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The agent for Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero told Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com that his client has not reached a deal with the Dodgers.

Reports in the Dominican Republic indicate that Guerrero has reached a seven-year, $32 million agreement with the Dodgers, but his agent is calling it premature. While the 26-year-old is a free agent, he still needs to be unblocked by the United States government before he can sign with a team. Sanchez hears that Guerrero has a showcase scheduled for Wednesday while a total of three teams are believed to be in the mix to sign him.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 01:58:00 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York confirms that the Mets have made it known that Bartolo Colon is available.

Colon wrapped up the first half of the season with a win last Thursday against the Braves and heads into the All-Star break with a cool 3.99 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 89/17 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 frames. The veteran innings-eater should draw quite a bit of interest. He's making $9 million this year and owed $11 million in 2015.
Jul 14 - 12:59 PM

Taijuan Walker is scheduled to make another start for Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday in Reno.

Walker allowed just one run over five innings Saturday in Tacoma's defeat of the Giants' Triple-A team, but he struck out only one batter and needed 83 pitches to get through five frames -- which didn't sit well with Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon. "I guess I see things differently than most people," McClendon said Sunday. "I don't see that as a good outing. Five innings, 83 pitches and one strikeout, that's not a good outing to me. And I'm not trying to bash the kid." Walker was expected to rejoin the Mariners' rotation shortly after the All-Star break, but that's not a given now.
Jul 14 - 12:31 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Royals have made Jonny Gomes a "potential target."

Kansas City is searching for a right-handed bat and Gomes, who will be a free agent this winter, should be one of the easier ones to get. He's batting just .234 with a .680 OPS in 67 total games this season for Boston, but the 33-year-old corner outfielder owns a career .266/.351/.461 slash line against left-handed pitching.
Jul 14 - 11:41 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels are targeting Padres starter Ian Kennedy.

Anaheim has also been in talks with the still-under-construction San Diego front office about closer Huston Street. Kennedy, 29, has registered an exceptional 3.47 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 133/34 K/BB ratio across 124 1/3 innings (20 starts) this season for the Padres. According to the pitching metric xFIP, he ranks better this year than guys like Max Scherzer, Adam Wainwright, and Jeff Samardzija. Kennedy is arbitration-eligible through 2015, so the Friars will probably want a fairly substantial return package.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 14 - 8:53 AM

Chris Davis blasted a two-run homer on Sunday, powering the Orioles to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees in a rain-shortened five-inning game.

Davis connected on an opposite field two-run blast off Chase Whitley in the fourth inning, getting the O's on the board and proving to provide the margin of victory. He finished the night 1-for-2, finishing the first half of the season with a disappointing .199/.309/.391 line to go along with 15 long balls and 48 RBI.
Jul 14 - 12:25 AM

Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed two hits while striking out 10 over six shutout innings in a 1-0 win over the Padres on Sunday.

Ryu bounced back from one of his worst starts of the year to turn in one of his best. The left-hander allowed just two singles without walking a batter, and his 10 strikeouts were a season high. Ryu moved to 10-5 with a 3.44 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 93/21 K/BB ratio over 104 2/3 innings, and he should continue to be one of the best starters in the National League in the second half.
Jul 13 - 11:21 PM

Brian Dozier went 3-for-6 with two home runs and four RBI in the Twins' 13-5 beatdown of the Rockies on Sunday.

Dozier led off the game with a ground-rule double, and he only got better from there. Dozier hit a solo home run in the eighth and added a three-run homer in the ninth for good measure. This season is shaping up to be Dozier's coming out party -- the second baseman has 18 home runs, 16 stolen bases, 45 RBI and an American League-best 69 runs scored heading into the break.
Jul 13 - 10:49 PM

Buster Posey hit one of the Giants' two grand slams on the day, propelling the Giants to an 8-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The homer was Posey's 10th of the season and his first since June 14. The catcher is having a down year by his standards, batting .275/.331/.422 with 46 RBI. He's particularly struggled in July, so perhaps the All-Star break comes at a good time for the 27-year-old.
Jul 13 - 9:57 PM

Sonny Gray allowed one unearned run over 7 2/3 innings in the Athletics' 4-1 victory over the Mariners on Sunday.

Gray gave up six hits and walked two, striking out five. Gray has now won four straight to run his record to 10-3. The right-hander is emerging as a front-of-the-rotation pitcher this season, owning a 2.79 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 19 starts. He should continue to pitch well in the season's second half.
Jul 13 - 9:23 PM

Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI as the Angels beat the Rangers 10-7 on Sunday.

Trout knocked a three-run double in the second inning before tacking on an RBI double in the fourth. It's been another remarkable first half for the 22-year-old, who's among the American League leaders in most every offensive category. He'll continue to be the most valuable fantasy player in the game when the second half starts up Friday.
Jul 13 - 8:54 PM

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have had serious discussions with the Phillies about acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd.

There were reports earlier in the week that the Mariners had scouted the 36-year-old slugger. He's in the first year of a two-year, $16 million contract and has already indicated that he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause. The Mariners are in desperate need for a right-handed power bat, and Byrd seems like a very logical fit.
Jul 13 - 8:38 PM




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