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Orioles optioned RHP Freddy Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk.

It was originally announced that Garcia had been designated for assignment, but that was apparently incorrect. The 36-year-old right-hander surrendered seven runs in just 2 1/3 innings Sunday in his 11th appearance (10th start) with the Orioles and has posted a rough 5.77 ERA in 53 total frames with Baltimore this season. He will head to his home in Miami for a couple of days before deciding whether to become a free agent or report to the Norfolk Tides.
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 03:23:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers remain undecided on whether to trade Yu Darvish.

Jul 27 - 8:55 PM

Neil Walker (hamstring) will join the Mets Friday in advance of their series opener against the Mariners.

Jul 27 - 8:53 PM

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Diamondbacks are among teams interested in Brandon Kintzler.

The Twins have quickly become sellers and Kintzler should be among the most coveted relievers leading up to Monday's trade deadline. Despite a low strikeout rate, the 32-year-old ranks second in the American League with 27 saves. Boston is looking for relief help with setup man Joe Kelly on the disabled list while the D'Backs may be looking for an alternative to closer Fernando Rodney, who has struggled to a 5.23 ERA this year. Left-hander Taylor Rogers would be next in line for saves in Minnesota if Kintzler gets traded.
Jul 27 - 8:18 PM

Martin Prado is weighing season-ending knee surgery.

Manager Don Mattingly said the decision will likely come on Friday. It's been one injury after another for Prado this year, who was placed on the DL for the third time about a week ago. Obviously he's dealing with a fairly significant knee sprain and at this point, it might be best to shut Prado down for the year and come back healthy in 2018. The 34-year-old has struggled to a .250 average over 140 at-bats this season.
Source: Miami Herald
Jul 27 - 8:14 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Rays are "open to offers" on Brad Miller and Tim Beckham.

Miller has been splitting time at second base and DH since coming off the disabled list but Tampa Bay's DH spot will soon be occupied by Lucas Duda, who was acquired in a trade with the Mets on Thursday. With Adeiny Hechavarria entrenched at shortstop, the Rays must now decide between Miller and Beckham at second base. Miller blasted a career-best 30 round-trippers last year but Beckham has been the superior player this year, hitting .266 with 12 homers compared to .202 with four homers for Miller. Crasnick said the Rays aren't "shopping" either player, but we could see them make a move if the right offer comes along.
Jul 27 - 7:46 PM

According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, eight teams have already contacted the Marlins to show interest in Dan Straily.

Frisaro didn't mention any teams by name, though the Astros and Royals have been among the most aggressive teams in pursuing starters. Straily is far from an ace, but he's posted a respectable 3.79 ERA since the start of last season and would be a serviceable fourth or fifth starter on a contending team. The right-hander will be arbitration-eligble for the first time this winter.
Jul 27 - 7:44 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rays have "toyed with the idea" of calling up Brent Honeywell to pitch out of the bullpen.

Honeywell took home MVP honors in the Futures Game earlier this month and may be the best pitching prospect left in the minor leagues. There's been no talk of promoting him to the big league rotation, but Tampa Bay isn't against using Honeywell as a reliever down the stretch, just as they did with David Price in 2008. The 22-year-old wouldn't be much help to fantasy owners in that capacity, but obviously all eyes will be on Honeywell when the phenom finally arrives in Tampa.
Jul 27 - 7:01 PM

MLB.com's Anthony DiComo said it "doesn't sound like" Dominic Smith's promotion to the major leagues is imminent.

The expectation was that Smith would be called up in short order to replace Lucas Duda. However, it looks like the Mets still aren't ready to give Smith the keys to first base, preferring to split reps between Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera. Smith outgrew Triple-A a long time ago and has to be getting frustrated. The same could be said of top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario, who is also overdue for a promotion. We're not sure what's holding up New York's youth movement but hopefully Smith and Rosario won't have to toil in the minors for too much longer.
Jul 27 - 6:59 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports the Indians have "reached out" to the Tigers in pursuit of Justin Wilson.

Talk about the rich getting richer. It would be almost unfair for the Indians to add Wilson to a bullpen already featuring Cody Allen and Andrew Miller. It makes sense though, especially with lefty specialist Boone Logan (lat) on the disabled list. Trading Wilson to a division rival surely wouldn't be the Tigers' first choice, particularly with so many other teams interested. Wilson is a near lock to be traded before Monday's deadline.
Jul 27 - 6:57 PM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com named the Brewers and Diamondbacks as teams that have shown interest in Addison Reed.

Reed is in the last year of his contract and the Mets would like to get something for him before he inevitably walks in free agency. He seems to be drawing plenty of interest with the Brewers, D'Backs, Dodgers, Rays and Red Sox among his top suitors. Going to Arizona would be a homecoming of sorts for Reed, who spent a year and a half with the D'Backs before joining the Mets late in the 2015 campaign. Reed has been filling in as the Mets' closer but may have to settle for a setup role if he's dealt at the trade deadline.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 27 - 5:39 PM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Astros have done "background work" on Ervin Santana.

The Astros have been linked to a number of starters now including Francisco Liriano, Jeff Samardzija and of course Sonny Gray. Santana was dealing early in the year but has lost three of his last five outings for the struggling Twins while seeing a noticeable drop-off in his velocity. Houston's primary focus is still to bolster their bullpen but obviously they wouldn't mind adding another arm to their rotation.
Jul 27 - 5:37 PM




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