David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution thinks Arodys Vizcaino is the "most likely" to take over as the Braves' closer if Jim Johnson is traded.
Vizcaino has allowed just one run while striking out eight over nine relief innings since returning from his PED suspension. David Aardsma has also pitched well and would be a candidate, but it looks like Vizcaino is the one to scoop up if you're speculating on saves.
Clayton Kershaw (hip) has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start versus the Athletics.
It's unclear when Kershaw's hip/glute started bothering him, but it's not seen as a major issue. The Dodgers hope the left-hander will be ready to start on Saturday or Sunday against the Angels. Mike Bolsinger will take the ball Wednesday instead.
Cubs designated OF Mike Baxter for assignment.
The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ben Rowen. Baxter has hit .246/.348/.263 in 46 games with the big club this season.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers, Yankees and Blue Jays are "poised to have an all-out bidding war" for David Price "once they get the go-ahead."
To this point, the Tigers have remained steadfast in their desire to compete for a playoff spot this season rather than be sellers. But, it's getting harder by the day for them to view themselves as real contenders, so they could reverse course soon. Price would be one of a few assets they could barter off, with Yoenis Cespedes and Joakim Soria being a couple others.
Corey Dickerson is not in the Rockies' lineup Wednesday.
He's on the bench with the Cubs throwing lefty Jon Lester. Drew Stubbs is handling left field in Dickerson's place.
Jose Reyes is batting second and playing shortstop in his Rockies debut on Wednesday.
Manager Walt Weiss has chosen to keep Charlie Blackmon in the leadoff spot and move D.J. LeMahieu down to the No. 5 hole. Reyes was acquired from the Blue Jays earlier this week in a blockbuster deal that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Clayton Kershaw could scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start versus the Athletics due to a hip/glute issue.
It doesn't appear to be a big concern, as Kershaw would simply be pushed back to Friday. The Dodgers will make a decision later Wednesday. If Kershaw is scratched, Mike Bolsinger will move up to take the ball Wednesday.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Astros are "monitoring the relief market" and have discussed Craig Kimbrel, Joaquin Benoit and Francisco Rodriguez.
It doesn't sound like they're close to anything, but it appears the Astros are interested in adding to what has been a very good bullpen. Of the three aforementioned relievers, only Benoit could be a free agent after the season (he has an $8 million club option for 2016).