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Reds' top prospect Billy Hamilton will move from shortstop to center field next season.

It's a move that many had predicted for a while, as Hamilton isn't a very good defensive shortstop but could project as a very good center fielder. "There are a lot of reasons," said vice president of scouting and player development Bill Bavasi. "We have [Zack] Cozart. We have Didi [Gregorius]. If you watch Hamilton's style of play, it's a pounding style of play. It would be an easier position for his body to take along with the base stealing. Everything seems to work better." Hamilton batted .311/.410/.420 with a professional record 155 steals this season between High- and Double-A. The Reds aren't sure whether he'll start 2013 back at Double-A or move up to Triple-A, but it's possible he could be ready for a promotion to the majors sometime next year.
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 08:12:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Blue Jays "have gotten some feelers" on Jose Bautista.

There are some hurdles to a potential trade, though, the first of which is that Bautista is hitting a disappointing .227/.340/.402 with 16 home runs this season and just .197/.312/.338 since June 1. He also has 10-and-5 rights and thus can veto any deal. However, while the Jays no doubt would have to pick up a chunk of what remains of his $18 million salary for this season to make a trade work, some contender might think it's worth taking a shot that Bautista can slug for a couple months for them. It shouldn't cost too much to acquire him.
Jul 21 - 10:37 AM

Kris Bryant (finger) is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

Bryant managed to avoid a major injury when he hurt his left pinkie on a head-first slide Wednesday, but he remains sore. Javy Baez is filling in at third base.
Jul 21 - 10:31 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Indians have expressed interest in Asdrubal Cabrera.

It sounds like he could be more of a fallback option if they're not able to work out a trade for a marquee player. Cabrera, of course, began his career with the Indians and would offer them some versatility. The 31-year-old impending free agent has batted .250/.333/.398 with nine homers in 70 games this season.
Jul 21 - 9:58 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cubs have inquired with the Rangers on the availability of Yu Darvish.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports previously reported that the Rangers were trying to gauge interest in Darvish, and it appears the Cubs are one of the first teams to have checked in. It could just be due diligence, although the Cubs have been connected to other starters, as well, even after acquiring Jose Quintana, so it appears they're interested in further upgrading their rotation.
Jul 21 - 9:56 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants are hoping to finalize a contract with Pablo Sandoval on Friday.

Heyman says it's "still the expectation" that Sandoval will sign with the Giants, but he adds that the Royals and other teams have also shown interest. It will be a minor league deal for Sandoval, who was released by the Red Sox with $49 million left on his contract after hitting just .237/.286/.360 over parts of three seasons.
Jul 21 - 9:17 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rangers "have started reaching out to teams potentially interested in acquiring" Yu Darvish.

The Rangers aren't committed to selling yet, but they're 4.5 games out of the second American League Wild Card spot and are behind five other teams chasing the Rays and Yankees. If they do wind up selling, Darvish would immediately become the best available rental pitcher on the market. Passan lists the Astros, Brewers, Yankees, Indians, Rockies and Dodgers as teams that he could see as having interest in the impending free agent, although it's unclear at this point which, if any, of those clubs have talked to the Rangers about Darvish at this point.
Jul 21 - 8:52 AM

Felix Hernandez struck out nine while allowing one run on three hits over seven innings in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Yankees.

Hernandez was brilliant in this one -- and that was with a somewhat questionable strike zone working against him. Only a Brett Gardner solo homer in the sixth preventing him from seven shutout frames. On the whole, this was King Felix's best start of the season. He will carry a 3.88 ERA and 1.36 WHIP (11 starts) into a home showdown with the Red Sox next time out as he looks to build off of Thursday's gem.
Jul 21 - 1:37 AM

Brandon Phillips left Thursday's game against the Dodgers with right hamstring tightness.

Johan Camargo replaced Phillips at second base with Dansby Swanson taking Camargo's place at shortstop. Phillips went 1-for-3 with a triple before exiting in the sixth inning. The 36-year-old seems to get hurt all the time but his injuries are always minor. Consider him day-to-day.
Jul 21 - 12:24 AM

Eric Hosmer went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored as the Royals bombarded the Tigers 16-4 on Thursday.

Hosmer got all of a solo homer in the third inning, taking Tigers starter Michael Fulmer out for a 444-foot blast. It was perhaps a metaphor for the game itself, as the Royals pounded Fulmer and company at every turn. Hosmer has five multi-hit games in his last nine contests to raise his season line to .315/.372/.493 with 14 homers, 46 RBI and 55 runs scored overall.
Jul 21 - 12:17 AM

Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the Orioles topped the Rangers 9-7 on Thursday.

The Orioles were actually kept in check for three innings by Rangers starter Cole Hamels before Schoop's solo homer in the fourth. With the ice broken, the O's scored three more in the fifth and four in the sixth, with Schoop's two-run single capping the sixth inning outburst. With seven hits in his last 13 at-bats, the 25-year-old has his overall line up to a robust .302/.350/.540 with 19 homers, 63 RBI and 55 runs scored.
Jul 20 - 11:27 PM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins and Braves are not expected to complete their Jaime Garcia trade on Thursday night but the deal is "very close to final."

The trade is expected to be a one-for-one swap with the Braves acquiring a minor league prospect from the Twins. Per Berardino, the Braves are paying only a small portion of Garcia's remaining $4.79 million salary with Minnesota covering the rest. The two sides are sifting through medical records as we speak. That process could take a while given Garcia's lengthy injury history. Assuming all the medical reports check out, Garcia could be in line to make his Twins debut this weekend against the Tigers.
Jul 20 - 10:04 PM




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