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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi report that the Tigers, Red Sox and Mariners have all had conversations with the Dodgers this week regarding Matt Kemp.

Rosenthal adds that the Dodgers' "primary concern" is to acquire quality in a deal, which means they're willing to eat some of Kemp's contract to get something done. Morosi says it's "unlikely" Kemp would go to Detroit, as it would likely involve dealing Austin Jackson. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reported Monday that the Red Sox were on the periphery of the Kemp talks, but perhaps their interest has increased. There seems to be a good chance Kemp is dealt sometime this winter.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 08:14:00 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets will shut down Jacob deGrom.

DeGrom had been lined up to face the Astros on Saturday at Citi Field, but he has already thrown 178 2/3 innings this season between the majors and the minors, a jump of 31 innings from his 2013 total. The Mets are content with cutting him off here. While he had little fanfare coming into the year, deGrom will finish the year with a 2.63 ERA over 22 starts. He has a very strong case for the National League Rookie of the Year award.
Sep 23 - 1:57 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets will announce an extension for general manager Sandy Alderson on Tuesday.

It was originally expected to be announced after the season, but the Mets are moving up the timetable, likely because news of the extension leaked on Monday. Alderson had an option on his contract for 2015, but the Mets will give him a new three-year deal which sets the stage for him to see his plan through.
Sep 23 - 1:08 PM

Adam Wainwright shut out the Cubs for seven innings Monday to become the year's second 20-game winner.

Wainwright joined Clayton Kershaw at 20 wins. The only other pitcher with a shot of getting there would seem to be Johnny Cueto, who has 18 wins with two starts left. Madison Bumgarner also has 18 wins and could have two starts left, but it's more likely that he'll be held back for the wild card game than it is that he'll start Sunday. It's Wainwright's second career 20-win season, the other coming in 2010. He's won each of his last five starts, and his ERA is back down to 2.38.
Sep 22 - 11:18 PM

Michael Pineda pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in the Yankees' 5-0 victory over the Orioles on Monday.

Pineda's incredibly strong return from his shoulder/back injury is the best thing that's happened to the Yankees all year. He struck out eight and walked just one tonight before coming out after 106 pitches. Shawn Kelley, Rich Hill and David Phelps finished the one-hitter. Pineda has a 1.93 ERA and a 49/7 K/BB ratio in 70 innings.
Sep 22 - 10:23 PM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will not play until this weekend, at the earliest.

Hamilton had been hoping to return as soon as Wednesday,' but Angels manager Mike Scioscia has ruled that out. The outfielder did hit off a tee Monday and Scioscia said Hamilton is doing "pretty good." Fantasy owners don't need to be counting on him playing at all this week.
Sep 22 - 8:28 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that the chances of Matt Shoemaker (oblique) pitching this week are "very remote."

The good news is that Shoemaker played catch Monday and Scioscia said he's "very encouraged" about the right-hander's chances of being ready for the postseason. The Angels would obviously prefer the rookie right-hander getting a tune-up before the playoffs, but obviously the main goal is to have him available for postseason play, and it sounds like they will.
Sep 22 - 8:26 PM

Collin McHugh has been shut down for the season due to his innings workload.

Between the majors and minors, McHugh has tossed a career-high 173 2/3 innings this season. That's only 8 1/3 more than he threw in 2013 and four more than he threw in 2012, but the Astros have obviously decided it's enough. McHugh was one of the biggest breakout surprises this season, posting a 2.73 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 157/41 K/BB ratio over 154 2/3 big league innings.
Sep 22 - 7:16 PM

Howie Kendrick (hamstring) is not in the Angels' lineup Monday.

Kendrick tweaked his left hamstring during Sunday's game. The Angels consider the ailment minor, but they'll play it cautiously with him this week with the AL West already wrapped up. Gordon Beckham is at second base in Kendrick's place Monday.
Sep 22 - 6:51 PM

Tyson Ross will be shut down for the season after being diagnosed with a slight strain of flexor muscles in right forearm.

The Padres' doctors aren't overly concerned about the injury, but there's obviously no reason for them to allow Ross to make another start. A first-time All-Star in 2014, Ross' season ends with a 2.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 195/72 K/BB ratio over 195 2/3 innings. Joe Wieland will start for the Padres on Wednesday versus the Rockies.
Sep 22 - 6:45 PM

Alex Avila is back in the Tigers' lineup Monday.

It will be his first start in over a week due to post-concussion issues. Avila took batting practice and played in a simulated game on Sunday without any issues, clearing the way for his return to action. He's at catcher and hitting seventh against Chris Bassitt and the White Sox.
Sep 22 - 6:21 PM

Jed Lowrie (foot) is in Monday's lineup against the Angels.

Lowrie was hit in the foot by a pitch on Sunday and eventually left the game, but he's going to try to give it a go Monday. He'll bat sixth against C.J. Wilson.
Sep 22 - 5:58 PM




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