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Rangers manager Ron Washington prefers that either Neftali Feliz, Joakim Soria or Tanner Scheppers emerges as closer, but he won't rule out the possibility of a closer-by-committee.

The competition remains wide open, with Feliz and Soria the favorites and Scheppers -- who is being stretched out as a starter -- lingering as the dark horse. "You'd always like one guy to do it, but if I have to use all three to help shut down a game, I'll do it," Washington said. "We haven't made a decision."
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 09:34:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets "have their sights clearly on a big bat."

Heyman lists Justin Upton, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Gomez, Gerardo Parra and Jay Bruce as possibilities that they're considering. He adds that the Reds at one point were showing interest in Zack Wheeler (elbow) in a potential trade for Bruce. It was Heyman who reported over the weekend that the Mets were unwilling to meet the Padres' asking price for Upton, but it sounds like the two sides haven't given up on getting something done.
Jul 29 - 2:48 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres have discussed Javier Baez with the Cubs.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported on Monday that they've also talked to the Cubs about Starlin Castro as they look for a long-term solution at shortstop. The Cubs are interested in a few of the Padres' starters, namely Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner, so the two sides could be a match. Baez has spent all season at Triple-A Iowa, batting .317/.387/.572 with 10 homers over 38 games in an injury-shortened campaign.
Jul 29 - 2:39 PM

Robinson Cano is dealing with an abdominal strain and will undergo an MRI.

Cano initially was hurt while playing the field on Monday. The ailment isn't considered serious, as the Mariners are saying the MRI is precautionary. He's expected to travel with the M's for their road trip that begins Thursday.
Jul 29 - 2:30 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that there's a "30/70" chance that Carlos Gonzalez is traded.

The Rockies are willing to listen to offers for Gonzalez, but they apparently haven't gotten any yet to motivate them to trade the slugger. CarGo is the hottest hitter in baseball with a .431/.471/.969 batting line and 10 homers over his last 16 games. He's owed $37 million from 2016-2017.
Jul 29 - 2:13 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Mike Leake is one of the starters the Blue Jays are considering.

Rosenthal says that the Jays' targets are "all at similar talent levels," which suggests that they aren't in the market for an ace if they're considering Leake. Toronto is "looking for the best acquisition cost," Rosenthal adds. Leake certainly didn't hurt his trade value with eight shutout innings against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Jul 29 - 2:01 PM

Ryan Braun (back) is back in the Brewers' lineup Wednesday.

Braun missed the previous two contests with lower back tightness but is feeling well enough to give it a go. The former MVP is hitting .268/.338/.487 with 18 homers and 16 steals this season.
Jul 29 - 12:54 PM

Byron Buxton (thumb) will take batting practice on the field Thursday before then beginning to play in simulated games at the Twins' spring training complex.

It's unclear how many sim games he'll need, but if they go well Buxton will then be cleared for a rehab assignment. There had been some talk that the young outfielder could be out until as long as late August, but it's looking like it will definitely be sooner than that if he can avoid a setback.
Jul 29 - 12:52 PM

Clayton Kershaw (hip) has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start versus the Athletics.

It's unclear when Kershaw's hip/glute started bothering him, but it's not seen as a major issue. The Dodgers hope the left-hander will be ready to start on Saturday or Sunday against the Angels. Mike Bolsinger will take the ball Wednesday instead.
Jul 29 - 12:18 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers, Yankees and Blue Jays are "poised to have an all-out bidding war" for David Price "once they get the go-ahead."

To this point, the Tigers have remained steadfast in their desire to compete for a playoff spot this season rather than be sellers. But, it's getting harder by the day for them to view themselves as real contenders, so they could reverse course soon. Price would be one of a few assets they could barter off, with Yoenis Cespedes and Joakim Soria being a couple others.
Jul 29 - 12:11 PM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Dodgers have acquired Mat Latos and Mike Morse from the Marlins in exchange for prospects.

Wittenmyer adds that the Dodgers will also receive "at least one competitive balance pick." The Dodgers almost surely aren't done shopping for starters, but Latos should fit in nicely in their rotation, as he boasts a 2.96 ERA and 43/9 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings since returning from the disabled list. Morse is merely a salary dump by the Marlins, so he would serve only in a pinch-hitting role in Los Angeles.
Jul 29 - 11:22 AM

Giancarlo Stanton (hand) has been cleared to swing off a tee.

He's been taking dry swings for a week and is ready to take the next step. While manager Dan Jennings wouldn't offer a firm timetable on when Stanton will return, he didn't rule out the slugger being activated at some point next week. "His hand looks good," Jennings said. "It's healed. The scar looks well. Now he's going to start off the tee and into flips. He'll progress at his timetable. It's good to see him making strides the right way."
Jul 29 - 10:37 AM




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