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John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus reports that Josh Hamilton is looking for a seven-year, $175 million deal in free agency.

Perrotto was told by "someone who knows these things." While Hamilton should be able to get around $25 million per season, it seems unlikely that anyone would be willing to give him that much annually over seven years. He's the top free agent hitter on the market, but Hamilton isn't without risk, as he'll turn 32 early next season and has injury and off-the-field concerns. The Dallas Morning News says that the Rangers "almost certainly" won't be willing to give Hamilton the kind of deal Perrotto says he's looking for.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 04:03:00 PM

Brandon Belt (concussion) passed a concussion test Monday.

He could resume baseball activities as soon as Monday. It's obviously great news for the Giants, as Belt should rejoin the lineup in short order now that his post-concussion symptoms appear to be behind him. The first baseman has been out of action since July 19.
Jul 28 - 7:06 PM

Aaron Hill (hand) is expected back in the lineup on Tuesday.

Hill has missed the last two games after being hit on the right hand by a pitch Saturday, but he's feeling much better. The second baseman had heated up at the plate of late, batting .410/.442/.718 with a couple homers during a 10-game hit streak.
Jul 28 - 6:55 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

Athletics placed OF Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand.

Ouch. Gentry presumably broke his hand on a bunt attempt Sunday. The A's have called up prospect outfielder Billy Burns to take his place on the active roster, but they are going to have to hope that Coco Crisp's neck issue isn't serious. Gentry is obviously going to be sidelined for a while.
Jul 28 - 5:04 PM

Mark Teixeira (lat) is out of the Yankees' starting lineup again Monday against the Rangers.

Teixeira hasn't played since last Saturday due to a lower left lat strain, but he came through an extensive workout Sunday with no issues. The Yankees remain hopeful that he'll be able to avoid a DL stint and return soon.
Jul 28 - 4:45 PM

Carlos Gonzalez (ankle) is back in Monday's lineup against the Cubs.

CarGo rolled his ankle prior to Saturday's game and missed two straight starts, but he's ready to give it a go. He'll bat third against Tsuyoshi Wada.
Jul 28 - 4:40 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Phillies have made left-hander Cole Hamels available.

ESPN's Buster Olney heard last week that Hamels was not going to be shopped at this year's July 31 trade deadline, but something has apparently changed. Morosi says the asking price is very high, so it's far from a sure thing that the 30-year-old southpaw will be dealt. The Dodgers are believed to have interest. Hamels, who has a 2.72 ERA and 125/39 K/BB ratio in 122 1/3 innings this season, is under contract with Philadelphia through 2019.
Jul 28 - 3:51 PM

Scooter Gennett (quad) is back in the Brewers' starting lineup on Monday night against the Rays.

Gennett was out of the Brewers' lineup for five games with tightness in his right quad, but he made an appearance as a pinch-hitter on Sunday and will start at second base in Monday's series-opener versus Tampa Bay.
Jul 28 - 3:48 PM

Ervin Santana dominated the Padres over eight shutout innings Monday in the Braves' 2-0 victory.

Santana carved his way through the weak San Diego lineup with ease, allowing only five hits while striking out 11 batters. He did not issue a walk. It was the second straight double-digit strikeout game for Santana, who fanned 10 Marlins last Wednesday night. He is 10-6 with a 3.63 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 118/37 K/BB ratio in 131 1/3 frames this season. A rematch with the Padres is next.
Jul 28 - 3:17 PM

Dodgers acquired 2B Darwin Barney from the Cubs for a player to be named later and cash considerations.

The Cubs designated Barney for assignment last week, handing second base duties to Arismendy Alcantara and Emilio Bonifacio. Barney had a rough .244/.290/.335 batting line in parts of five seasons with Chicago, but he's an elite defender at second base. The Dodgers plan to use him all around their infield.
Jul 28 - 2:58 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Indians are "very willing to move" Justin Masterson.

Passan says the Indians want "young, controllable starting pitching" in return, which is going to be a tough find. Masterson can become a free agent after the season and owns a rough 5.51 ERA and 1.63 ERA in 98 innings this year. The big right-hander is also on the disabled list currently with a right knee injury, though he's due back Friday night.
Jul 28 - 1:48 PM




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