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Marlins activated 2B Dee Gordon from the 15-day disabled list.

Gordon only needed one minor league rehab game to prove that he was ready to go. The speedy second baseman has been out since July 12 with a dislocated left thumb. He returns to a .338/.359/.413 batting line to go along with 33 steals.
Jul 28 - 3:04 PM

Athletics acquired RHP Aaron Brooks from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist deal.

Brooks doesn't miss many bats and has struggled in his limited opportunities in the majors, but he has excellent control and has pitched well in the Pacific Coast League over the past two seasons. The 25-year-old could be a useful depth arm for Oakland, but there's not a lot of upside here.
Jul 28 - 3:02 PM

Athletics acquired LHP Sean Manaea and RHP Aaron Brooks from the Royals for INF/OF Ben Zobrist and cash considerations.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that the Athletics sent $2 million to the Royals as part of the deal. Manaea is the big piece of the return for Oakland. The 23-year-old has dealt with an abdominal strain this season, but has big-time stuff and has put up a 3.23 ERA with 10.9 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 over his first 32 starts in pro ball.
Jul 28 - 2:57 PM

Royals acquired INF/OF Ben Zobrist and cash considerations from the Athletics for RHP Aaron Brooks and LHP Sean Manaea.

The deal is official. Zobrist drew interest from a long list of contenders, but the Royals are going for it and paid the price to bring to bring him into the fold. The 34-year-old impending free agent has an .801 OPS over 67 games this season and can be used in the infield and the outfield. He should be a useful piece for Ned Yost and the first-place Royals.
Jul 28 - 2:52 PM

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com hears that Jonathan Papelbon or his agents are talking to the Nationals about a potential trade.

This presumably means that something is close. At issue with Papelbon is that he has a no-trade clause and has said that he wouldn't sign off on a deal unless he closes. Of course, the Nationals already have an All-Star closer in Drew Storen. Papelbon's contract includes a $13 million vesting option for 2016, which he could want guaranteed as part of the deal.
Jul 28 - 2:45 PM

Mariners prospect SS Ketel Marte went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and three runs scored on Monday for Triple-A Tacoma.

The four-hit performance extended Marte’s hitting streak to seven games, during which he’s batting .364 with four extra-base hits, nine runs scored and three stolen bases. Though he spent more than a month on the disabled list in June, the 21-year-old switch-hitter has managed to post an impressive .331/.372/.430 batting line with 42 runs, 18 extra-base hits and 20 steals this season over 66 games at Tacoma. Marte should get his first taste of the major leagues as a September call-up, if not sooner.
Jul 28 - 2:38 PM

Mariners prospect OF Tyler O’Neill had a big game Monday for High-A Bakersfield, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI.

O’Neill now has 20 home runs and 13 doubles in 70 games this season to go along with a .255/.296/.529 batting line and 56 RBI. He’s also batting .500 (1.905 OPS) with four home runs and three doubles in his last five games. The 20-year-old’s plus raw power has translated nicely in the hitter-friendly California League this season, but his 92 strikeouts (31.3%) against 14 walks (4.8%) highlights his lack of plate discipline and aggressive approach.
Jul 28 - 2:32 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals are set to acquire Ben Zobrist from the Athletics.

Just in case it wasn't already clear after the Johnny Cueto deal, the Royals are going for it. Zobrist was a great fit for any contender because of his versatility and he could play second base or left field for Kansas City. The 34-year-old is batting .268/.354/.447 with six home runs and 33 RBI over 67 games this season. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN hears that the Royals will send pitchers Aaron Brooks and Sean Manea to Oakland in the deal.
Jul 28 - 2:32 PM

Athletics prospect 1B Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and five RBI on Monday for Double-A Midland.

He’s batting .237/.376/.417 with 12 home runs, 25 doubles, 52 RBI and a 103/76 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 96 games in the Texas League. Olson has been on a power surge of late, as he now has four home runs in his last five games after hitting seven over his previous 91 contests at Midland. After clubbing 37 long balls last season at High-A Stockton and tallying 23 in his full-season debut the previous year, Olson’s sharp drop-off in home runs this season has been a disappointment. However, the good news is he’s continued to take walks (76) and reach base at a high clip (.376) despite facing older and more advanced pitching at the Double-A level.
Jul 28 - 2:22 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that Michael Foltynewicz will likely be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Wednesday against the Orioles.

He'll replace the injured Manny Banuelos (elbow) in the starting rotation, at least on a temporary basis. Foltynewicz owns a 5.29 ERA over nine starts and three relief appearances this season and can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
Jul 28 - 2:20 PM

Braves placed LHP Manny Banuelos on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 25, with left elbow inflammation.

Banuelos allowed a career-high four runs over five innings last Friday against the Cardinals and apparently didn't come out of the start feeling good. Of course, Banuelos has had Tommy John surgery in the past, so the Braves aren't taking any chances. Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that Mike Foltynewicz will likely be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Wednesday against the Orioles.
Jul 28 - 2:18 PM

David Wright (back) took grounders at third base Tuesday at Citi Field.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said last Thursday that the hope was that Wright would be able to do baseball activities this week in New York and so far things are going to according to plan. It's unclear what the next step will be and obviously he has a long way to go before beginning a rehab assignment, but it's a step in the right direction.
Jul 28 - 2:08 PM

Rays prospect SS Daniel Robertson (hand) started a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League on Tuesday.

He has been on the disabled list since early June after having his hamate bone in his left hand surgically removed. Prior to the injury, Robertson was batting .272/.347/.436 with 25 extra-base hits and 32 RBI through 49 games at Double-A Montgomery. The 21-year-old doesn’t come with the hype like some of the other shortstop prospects in the minor leagues, but he has the upside of an above-average everyday player thanks to his contact and on-base skills, strong defense and high baseball IQ. Robertson should be an option for the Rays at some point in 2016.
Jul 28 - 2:07 PM

Athletics recalled RHP R.J. Alvarez from Triple-A Nashville.

He'll replace Tyler Clippard in Oakland's bullpen. Alvarez has struck out 16 batters in nine inning with the A's this season, but he has also allowed 14 runs (13 earned) on 13 hits and six walks, including four home runs.
Jul 28 - 2:04 PM

Rangers prospect OF Lewis Brinson went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and a double on Monday for High-A High Desert.

That’s back-to-back four-hit games for the 21-year-old center fielder, who’s batting .336/.417/.608 with 11 home runs, 21 doubles, seven triples and 13 steals through 62 games this season in the California League. Meanwhile, Brinson has been insanely hot in July, with a .416/.491/.798 batting line, 20 extra-base hits (five home runs) and 18 RBI in 23 games. The only thing keeping him from a late-season promotion is Double-A Frisco’s already-loaded outfield of Ryan Cordell (.849 OPS), Nick Williams (.843 OPS), Nomar Mazara (.803 OPS) and Zach Cone (.810 OPS).
Jul 28 - 1:59 PM



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