According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, some teams believe James Shields would go unclaimed on waivers in August.
The reason being is that Shields still three years and $65 million on his contract. While the veteran right-hander could be traded by Friday's trade deadline, a deal could still happen in August.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies are planning to trade outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
And the timing couldn't be better, as Gonzalez went deep twice on Monday against the Cubs and now has 10 home runs this month. The 29-year-old is batting .278/.332/.520 with 20 home runs and 51 RBI overall this season. His injury history and contract could cause some teams to shy away, but he has the potential to be an impact bat for a contender. He's making $16 million this season and is owed $37 million from 2016-2017.
Ryan Zimmerman (foot) will be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
The Nationals got Anthony Rendon back over the weekend and they are now prepared to add Jayson Werth and Zimmerman back into the mix. Sidelined since early June with plantar fasciitis, Zimmerman went just 1-for-15 during his minor league rehab assignment, but the important thing is that the rest has done him good.
Jayson Werth (wrist) is set to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.
The Nationals will also get Ryan Zimmerman (foot) back on Tuesday. Werth, out since mid-May with two small fractures in his left wrist, batted .367 (11-for-30) with two doubles over nine minor league rehab games between High-A Potomac and Triple-A Syracuse.
Dee Gordon (thumb) went 1-for-4 with a single and played seven innings in the field in a minor league rehab game Monday with High-A Jupiter.
Gordon reported "no pain" with his dislocated left thumb and declared himself ready to be activated on Tuesday. "I'm not the training staff -- I'm going to go with whatever the organization wants me to do," said Gordon. "But I feel good and it was good to get back out there today."
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are making a "strong push" to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.
Rosenthal notes that the Giants have $50 million coming off the payroll at the end of the season, so adding Hamels wouldn't break the bank. The Giants' biggest competition might be the division rival Dodgers, though the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Astros have also been mentioned as possibilities.
Jean Segura (illness) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Monday in his return to action against the Giants.
Segura was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore throat, but he's back to normal now. The 25-year-old is batting .272/.301/.346 over 82 games this season.
Diamondbacks prospect shortstop Dansby Swanson suffered a "mild concussion" and received 14 stitches on the right side of his mouth after he was hit in the face by a pitch during a simulated game on Thursday.
The incident occurred just one week after the 2015 No. 1 overall pick agreed to a $6.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks. Team farm director Mike Bell said that Swanson is recovering well and showing no current "concussive symptoms." His professional debut will be pushed back a bit, but he's still expected to play in games this season. "Everything is fine, really, all things considered," said Bell. "Whenever anybody gets hit like that it’s scary. But he’s doing good."