|By Bill Ladson NEW YORK — Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton started Sundayâs game against the Mets. It marked the fourth time in the last eight games that Lobaton was inserted into the starting lineup. Manager Matt Williams said recently said that he hasnât ruled out Lobaton getting more playing time behind the plate. He is […] More»|
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|The Braves are interested in acquiring Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., according to Peter Gammons. With a logjam in the outfield and Rusney Castillo projected to start in center field, JBJ would likely have a limited role with the team and be used more as a defensive replacement. While Bradley struggled at the plate […] More»|
|According to Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com, the Indians have interest in free-agent outfielder Dayan Viciedo, who was released by the White Sox on Feb. 4. On the surface, the interest makes sense, because there is a need for more right-handed power in the Tribe’s lefty-heavy lineup. That said, the Indians have All-Star Michael Brantley entrenched […] More»|
|The White Sox added depth to their bullpen on Friday, agreeing to a Minor League contract with veteran right-hander Matt Albers, according to multiple reports. Albers’ deal reportedly includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. He would earn a base salary of $1.5 million if he makes the team, according to the Houston Chronicle. […] More»|
|The Royals have signed veteran right-hander Joe Blanton to a Minor League deal with an invite to Major League Spring Training. The move gives Kansas City some additional pitching depth heading into camp, though the right-hander has not pitched in the Majors since the 2013 season with the Angels. That year, he went 2-14 with […] More»|
|Veteran left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, a free agent this offseason, is engaged in talks with at least 10 teams and likely will make a decision soon, according to Chris Cotillo of SBNation.com. The Mets, Astros, A’s and Rangers are among the clubs reportedly interested. Thatcher, 33, pitched 53 games for the D-backs and Angels last […] More»|
|Soon after the calendar turned to 2015, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal passed along word fromÂ a pair of executives that free-agent right-hander James Shields had received a five-year, $110 million offer from an unnamed team but was continuing to look for something better. On Wednesday, a day after the Padres finalized a four-year, $75 million deal with […] More»|
|The Brewers have not been able to swing a deal for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon thus far, so the club is continuing to look at other bullpen options, including Francisco Rodriguez, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Sources told Rosenthal that Rodriguez, one of the few big-name free agents remaining on the market, is aiming […] More»|
|After spending the first 11 seasons of his Major League career in Milwaukee, Rickie Weeks is headed to Seattle, according to ESPN. TheÂ deal, which has not been confirmed by the Mariners, is reportedly worth approximately $2 million. Weeks, 32, hit .274 in 121 games for the Brewers last season and became a free agent when […] More»|
July 31 -- Dempster, one of the trade season's biggest chips, went all the way to the wire before reaching a resolution. The Cubs sent Dempster to Texas -- agreeing moments before the deadline -- for a package that consisted of Minor League prospects. Dempster had been rumored for several days to be headed for the Dodgers and was reported to be unwilling to waive his 10-and-5 no-trade veto rights to go anywhere else. But the Cubs and Dodgers were unable to work out a deal and Dempster agreed to join Texas.
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July 31 -- The Phillies continued the demolition of their Opening Day outfield by trading Pence to the Giants. Philadelphia dealt both Shane Victorino and Pence in the hours leading up to the deadline. The Giants, meanwhile, fortified their playoff hopes by acquiring a player who can hit in the middle of their lineup.
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July 31 --The Dodgers improved their depth in the outfield before the Deadline by acquiring Victorino from Philadelphia in exchange for right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom, pitching prospect Ethan Martin and a player to be named later. Victorino, originally drafted by the Dodgers in 1999, will help round out the Los Angeles outfield alongside Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Martin, a first-round draftee in 2008, is 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA for Double-A Chattanooga.
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July 31 -- The Reds augmented one of the league's best bullpens by picking up prized reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Royals in exchange for prospects Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran. Broxton posted a 2.27 ERA with Kansas City and will give Cincinnati another experienced arm in the late innings. Joseph, a reliever, and Sulbaran -- a starter -- are both well-regarded arms.
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July 31 -- The Marlins dealt Gaby Sanchez -- an All-Star last season -- to Pittsburgh on Tuesday in exchange for prospect Gorkys Hernandez and the Pirates' competitive balance pick next season. Sanchez, batting just .202 for the season, is expected to provide a capable bench bat for Pittsburgh. The Pirates also received Minor League pitcher Kyle Kaminska in the deal.
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July 31 -- The Rangers added to their catching depth, getting Soto from the Cubs in exchange for Jacob Brigham, who went 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 21 starts at Double-A Frisco. Spending his entire career with the Cubs, who selected him in the 11th round of the 2001 Draft, Soto has begun to hit his stride at the plate. He's batting .264 (14-for-53) with one home run, five RBIs and eight runs scored in the month of July.
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July 30 -- In a swap of first-round picks from the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Snider heads to Pittsburgh, where the Bucs hope he can live up to the massive promise he showed coming through the Minors. In return, Toronto gets Lincoln, who has been working as a reliever -- with tremendous success -- but he can also pitch out of the rotation if needed.
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July 30 -- Thames' star has lost some luster this year, after he struggled for two months in the Major Leagues, then was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas. He's done nothing but hit in the Pacific Coast League, batting .335 with six homers. Delabar gives the Jays a solid right-handed arm out of their bullpen, which will help them reshape their relief corps after some devastating injuries.
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July 30 -- The Dodgers in League get a power arm to help them shorten games. One year removed from an All-Star season in which he saved 37 games, League could pitch in the seventh, eighth or ninth for Los Angeles. Landry is an outfielder who has a .328 average at Class A, and Bawcom was closing games at Double-A.
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July 30 -- While the Braves were unsuccessful in acquiring Ryan Dempster from the Cubs, they were able to land Maholm, a left-handed starter, and Johnson a veteran outfielder. The Cubs in return received Minor League right-handers Vizcaino and Chapman. The Braves hope Maholm plugs the leaky back of their rotation, while Johnson can play all three outfield positions and hits right-handed.
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July 28 -- Which Francisco Liriano did the White Sox acquire? If it's the one that returned May 30 from a stint in the bullpen, Chicago will have a significant upgrade to its starting rotation. Since that point, Liriano owns a 3.68 ERA, 79 strikeouts and 29 walks in 66 innings. The 28-year-old lefty was 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in six starts before the Twins demoted him to a relief role.
July 27 -- The Angels took a major gamble in order to dramatically upgrade their starting rotation, dealing three well-regarded young players for Greinke, who is due to reach free agency at season's end. The former AL Cy Young winner enhances the Angels' chances of overcoming the Rangers in the West but came at a steep price. Segura, the team's top prospect, joins two Double-A pitchers headed to Milwaukee.
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July 25 -- The Dodgers added a potent bat to their lineup by acquiring a three-time All-Star in Ramirez, who is signed through 2014. They also added Choate, one of the game's more reliable southpaw relievers in recent years. Miami continued its roster shakeup in light of an inability to meet club expectations after an offseason in which the Marlins added several noteworthy free agents and opened a new ballpark. Los Angeles sent Miami a pair of promising 22-year-old right-handers in return.
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July 24 -- The Pirates had to surrender a trio of prospects but will upgrade their rotation with the acquisition of Rodriguez, who has posted a 3.79 ERA in 21 starts this season and a 3.45 mark since 2008. With the lefty signed through 2013, plus a player option for 2014, he could become a part of more than one playoff team in Pittsburgh.
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July 23 -- The Yankees acquired the iconic outfielder to fill a hole created by Brett Gardner's injury in left field and in the bottom part of their lineup. Ichiro will likely get a chance to play in the postseason for the first time since he was a rookie in 2001. In return, the Mariners get a pair of hurlers who will help them in seasons to come.
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July 23 -- The Tigers fill needs at second base and at the back end of their rotation, but not without surrendering Turner, their best prospect. Infante, who played with Detroit from 2002-07, is signed through 2013, while Sanchez is an upcoming free agent. Brantly is a catcher who appeared in this year's Futures Game, and Flynn is a left-hander who was in Double-A.
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July 20 -- The Astros loaded up their farm system and the Blue Jays shored up their injury-riddled pitching staff by completing a 10-player trade. Toronto received Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ and David Carpenter, while Houston picked up Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, four Minor Leaguers - including two of the Blue Jays' top 11 prospects -- and a player to be named later.
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July 4 -- After nearly being sent to the Dodgers, Lee takes his potent bat to Miami, which has been searching for additional run support. The deal could be the first of many involving veterans for the Astros, who will turn to Brett Wallace at first. Matt Dominguez, who was blocked by Hanley Ramirez in Miami, adds depth to the Houston infield.
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June 30 -- Adding depth to a roster decimated by injuries to several lefty bats, Thome's addition not only gives the upstart O's a powerful bat, but also veteran leadership. Thome's inability to play the field made him expendable to the Phils, who netted a pair of prospects in the deal.
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June 24 -- The veteran Youkilis gets a fresh start after tense season in Boston and gives the White Sox a significant upgrade at third base. For the Red Sox, the move opens up a permanent spot for Will Middlebrooks at third in addition to adding the versatile Lillibridge and pitching depth in Stewart.
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