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Scott Baker (elbow) will resume his rehab assignment Sunday with High-A Daytona.

Baker was cleared after throwing a bullpen session Monday. He hasn't pitched in the minors since July 29 due to three consecutive rainouts, but remains on track to join the Cubs by early next month.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 01:12:00 PM

Joe Panik (back) is back in the Giants' lineup Friday.

Panik missed a couple games with a stiff back. He returns to a .309/.375/.440 batting line.
Jul 31 - 3:28 PM

Hanley Ramirez (shin) is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

Ramirez injured his shin during Thursday's game. He's considered day-to-day. Alejandro De Aza is in left field Friday.
Jul 31 - 3:23 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that there's "nothing happening" on the Justin Upton trade front and "it appears he's staying put at deadline."

Things can always change, of course, but there has been surprisingly little trade rumors of late involving the outfielder. The Padres appear content to pick up a draft pick for Upton this winter rather than deal him for a trade package they deem unsatisfactory.
Jul 31 - 3:19 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Dodgers are talking to the Cubs about a trade involving Alex Wood.

This backs up a report from Robert Murray of BaseballEssential.com that said the Dodgers are shopping the left-hander. The Cubs have been looking everywhere for controllable starters, as they've also been connected to Carlos Carrasco and Tyson Ross, among others. Wood is under team control through 2019.
Jul 31 - 3:08 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers "appear to be planning to hold" Yovani Gallardo.

They've been telling teams all along that they'd rather keep Gallardo and make him a qualifying offer over the winter if they're unable to get a trade proposal they like. Evidently teams haven't met the asking price. The Dodgers, Cubs and Blue Jays have been linked to the right-hander.
Jul 31 - 3:06 PM

Twins acquired RHP Kevin Jepsen from the Rays for RHP Chih-Wei Hu and RHP Alexis Tapia.

Jepsen has pretty much the same ERA this year as last (2.81 vs. 2.63), but it's come with weaker peripherals. Last year for the Angels, he had a 75/23 K/BB ratio in 65 innings. This year, he has a 34/20 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. The Twins will try him in a setup role and hope for the best, but it'd be no surprise to see him start to fade.
Jul 31 - 2:37 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are "making a push" for Yoenis Cespedes.

The Mets had a deal in place for Carlos Gomez and were close on Jay Bruce, only to see both potential trades fall apart. It appears they've moved their focus to Cespedes as they seek some offensive help. It's unclear at this point what the Mets would have to give up.
Jul 31 - 2:20 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Cubs "would love to pull off a blockbuster" and land Tyson Ross and Craig Kimbrel from the Padres.

The Cubs, Padres and Red Sox reportedly discussed a possible three-team blockbuster deal, but Nightengale says the Cubs and Padres are dealing exclusively with each other on this one. It's unclear what would be headed to San Diego in the deal, but Chicago has numerous assets on the block like Starlin Castro and Javier Baez.
Jul 31 - 2:17 PM

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that the Blue Jays have acquired Ben Revere from the Phillies.

It's unclear at this point what the Blue Jays are giving up in return. Revere will take over in left field for Toronto and possibly slide into the leadoff spot. He could score a ton of runs in front of that dynamic offense.
Jul 31 - 2:06 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins have acquired Kevin Jepsen from the Rays.

The Twins have been seeking bullpen help and appear to have landed their man. Jepsen has had a nice year in Tampa, putting up a 2.81 ERA while striking out 34 across 41 2/3 innings. Minnesota has had trouble bridging the gap from their starters to closer Glen Perkins and Jepsen should help out in that regard.
Jul 31 - 1:54 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Astros "continue to talk" to the Reds about Aroldis Chapman.

The Astros have also been connected to Craig Kimbrel, but Heyman says he "may be backup plan," as Houston ownership "is said to want Chapman." FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has said it's "50/50" as to whether Chapman winds up being dealt. The Diamondbacks had been in the mix but the Reds don't appear too enticed by the package they offered.
Jul 31 - 1:51 PM




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