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Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are willing to eat about $2 million of what remains on Bartolo Colon’s two-year, $20 million contract.

Colon is making $9 million this season and is owed $11 million next year. Martino adds that it's "been clear for weeks" that the Mets would like to trade Colon, who has posted a 4.03 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 100/19 K/BB ratio in 134 innings this season. He might wind up being a fallback option for contenders that lose out on the bigger names on the market.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:08:00 PM

Kyle Schwarber had a monster night in Thursday's 6-3 win over the White Sox, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two home runs and four RBI.

Schwarber gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead with his two-run home run off Mike Pelfrey in the fourth inning. That was just the start of his big night. He would next come through with an RBI triple in the sixth inning before capping his evening's work off with a solo homer in the eighth. Schwarber was hitting just .168 on July 6, but that batting average has crept its way up to .191 with Thursday's three-hit showing. He also has 17 homers and has driven in 36 runs.
Jul 27 - 11:06 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Nationals have scouted Trevor Rosenthal.

They've also been scouting outfielder Tommy Pham. Rosenthal has had his ups and downs, but he's pitched much better of late (1.93 ERA in July) and boasts an impressive 13.85 K/9 over 39 innings this year. He's be a solid add for a Washington bullpen that remains a work in progress. The 27-year-old is under contract through 2018.
Jul 27 - 11:02 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Rangers have informed teams that they're looking to move Yu Darvish before Monday's trade deadline.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier tonight that the Rangers were still deciding whether or not to deal Darvish. Apparently that decision has now been made and the Rangers are actively shopping the ace right-hander. With Clayton Kershaw (back) facing a lengthy absence, the Dodgers are sure to add an arm at the deadline and Darvish may very well be their preferred target. The Cubs, who recently took over first in the NL Central, have also checked in on Darvish. We could be looking at an all-out fire sale in Texas with relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Keone Kela also drawing trade interest.
Jul 27 - 10:55 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Klapisch, the Yankees are "leading the pack" in trade talks with Sonny Gray.

That's been the case for a few days now, though no deal is imminent and Klapisch is hearing the sides are "a long way" from the finish line. Gray is under team control through 2019, which is obviously very appealing to the Yankees with CC Sabathia and possibly Masahiro Tanaka (he has an opt-out) coming off the books this winter. The Yankees also covet Yonder Alonso, which could make a deal more complicated as Oakland's asking price will obviously be much higher with Alonso involved. Whether it's the Yankees or another team, Gray will almost certainly be wearing a new uniform by July 31.
Jul 27 - 9:49 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers remain undecided on whether to trade Yu Darvish.

This would explain why Texas hasn't pulled the trigger yet despite widespread interest in the right-hander. Clearly the Rangers are torn on whether they should start trading away parts or stand pat and try to compete for a Wild Card spot. Holding onto Darvish would be risky as his contract is up at the end of the year and there's no guarantee the Rangers would be able to re-sign him. The Rangers could cover themselves by extending Darvish a qualifying offer, which would entitle them to draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere. The Cubs and Dodgers will be among Darvish's top suitors if the Rangers decide to trade him.
Jul 27 - 8:55 PM

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Diamondbacks are among teams interested in Brandon Kintzler.

The Twins have quickly become sellers and Kintzler should be among the most coveted relievers leading up to Monday's trade deadline. Despite a low strikeout rate, the 32-year-old ranks second in the American League with 27 saves. Boston is looking for relief help with setup man Joe Kelly on the disabled list while the D'Backs may be looking for an alternative to closer Fernando Rodney, who has struggled to a 5.23 ERA this year. Left-hander Taylor Rogers would be next in line for saves in Minnesota if Kintzler gets traded.
Jul 27 - 8:18 PM

Martin Prado is weighing season-ending knee surgery.

Manager Don Mattingly said the decision will likely come on Friday. It's been one injury after another for Prado this year, who was placed on the DL for the third time about a week ago. Obviously he's dealing with a fairly significant knee sprain and at this point, it might be best to shut Prado down for the year and come back healthy in 2018. The 34-year-old has struggled to a .250 average over 140 at-bats this season.
Source: Miami Herald
Jul 27 - 8:14 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Rays are "open to offers" on Brad Miller and Tim Beckham.

Miller has been splitting time at second base and DH since coming off the disabled list but Tampa Bay's DH spot will soon be occupied by Lucas Duda, who was acquired in a trade with the Mets on Thursday. With Adeiny Hechavarria entrenched at shortstop, the Rays must now decide between Miller and Beckham at second base. Miller blasted a career-best 30 round-trippers last year but Beckham has been the superior player this year, hitting .266 with 12 homers compared to .202 with four homers for Miller. Crasnick said the Rays aren't "shopping" either player, but we could see them make a move if the right offer comes along.
Jul 27 - 7:46 PM

According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, eight teams have already contacted the Marlins to show interest in Dan Straily.

Frisaro didn't mention any teams by name, though the Astros and Royals have been among the most aggressive teams in pursuing starters. Straily is far from an ace, but he's posted a respectable 3.79 ERA since the start of last season and would be a serviceable fourth or fifth starter on a contending team. The right-hander will be arbitration-eligble for the first time this winter.
Jul 27 - 7:44 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rays have "toyed with the idea" of calling up Brent Honeywell to pitch out of the bullpen.

Honeywell took home MVP honors in the Futures Game earlier this month and may be the best pitching prospect left in the minor leagues. There's been no talk of promoting him to the big league rotation, but Tampa Bay isn't against using Honeywell as a reliever down the stretch, just as they did with David Price in 2008. The 22-year-old wouldn't be much help to fantasy owners in that capacity, but obviously all eyes will be on Honeywell when the phenom finally arrives in Tampa.
Jul 27 - 7:01 PM

MLB.com's Anthony DiComo said it "doesn't sound like" Dominic Smith's promotion to the major leagues is imminent.

The expectation was that Smith would be called up in short order to replace Lucas Duda. However, it looks like the Mets still aren't ready to give Smith the keys to first base, preferring to split reps between Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera. Smith outgrew Triple-A a long time ago and has to be getting frustrated. The same could be said of top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario, who is also overdue for a promotion. We're not sure what's holding up New York's youth movement but hopefully Smith and Rosario won't have to toil in the minors for too much longer.
Jul 27 - 6:59 PM




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