According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers are showing interest in Royals closer Wade Davis.
Los Angeles reportedly made a run at Aroldis Chapman before he landed with the Cubs. Davis hasn't been as dominant this year as he has been in years past, but the 30-year-old right-hander still ranks among the top relievers in baseball with his 1.60 ERA in 33 2/3 innings. It's not clear what a trade for an elite late-inning arm would do for Kenley Jansen's status as the Dodgers' closer. He has 30 saves this season and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.
Carlos Gonzalez said he's open to shifting to first base for the Rockies.
That might be where the Rockies have to put him next year -- or perhaps down the stretch this year -- if they don't trade him ahead of the August 1 deadline. David Dahl arrived in the majors this week, prospect Raimel Tapia is going to arrive eventually, and Gerardo Parra and Charlie Blackmon are both locked in for the next couple of years. CarGo is under contract for $20 million in 2017 and can then become a free agent. "We have some really good outfielders, and prospects coming up," Gonzalez said Wednesday. "So if (moving to first base) is something that will be for our benefit, that’s something that I would definitely do. I love playing in Denver, I feel at home playing there."
Desmond Jennings (hamstring) was scratched from what should have been his second rehab game Wednesday due to a stiff neck.
The hope is that he can play Thursday night and remain on track to rejoin the Rays early next week. Jennings, out since July 1 with a left hamstring strain, went 1-for-4 in his rehab debut Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.
Brad Boxberger made his second appearance in as many days Wednesday with High-A Charlotte.
Boxberger faced two batters, walking one and striking out the other. He is on track to rejoin the Rays' bullpen on Friday after missing nearly two full months with a left oblique strain. Boxberger also had an abdominal injury before that and has been limited to just one appearance this season at the major league level.
Jason Hammel led the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday by tossing seven innings of one run baseball for his 10th win.
The only run he allowed came on a home run by opposing pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. Hammel struck out seven batters, walked two and gave up just five hits. His record improves to 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 114 1/3 innings. Hammel draws two starts next week. The first will be at home versus the Marlins on Monday, then he will travel to Oakland for an interleague game using the designated hitter on Sunday.
Kris Bryant connected for his 26th home run of the season on Wednesday.
He went 1-for-3 with two runs scored on the night. The solo home run came off Anthony Ranaudo in the sixth inning to provide the first of eight Cubs runs in the game. He is batting .283/.377/.550 with 81 runs and 66 RBI.
Anthony Ranaudo allowed three runs on two hits (both were homers) in 6 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.
He pitched five scoreless innings before faltering in the sixth inning. He gave up four bases-on-balls and struck out three. The only two hits he allowed were home runs to Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. Ranaudo launched a solo blast of his own in the fifth inning but that won't help his fantasy owners. He was making his first start since being called up from Triple-A. He made two relief appearances for the Rangers early in the season before the White Sox picked him up. It remains to be seen if he will stay in the White Sox' rotation moving forward. He is not a recommended pick-up in standard fantasy leagues despite tonight's solid outing.
Addison Russell cranked a grand slam against the White Sox on Wednesday.
It was his only hit of the night but it was a big one. It was his 12th home run of the season in 379 plate appearances. He has a .248 batting average, 40 runs and 60 RBI in the Cubs strong lineup. Those are essentially league-average numbers, which is very good considering he is only 22 years old and still developing.