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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Marlins are "growing more confident" that they'll trade Mat Latos.

Jul 28 - 1:02 PM

Jim Salisbury of hears from a baseball source with knowledge of the situation that Jonathan Papelbon "will be traded" by Friday's deadline.

It was reported last week that the Phillies didn't have any traction in a trade involving Papelbon, with his $13 million vesting option 2016 complicating matters. However, things have apparently changed over the past week, including a report that the Nationals are "making progress" on a deal. It sounds like there should be a resolution soon.
Jul 28 - 12:57 PM

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Phillies have told several teams interested in Cole Hamels that they'd like to get their "best" offers by Wednesday.

Coming off a no-hitter, Hamels is currently scheduled to make his next start Thursday against the Braves. The Phillies would apparently prefer to make a decision before that, but there's a chance this situation could drag into Friday. The Dodgers and Rangers have been considered the favorites to land Hamels in recent days, but the Phillies have also spoken with the Cubs, Giants, Astros, Diamondbacks, Yankees, and Red Sox.
Jul 28 - 12:26 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that "numerous teams" are asking the Marlins about Marcell Ozuna, including the Indians.

Spencer notes that the Marlins aren't shopping Ozuna, but they have been scouting pitching in Cleveland of late. Ozuna was demoted to Triple-A earlier this month after batting just .249/.301/.337 over 79 games this season, but he's still just 24 years old and has a lot of promise. It's no surprise he's a popular guy with other teams.
Jul 28 - 12:08 PM

Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) went 1-for-3 with a single and caught seven innings Monday in his latest minor league rehab game with Double-A Binghamton.

D'Arnaud, out for a month with a left elbow sprain, caught five innings on Saturday and served as the DH on Sunday. He's expected to catch a full game on Tuesday and appears likely to rejoin the Mets this weekend.
Jul 28 - 11:46 AM

Rockies acquired RHP Jesus Tinoco from the Blue Jays in the Troy Tulowitzki trade.

Tinoco has shown promise with High-A Lansing this season, posting a 3.54 ERA and 68/22 K/BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings over 15 starts. The 20-year-old is still a long way from the majors, but he has a chance to be a rotation piece for Colorado.
Jul 28 - 11:32 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals are "making progress" on acquiring Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies.

Papelbon has said that he would only waive his no-trade clause if he's sent to a team where he would close, so there's a chance Drew Storen could be moved back into a set-up role. However, the Nationals could sweeten the pot if they guarantee his $13 million vesting option for 2016.
Jul 28 - 11:26 AM

Rockies acquired RHP Miguel Castro from the Blue Jays in the Troy Tulowitzki trade.

The 20-year-old Castro made the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster out of spring training and even got a chance in the closer role for a stretch, but he wasn't quite ready for primetime, posting a 4.38 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings. He has a big arm with a good changeup, but his control and command are a work in progress. The Rockies will surely give him a chance to start, but he might still end up in the bullpen in the long-term.
Jul 28 - 11:24 AM

Rockies acquired RHP Jeff Hoffman from the Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki deal.

The Rockies weren't able to get Daniel Norris or Aaron Sanchez in the deal, but Hoffman is a very promising pitcher. The 2014 first-round pick got a late start on his pro career after Tommy John surgery, but the 22-year-old can hit the triple digits with his fastball and has posted a 2.93 ERA and 46/17 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings over 13 starts this season between High-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. Baseball America recently ranked him No. 33 on their midseason prospect list.
Jul 28 - 11:19 AM

Rockies acquired SS Jose Reyes and RHPs Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco from the Blue Jays for SS Troy Tulowitzki and RHP LaTroy Hawkins.

The deal is now official. Reyes would appear to be an odd fit for the Rockies, who have prospect Trevor Story in Triple-A, so the expectation is that he could be eventually flipped to another team. The Rockies would likely have to eat some salary in order to do it, as Reyes has showed diminished skills at the plate and in the field. The 32-year-old is owed $22 million in 2016 and 2017 and his contract includes a $22 million club option or a $4 million buyout for 2018. This is the second time he's been traded since signing his six year, $106 million contract with the Marlins in December of 2011.
Jul 28 - 11:11 AM

Blue Jays acquired RHP LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki deal.

Hawkins, 42, has posted a 3.63 ERA and 20/4 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings this season and should operate in middle relief for Toronto. He'll now join his 11th team and will pitch for a contender as he finishes out his career.
Jul 28 - 11:07 AM

Blue Jays acquired SS Troy Tulowitzki and RHP LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies for SS Jose Reyes and RHPs Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco.

While many expected the Blue Jays to make a big splash for their pitcher, they stunned the baseball world late Monday night by upgrading what was already the best offense in the majors. Tulowitzki has managed to stay mostly healthy this season while batting .300/.348/.471 with 12 home runs and 53 RBI over 87 games. His injury history is a concern, especially on the turf at Rogers Centre, but the 30-year-old could age better in the American League because of the ability to DH. Tulowitzki will receive a $2 million assignment bonus for being traded and his contract now includes a full no-trade clause. He's owed $94 million from 2016-2020 with a $15 million club option or $4 million buyout in 2021.
Jul 28 - 11:06 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, some teams believe James Shields would go unclaimed on waivers in August.

The reason being is that Shields still three years and $65 million on his contract. While the veteran right-hander could be traded by Friday's trade deadline, a deal could still happen in August.
Jul 28 - 10:52 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies are planning to trade outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

And the timing couldn't be better, as Gonzalez went deep twice on Monday against the Cubs and now has 10 home runs this month. The 29-year-old is batting .278/.332/.520 with 20 home runs and 51 RBI overall this season. His injury history and contract could cause some teams to shy away, but he has the potential to be an impact bat for a contender. He's making $16 million this season and is owed $37 million from 2016-2017.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 9:44 AM

Ryan Zimmerman (foot) will be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

The Nationals got Anthony Rendon back over the weekend and they are now prepared to add Jayson Werth and Zimmerman back into the mix. Sidelined since early June with plantar fasciitis, Zimmerman went just 1-for-15 during his minor league rehab assignment, but the important thing is that the rest has done him good.
Jul 28 - 9:30 AM

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