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USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that trade talks between the Diamondbacks and Reds involving Aroldis Chapman are "completely dead."

Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa reportedly really wanted Chapman, with the idea that the club would trade for him and then ink him to a contract extension. But, it appears they were unable to meet the Reds' asking price. The Astros are still after Chapman.
Jul 31 - 3:00 PM

Mariners acquired LHP Nick Wells, LHP Rob Rasmussen and LHP Jake Brentz from the Blue Jays for RHP Mark Lowe.

The 6-foot-5 Wells was a third-round pick last year, and while he's yet to make his mark as a pro (5.26 ERA in 66 2/3 innings in Rookie ball since 2014), he has a chance to turn into something someday. That makes this a decent return for a veteran reliever signed as a minor league free agent over the winter. Rasmussen is a major league-ready reliever, albeit one without much upside. Brentz is another Rookie ball pitcher.
Jul 31 - 2:58 PM

Robert Murray of BaseballEssential.com reports that the Dodgers have been shopping Alex Wood to "everyone."

There had been some thought that the Dodgers would flip Wood after acquiring him from the Braves and it appears it still may happen. They have been linked to Yovani Gallardo despite having a full rotation, so it seemed like the front office was up to something. Wood is under team control through 2019, so they'd be able to get a bunch for him.
Jul 31 - 2:57 PM

Left-hander Rob Rasmussen was traded from the Blue Jays to the Mariners in a four-player deal.

Rasmussen has pitched really well as a Triple-A reliever these last two years, but the Jays never thought he was any sort of solution to their bullpen woes. He pitched 11 1/3 innings in the majors last year, with a 3.18 ERA, and just one inning this year, throwing a scoreless frame in June. He'll probably get more of a chance in Seattle, but he's a fringy talent.
Jul 31 - 2:55 PM

Yankees released RHP Esmil Rogers.

Rogers, who was outrighted to the minors on July 1, is going to Korea to pitch for the Hanwha Eagles. He had a 6.27 ERA in 33 innings for the Yankees this season.
Jul 31 - 2:47 PM

Rays recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.

Yates replaces Kevin Jepsen on the roster and in the bullpen. He's given up five runs in 7 1/3 innings in the majors this season, but he should prove better given a longer look.
Jul 31 - 2:43 PM

Marlins activated INF Jeff Baker from the 15-day disabled list; released hmi.

Baker is apparently over his intercostal strain but is now looking for a new job. The 34-year-old has hit only .208/.288/.375 this season, but he's been a big weapon versus lefties in the past so someone figures to take a shot on him.
Jul 31 - 2:40 PM

Twins acquired RHP Kevin Jepsen from the Rays for RHP Chih-Wei Hu and RHP Alexis Tapia.

Jepsen has pretty much the same ERA this year as last (2.81 vs. 2.63), but it's come with weaker peripherals. Last year for the Angels, he had a 75/23 K/BB ratio in 65 innings. This year, he has a 34/20 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. The Twins will try him in a setup role and hope for the best, but it'd be no surprise to see him start to fade.
Jul 31 - 2:37 PM
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