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Cardinals acquired RHP Justin Masterson from the Indians in exchange for OF James Ramsey.

Masterson has struggled in his walk season, posting a 5.51 ERA over 19 starts. However, he's dealt with a knee issue and the Cards are hopeful that he'll pick things up if that injury is behind him. He should also certainly benefit from a move to the National League. Masterson will make his Cardinals' debut on Saturday against the Brewers.
Jul 30 - 2:55 PM

Nick Castellanos is back in the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

He missed Tuesday's contest with a bruised finger. Castellanos is hitting just .264/.310/.399 with six homers and 37 RBI in his first full big league season.
Jul 30 - 2:53 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals could still go after Jon Lester even after the acquisition of Justin Masterson.

Morosi says that they would have to be willing to give up Shelby Miller to do it. It's certainly possible that the Red Sox have floated this information to Morosi in order to drive up Lester's price with other teams. On the other hand, St. Louis didn't have to surrender any of their top prospects to get Masterson, so we can't rule anything out.
Jul 30 - 2:51 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and Giants are interested in Emilio Bonifacio.

Both clubs are looking for help against left-handed pitching, and Bonifacio is sporting an OPS over 1.000 from the right side of the plate this season. He's being paid $3.5 million this year and will be a free agent this winter and shouldn't cost a whole lot.
Jul 30 - 2:43 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Marlins and Red Sox are discussing a possible John Lackey trade.

The Marlins obviously like the fact that Lackey has a team option of $500,000 for next season. It also doesn't hurt that he's posted a 3.55 ERA over 50 starts since the beginning of last season. It's not clear at this point what kind of package the Marlins might be willing to give up.
Jul 30 - 2:39 PM

MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Dodgers are no longer pursuing Jon Lester, David Price and Cole Hamels.

The Dodgers are refusing to give up Joc Pederson, Corey Seager or Julio Urias in any deal, which makes acquiring one of the aforementioned aces an impossibility. Gammons said they're now focused on adding a back-end starter and bullpen help. With the Cardinals also out of the picture, it appears the Lester market might be down to the Pirates and A's.
Jul 30 - 2:33 PM

MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Cardinals are set to acquire Justin Masterson from the Indians.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman says the Cardinals will send James Ramsey to the Indians in the deal. Masterson has struggled in his walk season, posting a 5.51 ERA over 19 starts. He's battled a knee injury, though, and the Cards are obviously hoping he's healthy and can improve in a move to the National League. Masterson should make his Cardinals' debut on Saturday against the Brewers. St. Louis presumably is out of picture for Jon Lester and David Price now.
Jul 30 - 2:07 PM

Rangers prospect RHP Jake Thompson allowed two runs on two hits and three walks and struck out five batters in four innings on Tuesday in his debut for Double-A Frisco.

Thompson was acquired from the Tigers last week along with reliever Corey Knebel in the Joakim Soria trade. During his time with Detroit this season, the 20-year-old right-hander posted a 3.06 ERA and 86-29 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 94 innings between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie. Thompson now ranks as one the Rangers’ top pitching prospects and could be ready to debut in the major leagues at some point next season.
Jul 30 - 2:05 PM
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