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Doug Fister (elbow) could throw two innings in a minor league game on Sunday.

Fister played catch for a fourth straight day Friday and might be cleared for the appearance Sunday if he feels well Saturday. The right-hander admitted to feeling "a little bit tight" after his throwing Thursday, but obviously it wasn't seen as a big issue. Assuming he doesn't have a setback, Fister is expected to be ready to go on Opening Day.
Mar 14 - 5:40 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins have signed Kurt Suzuki to an extension.

There's no word yet on the terms. The Twins had an opportunity to sell high on Suzuki during an All-Star season, but they decided to lock him up long-term instead. That means Josmil Pinto isn't going to take over at catcher in Minnesota anytime soon.
Jul 31 - 4:27 PM

Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees have acquired Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks.

First base prospect Peter O'Brien is expected to head to the Diamondbacks in the deal. Prado has hit just .270/.317/.370 with five homers this season, but he's been much better in the past and gives the Yankees another option at second and third base.
Jul 31 - 4:20 PM

MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports that the Marlins have acquired Jarred Cosart and Enrique Hernandez from the Astros.

Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick and a compensation pick are expected to head to the Astors in the deal. Cosart has posted a 3.57 ERA over his first 30 major league starts and is under control for a few more years, but Houston probably did well to sell him off for what was a nice return.
Jul 31 - 4:14 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers have acquired David Price from the Rays.

It's part of a three-team swap that also involves the Mariners, as suggested earlier by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays will get shortstop prospect Nick Franklin from Seattle and left-handed starter Drew Smyly from Detroit. The Mariners get center fielder Austin Jackson. And the Tigers wind up with another ace to add to a rotation that already includes Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, and Justin Verlander.
Jul 31 - 3:50 PM

Red Sox right-handed pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo will make his major league debut against the Yankees on Friday.

One benefit of blowing up the major league team -- trading pitchers Jon Lester, Jake Peavy, John Lackey, Felix Doubront, and Andrew Miller -- is it allows the Red Sox to give auditions to high-upside prospects like Ranaudo. The right-hander has been outstanding at the Triple-A level over the last two seasons, going 15-5 with a 2.53 ERA across 149-plus innings. He has long-term No. 3 starter upside, and short-term mixed-league flier potential.
Jul 31 - 3:46 PM

According to ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes, shortstop Stephen Drew has been traded to the Yankees.

It's a rare swap between the two bitter rivals. Drew has struggled to the tune of a .176/.255/.328 slash line since returning to the major leagues on June 1, but he plays steady defense at shortstop and there's reason to expect that he'll hit better down the stretch. Kelly Johnson is headed to Boston in a straight one-for-one swap.
Jul 31 - 3:44 PM

Nationals acquired SS Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians for SS Zach Walters.

The two-time All-Star has regressed to a .246/.305/.386 slash line, but he's still just 28 and owns a career .270/.331/.410 line. The price was right for Washington, which leveraged Cleveland's fear of allowing Cabrera to walk for nothing at season's end. With Ryan Zimmerman on the shelf with a severe hamstring strain, Cabrera should be able to pick up at-bats backing up Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond.
Jul 31 - 3:26 PM

Marlon Byrd is in the Phillies' lineup on Thursday.

Which is a strong indication that he will not be traded by Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. Byrd is under contract through 2015 (with a vesting option for 2016) so the Phillies weren't going to deal him without getting something fairly significant in return.
Jul 31 - 3:20 PM

Orioles acquired LHP Andrew Miller from the Red Sox for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez.

It's likely that Boston didn't want to ship Miller to a division rival, but there wasn't a lot they could do when Dan Duquette put Rodriguez on the table. This is a steep price, but Baltimore absolutely had to bulk up its bullpen for the stretch run, and they weren't going to do better than Miller. The left-hander boasts a 2.34 ERA and 69/13 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings this year and now teams with Zach Britton and Brian Matusz to give Baltimore an elite trio of southpaw relievers.
Jul 31 - 3:13 PM

According to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, the Indians have traded Asdrubal Cabrera to the Nationals.

Zach Walters, a 24-year-old infielder with good numbers this year at Triple-A, is headed to Cleveland in return. Cabrera will play second base in Washington, with Ian Desmond remaining at shortstop and Anthony Rendon covering third base while Ryan Zimmerman recovers from a severe hamstring strain. Cabrera was batting just .246/.305/.386 in 97 games this season for the Tribe, but he has decent power for a middle infielder.
Jul 31 - 2:59 PM

Mariners acquired OF Chris Denorfia from the Padres for OF Abraham Almonte and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen.

Seattle had to do something to fortify an uninspiring outfield consisting of Endy Chavez, James Jones, and Dustin Ackley, and Denorfia will have to do. He never offered a ton with the bat, and provides even less now (.242/.293/.319), but is a good defender who the M's can comfortably slot into all three positions as needed.
Jul 31 - 2:45 PM




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