Trading Tips: May 27

Trading Tips: May 27
Buying low on Brian Dozier and selling high on Brandon Belt are among the trading tips offered by Fred Zinkie this week.
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Kris Medlen has decided to retire from baseball.

Medlen was knocked around in a spot start with the Diamondbacks earlier this month and hasn't pitched much better at Triple-A Reno. The 32-year-old has had a terrible time staying healthy, undergoing a pair of Tommy John surgeries, but he was highly effective before the injuries. He'll retire with a career 3.33 ERA over parts of eight major league seasons.
May 27 - 1:44 PM

Francisco Cervelli was a late scratch from the Pirates' lineup Sunday because of the flu.

He'll be fine in a day or two. Elias Diaz has replaced Cervelli behind the plate.
May 27 - 1:39 PM

Mariners recalled RHP Dan Altavilla from Triple-A Tacoma.

Altavilla holds a 3.24 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 16 2/3 relief innings this season. He'll work in the middle of games.
May 27 - 1:36 PM

Mariners purchased the contract of C/INF/OF Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Tacoma.

Herrmann signed a minor league deal with the M's in early April after being released by the Diamondbacks. He'll back up Mike Zunino behind the plate and also offers the versatility to play elsewhere.
May 27 - 1:32 PM

Mariners optioned C David Freitas to Triple-A Tacoma.

Freitas has hit .217/.321/.304 over 19 games with the M's this season. The club has added Chris Herrmann as Mike Zunino's new backup.
May 27 - 1:31 PM

Jean Segura (head) is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

Segura went through concussion tests after being removed from Saturday's game versus the Twins when he was kicked in the head. He still has to pass additional test before being cleared to return, but he did say Sunday that he's feeling better. Andrew Romine will handle shortstop Sunday.
May 27 - 1:29 PM

DJ LeMahieu (thumb, wrist) took batting practice Sunday.

It's the first time he's done so since he was diagnosed with a sprained left thumb and small fracture in his left wrist. LeMahieu is just two weeks removed from the injury and the fact that he's already hitting again seems like a nice surprise. There's no timetable for his return at this point, though.
May 27 - 1:15 PM

Mookie Betts was a late scratch from the Red Sox' lineup Sunday due to left side tightness.

The Red Sox are calling Betts day-to-day for the time being, but if it's an oblique injury it's certainly something that could wind up sending him to the disabled list. Perhaps the team will offer more on the star's condition after the game. Blake Swihart has replaced Betts in the lineup and will be making his first start in the outfield since 2016.
May 27 - 1:05 PM
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