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."
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays are trading prospect right-hander Jesus Tinoco to the Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki blockbuster.
And with that, the deal consists of Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto for Jose Reyes, Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman, and Tinoco. Armed with a low-to-mid 90s fastball, a slider, and a changeup, the 20-year-old Tinoco has a 3.54 ERA and 68/22 K/BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings over 15 starts this season with Class A Lansing.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are not interested in reacquiring Jose Reyes.
Reyes is set to be traded to the Rockies (along with Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco), but many expect that he will eventually be flipped elsewhere. The 32-year-old is owed $22 million per season through 2017, with a $22 million option or a $4 million buyout for 2018, which would likely be too expensive for the Mets unless the Rockies were to absorb a big chunk of his remaining salary. Reyes has also shown a decline in skills, both at the plate and in the field. He's batting .285 with four home runs and a .708 OPS over 69 games this season.
Welington Castillo left Monday's game versus the Mariners after being hit on the elbow by a pitch.
Castillo didn't sound too optimistic about the injury after the game. "It doesn’t feel really good right now," he said. "We will see tomorrow." Jarrod Saltalamacchia would be in line for more playing time if Castillo is sidelined for a while.
Andrew Chafin pitched a scoreless 10th inning, closing out Monday's 4-3 win against the Mariners.
Regular closer Brad Ziegler had pitched on each of the previous three days, so Chafin filled in on Monday. He allowed a one-out hit to Kyle Seager, who advanced to second base on a ground out. The lefty then intentionally walked Robinson Cano before getting Seth Smith to strike out to end the game. Brad Ziegler will continue getting the ball in save opportunities for the D'Backs, but there's a chance he could be traded. In that case, Chafin would be a candidate to pick up saves.
Robbie Ray pitched well in a no-decision, halting the Mariners at two runs in seven innings in Monday's 10-inning victory.
Ray allowed six hits and two walks while striking out eight. The first run came in on Logan Morrison's RBI single in the fifth inning, and the second was courtesy Robinson Cano in the sixth on a solo homer. Ray has been terrific in 11 starts this year, boasting a 2.70 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP and a 58/17 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings. He'll face off with the Astros at Minute Maid Park in his next outing.