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Austin Hedges (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment in the Arizona League on Friday.

Jul 27 - 7:05 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune said teams will "monitor" Yangervis Solarte's minor league rehab assignment.

Jul 27 - 7:03 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.

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, and there's still a good chance of that happening. However, it looks like the Mets still aren't ready to give Smith the keys to first base, preferring to use Jay Bruce and T.J. Rivera in the interim. Smith outgrew Triple-A a long time ago and has to be getting frustrated. The same could be said of top shortstop 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

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports the Indians have "reached out" to the Tigers in pursuit of Justin Wilson.

Talk about the rich getting richer. It would be almost unfair for the Indians to add Wilson to a bullpen already featuring Cody Allen and Andrew Miller. It makes sense though, especially with lefty specialist Boone Logan (lat) on the disabled list. Trading Wilson to a division rival surely wouldn't be the Tigers' first choice, particularly with so many other teams interested. Wilson is a near lock to be traded before Monday's deadline.
Jul 27 - 6:57 PM

T.J. Rivera (arm) is not in the Mets' lineup Thursday against the Padres.

Rivera doesn't make many starts but his absence Thursday is significant because he could see increased playing time at first base following Lucas Duda's trade to Tampa Bay. Instead Jay Bruce will slide in at first with Curtis Granderson manning Duda's usual post in right field in Thursday night's series finale. Rivera has been dealing with a minor arm injury and should be considered day-to-day.
Jul 27 - 6:47 PM

Rays designated OF Shane Peterson for assignment.

The Rays needed to clear a spot for Dan Jennings, who was acquired from the White Sox on Thursday. Tampa Bay will have to make another roster move Friday to accommodate new DH Lucas Duda. Peterson has hit .253 with two homers over 79 at-bats for the Rays this year. There's a good chance he'll remain in the organization as minor league depth if he clears waivers.
Jul 27 - 6:36 PM

Mets acquired RHP Drew Smith from the Rays in exchange for 1B Lucas Duda.

Smith came to Tampa Bay in April as the player to be named later in a deal that sent Mikie Mahtook to Detroit. The 23-year-old isn't considered a top prospect but he throws a mid 90s fastball and has fared reasonably well this year, producing a 1.60 ERA across three minor league levels. Smith will report to Double-A Binghamton.
Jul 27 - 6:16 PM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com named the Brewers and Diamondbacks as teams that have shown interest in Addison Reed.

Reed is in the last year of his contract and the Mets would like to get something for him before he inevitably walks in free agency. He seems to be drawing plenty of interest with the Brewers, D'Backs, Dodgers, Rays and Red Sox among his top suitors. Going to Arizona would be a homecoming of sorts for Reed, who spent a year and a half with the D'Backs before joining the Mets late in the 2015 campaign. Reed has been filling in as the Mets' closer but may have to settle for a setup role if he's dealt at the trade deadline.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 27 - 5:39 PM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Astros have done "background work" on Ervin Santana.

The Astros have been linked to a number of starters now including Francisco Liriano, Jeff Samardzija and of course Sonny Gray. Santana was dealing early in the year but has lost three of his last five outings for the struggling Twins while seeing a noticeable drop-off in his velocity. Houston's primary focus is still to bolster their bullpen but obviously they wouldn't mind adding another arm to their rotation.
Jul 27 - 5:37 PM

Rays acquired 1B Lucas Duda from the Mets in exchange for RHP Drew Smith.

The Yankees were also in on Duda, which likely added to the Rays' sense of urgency. There was no money in the deal as the Rays have agreed to pay the remainder of Duda's $7.25 million salary. It's a good match on paper as the Mets were looking to break up their infield logjam while the Rays needed a left-handed bat to replace Colby Rasmus. The power-hitting 31-year-old should immediately slide in as the Rays' everyday DH. The Rays also acquired reliever Dan Jennings on Thursday, a rare sight for a team that is usually a seller at the deadline. Back in New York, it shouldn't be long until the Mets promote top first base prospect Dominic Smith, who has impressed by hitting .337 with 15 HR and 68 RBI in 102 games for Triple-A Las Vegas this year.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Assuming the Mets add another right-handed bat to the lineup in Duda's place, Luis Perdomo would become an even more appealing main slate option
Jul 27 - 5:33 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes Jaime Garcia could be viewed as a fallback option for the Yankees if the team is unable to acquire Sonny Gray.

In a wild turn of events, the Twins are reportedly shopping a pitcher they just traded for. New York and Seattle were among Garcia's top suitors before his trade to Minnesota and the Yankees could pivot to him if talks with Gray fall through. As of now, Garcia is set to make his Twins debut Friday against Oakland.
Jul 27 - 5:25 PM

Marcus Stroman issued a career-high six walks and was ejected after allowing three runs over 4 2/3 frames Thursday against the Athletics in the Blue Jays' 8-4 extra-innings win.

Stroman boasts good control, but it has abandoned him lately with 11 walks in his last two starts and 17 free passes in his previous four outings. The righty said something to home plate umpire Will Little after his sixth walk Thursday, and Little took exception and immediately ejected Stroman, who then charged toward the ump and had to be held back. Catcher Russell Martin and manager John Gibbons also got the heave-ho. Stroman has generally pitched well lately aside from the bouts of wildness, so we’re not too worried. He’ll take on the White Sox on the road in his next start.
Jul 27 - 5:04 PM

Sean Manaea yielded three runs over seven innings in a no-decision Thursday versus the Blue Jays.

The Jays got to the left-hander with the longball, as Josh Donaldson had a solo shot off Manaea in the first inning and Kendrys Morales hit a solo blast off of him in the fifth. He was able to limit the damage for the most part, though, in part because he had just his third zero-walk game of the season. Manaea struck out seven batters on the day and finishes July with four quality starts in five tries. He’ll get the Giants in his first outing of August.
Jul 27 - 5:02 PM

Blake Treinen blew his first true save chance as an Athletic when he allowed a game-tying solo home run to Kendrys Morales on Thursday.

Treinen came on with two down in the eighth and got the third out on one pitch. He came back out for the ninth and Morales took him deep to lead off the frame. The reliever pitched around a walk to get out of the frame, but the damage had already been done. Treinen hadn't allowed an earned run as an Athletic prior to Thursday and is probably the favorite for saves even after blowing his first save chance, although manager Bob Melvin was noncommittal after the game.
Jul 27 - 5:02 PM



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