Daily Dose: Seeing The Future

Daily Dose: Seeing The Future
Nate Grimm touches on the highlights from the Futures Game, Marlon Byrd rumors and some pitchers returning to action in Monday's Daily Dose.
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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Royals have made Jonny Gomes a "potential target."

Kansas City is searching for a right-handed bat and Gomes, who will be a free agent this winter, should be one of the easier ones to get. He's batting just .234 with a .680 OPS in 67 total games this season, but the 33-year-old owns a career .266/.351/.461 slash line against left-handed pitching.
Jul 14 - 11:41 AM

Blue Jays released RHP Frank Francisco.

Francisco signed a minor league contract with the Jays in late June but lasted only a couple of weeks. The 34-year-old allowed six runs -- five earned -- over 3 2/3 innings earlier this season in the White Sox bullpen. He hasn't been an effective reliever since 2011.
Jul 14 - 11:01 AM

Blue Jays released C Hector Gimenez.

Gimenez was 14-for-58 (.241) between the Blue Jays' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. The 31-year-old catcher will look to sign on with a new organization.
Jul 14 - 11:00 AM

Dariel Alvarez has been promoted to Triple-A Norfolk.

Alvarez earned the bump by batting .309/.332/.487 with 14 home runs, 20 doubles, and 68 RBI in 91 games at Double-A Bowie. The 25-year-old outfielder landed an $800,000 signing bonus from the O's in 2013 after defecting from Cuba. He could be a factor by early 2015.
Jul 14 - 10:56 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels are targeting Padres starter Ian Kennedy.

Anaheim has also been in talks with the still-under-construction San Diego front office about closer Huston Street. Kennedy, 29, has registered an exceptional 3.47 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 133/34 K/BB ratio across 124 1/3 innings (20 starts) this season for the Padres. According to the pitching metric xFIP, he ranks better this year than guys like Max Scherzer, Adam Wainwright, and Jeff Samardzija. Kennedy is arbitration-eligible through 2015, so the Friars will probably want a fairly substantial return package.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 14 - 8:53 AM

Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment next Wednesday.

Jimenez, who posted a rough 4.52 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 18 first-half starts, might be asked to spend the remainder of July in the minors while the Orioles see what Kevin Gausman can do. Ubaldo landed on the disabled list retroactive to July 6 with a right ankle sprain. He signed a four-year, $50 million free agent contract with Baltimore over the winter.
Jul 14 - 8:43 AM

Domonic Brown (illness) fouled out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

Brown was held out of the Phillies' lineup for the second consecutive game due to a minor illness. He should be 100 percent when Philly resumes play on Friday. The 26-year-old left fielder batted just .227/.279/.329 with six home runs in a highly disappointing first half.
Jul 14 - 3:32 AM

Chris Davis blasted a two-run homer on Sunday, powering the Orioles to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees in a rain-shortened five-inning game.

Davis connected on an opposite field two-run blast off Chase Whitley in the fourth inning, getting the O's on the board and proving to provide the margin of victory. He finished the night 1-for-2, finishing the first half of the season with a disappointing .199/.309/.391 line to go along with 15 long balls and 48 RBI.
Jul 14 - 12:25 AM
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