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According to MLB.com's Richard Justice, the Astros are hopeful Yulieski Gurriel will secure a work visa this week.

That would keep him on track to make his major league debut sometime in mid-to-late August, assuming he can get back up to speed quickly in the minor leagues. The 32-year-old Cuban signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with Houston last week. He is expected to play third base and first base in the majors. It's probably worth nothing that top prospect Alex Bregman is making his MLB debut at the hot corner on Monday night against the Yankees.
Jul 25 - 1:26 PM

Alex Bregman is starting at third base and batting sixth Monday in his MLB debut.

MLB.com's Richard Justice expects that Bregman will play left field on Tuesday and DH on Wednesday. His primary spot will probably be third base, but the 22-year-old top prospect is athletic enough to handle just about any position on the diamond. He was slashing .306/.406/.580 with 20 home runs and 61 RBI in 80 games this season between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno.
Jul 25 - 1:10 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Cubs will not have a contract extension in place with Aroldis Chapman when their trade for the closer becomes official.

They tried hard, as did the Yankees before agreeing to this five-player swap, but Chapman is apparently intent on testing the free agent waters following the 2016 season. He is headed to the Cubs in exchange for shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and minor league outfielder Rashad Crawford. Chapman will take over at closer on the north side of Chicago, with Hector Rondon moving to a setup role.
Jul 25 - 12:49 PM

Rashad Crawford is the fourth player headed to the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman trade.

The other three are shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfielder prospect Billy McKinney, and right-hander Adam Warren. Crawford, 22, has batted .255/.327/.386 with three home runs and 22 stolen bases in 83 games this season at High-A Myrtle Beach. He was an 11th-round pick in 2012. This trade should be finalized within the hour.
Jul 25 - 12:32 PM

Astros purchased the contract of INF Alex Bregman from Triple-A Fresno.

Bregman will join the Astros ahead of Monday night's series opener against the visiting Yankees. The 22-year-old has been one of the best hitters in the minors this season, boasting a .306/.406/.580 batting line with 20 home runs and 61 RBI in 80 games between Double-A and Triple-A. He can also steal bases. Bregman should see everyday-like action between third base and left field and needs to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 25 - 12:28 PM

Domingo Santana (elbow) was scratched from a rehab game Monday at Low-A Wisconsin.

Santana is still experiencing tenderness in his right elbow and forearm, which obviously isn't a great sign. He's been on the disabled list since June 10.
Jul 25 - 12:22 PM

Athletics recalled INF/OF Max Muncy from Triple-A Nashville.

Muncy is batting .257/.366/.314 in 41 plate appearances this season at the major league level. The 25-year-old infielder is doubtful to hold fantasy relevance, even if trades open up playing time for him.
Jul 25 - 12:14 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Rangers are expressing interest in Vincent Velasquez.

Velasquez is a 24-year-old with five years of contractual control and he's been having a very good season for Philadelphia, so the asking price is going to be astronomical. The right-hander holds a 3.34 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 91 2/3 innings this year. Texas has been connected to just about every pitcher in baseball.
Jul 25 - 12:04 PM
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