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Cody Ross (calf) is expected to open the season on the disabled list.

Ross says he's still aiming for Opening Day, but it sounds like the Diamondbacks want to err on the side of caution. With Adam Eaton (elbow) also sidelined, Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock are expected to open the season in starting roles. Ross suffered a lower left leg strain earlier this month in D'Backs camp.
Sun, Mar 24, 2013 04:30:00 PM

According to MLB.com's Richard Justice, the Astros are hopeful Yulieski Gurriel will secure a work visa this week.

That would keep him on track to make his major league debut sometime in mid-to-late August, assuming he can get back up to speed quickly in the minor leagues. The 32-year-old Cuban signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with Houston last week. He is expected to play third base and first base in the majors. It's probably worth nothing that top prospect Alex Bregman is making his MLB debut at the hot corner on Monday night against the Yankees.
Jul 25 - 1:26 PM

Alex Bregman is starting at third base and batting sixth Monday in his MLB debut.

MLB.com's Richard Justice expects that Bregman will play left field on Tuesday and DH on Wednesday. His primary spot will probably be third base, but the 22-year-old top prospect is athletic enough to handle just about any position on the diamond. He was slashing .306/.406/.580 with 20 home runs and 61 RBI in 80 games this season between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno.
Jul 25 - 1:10 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Cubs will not have a contract extension in place with Aroldis Chapman when their trade for the closer becomes official.

They tried hard, as did the Yankees before agreeing to this five-player swap, but Chapman is apparently intent on testing the free agent waters following the 2016 season. He is headed to the Cubs in exchange for shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and minor league outfielder Rashad Crawford. Chapman will take over at closer on the north side of Chicago, with Hector Rondon moving to a setup role.
Jul 25 - 12:49 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Rangers are expressing interest in Vincent Velasquez.

Velasquez is a 24-year-old with five years of contractual control and he's been having a very good season for Philadelphia, so the asking price is going to be astronomical. The right-hander holds a 3.34 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 91 2/3 innings this year. Texas has been connected to just about every pitcher in baseball.
Jul 25 - 12:04 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports the Marlins have interest in Seattle starter Wade Miley.

Miley struggled in 2014 with the Red Sox and has been even worse since the offseason trade that sent him to the Mariners. Miami, a half-game up on the second Wild Card, should probably shoot a little higher. The 29-year-old left-hander is sitting on a 5.23 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 73/33 K/BB ratio through 105 innings this season, and he's owed $8.97 million in 2017.
Jul 25 - 11:51 AM

Rival executives tell ESPN's Buster Olney that the Yankees have been pushing an Ivan Nova trade.

Nova is due to become a free agent after the 2016 season and doesn't seem like a qualifying offer candidate, so the Yankees might as well try to get something out of him. The 29-year-old right-hander has pitched very well in his last two starts but owns a pedestrian 4.65 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 72/22 K/BB ratio in 93 innings overall this season. Maybe a move to the National League would work.
Jul 25 - 11:34 AM

Indians outfield prospect Bradley Zimmer has been promoted from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus.

Fellow top outfield prospect Clint Frazier will join him on the move. Zimmer, 23, was slashing .252/.370/.472 with 14 home runs, 53 RBI, 31 stolen bases, and 57 runs scored through 92 games this season at the Double-A level. He needs to improve his overall plate discipline, but those counting stats are eye-popping to any fantasy baseball enthusiast. Zimmer was the 21st overall pick in 2014 out of the University of San Francisco. He should make his major league debut later this summer.
Jul 25 - 6:37 AM

According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Angels closer Huston Street is among the Giants' trade targets leading up to the August 1 deadline.

He's probably more of a backup plan, as the Giants have been linked to a number of other relievers having far better seasons. Street, 32, owns a rough 5.03 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings this year out of the Anaheim bullpen. He has missed time with oblique and hamstring injuries. The right-hander is under contract for $9 million in 2017 and carries a $10 million club option for 2018.
Jul 25 - 6:00 AM

Adrian Gonzalez blasted a grand slam in the first inning on Sunday, powering the Dodgers to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis.

The Dodgers jumped on rookie right-hander Mike Mayers right out of the gate, with a pair of singles and a walk before Gonzalez unloaded on a towering grand slam to center field. He added a pair of singles, including a run-scoring knock in the second inning, finishing the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and four RBI. He's now hitting .284/.360/.412 with nine homers and 51 RBI.
Jul 25 - 12:01 AM

The Rockies announced Sunday that top prospect David Dahl will be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday.

The club gets the benefit of having a designated hitter for their series in Baltimore to begin the week, so they'll take a look at the sweet-swinging outfielder. With Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon on the trade block, Dahl could be up with the big league club to stay. The 22-year-old is hitting .314/.394/.569 with 18 homers, 61 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 92 games between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque this season. He's immediately an interesting commodity in all mixed leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 24 - 10:27 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have expressed interest in acquiring veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez from the Royals.

Grant notes that the entire Rangers brass in charge of player personnel was on hand for Volquez's start on Sunday and the club has admitted that they're seeking a major upgrade to their rotation. The Royals haven't yet decided if they'll be buyers or sellers at next week's trade deadline. The right-hander's next start is conveniently against the Rangers in Arlington on Friday, so all he may need to do is change dugouts if a deal gets consummated.
Jul 24 - 10:19 PM




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