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Braves placed OF B.J. Upton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 13, with a right adductor strain.

Upton suffered a right adductor muscle strain on Friday and hasn't experienced as much improvement as hoped. With the All-Star break and a backdated DL move, he could only potentially miss nine more games, though it's not clear if he'll be ready at that time. Reed Johnson will cover center field with Upton out.
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 11:42:00 AM

Royals acquired INF/OF Ben Zobrist and cash considerations from the Athletics for RHP Aaron Brooks and LHP Sean Manaea.

The deal is official. Zobrist drew interest from a long list of contenders, but the Royals are going for it and paid the price to bring to bring him into the fold. The 34-year-old impending free agent has an .801 OPS over 67 games this season and can be used in the infield and the outfield. He should be a useful piece for Ned Yost and the first-place Royals.
Jul 28 - 2:52 PM

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com hears that Jonathan Papelbon or his agents are talking to the Nationals about a potential trade.

This presumably means that something is close. At issue with Papelbon is that he has a no-trade clause and has said that he wouldn't sign off on a deal unless he closes. Of course, the Nationals already have an All-Star closer in Drew Storen. Papelbon's contract includes a $13 million vesting option for 2016, which he could want guaranteed as part of the deal.
Jul 28 - 2:45 PM

David Wright (back) took grounders at third base Tuesday at Citi Field.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said last Thursday that the hope was that Wright would be able to do baseball activities this week in New York and so far things are going to according to plan. It's unclear what the next step will be and obviously he has a long way to go before beginning a rehab assignment, but it's a step in the right direction.
Jul 28 - 2:08 PM

Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the Athletics are "deep" in trade talks involving Ben Zobrist and a deal could happen soon.

After dealing Scott Kazmir to the Astros last week and Tyler Clippard to the Mets on Monday, Zobrist is likely the next to go. The impending free agent has drawn interest from a long list of teams, including the Royals, Pirates, Angels, Cubs, Yankees, and Giants.
Jul 28 - 1:53 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Tigers have Reds right-hander Mike Leake on their radar.

The Tigers are three games under .500 at 48-51, but they are just 4 1/2 games out of the Wild Card and haven't given up on the possibility of contention. Leake would certainly help their rotation. The 27-year-old owns a 3.78 ERA over 20 starts this season and has been on a roll of late. The impending free agent figures to draw a lot of interest.
Jul 28 - 1:49 PM

Cardinals activated LHP Jaime Garcia from the 15-day disabled list.

Garcia has missed over a month with a groin strain, but he'll make his return Tuesday against the Reds. The southpaw has a 1.69 ERA and 32/7 K/BB ratio in 48 innings over seven starts this season and should be relevant in mixed fantasy leagues as long as he has a rotation spot.
Jul 28 - 1:35 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Marlins are now "now open to at least contemplate" trading Martin Prado.

Previous reports indicated that the Marlins planned to keep Prado, but they are softening on that stance just a couple of days away from the trade deadline. The 31-year-old is owed $11 million next season, though the Yankees are covering $3 million. He's capable of playing multiple positions and should have appeal to multiple contenders.
Jul 28 - 1:33 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Marlins are "growing more confident" that they'll trade Mat Latos.

His market is "coming into focus," Crasnick was told by a source. Latos got off to a rough start this season prior to hitting the disabled list with a right knee injury, but he has improved his value with a 2.96 ERA over his last seven starts. The Yankees, Cubs, and Blue Jays have reportedly shown interest in a deal.
Jul 28 - 1:02 PM

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Phillies have told several teams interested in Cole Hamels that they'd like to get their "best" offers by Wednesday.

Coming off a no-hitter, Hamels is currently scheduled to make his next start Thursday against the Braves. The Phillies would apparently prefer to make a decision before that, but there's a chance this situation could drag into Friday. The Dodgers and Rangers have been considered the favorites to land Hamels in recent days, but the Phillies have also spoken with the Cubs, Giants, Astros, Diamondbacks, Yankees, and Red Sox.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 12:26 PM

Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) went 1-for-3 with a single and caught seven innings Monday in his latest minor league rehab game with Double-A Binghamton.

D'Arnaud, out for a month with a left elbow sprain, caught five innings on Saturday and served as the DH on Sunday. He's expected to catch a full game on Tuesday and appears likely to rejoin the Mets this weekend.
Jul 28 - 11:46 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals are "making progress" on acquiring Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies.

Papelbon has said that he would only waive his no-trade clause if he's sent to a team where he would close, so there's a chance Drew Storen could be moved back into a set-up role. However, the Nationals could sweeten the pot if they guarantee his $13 million vesting option for 2016.
Jul 28 - 11:26 AM




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