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According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Padres "have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade" starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.

This could be a negotiating ploy on the part of the Padres, or it might just be serious. Kennedy is under contractual control (via arbitration) through the 2015 season, so the San Diego front office can slow-play this and wait for the best offer -- even if it doesn't come until this winter or next summer. The 29-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 143/42 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings (22 starts) this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 11:17 AM

Rangers transferred 1B Mitch Moreland from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move to clear a 40-man roster spot for reliever Nate Adcock, who was called up Thursday in the wake of the Joakim Soria trade. Moreland underwent season-ending ankle surgery near the end of June.
Jul 24 - 10:46 AM

Neftali Feliz is expected to take over as the Rangers' closer in the wake of the Joakim Soria trade.

Soria was dealt to the Tigers on Wednesday night for right-handed pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Feliz is still working to regain his dominant raw stuff, but he owns a cool 2.61 ERA and 0.77 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings of relief since rejoining the Rangers' active roster on July 4. The 26-year-old right-hander needs to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues even though his save opportunities may be few and far between for a Rangers team that has clearly mailed it in.
Jul 24 - 10:28 AM

Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Nate Adcock from Triple-A Round Rock.

Adcock is taking the roster spot left vacant by Wednesday's Joakim Soria trade. The 26-year-old right-hander has posted a 2.76 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 16 1/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level and will now pitch in a middle relief role for the Rangers.
Jul 24 - 10:17 AM

Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that extension talks with impending free agent Jon Lester have been tabled until after the 2014 season.

Lester doesn't want to be distracted any longer by in-season contract negotiations and probably wants a taste of the open market -- where there could be crazy money flying around this winter. The 30-year-old left-hander is putting together the best season of his career at the perfect time, boasting a 2.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 142/31 K/BB ratio in 137 innings. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the Red Sox were prepared to offer him "$100 million for five years, or thereabouts."
Jul 24 - 9:56 AM

CC Sabathia underwent season-ending surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

The Yankees announced Thursday that the procedure went "as planned." Sabathia is aiming to be ready for the start of spring training next season, but that's not a certainty. He finished 2014 with a 5.28 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 48/10 K/BB ratio in 46 innings (eight starts). The big left-hander is under contract through 2016, with a vesting option for 2017.
Jul 24 - 9:50 AM

Rockies outfield prospect David Dahl has been promoted to High-A Modesto.

Dahl hit .305/.345/.501 with 33 doubles, six triples, and 10 home runs for Low-A Asheville, and has been particularly hot as of late, hitting .372/.398/.521 with 18 doubles over his last 27 games. He has a large home/away split, hitting .319/.353/.556 at home and .290/.335/.438 on the road.
Jul 24 - 9:45 AM

Indians prospect outfielder Clint Frazier went 3-for-3 with a walk for Low-A Lake County on Wednesday.

Frazier has reached base by hit or walk at least once in each of the last 19 games, hitting .378/.465/.676 with six home runs, pushing his season line to .273/.352/.433 with 11 doubles, five triples, and 11 home runs. His on-base streak has coincided with the calendar flipping to July, and it is a great sign that Frazier has not begun to wear down, as is common with many prospects in their first full season of professional baseball.
Jul 24 - 9:32 AM

Twins prospect right-hander Alex Meyer struck out eight batters over six shutout innings for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, scattering five singles.

Meyer has been solid all year, and has pitched exactly six innings in each of his last five starts. Meyer missed time with a shoulder injury in 2013, and has thrown 101 1/3 innings in 2014, 22 more innings than he threw last year. The Twins will likely begin to decrease the frequency of his starts and place additional restrictions on his pitch counts in an attempt to keep him healthy long term.
Jul 24 - 9:27 AM

Mariners third base prospect D.J. Peterson went 2-for-4 with a home run for Double-A Jackson on Wednesday.

After hitting .326/.381/.615 over 65 games with High-A High Desert, Peterson has hit .312/.363/.527 with five doubles and five home runs with Double-A Jackson. He has continued to hit at a high level despite playing in a more neutral offensive environment and the more advanced pitching in Double-A. Peterson profiles as a slugging corner infielder who hits for a solid average with good power, though he may need to move across the diamond to first base if he does not improve his defense. Either way, his bat has the potential to make him a perennial All-Star at any position.
Jul 24 - 9:22 AM

Darin Ruf is getting a second straight start at first base on Thursday afternoon against the Giants.

Ryan Howard will again take a seat. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that he wants to see what Ruf can do with regular playing time, and there was a report from CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury that club officials are considering releasing Howard -- who's still owed over $60 million guaranteed -- after this season.
Jul 24 - 9:20 AM

Cubs prospect first baseman Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs on Wednesday for High-A Daytona.

Both home runs were to left-center field, allowing Vogelbach to display his well above-average raw power. He has struggled in July, hitting just .250/.330/.400 and failing to continue a hot June in which he hit .319/.429/.553 with 10 doubles, four home runs, 17 walks, and 15 strikeouts.
Jul 24 - 9:16 AM

Dustin Pedroia is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Blue Jays.

It's a routine day of rest for the 30-year-old second baseman, who has registered a disappointing .269/.337/.363 batting line with four home runs and two stolen bases in 99 games this season. Brock Holt is at second.
Jul 24 - 9:14 AM

Padres prospect shortstop Trea Turner went 4-for-4 for Low-A Fort Wayne on Wednesday, raising his Low-A season line to .444/.512/.611.

Turner had his first hitless game for Fort Wayne on Tuesday, so the four-hit effort is a great bounceback game. In the short season-A Northwest League and Low-A Midwest League he has hit a combined .289/.377/.375 with six doubles, one triple, and one home run. Turner has stolen 13 bases while only getting caught once while sporting a sparkling .992 fielding percentage. He should spend the rest of the year with Fort Wayne then open 2015 with High-A Lake Elsinore.
Jul 24 - 9:05 AM

Yoenis Cespedes has been diagnosed with a right thumb sprain.

Cespedes suffered the injury on a violent swing Wednesday night. He had homered twice in the game before exiting. X-rays were negative, but the slugger is likely to sit out of Thursday afternoon's series finale with the Astros. The A's are calling him day-to-day.
Jul 24 - 9:05 AM



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