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MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies are currently the "most likely destination" for Manny Machado.

Morosi says the Phillies are willing to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina -- who is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 2 player in their system -- in a deal for Machado, which looks to have catapulted them into the lead for the infielder's services. Jon Heyman of Fancred, among others, has reported that the Orioles are close to trading their star, although Machado will be representing Baltimore during Tuesday's All-Star Game. The Dodgers and Brewers are looking like the two other clubs most hot on Machado's trail, although it appears they might have some catching up to do.
Jul 16 - 11:15 PM

Dodgers sent LHP Edward Paredes outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Paredes cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He'll remain in the organization as left-handed relief depth.
Jul 16 - 10:52 PM

Mariners signed C Cameron Rupp to a minor league contract.

Mike Zunino (ankle) is expected back for the start of the second half, but the M's decided that they needed a little more catching depth, anyway. Rupp has batted just .226/.316/.446 at the Triple-A level this season, but he has hit 11 homers and has plenty of big league experience. He could eventually earn the backup job behind Zunino.
Jul 16 - 10:45 PM

Bryce Harper defeated Kyle Schwarber in the finals to win the 2018 All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

You didn't think anyone else was going to win at Nationals Park, did you? Harper smacked 13 home runs in the first round to eliminate Freddie Freeman and another 13 in the second round to take down Max Muncy. Schwarber batted first in the finals and set the bar high with 18 bombs, and it looked like it might hold up after Harper started slowly. However, Harper tied Schwarber with a flurry of dingers in the final 90 seconds and took advantage of 30 seconds of bonus time by banging one out to dead center field to win it. He became the third player ever to win the Derby in his home park.
Jul 16 - 10:39 PM

Red Sox optioned 1B Sam Travis to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Travis was only up for the weekend with Andrew Benintendi on the bereavement list. He's 3-for-16 at the plate in the majors this season.
Jul 16 - 8:35 PM

Red Sox activated OF Andrew Benintendi from the bereavement leave list.

Benintendi missed the final three games before the All-Star break but will be back for the start of the second half. He put up a nifty .297/.380/.517 batting line with 14 home runs and 17 stolen bases in the first half.
Jul 16 - 8:33 PM

Nick Burdi (elbow) struck out the side for High-A Bradenton on Monday in his first appearance since last May's Tommy John surgery.

Burdi needed just 13 pitches, throwing 10 of them for strikes. There's no word on what the velocity was for Burdi, who touched triple digits before the operation. The Pirates are hoping that he can make an impact sometime after the All-Star break.
Jul 16 - 7:32 PM

Rays activated INF Christian Arroyo from the 10-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Durham.

Arroyo returned to action Sunday for Durham after missing a couple days with a sore left hand and the Rays have decided to leave him in the minors for a while. The 23-year-old has hit only .181/.224/.278 in 19 games for Durham this season.
Jul 16 - 6:34 PM

Braves signed RHP Fernando Salas to a minor league contract.

Salas was released by the Diamondbacks last week after posting a 4.50 ERA over 41 appearances for them. He'll give the Braves some veteran relief depth on the farm.
Jul 16 - 6:28 PM

Braves signed OF Lane Adams to a minor league contract.

Adams signed with the Cubs back in May after the Braves removed him from their 40-man roster, but he now finds himself back in the Atlanta organization. The 28-year-old is 4-for-17 at the plate in the majors this season and has hit just .136/.265/.185 this year at the Triple-A level.
Jul 16 - 6:26 PM

Sean Doolittle (toe) threw on flat ground again Monday.

It's unclear when Doolittle might resume throwing off a mound, but he said Sunday that he expects his stay on the disabled list to be a short one. The closer is eligible for activation at the start of the second half and he would seem to have a shot to be ready at that time.
Jul 16 - 6:08 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels "have no interest" in trading Tyler Skaggs or Andrew Heaney.

The two left-handers have been floated as possible trade targets for contenders, but the Angels plan on competing in 2019 and want to hang on to them. Skaggs is under team control through 2020 and Heaney is under team control through 2021. Rosenthal did reiterate a previous report about the Halos drawing interest in relievers Blake Parker, Jose Alvarez, Cam Bedrosian and Justin Anderson but "but will want good returns to give up control."
Jul 16 - 5:27 PM

Gleyber Torres (hip) hopes to be activated from the disabled list on July 23.

Torres ran the bases on Monday and said afterward that "I think I’m ready right now." However, Torres will first have a short rehab assignment with High-A Tampa over the weekend. He'll then rejoin the Yankees in a week for the start of their series against the Rays, assuming all goes well. Torres has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with a right hip strain.
Jul 16 - 5:21 PM

Yohander Mendez was been promoted from High-A Down East to Double-A Frisco.

Mendez got optioned all the way down to High-A ball last month after violating team rules at the major league level. The 23-year-old left-hander posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 27/6 K/BB ratio in 31 innings (five starts) with the Down East Wood Ducks. He holds a 14.73 ERA in 3 2/3 innings this season in the bigs.
Jul 16 - 3:38 PM

Rangers activated LHP Joe Palumbo from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to High-A Down East.

Palumbo will continue his recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery with the Rangers' affiliate in the Carolina League. He should make his way up to Double-A Frisco by the end of the year but probably won't be considered for a September callup to the bigs.
Jul 16 - 3:35 PM



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