The Tigers are "making a big push" for Andrew Miller, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
Detroit, which acquired Joakim Soria from the Rangers last week, would like to upgrade its supply of left-handed relievers, which currently counts Ian Krol, Phil Coke and Blaine Hardy amongst its ranks. Miller would be a godsend. He's posted a 2.34 ERA and 69/13 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings this year and is arguably the top available left-hander out there.
Red Sox acquired OF Allen Craig and RHP Joe Kelly from the Cardinals for RHP John Lackey and LHP Corey Littrell.
Craig had an outstanding .312/.364/.500 batting line in 328 games between 2011-2013, but he's looked like a completely different player in 2014 -- gimpy in the field and unable to hit the ball with authority at the plate. He'll presumably take over in left for the Red Sox, who will try to get him back on track. Craig, 30, is owed $5.5 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016, $11 million in 2017, and then has a $13 million team option for 2018.
Red Sox acquired RHP Joe Kelly and OF Allen Craig from the Cardinals for RHP John Lackey and LHP Corey Littrell.
Kelly owns a promising 3.25 ERA in 266 career major league innings, but he's made half of his appearances in pitcher-friendly Busch Stadium and likely won't have as much luck on batted balls with the move to Fenway Park. The 26-year-old right-hander seems like a bullpen arm long term for Boston. He is under control through 2018.
Blue Jays recalled RHP Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo.
Jenkins has a decent 3.72 ERA in 15 appearances this season for Toronto. He will pitch in middle relief.
Rockies designated INF Ryan Wheeler for assignment.
Colorado needed to open a spot on the 40-man roster to add Pedro Hernandez for Thursday's start, and Wheeler became the victim. The 25-year-old slashed .232/.281/.375 across 64 plate appearances. Since he can't play up the middle, that won't cut it.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals have acquired John Lackey from the Red Sox.
Joe Kelly and Allen Craig are headed to the Red Sox in an interesting three-player swap. Lackey was sporting a cool 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 116/32 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this season for Boston and gets a nice fantasy boost moving from the American League to the National League, and from Fenway Park to Busch Stadium. He holds a bargain $500,000 option for 2015.
The Red Sox are close to trading John Lackey to either the Cardinals or Dodgers, reports ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes.
Both clubs are good fits. The Dodgers want to fortify a rotation that is pretty good 1-5, but would be in serious trouble in the event of an injury. The Cardinals, meanwhile, would like to add more depth to a rotation currently relying heavily on Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller. New acquisition Justin Masterson is still on the disabled list, and Carlos Martinez didn't acquit himself well as a starter and was moved back to the bullpen. Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha are obviously both shelved as well.
Rockies purchased the contract of LHP Pedro Hernandez from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Hernandez will start for the Rockies on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs. The 25-year-old lefty has an ugly 6.14 ERA this season at Triple-A and is obviously a poor fantasy play, even against light-hitting Chicago.