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Cubs designated OF Mike Baxter for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ben Rowen. Baxter has hit .246/.348/.263 in 46 games with the big club this season.
Jul 29 - 12:13 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers, Yankees and Blue Jays are "poised to have an all-out bidding war" for David Price "once they get the go-ahead."

To this point, the Tigers have remained steadfast in their desire to compete for a playoff spot this season rather than be sellers. But, it's getting harder by the day for them to view themselves as real contenders, so they could reverse course soon. Price would be one of a few assets they could barter off, with Yoenis Cespedes and Joakim Soria being a couple others.
Jul 29 - 12:11 PM

Corey Dickerson is not in the Rockies' lineup Wednesday.

He's on the bench with the Cubs throwing lefty Jon Lester. Drew Stubbs is handling left field in Dickerson's place.
Jul 29 - 12:05 PM

Jose Reyes is batting second and playing shortstop in his Rockies debut on Wednesday.

Manager Walt Weiss has chosen to keep Charlie Blackmon in the leadoff spot and move D.J. LeMahieu down to the No. 5 hole. Reyes was acquired from the Blue Jays earlier this week in a blockbuster deal that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto.
Jul 29 - 12:04 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Clayton Kershaw could scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start versus the Athletics due to a hip/glute issue.

It doesn't appear to be a big concern, as Kershaw would simply be pushed back to Friday. The Dodgers will make a decision later Wednesday. If Kershaw is scratched, Mike Bolsinger will move up to take the ball Wednesday.
Jul 29 - 11:39 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Astros are "monitoring the relief market" and have discussed Craig Kimbrel, Joaquin Benoit and Francisco Rodriguez.

It doesn't sound like they're close to anything, but it appears the Astros are interested in adding to what has been a very good bullpen. Of the three aforementioned relievers, only Benoit could be a free agent after the season (he has an $8 million club option for 2016).

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Dodgers have acquired Mat Latos and Mike Morse from the Marlins in exchange for prospects.

Wittenmyer adds that the Dodgers will also receive "at least one competitive balance pick." The Dodgers almost surely aren't done shopping for starters, but Latos should fit in nicely in their rotation, as he boasts a 2.96 ERA and 43/9 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings since returning from the disabled list. Morse is merely a salary dump by the Marlins, so he would serve only in a pinch-hitting role in Los Angeles.
Jul 29 - 11:22 AM

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that Dan Haren is "shaping up as an August (trade) candidate."

Haren would likely clear waivers with his $10 million salary, so waiting to trade him until next month shouldn't be an issue. The Blue Jays are one club known to have some interest. Frisaro adds that "indications remain" that Mat Latos will be dealt by Friday.
Jul 29 - 11:20 AM
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