Marlins acquired RHPs Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea and Tayron Guerrero from the Padres in exchange for RHPs Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps and Luis Castillo and 1B Josh Naylor.
The previously reported deal has now become official. Cashner holds a 4.76 ERA over 16 starts this season, but he's pitched well in his last three outings and the Marlins are hopeful that he can stay hot down the stretch. He's slated for free agency this winter.
SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Blue Jays are "considering many starting options," with Jeremy Hellickson, Rich Hill and the Rays' starters on their radar.
Cotillo adds that the Blue Jays are looking at potential bullpen options, as well. Hellickson seems like a poor fit back in the American League and at Rogers Centre, but he has pitched well lately. Hill is still dealing with a blister issue and is next start remains up in the air.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Brandon Kintzler is "attracting considerable interest."
Kintzler has put up a 1.99 ERA and 20/3 K/BB ratio across 31 2/3 innings for the Twins this season after being signed to a minor league deal over the winter. He could help a contender in middle relief. Kintzler is arbitration-eligible for a final time this offseason, so the team acquiring him could also have him for 2017.
SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Mets have had talks with the Pirates about bringing back Jon Niese.
Cotillo cautions, though, that the Mets are "not aggressive" on rotation help, so it doesn't appear this is a front-burner discussion. Niese has put up a 4.91 ERA for the Pirates and was recently moved to the bullpen, but the Mets might view him as an upgrade over Logan Verrett.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Dexter Fowler is "not 100 percent over the soreness."
Fowler sat out Sunday with "general soreness" before playing in four straight, but he's out of the lineup again Friday. It seems fair to question whether it might actually be Fowler's hamstring that's bothering him again and the Cubs just don't want to divulge that information. The veteran outfielder was activated from the disabled list a week ago after missing over a month of action. The Cubs have Jason Heyward in center field, Ben Zobrist in right and Javier Baez at second base Friday.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Rangers "continue to be the most aggressive team" in the pursuit of Chris Sale.
Nightengale says the White Sox are asking for Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara in any deal involving Sale and it doesn't appear they're willing to budge. You can understand why their asking price would be so sky-high, but it's also understandable why the Rangers are declining. Sale still seems unlikely to be traded before the deadline, although a lot can change between now and Monday afternoon.
Ketel Marte (mononucleosis) has resumed throwing and hitting in a batting cage.
Mariners manager Scott Servais said Friday that Marte has progressed ahead of schedule in his recovery from mono. He's eligible to return from the disabled list on August 4, although it doesn't seem to be a given that he'll be activated then.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Steve Pearce "will be dealt."
As a versatile impending free agent who's hitting .312/.384/.528, it's no surprise that Pearce is expected to be on the move. The Indians are known to have interest in Pearce, although there figure to be other clubs involved. The Giants had been in the mix but are now likely out after acquiring Eduardo Nunez.