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Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Indians have signed Nick Swisher to a four-year, $56 million contract.

The deal also includes a $14 million option for 2017 that will vest based on his number of plate appearances in 2016. The Rangers, Mariners and Red Sox had also been linked to Swisher, but the Indians had been looking like the favorites to land him for a while. He'll assume Shin-Soo Choo's old position in right field, with Drew Stubbs handling center and Michael Brantley left. Swisher has been a consistent power bat over the last seven seasons, averaging 26.6 home runs while just once posting an OPS south of .822.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 09:52:00 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners recently scouted Marlon Byrd.

The M's are in the market for a right-handed power bat, and Byrd certainly fits the profile. The 36-year-old has slugged 18 homers and driven in 52 runs this season while sporting a .261/.313/.481 batting line. He's in the first year of a two-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies.
Jul 11 - 11:26 AM

Rockies activated OF Carlos Gonzalez from the 15-day disabled list.

CarGo had surgery last month to remove a benign tumor from his left index finger, but he hit .385/.467/1.077 with a couple homers during four rehab games to show he was ready. He'll be moved to right field upon his return. Gonzalez was hitting a disappointing .255/.307/.449 over 52 games before the injury but should improve upon that line with his finger no longer an issue.
Jul 11 - 9:42 AM

Jonathan Papelbon said Wednesday that it would be a "no-brainer" to waiver his no-trade clause in order to be dealt to a contender.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said that Papelbon has "never expressed to me that he's been unhappy," but he's not surprised the closer is willing to be dealt. "Why wouldn't players want to play on a contending team?" the GM added. "It's really rather simple." Papelbon is owed about $19 million through the end of next season and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016, so the Phils will surely have to eat some money in order to make a trade happen. However, Papelbon probably does look attractive to a contender with a 1.24 ERA and 22 saves in 24 opportunities.
Jul 11 - 9:28 AM

Clayton Kershaw rolled into the All-Star break with another dominant performance in Thursday's complete game victory over the Padres, racking up 11 strikeouts and allowing only one run.

Kershaw's only mistake came in the form of Chase Headley's sixth inning solo homer, one of three San Diego hits; they also drew one walk. But it wasn't all good news: Kershaw's scoreless innings streak ended at 41 2/3 when Headley's drive left the yard, the first run the left-hander had allowed since June 13 against Arizona. It was the longest single-season scoreless streak since Brandon Webb hurled 42 straight in 2007. Orel Hershiser has the most in the major league divisional era with 59. Kershaw is on his way to another Cy Young award with a 10-2 record and 1.83 ERA in 14 outings.
Jul 11 - 12:56 AM

Torii Hunter finished 3-for-6 with two RBI singles and a solo home run as the Tigers walked all over the Royals in a win on Thursday.

Hunter has turned his season around with a hot start to July. Thursday's three-hit performance marked his sixth multi-hit game in nine games this month. The outfielder now has 12 home runs, 52 RBI, and a .276/.298/.455 slash line.
Jul 10 - 11:52 PM

Mike Trout went 4-for-5 with a home run, four RBI, and three runs scored as the Angels routed the Rangers on Thursday.

Trout singled in a run in the second, then blasted a three-run home run in the third inning. Shortly into the season's fourth month, Trout has been making a strong case to win his first career AL MVP award. The 22-year-old has 21 home runs, 68 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and a .310/.401/.602 slash line.
Jul 10 - 11:24 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera ripped a game-tying three-run triple in the seventh inning, helping the Indians come from behind and win against the Yankees on Thursday.

He would later score the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. Cabrera also walked and singled in five plate appearances on the evening. The shortstop has a mediocre .251/.312/.398 slash line with eight home runs and 37 RBI on the season.
Jul 10 - 10:42 PM

Andrew McCutchen did a little of everything on Thursday, logging two hits, knocking in two runs, scoring twice, and stealing two bases as the Pirates trampled the Cardinals in a 9-1 victory.

The cornerstone of the Pirates' franchise showed why he's now a five-time All-Star and the defending NL MVP. McCutchen singled, then stole second and third base before scoring in the first inning. He singled in a run and later scored in the fifth, and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. McCutchen owns an impressive .318/.415/.539 slash line with 14 home runs, 18 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
Jul 10 - 10:38 PM

Edinson Volquez pitched a complete game gem against the Cardinals, allowing just one run en route to a win on Thursday.

It's only the second complete game of the veteran's career and his first since July 19, 2012. The right-hander has been nearly untouchable in his last four starts, having posted a 0.90 ERA over 30 innings. On this night, Volquez allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out five. In what has been a renaissance season, Volquez will carry a 3.65 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 73/37 K/BB ratio into the All-Star break.
Jul 10 - 10:25 PM

Aaron Harang earned win number nine after limiting the Mets to one run over seven innings of work in Thursday's start.

Harang has now won four consecutive contests. Thursday's start was the 14th out of 19 in which Harang has allowed two or fewer earned runs as well. Overall, the right-hander allowed only four hits while walking four and striking out two. The 36-year-old right-hander owns a 3.53 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and a 95/44 K/BB ratio heading into the All-Star break.
Jul 10 - 10:09 PM

X-rays on Ian Desmond's right hand came back clean.

Desmond had to leave Thursday's game after being hit on the hand by a pitch, but it appears he's dodged a bullet. He could sit out a game or two due to soreness, but the shortstop will avoid the disabled list.
Jul 10 - 10:06 PM




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