Roundtable: Favorite Targets

Roundtable: Favorite Targets
Discussing their favorite targets in this year's drafts, the Rotoworld staff touches on Andre Ellington and Justin Hunter, among many others.
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Jon Singleton has been working with hitting coach John Mallee on shortening his swing.

Mallee said the results so far have been "absolutely amazing" and Singleton just has to trust his new swing in game action. "I'm trying to get better each and every day," Singleton said. "I'm trying to make small adjustments and trying to adjust to what they throw me and stuff like that and trying to time the ball better. Nothing too major. Just daily adjustments." Singleton has homered seven times but is batting just .178 in 163 at-bats with the big club.
Jul 28 - 8:51 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday that the club may schedule a private workout with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.

"He's definitely an interesting player," Luhnow said. Castillo had a showcase for 28 teams on Saturday and has private workouts scheduled with the Phillies and Red Sox, with the Orioles and Yankees also expected to have a one-on-one workout. Baseball America's Ben Badler has listed, in addition to the aforementioned clubs, the White Sox, Mariners, Giants, Blue Jays, Cubs and Braves as potential suitors. There's speculation that Castillo could receive a contract similar to Yasiel Puig's $42 million deal.
Jul 28 - 8:48 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Diamondbacks are telling teams that "they'd talk" about trading Addison Reed.

It's not clear at this point whether they've had any real discussions with other teams, but it appears they're at least willing to entertain the possibility of a deal. Reed has had an up-and-down season for the D'Backs but his numbers overall (3.89 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 47/11 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings) have been pretty good. He'll be eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. Stark also notes that the D'Backs are listening on Aaron Hill, Oliver Perez and, "for the right offer," Martin Prado and Josh Collmenter. They're expected to hang on to Brad Ziegler.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 8:36 PM

WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports that the Red Sox are "not looking to trade for" Matt Kemp at the moment.

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reported Sunday that the Sox were considering a run at Kemp, possibly as part of a package that would send Jon Lester to the Dodgers. Bradford, though, is hearing otherwise. The Mariners are known to have interest in Kemp, but Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan said Sunday that he's more of a backup plan for them at this time. The Dodgers will have to eat a big portion of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season in order to make a deal happen.
Source: WEEI.com
Jul 28 - 8:14 PM

Angel Pagan (back) could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment if he gets through a full workout Tuesday with no issues.

Pagan has been on the shelf since the middle of June with a strained back, but he's felt much better in recent days and should be ready for game action later this week if he avoids a setback. He's on pace to rejoin the Giants in early August if all goes well.
Jul 28 - 8:04 PM

Allen Webster will get another start on Saturday versus the Yankees.

Webster earned another turn after holding the Rays to two runs over 5 1/3 frames on Sunday. "Everything points to Allen making that start. There's no plans right now to make any changes in our rotation," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Webster will need to pitch well to retain his spot in the rotation, as Brandon Workman looms.
Jul 28 - 7:57 PM

Hector Sanchez (concussion) failed a concussion test Monday.

He'll have to wait 3-4 days before he can take another one. Sanchez was placed on the disabled list Saturday after having to leave Friday's game following a foul top to the mask.
Jul 28 - 7:55 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Barry Enright to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Enright was released by the Phillies earlier this month after posting a 5.58 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 64/33 K/BB ratio over 101 2/3 at Triple-A. He'll give the Dodgers minor league depth.
Jul 28 - 7:46 PM
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