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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and FOX reports that Manny Machado will indeed be traded to the Dodgers.

Rosenthal interviewed Machado during the sixth inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game and the 26-year-old superstar spoke about the Orioles in the past tense while acknowledging that he hadn't heard anything official. Moments later, Rosenthal wrote on Twitter that the trade to the Dodgers is "happening." MLB discourages teams from making big announcements on the day of the Midsummer Classic, and that's probably the only thing that is keeping the full trade agreement under wraps. 21-year-old outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz is expected to be part of the O's return package. We haven't heard word about any other names that might be included. Look for this deal to be made official on Wednesday.
Jul 17 - 10:16 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are "increasingly likely" to land Manny Machado.

Rosenthal notes that several of the other teams tied to Machado also "expect that outcome." There were a number of reports Tuesday suggesting a last-minute play from the Phillies, but the Dodgers apparently have the best offer on the table and it sounds like the medicals and paperwork might already be done. Look for something official by Wednesday afternoon. Major League Baseball frowns on its clubs making big announcements on the day of the All-Star Game.
Jul 17 - 6:12 PM

Wilson Ramos (hamstring) will open the second half of the season on the disabled list.

Ramos suffered a left hamstring strain on Saturday against the Twins and won't be ready when play resumes after the All-Star break. The move can be made retroactive to July 15, which means Ramos would be first eligible to return next Wednesday, July 25. The 30-year-old catcher is one of the biggest trade chips for the Rays with the July 31 non-waiver deadline fast approaching.
Jul 17 - 5:48 PM

Brewers signed RHP Jeffrey Ames to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Ames, a supplemental first-round pick of the Rays back in 2011, had registered a 5.70 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings of relief this season with the Nationals' Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League. The 27-year-old right-hander will now function as minor league bullpen depth for Milwaukee.
Jul 17 - 5:03 PM

Brewers optioned RHP Alec Asher to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Asher was called up last Thursday to provide the Brewers with a little extra relief depth heading into the final weekend before the All-Star break. The 26-year-old right-hander has pitched three scoreless innings of relief this season at the MLB level and should get another look at some point in the second half.
Jul 17 - 4:57 PM

Andrew Miller (knee) pitched a hitless inning in his rehab debut Tuesday at Triple-A Columbus.

Miller struck out two of the three batters he faced and needed just 12 pitches to record a 1-2-3 frame against the Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies. The 33-year-old left-hander figures to make one or two more appearances at the Triple-A level before returning to the Indians' bullpen shortly after the All-Star break. He has been out since May 26 with a right knee injury.
Jul 17 - 4:54 PM

Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) will return to the Nationals' rotation Friday against the Braves.

Strasburg allowed just one earned run over nine innings on his two-start minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac, tallying 12 strikeouts against one walk. And he made it up to 82 pitches in his last outing there Sunday, so there shouldn't be any limitations on the 29-year-old right-hander in his first start back Friday versus Atlanta. Strasburg has been sidelined since June 10 due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder.
Jul 17 - 4:49 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (hip) went 1-for-4 with a single and played seven innings in left field Tuesday while playing for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets.

Cespedes hit two home runs in a simulated game on Monday, but this was his first real game action since May 13. Progress with his hip and quad has been slow, but the veteran slugger appears on track to rejoin the Mets when the second half of the season begins Friday against the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. The timing makes sense, as Cespedes can be eased back in as the designated hitter.
Jul 17 - 3:02 PM

Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies remain "aggressively motivated" in trade talks for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado and "confidence remains high" internally that they can get a deal done.

The Dodgers are the favorites in the mix, with Bob Nightengale of USA Today reporting that a deal could be completed as soon as Wednesday, but this report from the Phillies' side indicates that nothing is done just yet. There was a report from Jon Morosi of MLB.com late Monday night that the Phillies were willing to include prospect right-hander Adonis Medina in a deal, but it's unclear if that would be enough to land the 26-year-old Orioles superstar. We should have some clarity on this situation in the next 24 hours.
Jul 17 - 2:53 PM

Athletics RHP prospect Wyatt Marks pitched six shutout innings on Monday for Low-A Beloit.

Marks did walk three, but he allowed just three hits to keep the Low-A West Michigan offense from scoring. A 13th-round pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2017, Marks has exceeded expectations in his first full professional season; registering a solid 3.58 ERA in 93 innings and an even more impressive 111 strikeouts in that time frame. He has two plus pitches in his fastball and curve, and the change is developing. He could be lights out in relief, but Oakland will give the 23-year-old Marks a chance to start. It just might work out.
Jul 17 - 2:49 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Indians are among the teams interested in Padres closer Brad Hand.

It's not a big surprise to see the Indians are looking for bullpen help, as their relievers rank 29th in the majors with 5.28 ERA. Still, the asking price will be considerable. Hand is owed $13.5 million over the next two years, with a $10 million club option for 2021. The southpaw has compiled 24 saves for the Padres this season while posting a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings. There would be value beyond this season for the Indians with Andrew Miller and Cody Allen due to hit free agency this winter.
Jul 17 - 2:41 PM

Marlins LHP prospect Trevor Rogers fanned eight hitters over six two-run innings on Tuesday for Low-A Greensboro.

Rogers allowed seven hits, and he walked just one along with the eight punchouts. The 13th pick of the 2017 draft, Rogers has really struggled in his first full professional year, as he came into the start with an ERA of 7.01. Keep in mind he's only 20-years-old, however, and there's still reason for optimism. At 6-foot-6, 185-pounds, he offers projection on a fastball that touches 93 mph, and he shows a plus slider as well. The key will be developing a third pitch, and throwing more quality strikes as he goes forward. He's a long way away, but there is palpable upside in Rogers' left arm.
Jul 17 - 2:39 PM

Blue Jays 3B prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Tuesday for High-A Dunedin.

Guerrero Jr. continues to rake in his rehab assignment after missing a moth wit ha strained left patellar tendon. The 19-year-old is now 5-for-13 since coming off the disabled list with three doubles and a walk. Guerrero Jr. is expected to join Triple-A Buffalo in the coming weeks, and if he hits there, he should join the Blue Jays to finish the year. He's the best prospect in baseball. It is not close.
Jul 17 - 2:25 PM

Pedro Baez (biceps) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Baez has been out for about a month with tendinitis in his right biceps, but he appears on track to rejoin the Dodgers' bullpen shortly after the All-Star break. The 30-year-old had a 3.23 ERA and 36/16 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings prior to the injury.
Jul 17 - 2:21 PM

Dodgers RHP prospect Tony Gonsolin allowed two runs over six innings with eight strikeouts for Double-A Tulsa on Monday.

Gonsolin, 24, was making his Double-A debut, and it went well outside of a homer. He didn't walk anyone, and the eight strikeouts ups his strikeout-to-walk ratio to 114/26 over 89 2/3 innings. Acquired with a ninth-round pick in 2016 out of St. Mary's, Gonsolin has shown four pitches that can miss bats, and he generally locates all four for strikes. He's also a quality athlete -- he was a two-way player in college -- who repeats his delivery well. Gonsolin could be a future closer if he was moved to relief, but his complete arsenal gives him an excellent chance to start. He's one of the more underrated prospects in baseball.
Jul 17 - 2:17 PM



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