The Dawn of Free Agency

The Dawn of Free Agency
Jonas Nader breaks down all of the latest news from around the NBA and gets you ready for the beginning of free agency on July 1.
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Athletics optioned INF Max Muncy to Triple-A Nashville.

Muncy batted .203/.273/.367 with two home runs across 88 plate appearances with the A's. The 24-year-old corner infielder has posted big numbers at Triple-A and should get another shot in the majors soon enough.
Jun 30 - 4:21 PM

Yankees 1B prospect Greg Bird hammered his fifth home run of the season Monday in a win for Double-A Trenton.

He hadn't homered since June 10. The 22-year-old's batting average is nothing to write home about (.246 in 167 at-bats this season) but his lifetime .397 on base percentage and his relatively low strikeout rate (29 Ks this year) make him an interesting prospect. He might be New York's best in-house option to replace Mark Teixeira when his contract expires after the 2016 season.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 30 - 4:20 PM

White Sox pitching prospect Terance Marin hurled seven shutout innings Tuesday for Triple-A Charlotte.

Onelki Garcia blew the save, denying Marin what would have been his fifth victory of the season. Two of those wins came during a 10-game stint with Tijuana. Marin hasn't allowed a run in his last 29 innings. The five strikeouts he recorded Tuesday were his most since joining Charlotte on June 8.
Jun 30 - 4:09 PM

Matt Carpenter is out of Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.

Chris Sale is on the hill for the White Sox, so it's not a bad time to give Carpenter a bit of a breather. Mark Reynolds will start at third base while Xavier Scruggs plays first.
Jun 30 - 4:04 PM

Kolten Wong is not in Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.

The Cardinals had a scheduled off-day on Monday, so manager Mike Matheny is likely just using this as an opportunity to give him some extra rest. Pete Kozma will start at second base while Peter Bourjos will bat leadoff. Chris Sale is on the mound for Chicago.
Jun 30 - 4:01 PM

James Loney (finger) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

Loney, out since May 24 with a broken left middle finger, will DH in his return to game action. He has a good chance to return prior to the All-Star break.
Jun 30 - 3:56 PM

Tigers OF prospect Steven Moya broke out of a 6-for-36 slump by belting two homers Monday in a win for Triple-A Toledo.

Both homers were solo shots. Moya now has 11 blasts in 277 at-bats this season. Unfortunately, he's also stuck out 95 times over that same stretch. It's doubtful Moya will ever hit for a high average in the major leagues but his raw power could be enough to earn a promotion later this season. The 23-year-old is No. 84 on MLB.com's top prospect list.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 30 - 3:54 PM

Rays signed first-round pick OF Garrett Whitley.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Whitley will receive a $2,962,000 bonus, which is the full slot value for the No. 13 overall pick. The 18-year-old is a toolsy outfielder who should stick in center field as a pro.
Jun 30 - 3:53 PM
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