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An MRI taken Thursday on Steven Souza's left hip showed no serious structural damage.

Souza appeared to injure the hip on an awkward slide Wednesday in Oakland, but he avoided anything major and could be back in the Rays' lineup within the next couple of days. Wonderful news. The 28-year-old outfielder boasts an .883 OPS with 20 home runs and 60 RBI in 90 games this season for Tampa Bay.
Jul 20 - 3:14 PM

Steve Clevenger has signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League.

Clevenger drew no interest from MLB-affiliated clubs this winter and spring after getting suspended by the Mariners last September for tweeting racially insensitive comments. The 31-year-old catcher and first baseman holds a .227/.284/.324 career batting line over parts of six big league seasons.
Jul 20 - 3:09 PM

Rays released RHP Danny Farquhar.

Farquhar was pushed off the Rays' 40-man roster before the All-Star break and he is now officially a free agent. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 4.11 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 33/22 K/BB ratio in 35 innings this season out of the Tampa Bay bullpen.
Jul 20 - 3:04 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press hears that the Brewers have expressed interest in Tigers veteran Justin Verlander.

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."
Jul 20 - 2:09 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Addison Reed is "attracting the most interest of any of the Mets' trade chips."

That's no real surprise given that Reed has posted a stellar 2.40 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 47/5 K/BB ratio in 45 innings this season and New York's other chips are Lucas Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, and T.J. Rivera. There's known to be serious interest from the Red Sox and Brewers, along with a half-dozen other teams. Reed, a free-agent-to-be, would make sense as a bullpen rental for any contender.
Jul 20 - 2:04 PM

According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers "remain in the mix" for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

They're also discussing a possible Justin Wilson trade with the Tigers. Los Angeles already has one of the top closers in baseball in Kenley Jansen, but Britton (or Wilson) would be lethal in a late-inning left-handed setup role. Britton, under contractual control through 2018, boasts a ridiculous 1.41 ERA over his last 224 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season. He also has 125 saves in that span.
Jul 20 - 1:59 PM

Randal Grichuk went 1-for-4 with a homer in his rehab debut Wednesday at Double-A Springfield.

Grichuk could return to the Cardinals' active roster ahead of Friday night's series opener against the Cubs, though he's not going to unseat Tommy Pham in left field. He'll be more of a bench bat. Grichuk, out since July 10 because of a lower back strain, is slashing just .215/.270/.408 with nine home runs and 74 strikeouts in 61 games this season at the major league level.
Jul 20 - 12:50 PM

Will Smith (elbow) said he expects to be on the Giants' active Opening Day roster in 2018.

"Hell, yeah," the rehabbing left-hander told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. "You never want to get too far ahead because there are always setbacks, but it’s a personal goal I’ve set for myself." Smith underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in late March and that procedure typically requires 13-15 months of rehab, but relief pitchers can sometimes get back in less than a full calendar year.
Jul 20 - 12:32 PM
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