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T.J. Rivera (arm) is not in the Mets' lineup Thursday against the Padres.

Rivera doesn't make many starts but his absence Thursday is significant because he could see increased playing time at first base following Lucas Duda's trade to Tampa Bay. Instead Jay Bruce will slide in at first with Curtis Granderson manning Duda's usual post in right field in Thursday night's series finale. Rivera has been dealing with a minor arm injury and should be considered day-to-day.
Jul 27 - 6:47 PM

Rays designated OF Shane Peterson for assignment.

The Rays needed to clear a spot for Dan Jennings, who was acquired from the White Sox on Thursday. Tampa Bay will have to make another roster move Friday to accommodate new DH Lucas Duda. Peterson has hit .253 with two homers over 79 at-bats for the Rays this year. There's a good chance he'll remain in the organization as minor league depth if he clears waivers.
Jul 27 - 6:36 PM

Mets acquired RHP Drew Smith from the Rays in exchange for 1B Lucas Duda.

Smith came to Tampa Bay in April as the player to be named later in a deal that sent Mikie Mahtook to Detroit. The 23-year-old isn't considered a top prospect but he throws a mid 90s fastball and has fared reasonably well this year, producing a 1.60 ERA across three minor league levels. Smith arrived on the scene as a third-round pick out of Dallas Baptist in 2015.
Jul 27 - 6:16 PM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com named the Brewers and Diamondbacks as teams that have shown interest in Addison Reed.

Reed is in the last year of his contract and the Mets would like to get something for him before he inevitably walks in free agency. He seems to be drawing plenty of interest with the Brewers, D'Backs, Dodgers, Rays and Red Sox among his top suitors. Going to Arizona would be a homecoming of sorts for Reed, who spent a year and a half with the D'Backs before joining the Mets late in the 2015 campaign. Reed has been filling in as the Mets' closer but may have to settle for a setup role if he's dealt at the trade deadline.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 27 - 5:39 PM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Astros have done "background work" on Ervin Santana.

The Astros have been linked to a number of starters now including Francisco Liriano, Jeff Samardzija and of course Sonny Gray. Santana was dealing early in the year but has lost three of his last five outings for the struggling Twins while seeing a noticeable drop-off in his velocity. Houston's primary focus is still to bolster their bullpen but obviously they wouldn't mind adding another arm to their rotation.
Jul 27 - 5:37 PM

Rays acquired 1B Lucas Duda from the Mets in exchange for RHP Drew Smith.

The Yankees were also in on Duda, which likely added to the Rays' sense of urgency. There was no money in the deal as the Rays have agreed to pay the remainder of Duda's $7.25 million salary. It's a good match on paper as the Mets were looking to break up their infield logjam while the Rays needed a left-handed bat to replace Colby Rasmus. The power-hitting 31-year-old should immediately slide in as the Rays' everyday DH. The Rays also acquired reliever Dan Jennings on Thursday, a rare sight for a team that is usually a seller at the deadline. Back in New York, it shouldn't be long until the Mets promote top first base prospect Dominic Smith, who has impressed by hitting .337 with 15 HR and 68 RBI in 102 games for Triple-A Las Vegas this year.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Assuming the Mets add another right-handed bat to the lineup in Duda's place, Luis Perdomo would become an even more appealing main slate option
Jul 27 - 5:33 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes Jaime Garcia could be viewed as a fallback option for the Yankees if the team is unable to acquire Sonny Gray.

In a wild turn of events, the Twins are reportedly shopping a pitcher they just traded for. New York and Seattle were among Garcia's top suitors before his trade to Minnesota and the Yankees could pivot to him if talks with Gray fall through. As of now, Garcia is set to make his Twins debut Friday against Oakland.
Jul 27 - 5:25 PM

Marcus Stroman issued a career-high six walks and was ejected after allowing three runs over 4 2/3 frames Thursday against the Athletics in the Blue Jays' 8-4 extra-innings win.

Stroman boasts good control, but it has abandoned him lately with 11 walks in his last two starts and 17 free passes in his previous four outings. The righty said something to home plate umpire Will Little after his sixth walk Thursday, and Little took exception and immediately ejected Stroman, who then charged toward the ump and had to be held back. Catcher Russell Martin and manager John Gibbons also got the heave-ho. Stroman has generally pitched well lately aside from the bouts of wildness, so we’re not too worried. He’ll take on the White Sox on the road in his next start.
Jul 27 - 5:04 PM
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