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Giants manager Bruce Bochy has confirmed that Melky Cabrera will not be invited to rejoin the club this year.

Cabrera would be eligible to return from his 50-game PED suspension five games into the playoffs, but the Giants have cruised in his absence and clearly feel they'll continue doing fine without him. Cabrera didn't apologize or say goodbye to his teammates after the punishment was handed down, which rubbed many in the San Francisco clubhouse and front office the wrong way. He'll be a free agent this winter and is doubtful to re-sign.
Thu, Sep 27, 2012 02:25:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Twins are "close" to acquiring Jaime Garcia from the Braves.

Jul 20 - 7:04 PM

Dodgers designated RHP Sergio Romo for assignment.

That clears a roster spot for Grant Dayton, who is back from the 10-day DL. Romo's Dodgers career ends with a brutal 6.12 ERA over 30 outings. Injuries have hampered Romo over the last few years including a stint on the disabled list last month. Despite his struggles this season, the 34-year-old has a proven track record and shouldn't take long to resurface. Perhaps the Rays, who were interested in Ramos this offseason and are looking to bolster their bullpen, will take a flyer on him.
Jul 20 - 6:37 PM

Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is back in the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Padres.

Nunez wasn't in the lineup Wednesday but singled as a pinch-hitter later in the game. He's been dealing with hamstring issues for about a month and the Giants are obviously going to err on the side of caution with the trade deadline coming up. Nunez will start at third base and bat second Thursday against right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.
Jul 20 - 6:20 PM

Padres activated OF Hunter Renfroe from the 10-day disabled list.

To make room for him, the Padres placed Manuel Margot on the paternity leave list. Renfroe missed the minimum 10 days with a strained neck. The 25-year-old has slugged 16 homers this year but carries a sluggish .231 average with 95 strikeouts in 316 at-bats. He's starting in right field and batting fifth Thursday against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: For those looking to get adventurous in GPPs, Renfroe possesses some solid power numbers against LHP and Madison Bumgarner is still working his way back from injury. Bumgarner wasn't overly dominant against the Padres in his last start - his first since returning from the DL - and if any rust carries over, one bad pitch to Renfroe could end up in the seats. The Padres outfielder carries an elite .300 ISO and 166 wRC+ against LHP this season.
Jul 20 - 5:11 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rays have been "looking at" A.J. Ramos.

Per Heyman, the Rays are also in the running for Tigers closer Justin Wilson, though he's being pursued by a number of other teams and probably a long shot to end up in Tampa Bay. The Marlins just traded setup man David Phelps to the Mariners and dealing Ramos could be their next move. Ramos hasn't had the smoothest year (4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) but he's only blown two saves and still carries an impressive 11.46 K/9 over 36 outings. He'd be an upgrade for a Rays bullpen that ranks 21st in the league in ERA (4.37).
Jul 20 - 4:20 PM

Jake Lamb hit a pair of three-run homers in the Diamondbacks' 12-2 rout of the Reds on Thursday.

Lamb was hitting fourth behind Paul Goldschmidt prior to the J.D. Martinez acquisition. He was moved up to the third spot ahead of Goldschmidt last night and remained there today, even though an injury had Martinez out of the lineup. Fourth is probably a little better for his fantasy value, but it shouldn't matter much. He's up to 22 homers and 76 RBI.
Jul 20 - 3:55 PM

Rangers activated RHP Keone Kela from the 10-day disabled list.

Kela missed around three weeks of action with a sore right shoulder. The 24-year-old returns Thursday to a shiny 2.64 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 42/13 K/BB ratio covering 30 2/3 innings and he could very well be the favorite for saves down the stretch in Texas.
Jul 20 - 3:35 PM

An MRI taken Thursday on Steven Souza's left hip showed no serious structural damage.

Souza appeared to injure the hip on an awkward slide Wednesday in Oakland, but he avoided anything major and could be back in the Rays' lineup within the next couple of days. Wonderful news. The 28-year-old outfielder boasts an .883 OPS with 20 home runs and 60 RBI in 90 games this season for Tampa Bay.
Jul 20 - 3:14 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press hears that the Brewers have expressed interest in Tigers veteran Justin Verlander.

The first-place Brewers could use another starting pitcher and the Tigers would probably eat some cash to grab some of the top young talent in Milwaukee's system. Verlander is owed around $60 million and has posted a disappointing 4.54 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 117 innings this season, though he was very good in 2016. Fenech adds that the Cubs, who just acquired Jose Quintana from the White Sox, are "still monitoring" the Verlander market. Houston's interest is said to be "minimal."
Jul 20 - 2:09 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Addison Reed is "attracting the most interest of any of the Mets' trade chips."

That's no real surprise given that Reed has posted a stellar 2.40 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 47/5 K/BB ratio in 45 innings this season and New York's other chips are Lucas Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, and T.J. Rivera. There's known to be serious interest from the Red Sox and Brewers, along with a half-dozen other teams. Reed, a free-agent-to-be, would make sense as a bullpen rental for any contender.
Jul 20 - 2:04 PM

According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers "remain in the mix" for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

They're also discussing a possible Justin Wilson trade with the Tigers. Los Angeles already has one of the top closers in baseball in Kenley Jansen, but Britton (or Wilson) would be lethal in a late-inning left-handed setup role. Britton, under contractual control through 2018, boasts a ridiculous 1.41 ERA over his last 224 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season. He also has 125 saves in that span.
Jul 20 - 1:59 PM




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