyber Torres to second base. NBCSportsEDGE.com 23 minutes ago
  • Brad Wieck to undergo ablation procedure
    Brad Wieck (hear) will undergo a cardiac ablation procedure.

    Advice: Wieck went on the injured list earlier this month due to an irregular heart beat. He had a similar procedure back in spring training of 2020. There is no timetable for his return, but it seems unlikely that the lefty will make it back this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 10:03 am
    IL
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Cubs designate Eric Sogard for assignment
    Cubs designated INF Eric Sogard for assignment.

    Advice: Sogard has batted just .249/.283/.314 this season after inking a minor league deal with the Cubs during spring training. The 35-year-old might be able to land a bench job somewhere else. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:56 am
    New Player Note
    Eric Sogard ChC - 2B,3B,OF
    NA
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Matt Duffy activated from injured list
    Cubs activated INF Matt Duffy from the 60-day injured list.

    Advice: Duffy missed two months of action with a lower back strain but is ready to roll now. He'll be used all over the infield and could see additional at-bats down the stretch as the Cubs offload some players. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:49 am
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Mets close to acquiring Rich Hill from Rays
    Robert Murray of FanSided reports that the Mets are close to acquiring Rich Hill from the Rays.

    Advice: Well, that was fast. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com first connected the Hill-to-the-Mets dots and it looks like a deal is about done. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Rays will receive Tommy Hunter (back), who is out for the season, and catching prospect Matt Dyer. Hill has struggled a bit lately but overall is having a fine season, posting a 3.87 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 91/36 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings covering 19 starts. He'll provide some much-needed rotation depth for a Mets club which is dealing with a bevy of pitching injuries. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:40 am
     
  • Mets in "recent contact" with Rays about Rich Hill
    Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the Mets have been in "recent contact" with the Rays about a trade for Rich Hill.

    Advice: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first mentioned that Hill could be a possibility for the Mets (and also the Dodgers). It seems odd on the surface for the Rays to be trading a guy who has pitched well overall for them this season, but they have pitching depth to replace Hill and this would also cut a little payroll after they added some with Nelson Cruz. Hill is a fit for the Mets, as they're desperately in need of short-term rotation help. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:32 am
     
  • Josh Rojas (finger) not on IL yet
    Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Friday that Josh Rojas (finger) is still being evaluated and has not been placed on the injured list yet.

    Advice: It had seemed like a foregone conclusion that Rojas would land on the IL after he dislocated his left pinkie on a slide into second base Wednesday. However, it appears the D-backs might be willing to play a man short for the time being in hopes that Rojas makes a quick recovery. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:22 am
    New Player Note
    Josh Rojas Ari - 2B,SS,OF
    DTD
    11:20 am @ChC
     
  • Dodgers have interest in Ian Kennedy
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers have interest in Ian Kennedy.

    Advice: Kennedy is a virtual certainty to be dealt sometime in the next week, and he's almost surely going to be a setup man wherever he winds up. The veteran righty boasts a 2.59 ERA and 33/7 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings while going 15-for-16 in save opportunities. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:18 am
     
  • Max Muncy (paternity) to miss series versus COL
    Max Muncy will be placed on the paternity leave list prior to the Dodgers' game against the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: Muncy will be away all weekend before rejoining the Dodgers on Tuesday for their series in San Francisco. His wife, Kellie, is due to give birth to the couple's first child. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:08 am
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    NA
    7:10 pm vs Col
     
  • Twins acquire RHP Strotman from Rays
    Twins acquired RHP Drew Strotman from the Rays in the Nelson Cruz trade. 

    Advice: Strotman, 24, had a 3.39 ERA and 62/33 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings with the Rays' Triple-A affiliate this season. He had Tommy John surgery in 2018 and was added to the Rays' 40-man roster last November. MLB Pipeline had him as the organization's No. 17 prospect prior to the trade. While he's more likely to be a back-end starter, he should help at the major league level soon.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 6:02 am
     
  • Twins acquire Joe Ryan in Nelson Cruz deal
    Twins acquired RHPs Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman from the Rays for DH Nelson Cruz and RHP Calvin Faucher. 

    Advice: This has been an incredibly frustrating year for the Twins and their fans, but they did well to get a couple of upper-level arms who should help soon. Ryan is the biggest name here, checking in as the Rays' No. 10 prospect per MLB Pipeline. The 25-year-old has put up a 3.63 ERA and 75/10 K/BB ratio in 57 innings in Triple-A this year. He's been somewhat overshadowed in a deep farm system, but has the potential to stick in the Twins' rotation for years to come.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 5:58 am
    NA
    4:10 pm @Cle
     
  • Mark Canha reaches four times, steals base vs. M's
    Mark Canha went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base on Thursday, leading the Athletics to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners in the opener of a pivotal four-game series.

    Advice: Canha did exactly what he does best in this one, get on base. The 32-year-old top-of-the-order catalyst reached base safely in four of his five plate appearances and also picked up his career-high eighth stolen base of the season. He's hitting .260/.383/.451 with 57 runs scored, 11 homers, 33 RBI and eight steals across 347 plate appearances. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:49 pm
     
  • Mitch Haniger strikes out three times in M's loss
    Mitch Haniger went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Thursday in the Mariners' loss to the Athletics. 

    Advice: It was a forgettable evening for the Mariners' offense, which managed just one run on four hits against southpaw Sean Manaea and a pair of Athletics' relievers. Depending on how the next few games go for Seattle, there's a chance Haniger could be dealt ahead of next week's major-league trade deadline. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:45 pm
     
  • Elvis Andrus singles, steals base in A's victory
    Elvis Andrus singled and stole a base on Thursday in the Athletics' victory over the Mariners.

    Advice: Andrus slapped a two-out single to right field, immediately swiped second base -- his ninth theft of the season -- and came around to score on Ramón Laureano's sharply-hit comebacker in the fifth inning. The 32-year-old shortstop is hitting .233/.274/.314 with 34 runs scored, two homers, 22 RBI and nine steals across 356 plate appearances this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Lou Trivino nails down 16th save on Thursday night
    Lou Trivino fired a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday, preserving a three-run lead against the Mariners to collect his 16th save of the season.

    Advice: Trivino gave up a leadoff single to Luis Torrens, but bounced-back to fan Cal Raleigh and get Jarred Kelenic and Jake Bauers to ground out to end the contest. The 29-year-old righty has converted 16 of 18 save opportunities this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:39 pm
     
  • Kris Bryant (hamstring) pinch-hits Thursday vs STL
    Kris Bryant (hamstring) drew a walk as a pinch-hitter on Thursday in the Cubs' loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bryant came off the bench to draw a leadoff walk against lefty T.J. McFarland in the top of the eighth inning before being erased on a double-play ball off the bat of Robinson Chirinos. The 29-year-old impending free agent, who is expected to be dealt prior to next week's major-league trade deadline, has been out of the Cubs' starting lineup for two consecutive games due to a minor hamstring issue. There's a real possibility this was his final plate appearance in a Cubs uniform. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:11 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Kris Bryant (hamstring) remains out of Cubs lineup
    Kris Bryant (hamstring) is out of the Cubs lineup once again on Thursday.

    Advice: It is honestly difficult to tell if this is truly a stubborn injury or if the Cubs are merely trying to keep their third baseman healthy before the trade deadline at the end of the month. The 29-year-old is due to be a free agent at the end of the season with little to no chance of a reunion with the Cubs. Hopefully, the former MVP is feeling better soon.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Starling Marte singles, scores in win over Nats
    Starling Marte singled and scored a run on Wednesday in the Marlins' win over the Nationals in extra-innings.

    Advice: Marte singled and scored a run in the fourth inning, which accounted for the Marlins' lone run until the 10th inning. The 32-year-old impending free agent has been on a tear, collecting 11 hits in 24 at-bats across six games since the All-Star break. He figures to be one of the most prominent position players dealt ahead of next week's trade deadline after being unable to reach a long-term extension with Miami. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • Josh Rojas leaves game with dislocated finger
    Josh Rojas was removed from Wednesday's game with a dislocated finger.

    Advice: The 27-year-old attempted a head-first slide into second base and caught the corner of the bag. It certainly looked painful. No further details are known at this time. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 4:54 pm
    New Player Note
    Josh Rojas Ari - 2B,SS,OF
    DTD
    11:20 am @ChC
     
  • Kris Bryant (hamstring) out of lineup Wednesday
    Kris Bryant (hamstring) is not in the Cubs lineup on Wednesday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bryant left Tuesday's game early, leaving many to believe that the star third baseman may have been traded. It turned out that Bryant was dealing with right hamstring fatigue. The degree to which the 29-year-old is injured is not known, but this is likely just a precaution to keep the Cubs infielder healthy leading up to the trade deadline, where Bryant is certain to be moved. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 2:05 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Muncy exits early due to right shoulder contusion
    Max Muncy left Tuesday night's game against the Giants due to a right shoulder contusion.

    Advice: The initial thought was that Muncy's wife Kellie might have gone into labor, but he actually suffered a minor injury before his departure ahead of the top of the seventh inning, possibly on a hit-by-pitch earlier in the game. It sounds like a day-to-day situation for now. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:59 pm
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    NA
    7:10 pm vs Col
     
  • Muncy pulled from game before seventh inning
    Max Muncy was pulled from Tuesday night's game against the Giants before the top of the seventh inning.

    Advice: Muncy could not be spotted in the dugout either, and it's quite possible that his wife Kellie has gone into labor with the couple's first child. If that's the case, Muncy will almost certainly be placed on paternity leave Wednesday. He was 1-for-3 with an RBI single Tuesday before departing. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:33 pm
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    NA
    7:10 pm vs Col
     
  • Bryant (hamstring) likely won't play Wednesday
    Cubs manager David Ross said Kris Bryant (hamstring) likely won't play on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bryant departed Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals before the bottom of the fifth inning due to right hamstring fatigue. Ross called it a "cumulative" issue, but there doesn't seem to be a ton of concern. The 29-year-old impending free agent is a big trade chip for the Cubs leading into next Friday's deadline, so they'll probably continue to play it safe with his health. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Kris Bryant dealing with right hamstring fatigue
    Kris Bryant is being evaluated for "right hamstring fatigue," according to the Cubs.

    Advice: That's the reason for his early exit from Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals -- not any sort of trade. Bryant was 0-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch and a run scored before getting replaced in left field by Ian Happ to begin the bottom of the fifth. More should be known as to the severity of the issue on Wednesday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:29 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Kris Bryant removed from game in fifth inning
    Kris Bryant was pulled from Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals before the bottom of the fifth inning.

    Advice: Could this be a hug watch situation? Bryant, who's been the subject of several recent trade rumors, did hit the ground hard on a diving catch in left field in the bottom of the third. There should be an update on his status shortly. Ian Happ took his spot for the Cubs. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 6:56 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Starling Marte (shoulder) back in lineup Tuesday
    Starling Marte (shoulder) is back in the Marlins' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Nationals.

    Advice: Marte was held out of action on Monday because of a shoulder issue, but it's clearly nothing major. He will start in center field and bat third Tuesday versus Nats right-hander Paolo Espino. Look for the 32-year-old impending free agent to be traded by Miami ahead of next Friday's deadline. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 2:40 pm
  • Report: Giants one of the 'key' teams for Marte
    Craig Mish of the Miami Herald reports that the Giants are one of the "key teams' to watch in trade talks for Marlins outfielder Starling Marte. 

    Advice: The Marlins made an "effort" to engage in extension talks with Marte, but they didn't get anywhere. The team rebuffed trade offers until now, but it appears that things will kick into gear with the trade deadline just 10 days away. Marte would be an upgrade in center field for the Giants, but the Marlins will have to be realistic about the return for a rental player. Mish mentions prospect outfielder Heliot Ramos, but the Marlins would have to add more for that to actually happen.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:43 am
  • Max Muncy reaches three times, homers vs. Giants
    Max Muncy slugged a solo homer and also walked twice on Monday in the Dodgers' loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Muncy scorched a mammoth solo homer to right field off Giants ace Kevin Gausman in the opening frame. It was his 22nd round-tripper of the season. The 30-year-old All-Star slugger has gone deep four times over his last five games. He's hitting .275/.416/.579 with 58 runs scored, 22 homers, 58 RBI and one steal across 339 plate appearances. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 11:01 pm
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    NA
    7:10 pm vs Col
     
  • Lou Trivino collects six-out save vs. Angels
    Lou Trivino recorded a six-out save against the Angels on Monday evening, preserving a three-run lead to net his 15th save of the season.

    Advice: Trivino came on to fire a perfect eighth inning after starter Cole Irvin gave up a leadoff single to Adam Eaton to begin the frame. He ran into some trouble in the ensuing frame, giving up a one-out RBI double to rookie Brandon Marsh, but managed to escape without any further damage. The 29-year-old righty owns a microscopic 1.97 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 41/22 K/BB ratio across 45 2/3 innings this season. He's also converted 15 of his 17 save chances. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:42 pm
     
  • Starling Marte nursing shoulder injury
    Starling Marte was not in the Marlins' lineup Monday due to a shoulder injury.

    Advice: Marte evidently tweaked the shoulder while stealing a base Sunday. The club anticipates him being ready to play Tuesday, so it sounds like the ailment isn't a big deal. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Marlins no longer discussing Marte extension
    According to Craig Mish of Sportsgrid, the Marlins are no longer discussing a long-term contract extension with Starling Marte.

    Advice: The Marlins reportedly made Marte a half-hearted three-year, $30 million offer after Marte said that he would like to remain in Miami long-term, but he was never going to sign for such a lowball deal. Mish notes that the two sides were never close to an agreement. Expect the Marlins to move the superstar center fielder before the trade deadline. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 6:34 pm
  • Josh Rojas reaches five times in victory over Cubs
    Josh Rojas had a nice day at the dish in Sunday's victory over the Cubs, reaching base safely in each of his five plate appearances.

    Advice: Rojas went 1-for-1 with a double and also drew four free passes. He doubled and came around to score on an RBI single by Kole Calhoun in the fifth inning, then walked, swiped a base and rode home on Eduardo Escobar's two-run blast in the eighth. Rojas has done a nice job atop the Diamondbacks lineup, slashing .261/.348/.435 with 10 homers, 28 RBI and six stolen bases. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 4:22 pm
    New Player Note
    Josh Rojas Ari - 2B,SS,OF
    DTD
    11:20 am @ChC
     
  • Kris Bryant has RBI double in loss to Diamondbacks
    Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored in a losing effort against the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Bryant got the Cubs on the board in this one with an RBI double off of Merrill Kelly in the sixth inning then later scored on a run-scoring single off the bat of Javier Baez. Bryant then led off the ninth with a double, and was once again plated by Baez. With the two-hit attack, Bryant is now hitting .268/.349/.497 with 16 long balls, 47 RBI and four swipes on the season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 4:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Rich Hill allows three runs in no-decision Sunday
    Rich Hill yielded three runs over four innings on Sunday in a no-decision against the Braves.

    Advice: Hill gave up six hits, including RBI doubles to Ozzie Albies and Guillermo Heredia in the first and fourth innings, respectively. He finished with four strikeouts and issued two walks in the abbreviated outing. The 41-year-old southpaw has been an extremely valuable addition for the Rays, recording a solid 3.87 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 91/36 K/BB ratio across 95 1/3 innings (19 starts) this season. He'll lock horns with the Indians at Progressive Field on Friday night. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 1:36 pm
     
  • Haniger swats three-run homer in loss to Angels
    Mitch Haniger blasted a three-run homer in the ninth inning in a loss to the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: Haniger's three-run bomb off Alex Claudio had very little to do with the outcome, as it came with the Mariners trailing 9-1. Still counts, and Haniger now has 22 homers on the season with 57 RBI. He also drew a walk, and he's enjoying a solid -- if unspectacular -- year after missing most of the last two campaigns due to injury.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 9:32 pm
     
  • Muncy homers twice, picks up four hits in victory
    Max Muncy went 4-for-5 with two homers and five RBI to help the Dodgers pick up a 9-2 blowout win on Saturday over the Rockies. 

    Advice: Muncy absolutely clobbered his homers. One went 431 feet to center, the other was measured to go 466 feet with a runner on. He also had a pair of run-scoring singles for good measures. Muncy has been outstanding in 2021 when he's been healthy, and he's now slashing .278/.418/.579 with 21 homers and 57 RBI. He deserves to be discussed in the MVP conversation.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    NA
    7:10 pm vs Col
     
  • Athletics activate Mark Canha for Saturday return
    Athletics activated OF Mark Canha from the 10-day injured list.

    Advice: The Athletics will have their primary top-of-the-order table-setter back in the lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Indians. The 32-year-old on-base machine wound up missing just over three weeks due to a right hip strain, which ended up requiring a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection. He's a key component of the Athletics' success, slashing .255/.375/.450 with 55 runs scored, 11 home runs, 33 RBI and a career-high seven stolen bases across 325 plate appearances. He should be rostered in all fantasy formats. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 9:30 am
     
  • Josh Rojas drives in only run for Arizona vs Cubs
    Josh Rojas went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI against the Cubs on Friday. 

    Advice: After Bryan Holiday singled in the third, Rojas drove him in with a double off of Kyle Hendricks for the only run the Diamondbacks would score on Friday. He lated added another double in the fifth, his 20th of the season. The versatile 27-year-old has been one of Arizona's most productive hitters, with a .259/.339/.432 slash line, ten homers, 27 RBI, and five stolen bases over 343 plate appearances.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 10:48 pm
    New Player Note
    Josh Rojas Ari - 2B,SS,OF
    DTD
    11:20 am @ChC
     
  • Haniger launches 21st homer in win against Angels
    Mitch Haniger went 3-for-5 with a homer, three runs scored, and two RBI against the Angels on Friday. 

    Advice: Haniger had a big day at the plate against the Angels to kick off the second half of the season. He started with a base hit in the first inning off of Andrew Heaney and scored on an RBI single by Luis Torrens. Haniger doubled in the third and crossed the plate on a base hit by Ty France for his second run of the game. With a runner on in the seventh, the 30-year-old outfielder launched his 21st homer off of Dylan Bundy. Haniger has enjoyed a stellar resurgent season, posting a .265/.317/.503 triple-slash with the 21 homers and 54 RBI over 375 plate appearances.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 10:27 pm
     
  • Starling Marte drives in three as Marlins win big
    Starling Marte went 3-for-4 with a homer, two doubles and three RBI as the Marlins crushed the Phillies in the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Marte got the scoring started early, blasting a two-run homer off of Zach Eflin before he recorded an out in the opening inning. He then tacked on a run-scoring double in the fourth inning. Marte also scored three times in the ballgame. The popular trade chip is slashing a robust .281/.387/.442 with seven homers, 21 RBI and 17 stolen bases on the season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Cubs activate Eric Sogard from 10-day injured list
    Cubs activated INF Eric Sogard from the 10-day injured list.

    Advice: Sogard had been sidelined since July 6 due to a left thumb contusion. The versatile veteran infielder is hitting .250/.287/.313 with one homer and 11 RBI in 171 plate appearances with the Cubs this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 3:13 pm
    New Player Note
    Eric Sogard ChC - 2B,3B,OF
    NA
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Mish: Starling Marte likely to be traded
    Craig Mish of Sportsgrid said on his Swings and Mishes podcast that he expects Starling Marte to be traded this month.

    Advice: The Marlins and Marte have had discussions about a contract extension, but Mish hears that the club isn't willing to give the outfielder a four-year deal and he's not even sure they're keen on giving Marte a three-year pact. Given that information, it's not a surprise that Marte would appear a better bet than not to be traded by the deadline. The 32-year-old is batting .272/.383/.414 with six homers and 17 steals in 2021 and is set for free agency this winter. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 10:51 am
  • Nationals among teams interested in Kris Bryant
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Nationals are among the teams interested in Kris Bryant.

    Advice: Heyman says that the Nats don't want to trade top pitching prospects Cade Cavalli or Jackson Rutledge, though, so it's unclear whether the two sides would be able to find a fit. Washington was connected to Bryant over the offseason, as well, but nothing ever seemed close to getting done at the time. The Mets are also expected to make a play for Bryant. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:36 am
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Matt Duffy (back) beginning rehab games Tues.
    Matt Duffy (back) is starting a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Duffy is currently on the 60-day IL with a lingering lower back strain and won't be eligible for activation until late July, but he should be fully ready by then if all goes well in Iowa. The infielder was batting .278/.377/.356 in 38 games (106 plate appearances) for the Cubs before the injury popped up in May. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 4:43 pm
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
  • Matt Duffy (back) resumes baseball activities
    Matt Duffy (back) has resumed baseball activities.

    Advice: Duffy experienced a setback in his recovery from a lower back strain in June, but is expected to start a minor-league rehab assignment at some point during the All-Star break. He should be back with the Cubs before the end of July. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:22 am
    11:20 am vs Ari
     
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