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Angel Pagan (back) took more swings Wednesday.

Pagan is slowly but surely recovering from a back strain that put him on the disabled list in the middle of June. He is aiming to return sometime in early August.
Jul 24 - 11:49 AM

Nationals signed LHP Brandon Sisk to a minor league contract.

Sisk announced the deal on his personal Twitter account. The 29-year-old was released from the Angels' Triple-A affiliate this season after allowing 16 earned runs in 11 innings. He's never appeared in the majors.
Jul 24 - 11:27 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Padres "have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade" starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.

This could be a negotiating ploy on the part of the Padres, or it might just be serious. Kennedy is under contractual control (via arbitration) through the 2015 season, so the San Diego front office can slow-play this and wait for the best offer -- even if it doesn't come until this winter or next summer. The 29-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 143/42 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings (22 starts) this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 11:17 AM

Rangers transferred 1B Mitch Moreland from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move to clear a 40-man roster spot for reliever Nate Adcock, who was called up Thursday in the wake of the Joakim Soria trade. Moreland underwent season-ending ankle surgery near the end of June.
Jul 24 - 10:46 AM

Neftali Feliz is expected to take over as the Rangers' closer in the wake of the Joakim Soria trade.

Soria was dealt to the Tigers on Wednesday night for right-handed pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Feliz is still working to regain his dominant raw stuff, but he owns a cool 2.61 ERA and 0.77 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings of relief since rejoining the Rangers' active roster on July 4. The 26-year-old right-hander needs to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues even though his save opportunities may be few and far between for a Rangers team that has clearly mailed it in.
Jul 24 - 10:28 AM

Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Nate Adcock from Triple-A Round Rock.

Adcock is taking the roster spot left vacant by Wednesday's Joakim Soria trade. The 26-year-old right-hander has posted a 2.76 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 16 1/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level and will now pitch in a middle relief role for the Rangers.
Jul 24 - 10:17 AM

Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that extension talks with impending free agent Jon Lester have been tabled until after the 2014 season.

Lester doesn't want to be distracted any longer by in-season contract negotiations and probably wants a taste of the open market -- where there could be crazy money flying around this winter. The 30-year-old left-hander is putting together the best season of his career at the perfect time, boasting a 2.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 142/31 K/BB ratio in 137 innings. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the Red Sox were prepared to offer him "$100 million for five years, or thereabouts."
Jul 24 - 9:56 AM

CC Sabathia underwent season-ending surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

The Yankees announced Thursday that the procedure went "as planned." Sabathia is aiming to be ready for the start of spring training next season, but that's not a certainty. He finished 2014 with a 5.28 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 48/10 K/BB ratio in 46 innings (eight starts). The big left-hander is under contract through 2016, with a vesting option for 2017.
Jul 24 - 9:50 AM
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