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Braves activated RHP Jordan Walden from the 15-day disabled list.

Walden wound up missing a little over a month with a strained left hamstring. The right-handed setup man will be available out of the Braves' bullpen Tuesday night.
Jun 10 - 5:11 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

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports that the Tigers are not getting left-hander Andrew Miller.

Detroit was said to be close to a deal for the reliever, but those talks have apparently fallen flat. Miller, who owns a 2.34 ERA and 69/13 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings this year, is drawing interest from a range of teams. He should be traded somewhere by the deadline.
Jul 31 - 2:27 PM

Brewers acquired OF Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks for OF Mitch Haniger and LHP Anthony Banda.

When he's in the lineup, Parra will team with Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun to give Milwaukee one of the majors' best defensive outfield alignments. Of course, this isn't great news for Khris Davis, or Parra himself, as the pair will now share at-bats. Parra is slashing only .259/.305/.362.
Jul 31 - 2:23 PM

Oscar Taveras is starting in right field for the Cardinals on Thursday against the Padres.

St. Louis dealt Allen Craig to Boston on Thursday afternoon (along with right-hander) Joe Kelly for John Lackey, so the right field job now belongs to Taveras. With a clearer path to playing time, the talented 21-year-old is worth owning in all mixed fantasy leagues.
Jul 31 - 2:09 PM

The Reds have dangled Mat Latos in trade discussions, reports ESPN's Jayson Stark.

Cincinnati isn't buying this season, and they may decide to sell -- perhaps even their ace. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has seen the attractive packages front-line starters Jeff Samardzija and Jon Lester have garnered and may want in on the action. Latos has a 3.31 ERA in eight starts this year after missing the first two and a half months with injury.
Jul 31 - 1:56 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post is hearing from sources that the Rays are "definitely moving" David Price.

That echoes a similar report from FOX Sports' Jon Morosi. Tampa Bay has moved into better position for a playoff spot with its strong recent play, but it's probably wise from a bigger-picture perspective to maximize Price's trade value this summer. Look for big news soon. The Dodgers and Mariners are among the teams with known interest.
Jul 31 - 1:46 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Giants and Rangers are discussing an Alex Rios swap.

The Rangers are amenable to picking up a portion of what remains of the outfielder's $12.5 million salary this season, and Rios' contract includes a reasonable $13.5 million club option for 2015. Rios is slashing a respectable .304/.335/.430 and would represent a nice fit for AT&T Park with his gap power and speed.
Jul 31 - 1:28 PM

Cardinals acquired RHP John Lackey and LHP Corey Littrell from the Red Sox for RHP Joe Kelly and OF Allen Craig.

It's another exciting blockbuster trade on an active 2014 deadline day. Lackey has posted a strong 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 116/32 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this season for Boston and should be even better with the move to the National League. He holds a bargain $500,000 club option for the 2015 season as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals gave up two big major league pieces in Kelly and Craig, but they're both having disappointing years.
Jul 31 - 1:20 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Dodgers are "trying hard" to land Joaquin Benoit.

Benoit is under contract with the Padres through 2015 and carries a vesting option for 2016, so the San Diego front office isn't fully set on moving him. But the Dodgers need bullpen help and have the farm system to get something done with their division foes.
Jul 31 - 12:16 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Royals have asked about Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.

The Royals have also been linked recently to A.J. Burnett as they try to make a minor rotation upgrade. De La Rosa has posted a weak 4.20 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 122 innings this season, but Coors Field is to blame for part of that poor production. The 33-year-old left-hander is scheduled to become a free agent this winter.
Jul 31 - 12:05 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Twins have reengaged Kurt Suzuki about an extension.

The initial round of talks didn't get very far, but Rosenthal is now hearing that there's a "reasonable chance it gets done." Suzuki is having a career year offensively at age 30, batting .304/.367/.386 in 347 plate appearances. He signed a bargain one-year, $2.75 million free agent contract with Minnesota last winter.
Jul 31 - 11:56 AM




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