Daily Dose: Cobb Makes a Bid

Daily Dose: Cobb Makes a Bid
Dave Shovein looks at Alex Cobb's no-hit bid, the Nationals' thieving ways against Arrieta and Sean Newcomb's dominance in Wednesday's Dose.
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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that "multiple teams" are targeting Marlins relievers A.J. Ramos and David Phelps.

Both Ramos and Phelps are under team control through 2018, but they're getting more expensive in arbitration and the Marlins "remain inclined to move salary," according to Passan, even after the Adeiny Hechavarria trade. Ramos has been volatile this season with a 3.49 ERA and 15 walks over 28 1/3 innings. But, while contenders might see him more as a setup man than a closer, it's not a surprise that there would be interest. Phelps hasn't been dominant in 2017 as he was in 2016, but he's still struck out over a batter per frame and has mostly been superb since a rough first couple weeks. If Miami winds up trading both Ramos and Phelps, Kyle Barraclough could take over as their closer.
Jun 28 - 11:50 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was told by one evaluator that the Padres want an "(Aroldis) Chapman-type return" for Brad Hand.

It's no doubt a bit of hyperbole, as Hand isn't going to fetch a prospect like Gleyber Torres. However, it's no surprise that the Padres would want a nice package for a guy who boasts a 2.82 ERA and 11.1 K/9 since the beginning of 2016 and who is under team control through 2019. The Nationals are one team known to have interest in Hand, but any contender with a bullpen need has surely put in a call to the Padres.
Jun 28 - 11:42 AM

Multiple front office executives told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports that they expect Justin Verlander to hit the trade block sometime in the next couple weeks.

The Tigers have made public their desire to cut payroll, and they currently have the American League's second-worst record at 34-42. Verlander is making $28 million in 2017, is owed $56 million the next two seasons and is 34. In other words, it's not difficult to connect the dots here. Verlander's full no-trade clause doesn't look like a stumbling block, as Lynn Henning of the Detroit News says that Verlander "will absolutely accept a trade to a valid contender." Verlander has been a disappointment this season with a 4.47 ERA, but he'd still be one of the best starters to hit the market and there would surely be interest.
Jun 28 - 11:37 AM

Gerardo Parra (quad) is running at about 75 percent effort.

He's also been taking batting practice and shagging flyballs. However, there's no timetable for Parra's return and Rockies manager Bud Black indicated Tuesday that the club will be cautious. "The trainers assured me that there was some damage from the muscle to the bone, and sometimes that can give you a little bit of false read on how he’s feeling," Black said. "This is a real injury, so it’s going to take time."
Source: Denver Post
Jun 28 - 11:18 AM

Jerad Eickhoff (back) hopes to rejoin the Phillies' rotation on July 4 against the Pirates.

Eickhoff will throw an extended bullpen session Wednesday to test out his sore upper back. The right-hander is coming up on two weeks of missed action. Mark Leiter has been filling in.
Jun 28 - 11:04 AM

The Phillies aren't sure whether Howie Kendrick (hamstring) will be ready to play the field when they return to a National League park on Friday.

Kendrick was in the designated hitter spot Tuesday in Seattle, which was his first start in six days due to a strained left hamstring. It's bad timing for the injury, as Kendrick has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball with a .356/.406/.471 line over 23 games since he returned from the disabled list.
Jun 28 - 11:02 AM

Ehire Adrianza (abdomen) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.

He'll stay with Rochester for three games before being activated on Monday when first eligible, assuming all goes well. Adrianza has been out with an abdominal strain.
Jun 28 - 10:48 AM

Roenis Elias (oblique) has been throwing simulated games.

He's expected to require a few more throwing sessions before being cleared for game action. Elias has been out all season due to an intercostal strain.
Jun 28 - 10:28 AM
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