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Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the White Sox and Chris Sale have agreed to a contract extension.

Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that he'll get $32.5 million guaranteed over the next five seasons. The deal also includes a pair of club options for 2018 and 2019 which could bring the max value of the deal to $60 million. The extension buys out all three of his arbitration seasons and potentially his first three years of free agency, so it has a chance to be an excellent bargain if is health cooperates. Sale thrived during his first year in the rotation in 2012, posting a 3.05 ERA and 192/51 K/BB ratio in 192 innings.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 03:03:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Mark Trumbo (foot) is in San Francisco with the Diamondbacks and could be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

The plan has been to activate him immediately after the All-Star break, but Trumbo appears to have forced the club's hand by hitting five homers over seven rehab games. We should find out shortly whether the Giants indeed plan on activating him early. Trumbo has been sidelined since late April with a stress fracture in his left foot.
Jul 11 - 4:46 PM

Jason Castro is back in the Astros' lineup Friday.

It's his first start since Sunday, as Castro has been battling pain in his left armpit. The Astros catching is sporting a .228/.303/.366 batting line with seven homers and 34 RBI over 73 games this season.
Jul 11 - 4:41 PM

Orioles placed RHP Ubaldo Jimenez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, with a sprained right ankle.

Jimenez rolled his ankle on Wednesday while getting out of his car, resulting in lots of swelling. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Kevin Gausman has been recalled to take his spot in the rotation.
Jul 11 - 4:31 PM

Adam Lind (foot) is expected to return in 2-3 weeks after undergoing a second opinion.

Lind was initially expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks, so obviously this is great news. He'll wear a walking boot on his fractured right foot for the next 5-7 days before then beginning his rehab. Dan Johnson has replaced Lind on the roster.
Jul 11 - 4:21 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle revealed on Friday that Gerrit Cole (lat) will not return from the disabled list when first eligible on July 20.

Cole is already throwing again, but he's dealt with two shoulder injuries over the last month and the Pirates don't want to rush him back. There's no timetable for his return, but early August seems doable as long as the right-hander doesn't have any setbacks.
Jul 11 - 3:52 PM

Ian Desmond (hand) is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

X-rays on Desmond's right hand came back negative, but he's still a little sore. The Nats are hoping that he'll be ready to go on Saturday. Danny Espinosa is at shortstop Friday.
Jul 11 - 3:38 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that the Angels, Blue Jays and Tigers have been in contact with Rangers regarding Joakim Soria.

The Angels would be the best landing spot for Soria from a fantasy perspective, as he would figure to have the best chance to remain a closer. Soria is making a reasonable $5.5 million this season with a $7 million club option for 2015, so it's no surprise that he's drawing interest. He's put up a 2.76 ERA and ridiculous 40/4 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 11 - 1:55 PM

Cardinals claimed C George Kottaras off waivers from the Indians.

The Cards needed some depth at catcher following the Yadier Molina (thumb) injury, and Kottaras makes sense as a stop-gap. The 31-year-old is a career .216/.326/.415 hitter but did slug three homers over 10 games with the Tribe. He figures to share time with Tony Cruz while Molina is out, with Audry Perez heading back to Triple-A Memphis. Kottaras won't officially report until Saturday.
Jul 11 - 1:48 PM

Billy Hamilton is back in the Reds' lineup Friday.

Hamilton didn't start Thursday after tweaking his left hamstring, though he was able to pinch-hit. The speedster is back in there Friday, though it remains to be seen whether he'll take it easy on the bases in order to protect the hammy.
Jul 11 - 1:21 PM

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. CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury has reported that the Mariners (along with the Royals, Blue Jays and Rays) are on Byrd's no-trade list. However, The Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton says that Byrd has indicated a willingness to waive the no-trade clause to go to a contender.
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




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