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Phillies signed OF Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 million contract.

The deal also includes an $8 million club/vesting option for 2016, which vests if he gets to 600 plate appearances in 2015, or if he totals 1,100 in 2014-15 and has at least 550 in 2015. Byrd played the 2013 campaign for $700,000, but he earned a massive raise after batting .291/.336/.511 with 24 home runs and 88 RBI in 147 games between the Mets and Pirates. He'll surely be unable to repeat that performance in 2014, but the Phils are betting that the regression won't be steep.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 08:46:00 PM

Ben Zobrist was diagnosed with a bruised left ankle after going for X-rays.

Zobrist was forced to exit Friday's game against the Marlins after he was hit in the foot by a pitch. He'll likely have to sit out Saturday's game, but consider him day-to-day for now.
Jun 24 - 11:07 PM

Danny Salazar walked five batters and gave up four base hits but escaped with a win by allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings in the Indians 7-3 victory over the Tigers on Friday.

Salazar was not nearly as dominant as usual, fanning only three batters. He didn't give up a run until the fifth inning when the Indians already had a seven run lead. Salazar's elevated walk rate is the only concern his owners might have considering he has a stellar 2.40 ERA, 99 strikeouts and 43 walks across his 86 1/3 innings this year.
Jun 24 - 11:06 PM

Steven Matz was chased after giving up six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Braves on Friday.

Matz allowed just one hit over the first four innings and carried an 8-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but he completely fell apart after Yoenis Cespedes lost a fly ball in the lights. He ended up giving up eight hits in the frame. The big blow was a three-run homer by Brandon Snyder of all people. It was a stunning turn of events. While Matz didn’t issue a walk, he also didn’t strike out any of the 21 batters he faced and induced just two swinging strikes. His ERA jumped from 2.74 to 3.29 on the night. Not what you want to see after he dealt with some elbow stiffness in his most recent start, but he claims to be fine. Matz lines up for a start against the first-place Nationals next week.
Jun 24 - 11:04 PM

Manny Machado went deep for the 18th time as part of a 2-for-4 night as the Orioles defeated the Rays 6-3 on Friday.

The elite third baseman now sports a mammoth .320/.382/.615 slash line with 52 runs and 43 RBI. He has yet to steal a base this year after swiping 20 last year. Still 23 years old, Machado should be a first round fantasy draft pick for years to come.
Jun 24 - 10:43 PM

Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle confirms that the Astros are calling up prospect first baseman A.J. Reed.

This confirms a report from 1250 AM WLRT in Lexington, Kentucky. The Astros have yet to make an official announcement, but Reed is expected to join the team on Saturday. The 23-year-old is batting .266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games this season with Triple-A Fresno. While those numbers aren't quite on par with what he did last year between High-A and Double-A, he has been on a major tear of late, hitting .372 with three homers and five doubles over his last 10 games. The Astros could sit him against some southpaws, but he should get most of the playing time at first base. His power makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats.
Jun 24 - 8:08 PM

Mariners optioned OF Nori Aoki to Triple-A Tacoma.

It's a surprising move, but Aoki has proven to be a big disappointment this season by batting just .245/.323/.313 across 67 games. According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, the Mariners want him to work on hitting left-handed pitching in the minors.
Jun 24 - 6:42 PM

Angels activated RHP Nick Tropeano from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.

The move comes after Tropeano allowed three runs over five innings and struck out seven Thursday in his first minor league rehab start with High-A Inland Empire. He's back to full health from his recent bout with shoulder tightness, but the Angels apparently don't think he's one of their best five starters at the moment. That's crazy, of course, and Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register hears that Tropeano isn't happy. While the demotion doesn't appear to be justified, it probably won't be long before he returns to the majors if he can prove his health and effectiveness.
Jun 24 - 6:31 PM

Buster Posey is not in Friday's lineup against the Phillies.

It's just a normal day of rest. Trevor Brown will start behind the plate and catch Jake Peavy.
Jun 24 - 6:23 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Friday that Domingo Santana (elbow) has seen little improvement and will likely be sidelined through the All-Star break.

Santana has been limited to just 18 games since the beginning of May due to a shoulder and more recently an elbow issue. He's already missed two weeks in his current disabled list stint and it doesn't appear he's close to resuming baseball activities, let alone make a return. In addition to the injuries, Santana sports a pretty disappointing .234/.347/.391 batting line this season.
Jun 24 - 5:53 PM

Jon Gray (shoulder) has been cleared to start Monday versus the Blue Jays after getting through a 14-pitch bullpen session Friday with no issues.

Gray had to be pulled from his last start because of shoulder fatigue, but it's apparently no big deal. He'll face a stiff test in going up against the tough Toronto offense at Coors Field.
Jun 24 - 5:48 PM

Cubs manager Joe Madd0n said Friday that Anthony Rizzo (back) is feeling better and it's "possible" the first baseman could return to the lineup Saturday.

Rizzo is sitting out a second straight game Friday and has missed three contests over the last couple weeks with back stiffness, but it appears he's making some progress. Kris Bryant is handling first base Friday, with Javier Baez at third.
Jun 24 - 5:32 PM




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