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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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals have acquired Liam Hendriks from the Blue Jays.

It's not clear at this point what the Blue Jays will receive in return. Hendriks seems likely to be assigned to Triple-A Omaha as rotation depth. He holds a 6.08 ERA in three starts in the majors this season.
Jul 28 - 6:47 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal Monday that he's willing to trade one of the team's starters if he can "get back a big-league piece, preferably a bat."

Rosenthal lists Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Jarred Cosart as starters that could be on the move for the right price. "We do seem to have an excess of pretty good young starters so we wouldn’t rule anything out," Luhnow said. "We’d have to get back a big-league piece, preferably a bat, in a package that makes sense for the future and present." As Rosenthal points out, Keuchel, McHugh and Cosart all have fewer than two years of major-league service time.
Jul 28 - 6:41 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) "feels better and better."

It's been nearly three weeks since Tanaka receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow. While it's encouraging that he's feeling better, it means little until he resumes throwing from a mound. The odds of Tanaka eventually requiring Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament are still high.
Jul 28 - 6:32 PM

Coco Crisp will undergo an MRI on his ailing neck Monday.

The A's expect to know the results of the exam on Tuesday. Oakland is in a bit of a bind in center field, as both Crisp and Craig Gentry (hand) are banged up. Yoenis Cespedes will play center against right-handers, with the recently promoted Billy Burns covering the position versus lefties.
Jul 28 - 6:27 PM

The Mets have set an innings cap for Jacob deGrom this season at around 185.

That means he has roughly 59 2/3 frames to go, or about 10 starts if he averages six innings per outing. deGrom is in line for 11 more starts if he pitches every five days, so he could either be skipped over once or shut down a bit early. It's not a major concern, and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that the club isn't considering giving deGrom a break anytime soon. "So I think we have a couple of different ways of approaching that," Alderson said. "Now, I don’t think we want to interrupt the flow that he has going, the success he’s had."
Jul 28 - 6:18 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have been in touch with the Red Sox regarding Jon Lester.

Of course, the Mariners have been linked to the Rays' David Price for a long time now, but Lester would almost certainly cost less since he's due to become a free agent this offseason. The Dodgers and Orioles have also reportedly called the Red Sox about Lester, but they figure to get calls from most contenders leading up to Thursday's trade deadline.
Jul 28 - 5:59 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers have received calls on Adrian Beltre.

The Rangers consider Beltre and Yu Darvish virtually untouchable, so it's highly unlikely that those calls will lead to anything. The veteran third baseman is owed $18 million next season while his contract includes a $16 million vesting option for 2016.
Jul 28 - 5:53 PM

Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox are unlikely to trade closer Koji Uehara.

The Red Sox are reportedly considering trading the likes of Jon Lester and Andrew Miller, but they apparently intend to make a qualifying offer to Uehara, who is an impending free agent. Because the qualifying offer will likely be in the area of one-year, $15 million this offseason, the thought is that he will accept. Of course, the Red Sox could trade Uehara and still re-sign him as a free agent, but there's the chance they would have to guarantee multiple years in order to do so.
Source: CSNNE.com
Jul 28 - 5:51 PM
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