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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles are pursuing Andrew Cashner from the Padres but that it isn't related to any potential trade for Melvin Upton.

The O's are looking at both Padres in separate deals, not as a package play. The O's are in desperate need of an upgrade in their starting rotation, and the hard-throwing right-hander could be just the guy for the job.
Jul 23 - 9:24 AM

Mariners recalled LHP David Rollins from Triple-A Tacoma.

Rollins returns to the Mariners to provide an extra arm from the left side in the bullpen. As they have been so many times this season, expect his stay with the M's to be relatively short.
Jul 23 - 9:20 AM

Mariners placed SS Ketel Marte on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20, with mononucleosis.

Marte has already missed a week of action with the illness, so while they wait on him to get well they'll utilize his roster spot elsewhere. David Rollins was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move to provide bullpen depth.
Jul 23 - 9:20 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Blue Jays have discussed Melvin Upton and Andrew Cashner with the Padres.

Rosenthal notes that it's unclear if the Jays would have interest in just Upton if they can't get Cashner. The Padres seem to be pitting potential suitors against one another in an effort to drive up the price on their available pieces. Where there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, so don't be surprised to see some sort of deal get done in the next couple of days.
Jul 23 - 8:47 AM

Nationals signed RHP Justin De Fratus to a minor league contract.

The right-hander was acquired by the Rangers in mid-June, but designated for assignment shortly after. The 28-year-old owns a 2.89 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 25/16 K/BB ratio across 37 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season.
Jul 23 - 8:31 AM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Indians have had conversations with the Padres in recent weeks about Melvin Upton.

Olney notes that while the two clubs have talked, nothing is close regarding a potential deal. The interest around Upton has picked up considerably in the last couple of days and it looks like there's a strong likelihood that he could get moved before next week's trade deadline. The Orioles are reported to be in negotiations for him as well.
Jul 23 - 7:51 AM

Coco Crisp singled in Ryon Healy in the bottom of the 13th for the only run as the A's beat the Rays 1-0 on Friday.

It was Crisp's only hit of the night, but it came at a good time. He should be starting to lose playing time with the A's needing to go younger down the stretch, but Bob Melvin just can't give him up. He's batting .196/.268/.235 in 51 at-bats this month. He's led off 12 times for the A's in July and scored just twice.
Jul 23 - 1:49 AM

Steven Souza went 0-for-5 and struck out twice in a loss to the A's on Friday.

Souza is hitting .193 with a 19/2 K/BB ratio in 57 at-bats since coming off the disabled list on July 2. He also hit .233 with a 36/7 K/BB ratio and just five extra-base hits in his last 24 games before going on the disabled list. A demotion to Triple-A needs to be considered at some point. One thing is for sure: the Rays would like to have Wil Myers back right about now.
Jul 23 - 1:44 AM
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