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  • Diamondbacks Select Tommy Henry

    The Diamondbacks announced that they have selected the contract of left-hander Tommy Henry. He is the starter for today’s game, making his major league debut. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, fellow lefty Tyler Gilbert was transferred to the 60-day injured list. Righty Taylor Widener was optioned to make room on the active…

    Aug 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Diamondbacks Tommy Henry
  • Rich Hill Starting Wednesday Against Astros

    Boston Red Sox left-hander Rich Hill (knee) will start Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros instead of Brayan Bello. Hill was activated from the 15-day injured list on Monday, and he'll return to the starting rotation in a tough matchup against the first-place Astros. The 42-year-old veteran southpaw only threw three innings and 56 pitches in his only minor league rehab start, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to have a long leash in this one. The matchup alone should scare fantasy managers off. In 15 starts before his injury, Hill had gone 4-4 with a 4.20 ERA (4.05 FIP), a 1.29 WHIP and a 58:23 K:BB over 70 2/3 innings pitched. He's not a bad pickup in deeper leagues for rotation depth if he's available on the waiver wire.

    Aug 3 · Source via Red Sox Rich Hill
  • Ross Stripling Goes On Injured List

    Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Ross Stripling (glute) was placed on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday with a right glute strain and Matt Peacock was recalled in a corresponding move. Manager John Schneider said the hope is that Stripling requires only a short recovery time. Fantasy managers will be hoping that the 32-year-old veteran will be able to return when eligible in mid-August. New pitcher Mitch White looks like the leading candidate to take Stripling's place in the starting rotation. Stripling is worth stashing in the majority of fantasy leagues, as he's gone 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA (3.02 FIP), a 1.10 WHIP, one save, 67 strikeouts and 15 walks in 82 2/3 frames over 23 appearances (15 starts) for the Blue Jays this year.

    Aug 3 · Source via Blue Jays Ross Stripling
  • Phillies Hope Jean Segura Will Return Thursday

    The Philadelphia Phillies remain hopeful that second baseman Jean Segura (finger) will return from the 60-day injured list on Thursday. Interim manager Rob Thomson said Segura might hit lower in the lineup upon his return. He's been out since May 31 with a broken right index finger, but fantasy managers should be getting him back this week. The 32-year-old middle infielder went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a walk in a minor league rehab game for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, and he looks set to return to the big-league lineup. He should return to his starting role at the keystone for the Phillies and needs to be rostered in all fantasy leagues. Before his injury, Segura was hitting .275/.324/.407 with six home runs, 19 RBI, 22 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 167 at-bats.

    Aug 3 · Source via Phillies Jean Segura
  • Bryce Harper Resumes Throwing Program

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (elbow, thumb), who had the pins removed from his surgically repaired left thumb on Monday, has begun a throwing program, interim manager Rob Thomson said on Wednesday. Harper is not only attempting to return again this season, but also perhaps play right field. Thomson said Harper has taken swings without hitting a ball, has done a few swings off a tee and played light catch from around 55 to 60 feet. Harper was relegated to a full-time designated hitter role in mid-April until he broke his thumb on June 25. Fantasy managers could care less if Harper returns to right field, but he needs to remain stashed in all fantasy leagues. Despite his elbow injury, Harper was hitting a cool .318/.385/.599 with a .985 OPS, 15 home runs, 48 RBI, 49 runs scored and nine stolen bases before breaking his thumb.

    Aug 3 · Source via Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Byron Buxton Back In Wednesday's Lineup

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (knee) is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers and left-hander Tyler Alexander, serving as the designated hitter and batting leadoff. Buxton will return after missing the last two games with minor knee soreness, so fantasy managers need to get him back into their starting lineups. The 28-year-old hasn't hit for average this year (.220) and isn't running much (three stolen bases), but he does have 26 home runs, 46 RBI and 55 runs scored in 291 at-bats. In just five games played since the All-Star break, he's gone 5-for-18 (.278) with three home runs, three RBI and a stolen base.

    Aug 3 · Source via Twins Byron Buxton
  • Tarik Skubal Heads To Injured List

    The Detroit Tigers placed left-hander Tarik Skubal (forearm) on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday with left arm fatigue. He's dealing with inflammation in his forearm area. In corresponding moves, the Tigers reinstated right-hander Wily Peralta from the 15-day injured list, optioned infielder Zack Short to Triple-A Toledo and recalled outfielder Daz Cameron from Toledo. Skubal was hoping to make his next start after leaving his previous outing with arm fatigue, but that will not happen. Hopefully, he won't need a lengthy stint on the IL, as he has been useful in all fantasy leagues this year. The 25-year-old southpaw has gone 7-8 with a 3.52 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and a 117:32 K:BB in 117 2/3 innings over 21 starts in just his third major league season.

    Aug 3 · Source via Tigers Tarik Skubal
  • Julio Rodriguez's Wrist Improving

    Seattle Mariners rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez (wrist) said his right hand/wrist is getting better. He was able to show more range of motion and said he couldn't do that two days ago. Rodriguez hasn't undergone an MRI exam since it was ruled a contusion. Still, the 21-year-old All-Star has yet to resume swinging a bat since he was placed on the injured list, so it remains to be seen if he'll be able to return when he's eligible on Aug. 10. Fantasy managers need to sit tight and keep the young star stashed in an IL spot. When he's on the field, he's been a must-start in all fantasy formats, hitting .271/.334/.482 with an .816 OPS, 18 home runs, 57 RBI, 55 runs scored and 21 stolen bases for the M's in his first 96 major league games.

    Aug 3 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Kenley Jansen Will Remain Braves' Primary Closer

    Atlanta Braves skipper Brian Snitker said that relief pitcher Kenley Jansen will continue to serve as the team's primary closer, but the newly acquired Raisel Iglesias is the secondary closer. Jansen is only on a one-year deal with Atlanta, while Iglesias is signed through the 2025 season. Jansen's fantasy managers were likely very uneasy when the Braves made the move to acquire Iglesias from the Los Angeles Angels at Tuesday's trade deadline, but for now, Jansen will remain the team's primary fireman. The 34-year-old right-hander has struggled at times this year, but he's been better of late and has a 3.43 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 54 strikeouts and a healthy 24 saves in 39 1/3 innings in 2022. Iglesias might pick up a save chance here or there if Jansen needs a break, but it looks like his fantasy value will take a hit with the move to Atlanta the rest of this season.

    Aug 3 · Source via Braves Kenley Jansen closers
  • Travis d'Arnaud Out With Stomach Bug

    Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud (illness) is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies due to a stomach bug. d'Arnaud was also out of the lineup on Tuesday. Fantasy managers should consider the 33-year-old backstop as day-to-day for now. He's been serviceable with the bat given the weak state of the catching position in fantasy, slashing .251/.299/.433 with 11 home runs, 40 RBI and 38 runs scored in 263 at-bats. William Contreras will be behind the dish again on Wednesday and is hitting seventh against Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler. Contreras, an All-Star for the first time this year, is a fine replacement and is hitting .259/.345/.534 with an .880 OPS, 13 home runs, 26 RBI, 27 runs scored and two stolen bases in 174 at-bats.

    Aug 3 · Source via Braves Travis d'Arnaud
  • Michael Harris II Scratched From Lineup Wednesday

    Atlanta Braves rookie outfielder Michael Harris II (foot) has been scratched from the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. He's dealing with a sore right foot after being hit by a pitch on Tuesday night. Guillermo Heredia is replacing Harris in center field and will hit ninth in the batting order against Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler. Fantasy managers should consider Harris day-to-day for now. The 21-year-old has been great in his first 58 major league games, slashing .280/.320/.478 with nine homers, 30 RBI, 35 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. Heredia should be avoided in DFS, as he's gone just 8-for-63 (.127) with three home runs and six RBI as a bench bat for the Braves in 2022.

    Aug 3 · Source via Braves Michael Harris
  • Luis Robert Remains Out Wednesday

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert (illness) remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals. Robert was reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday, but he wasn't in the lineup. He hasn't played since before the All-Star break when he was removed from the game on July 15 due to light-headedness and dizziness. Robert is hitting .301/.334/.461 on the year with 12 home runs, 54 RBI, 48 runs scored and 11 stolen bases, so he's a must-start in fantasy when he returns to the lineup. AJ Pollock is starting in center field and hitting sixth on Wednesday against Royals right-hander Brady Singer. Pollock has gone 10-for-33 (.303) with a homer and nine RBI in 11 games over the last two weeks, but overall this year he hasn't done a ton for fantasy managers.

    Aug 3 · Source via White Sox Luis Robert
  • J.D. Martinez Not Starting Against Astros

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Houston Astros. After not being dealt at Tuesday's trade deadline, the right-handed slugger will take a normal day off. Martinez is hitting .284 on the season with nine home runs, 40 RBI and 52 runs scored, but he's been cold since the All-Star break, going 3-for-30 (.100) with no homers, two RBI and eight strikeouts in eight games. His fantasy managers will be hoping that an off day on Wednesday can get him going again. Rafael Devers, who just returned from the injured list on Tuesday, will serve as the DH and bat third on Wednesday against Astros right-hander Jose Urquidy, with Christian Arroyo manning third and batting sixth.

    Aug 3 · Source via Red Sox J.D. Martinez
  • Frankie Montas Goes On Bereavement List

    The New York Yankees placed new starting pitcher Frankie Montas on the bereavement list on Wednesday due to a death in his family. The Yankees acquired Montas from the Oakland Athletics on Monday, and he has yet to appear in a game in pinstripes. The 29-year-old right-hander was one of the biggest names on the trade market this year behind Luis Castillo, and he'll certainly make New York's rotation stronger down the stretch. Montas will be away from the team for a few days before rejoining them this weekend for a series against the St. Louis Cardinals. However, it remains to be seen if he'll actually make his debut for the Yankees against the Cardinals. Stay tuned.

    Aug 3 · Source via Yankees Frankie Montas
  • Aaron Judge Resting On Wednesday

    New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners. It looks to be a normal day off for the clear leader of the American League MVP race this season. Make sure to move Judge to your benches on Wednesday. With Judge getting a breather, Matt Carpenter will move into right field and hit third in the batting order against Mariners right-hander Luis Castillo. Carpenter will be a popular DFS play in the three-hole for the Yanks, as he's hitting .321/.433/.795 with a 1.227 OPS, 15 home runs, 36 RBI and 28 runs scored in 112 at-bats for the Yankees this year.

    Aug 3 · Source via Yankees Aaron Judge
  • George Springer Still Out Against Rays

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer (elbow) remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. It will be the fourth time that Springer has sat out in the team's last five games, leaving some to wonder if his elbow injury is much more serious than the team is letting on. For now, fantasy managers have to consider him day-to-day while keeping him on their benches. Raimel Tapia is back in center field and is hitting ninth on Wednesday against Rays left-hander Jalen Beeks. Tapia is swinging the bat well this year, but he's not as strong against lefties while hitting from the left side of the plate. He's gone 10-for-38 (.263) against southpaws in 2022 with only one of his five home runs.

    Aug 3 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer
  • Pirates Designate Yoshi Tsutsugo For Assignment

    The Pirates have designated first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment and recalled infielder Tucupita Marcano to take his spot on the roster, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Tsutsugo, 30, returned to the Bucs on a one-year deal after a big finish down the stretch with them in 2021. The former NPB slugger wasn’t…

    Aug 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Pirates Yoshitomo Tsutsugo
  • Guardians Promote Tyler Freeman

    The Guardians have called up infield prospect Tyler Freeman for his Major League debut and optioned infielder Ernie Clement to Triple-A Columbus in his place, per a team announcement. (Zack Meisel of The Athletic first reported that Freeman was being called up). Freeman is already on the 40-man roster, so the Guardians didn’t need to make any…

    Aug 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Guardians Tyler Freeman prospects
  • Spencer Strider Strikes Out A Baker's Dozen Tuesday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Spencer Strider continued to mow hitters down in Tuesday's 13-1 win over the Phillies. Strider pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk with 13 strikeouts. The 23-year-old has been a strikeout machine since joining the starting rotation and now is 6-3 with a 2.79 ERA and 133 strikeouts through 87 IP. Strider's next scheduled start will likely be a tough one at the Mets, but he has earned the right to be started by fantasy managers in tough matchups.

    Aug 3 · Source via Braves Spencer Strider
  • Andres Munoz Escapes With Second Save Of Season Tuesday

    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Andres Munoz didn't make things easy but did pick up his second save of the season in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Yankees. Munoz entered to pitch the ninth inning up by two. He got the first two hitters out on strikeouts, but then allowed a single and back-to-back walks before striking out the final hitter with the bases loaded. Paul Sewald has served as the primary closer this season for the Mariners, but he pitched the seventh inning of this game, likely because of the close score. Munoz does have a 3.02 ERA with a 13.39 K/9 rate and 13 holds through 41 2/3 innings pitched this season, but Sewald is the clear arm to roster for fantasy purposes.

    Aug 3 · Source via Mariners Andres Munoz closers
  • Ian Kennedy Earns Fifth Save Of Season Tuesday

    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Ian Kennedy picked up his fifth save of the season in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Guardians. Kennedy came in to pitch the ninth inning with a 3-run lead and struck out the side to end the game. Mark Melancon has served as the team's primary closer this season, but he pitched 1 2/3 innings in Monday's game. Kennedy has pitched better than Melancon but has had his own struggles, converting only five of eight save opportunities with a 3.15 ERA. Kennedy is worth a look in deeper roto leagues, but it seems that Melancon is still the arm to roster in fantasy for managers chasing saves at this time.

    Aug 3 · Source via Diamondbacks Ian Kennedy closers
  • Kevin Gausman Strikes Out 10 In Tuesday Gem

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman had an excellent bounce-back start in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Rays. Gausman pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk with 10 strikeouts. This was an encouraging sign for fantasy managers, as Gausman had not pitched well overall coming back from the All-Star break. Despite his recent scuffles, the 31-year-old still has an 8-8 record with a 3.06 ERA and 10.64 K/9 rate through 20 starts this season. He will look to turn in another strong start on the road against the Twins.

    Aug 3 · Source via Blue Jays Kevin Gausman
  • Jordan Romano Allows Homer But Earns Save Tuesday

    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano did not have the cleanest outing but did pick up his 25th save of the season in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Rays. Romano entered to pitch the ninth inning with a three-run lead. He allowed a leadoff solo home run to Taylor Walls but then got the next three hitters out on a groundout, strikeout, and flyout. Romano has been excellent overall this season, converting all but three save opportunities with a 2.50 ERA.

    Aug 3 · Source via Blue Jays Jordan Romano closers
  • Gregory Soto Notches 20th Save Of Season Tuesday

    Detroit Tigers closer Gregory Soto picked up his 20th save of the season in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Twins. Soto came in to end the game with a two-run lead and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with no strikeouts. The 27-year-old has been solid all season, converting all but two save opportunities with a 2.19 ERA, 9.24 K/9 rate, and 3.89 BB/9 rate. Fantasy managers should feel comfortable having Soto in their lineups at all times.

    Aug 3 · Source via Tigers Gregory Soto closers
  • Jose Quijada Earns Save For Angels Tuesday

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jose Quijada got the first shot at a save after the team traded away closer Raisel Iglesias in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Athletics. Quijada came in to pitch the ninth inning with a two-run lead and turned in a 1-2-3 outing with no strikeouts, picking up his second save of the season. With Iglesias gone, it remains to be seen how the Angels will approach save situations for the rest of the season, although they may not see that many. Quijada has a solid 3.15 ERA with a 10.80 K/9 rate through 20 innings pitched this season, but he also has a high 5.40 BB/9 rate. With several other veteran relievers in the bullpen, fantasy managers should wait to see what approach the Angels take. That said, Ryan Tepera or Archie Bradley seem like better speculative adds, as both have had past closing experience.

    Aug 3 · Source via Angels Jose Quijada closers
  • Tanner Houck Notches Eighth Save Of Season Tuesday

    Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Tanner Houck picked up his eighth save of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Astros. Houck came on to end the game with a one-run lead and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with no strikeouts. It was his second consecutive save and he now has a 3.15 ERA with just one blown save this season. The Red Sox have used a number of relief pitchers in save situations this season, but Houck appears to be the arm to roster in fantasy for the time being.

    Aug 3 · Source via Red Sox Tanner Houck closers
  • Wil Crowe Earns Third Save Of Season Tuesday

    Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Wil Crowe picked up his third save of the season in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Brewers. Crowe came in to pitch the ninth inning with a two-run lead. He struck the first hitter out, allowed a single, and then struck the next two hitters out to end the game. Closer David Bednar (back) was not available due to lower back discomfort, and Crowe has seen eight save opportunities of his own this season with a respectable 3.16 ERA. As such, Crowe may be worth a look in deeper roto leagues if Bednar were to miss any time with an injury.

    Aug 3 · Source via Pirates Wil Crowe
  • David Bednar Bothered By Lower Back Tuesday

    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Tuesday that closer David Bednar (back) was bothered by his lower back, which was why he was not available in a 5-3 win over the Brewers. Wil Crowe instead came in to convert his third save of the season. Shelton said that the team will use the next couple of days to determine if Bednar will need a stint on the injured list. It would be a shame for the Pirates and fantasy managers if Bednar were to miss any time, as he has converted 17 of 21 save opportunities this season with a 2.70 ERA. Fantasy managers in need of saves could look to Crowe if Bednar misses time, as he has seen the second most save opportunities for the Pirates.

    Aug 3 · Source via Pirates David Bednar closers
  • Franmil Reyes Optioned To The Minors

    The Cleveland Guardians optioned outfielder Franmil Reyes to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. Oscar Gonzalez (intercostal) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Reyes has struggled mightily this season, slashing .213/.254/.350 with nine home runs and 28 RBI across 280 plate appearances in 70 games. The 27-year-old smashed 30 homers and drove in 85 runs in 2021. He will look to get back on track in the minors, but fantasy managers can move on from Reyes in most league formats. Gonzalez slashed .285/.315/.431 with a pair of home runs and 14 RBI in 32 games before getting injured. The 24-year-old is a speculative add in deep-league formats and should see everyday at-bats as the team's starting right fielder.

    Aug 2 · Source via Guardians Franmil Reyes
  • Alex Kirilloff Lands On The 10-Day Injured List

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff (wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with right wrist inflammation. He has dealt wrist injuries throughout his career, and it continues to be troublesome for the former first-round pick. The 24-year-old has been limited to 45 games in 2022, slashing .250/.290/.361 with three home runs, 21 RBI, and 14 runs scored across 155 plate appearances. The Twins are banged up in the outfield as Byron Buxton, and Max Kepler deal with injuries. Fantasy managers with an open IL spot should continue to stash Kirilloff due to his upside and hope the top prospect has the minimum stay on the injured list.

    Aug 2 · Source via Twins Alex Kirilloff
  • Kevin Gausman Goes Eight Strong Innings Tuesday

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman completed eight innings of work against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, earning his eighth win in the process. The right-hander struck out ten, walked one, and allowed no runs and just one hit. Gausman's now sporting an impressive 3.06 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP, 132 strikeouts, and 20 walks across 111.2 IP. He's been dominant as of late, producing a 2.79 ERA in his last seven starts. Gausman's been big to fantasy managers all season, and nothing says that won't continue.

    Aug 2 · Source via Blue Jays Kevin Gausman
  • Jon Gray Out 4-6 Weeks With Oblique Strain

    Texas Rangers pitcher Jon Gray (oblique) was placed on the 15-day injured list with a strained left oblique Tuesday and is expected to be out four to six weeks. He initially suffered the injury during Monday's start against the Baltimore Orioles. The 30-year-old owns a 3.83 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and a 116:34 K:BB across 103 innings in 2022. He is expected to miss the rest of August, and with the Rangers record under .500 (46-56), Texas could shut the right-hander down for the year if they are eliminated from a playoff spot in September. Fantasy managers with an open IL spot should stash Gray, as he could return a few weeks before the end of the season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Rangers Jon Gray
  • Avisail Garcia Exits Early With Hamstring Discomfort

    Miami Marlins outfielder Avisail Garcia (hamstring) was removed from Tuesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds with left hamstring discomfort. He went 0-for-1 before exiting in the second inning. The severity of Garcia's injury is unknown now, and he's considered daily. He will undergo further evaluation and the team should provide an update after the game. The 31-year-old has struggled this season, slashing .232/.269/.322 with seven home runs, 30 RBI, and 29 runs in 88 games. JJ Bleday replaced Garcia in Tuesday's game. Bleday would see an uptick in playing time if Garcia were to miss any time.

    Aug 2 · Source via Marlins Avisail Garcia
  • Braxton Garrett Fans 11 On Tuesday

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Braxton Garrett was feeling it against the Cincinnati Reds during Tuesday's 2-1 loss. Over 5.2 innings, the left-hander gave up two runs on three hits, walked two, and struck out 11 batters. Garrett is breaking out in his third season in the big leagues despite just two wins, posting a 3.88 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 66 strikeouts and 14 walks across 58 innings. Look for the 24-year-old to sustain his breakout and keep providing fantasy managers with production in three categories.

    Aug 2 · Source via Marlins Braxton Garrett
  • Justin Turner Placed On The 10-Day Injured List

    The Los Angeles Dodgers placed third baseman Justin Turner (abdomen) on the 10-day injured list Tuesday. He has been sidelined since July 27 with an abdominal strain. According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, Turner could be back for the Twins series next week once he is eligible to come off the injured list. The 37-year-old is slashing .257/.332/.405 with eight home runs, 54 RBI, 42 runs, and a stolen base over 86 games in 2022. The Dodgers recently acquired Joey Gallo from the New York Yankees. Gallo should see an uptick at-bats while Turner is sidelined.

    Aug 2 · Source via Dodgers Justin Turner
  • Rafael Devers Reinstated From The Injured List

    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday. He has been sidelined since July 23 with a hamstring injury. The 27-year-old was in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Houston, batting third in the order and starting at third base. He is slashing .324/.379/.602 with 22 home runs, 55 RBI, 62 runs, and two stolen bases in 87 games in 2022. Devers has been one of the most consistent hitters in the league and should give fantasy managers a vast boost in the second half of the season now that he's been reinstated from the IL.

    Aug 2 · Source via Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Luis Robert Activated From The Injured List

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert (head) was activated from the injured list Tuesday. He was initially expected to return later in the week but showed enough progress in his recovery to be activated on Tuesday. The 24-year-old wasn't in the starting lineup in his first game back against the Kansas City Royals. He had been terrific this season before landing on the IL, slashing .301/.334/.461 with 12 home runs, 54 RBI, 48 runs, and 11 stolen bases in 74 games. Robert's next chance to be in the lineup will be on Wednesday.

    Aug 2 · Source via White Sox Luis Robert
  • Jon Gray To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Oblique Strain

    The Rangers announced today that starter Jon Gray has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a left oblique strain. Kennedi Landry of MLB.com was among the reporters to relay that Gray will be out of action for the next 4-6 weeks. More to come.

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Rangers Jon Gray
  • Dodgers Place Justin Turner On Injured List

    The Dodgers have placed third baseman Justin Turner on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to July 30, with an abdominal strain. Turner hasn’t played for an extended stretch as he’s nursed the injury, with the Dodgers turning to Max Muncy at the hot corner of late. Turner, 37, got off to a slow start to the season…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Dodgers Justin Turner
  • Twins Transfer Miguel Sano To 60-Day IL

    The Twins announced to reporters today, including Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, that Miguel Sano has been transferred to the 60-day injured list after they “found something” on the MRI on his knee. His roster spot went to Jake Cave, who was selected to the big league club. The Twins also designated…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Miguel Sano
  • Trevor Rosenthal Traded To The Brewers

    The San Francisco Giants traded pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (hamstring) was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. The 32-year-old is several weeks away from pitching, but it didn't stop Milwaukee from requiring Rosenthal. He didn't pitch in 2021 due to shoulder and hip issues. The right-hander posted a 1.90 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and a 38:8 K: BB across 23 2/3 innings for the Padres/Royals in 2020. Rosenthal topped 95 MPH in a bullpen outing two weeks ago before injuring his hamstring. He is expected to return to action in late August. Fantasy managers can stash Rosenthal for now, as he is likely to be in a high-leverage role once activated from the injured list.

    Aug 2 · Source via Giants Brewers Trevor Rosenthal
  • Jake Lamb Acquired By The Mariners

    The Los Angeles Dodgers traded infielder/outfielder Jake Lamb to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. He is expected to be in the lineup against right-handers and will provide the Mariners with depth at first base/outfield. The 31-year-old is slashing .239/.338/.433 with two home runs, four RBI, and 10 runs scored in 25 games for the Dodgers. Los Angeles recently acquired Joey Gallo from the Yankees and with too many left-handed bats, sent Lamb to Seattle. Lamb is mainly an option in deep-league formats and can be used as a streamer in plus-matchups.

    Aug 2 · Source via Dodgers Mariners Jake Lamb
  • Tyler O'Neill Remains Out Of The Lineup Against The Cubs

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tyler O'Neill (leg) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. He left Saturday's game early with leg cramps and has been absent from the lineup since. The 27-year-old remains day-to-day. O'Neill is slashing .233/.298/.351 with five home runs, 33 RBI, 29 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 55 games. Lars Nootbaar is batting sixth and will handle right field duties while O'Neill is sidelined. Nootbaar has collected a hit in four of his last five games and can be used as a streamer in deep-league formats while swinging a hot bat.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cardinals Tyler O'Neill
  • Dodgers To Promote Miguel Vargas

    The Dodgers are promoting top prospect Miguel Vargas, reports Juan Toribio of MLB.com (Twitter link). J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group first reported that Vargas was reporting to the team. Vargas was a consensus top-100 prospect heading into the season, and his status was bumped up to 28th (Baseball America) and 68th (MLB Pipeline)…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Dodgers Miguel Vargas prospects
  • Michael Fulmer Moved To Twins

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Michael Fulmer has been traded to the Minnesota Twins. This adds on to the already big day for the Twins. The Tigers will receive right-hander Sawyer Gipson-Long in exchange for Fulmer. This season, Fulmer has a 3.20 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 39/20 K/BB ratio through 39.3 innings of work. The additions of Fulmer and Jorge Lopez should hopefully be a significant upgrade to Minnesota's bullpen. As for Detroit, they receive a fairly decent arm in Gipson-Long. He has pitched well in High-A and will hopefully move quickly through the minor league system.

    Aug 2 · Source via Tigers Twins Michael Fulmer closers
  • Mychal Givens Gets Traded To Mets

    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Mychal Givens is headed to the New York Mets. The two sides have agreed on a trade that will send Givens to New York and pitcher Saul Gonzalez to the Cubs. Givens is posting a 2.66 ERA with two saves and 51/19 K/BB ratio through 40.7 innings in Chicago. This move helps bolster the Mets bullpen as they continue to fight for a playoff spot. He should continue to work in high leverage spots, but his fantasy value isn't expected to change. Gonzalez has pitched well in St. Lucie this season, but isn't someone who is near MLB ready. These deadline moves for Chicago leaves Rowan Wick as the favorite for saves through the rest of the season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cubs Mets Mychal Givens closers
  • Astros Catcher Jason Castro Out For Season Due To Knee Surgery

    The Astros announced today that catcher Jason Castro was moved to the 60-day IL due to knee surgery.  According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Castro underwent surgery last week, and is out for the season.  Back in March, Rome reported that Castro was considering retirement after the season.  So it’s quite possible that…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Astros Jason Castro
  • Padres, Royals Swap Brent Rooker, Cam Gallagher

    The Padres have traded outfielder Brent Rooker to the Royals for catcher Cam Gallagher, according to Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Rooker, 27, is an outfielder who has hit well at every level he’s played, with the notable exception of the big leagues. Drafted by the Twins in 2017, he made it to the…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres Royals Cam Gallagher Brent Rooker
  • Raisel Iglesias Moved To Braves

    Los Angeles Angels closer Raisel Iglesias has been traded to the Atlanta Braves. This is another last minute trade deadline move as the Braves look to bolster their bullpen. In exchange for Iglesias, the Angels will receive pitchers Jesse Chavez and Tucker Davidson. This season, Iglesias holds a 4.04 ERA with 48/9 K/BB ratio and 16 saves through 35.7 innings. This move will most likely hurt Iglesias considering he won't be the closer in Atlanta. He'll likely still pitch in high leverage spots, but it might not always be the ninth inning. As for the Angels, they get two MLB arms to immediately help their roster. Chavez has a 2.66 ERA through 44 games and Davidson has struggled this season, but shown flashes during his career. The expectation is that both of them will be on the Angels roster right away.

    Aug 2 · Source via Angels Braves Raisel Iglesias closers
  • Pirates Acquire Jeremy Beasley

    The Pirates have acquired right-hander Jeremy Beasley from the Blue Jays just prior to the trade deadline, with Toronto getting cash considerations in return.  Beasley has been assigned to Pittsburgh’s Triple-A squad. The 26-year-old Beasley has a 5.84 ERA over 24 2/3 innings in the majors, appearing in parts of the 2020-22 seasons with the…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Pirates Jeremy Beasley
  • Whit Merrifield Traded To Toronto

    Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. This is a bit of an odd move considering Merrifield's vaccination status. All players who play in Toronto must be vaccinated and Merrifield missed a series earlier in Toronto due to his status. Regardless, the Royals will receive infielders Samad Taylor and Max Castillo in exchange for Merrifield. Sadly, the Royals didn't get a great return on Merrifield due to his down year he's having at the plate. Right now, Merrifield is slashing .240/.290/.352 with six home runs and 15 stolen bases through 95 games. Possibly, a move to Toronto will help increase his fantasy value. The Blue Jays do have a better lineup, so Merrifield might get more chances with runners in scoring position.

    Aug 2 · Source via Royals Blue Jays Whit Merrifield
  • Noah Syndergaard Heads To Philly

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Angels will receive outfielders Mickey Moniak and Jadiel Sanchez in exchange for Syndergaard. The 29-year-old right-hander has a 3.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 64/22 K/BB ratio through 15 starts. This is a good move for the Phillies as they bolster their starting rotation. The Phillies now have Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, and Syndergaard on their staff as they attempt to make a playoff run. The Angels will get Moniak who is a former first round pick. He has struggled during his time in the majors, but maybe a change of scenery can help him. Fantasy managers might see Syndergaard's value take a slight hit with the move to Philly. It's a hitter-friendly park, but he has pitched well this season, so continue to trust him.

    Aug 2 · Source via Angels Noah Syndergaard
  • Cardinals Acquire Austin Allen From A's

    The Cardinals have acquired minor league backstop Austin Allen from the A’s, the team announced. Minor league pitcher Carlos Guarate is back to Oakland in return. More to come.

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Cardinals Austin Allen
  • Reds Acquire Austin Romine From Cardinals

    The Reds have acquired catcher Austin Romine from the Cardinals for cash, per a team announcement. More to come.

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Reds Austin Romine
  • Harrison Bader Headed To Yankees

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader has been traded to the New York Yankees. In exchange, the Cardinals will receive left-handed starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery. This is a trade that helps both parties right now as they continue to compete for playoff position. Bader is hitting .256/.303//.370 with five home runs and 15 steals in 72 games with St. Louis. It's uncertain if he'll get everyday at-bats in New York, but he should be able to continue producing fantasy value. There's a chance that his fantasy value actually increases in the Yankees hitter-friendly park, but that depends on playing time.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cardinals Yankees Harrison Bader
  • Jordan Montgomery Traded To Cardinals

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery has been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. In exchange, the Yankees will receive right-handed outfielder Harrison Bader for Monty. This is one of those rare trades that helps both contending organizations right now. Montgomery holds a 3.69 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 97 strikeouts through 21 starts. The lefty starter should be a nice addition to the Cardinals rotation. He won't be an ace, but his fantasy value should stay strong pitching in St. Louis.

    Aug 2 · Source via Yankees Cardinals Jordan Montgomery
  • Blue Jays Acquire Mitch White From Dodgers

    The Blue Jays and Dodgers have agreed to a trade sending righty Mitch White from Los Angeles to Toronto in exchange for minor league pitchers, tweets FanSided’s Robert Murray. The teams have since announced the trade, with White and minor league infielder Alex De Jesus headed to Toronto in exchange for minor league righty Nick…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Dodgers Blue Jays Alex De Jesus Nick Frasso Mitch White closers
  • George Springer Not Starting Tuesday Versus Rays

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer (elbow) won't suit up against the Rays on Tuesday evening. He suffered the injury last Thursday, missed Friday's game, and returned Saturday. However, he was out of the lineup again on Sunday and now misses his second consecutive contest. Springer is slashing an impressive .251/.330/.467 with 18 homers, 47 RBI, 35 walks, 72 strikeouts, and 10 stolen bases. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will occupy the leadoff spot in his absence while Raimel Tapia patrols center field. As soon as Springer is healthy again, he belongs in your fantasy lineup.

    Aug 2 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer
  • Matthew Boyd Headed To Seattle

    The Seattle Mariners acquired left-hander Matthew Boyd (elbow) from the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. Boyd has yet to pitch in 2022 and was shut down in mid-June after he felt discomfort in his elbow while recovering from left flexor tendon surgery. The 31-year-old southpaw was cleared to resume throwing off a mound last week, though. In his last season with the Detroit Tigers in 2021, he went 3-8 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 67 strikeouts and 23 walks in 78 2/3 innings over 15 starts. It's unclear if Boyd will be an option for the Mariners rotation at some point late in the second half of the 2022 season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Giants Mariners Matthew Boyd
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Back In Action Tuesday

    Kansas City Royals rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hand) is back at shortstop and is hitting second on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox and right-hander Lucas Giolito. Witt sat out on Monday with a minor hand injury, but his fantasy managers will be able to get him back into their lineups on Tuesday. The 22-year-old has played in only five games since the All-Star break because of nagging injuries, and he's gone 5-for-19 (.263) with a homer, four RBI, three runs scored and three stolen bases in that time. Overall, the first-year MLB player is slashing .255/.299/.452 with 14 home runs, 51 RBI, 51 runs scored and 20 stolen bases. Get the youngster back in your lineups in single-year formats.

    Aug 2 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Mariners Acquire Curt Casali From Giants

    The Seattle Mariners are acquiring catcher Curt Casali (oblique) from the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday in exchange for right-hander Michael Stryffeler, according to sources familiar with the situation. Casali has been on the injured list since the beginning of July with a right oblique strain, but he was set to begin a minor league rehab assignment for Triple-A Sacramento last week, so he's probably close to a return to the big leagues. The 33-year-old backstop was hitting just .231/.325/.370 with four home runs, 14 RBI and 13 runs scored in 108 at-bats for the Gigantes before his injury. In Seattle, he'll serve as catching depth behind Cal Raleigh. The M's also have Luis Torrens in the fold at the position.

    Aug 2 · Source via Giants Mariners Curt Casali
  • Padres Acquire Brandon Drury From The Reds

    The San Diego Padres are acquiring infielder Brandon Drury from the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, according to sources. It's unclear what the Padres sent to the Reds in exchange. Drury has seen the vast majority of his playing time in Cincinnati this year on the infield, mainly at the hot corner, but he has experience in the outfield as well. The 29-year-old has had a late-career resurgence in 2022, hitting .274/.335/.520 with a career-high 20 home runs, 59 RBI, 62 runs scored and two stolen bases in 385 plate appearances and 92 games. The move to San Diego isn't good news at all for Drury's fantasy value the rest of the way, as he'll be blocked at third by Manny Machado and at second base by Jake Cronenworth, but perhaps he'll see semi-regular at-bats in the outfield, where he has some experience as well.

    Aug 2 · Source via Reds Padres Brandon Drury
  • Tyler Mahle Going To The Twins

    The Minnesota Twins acquired starting pitcher Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday in exchange for shortstop Spencer Steer, third baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand and pitcher Steven Hajjar. Mahle will certainly bolster the Twins rotation as they look to make a deep postseason run this year. The 27-year-old right-hander has gone 5-7 with Cincy this year with a 4.40 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 114 strikeouts and 39 walks in 104 1/3 innings over 19 starts. The move from hitter-friendly Cincinnati to Minnesota and a much better offense will be great news for Mahle's second-half fantasy outlook as well. In three starts in July, Mahle allowed seven earned runs while striking out 17 and walking seven in 17 innings pitched, so he's been better of late.

    Aug 2 · Source via Reds Twins Tyler Mahle
  • Giants Acquire J.D. Davis From Mets

    The San Francisco Giants are acquiring J.D. Davis and prospects from the New York Mets in exchange for veteran first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf, according to Andy Martino of SNY. Davis has been relegated to mainly serving as the Mets' DH this season, slashing just .238/.324/.359 with four homers, a 9.7 BB%, and a woeful 31.4 K%. He might see a slight uptick in usage with the Giants, but he still doesn't produce enough to justify rostering him in fantasy leagues.

    Aug 2 · Source via Mets Giants J.D. Davis
  • Brandon Marsh Heads To The Phillies

    The Philadelphia Phillies acquired outfielder Brandon Marsh from the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, according to sources. It's currently unknown what the Phillies sent to the Angels in return. Marsh was once a top prospect coming through the farm system for the Angels, but he's struggled to the tune of a .239/.299/.354 slash line with 10 home runs, 56 RBI, 61 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in two seasons in the big leagues in 163 games played. This year, he's gone 66-for-292 (.226) with eight homers, 37 RBI, 34 runs scored and eight stolen bases and a 36.2% strikeout rate in 93 games. The 24-year-old is a buy-low MLB player for the Phillies, and he should at least see the strong side of a platoon in center field in Philadelphia.

    Aug 2 · Source via Angels Phillies Brandon Marsh
  • Mets Acquire Darin Ruf From Giants

    The New York Mets are acquiring veteran first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for infielder J.D. Davis and prospects, according to Andy Martino of SNY. Ruf owns a .216/.328/.373 with 11 homers, a 12.7 BB%, and 27.1 K%. He isn't super valuable defensively but will give the Mets a solid bat off the bench considering his .886 OPS against southpaws. Although he'll provide value to New York down the stretch, he won't see enough playing time and impact at-bats to provide fantasy managers with a key piece on rosters. Thus, Ruf should be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues.

    Aug 2 · Source via Giants Mets Darin Ruf
  • Phillies Designate Odubel Herrera For Assignment

    The Phillies have designated outfielder Odubel Herrera for assignment, according to The Athletic’s Matt Gelb (Twitter link).  With Brandon Marsh just being acquired in a trade with the Angels, Herrera now becomes an expendable part of Philadelphia’s outfield picture. More to come…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Odubel Herrera
  • Phillies Acquire David Robertson From Cubs

    The Philadelphia Phillies acquired right-handed reliever David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, according to sources. It's unclear who the Phillies will send to the Cubs in return, but Robertson will be returning to the Phil after spending the 2019 season with them. The 37-year-old was the Cubbies closer before the trade, posting a strong 2.23 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 14 saves and 51 strikeouts in his 40 1/3 innings of work. In Philadelphia, Seranthony Dominguez and lefty Brad Hand have been sharing closing duties, but it remains to be seen if Robertson will be given the majority of save chances in his new home or if he'll be part of an ongoing committee for saves. His fantasy outlook for the rest of the season could receive a boost on a contending team.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cubs Phillies David Robertson closers
  • Luke Voit Heading To Washington In Juan Soto Deal

    The San Diego Padres are sending first baseman Luke Voit to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday to finalize the deal involving superstar outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell, according to a source. First baseman Eric Hosmer was originally included in the deal for Soto and Bell, but he exercised his no-trade clause and was later dealt to the Boston Red Sox. Earlier in the day, Passan reported that the Nationals would also be getting left-hander MacKenzie Gore, top outfield prospect Robert Hassel III, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder James Wood and right-hander Jarlin Susana, but it's unknown if those names are still included in the blockbuster swap. The 31-year-old Voit will become Washington's primary first baseman, and he'll lose fantasy value in the move to the last-place Nats. Voit is hitting .225 with 13 homers and 48 RBI in 298 at-bats in 2022.

    Aug 2 · Source via Nationals Padres Luke Voit
  • Yankees Checked In On Carlos Rodon

    The New York Yankees checked in at some point on San Francisco Giants left-hander Carlos Rodon, but it seems like a long shot. Rodon is clearly available at Tuesday's trade deadline, and he's also been linked to the Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins. The Giants got off to a rough start to open the second half of the season, but it will be interesting to see if they classify themselves as buyers or sellers at Tuesday's deadline. Rodon spun seven scoreless innings while striking out 10 Chicago Cubs hitters in his last outing on Sunday night, and he earned his second straight All-Star nod this year. He's currently 9-6 with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a 158:39 K:BB in 123 innings over 21 innings pitched.

    Aug 2 · Source via Giants Yankees Carlos Rodon
  • Blue Jays Discussing Noah Syndergaard, Raisel Iglesias

    The Toronto Blue Jays are talking to the Los Angeles Angels about starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard and closer Raisel Iglesias with the trade deadline approaching on Tuesday. The Philadelphia Phillies have also been linked to Syndergaard, but general manager Dave Dombrowski isn't often a buyer of rental players like Thor. Syndergaard has been solid in his first year with the Angels, posting a 3.83 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP with a 64:22 K:BB in 80 innings over his 15 starts, but he has struggled to get run support from the lowly Angels offense. That probably wouldn't be as much of a problem in Toronto. Iglesias has a 4.04 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 16 saves and 48 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings as the Halos closer, but he'd become a top-end setup arm in Toronto in front of closer Jordan Roman if he was dealt to the Jays.

    Aug 2 · Source via Angels Blue Jays Noah Syndergaard Raisel Iglesias closers
  • Zach Eflin Moved To 60-Day Injured List

    The Philadelphia Phillies moved starting pitcher Zach Eflin (knee) to the 60-day injured list on Tuesday and claimed left-hander Andrew Vasquez off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays in a corresponding move. Vasquez was then optioned to Triple-A. Eflin won't be able to return to the Phillies starting rotation until the final week of August now. The 28-year-old right-hander had a 4.37 ERA (3.84 FIP), a 1.19 WHIP, 56 strikeouts and 15 walks in 68 innings over his 13 starts before getting injured in June. When healthy, Eflin doesn't have a ton of fantasy upside given his career 19.6% strikeout rate, but he'll slot back into the back end of Philadelphia's rotation when he's ready.

    Aug 2 · Source via Phillies Zach Eflin
  • Druw Jones To Have Shoulder Surgery

    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Druw Jones (shoulder), the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, will have surgery to fix his posterial labrum in his left shoulder, according to farm director Josh Barfield. Jones injured his shoulder while taking batting practice in Arizona shortly after the team made him the No. 2 overall pick. The 18-year-old, who is the son of former MLB center fielder Andruw Jones, will miss the rest of the 2022 season. The good news is that he's still young, and the injury is to his non-throwing shoulder, so Jones should be just fine in the long run. He entered this year's draft with one of the best overall hit tools of any prep prospect. Jones will be hoping to gain clearance from his injury before spring training in 2023.

    Aug 2 · Source via Diamondbacks prospects mlb draft
  • Oscar Gonzalez Back In The Lineup Tuesday

    Cleveland Guardians rookie outfielder Oscar Gonzalez (intercostal) has been activated from the 10-day injured list and is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zac Gallen, starting in right field and batting seventh in the batting order. Gonzalez will be making his return after getting injured in June, and he'll return to a solid .285/.315/.431 slash line with two home runs, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored in his first 123 major league at-bats. The 24-year-old Dominican should be a lineup regular for Cleveland. In a corresponding move, the Guardians are expected to designate the struggling Franmil Reyes for assignment.

    Aug 2 · Source via Guardians Oscar Gonzalez
  • Ex-All-Star catcher Lucroy announces retirement

    Catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who played more than 1,200 games with the Milwaukee Brewers, announced his retirement Tuesday, more than a year after playing his last major league game.

    Aug 2 · ESPN Jonathan Lucroy
  • Phillies Interested In Carlos Rodon

    The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly interested in San Francisco Giants starter Carlos Rodon, per the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. The Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals are also showing interest in the left-hander. The 29-year-old has pitched to a 3.00 ERA and a 2.29 FIP in 123 innings for the Giants this season, logging 158 strikeouts and just 39 walks in the process. Philadelphia's current rotation options include Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, Kyle Gibsonand Ranger Suarez.

    Aug 2 · Source via Giants Phillies Carlos Rodon
  • Joey Gallo Traded To Dodgers

    According to a tweet from Sports Illustrated's Pat Ragazzo on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired outfielder Joey Gallo from the New York Yankees for minor league pitcher Clayton Beeter. The outfielder is batting .159 with a .282 on-base percentage, 12 home runs and two stolen bases in 273 plate appearances this season. He'll give the Dodgers another power option in the outfield, but as was the case in New York, he might not see much playing time, especially if he continues to strike out in bunches. Currently, Los Angeles' outfield options on the active roster include Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Trayce Thompson, and James Outman.

    Aug 2 · Source via Yankees Dodgers Joey Gallo
  • Red Sox Acquire Eric Hosmer From Padres

    San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer has reportedly been traded to the Boston Red Sox, per the San Diego Union-Tribune's Jeff Sanders, who tweeted on Tuesday that Hosmer "is heading to Boston, per team source." The veteran previously hit .272 with a .336 on-base percentage and eight home runs in 369 plate appearances for the Padres this year. So far this season, Boston has primarily utilized Bobby Dalbec and Franchy Cordero at first base.

    Aug 2 · Source via Padres Red Sox Eric Hosmer
  • Jesus Luzardo Turns In Solid Start Monday

    Miami Marlins left-hander Jesus Luzardo struck out five batters in five innings against the Cincinnati Reds in his latest start on Monday. Luzardo also scattered just three hits and a pair of earned runs in five innings, throwing 81 pitches on the day. Overall, it was a solid outing for the starter, who logged 12 swinging strikes on the day and finished with a 31% CSW rate. He's now sporting a 3.97 ERA and a 3.35 FIP, to go along with 46 strikeouts and 16 walks, in 34 innings of work this season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Marlins Jesus Luzardo
  • Red Sox Listening On Nathan Eovaldi

    Most of the talk regarding the Red Sox in recent days has centered on designated hitter J.D. Martinez and the since-traded Christian Vazquez, but Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that the Sox are open to dealing right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, though they’re not planning to simply take the best offer presented for him. Boston…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Nathan Eovaldi
  • Yankees Reportedly Inquired On Brett Phillips

    According to a tweet from NJ.com's Brendan Kuty on Monday, the New York Yankees "are among the teams who have inquired on outfielder Brett Phillips, who the Tampa Bay Rays designated for assignment on Tuesday. The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies are in the mix, too. Phillips previously appeared in 75 games for the Rays this season, batting .147 with a .225 on-base percentage, five home runs and seven stolen bases in 208 plate appearances. New York's current outfield options on the 40-man roster include Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Joey Gallo, Andrew Benintendi, Miguel Andujar, Tim Locastro, Estevan Florialand Everson Pereira.

    Aug 2 · Source via Rays Yankees Brett Phillips
  • Freddy Peralta To Start Wednesday

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta (lat) will come off the injured list and make the start on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It's a big reinforcement for the Brewers rotation in the second half of the season. Peralta was 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA (2.11 FIP), a 1.19 WHIP and a 50:13 K:BB in 38 2/3 innings over eight starts before landing on the injured list. The 26-year-old right-hander only threw 52 pitches in his final minor league rehab start last Friday, though, so there's a good chance he'll be on a short leash in his return against Pittsburgh. Peralta may not be a slam-dunk fantasy option in his return on Wednesday, but he needs to be rostered in all fantasy formats in the second half of the season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Brewers Freddy Peralta
  • Jordan Groshans Heading To Miami

    The Miami Marlins are acquiring infield prospect Jordan Groshans from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in exchange for right-handed relievers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop and an unnamed smaller piece. Groshans is a top-100 prospect and was ranked as the Blue Jays' No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, before the trade. The 22-year-old is currently a shortstop, but he could make the move to the hot corner eventually. In 67 games for Triple-A Buffalo this year, he hit .250/.348/.296 with one home run, 24 RBI, 30 runs scored and two stolen bases in 279 plate appearances. Groshans was once believed to have plus potential power, but that hasn't been the case in recent seasons, as he's gone deep just eight times in the last two seasons.

    Aug 2 · Source via Blue Jays Marlins Jordan Groshans prospects
  • Anthony Bass, Zach Pop Dealt To Blue Jays

    The Toronto Blue Jays are acquiring relief pitcher Anthony Bass, right-hander Zach Pop and a smaller unnamed piece on Tuesday in exchange for infield prospect Jordan Groshans. The Blue Jays had been looking to upgrade their bullpen for a run at a postseason spot, so Bass and Pop will be inserted as late-inning setup men in Toronto in front of closer Jordan Romano. Bass has been excellent this year, posting a 1.41 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 45:10 K:BB in 44 2/3 innings, but his fantasy value won't change all that much in a setup role in Toronto. Pop has been solid but not spectacular, going 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 20 relief innings for the Fish.

    Aug 2 · Source via Marlins Blue Jays Anthony Bass Zach Pop closers
  • Eric Hosmer Declines To Go To Nationals

    San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer has declined to go to the Washington Nationals in the deal that will send outfielder Juan Soto to San Diego. Hosmer exercised his no-trade clause and will now stay in San Diego for the time being, but it's unclear if first baseman Josh Bell will join Soto in the deal from Washington. Either way, Soto will become a Padre officially on Tuesday. Stay tuned for the rest of the details. The Padres are trying to get Hosmer and his three years and $39 million off their books to stay under the luxury tax threshold now that they are taking on Soto. While Hosmer remains with the Friars for now, it's very possible that he accepts a deal to another club before Tuesday's deadline passes. The 32-year-old is hitting .272/.336/.391 with eight home runs, 40 RBI and 32 runs scored in 90 games in 2022.

    Aug 2 · Source via Padres Nationals Eric Hosmer
  • Rockies Call Up Elehuris Montero, Ryan Feltner

    The Colorado Rockies recalled infielder Elehuris Montero and left-hander Ty Blach from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. The team also added right-hander Ryan Feltner as the 27th man for Tuesday's doubleheader against the San Diego Padres, and he will start in Game 1. Montero, the team's No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline, will give the team another right-handed bat with Kris Bryant (foot) landing on the injured list on Monday night. The 23-year-old Dominican has gone 6-for-34 (.176) with no homers, no RBI and 15 strikeouts in his first 11 major league games, and he's unlikely to see regular playing time. Feltner has a 5.59 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 37 innings over eight outings (seven starts) for the Rockies in 2022. He'll be a shaky streaming option in fantasy.

    Aug 2 · Source via Rockies Elehuris Montero prospects
  • Jon Gray Likely To Miss A Start

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jon Gray (side) left his start early on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles due to discomfort in his left side. He departed after recording just one out in the second inning after throwing 48 pitches. Gray will get further testing on Tuesday, but manager Chris Woodward said the best-case scenario feels like Gray would miss just one start with what the team later called "left side discomfort." Prior to his start on Monday, the 30-year-old right-hander had a 2.65 ERA in 11 starts since June 1. If the Rangers don't acquire a starter at Tuesday's trade deadline, Taylor Hearn will likely be the immediate option for the starting rotation. Hearn opened the year in the rotation but was moved to the bullpen in June and then sent to Triple-A Round Rock. He has a 6.25 ERA as a starter and 1.59 ERA as a reliever in 2022.

    Aug 2 · Source via Rangers Jon Gray
  • Nationals On Eric Hosmer's No-Trade List

    San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer has been notified he's in the agreed-upon deal between the Padres and Washington Nationals that would send outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell to San Diego. However, the Nationals are on his no-trade list and he hasn't consented yet. The deal for Soto and Bell will go through either way, according to sources, but Hosmer is in a tough spot. The Padres are trying to stay under the luxury tax threshold with their acquisition of Soto, hence Hosmer's inclusion in the deal. Hosmer has three years and $39 million left on his deal. This situation will be sorted out one way or another before Tuesday's trade deadline, but either way, Hosmer's time in San Diego is likely coming to an end.

    Aug 2 · Source via Padres Eric Hosmer
  • Padres Agree On Deal For Juan Soto, Josh Bell

    The San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals have agreed in principle on a deal that will send outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell to the Padres, according to sources. ESPN's Jeff Passan is reporting that the Padres will send left-hander MacKenzie Gore, outfielder Robert Hassell III, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder James Wood and right-hander Jarlin Susana to Washington in the package. One other major-leaguer will also be involved, which is the only current holdup. Soto is only 23 years old and is already one of the best all-around hitters in the game, while Bell will also be an upgrade for the Friars at first base over Eric Hosmer, who could be dealt in a separate deal. The Padres were already contenders, but the addition of both Soto and Bell takes them to another level.

    Aug 2 · Source via Nationals Josh Bell Juan Soto
  • Rays In The Mix For Willson Contreras

    The Tampa Bay Rays are in the mix, along with the New York Mets, for Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, according to sources. Contreras is a possible fallback option for the San Diego Padres, too, if they cannot land Washington Nationals superstar outfielder Juan Soto. The rebuilding Cubs are almost certain to deal Contreras before Tuesday's deadline, but the Mets may now have competition for his services. The 30-year-old backstop made his third All-Star team this year and is currently hitting .252/.365/.453 with an .818 OPS, 14 home runs, 38 RBI, 51 runs scored and even three stolen bases in 86 games. Contreras will really help a contending team both offensively and defensively if he's brought on board.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Blue Jays Interested In Ian Happ

    The Toronto Blue Jays have interest in Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ, whose ability to play center field is valuable in light of George Springer's recent injury. Springer isn't expected to miss significant time or anything, but Happ would give the Blue Jays some high-end insurance at the position. The 27-year-old received his first All-Star nod this year and is currently slashing .279/.360/.436 with nine home runs, 46 RBI, 45 runs scored and six stolen bases in 408 plate appearances and 99 games. However, with Springer healthy, Happ might struggle for consistent playing time in Toronto, which would obviously hurt his fantasy upside for the remainder of the season if he was dealt to the Blue Jays.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cubs Ian Happ
  • Noah Syndergaard Is The Phillies' Top Target

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard is still believed to be the Philadelphia Phillies' top target at the trade deadline. The Phillies scouted Seattle Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales' start in New York last night, but there's no sign of apparent traction with the Mariners, according to sources. Syndergaard has been solid in his first season with the Angels, going 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and a 64:22 K:BB in 80 innings over 15 starts, but he hasn't gotten much run support from the Angels. The 29-year-old right-hander would be a nice addition to the Phillies' staff, and his fantasy value would be on the rise with a better offense backing him.

    Aug 2 · Source via Angels Noah Syndergaard
  • Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly Not Going Anywhere

    The Arizona Diamondbacks have determined that starting pitchers Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly aren't going anywhere at this year's trade deadline. There has been a little interest in veteran left-hander Madison Bumgarner, but nothing serious yet. Gallen has a no-decision in seven of his last outings, but he's been solid for the D-backs all year, posting a 3.24 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 101:29 K:BB over 105 2/3 innings. Kelly has been even better, going 10-5 with a 2.87 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 104:38 K:BB in 125 1/3 innings in his fourth MLB season. In the month of July, he went 4-0 with a 1.31 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 33 K's and eight walks in 41 1/3 innings over his six starts. It makes sense why Arizona would want to hang onto both of these starters.

    Aug 2 · Source via Diamondbacks Zac Gallen Merrill Kelly
  • Royals Won't Trade Zack Greinke

    Kansas City Royals future Hall of Famer Zack Greinke could probably help a contending team this year, but the Royals have decided not to deal him. The rebuilding Royals will keep the 38-year-old veteran around to close out the 2022 season. In 17 starts (87 2/3 innings), Greinke has gone 3-6 with a 4.41 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 50 strikeouts and 18 walks. He still has pinpoint control with his pitches, but a career-low 13.4 percent strikeout rate has made Greinke pretty much useless in fantasy towards the end of his career. He would've been a bit more intriguing if pitching for a contender the rest of the way, but it looks like that won't be happening.

    Aug 2 · Source via Royals Zack Greinke
  • Twins, Phillies Interested In Tyler Mahle

    The Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies are among the teams interested in Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle, an underrated pitcher that has been very good of late. The rebuilding Reds dealt ace Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners last week for a big prospect haul, and they probably aren't done trading before Tuesday's deadline. Mahle and infielder Brandon Drury could both be gone at some point as well. Mahle is 5-7 overall with a 4.40 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 114 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings over 19 starts for the Reds this year. The 27-year-old right-hander hasn't allowed over three earned runs in his last four starts, striking out 24 and walking eight in that span. Mahle would gain more fantasy appeal if he were dealt to a contender.

    Aug 2 · Source via Reds Tyler Mahle
  • Padres Likely Landing Spot For Juan Soto, Josh Bell

    There is a growing sense that the San Diego Padres are the most likely landing spot for Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and perhaps first baseman Josh Bell, too, as Tuesday's trade deadline approaches. Multiple people have heard there is momentum in the Padres' talks for Soto and Bell. The Athletic's Jim Bowden reports a potential deal would cost the Padres a package including shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder Robert Hassel III, left-hander Adrian Morejon and two other prospects. It seems like a pretty cheap deal for Soto himself, let alone Soto and Bell. The Dodgers and Cardinals are the other teams in the mix for Soto, who would be an absolute difference-maker down the stretch for any contending team this year. Stay tuned.

    Aug 2 · Source via Nationals Josh Bell Juan Soto
  • Joey Gallo Expected To Be Traded

    The New York Yankees are getting interest in outfielder Joey Gallo, according to sources, and it would be something of a surprise if he wasn't traded by Tuesday's 6:00 pm ET deadline. Gallo has really struggled in his second year in the Bronx, so interested teams may be able to land him for pennies on the dollar. The 28-year-old left-handed slugger has cratered to the tune of a .159/.282/.339 slash line, 12 home runs, 24 RBI, 32 runs scored and two stolen bases in 273 plate appearances over 82 games. A change of scenery could get him going again, and it appears that the two-time All-Star will be on the move this summer.

    Aug 2 · Source via Yankees Joey Gallo
  • Tarik Skubal Optimistic He'll Make His Next Start

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tarik Skubal (arm), who left his start early on Monday with left arm fatigue against the Minnesota Twins, is optimistic that he'll be able to make his next start. "I'm going to wake up tomorrow and kind of see where I'm at and then go from there. But my plan is to make my next start, assuming that I'm feeling good, which I'm pretty optimistic about that," Skubal said. The 25-year-old southpaw said "something didn't feel right" on Monday night. He tossed five shutout innings with four strikeouts before leaving and has been solid this year with a 3.52 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 117 strikeouts and 32 walks in 117 2/3 innings over 21 starts. The Tigers could play things cautiously with Skubal, so don't bank on him making his next start.

    Aug 2 · Source via Tigers Tarik Skubal
  • Twins Acquiring Jorge Lopez From Orioles

    The Minnesota Twins are finalizing a deal to acquire closer Jorge Lopez from the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday in exchange for left-hander Cade Povich, right-handed reliever Yennier Cano and more prospects from the Complex League, according to sources. The Twins had been using a committee approach to the ninth inning this year, but Lopez will presumably step right in as the club's new closer after the trade. The 29-year-old right-hander was excellent with Baltimore this year, posting a 1.68 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP with 19 saves, 54 strikeouts and only 17 walks in 48 1/3 innings. Lopez's fantasy value increases with the deal to the first-place Twins. Back in Baltimore, Felix Bautista should be first in line for save chances with Lopez no longer around.

    Aug 2 · Source via Orioles Jorge Lopez closers
  • Cardinals Acquire Chris Stratton

    The St. Louis Cardinals acquired right-hander Chris Stratton and left-hander Jose Quintana from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night in exchange for right-hander Johan Oviedo and minor league infielder Malcom Nunez. The main piece of this trade was the veteran Quintana going to St. Louis to bolster their banged-up rotation as they make a run for a playoff spot. Stratton has had a rough year in Pittsburgh with a 5.09 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, two saves, 37 strikeouts and 13 walks in 40 2/3 innings over 40 appearances (one start). The 31-year-old should give St. Louis some more bullpen depth the rest of the way in 2022.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cardinals Chris Stratton closers
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