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Rockies and OF Dexter Fowler avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $11.6 million contract.

The deal covers Fowler's second and third arbitration-eligible seasons. He's a Super Two qualifier, so he has a fourth arbitration year that is not covered. Fowler, 26, hit .300/.389/.474 with 13 home runs, 12 stolen bases and 53 RBI in 143 games last season for Colorado. He carries massive fantasy potential into 2013.
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 07:20:00 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that the Nationals are "at the finish line" on a trade for Jonathan Papelbon.

Bowden adds that the Phillies' return will be a Double-A pitcher. It sounds like an official announcement is coming soon on this deal. Papelbon has said that he wants to remain a closer and his no-trade clause allows him to uphold that demand, so Drew Storen is going to take a big hit here for fantasy purposes.
Jul 28 - 5:16 PM

Nationals activated 1B Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list.

Zimmerman missed over a month and a half with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He went 1-for-15 on his rehab assignment and is batting just .209/.265/.346 in 234 plate appearances this season for the Nationals.
Jul 28 - 4:38 PM

Nationals activated OF Jayson Werth from the 60-day disabled list.

Werth is in the Nationals' starting lineup on Tuesday night for the first time since mid-May. He missed over two months with a pair of small fractures in his left wrist. The veteran outfielder hit well on his lengthy minor league rehab assignment and should be safe for immediate activation in fantasy leagues.
Jul 28 - 4:36 PM

Randal Grichuk (groin) is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

Grichuk is still nursing a groin injury, though an MRI taken Monday showed nothing serious. Peter Bourjos will start in center field against the Reds and Mike Leake.
Jul 28 - 4:34 PM

Yadier Molina (illness) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Reds.

Molina made an early exit from Monday's game because he wasn't feeling well. It obviously wasn't anything major. He is batting fifth versus righty Mike Leake.
Jul 28 - 4:32 PM

Royals designated RHP Joe Blanton for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Johnny Cueto. Blanton had a 3.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 40/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings (four starts, 11 relief appearances) this season for Kansas City. He is 34 years old but will probably draw interest on waivers.
Jul 28 - 4:30 PM

Mike Trout is not in the Angels' lineup Tuesday.

Trout tweaked his left wrist Sunday afternoon on a diving catch, though he also went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in that same game. It's obviously not a serious issue. Daniel Robertson will start in center field Tuesday night against the Astros.
Jul 28 - 4:18 PM

Henderson Alvarez is undergoing shoulder surgery.

Alvarez was examined this week by Dr. James Andrews, who apparently recommended the shoulder procedure. The 25-year-old right-hander was limited to just four starts this season because of what was originally labeled shoulder inflammation. It's not clear if he'll be ready by next spring. Shoulders are often trickier than elbows.
Jul 28 - 4:14 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com hears from a source who believes the Rockies are more likely to trade Carlos Gonzalez over the winter as opposed to this week.

We're not so sure about that, as Gonzalez has been red-hot this month. Given his injury history, this could be the perfect time for the Rockies to get aggressive. The 29-year-old is still owed $37 million from 2016-2017.
Jul 28 - 3:57 PM

Brock Holt (knee) remains out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

Holt sat out Monday after leaving Sunday's game with a hyperextended knee and he apparently needs at least another day. Jemile Weeks will fill in at second base again on Tuesday while Alejandro De Aza will get a shot out of No. 2 spot in the order.
Jul 28 - 3:25 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Diamondbacks are talking to the Reds about a trade for Aroldis Chapman.

It would be a weird move for the Diamondbacks, who aren't in contention this season. A dominant closer is a luxury in such a situation, but Arizona apparently sees him as a difference-maker as they look toward 2016. Chapman, who will be eligible for free agency after next season, has also reportedly drawn interest from the Nationals.
Jul 28 - 3:20 PM




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