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Sports Nippon reports that the Red Sox have submitted the highest bid for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima.

All reports like this need to be taken with a grain of salt, but it's interesting, regardless. The Red Sox have Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie to handle shortstop next season, and Jose Iglesias is not far away. Perhaps they viewed Nakajima as an upgrade, though, and might consider trading Lowrie and moving Scutaro into a utility role.
Tue, Dec 6, 2011 05:28:00 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that Luis Severino's next start will come in the majors.

The Yankees weren't able to land a starter at the trade deadline, but part of the reason they felt comfortable passing on deals is surely that they felt good about giving Severino a shot. It's unclear what day the top prospect will debut, but he'll take Michael Pineda's (forearm) spot in the rotation. Severino is worth a shot in all fantasy leagues.
Jul 31 - 5:28 PM

Pirates acquired LHP J.A. Happ from the Mariners in exchange for RHP Adrian Sampson.

Happ holds a 4.64 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 108 2/3 innings this season. Despite those underwhelming numbers, you have to figure he'll enter the club's rotation. Jeff Locke is probably the most vulnerable to lose his rotation spot.
Jul 31 - 4:46 PM

CBS Sports' John Heyman reports that the Pirates have acquired Michael Morse from the Dodgers in exchange for Jose Tabata.

Morse was designated for assignment after the Dodgers picked him up in the three-team deal with the Marlins and Braves. He's hit only .214/.277/.314 in 173 plate appearances this season but offers the Pirates an option at first base against left-handed pitching.
Jul 31 - 4:23 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Cubs have acquired Tommy Hunter in exchange for Junior Lake.

Hunter, who is a free agent after the season, holds a 3.63 ERA with 32 strikeouts over 44 2/3 relief innings this season. He'll help out the Cubs in a middle relief role. Lake is in the minors now but could get a look as an occasional corner outfielder.
Jul 31 - 4:07 PM

Blue Jays acquired OF Ben Revere from the Phillies for RHP Alberto Tirado and RHP Jimmy Cordero.

The Jays got a nice complimentary piece for their outfield. Revere shouldn't start over Kevin Pillar in center, but he can fill in there on occasion. He'll probably end up platooning with Chris Colabello in left field, giving the Jays more defense there at the cost of power. His fantasy value would seem to drop some, since he could hit low in the order and play less than he might have elsewhere. Still, he remains worth using in mixed leagues. The Phillies have freed up more at-bats for Domonic Brown and Cody Asche as they try to figure out their 2016 outfield.
Jul 31 - 4:00 PM

Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports that the Mets have acquired Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers.

The Tigers will receive pitching prospects Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa in return, but the Mets didn't blink in refusing to offer Zack Wheeler. Detroit pretty much had to deal Cespedes, as they're in seller mode and can't make him a qualifying offer after the season. He'll provide some much-needed thump to the Mets' lineup.
Jul 31 - 3:52 PM

Miguel Cabrera (calf) did some agility drills on Friday.

He's also done some hitting over the last week. Obviously running will be the biggest test for Cabrera's strained left calf and it's unclear at this point when he might be cleared for that. The Tigers think the slugger will be ready for activation from the disabled list around August 15.
Jul 31 - 3:38 PM

Joe Panik (back) is back in the Giants' lineup Friday.

Panik missed a couple games with a stiff back. He returns to a .309/.375/.440 batting line.
Jul 31 - 3:28 PM

Hanley Ramirez (shin) is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

Ramirez injured his shin during Thursday's game. He's considered day-to-day. Alejandro De Aza is in left field Friday.
Jul 31 - 3:23 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that there's "nothing happening" on the Justin Upton trade front and "it appears he's staying put at deadline."

Things can always change, of course, but there has been surprisingly little trade rumors of late involving the outfielder. The Padres appear content to pick up a draft pick for Upton this winter rather than deal him for a trade package they deem unsatisfactory.
Jul 31 - 3:19 PM

Twins acquired RHP Kevin Jepsen from the Rays for RHP Chih-Wei Hu and RHP Alexis Tapia.

Jepsen has pretty much the same ERA this year as last (2.81 vs. 2.63), but it's come with weaker peripherals. Last year for the Angels, he had a 75/23 K/BB ratio in 65 innings. This year, he has a 34/20 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. The Twins will try him in a setup role and hope for the best, but it'd be no surprise to see him start to fade.
Jul 31 - 2:37 PM




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