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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are intent on making a "legitimate" attempt this offseason to lock up Giancarlo Stanton on a long-term contract.

However, Heyman says that some within the organization are "still less than optimistic" a deal will be worked out. Stanton appears to be much happier with the organization than he was two winters ago when he tweeted out his displeasure of their firesale. However, his biggest concern reportedly is to play for a perennial contender, something the Marlins probably can't realistically offer him. Stanton is under team control through 2016, so the Fish have plenty of time to trade him if they ultimately decide it's in their best interest. The Red Sox and Dodgers are known to have reached out to the Marlins in the past regarding Stanton's availability.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 05:46:00 PM

Cardinals acquired 1B/OF Brandon Moss from the Indians for LHP Rob Kaminsky.

Moss has struggled to produce consistent numbers offensively since developing a hip injury last summer and there hasn't been much indication that he's going to turn it around. The 31-year-old does have some pop and he does fit the Cardinals' need for a corner outfield and first base type with Matt Holliday (quad) back on the shelf, but Kaminsky is no small price. Moss, who's under contractual control through 2016, will likely split time between first base and left field in St. Louis.
Jul 30 - 9:49 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Tyson Ross is drawing "intense interest" from many.

Heyman suspects that the Astros may be at the forefront, though he also ties in the Blue Jays, Cubs, Dodgers, and "many, many others." Ross, 28, owns a 3.03 ERA and 332 strikeouts in 323 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2014 season and he is under contract through 2017. Everybody loves a good, cost-controlled starting pitcher.
Jul 30 - 9:45 AM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, MLB executives are "absolutely convinced" that Tigers lefty David Price is going to wind up with the Dodgers.

Nightengale suspects that Los Angeles will fork over top pitching prospect Julio Urias to get it done. Price is also drawing heavy interest from the Yankees, Giants, and Blue Jays, but the Dodgers have the young talent to beat all the other suitors. And they'll be a good bet to lock Price up long term once they have him in their grasp.
Jul 30 - 9:37 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Wednesday that Pablo Sandoval's weight is an issue.

It's the first time Farrell has addressed this topic since spring training, when he was in full support of Boston's new acquisition. The burly third baseman got thrown out at home on a ball he should have scored on Wednesday night against the White Sox and had to be lifted from the game two innings later due to dehydration. "There are ongoing efforts to support that, to try to get him in the best shape possible," said Farrell. "That's something Pablo has dealt with his entire career. It continues to be addressed."
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 30 - 8:37 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Mets backed out of the proposed trade to acquire Carlos Gomez from the Brewers due to concern over his hip issue.

Scott Boras, the agent for Gomez, has stated that his client is "injury-free" and that he has "no problem whatsoever" with his hip. The Mets will have to continue shopping elsewhere to acquire the big bat they would like to add to the outfield.
Jul 30 - 12:17 AM

Albert Pujols went yard for the 30th time this year, but the Angels wound up losing on Wednesday to the Astros by a 6-3 score.

Pujols did his part in attempting to spur a comeback, clubbing a solo home run in the ninth inning against Luke Gregerson to make it 6-2, but the Halos ultimately fell short. He went 1-for-4 on the night. Pujols is one homer shy of Mike Trout's 31 for the major league lead. He's also knocked in 64 runs while hitting .260/.323/.539.
Jul 29 - 11:11 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Matt Harrison, Alec Asher, Jerad Eickhoff, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro and Nick Williams in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.

Alfaro, Williams and Thompson are the three best prospects in the deal, and represent a nice return package for the Phillies. The Rangers get another ace to pair with Yu Darvish for the next few seasons as they strive to return to glory in the American League West.
Jul 29 - 11:05 PM

Lance McCullers pitched well in a winning effort on Wednesday against the Angels, allowing only one run in seven innings of work.

The right-hander gave up an RBI triple to Conor Gillaspie in the second inning, but that was it. He scattered five hits while walking none and striking out five. With the win, the Astros retake sole possession of first place in the AL West over the Angels. McCullers has been quite effective in his first 13 major league starts, brandishing a 2.48 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 78/27 K/BB ratio over 76 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Rangers in a road start next.
Jul 29 - 11:02 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Rangers have agreed to a deal to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

TR Sullivan of MLB.com had first reported that the two sides were very close on ironing out a deal. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and Nick Williams will head to the Phillies, while Jake Diekman will join the Rangers. The Phillies will also send cash to the Rangers as part of the deal. Expect everything to be finalized and officially announced on Thursday.
Jul 29 - 10:29 PM

Bryce Harper hit two home runs and knocked in four runs in a 3-for-4 effort, helping the Nationals take down the Marlins on Wednesday.

Harper drilled a three-run home run to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning, then added a solo shot in the eighth for good measure. That ends a nine-game homerless streak and allows Harper to retake the National League lead in home runs with 29. He carries a superb .335/.463/.690 batting line with 68 RBI.
Jul 29 - 10:20 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and Nick Williams as part of the Cole Hamels trade.

Grant also notes that both sides will be receiving other players in the deal as well, and the Rangers will be receiving cash. Expect the deal to be finalized and announced on Thursday.
Jul 29 - 10:20 PM




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