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  • Rays' Brett Phillips Drawing Interest From Multiple Clubs

    The Rays designated outfielder Brett Phillips for assignment yesterday upon acquiring outfielder Jose Siri from the Astros, and while a team normally has a week to trade a player following a DFA, that’s not the case with today’s 6pm ET deadline looming. Phillips seems likely to change hands today, as he’s already drawing interest from…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Rays Brett Phillips
  • Jase Bowen Showing Progress In Minors

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Jase Bowen, like many other minor leaguers, suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic because it limited his opportunities to see crucial game action and progress his development in 2020. As a result, he's still in Single-A, though he's certainly knocking on the door of a promotion. The 21-year-old's biggest weakness is his hit tool. He has the potential to clobber a lot of homers, but at what cost? Bowen has swung and missed way too many times in the lower levels of the minors. Although he has continued to strike out at a high rate in 2022, it is promising to see that his batting average has climbed to .278 after it was .223 or lower in each of the past two seasons. Defensively, Bowen has the above-average speed, fielding, and arm needed to play center field long-term, though he has taken reps at second base, too. Bowen is coming off a great week at Single-A in which he went 10-for-22 with three homers, 10 RBI, three walks, and four strikeouts. He was also hit by two pitches and came around to score eight times in the six-game series against Lakeland.

    Aug 2 · Source via Pirates Jase Bowen prospects
  • Landon Marceaux Coming Off Fantastic July

    Los Angeles Angels pitching prospect Landon Marceaux is a Louisiana State product who was selected in the third round of the 2021 draft. That was the year in which the Halos took all pitchers, and Marceaux had the privilege of being their third choice. After a brutal 3.2 innings of work at the Rookie level in 2021, the right-hander has bounced back with plenty of strong outings at High-A this year. Marceaux's fastball sits in the low-to-mid-90s, but it gets good run. However, his complementary pitches are the ones that make him such a special pitcher. He throws a low-80s slider and curve, both of which demonstrate good break and work nicely off the heater. He also has a fading changeup that, according to MLB Pipeline, is effective at "generating a lot of groundballs." The 22-year-old's great command of all four pitches gives him a leg-up over opposing batters and has translated to the stat sheet quite well in 2022. His stats show that while he doesn't get a whole lot of strikeouts, he has kept walks to an absolute minimum and also induced a lot of ground balls. Marceaux put on a show this past week, striking out eight batters over eight innings during his outing on July 30. He surrendered just two hits and one walk while holding his opponent scoreless for the entire game. Fittingly, he earned the win and brought his ERA down to a fantastic 0.64 in the month of July.

    Aug 2 · Source via Angels Landon Marceaux prospects
  • Aaron Sabato Displays Power In Minors

    Minnesota Twins first base prospect Aaron Sabato is a former first-round pick who has lived up to expectations so far, showing off a phenomenal power tool while also drawing a solid amount of walks. At times, he has appeared to be outmatched, especially when facing fastballs. This has led to a high strikeout rate, which often happens to power hitters in the majors but generally doesn't plague the most trustworthy bats in the minors. However, Sabato has worked hard to improve his swing amidst a challenging transition to pro baseball and wood bats. He has improved his timing and worked to pull the ball to left field rather than go the opposite way. The power is clearly there; now he just needs to take the next step with his contact. He also has good discipline and impressive knowledge of the strike zone, giving the Twins additional optimism about his long-term outlook. He does leave a lot to be desired defensively, so Sabato will need to hit his way into the majors and be content playing first base or designated hitter. The 23-year-old is coming off a strong week in which he went 7-for-21 with four homers, 11 RBI, four walks, and 10 runs. He showed off his power, drew some walks, and scored almost every time he reached base.

    Aug 2 · Source via Twins Aaron Sabato
  • Spencer Stockton Bounces Back With Two Dominant Outings

    Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Spencer Stockton went undrafted out of Jacksonville in 2019 but has climbed through the lower ranks of affiliated ball since signing with the club. The right-hander, who has seen some rotation work but mostly pitches out of the bullpen, has been fantastic this season, allowing more than two runs in just one outing (a rough July 23rd showing in which he surrendered seven runs and didn't escape the first inning). The 24-year-old has done a very good job limiting walks, all while striking out roughly one batter per inning throughout his three-year career in the minors. He doesn't induce many ground balls whatsoever, but he does have impressive LOB and HR/FB rates. Stockton had two quality appearances out of the bullpen this week. He totaled six innings, striking out a whopping 10 batters while allowing just three hits and two walks. His outing on July 27 was the best of the pair. Not only was it his first game since the brutal seven-run rough-up, but eight of his 10 outs came on strikeouts and he allowed just one baserunner in the process.

    Aug 2 · Source via Reds prospects
  • Joseph Ortiz Coming Off Big Week In Minors

    Baltimore Orioles shortstop prospect Joseph Ortiz is a defense-first player with phenomenal glovework and a plus arm. He projects as the Orioles' shortstop of the future, using his fantastic baseball instincts, fluid footwork, and great glove-to-throw skills. He isn't super speedy, but he has enough range to cover the shortstop position adequately. Ortiz has never been known as a major power hitter, but he has seen a somewhat surprising uptick in homers over the last couple of seasons. He's an average hitter who will ideally cut down on strikeouts and develop a bit more discipline before he reaches the big-league level. All criticism aside, Ortiz is coming off a huge week in Double-A. Through six games, he went 14-for-27 with three homers, four doubles, 11 RBI, and nine runs. The 24-year-old undoubtedly factors into Baltimore's future plans and could have some low-end fantasy appeal in the majors as soon as 2024.

    Aug 2 · Source via Orioles Joey Ortiz prospects
  • Giants Designate Kervin Castro For Assignment

    The Giants announced tonight they’ve designated reliever Kervin Castro for assignment. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for minor league catcher Ford Proctor, who was acquired in a trade with the Rays. Castro, 23, has reached the majors in each of the past two seasons. He made ten appearances with the big league club last year…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Giants Kervin Castro closers
  • Noah Syndergaard Trade Increasingly Likely; Blue Jays Among Teams With Interest

    The Blue Jays are “making a play” for Angles starter Noah Syndergaard, tweets Jon Heyman of the New York Post. Blue Jays Nation’s Brendon Kuhn was first to report the club’s contact with the Halos. Jon Morosi of tweets that the Jays, Braves and previously-reported Phillies were among the teams with recent interest in Syndergaard, although…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Blue Jays Noah Syndergaard
  • Kyle Garlick Exits Monday With Rib Inflammation

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Kyle Garlick (rib inflammation) left Monday's 5-3 win over the Tigers early with rib inflammation, per Twins writer Betsy Helfand. Garlick will undergo an MRI as the team continues to assess him. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout prior to exiting the game. The 30-year-old has been a useful fantasy option in a limited sample size, slashing .257/.319/.514 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 116 plate appearances. Fantasy managers should wait to hear more, but they should take a look at their waiver wires now in the event that Garlick has to miss time with his injury.

    Aug 2 · Source via Twins Kyle Garlick
  • Byron Buxton Could Return To Lineup Tuesday

    Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said that outfielder Byron Buxton (undisclosed) was not available in Monday's 5-3 win over the Tigers because of how he felt, per Twins writer Betsy Helfand. There were no more specifics, but this sounds like simple soreness, as Baldelli said he is hopeful Buxton can return to the lineup Tuesday. The 28-year-old has traded average for power this season, slashing .220/.296/.550 with 26 home runs, 46 RBI and three stolen bases in 324 plate appearances. Buxton's inability to stay healthy has plagued fantasy managers for many seasons, so hopefully he will be able to return shortly. Fantasy managers should check for more updates on Tuesday.

    Aug 2 · Source via Twins Byron Buxton
  • Cardinals To Designate Austin Romine For Assignment

    The Cardinals plan to designate veteran backstop Austin Romine for assignment, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (Twitter link). St. Louis is expected reinstate Yadier Molina from the injured list tomorrow. Romine had a brief stint on the Cards roster. He signed a minor league deal in mid-June and was selected onto the big league club in…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Yadier Molina Austin Romine
  • Franmil Reyes Could Be Optioned Tuesday

    The Athletic's Zack Meisel reported Monday that Cleveland Guardians designated hitter/outfielder Franmil Reyes was cleaning out his locker after Monday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Diamondbacks and could be optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Reyes pinch-hit in the game, going 0-for-1. Franimal has served as a power option for fantasy managers for much of his career, but he has managed a meager .213/.254/.350 slash line with nine home runs and 28 RBI this season. This move may come if outfielder Oscar Gonzalez (intercostal) were to be activated from the injured list. Fantasy managers have likely lost trust in Reyes, and this move would solidify that judgment.

    Aug 2 · Source via Guardians Franmil Reyes
  • Several Teams Interested In Noah Syndergaard

    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Monday that the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves are all interested in Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Thor has had a solid season, going 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 18.9% strikeout rate over 15 starts and 80 innings pitched. He has been a useful fantasy option, and his fantasy value would certainly increase if he were traded to any of these teams, as the Angels have not provided much in terms of run support. The Braves did trade for starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi on Monday, but fantasy managers should keep an eye out for further news from these three teams as the trade deadline approaches on Tuesday.

    Aug 2 · Source via Angels Noah Syndergaard
  • Matt Bush Heading To Milwaukee

    The Milwaukee Brewers continued to shake up their bullpen Monday by acquiring relief pitcher Matt Bush from the Texas Rangers, per Rangers beat writer Evan Grant. The Rangers' return was not reported. The veteran will bolster the Brewers' bullpen, as he has logged a 2.95 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 29.8% strikeout rate in 36 2/3 inning pitched this season. Bush will not likely see save opportunities, making his fantasy value virtually non-existent.

    Aug 2 · Source via Rangers Matt Bush closers
  • Dodgers Looking At Ian Happ

    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Monday that the Los Angeles Dodgers have looked into Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ as a potential trade target. However, he noted that a trade for Happ would likely be a backup plan if they could not acquire Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. Happ has had a productive 2022 season so far, slashing .279/.360/.436 with nine home runs, 46 RBI and six stolen bases. A move to the Dodgers would put Happ in a much stronger lineup, although he may not receive as much playing time. Fantasy managers should keep their eyes out for further news before the trade deadline ends, as many Cubs players have been rumored to be on the trade block.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cubs Ian Happ
  • Robbie Grossman Heading To Atlanta

    The Atlanta Braves acquired veteran outfielder Robbie Grossman from the Detroit Tigers Monday, per MLB Network Insider's Joel Sherman. The Tigers' corresponding acquisitions are not known at this time. Grossman will provide a veteran presence to the team. He had a strong 2021 season but has only managed a .205/.313/.282 slash line with two home runs, 23 RBI, and three stolen bases in 320 plate appearances this season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Tigers Robbie Grossman
  • William Smith Headed To Houston

    The Houston Astros acquired relief pitcher William Smith from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi Monday amidst a number of moves, per Fox 26's Mark Berman. Smith was serving the role of late-inning pitcher behind Kenley Jansen and will now fall into that same role behind Ryan Pressly. The veteran has had a lackluster season to this point, compiling a 4.38 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with five of eight save opportunities converted. That being said, Smith has been a reliable late-innings pitcher throughout his career and should bolster the Astros' bullpen. In terms of fantasy, Smith's value will remain relatively low, as he will not see consistent save opportunities unless injuries occur.

    Aug 2 · Source via Braves Astros Will Smith closers
  • Jake Odorizzi Acquired By Braves

    The Atlanta Braves acquired starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Houston Astros in exchange for relief pitcher Will Smith Monday, per Fox 26's Mark Berman. The Braves also traded for outfielder Robbie Grossman in a separate move. Odorizzi missed some time earlier in the season with left leg discomfort but he has produced a respectable 3.75 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 18.8% strikeout rate over 12 starts. Even better for the Braves, the veteran has only logged 60 innings so far this season, so he should be able to eat a chunk of innings for the rest of the regular season and allow some of the Braves' younger arms to rest a bit. Odorizzi is moving from one strong team to another, so his fantasy value won't be all that affected. He remains a streaming option in favorable matchups in deeper leagues at this time.

    Aug 2 · Source via Astros Jake Odorizzi
  • Cardinals Acquire Jose Quintana, Chris Stratton From Pirates

    The Cardinals added a needed arm to the rotation and picked up a veteran reliever Monday evening, announcing an intra-division trade that will net them lefty Jose Quintana and righty Chris Stratton from the Pirates. In return, the Pirates are receiving righty Johan Oviedo and minor league third baseman Malcolm Nunez. Quintana was an obvious…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Pirates Malcom Nunez Johan Oviedo Jose Quintana Chris Stratton closers
  • Brewers Acquire Matt Bush From Rangers For Mark Mathias, Antoine Kelly

    The Brewers added to their bullpen late Monday night, announcing a deal with the Rangers to bring in Matt Bush. Texas receives infielder Mark Mathias and minor league pitcher Antoine Kelly in the deal. Bush has had a strong season out of the Texas bullpen. The 36-year-old hurler made the Opening Day roster and has tossed 36 2/3 innings…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Rangers Matt Bush Mark Mathias closers
  • Tarik Skubal Leaves Monday's Start With Arm Fatigue

    Detroit Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal left his Monday start against the Minnesota Twins with left arm fatigue. Skubal pitched well before departing, tossing five scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and striking out four. The Tigers' rotation has been ravaged by injuries this season and can ill-afford to lose Skubal, who has been their most effective starter. Skubal has made 20 starts in 2022, posting a 7-8 record, 3.52 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 117 strikeouts over 117 2/3 innings of work. He was replaced in the game by reliever Will Vest. Look for the Tigers to update Skubal's status after Monday's game.

    Aug 1 · Source via Tigers Tarik Skubal
  • Rays, Giants Swap Ford Proctor For Jeremy Walker

    The Rays and Giants have combined on a trade of minor leaguers, with right-hander Jeremy Walker heading to Tampa Bay and catcher/infielder Ford Proctor going to the Giants.  Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Proctor had been dealt, while The Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome reported Walker’s involvement in the trade. Walker’s MLB…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Rays Giants Jeremy Walker
  • Luke Weaver Headed To Kansas City

    The Kansas City Royals acquired right-hander Luke Weaver from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Emmanuel Rivera on Monday. Weaver has appeared in 12 games for Arizona in 2022, posting a 1-1 record, 7.71 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, and 19 strikeouts over 16 1/3 innings of work. Look for Weaver to try to help bolster the Kansas City bullpen moving forward.

    Aug 1 · Source via Diamondbacks Luke Weaver
  • Hunter Greene Shuts Out Marlins Across Six Innings

    Cincinnati Reds starter Hunter Greene pitched one of his best games on Monday, earning his fourth win of the year after holding the Miami Marlins to no runs through six innings of the eventual 3-1 victory. He struck out eight, walked nobody, and let up a single hit. Despite the great start, Greene still owns an ugly 5.26 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, largely due to the 41 walks and 23 HRs he's given up over 102.2 innings. Fantasy managers can rely on the 22-year-old for an abundance of strikeouts (127), but he has a lot of flaws early in his career.

    Aug 1 · Source via Reds Hunter Greene prospects
  • Jose Quintana Headed To St. Louis

    The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly finalizing a deal to acquire left-hander Jose Quintana from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. The return for the Pirates has yet to be reported. Quintana has made 20 starts for the Pirates in 2022, posting a 3-5 record, 3.50 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 89 strikeouts over 103 innings of work. The veteran lefty will help bolster a Cardinals team that appears to be very motivated buyers at the trade deadline this season.

    Aug 1 · Source via Pirates Jose Quintana
  • Jake Diekman Headed To White Sox

    The Chicago White Sox are acquiring left-hander Jake Diekman from the Boston Red Sox. Diekman will head to Chicago to help solidify the bullpen while the White Sox send catcher Reese McGuire to Boston in exchange. The 35-year-old Diekman has been solid out of the pen for the Red Sox in 2022, posting a 5-1 record, 4.23 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, one save, 12 holds, and 51 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings of work. Look for him to settle into a setup role with his new team.

    Aug 1 · Source via Red Sox Jake Diekman closers
  • Bryce Harper Has Pins Removed From Thumb

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (thumb) had the pins removed from his thumb on Monday and will now be ready to begin to ramp up activities in the near future. Harper has been on the injured list since fracturing his thumb near the end of June when he was hit by a pitch. He is still likely several weeks away from being able to return to the Phillies, but the pins coming out on Monday are at least a step in the right direction. Harper is hitting .318 with 15 homers, 49 runs, 48 RBI, and nine steals in 2022.

    Aug 1 · Source via Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Luis Severino Moved To 60-Day Injured List

    New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino (lat) was transferred to the 60-day injured list on Monday. Severino was shut down about two weeks ago with a right lat strain and will now not be eligible to return to the roster until mid-September. The 28-year-old hurler has made 16 starts for the Yankees in 2022, posting a 5-3 record, 3.45 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 95 strikeouts over 86 innings of work. Severino threw from flat ground earlier in the day on Monday and the session reportedly went well, at least according to manager Aaron Boone. It is unclear whether he suffered a setback during the session or if the Yankees just want to take it slow with Severino, who had Tommy John surgery back in 2020.

    Aug 1 · Source via Yankees Luis Severino
  • Jon Gray Leaves Monday's Start With Injury

    Texas Rangers right-hander Jon Gray left his Monday start against the Baltimore Orioles with left side discomfort. Gray allowed four runs (three earned) over 1 1/3 innings of work while striking out three and walking one before trainers were summoned to the mound to check on him with one out in the second inning. The veteran hurler has pitched well in his first season away from Coors Field, posting a 7-5 record, 3.83 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 116 strikeouts over 103 1/3 innings of work. Look for an update from the team after Monday's game ends.

    Aug 1 · Source via Rangers Jon Gray
  • Kris Bryant Lands On Injured List

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant (foot) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday. Bryant had been getting treatment on the foot while trying to play through a bout of plantar fasciitis in his left foot but he and the team wound up deciding to place him on the IL on Monday. The Rockies recalled infielder Alan Trejo in a corresponding move. This will be the oft-injured Bryant's third stint on the injured list this season after he signed with Colorado in the offseason. Bryant is hitting .306 with five homers, 28 runs, and 14 RBI in just 160 at-bats in 2022.

    Aug 1 · Source via Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Tyler Stephenson To Undergo Collarbone Surgery

    Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson is undergoing surgery to repair his fractured collarbone, manager David Bell announced this afternoon (via C. Trent Rosecrans of the Athletic). Bell indicated the surgery isn’t expected to affect Stephenson’s timetable, although the club nevertheless transferred him from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list to clear a roster spot for the…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Reds Tyler Stephenson
  • Nationals Select Ildemaro Vargas

    The Nationals announced that they have selected the contract of infielder Ildemaro Vargas. He has taken over the roster spot that was vacated by Ehire Adrianza, who was traded to Atlanta earlier today. Vargas, 31, began the season with the Cubs on a minor league deal. He hit .279/.321/.413 over 25 Triple-A games and was selected to…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Ildemaro Vargas
  • Dodgers Could Be Targeting Pablo Lopez

    According to Jack Harris of the LA Times, the Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly targeting Miami Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez ahead of MLB's August 2 trade deadline. Harris does go on to Tweet that a deal for Lopez would probably only take place if the Dodgers don't land Juan Soto at the deadline. The two teams have apparently had discussions centered around Lopez, who will still be under team control for two years after the 2022 season. Lopez has a 7-6 record, 3.41 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 119 strikeouts over 118 2/3 innings of work in 2022. The 26-year-old is one of the more talented arms in the National League, although he does come with some injury concerns. The return for Lopez should be substantial if the Marlins do decide to deal him.

    Aug 1 · Source via Marlins Pablo Lopez
  • Cards Won't Do Dylan Carlson, Top Prospects For Juan Soto

    According to a report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the St. Louis Cardinals are not willing to include both Dylan Carlson and their top prospects in a package for Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. Soto has been a hot name with the MLB trade deadline coming up on Tuesday, August 2, but it appears that the Cardinals might not be willing to put together the type of package that it will take to acquire Soto. Negotiations for Soto are "reaching a critical point" according to Morosi.

    Aug 1 · Source via Nationals Cardinals Juan Soto Dylan Carlson
  • Matt Joyce Retires

    After 14 Major League seasons, outfielder Matt Joyce has officially retired just two days in advance of his 38th birthday.  Joyce played with the Phillies in 2021 but was released after the year, and he told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he waited a few months into the 2022 campaign to see…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Matt Joyce
  • Diamondbacks Select Kevin Ginkel

    The D-Backs announced they’ve selected reliever Kevin Ginkel onto the major league roster before this evening’s game against the Guardians. They’ve also reinstated starter Zach Davies from the injured list and recalled designated hitter Seth Beer from Triple-A Reno. In a trio of active roster moves, they’ve placed left-hander Caleb Smith on the 15-day IL due to a hand…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Diamondbacks Kevin Ginkel
  • Guardians Select Will Benson

    The Guardians have selected Will Benson’s contract from Triple-A Columbus, putting the outfielder in line to make his Major League debut.  In corresponding moves, outfielder Alex Call was optioned to Triple-A, while Anthony Gose was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day injured list. Benson was selected 14th overall by Cleveland in the 2016 draft,…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Guardians Will Benson prospects
  • White Sox, Red Sox Swap Reese McGuire For Jake Diekman

    6:40pm: The White Sox announced the trade, adding that they’re also sending a player to be named later or cash to the Red Sox as part of the swap. 6:11pm: The White Sox are trading catcher Reese McGuire to the Red Sox, per Jesse Rogers of ESPN. Robert Murray of FanSided reports that veteran left-handed…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors White Sox Red Sox Jake Diekman Reese McGuire closers
  • Red Sox Acquire Tommy Pham From Reds

    The Boston Red Sox acquired outfielder Tommy Pham from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. It's unknown what the Reds are receiving in return. The Red Sox also sent catcher Christian Vazquez to the Houston Astros on Monday, so the Red Sox appear to be trying to walk the buy/sell tightrope this year. It remains to be seen if they will trade designated hitter J.D. Martinez before Tuesday's deadline. The 34-year-old Pham will head to Beantown after hitting .238/.320/.374 with 11 home runs, 39 RBI, 57 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 387 plate appearances over 91 games for the Reds. Pham's fantasy value shouldn't be affected by the move all that much, but if anything, he'll receive a slight boost while moving to a better Red Sox lineup.

    Aug 1 · Source via Reds Tommy Pham
  • Alex Bregman Placed On Paternity List

    The Houston Astros placed third baseman Alex Bregman on the paternity list on Monday and recalled infielder Taylor Jones from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Bregman will be away from the team for up to three days to be with his wife, so fantasy managers need to act accordingly to begin the week. The 28-year-old finished the month of July slashing .242/.321/.455 with four home runs, 17 RBI and 14 runs scored in 26 games, and he's now hitting .242 on the year with 13 home runs, 55 RBI and 53 runs scored in 420 plate appearances. Aledmys Diaz is starting at third base and hitting cleanup on Monday against Boston Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. Diaz finished the month of July on a tear, going 12-for-36 (.333) with three home runs and four RBI in 10 games.

    Aug 1 · Source via Astros Alex Bregman
  • Christian Vazquez Heading To Astros

    The Houston Astros are finalizing a deal to acquire catcher Christian Vazquez from the Boston Red Sox on Monday, according to sources. The Red Sox are playing in Houston on Monday night, so Vazquez will just be switching club houses. Vazquez will serve as Houston's primary backstop the rest of the way, with Martin Maldonado and Korey Lee serving as insurance. The Astros also traded for veteran first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini on Monday. Vazquez has been one of Boston's lone bright spots in a tough season, as he was hitting .282/.327/.432 with eight home runs, 42 RBI, 33 runs scored and a stolen bases in 318 plate appearances over 84 games. He'll receive a slight fantasy boost while heading to the Astros lineup.

    Aug 1 · Source via Red Sox Christian Vazquez
  • D-Backs, Royals To Swap Luke Weaver For Emmanuel Rivera

    The Royals and Diamondbacks are nearing agreement on a deal that’ll send right-hander Luke Weaver to Kansas City for infielder Emmanuel Rivera, reports John Gambadoro of 98.7FM radio in Phoenix (Twitter link). More to come.

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Diamondbacks Emmanuel Rivera Luke Weaver
  • Kris Bryant Scratched On Monday

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant (foot) has been scratched from Monday's game against the San Diego Padres. He was removed from Sunday's contest due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The organization decided to have Bryant serve as the designated hitter to help rest his foot on Monday. Despite that, it sounds like Bryant isn't quite ready to play and will be removed from Monday's lineup. Garrett Hampson will take his spot in the lineup, so fantasy managers should make sure to pull Bryant out of their lineups.

    Aug 1 · Source via Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Austin Riley Gets Massive Extension

    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley has received a well-deserved extension from the organization. The 25-year-old has agreed to a 10-year deal worth $212 million, which is the highest in franchise history. This deal will buy out Riley's three remaining arbitration years as well as seven free agent years. Riley had a breakout season in 2021 and followed that up with another strong year in 2022. The young star is hitting over .300 with 29 home runs and 68 RBI through 101 games. The Braves want to make sure they lock up their stud third baseman before it's too late. He's expected to be a cornerstone piece of this organization for years to come.

    Aug 1 · Source via Braves Austin Riley
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Feels Good During Batting Practice

    San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (wrist) was able to take live batting practice prior to Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies. The young slugger mentioned that he felt good taking batting practice, so he should go on a rehab assignment later this week. It's uncertain how many games Tatis will need before rejoining the Padres roster. He has been sidelined all season following wrist surgery in March. Fantasy managers might only have to might another week or two for Tatis to return.

    Aug 1 · Source via Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Wil Myers Activated On Monday

    San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers (knee) has been activated from the 10-day injured list on Monday. The right-handed slugger will immediately move right back into the lineup against the Colorado Rockies. He has been sidelined since early June due to inflammation in his right knee. Myers will cover first base and bat fifth versus right-hander Anthony Senzatela on Monday. Fantasy managers in need of a power boost in their lineups should look and see if Myers is available.

    Aug 1 · Source via Padres Wil Myers
  • Bobby Witt Jr. To Sit Out On Monday

    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring, hand) was hit by a pitch in the hand and forced to exit early during Sunday's game. Now, the Royals are going to play it safe and keep Witt out of the lineup for Monday's contest. He has been dealing with a hamstring issue as well, so the Royals don't want to risk it. This doesn't sound like the type of injury that is going to force Witt to the injured list. Fantasy managers should expect Witt back in the lineup within the next day or two.

    Aug 1 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Luis Robert Will Miss More Time

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert (head) is not expected to return during their series against the Kansas City Royals, according to manager Tony La Russa. He landed on the injured list roughly two weeks ago due to blurred vision lightheadedness. Robert also sat out earlier this weekend due to a cold. Now, it sounds like the 24-year-old is finally doing better. However, the organization is going to be cautious and give Robert a few more days to rehab. Fantasy managers can be hopeful that Robert returns by the end of the week.

    Aug 1 · Source via White Sox Luis Robert
  • Yankees Transfer Luis Severino, Miguel Castro To 60-Day IL, Sign Carlos Espinal

    The Yankees announced a series of roster moves prior to tonight’s game, with righties Luis Severino and Miguel Castro being transferred to the 60-day injured list. Righty Clarke Schmidt was optioned to Triple-A, while another righty, Carlos Espinal, was signed to a major league contract and selected to the active roster. Severino, 28, was placed…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Miguel Castro Clarke Schmidt Luis Severino closers
  • Marlins Reinstate Jesus Luzardo, Designate Jake Fishman, Select Aneurys Zabala

    5:00pm: The Marlins later announced further moves to reporters, including Christina De Nicola of Righty Aneurys Zabala has had his contract selected, with Jordan Holloway being transferred to the 60-day IL in order to make room on the roster. Holloway was placed on the IL a few days ago with an elbow impingement and…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Jesus Luzardo Aneurys Zabala
  • Rays Acquire Jose Siri In Three-Team Deal

    The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder Jose Siri from the Houston Astros on Monday in a three-team deal that also involved the Baltimore Orioles sending first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini and right-hander Jayden Murray to the Astros for right-handers Seth Johnson and Chayce McDermott, according to sources. Siri was great for the Astros in 21 games in his rookie season in 2021, hitting .304/.347/.609 with a .956 OPS, four home runs, nine RBI, 10 runs scored and three stolen bases. However, he's really struggled in 48 games for Houston in 2022, slashing just .178/.238/.304 with three homers, 10 RBI, 18 runs scored and six stolen bases in 147 plate appearances. Tampa is expected to designate outfielder Brett Phillips for assignment to make room for Siri on the active roster.

    Aug 1 · Source via Astros Orioles Rays Trey Mancini Brett Phillips Jose Siri
  • Corey Seager Back In The Lineup Monday

    Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (leg) is serving as the designated hitter and is batting second on Monday against Baltimore Orioles right-hander Spenser Watkins. This is great news for the Rangers and fantasy managers alike, as it was reported over the weekend that there was a chance Seager would be placed on the injured list due to his leg injury. He's not back at the 6, but it's good news to see him in the starting lineup, regardless. The 28-year-old finished off the month of July by hitting a strong .318/.394/.647 with a 1.041 OPS, eight home runs, 19 RBI and 15 runs scored in 23 games played. Fantasy managers are hoping he can keep it up in August. Return him to your starting lineups.

    Aug 1 · Source via Rangers Corey Seager
  • Trey Mancini Acquired By Astros

    The Houston Astros acquired first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, according to sources. It's unknown who the Orioles will get in exchange, but they are expected to receive multiple players. With Mancini now in town, the struggling Yuli Gurriel will now find himself on the bench more often. Houston's top first base target was Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell, so he's now unlikely to land with the Astros before Tuesday's deadline. The 30-year-old Mancini will bring the Astros an experienced hitter from the right side of the plate. In 354 at-bats with Baltimore this year, he was hitting .268/.347/.404 with 10 home runs, 41 RBI and 39 runs scored.

    Aug 1 · Source via Orioles Trey Mancini
  • Tigers Designate Derek Hill For Assignment

    The Tigers have designated outfielder Derek Hill for assignment, per a club announcement. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to lefty Andrew Chafin, who has been reinstated from the restricted list. Detroit also optioned righty Angel De Jesus to Triple-A Toledo to open an active roster spot for Chafin. There’ll be more moves…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Derek Hill
  • A's Acquire Prospects Ken Waldichuk, Luis Medina

    The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Ken Waldichuk, right-hander Luis Medina, left-hander JP Sears and second baseman Cooper Bowman from the New York Yankees on Monday in exchange for starting pitcher Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino, according to a source. It's a nice prospect haul for the A's, as MLB Pipeline had Waldichuk ranked as the Yankees' No. 5 prospect, with Medina at No. 10, Sears at No. 20 and Bowman at No. 21. Waldichuk stands at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds and has a 3.59 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings over 11 starts at Triple-A in 2022. Medina has elite raw stuff on the mound, but his command has been lacking, and he's likely to surface as a reliever in the big leagues. Sears is more of a control artist and has a 2.05 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 15 K's in 22 innings in the majors this year. Bowman is best known for his speed.

    Aug 1 · Source via Yankees Athletics Luis Medina Frankie Montas JP Sears Lou Trivino closers prospects
  • Mariners, Jonathan Villar Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Mariners have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran infielder Jonathan Villar, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (Twitter link). The ACES client will head to Triple-A Tacoma for the time being. Villar was released by the Angels late last week and by the Cubs earlier in the summer. Villar, 31, began…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Jonathan Villar
  • Yankees Acquire Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino From A's

    The New York Yankees acquired starting pitcher Frankie Montas and relief pitcher Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Per's Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are sending left-hander Ken Waldichuk (their No. 5 prospect), right-hander Luis Medina (No. 10), left-hander JP Sears (No. 20) and second baseman Cooper Bowman (No. 21) to the A's. Montas became the Yankees' top trade target after the Seattle Mariners landed right-hander Luis Castillo from the Reds last weekend. The 29-year-old's fantasy stock will only rise with the move to the first-place Yankees. He is currently 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 109 strikeouts and 28 walks in 104 2/3 innings over 19 starts. Trivino, who has a 6.47 ERA, 1.87 WHIP and 10 saves for the A's in 32 innings, is unlikely to see many save chances in a bullpen that includes Clay Holmes as the primary ninth-inning option.

    Aug 1 · Source via Athletics Frankie Montas Lou Trivino closers
  • Christian Arroyo Reaches Four Times Sunday

    Boston Red Sox utility man Christian Arroyo reached base four times Sunday, going 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a run scored in a 7-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Arroyo has only played in seven games in July after missing time with injury, but he has made the most of his opportunities, slashing .458/.536/.625 in 28 plate appearances. He currently doesn't play enough to be worth adding to fantasy rosters, but that could change if Chaim Bloom decides to move on from any regulars at the trade deadline.

    Aug 1 · Source via Red Sox Christian Arroyo
  • Mariners Claim Travis Jankowski, Designate Danny Young

    The Mariners have claimed outfielder Travis Jankowski off waivers from the Mets, per a team announcement. Left-hander Danny Young was designated for assignment to open a spot on the roster. Seattle also announced that outfielder Marcus Wilson, who was designated for assignment Friday, cleared waivers and has been assigned outright to Triple-A Tacoma. Jankowski was…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Travis Jankowski Danny Young
  • Hunter Renfroe Goes 4-for-4 With A Home Run

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Hunter Renfroe enjoyed his return to Fenway Park, going 4-for-4 in Sunday's contest against the Boston Red Sox with a two-run home run. Renfroe also hit a two-run shot in the previous game. He now has an .828 OPS with 19 home runs, 35 runs scored, 43 RBI, and a steal in 273 plate appearances this season. While Renfroe's OBP remains a less-than-stellar .305, his 523 slugging percentage more than makes up the difference for fantasy managers.

    Aug 1 · Source via Brewers Hunter Renfroe
  • Anthony Santander Has Three Hits, Homers

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander enjoyed a strong game in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run. Santander now has 19 long balls on the year, as well as an 11-game hitting streak. He has multiple base knocks in three of his last four contests. Santander has been an underrated fantasy option all season, with a .796 OPS, 47 runs scored, and 56 RBI in 385 plate appearances.

    Aug 1 · Source via Orioles Anthony Santander
  • Shane McClanahan Roughed Up Sunday

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Shane McClanahan gave up five earned runs on seven hits and three walks to the Cleveland Guardians Sunday, the most he has allowed in a start this season. He struck out four batters in his 4 1/3 innings, taking the loss to drop his record to 10-4 this season. With a 2.07 ERA and 0.83 WHIP with 158 strikeouts in 122 innings this season, fantasy managers can be confident that this is merely a bump in the round for the dominant young left-hander.

    Aug 1 · Source via Rays Shane McClanahan
  • Mark Canha Steals Base In Three-Hit Game

    New York Mets outfielder Mark Canha once again filled the stat sheet Sunday, going 3-for-5 with two RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base in a 9-3 victory over the Miami Marlins. Canha has not been outstanding in any one fantasy category, but he's contributed a .748 OPS, seven home runs, 43 runs scored, 34 RBI, and two stolen bases in 317 plate appearances this season. He has occasionally sat against tough righties, but he should continue to be a steady fantasy presence on a very good Mets team regardless of any trade deadline acquisitions to come.

    Aug 1 · Source via Mets Mark Canha
  • Jeff McNeil Enjoys Three-Hit Game

    New York Mets utility man Jeff McNeil had a strong game Sunday, along with many of his teammates, going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in a 9-3 victory over the Miami Marlins. McNeil only had three multi-hit games in July, but two of them came in his last two days. With his fifth homer of the season in the previous game, it appears McNeil may be ready to emerge from his July swoon. McNeil has a .771 OPS with 41 runs scored, 38 RBI, and two steals this year in 333 plate appearances.

    Aug 1 · Source via Mets Jeff McNeil
  • Taijuan Walker Earns Ninth Win Over Marlins

    New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker picked up his ninth win of the season Sunday, as he allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks to the Marlins in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four batters. Walker has quietly been among the best starters in the league this season, pitching to a 2.79 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 103 1/3 innings. His upside is limited with only 80 strikeouts this season, but he's been more than a useful piece for fantasy managers in all league formats.

    Aug 1 · Source via Mets Taijuan Walker
  • Jesus Luzardo Starting On Monday Against Reds

    Miami Marlins left-hander Jesus Luzardo (forearm) has been activated from the 60-day injured list and is starting on Monday against the Cincinnati Reds. In a corresponding move, Jake Fishman has been designated for assignment. While Luzardo might be a little extra risky in his first major league start since May 10, but the 24-year-old southpaw needs to be rostered in most fantasy leagues. Before his early season injury, he was 2-3 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP while striking out 41 and walking 16 in 29 innings over six starts. Luzardo was able to throw 75 pitches in his final minor league rehab start, so he'll probably be somewhat limited on Monday against Cincy.

    Aug 1 · Source via Marlins Jesus Luzardo
  • Pablo Lopez Knocked Out In Third Inning Sunday

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez had his worst start of the year Sunday, as the Mets knocked him out with six runs on 12 hits in just 2 2/3 innings of work. Lopez struck out one batter and did not walk anyone in his sixth loss of the season. Lopez, who has seen his name come up in trade rumors of late, had otherwise enjoyed a typically strong season, with a 3.41 ERA and 1.12 WHIP to his name even after this disastrous performance. He has struck out 119 batters in 118 2/3 innings over 21 starts and will look to right the ship in his next trip to the mound later this week.

    Aug 1 · Source via Marlins Pablo Lopez
  • Jesse Winker Homers Sunday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker provided all of the team's offense Sunday, hitting a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning off Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryne Stanek, though the Astros eventually prevailed 3-2. It was Winker's ninth home run of the year and his only hit in four at-bats. Winker has a hit in each of his last three games, but he had not homered since going deep in each end of a doubleheader on July 13. Fantasy managers and Seattle fans will hope this kickstarts Winker's power numbers.

    Aug 1 · Source via Mariners Jesse Winker
  • Jake Odorizzi Throws Seven Scoreless Innings

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi was at his best Sunday, throwing seven scoreless innings against the Seattle Mariners, though he was not able to earn the win after reliever Ryne Stanek gave up the lead in the eighth inning. Odorizzi allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters. He has a 4-3 record with a 3.75 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 46 strikeouts in 60 innings over 12 starts this season. Odorizzi's name has come up in trade rumors despite his success, and his fantasy value could take a hit, depending on his destination if he is moved.

    Aug 1 · Source via Astros Jake Odorizzi
  • Dylan Cease Continues Sparkling Stretch

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease was once again outstanding on Sunday, throwing six innings of one-run ball on four hits and a walk. He struck out seven batters and improved his record on the year to 11-4 with the win over the Oakland Athletics. Cease has three consecutive quality starts and has not allowed more than one earned run in any of his last 12 outings. He has a 2.01 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 161 strikeouts in 116 2/3 innings this season, placing him among the biggest breakouts of the fantasy season.

    Aug 1 · Source via White Sox Dylan Cease
  • Rich Hill Lined Up To Start On Wednesday

    Boston Red Sox left-hander Rich Hill (knee) is expected to be activated from the 15-day injured list in order to start on Wednesday against the Houston Astros. Nathan Eovaldi and Kutter Crawford will start the first two games of the series on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Hill, 42, went only three innings and 56 pitches in his only minor league rehab start for Double-A Portland last week, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to have a long leash in his first start back this week against a tough opponent in the first-place Astros. Before his injury, Hill had a 4.20 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 58 strikeouts and 23 walks in 70 2/3 innings over 15 starts. There isn't a ton of fantasy upside left in his left arm.

    Aug 1 · Source via Red Sox Rich Hill
  • Jose Abreu Homers Sunday

    Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went deep Sunday, contributing to a 4-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Abreu was 2-for-4 in the game, and now has 12 round-trippers on the season, to go with 54 runs score, 49 RBI, and an .852 OPS in 425 plate appearances. He has been especially good over his last 30 games, slashing .379/.430/.552 in 125 at-bats. Abreu is well on his way to yet another solid campaign, solidifying once again his place as one of the most consistent fantasy options in the league.

    Aug 1 · Source via White Sox Jose Abreu
  • Mets, White Sox Looking At Andrew Chafin

    The New York Mets and Chicago White Sox are among the teams looking to add a left-handed reliever at the trade deadline, and Detroit Tigers left-hander Andrew Chafin is of interest to both teams, according to sources. He's owed the rest of his $6 million salary this year and $7 million in 2023. The 32-year-old veteran southpaw has been very solid for the Tigers in relief this year, posting a 2.53 ERA and 1.06 WHIP while striking out 39 and walking just 10 hitters in 32 innings of work out of Detroit's bullpen. Chafin has also recorded one save, although he wouldn't be in line for ninth-inning duties with either the Mets or White Sox.

    Aug 1 · Source via Tigers Andrew Chafin closers
  • Teams Checking In On Omar Narvaez

    Teams have been checking in on Milwaukee Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez with the trade deadline approaching on Tuesday, according to sources. The 30-year-old is making $5 million this year before becoming a free agent at the end of this season. The contending Brewers already traded left-handed reliever Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres in exchange for lefty Taylor Rogers, righty Dinelson Lamet, pitching prospect Robert Gasser and outfielder Esteury Ruiz, and it's possible they might not be done dealing. In his third year in Milwaukee, Narvaez is hitting .235/.324/.364 with four home runs, 18 RBI and 16 runs scored in 213 plate appearances over 59 games. Victor Caratini and Pedro Severino would split catching duties for the Brew Crew if Narvaez is traded.

    Aug 1 · Source via Brewers Omar Narvaez
  • Angels Won't Trade Shohei Ohtani

    The New York Yankees were among a few teams that made serious offers for Los Angeles Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani, but there is now no chance the Angels will part with him after listening to offers. The San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox are among other teams known to have tried for Ohtani in recent days. It now appears interested teams have moved on with the understanding the Angels are keeping the versatile megastar. Angels owner Arte Moreno is believed to be unwilling to part with Ohtani, especially with Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon currently injured. Ohtani has another year remaining before he'll be eligible for free agency, so perhaps they entertain more serious trade offers for the Japanese star next year.

    Aug 1 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Braves Acquire Ehire Adrianza From Nationals

    The Atlanta Braves acquired infielder Ehire Adrianza from the Washington Nationals on Monday in exchange for outfielder Trey Harris. In a corresponding move, the Braves designated infielder Robinson Cano for assignment. Adrianza spent the 2021 season in Atlanta, hitting .247/.327/.401 with five home runs, 28 RBI and 32 runs scored in 109 regular season games. The 32-year-old utility player will give the team some additional depth in both the infield and outfield, but he's unlikely to have much fantasy appeal, even in deeper leagues. In just 31 games for the Nationals this year, Adrianza has slashed .179/.255/.202 with no homers, seven RBI, five runs scored and one stolen base.

    Aug 1 · Source via Nationals Ehire Adrianza
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Could Begin Rehab Assignment This Weekend

    If all goes according to plan, San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (wrist) will begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend. He is scheduled to take live batting practice on Monday, and the Padres are still taking it day by day with him. The 23-year-old superstar is trying to return from a surgically repaired left wrist after fracturing it in a motorcycle accident in the offseason. The Friars aren't going to rush him back, meaning he could have a somewhat lengthy rehab assignment before making his 2022 season debut around the middle of August. Tatis has the ability to be a difference-maker for fantasy managers down the stretch after he hit .282/.364/.611 with a .975 OPS, a league-leading 42 home runs, 97 RBI, 99 runs scored and 25 stolen bases in just 130 games in 2021.

    Aug 1 · Source via Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Twins Select Aaron Sanchez, Designate Jose Godoy

    The Twins announced Monday that they’ve selected the contract of right-hander Aaron Sanchez from Triple-A St. Paul and opened a spot on the 40-man roster by designating catcher Jose Godoy for assignment. Minnesota also optioned righty Yennier Cano to St. Paul, recalled outfielder Mark Contreras. Lastly, Gio Urshela was reinstated from the paternity list, while…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Jose Godoy Aaron Sanchez
  • Nick Lodolo Turns In Solid Start On Sunday

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo logged a solid start on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. The left-hander allowed just four hits, two walks and an earned run in six innings against Baltimore, striking out seven batters in the process. All told, Lodolo generated 17 swinging strikes on 98 pitches and finished with a 28% CSW rate. He got seven swinging strikes with his sinker, six with his curveball and four with his changeup. Sunday's game marked the fifth time in eight starts this season that Lodolo has struck out at least seven batters.

    Aug 1 · Source via Reds Nick Lodolo prospects
  • Yankees Acquire Scott Effross

    The New York Yankees announced in a tweet on Monday that the team acquired right-handed relief pitcher Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs. The Yankees are sending pitching prospect Hayden Wesneski back to the Cubs. Effross has been nothing but effective so far for Chicago, logging a 2.66 ERA, a 2.19 FIP, 50 strikeouts, and 11 walks in 44 innings of work. He's also registered 13 holds and a save. The right-hander will provide the Yankees with some additional bullpen reinforcements . He'll join a late-inning mix that also includes Clay Holmes, Lucas Luetge, Wandy Peralta, and Aroldis Chapman.

    Aug 1 · Source via Cubs Yankees Scott Effross
  • Taylor Rogers, Others Traded To Brewers

    According to a tweet from ESPN's Jeff Passan on Monday, the Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly acquiring relief pitcher Taylor Rogers along with fellow reliever Dinelson Lamet, pitching prospect Robert Gasser and outfield prospect Esteury Ruiz in exchange for relief pitcher Josh Hader. Rogers has converted 28 saves for the Padres this season, but has struggled as of late, giving up 20 hits, 11 earned runs, and a pair of walks in his last 11.1 innings of work. Devin Williams, who has pitched to a 1.59 ERA, a 1.31 FIP, 66 strikeouts and 19 walks in 39.2 innings this season, would appear to be a better choice to take over at closer.

    Aug 1 · Source via Padres Brewers Taylor Rogers Esteury Ruiz closers prospects
  • Royals Acquire Anthony Misiewicz

    The Mariners announced that they have traded left-hander Anthony Misiewicz to the Royals for cash considerations. The lefty had been designated for assignment yesterday. Misiewicz, 27, seemed to have a nice breakout during the 2020 season, throwing 20 innings out of Seattle’s bullpen during that shortened campaign with a 4.05 ERA, with a 28% ground…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Royals Mariners Anthony Misiewicz
  • Padres Agree To Five-Year Deal With Joe Musgrove

    According to a tweet from The Athletic's Jim Bowden, the San Diego Padres have reportedly agreed to a five-year deal with starting pitcher Joe Musgrove worth $100 million. The reported extension will keep the right-hander in San Diego long-term. Musgrove has enjoyed a strong season with the Padres in 2022, pitching to a 2.65 ERA, a 3.27 FIP, 114 strikeouts, and 27 walks in 115.1 innings of work. He's also registered eight pitcher wins in 18 starts.

    Aug 1 · Source via Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Padres Acquire Josh Hader From Brewers

    According to a tweet from ESPN's Jeff Passan, the San Diego Padres have reportedly acquired relief pitcher Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers for left-handed reliever Taylor Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lamet, pitching prospect Robert Gasser, and outfield prospect Esteury Ruiz. Hader has thrown 34 innings for the Brewers this season, pitching to a 4.24 ERA and a 3.47 FIP while registering 59 strikeouts and 12 walks. He's also converted 29 of 31 saves so far. The 28-year-old should continue to be one of fantasy baseball's best closers with the Padres.

    Aug 1 · Source via Brewers Padres Josh Hader closers
  • Rays Acquire Garrett Cleavinger From Dodgers

    The Rays and Dodgers announced a deal sending reliever Garrett Cleavinger from Los Angeles to Tampa Bay. Minor league outfielder Germán Tapia is headed back the other way. To create a spot on the 40-man roster, Tampa Bay designated reliever Luke Bard for assignment. The move frees a roster spot for the Dodgers as they look for upgrades over…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Rays Dodgers Garrett Cleavinger
  • Phillies Designate Ryan Sherriff For Assignment

    The Phillies announced Monday that left-hander Ryan Sherriff has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list and been designated for assignment. Sherriff, 32, joined the Phillies on a waiver claim over the winter. He’s yet to pitch at the big league level for the Phillies due to a shoulder strain that’s sidelined him for nearly…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Ryan Sherriff closers
  • Mitch Haniger Could Return On Friday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger (ankle) could be ready to return from the 60-day injured list as early as this Friday, according to general manager Jerry Dipoto. Haniger went 1-for-2 with a home run, three RBI, a run scored and two walks in his latest minor league rehab appearance for Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday. The 31-year-old looks to be recovering nicely from a Grade 2 right ankle sprain that has kept him on the sidelines since late April. His return would be great news for a Mariners team that just put star rookie Julio Rodriguez (wrist) on the injured list over the weekend. Haniger should see regular playing time in Seattle's outfield once he returns, and he is worth picking up in fantasy leagues if he's available. He was 7-for-35 (.200) with three home runs and seven RBI before his injury in the first month of the season.

    Aug 1 · Source via Mariners Mitch Haniger
  • Matt Manning To Rejoin Team Tuesday

    Detroit Tigers right-hander Matt Manning (shoulder) is set to rejoin the team on Tuesday after a strong minor league rehab outing for Triple-A Toledo last Wednesday. Manning walked two and struck out six and threw 57 of his 85 pitches for strikes in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. "It's the best stuff he's had," manager A.J. Hinch said. "I think he held it the entire time. The performance matched the stuff. It was why we gave him an extra start in Triple-A." Whenever Manning slots back into the team's starting rotation, it will be his first start for the team since April 16, when he allowed a run over two innings against the Kansas City Royals. The 24-year-old is likely to get the start on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins, where he'll be a pretty risky fantasy streamer.

    Aug 1 · Source via Tigers Matt Manning
  • Braves Acquire Ehire Adrianza, Designate Robinson Cano For Assignment

    The Braves announced Monday that they’ve acquired infielder Ehire Adrianza from the Nationals in exchange for minor league outfielder Trey Harris. In a corresponding roster move, Robinson Cano has been designated for assignment. It’s Adrianza’s second stint with the Braves, as he also filled a utility role for Atlanta just last season. The veteran switch-hitter…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Braves Ehire Adrianza Robinson Cano
  • Brandon Drury Not Certain To Be Traded

    Cincinnati Reds infielder Brandon Drury, who is drawing interest from multiple teams at the trade deadline, isn't certain to be traded this summer. The Reds might be interested in exploring an extension with Drury, who turns 30 on Aug. 21 and hit his career-high 20th home run as a pinch-hitter on Sunday. The Reds could also trade him and re-sign him as a free agent in the offseason, too. But if they deal him, they would lose their right to negotiate with him exclusively until the market opens. The 29-year-old is having a late-career resurgence in Cincinnati in 2022, hitting .275/.336/.523 with an .859 OPS, 20 round-trippers, 59 RBI, 62 runs scored and two stolen bases in 381 plate appearances over 91 games.

    Aug 1 · Source via Reds Brandon Drury
  • Astros Showing Interest In Ji-Man Choi

    The Houston Astros are showing interest in Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi as a possible alternative to their apparent No. 1 choice in Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell, according to sources. If the Rays were to trade Choi, they would make other moves to recoup the offense they lost, trying to create the best possible 13-man position-player group. They are currently playing short-handed with shortstop Wander Franco and outfielders Manuel Margot and Harold Ramirez on the injured list. Choi is currently hitting .257/.355/.415 with eight home runs, 46 RBI and 27 runs scored in 253 at-bats for the Rays. The 31-year-old from South Korea would give the Astros a nice left-handed-hitting option at first base.

    Aug 1 · Source via Rays Ji-Man Choi
  • Brewers Listening On Josh Hader

    The Milwaukee Brewers are again listening to offers for closer Josh Hader, although the conversations might be little more than due diligence. But the Brewers' motivation to trade Hader might be increasing as they head toward their fifth straight playoff appearance. The left-hander's $11 million salary likely will increase to the $16 million range in 2023 in his final year of arbitration before becoming a free agent. His preference to limit his appearances to one inning restricts his value to the team, especially in the playoffs. Devin Williams has 30 straight scoreless appearances and could replace Hader seamlessly as the team's closer. Trading the 28-year-old Hader would only make sense for Milwaukee if they could acquire a hitter they desire in return.

    Aug 1 · Source via Brewers Josh Hader closers
  • Astros Focusing On Christian Vazquez

    The Houston Astros, who are seeking a catcher at this year's trade deadline, are among several teams reporting a high price on Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. As a result, they are focusing more on Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, according to one source. While Martin Maldonado is solid defensively for the Astros, they definitely are seeking an offensive upgrade at the position. Vazquez, 31, is having a great year at the plate and is currently slashing .282/.327/.432 with eight home runs, 42 RBI, 33 runs scored and a stolen base in 318 plate appearances and 84 games for the BoSox.

    Aug 1 · Source via Red Sox Christian Vazquez
  • Shane Bieber Unlikely To Be Traded

    The Cleveland Guardians could be daydreaming about the haul that starting pitcher Shane Bieber could fetch on the trade market after the Cincinnati Reds acquired three of the Seattle Mariners' top five prospects for right-hander Luis Castillo last week. However, it's highly unlikely that Bieber is moved this summer at this point. The Guardians inquired about Castillo before he was traded to Seattle. The Reds could also trade infielder Brandon Drury and starting pitcher Tyler Mahle before Tuesday's deadline. Bieber, meanwhile, is having another solid year in 2022, going 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA a 1.14 WHIP, 118 strikeouts and 28 walks in 118 2/3 innings over 19 starts for the Guardians.

    Aug 1 · Source via Guardians Shane Bieber
  • Guardians Have Discussed Sean Murphy

    The Cleveland Guardians and Oakland Athletics have discussed catcher Sean Murphy, according to sources. However, the talks hadn't gained much traction as of Sunday morning. The A's can hang onto Murphy, who is under team control for another three and a half years, until the offseason and deal him in a much better market. Oakland has highly regarded prospect Shea Langeliers waiting at Triple-A. Cleveland needs an offensive jolt at catcher, and Murphy is an above-average hitter and a Gold Glove winner. The A's could use outfield and high-end starting pitching prospects, but the Guardians might be more inclined to tap into their surplus of middle-infield prospects. Murphy is currently hitting .238/.314/.423 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, 43 runs scored and a stolen base in 336 at-bats for the A's.

    Aug 1 · Source via Athletics Sean Murphy
  • Dodgers Being More Aggressive On Juan Soto

    While the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals have been considered the front-runners to trade for Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been much more aggressive of late in their trade proposals for the 23-year-old superstar. We can only imagine an already strong Dodgers lineup adding one of the best all-around hitters in the game for years to come. The Nationals obviously aren't just going to give Soto away unless they receive a massive haul, and they reportedly are going to make him another long-term extension offer before looking to trade him this week. In 341 at-bats so far this year, Soto is hitting .243/.403/.475 with an .878 OPS, 20 home runs, 45 RBI, 60 runs scored and five stolen bases for the last-place Nationals.

    Aug 1 · Source via Nationals Juan Soto
  • Luis Garcia Secures First Save On Sunday

    San Diego Padres pitcher Luis Garcia struck out one over a scoreless inning to earn the save in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. He entered the game in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead. The 35-year-old received the first save opportunity with the recent news of incumbent closer Taylor Rogers "getting a little bit of a break" from closing duties. Garcia tossed a perfect inning on Sunday, recording his first save of the year. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.23 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and a 42:12 K: BB across 39 innings in 2022. After his recent struggles, Rogers will likely be eased back into the closer role. Garcia should see more save opportunities during Rogers' break, and fantasy managers searching for saves should add him in all league formats.

    Aug 1 · Source via Padres Luis Garcia closers
  • James Outman Homers In Debut

    Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder James Outman made his major league debut Sunday, and he came a triple shy of the cycle. The rookie went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored. This impressive performance surely will turn some heads, but there's no guarantee of playing time going forward. Fantasy managers needn't look to Outman on the wire, as the strong first day is a better story than any indication of future results.

    Aug 1 · Source via Dodgers James Outman
  • Reid Detmers Strikes Out 12

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Reid Detmers was impressive on Sunday against the Texas Rangers, allowing just two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks in seven innings to the Texas Rangers. He struck out 12 batters, surpassing by far his previous game high this year of seven strikeouts. Detmers has enjoyed a strong July, putting up a 1.13 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with 31 strikeouts in 24 innings. Despite an up-and-down overall campaign, Detmers retains tantalizing upside and is well worth a look in all formats, though he carries more value in keeper and dynasty leagues.

    Aug 1 · Source via Angels Reid Detmers
  • Jurickson Profar Adds Homer And Steal

    San Diego Padres utility man Jurickson Profar once again had a solid game on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run, a stolen base, and two runs scored. Profar now has 11 homers and five steals on the season. He has four multi-hit performances in his last six games, with six RBI in that span. With a .757 OPS, 58 runs scored, and 44 RBI on the season, Profar has been a net positive across all fantasy categories this season, making him a valuable and underrated back-of-the-roster fantasy asset.

    Aug 1 · Source via Padres Jurickson Profar
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