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Jonathan Broxton (elbow) is expected to be placed back on the disabled list.

Broxton is having more elbow issues, though this time the pain is in a different spot. The big righty noted that the discomfort "felt like a knife in the belly of my forearm." He'll undergo an MRI, but it sure sounds like surgery might be coming.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 11:43:00 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs are pushing hard to acquire Tyson Ross from the Padres.

Rival executives are convinced that the right-hander will be moved before Friday's trade deadline, with the Cubs as the club showing the most interest at the moment. The 28-year-old right-hander is relatively inexpensive and under team control through 2017, meaning the Padres should be able to net a nice return package.
Jul 30 - 10:14 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have made an offer to the Reds for star closer Aroldis Chapman.

It is still somewhat puzzling that the Diamondbacks maintain such a high level of interest in acquiring Chapman, as a closer is a luxury and would seemingly be a waste in their current situation. However, if they have serious intentions on competing in 2016 and view him as the missing piece, it makes some sense. The Reds are in desperate need of rotation help and the Diamondbacks do possess several interesting young arms. Stay tuned.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 10:07 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Mets are attempting to acquire Jay Bruce from the Reds.

The Reds reportedly have interest in Zack Wheeler, though there would likely have to be other pieces involved to make a deal work. The Mets remain in the market for an outfielder and are also believed to have varying levels of interest in Gerardo Parra, Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes and Will Venable.
Jul 30 - 10:03 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Cubs, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Yankees and Giants are all in the mix to acquire Yovani Gallardo from the Rangers.

As perhaps the top hurler left on the open market, the price for Gallardo has likely risen now that Johnny Cueto, David Price and Cole Hamels have already been dealt. With the recent injuries in the Yankees rotation, they may be the most desperate club at the moment. Expect the bidding to escalate quickly.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 9:58 PM

Astros acquired OF Carlos Gomez and RHP Mike Fiers from the Brewers for OF Domingo Santana, OF Brett Phillips, LHP Josh Hader, RHP Adrian Houser and international bonus slot #76.

The dynamic 29-year-old outfielder was nearly traded to the Mets on Wednesday evening before the deal fell apart due to financial issues. Their loss, is a huge gain for the Astros though who will add another monster bat to an already dangerous lineup. In 74 games with the Brewers this season, Gomez was hitting .262/.328/.423 with eight homers, 43 RBI and seven stolen bases.
Jul 30 - 8:08 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Joakim Soria from the Tigers for SS JaCoby Jones.

While it's a major hit to the fantasy value for the veteran right-hander, he will bolster an already elite Pirates bullpen that boasts Tony Watson and Jared Hughes in front of closer Mark Melancon.
Jul 30 - 7:10 PM

Justin Upton cracked a go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning of Thursday afternoon's 8-7 win over the Mets.

This will go down as one of the stranger games of the season. The Mets held a 7-1 lead after six innings. This advantage was dropped to two runs after Derek Norris hit a grand slam in the seventh inning. And then the ninth inning happened. Mets closer Jeurys Familia recorded the first two outs of the inning easily enough, at which point, a string of storms hit and delayed the game for 44 minutes. You can probably guess what happened next. Familia returned to the game after the long delay, allowed two singles, then served up a three-run homer to Upton to give the Padres an 8-7 lead. This would hold as the final score, though not before another delay of over an hour. The baseball deities must have really wanted to enjoy this epic collapse. Upton's name has been swirling in trade rumors for weeks, but he's still with the Padres and it's not a given that he'll be moved. He's struggled over the last two months, but has now homered twice and driven in six in his last two games.
Jul 30 - 6:45 PM

Derek Norris hit a grand slam and finished a perfect 5-for-5 in Thursday afternoon's 8-7 win over the Mets.

Norris was integral to the Padres' comeback operation. Down 7-1 in the seventh inning, he stepped up with the bases loaded and smashed a grand slam off of Mets reliever Hansel Robles. That's not all. Following a rain delay of 44 minutes, the catcher singled with two outs in the ninth inning and would come around to score on a three-run homer by Justin Upton that gave the Padres the lead and win over the reeling Mets. Norris is slashing .238/.283/.407 with 12 homers and 49 RBI this season.
Jul 30 - 6:42 PM

Jonathan Niese tossed a solid outing in a Thursday afternoon no-decision against the Padres, allowing one run on six hits over six innings.

Niese left the game holding a 7-1 lead after six innings. The bullpen would allow a whopping seven runs to lose said advantage, but Niese deserved better than an ND. He surrendered an RBI single to Matt Kemp in his final inning of work, but otherwise kept the Padres from touching home plate. After holding a 4.42 ERA on May 30, he's managed to work that down to a 3.63 mark through strong work in June and July. His 1.37 WHIP remains a touch on the high side and as the owner of an 80/36 K/BB ratio over 121 1/3 innings, the strikeouts aren't coming at a mind-blowing pace, but he holds value in deeper NL-only formats. A road date with the Marlins is up next on the lefty's schedule.
Jul 30 - 6:35 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates have agreed to a deal with the Tigers for Joakim Soria.

James Schmehl of MLive.com first reported the two sides were nearing a deal. It's unclear at the moment what the Tigers will receive in return. Soria will see his fantasy value take a major hit as he's relegated to a setup role behind Mark Melancon.
Jul 30 - 6:17 PM

Devon Travis received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder on Wednesday.

Travis left Tuesday's game after aggravating the injury. He's slated to rest Thursday before being reevaluated Friday, so a decision about a stint on the disabled list could be made at that time.
Jul 30 - 5:56 PM




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