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Neil Walker has been diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back and will be shut down for the season.

The diagnosis was given by a back specialist that Walker visited Friday. The second baseman has been limited to just a handful of games over the last month due to the back issue, and with the Pirates officially eliminated from playoff contention, it made no sense to push him. He should be fully healed by the time spring training rolls around.
Fri, Sep 28, 2012 03:54:00 PM

Cardinals placed OF Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list with a right quadriceps strain.

Jul 30 - 2:49 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Mariners are telling teams that they plan to keep Hisashi Iwakuma.

Seattle is well under .500 and Iwakuma is due to become a free agent this offseason, so it's an odd stance for the M's to take. The 34-year-old right-hander has posted a rough-looking 5.10 ERA in 47 2/3 innings this summer, but his peripherals are much better and he'd surely fetch some prospects in this market.
Jul 30 - 2:45 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Cubs are "aggressively trying to include Starlin Castro in any deal."

It's notable that Addison Russell started at shortstop on Wednesday. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said earlier this week that Castro would not be traded, but that's not a promise he can keep. The 25-year-old is batting just .237/.271/.305 in 406 plate appearances this season and his defense at shortstop has deteriorated. There's been talk of interest from the Padres.
Jul 30 - 2:32 PM

Michael Pineda is headed to the disabled list with a Grade 1 strain in his right forearm.

It's the same injury that Andrew Miller suffered earlier this summer and he wound up missing a month. CC Sabathia will move up a spot and start in Pineda's place on Thursday night against the Rangers. It's a tough blow for the Yankees, who are probably going to get much more aggressive on the trade market.
Jul 30 - 2:29 PM

Blue Jays acquired LHP David Price from the Tigers for LHPs Daniel Norris, Jairo Labourt, and Matt Boyd.

Price had been drawing heavy interest from the Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs, and Giants, but the Blue Jays beat all the other offers. It's a risky play to give up so much young, cost-controlled talent for what could be a 2-3 month rental -- Price is eligible for free agency after the World Series -- but the Jays feel they can make a postseason push and they've now combined two of the top trade targets on this year's market. Troy Tulowitzki was acquired from the Rockies earlier this week.
Jul 30 - 1:48 PM

Tigers acquired LHPs Daniel Norris, Jairo Labourt, and Matt Boyd from the Blue Jays for LHP David Price.

Norris hasn't shown a whole lot yet at the major league level, but the 22-year-old left-hander entered the 2015 season as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball and the Tigers get six years of him for 2-3 months of Price. Labourt and Boyd also carry considerable upside. It's a nice haul for the retooling Detroit front office.
Jul 30 - 1:43 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are "working to trade" closer Joakim Soria.

Soria would make sense for the Blue Jays -- the team the Tigers just traded David Price to -- but it doesn't appear there's anything happening on that front. Soria, 31, has a 2.85 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 36/11 K/BB ratio in 41 innings this season for Detroit and he is 23-for-26 in save opportunities. As usual, just about every contending club is looking for relief help.
Jul 30 - 12:53 PM

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Carlos Gomez trade to the Mets broke down primarily over financial issues.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported late Wednesday night that the proposal fell apart because of Gomez's hip, but agent Scott Boras and Brewers GM Doug Melvin are vehemently rejecting that angle. It should be noted that there's posturing going on here from all sides -- the Brewers want other teams to believe Gomez is fully healthy, and questioning the Mets' desire to spend is an easy alibi. The 29-year-old center fielder is still very much on the trade block, but talks have obviously been called off with the Mets.
Jul 30 - 11:27 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rays are listening to offers for Nate Karns.

Passan says Karns is drawing interest "from a number of teams," and rightly so. The 27-year-old right-hander has posted an impressive 3.37 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 106/40 K/BB ratio across 115 innings this season for Tampa Bay and he is under contractual control through 2020. It'll probably take a big return for the Rays to move him.
Jul 30 - 11:21 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies' next trade could involve Ben Revere.

Rosenthal says at least one American League club has expressed interest in the 27-year-old speedster, who entered play Thursday with a .298/.335/.376 slash line and 24 stolen bases in 95 games. Revere, who's under contractual control through 2017, would be a nice bench addition for any contending team.
Jul 30 - 11:06 AM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that there's a possibility of Yovani Gallardo being traded to the Blue Jays.

Texas just beefed up its rotation with the Cole Hamels trade, but the club is still buried in the American League Wild Card race and could sell some parts. Gallardo is due to become a free agent this winter. If the price is right, it sounds like the Rangers will move him.
Jul 30 - 10:46 AM




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