Fantasy Baseball News

  • Jose Miranda Hits 10th Homer Sunday

    Minnesota Twins infielder Jose Miranda hit double digits in home runs Sunday, knocking his 10th home run of the season off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Sean Manaea. Miranda has been on some kind of hot streak of late, slashing .340/.392/.574 with six home runs over his last 30 games. He has a hit in six of his last seven games, with three-hit performances in three of those contests. There's every reason to believe Miranda will receive near-every-day playing time, and thus he's a worthy add in fantasy leagues of all formats.

    Aug 1 · Source via Twins Jose Miranda
  • Giants Acquire Dixon Machado From Cubs

    3:15PM: The Giants announced the trade to reporters, including Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, with minor league righty Raynel Espinal going the other way. The 30-year-old made his MLB debut last year, logging just two innings for the Red Sox. The Giants signed him to a minor league deal for this year, with…

    Jul 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Giants Cubs Raynel Espinal Dixon Machado
  • Luis Arraez Homers Sunday

    Minnesota Twins infielder Luis Arraez went deep Sunday, knocking his sixth home run of the year in a 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. It was his only hit in four trips to the plate. Arraez last homered on July 16. He now has a .333/.403/.440 slash line with 56 runs scored, 34 RBI, and two steals in 374 plate appearances this season. While he doesn't offer all that much upside outside of batting average in category leagues, Arraez is a much stronger option in points formats with his contact-based approach.

    Jul 31 · Source via Twins Luis Arraez
  • Athletics Sign Beau Taylor To Minor League Deal

    The Athletics have signed catcher Beau Taylor to a minor league deal, reports Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle. Taylor has been signed to Triple-A Las Vegas. Taylor, 32, returns to the organization that drafted him, as the A’s selected him back in 2011. He worked his way up the minor league ladder and…

    Jul 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Beau Taylor
  • Carlos Rodon Brilliant Amidst Trade Rumors

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Carlos Rodon was at his best Sunday evening, allowing just two hits to the Chicago Cubs in a 4-0 victory. He neither gave up a run nor walked a batter while striking out 10. If the Giants do choose to trade Rodon in the coming days, they could not have asked for a better showcase for the righty, who now has a 9-6 record with an ERA of 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.07 with 158 strikeouts in 123 innings across 21 starts this year. If he should be traded, it would only increase his fantasy value as his likelihood of earning a win in any given start would presumably rise.

    Jul 31 · Source via Giants Carlos Rodon
  • Eric Hosmer Removed During Sunday's Game

    San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer (neck) was removed during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins. There was some speculation that this removal was trade-related, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Instead, the 32-year-old is dealing with a minor neck strain. Fantasy managers should consider this a day-to-day issue. This doesn't sound like something that is going to force Hosmer to the injured list.

    Jul 31 · Source via Padres Eric Hosmer
  • Dixon Machado Acquired By Giants

    The San Francisco Giants have acquired shortstop Dixon Machado from the Chicago Cubs. In exchange, the Cubs will receive right-handed pitcher Raynel Espinal from the Giants. This was a desperation move for the Giants who are without a shortstop on their active roster. Both Brandon Crawford (knee) and Thairo Estrada (concussion) are sidelined. Machado is hitting .312/.402/.394 with two homers and ten steals in Triple-A this season. He is expected to start at shortstop until Crawford or Estrada are ready to return. He's not expected to start for longer than a week, so most fantasy managers can ignore this move. As for the Cubs, Espinal is posting a 5.29 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 102/38 K/BB in 18 starts at Triple-A. The expectation is that he'll continue to be depth in the minor leagues.

    Jul 31 · Source via Cubs Dixon Machado
  • Brandon Drury Has Hot Trade Market

    Cincinnati Reds third baseman Brandon Drury has a surprisingly hot trade market heading into the deadline. The 29-year-old is having a breakout year with the Reds. Drury is slashing .275/.336/.523 with 20 homers and 59 RBI in 380 plate appearances. As of right now, the Dodgers, Mariners, and Braves are all reportedly interested in Drury. He will hit free agency at the end of the season, so there is no reason for the Reds to keep him. Fantasy managers should expect Drury to be moved before the trade deadline ends. Although, his fantasy value could take a hit if he lands on a team where he doesn't get regular at-bats anymore.

    Jul 31 · Source via Reds Brandon Drury
  • Clay Holmes Suffers Blown Save On Sunday

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Clay Holmes had a disastrous outing against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. The right-hander allowed a three-run homer in the ninth inning, which was only the second time he has been scored on this month. This counts as his third blown save of the season as his command continues to escape him. It's unlikely that the Yankees are going to pull him from the closer job. Fantasy managers should expect Holmes to bounce back from this. He might get a day or two off, but should remain as the closer in New York.

    Jul 31 · Source via Yankees Clay Holmes closers
  • Ty France Won't Land On Injured List

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France (wrist) won't require a trip to the injured list, according to manager Scott Servais. The 28-year-old slugger was held out of the lineup on Sunday due to a wrist issue. Luckily, the MRI results came back clean, so this isn't something that is going to force France to miss significant time. It wouldn't be surprising to see France miss a game or two. Fantasy managers should consider France day-to-day with a left wrist issue. The hope is that he'll be back in the lineup within the next day or so.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Ty France
  • Mitch Haniger Could Return Soon

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger (ankle) could return as early as Friday, according to general manager Jerry Dipoto. He has been sidelined since April 29 due to a Grade 2 ankle sprain. The 31-year-old has been on a rehab assignment since last Friday, so hopefully he'll continue making progress. His return should be a significant upgrade to the Mariners lineup. Fantasy managers who have been patiently waiting for Haniger to return won't have to wait much longer.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Mitch Haniger
  • Luis Castillo To Start On Wednesday

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Luis Castillo is set to make his MLB debut against the New York Yankees on Wednesday. The right-hander was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. He has registered a 2.86 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 90/28 K/BB through 14 starts this season. The Mariners gave up quite a lot in exchange for Castillo, so hopefully he'll be a significant addition to their staff. This should be quite a matchup against ace right-hander Gerrit Cole, so baseball fans should make sure to tune in.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Luis Castillo
  • Brandon Crawford To Begin Rehab Assignment

    San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (knee) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday. The 35-year-old has been sidelined since July 16 due to inflammation in his right knee. The expectation is that Crawford will play at least two or three games before returning to the Giants roster. That being said, newly acquired Dixon Machado is expected to play until Crawford is ready. The hope is that Crawford won't suffer any setbacks and can return by the first half of next week.

    Jul 31 · Source via Giants Brandon Crawford
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Considered Day-To-Day

    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (knee) was a late scratch from Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The good news is, Hayes is considered day-to-day with a minor knee issue, according to manager Derek Shelton. The organization noted that Hayes didn't have any swelling, which is a positive sign. The hope is that Hayes will be back in the lineup within the next few days. Although, the Pirates aren't exactly competitive, so they might be extra cautious with Hayes.

    Jul 31 · Source via Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Kris Bryant Pulled Early On Sunday

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant (foot) was pulled out early during Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-handed slugger has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. That being said, it sounds like it was renewed soreness in his foot that led him to being taken out of this contest. Fantasy managers should consider Bryant as day-to-day. It's worth noting that rest is one of the better ways to resolve this issue, so he could sit out of the lineup for a few days. Fantasy managers will have to check back for more updates.

    Jul 31 · Source via Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Justin Turner Could Return Next Week

    Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (abdomen) could return to the lineup on Thursday against San Francisco, according to manager Dave Roberts. The veteran third baseman did receive an MRI, which came back clean, but he will remain out until Thursday at the earliest. Turner has appeared in just four games since the All-Star break while dealing with an abdomen issue but he will not go on the injured list. Roberts said they'll keep him on the active roster as his issue isn't getting worse. The team should provide another update before Thursday but it's encouraging news for the veteran.

    Jul 31 · Source via Dodgers Justin Turner
  • Anthony Misiewicz Designated For Assignment

    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Anthony Misiewicz has been designated for assignment. The Mariners made a bevy of roster moves on Sunday and needed to clear space. The 27-year-old left-hander owns a 4.61 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 8:6 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings of relief this season.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Anthony Misiewicz closers
  • Frankie Montas' Trade Market Narrows To NYY, TOR, STL

    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the trade market for Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas has come down to the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and St. Louis Cardinals. New York and Saint Louis have long been tied to Montas but Toronto has now emerged as a new suitor. The 29-year-old right-hander has compiled a 4-9 record, 3.18 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 109:28 K/BB ratio across 104 2/3 innings while pitching for last place Oakland. Expect a deal to happen sometime in the next day or so.

    Jul 31 · Source via Athletics Frankie Montas
  • Corey Seager Remains Absent From The Lineup

    Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (leg) is sitting out on Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Angels. Seager fouled a ball off his leg on Thursday and has now missed three straight games as a result of it. The Rangers are hoping the 28-year-old can avoid the injured list but it hasn't been encouraging so far. The team should provide an update on Monday prior to the start of the Rangers' series against the Orioles. Marcus Semien is holding down shortstop while Charlie Culberson takes over at 2B.

    Jul 31 · Source via Rangers Corey Seager
  • Ty France Not In The Lineup On Sunday

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France (wrist) is absent from the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Houston Astros. The 28-year-old tweaked his left wrist on a swing and miss during his final at-bat on Saturday. He's scheduled to get an MRI and told reporters he's unsure if he will head to the IL or not. In any event, he's out of the lineup on Sunday while Carlos Santana takes over at the cold corner. Stay tuned for another update on France's status following the conclusion of Sunday's game

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Ty France
  • Dylan Moore Heads To The Injured List

    Seattle Mariners infielder/outfielder Dylan Moore (back) is heading to the 10-day injured list. The 29-year-old has been dealing with back issues for over a week and apparently it "locked up" on him when he was running from first to third in Saturday's contest, according to beat writer Ryan Divish. Moore is slashing just .197/.350/.367 with five home runs, 16 RBI, and 11 stolen bases across 147 at-bats on the year. Jack Larsen was recalled in a corresponding move.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Dylan Moore
  • Julio Rodriguez Lands On The 10-Day Injured List

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (hand/wrist) has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Rodriguez was hit on the hand by a pitch on Saturday against the Astros, which forced him to exit the contest. He later received X-rays on his hand, which were negative but he's dealing with swelling and won't be able to swing a bat for at least five days, per manager Scott Servais. The good news is that the 21-year-old All-Star didn't break or fracture anything in his hand but the IL designation is a blow to the Mariners and fantasy managers alike. Seattle will play this very cautiously as they'll want to make sure Rodriguez is fully healed before he returns for the stretch run. He's slashing a solid .271/.334/.482 to go along with 18 home runs, 57 RBI, and 21 stolen bases across 365 at-bats. Former top prospect Jarred Kelenic was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Scratched From Sunday's Lineup

    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (knee) has been scratched from Sunday's starting lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies with left knee discomfort. For now, fantasy managers should consider Hayes to be day-to-day. The 25-year-old will have Monday's off day to rest up, so perhaps he'll be ready to go again in the series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. Josh VanMeter will enter the lineup at third base and will hit seventh on Sunday against Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. VanMeter is hitting just .182/.255/.297 with three home runs, 12 RBI, 14 runs scored and two stolen bases in his 148 at-bats for the Bucs in 2022, so DFS gamers should look elsewhere at the position on Sunday.

    Jul 31 · Source via Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Jarred Kelenic Returning To Seattle

    The Seattle Mariners are calling up outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday. It's unknown if he'll be in the starting lineup on Sunday against Houston Astros right-hander Jake Odorizzi, but there's a good chance he will be with rookie Julio Rodriguez (hand) leaving Saturday's game early after being hit by a pitch. Kelenic went just 12-for-86 (.140) with three home runs, 10 RBI, 10 runs scored and four stolen bases in 30 games for the M's earlier this year before being sent down. He was much better at Tacoma, slashing .288/.353/.550 with a .903 OPS, 11 long balls, 37 RBI, 34 runs scored and three stolen bases in 54 games. The 23-year-old should regularly be in Seattle's lineup, and his blend of power and speed makes him roster-worthy in all fantasy formats now that he's back in the bigs.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Jarred Kelenic
  • Brewers Have Discussed Joey Gallo

    The New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers have discussed outfielder Joey Gallo, who may fit Milwaukee much better than New York City. The Brewers were in on outfielder Andrew Benintendi before the Royals dealt him to the Yankees, and they could use another outfielder. USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale mentioned the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays as other possibilities to trade for Gallo before Tuesday's deadline. The 28-year-old left-handed slugger has been an absolute failure in his second season in the Bronx, hitting .159/.282/.339 with 12 home runs, 24 RBI, 32 runs scored, two stolen bases and 106 strikeouts in 273 plate appearances, but perhaps a change of scenery would get him going again.

    Jul 31 · Source via Yankees Joey Gallo
  • Tyler O'Neill Not Starting Against Nationals

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tyler O'Neill (leg) is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Washington Nationals. O'Neill left Saturday's game early with leg cramps, which is why he's out of the lineup for the series finale. For now, fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day. Injuries have limited the 27-year-old to just 55 games, and he's hitting .233/.298/.351 with five home runs, 33 RBI, 29 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 228 plate appearances. Corey Dickerson will get the start in left field and will bat eighth on Sunday against Nationals right-hander Josiah Gray. The veteran Dickerson is hitting only .209 (27-for-129) on the season with three home runs and 16 RBI, so he'll be a low-upside DFS option.

    Jul 31 · Source via Cardinals Tyler O'Neill
  • Starling Marte Resting Sunday

    New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Miami Marlins. Marte will receive a break after starting the team's last nine games. Since the All-Star break, he's hitting .367 (11-for-30) with two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored in seven games to raise his season line to a very strong .301/.349/.477 with an .825 OPS, 11 home runs, 46 RBI, 57 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 342 at-bats in his first year in Queens. Tyler Naquin is starting in right field and is hitting sixth on Sunday against Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez. Naquin went 0-for-4 in his first game for the Mets since being acquired in a trade with the Reds, but he hit .246 with seven home runs and 33 RBI in 56 games for Cincy this year before the trade.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mets Starling Marte
  • X-Rays Negative On Julio Rodriguez

    Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said that X-rays on rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez's hand were "negative and he's going through ongoing assessments in Houston as we speak." Rodriguez was hit by a pitch on the hand on Saturday against the Houston Astros, but fortunately he didn't break anything in his hand. There's still a good chance he won't be in the lineup for the series finale against the division rivals on Sunday, but it looks like the young star won't have to miss extended time. The 21-year-old Dominican slugger made the All-Star team in his first MLB season and is hitting .271/.334/.482 with an .816 OPS, 18 home runs, 57 RBI, 55 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in his first 96 MLB games. J-Rod can do it all and is a must-start when he's in the lineup.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Victor Robles Dealing With Hamstring Cramps

    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles (hamstring) suffered a left hamstring cramp after running down the third out of the eighth inning on Saturday, and it clearly affected his at-bat in the bottom of the inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. As a result, he's not in the starting lineup on Sunday. Robles is hitting just .234 on the year with four home runs, 25 RBI, 32 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 235 at-bats, but the Nationals recently moved him into the leadoff spot. Lane Thomas is starting in center field and is batting leadoff on Sunday against Cardinals right-hander Andre Pallante. Thomas won't be a bad DFS sleeper, as he has nine homers on the season and has gone 6-for-16 (.375) in seven games over the last two weeks of action.

    Jul 31 · Source via Nationals Victor Robles
  • Giancarlo Stanton To Resume Baseball Activities This Week

    New York Yankees skipper Aaron Boone said that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles) should be cleared to start baseball activities "early this week." Stanton was placed on the injured list on July 26, but it doesn't look like he'll be ready to return to the team when he's eligible on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The 32-year-old slugger is dealing with left Achilles tendinitis, but he needs to remain stashed in all fantasy formats while he heals up. He's hitting just .228 on the season with a .309 on-base percentage, but he also has an .807 OPS, 24 home runs, 61 RBI and 40 runs scored in 289 at-bats for the Yanks.

    Jul 31 · Source via Yankees Giancarlo Stanton
  • Bryan Reynolds Back From Paternity List

    The Pittsburgh Pirates activated outfielder Bryan Reynolds from the paternity list on Sunday and optioned infielder/outfielder Diego Castillo to Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. Reynolds has been away from the team since going on the paternity list on Thursday, but he should return to the team's starting lineup on Sunday against Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. The 27-year-old right-handed hitter should be returned to all starting lineups in single-season fantasy leagues. He's hitting .254/.335/.453 with 15 home runs, 32 RBI, 40 runs scored and three stolen bases in 352 plate appearances over 85 games in 2022.

    Jul 31 · Source via Pirates Bryan Reynolds
  • Luis Campusano Hits Eighth Homer In Triple-A

    San Diego Padres catcher Luis Campusano went 2-for-4 and hit his eighth homer of the season for Triple-A El Paso on Friday. Campusano is now hitting .302 and has also driven in 36 RBI. The 23-year-old is one of the top catching prospects in the game and has gotten a couple cups of coffee in the big leagues, but he hasn't done much in that limited opportunity. A prime trade candidate for the aggressive Padres front office, managers should keep an eye on Campusano to see weather or not he remains with San Diego or is dealt. Campusano remains a better option in dynasty leagues, but could be an intriguing in redraft leagues, if he is dealt and given an opportunity. Campusano remains a prospect for managers to keep an eye on with the trade deadline approaching on August 2.

    Jul 31 · Source via Padres Luis Campusano prospects
  • Brewers To Activate Freddy Peralta From 60-Day IL This Week

    The Brewers are planning to activate right-hander Freddy Peralta from the 60-day injured list during the club’s upcoming three-game series in Pittsburgh from August 2-4, manager Craig Counsell told reporters (including Todd Rosiak of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).  Peralta hasn’t pitched in a big league game since May 22 due to a posterior strain in…

    Jul 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Freddy Peralta
  • Jake McCarthy To See Most Of Playing Time In Left Field

    With outfielder David Peralta being dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jake McCarthy will get the "lion's share" of the available playing time in left field, according to general manager Mike Hazen. McCarthy has been very productive since returning from Triple-A Reno earlier in the month, going 11-for-35 (.314) with five doubles, three walks and two steals. The 25-year-old should at least be in the starting lineup against right-handed pitchers on a regular basis for the Snakes. In 118 at-bats overall in 2022, he's hitting .263/.315/.432 with three home runs, 12 RBI, 24 runs scored and four stolen bases, making him certainly worth a pickup in deeper leagues.

    Jul 31 · Source via Diamondbacks Jake McCarthy
  • Eguy Rosario Continues Impressive Season In Triple-A

    San Diego Padres shortstop prospect Eguy Rosario went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's contest for Triple-A El Paso. It was his second homer in as many games. Rosario has been putting together a strong season and the Padres fifth ranked prospect is now hitting .280 with 16 homers, 62 RBI and 16 stolen bases. Rosario, 22, is having a breakout season for El Paso, but there hasn't been room for him at the big-league level. The Padres always seem to be involved in trade rumors and Rosario is sure to catch the eye of fellow executives across the league. If Rosario were to stay in the Padres system, he is unlikely to make an impact in redraft leagues in 2022. If he were dealt, he could be an intriguing stash option in redraft leagues, but his best value remains in dynasty leagues. Stay tuned to see what happens with the deadline approaching on August 2.

    Jul 31 · Source via Padres Eguy Rosario
  • Brandon Drury On The Bench Against Orioles

    Cincinnati Reds third baseman Brandon Drury is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. Drury will take a normal day of rest after going 8-for-36 (.222) with a homer, six RBI and five runs scored in nine games since the All-Star break. On the season, he's hitting .272/.332/.513 with an .845 OPS, 19 home runs, 58 RBI, 61 runs scored and two stolen bases in 345 at-bats. Drury is a prime trade candidate with the deadline coming on Aug. 2. Donovan Solano is starting at third base on Sunday and is hitting second against Orioles right-hander Austin Voth. Solano will be a DFS sleeper worth considering. He's gone 10-for-23 (.435) with a homer and seven RBI in seven games over the last two weeks.

    Jul 31 · Source via Reds Brandon Drury
  • Josh Lowe Optioned To Triple-A

    The Tampa Bay Rays optioned rookie outfielder Josh Lowe to Triple-A Durham on Sunday to make room for recently acquired outfielder David Peralta on the active MLB roster. In 52 games for the Rays since his promotion, Lowe hit only .221/.284/.343 with two home runs, 13 RBI, 24 runs scored, three stolen bases and 66 strikeouts in 198 plate appearances for the Rays. Whenever the 24-year-old returns to the big leagues, he'll return to a seven-game hitting streak. He'll need to cut down on his strikeout rate when he returns to the Rays if he wants to see regular playing time. Lowe will return to a .299/.382/.540 slash line with a .922 OPS, six home runs, 35 RBI, 22 runs scored and six stolen bases at Durham.

    Jul 31 · Source via Rays Josh Lowe
  • Elly De La Cruz Continues To Impress

    Cincinnati Reds shortstop prospect Elly De La Cruz went 2-for-5 with a solo home run for Double-A Chattanooga on Saturday. De La Cruz, one of the Reds top prospects was promoted to Double-A on July 22 and hasn't missed a beat since his ascension. On the season, the 20-year-old is hitting .297 with 22 homers, 56 RBI and 32 stolen bases between High-A and Double-A. The Reds have a flurry of top shortstop prospects that includes Matt McLain in Double-A, but he has been shifted to second base to accommodate De La Cruz. The club also acquired shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo from the Mariners in the Luis Castillo trade, but it appears they are devoted to keeping De La Cruz at shortstop for the time being. Regardless of where he winds up on the diamond, De La Cruz offers across the board talent and he continues to open eyes at every level. The Reds have no reason to promote him this season, but there is a true chance that he could make his big-league debut at some point in 2023 for the rebuilding Reds and dynasty-league managers should start taking note on the prospect.

    Jul 31 · Source via Reds Elly De La Cruz prospects
  • Freddy Peralta To Make Next Start With Brewers

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta (lat) is rejoining the team in Pittsburgh, and his next outing will be for the Brewers, although the exact date is to be determined. Peralta allowed one run on three hits while walking none and striking out five in his final minor league rehab outing with Triple-A Nashville on Friday night, and the Brewers liked what they saw. The 26-year-old right-hander only threw 52 pitches in the outing, though, so there's a good chance he won't go deep into his first start back for Milwaukee next week. He hasn't pitched in the big leagues since May, and he's gone 3-2 this year with a 4.42 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings over eight starts. Peralta should be rostered in most fantasy formats.

    Jul 31 · Source via Brewers Freddy Peralta
  • George Springer Out Of The Lineup Sunday

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers. Springer missed Friday's game with a minor elbow injury, but he returned on Saturday and went 0-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. He'll get a normal day of rest on Sunday in the series finale. Raimel Tapia will once again fill in for him in center field and will hit eighth against Tigers right-hander Garrett Hill. Tapia doesn't have a ton of power and isn't a high-upside DFS play at the bottom of the batting order, but he's been swinging a strong bat all season, slashing .284/.306/.410 with five home runs, 36 RBI, 30 runs scored and five stolen bases in 261 at-bats for Toronto.

    Jul 31 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer
  • MacKenzie Gore Tentatively Slated For September Return

    Padres left-hander MacKenzie Gore was placed on the 15-day injured list Tuesday due to inflammation in his throwing elbow, and as a result he “won't throw…for a couple of weeks,” manager Bob Melvin told Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune and other reporters.  “Structurally, everything looked pretty good in there compared to the past. …

    Jul 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres MacKenzie Gore prospects
  • Corey Seager IL Stint Not Ruled Out

    Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward updated shortstop Corey Seager's status prior to Saturday's game by stating that he "can't rule out" an IL stint. The All-Star suffered a contusion after he fouled a ball of his leg in Thursday's contest as Woodward went on to say his availability is "hour to hour," but that his injury hasn't gotten any worse. Hopefully we can get some more clarity on Seager's status prior to Sunday's finale versus the Angels, but managers may want to start thinking of contingency plans until he gets a vote of confidence from the team.

    Jul 31 · Source via Rangers Corey Seager
  • Thairo Estrada Leaves After Hit-By-Pitch To Head

    San Francisco Giants infielder Thairo Estrada left Saturday's contest early after getting hit in the head with a Drew Smyly pitch in the fifth inning. The 26-year-old laid on the ground for several moments before walking off the field with trainers in a scary scene as Jason Vosler came in to run for him. Hopefully Estrada can come away from this with good news as he'll undoubtedly undergo further testing tonight or tomorrow afternoon. It's unlikely he suits up for Sunday's tilt versus the Cubs, but look for an update from the club within the next 24 hours on his status.

    Jul 31 · Source via Giants Thairo Estrada
  • Julio Rodriguez Undergoing X-Rays On Wrist

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez left Saturday's contest versus the Astros early after he was hit on the wrist by a pitch. The rookie stayed in the game to play defense, but was pulled before his next at-bat and will undergo X-rays on his wrist to find out the severity of the injury. Rodriguez stated that he would speak to the media on Sunday as managers tentatively hold their breath for no severe damage. He will likely sit for Sunday's finale and a trip to the IL shouldn't be ruled out either until we get the imaging results tomorrow.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mariners Julio Rodriguez prospects
  • Ian Anderson Hurls Six-Shutout Frames Saturday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson was superb on Saturday as he allowed just one hit over six-scoreless frames in his club's 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks. The victory took his record to 9-6 on the season as he struck out nine batters in the contest while issuing just one free pass in the 97-pitch outing. It was the first time the right-hander lasted six innings since a June 19 start and a nice bounce back contest after he gave up seven runs over three innings last weekend. Anderson will take an underwhelming 4.99 ERA and 1.50 WHIP into his next start versus the division-rival Mets.

    Jul 31 · Source via Braves Ian Anderson
  • Tyler O'Neill Leaves With Leg Cramps

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tyler O'Neill left Saturday's contest early with leg cramps after going 2-for-2 in the game. Corey Dickerson came on to relieve him for his at-bat in the fifth inning, and he should be considered day-to-day for now. It's been a frustrating year for O'Neill who has played just 54 games while batting .225 with five homers and eight steals after a breakout 2021 campaign. The initial reaction is that this seems like a minor ailment, but don't be surprised if he were to sit out Sunday's finale with a scheduled off-day on Monday. Stay tuned for news from the club prior to Sunday afternoon's tilt with Washington.

    Jul 31 · Source via Cardinals Tyler O'Neill
  • Pete Fairbanks Secures Second Save On Saturday

    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Pete Fairbanks allowed two hits while striking out two across a scoreless inning to earn the save during Saturday's 6-4 win over the Cleveland Guardians. He entered the game in the ninth inning to protect a two-run lead. The 28-year-old allowed a pair of base runners before striking out Jose Ramirez to end the game. He has now recorded a save in back-to-back opportunities. The right-hander is 2-for-2 in save chances, posting a 5.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and six strikeouts over five innings. Fairbanks has recently been the Rays' primary closer and should see the bulk of the Rays' saves chances the rest of the season. Fantasy managers searching for saves should add Fairbanks in all league formats.

    Jul 30 · Source via Rays Peter Fairbanks closers
  • Trevor Story Diagnosed With Hairline Fracture

    Boston Red Sox shortstop Trevor Story (wrist) has a small hairline fracture near his wrist and will be shut down for 10-to-14 days. He was initially diagnosed with a bruised hand after being placed on the injured list on July 16. A second opinion from a hand specialist revealed that Story suffered the fracture when he was hit in his right hand by a pitch on July 12. The 29-year-old slashed .221/.289/.423 with 15 home runs, 10 stolen bases, 58 RBI, and 49 runs before landing on the IL. Story most likely won't return until mid-August. Christian Arroyo will handle second base duties for the Red Sox while Story is sidelined.

    Jul 30 · Source via Red Sox Trevor Story
  • Padres Reportedly Interested In Dealing For Willson Contreras

    The San Diego Padres reportedly are interested in trading for Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Padres are involved in conversations about Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. He recently removed everything Cubs-related from his Instagram account. The 30-year-old is one of the best hitting catchers in the game and should produce for a solid Padres lineup that is expected to have star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (wrist) back soon. Contreras is slashing .252/.369/.460 with 14 home runs, 37 RBI, 52 runs scored, and three stolen bases over 366 plate appearances in 2022. Stay tuned.

    Jul 30 · Source via Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Cardinals Looking To Add Pitching With Steven Matz Sidelined

    St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Steven Matz (knee) is unlikely to return this season even if he avoids surgery. The 31-year-old has a torn MCL in his left knee, and the Cardinals should know more next Tuesday if the right-hander will return in 2022. St. Louis will be in the market to add another arm by the MLB trade deadline. "There might be some opportunities out there that might not be top of the rotation but can fill innings," said Cardinals baseball operations president John Mozeliak. Frankie Montas, Tyler Mahle, Jose Urquidy, Merrill Kelly, and Nathan Eovaldi are some of the pitchers reportedly on the trade block. Stay tuned.

    Jul 30 · Source via Cardinals Steven Matz
  • J.D. Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi, Christian Vazquez Could Be Traded

    Boston Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez, catcher Christian Vazquez, and pitcher Nathan Eovaldi could be moved by the trade deadline. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, Martinez, Vazquez, and Eovaldi are all free agents to be and among the candidates to be traded. It remains to be seen where they will be traded; with Boston at a 50-52 record, the Red Sox will likely be sellers at the deadline. Martinez and Vasquez shouldn't take much of a hit in fantasy if moved, while Eovaldi could earn chances for more wins by moving to a playoff contender. Stay tuned.

    Jul 30 · Source via Red Sox Christian Vazquez J.D. Martinez Nathan Eovaldi
  • San Francisco Giants Listening To Offers On Carlos Rodon, Others

    The San Francisco Giants are now listening to offers for veteran players, according to Jon Heyman. With the Giants in a freefall, going 2-8 in their last 10 and falling four games out of the final wild card spot, this change in philosophy makes sense. While Carlos Rodon and Joc Pederson are the obvious trade targets, veterans like Brandon Belt, Mike Yastrzemski, Jakob Junis, Wilmer Flores, Brandon Crawford, Alex Wood, and Evan Longoria all have contracts expiring either this year or next and are out of team control. If the Giants do decide to sell, there are a lot of interesting names available.

    Jul 30 · Source via Giants Carlos Rodon
  • Tim Anderson Suspended Three Games

    Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has been suspended three games for making contact with an umpire during Friday night's game against the Oakland Athletics. The incident occurred after Anderson took exception to a strike call by home plate umpire Nick Mahrley in the seventh inning, after which Anderson was thrown out of the game but continued arguing, seemingly bumping into Mahrley. Anderson has appealed the suspension, so he will stay in the White Sox lineup until a decision is made. Keep an eye on Anderson and if his suspension is upheld, make sure you have a backup plan ready.

    Jul 30 · Source via White Sox Tim Anderson
  • Kenley Jansen Unavailable Saturday

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (back) is unavailable to pitch Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks after feeling a twinge in his back during his appearance Friday. The injury isn't considered serious, but fantasy managers should keep an eye out for news on the Braves closer over the next few days. Jansen has put up 24 saves in 28 opportunities this season while pitching to a 3.52 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 53 strikeouts and 10 walks in 38 IP. Expect A.J. Minter or Will Smith to get a chance at the save tonight if the opportunity arises.

    Jul 30 · Source via Braves Kenley Jansen closers
  • Max Kepler, Miguel Sano Head To IL

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (toe) and first baseman Miguel Sano (knee) were placed on the 10-day IL Saturday. Kepler had missed the last three games with a toe injury that is now known to be a fractured right pinkie toe. After a hot start at the dish, he has cooled down with just four homers and an OPS below .700 since May 1. Sano had played in just three games since returning from surgery to repair his left knee meniscus, and it's that same knee that is causing him to head back to the IL. Neither player needs to be held onto in any fantasy format. Alex Kirilloff and Gilberto Celestino will likely cover for Kepler in right field, while Luis Arraez and Jose Miranda will take turns playing first in Sano's absence.

    Jul 30 · Source via Twins Miguel Sano Max Kepler
  • Latest On Frankie Montas

    With Luis Castillo now on his way to Seattle following last night’s trade to the Mariners, Frankie Montas stands out as perhaps the best and likeliest arm left to be traded before Tuesday’s 5pm CT deadline. The majority of teams that held interest in Castillo are involved, to varying extents, in the Montas market, so…

    Jul 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Frankie Montas
  • Rockies Holding Onto Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, German Marquez,

    The Colorado Rockies are reportedly set to hold onto starting pitchers Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, and German Marquez. This news comes on the heels of earlier news that the Rockies were extending closer Daniel Bard and not planning to trade first baseman C.J. Cron. The Rockies obviously think they are very close to competing and want to keep their top assets around. For Rockies fans, this news may sting a bit as just last season the Rockies kept Trevor Story around only for him to walk in free agency. Fortunately, all the players the Rockies are reportedly keeping this season are under contract at least through next year. For the three starters, this news means their fantasy value remains limited to streamer option only.

    Jul 30 · Source via Rockies German Marquez Antonio Senzatela Kyle Freeland
  • Tampa Bay Rays Acquire David Peralta

    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta has been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Jeff Passan. Coming back to the Diamondbacks in the deal is 19-year-old catcher Christian Cerda. Peralta is more of a platoon bat at this point, as he has a pretty good .823 OPS against righties but just a .462 OPS against lefties. The Rays tend to play a very analytical brand of ball, so expect Peralta to see very few lefties. He could be of use in weeks where the Rays are facing mostly righties, but in most leagues this move won't help his fantasy value. Cerda is not a highly ranked prospect, but has put up good numbers in rookie ball this year while showing off his plate discipline. He is still a long way from the majors, though.

    Jul 30 · Source via Diamondbacks David Peralta
  • Rays Designate Angel Perdomo For Assignment

    The Rays announced that lefty Angel Perdomo has been designated for assignment. His spot on the roster will go to outfielder David Peralta, whose acquisition from the D-backs has now been formally announced by the teams. Perdomo, 28, was claimed off waivers from the Brewers just 11 days ago and has not appeared in the…

    Jul 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Rays Angel Perdomo
  • Mets Agree To Sign First-Rounder Kevin Parada

    The Mets have reached a deal with 11th overall pick Kevin Parada, MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis reports (Twitter link).  Parada will receive $5,019,735, an overslot bonus that exceeds the recommended $4,780,700 price for the 11th selection. It was perhaps a slight surprise that Parada was still available when the Mets were on the board, as…

    Jul 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets prospects mlb draft
  • Mariners Designate Marcus Wilson For Assignment

    The Mariners announced Saturday that they’ve designated outfielder Marcus Wilson for assignment and selected the contract of left-hander Brennan Bernardino from Triple-A Tacoma. Left-hander Tommy Milone, meanwhile, has been placed on the 15-day injured list due to a cervical muscle strain. Wilson made his MLB debut earlier this season, when Seattle selected his contract from…

    Jul 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Marcus Wilson
  • Marlins Designate Jimmy Yacabonis For Assignment

    The Marlins have selected the contract of righty Nick Neidert and designated fellow right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster, per the team. A 26-man roster spot was opened by placing lefty Daniel Castano on the seven-day concussion-related injured list.  Miami also announced that Garrett Cooper (who is on…

    Jul 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Jimmy Yacabonis
  • Daniel Bard Signing A Two-Year Extension With The Rockies

    Colorado Rockies closer Daniel Bard is signing a two-year contract extension with the Rockies on Saturday, according to Mark Feinsand of Bard has been excellent for Colorado this season, posting a 1.91 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 43:19 K:BB ratio to go along with 21 saves over 37 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old reliever is now off the trade market, so contending teams will need to look elsewhere for bullpen help with the trade deadline right around the corner. The extension is worth around $19 million, per Feinsand.

    Jul 30 · Source via Rockies Daniel Bard closers
  • Will Smith Homers Friday

    Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith hit his 15th home run of the season Friday, a two-run shot off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Kuhl. Smith went 2-for-3 in the game with a walk. Smith has slashed .270/.367/.514 with six homers, 13 runs scored, and 20 RBI over his last 30 games, bringing him up to an .823 OPS for the season. He's among the most productive catchers in the league, and he should occupy one of the top spots in fantasy rankings at the position for years to come.

    Jul 30 · Source via Dodgers Will Smith
  • Cardinals, Phillies Swap Edmundo Sosa For JoJo Romero

    The Phillies and Cardinals announced agreement on a trade sending infielder Edmundo Sosa from St. Louis to Philadelphia for left-handed reliever JoJo Romero. Ken Rosenthal and Katie Woo of the Athletic first reported Sosa was being traded to Philadelphia. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in the past couple days that the Cards have been discussing trades involving…

    Jul 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Phillies JoJo Romero Edmundo Sosa
  • Edmundo Sosa Traded To The Phillies

    St. Louis Cardinals infielder Edmundo Sosa has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. Ken Rosenthal noted that the details of the trade have not yet been disclosed. The 26-year-old infielder is slashing a meager .188/.244/.270 with eight RBI and three stolen bases over 122 at-bats this year. He'll serve as infield depth for the Phillies the rest of the way.

    Jul 30 · Source via Cardinals Edmundo Sosa
  • Julio Urias Goes Seven Strong Innings Against Rockies

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias threw seven strong innings against the Rockies at Coors Field Friday, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks to pick up his 10th win of the season in a 5-4 victory. He struck out four batters. Urias now has three consecutive quality starts and has a 2.71 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with 103 strikeouts in 109 2/3 innings this season. He is safely among the top 20 fantasy starters in all formats.

    Jul 30 · Source via Dodgers Julio Urias
  • Chris Martin Traded To The Dodgers

    Chicago Cubs veteran reliever Chris Martin has been acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade, according to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic. The details of the trade have not yet been released but Martin should help shore up the Dodgers' bullpen down the stretch. The 36-year-old has a 4.31 ERA, .134 WHIP, and 40:4 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings (34 appearances) of relief with the Cubs this year. UPDATE: MLB Network's Jon Heyman is reporting that the Dodgers are sending the Cubs infielder/outfielder Zach McKinstry in the deal.

    Jul 30 · Source via Cubs Chris Martin closers
  • Trent Thornton Recalled On Saturday

    Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Trent Thornton has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. The 28-year-old reliever, who's gone back and forth between the majors and the minors this year, will provide some bullpen depth for the Jays moving forward. He owns a 4.38 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 29:15 K/BB ratio over 37 innings (26 appearances) this season. Rookie Max Castillo was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.

    Jul 30 · Source via Blue Jays Trent Thornton
  • Eduardo Rodriguez Will Report To Spring Training Facility Sunday

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (personal) is scheduled to report to the team's spring training facility in Lakeland, Florida, on Sunday, according to manager A.J. Hinch. Rodriguez has been on the restricted list while dealing with a personal matter since mid-June, but he could pitch in a game for Low-A Lakeland by the end of next week. His timetable to return to the Tigers is the third week of August, per beat writer Evan Petzold. Rodriguez has made just eight starts for Detroit this season, compiling a 1-3 record, 4.38 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 34:17 K:BB ratio over 39 innings.

    Jul 30 · Source via Tigers Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Martin Perez Earns Ninth Win

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez earned his ninth win of the season Friday, throwing seven innings of one-run ball against the Los Angeles Angels. He gave up three hits and two walks and struck out six batters. Perez has pitched at least five innings in each of his last 18 starts, and now has 14 quality starts this season. With a 2.52 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 107 strikeouts in 125 innings, Perez has been among the top waiver wire finds all year.

    Jul 30 · Source via Rangers Martin Perez
  • Mark Appel Recalled From Triple-A

    Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Mark Appel has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Veteran starter Kyle Gibson was placed on the bereavement list on Saturday and Appel was recalled in a corresponding move. Appel, the former first overall pick way back in 2013, made his major league debut earlier this season and should work out of the Phillies pen this time around. He's got a 1.29 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 3:2 K/BB ratio over seven innings of relief so far on the season.

    Jul 30 · Source via Phillies Mark Appel
  • Kyle Gibson Placed On The Bereavement List

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Gibson has been placed on the bereavement list. The veteran hurler's next scheduled start will occur on Tuesday against the Braves so there's a decent chance he won't end up missing any time. The 34-year-old right-hander has posted a 4.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 84:31 K/BB ratio over 107 2/3 innings (20 starts) on the season. Reliever Mark Appel was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.

    Jul 30 · Source via Phillies Kyle Gibson
  • Blake Snell Earns Third Win

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell cruised to his third win of the season Friday, allowing one run on four hits and a walk to the Minnesota Twins in six innings of work in a 10-1 victory. He struck out seven batters. This is just the fourth time this year out of 12 starts that Snell has completed six innings, which underscores the limitations to his fantasy upside. He's struck out 78 batters in 61 innings, but his 4.43 ERA and 1.39 WHIP are not good enough to account for the relative lack of volume Snell offers.

    Jul 30 · Source via Padres Blake Snell
  • Ha-Seong Kim Adds Homer And Steal

    San Diego Padres infielder Ha-Seong Kim contributed across the board in Friday's 10-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, picking up two hits in three at-bats with a home run, a steal, and two runs scored. He now has six homers and six steals on the season. With just a .692 OPS in 338 plate appearances this season, Kim is no fantasy stand-out, but any player that contributes in both the power and speed categories holds some value. This is true of Kim, who has seen plenty of playing time of late, though that could dry up as soon as Fernando Tatis Jr. makes his long-awaited return.

    Jul 30 · Source via Padres Ha-Seong Kim
  • Alek Manoah Feeling Better After Friday's Early Exit

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah (elbow), who took a comebacker off his elbow during Friday's start against the Tigers, is "feeling better," according to interim manager John Schneider. Manoah received X-rays on his elbow, which came back negative. The hard-throwing right-hander has been diagnosed with a contusion and will get a few days off before throwing on the side. Fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day for now and monitor his status early next week.

    Jul 30 · Source via Blue Jays Alek Manoah
  • Luke Voit Homers, Drives In Three

    San Diego Padres designated hitter Luke Voit participated in the offensive onslaught against Joe Ryan and the Minnesota Twins Friday, going 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored. Voit now has 13 home runs on the season to go with 38 runs scored and 47 RBI. He's gone deep three times in his last nine games. It's not been a banner season for Voit, but he continues to hit the ball very hard and could go on a tear for fantasy managers at any time.

    Jul 30 · Source via Padres Luke Voit
  • Blue Jays Interested In Michael Fulmer

    The Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams interested in Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Michael Fulmer, according to sources. Fulmer tossed a scoreless eighth inning against the Blue Jays on Friday night and has been very solid in a relief role for Detroit this year, posting a 2.77 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP with two saves, 38 strikeouts and 20 walks in 39 relief innings. The 29-year-old right-hander will be a free agent after this season, and he could provide the Blue Jays with an experienced bullpen arm ahead of closer Jordan Romano as they prepare for a run at a postseason spot in the second half of the season.

    Jul 30 · Source via Tigers Blue Jays Michael Fulmer closers
  • C.J. Cron, Daniel Bard Unlikely To Be Traded

    The Colorado Rockies are likely to remain quiet at this year's trade deadline, which means it's unlikely they'll deal first baseman C.J. Cron or closer Daniel Bard. The Rockies think they still have a shot at the postseason, so they aren't willing to part with their top players. Multiple teams are interested in Bard as a rental piece, but the Rockies think they have a good chance to re-sign him. He's been excellent this year with a 1.91 ERA and 21 saves. Cron is the team's best player, and the Rockies see him helping them contend in the future. Shortstop Jose Iglesias and right-hander Chad Kuhl are also unlikely to be dealt by Tuesday, while it's possible the team parts ways with veteran reliever Alex Colome, who can give contending teams an experienced relief arm.

    Jul 30 · Source via Rockies C.J. Cron Daniel Bard closers
  • Joe Ryan Implodes Friday Night

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan got blitzed by the San Diego Padres Friday night, giving up 10 runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings of work, including five home runs. He struck out seven batters. The loss drops his record for the year to 7-4. This is by far the worst outing of Ryan's season and his career. It balloons his ERA and WHIP to 3.78 and 1.11, which, while still respectable, are not enough to make up for only striking out 80 batters in 85 2/3 innings. Ryan will need to right the shift to remain worthy of consistent rostership.

    Jul 30 · Source via Twins Joe Ryan
  • Patrick Wisdom Blasts 19th Homer

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom went deep Friday, blasting his 19th home run of the season in a 2-for-3 effort at the plate with a double, a walk, and two runs scored. He has now gone deep in two straight games after a stretch that saw him without a round-tripper since July 2. Wisdom has been a steady contributor for fantasy managers all year, with a .781 OPS, 51 runs, 50 RBI, and six steals in 380 plate appearances.

    Jul 30 · Source via Cubs Patrick Wisdom
  • Cardinals Pursuing Frankie Montas

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas is one of the starters that the St. Louis Cardinals are pursuing with the trade deadline nearing. Starting pitching is a far greater need for the Cardinals because of injuries to Jack Flaherty and Steven Matz. The A's, according to sources, want some of the same prospects for Montas that the Washington Nationals want for outfielder Juan Soto. It would be out of character for the Cardinals to part with the number of players necessary to land Soto for two-plus years and Montas for one-plus year. When St. Louis trades for big-name hitters, it's usually in the offseason. One executive said Montas might have a higher ceiling and a higher floor than Luis Castillo, who was dealt to the Mariners on Friday night for three of their top-five prospects.

    Jul 30 · Source via Athletics Frankie Montas
  • Marcus Stroman Goes Six Scoreless Innings

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman managed not to allow a run to the San Francisco Giants Friday despite scattering eight hits and a walk across his six innings of work. He struck out three batters and was credited with the win in a 4-2 contest, improving his season record to 3-5. Stroman now has a 3.99 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 62 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings across 13 starts this year. He is not a very high-upside fantasy option, but Stroman has a long track record of run prevention.

    Jul 30 · Source via Cubs Marcus Stroman
  • Josh Naylor Scratched With Ankle Soreness

    Cleveland Guardians outfielder/first baseman Josh Naylor (ankle) was scratched from the starting lineup on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays due to right ankle soreness. Naylor also missed the game on Friday, and fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day for now. The 25-year-old has been a solid contributor this year, slashing .282/.332/.514 with an .846 OPS, 14 home runs, 53 RBI, 32 runs scored and two stolen bases, so hopefully he's not out for long. Owen Miller is now starting at the cold corner and hitting cleanup against Rays right-hander Corey Kluber. Miller is in a great lineup spot to produce counting stats in DFS, but he's also hitting just .222 (6-for-27) with no homers and two RBI in the last two weeks of action.

    Jul 30 · Source via Guardians Josh Naylor
  • Alex Cobb Whiffs 11 In Loss

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb took the loss Friday, despite allowing just one run on three hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out 11 batters, which is a season high for the righty, and the first time he's reached double digits since his first start of the season. Cobb now has a 3-5 record to go with a 4.06 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 85 strikeouts in 82 innings this season across 16 starts. Fantasy managers can expect slightly better numbers going forward, though this doesn't figure to be the breakout campaign many predicted.

    Jul 30 · Source via Giants Alex Cobb
  • George Springer, Bo Bichette Return Saturday

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer (elbow) and shortstop Bo Bichette (shoulder) are both back in the starting lineup on Saturday against Detroit Tigers right-hander Drew Hutchison. Springer is serving as the designated hitter and batting leadoff, while Bichette is at shortstop while hitting cleanup. Springer and Bichette both missed Friday's loss, but there injuries were never serious and they will both only miss one game. Fantasy managers should return them both to their starting lineups. Springer is hitting. 254 with 18 homers, 47 RBI and 10 stolen bases on the year, while Bichette is hitting .261 with 14 long balls, 53 RBI and seven stolen bases in 410 at-bats.

    Jul 30 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer Bo Bichette
  • Wilmer Flores Homers In Three-Hit Game

    San Francisco Giants infielder Wilmer Flores provided all the offense in a losing effort Friday, as he went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and a double in a 4-2 defeat to the Chicago Cubs. Flores has been swinging the bat well of late, slashing .258/.358/.570 with seven home runs in 106 plate appearances over his last 30 games. He now has 15 home runs, 53 runs scored, and 55 RBI in 326 at-bats on the season. He's a solid fantasy play in deeper leagues, especially those that allow daily lineup changes.

    Jul 30 · Source via Giants Wilmer Flores
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Returns Against Yankees

    Kansas City Royals rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring) is back in the starting lineup on Saturday against New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes, serving as the designated hitter and batting second in the lineup. Fantasy managers were beginning to wonder if Witt would require a trip to the injured list after he missed the last five games with a hamstring injury, but he'll return on Saturday after ramping up baseball activities on Friday. The 22-year-old's five-category upside makes him an everyday starter in single-year fantasy leagues. In his first big-league season, he's hitting .258/.301/.459 with 14 long balls, 51 RBI, 51 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 353 at-bats.

    Jul 30 · Source via Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Austin Hedges Resting Saturday

    Cleveland Guardians catcher Austin Hedges is not in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hedges is hitting just .172/.235/.278 on the season with six home runs, 18 RBI, 16 runs scored and a stolen base in 180 at-bats, so he hasn't been of much help to fantasy managers, even in two-catcher leagues. It's the second time in the last three games that he'll start on the bench. Luke Maile will do the catching on Saturday and is hitting eighth against Rays right-hander Corey Kluber. Maile hasn't been much better than Hedges on the year, going 18-for-98 (.188) with no home runs and six RBI in 42 games. Avoid Maile in DFS.

    Jul 30 · Source via Guardians Austin Hedges
  • Rhys Hoskins Goes 4-For-4, Hits Game-Winning Homer

    Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins had a night on Friday in the 4-2 extra-inning win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hoskins went 4-for-4 with a game-winning home run in the 10th inning, and he added three RBI, a run scored and a walk. The 29-year-old first baseman is now hitting .253/.342/.481 with an .823 OPS, 20 home runs, 48 RBI, 53 runs scored and a stolen base in 421 plate appearances over 99 games this season. Since the All-Star break, he's gone 11-for-32 (.344) with a homer, four RBI and four runs scored in eight games played. Hoskins is certainly heating up and needs to remain in all daily fantasy lineups moving forward.

    Jul 30 · Source via Phillies Rhys Hoskins
  • Braves Could Reunite With Joc Pederson

    The Atlanta Braves are looking for outfield help at the trade deadline, according to a source, and they could reunite with San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson (concussion), but the Giants are four games out of a wild-card spot and haven't decided if they'll be sellers. A rival executive believes the Giants are "ready to sell" after losing eight of nine games since the All-Star break. Pederson is currently on the concussion injured list, but the Braves remember his strong postseason run a year ago with them and might want him back for the stretch run again this year. The 30-year-old left-handed slugger made his second All-Star appearance this year and is currently hitting .242/.319/.492 with an .811 OPS, 17 home runs, 43 RBI, 36 runs scored and three stolen bases in 87 games.

    Jul 30 · Source via Giants Joc Pederson
  • Jose Quintana Pitches Well In No-Decision

    Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jose Quintana went 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies in a no-decision on Friday, allowing four hits while walking two and striking out four in the eventual 4-2 loss. The 33-year-old veteran southpaw further boosted his trade value ahead of Tuesday's deadline, and he's now sporting a 3.50 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 89 strikeouts and 31 walks in 103 innings over his 20 starts for the Pirates in 2022. He's had two rough outings against the Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies in the month of July, but he's allowed just one earned run combined in his other three starts in the month. There's a good chance that Quintana will be changing teams before his next start.

    Jul 30 · Source via Pirates Jose Quintana
  • Matt Chapman Hits His 19th Home Run

    Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, one walk and a strikeout in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers to continue his recent power surge. He has now hit three home runs in the last two games and is currently riding a modest eight-game hitting streak to raise his season slash line to .246/.323/.474 with 19 home runs, 55 RBI, 55 runs scored and a stolen base in 371 plate appearances over 94 games. He's been great in the month of July, going 25-for-78 (.321) with eight home runs, 20 RBI and 15 runs scored in 23 games. Needless to say, Chapman needs to be in your fantasy lineups during his hot stretch at the plate.

    Jul 30 · Source via Blue Jays Matt Chapman
  • Aaron Judge Hits Two More Homers Friday

    New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge went 3-for-5 with two more home runs (including a grand slam), six RBI, two runs scored and a strikeout in the team's 11-5 blowout win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday. Judge is having an absolute monster season, and he's gone deep eight times in the first nine games of the second half of the season to boost his overall line to .297/.378/.668 with a 1.046 OPS, a league-leading 41 homers, a league-leading 89 RBI, a league-leading 84 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 431 plate appearances over 98 games played. The 30-year-old slugger is the clear leader in the American League MVP race and he should be started each and every day in fantasy lineups.

    Jul 30 · Source via Yankees Aaron Judge
  • Frankie Montas Now Yankees' Top Target

    With right-hander Luis Castillo being traded to the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, Oakland Athletics right-hander Frankie Montas is now the New York Yankees' top starting pitcher target before Tuesday's trade deadline. The Yankees are in on other starters as well, including Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jose Quintana. New York definitely needs to bolster their starting rotation, and Montas would do just that. Pitching for the last-place A's, he's gone 4-9 with a strong 3.18 ERA (3.36 FIP), a 1.14 WHIP, 109 strikeouts and 28 walks in 104 2/3 innings over 19 starts. While a move to the American League East would have its challenges, Montas would also be backed by a much better offense in the Bronx.

    Jul 30 · Source via Athletics Frankie Montas
  • Josh Jung Homers In Second Rehab Game

    Texas Rangers third base prospect Josh Jung (shoulder) homered in the Arizona Complex League on Friday in just his second minor league rehab game. Jung, the team's No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, is recovering from shoulder surgery in February. He looked ready to make his major league debut early this year after ending the 2021 season with a dominant effort at Triple-A Round Rock, where he hit .348 with nine home runs and a 1.088 OPS in 35 games. Jung's rehab is ahead of schedule, so if he doesn't encounter any setbacks along the way, he could return to Round Rock before the end of the minor league season.

    Jul 30 · Source via Rangers Josh Jung
  • Dany Jimenez Strikes Out The Side Friday

    Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Dany Jimenez (shoulder) pitched one inning in a minor league rehab outing for Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday and struck out the side without allowing a hit or a walk. Jimenez threw 16 pitches in his first minor league outing while he recovers from a right shoulder strain that put him on the injured list in late June. Before his injury, Jimenez was the team's primary closer in Oakland, so he should return to the ninth-inning role once he's ready. There's a chance he'll be reinstated from the injured list at some point this weekend. Before his injury, the 28-year-old had a 4.38 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 11 saves and 23 strikeouts in 24 2/3 relief innings in 2022. Lou Trivino has been filling in as the A's closer with Jimenez out.

    Jul 30 · Source via Athletics Dany Jimenez closers
  • Freddy Peralta Strikes Out Five In Rehab Outing

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta (lat) struck out five hitters while allowing an unearned run on three hits with no walks in 3 1/3 innings in his minor league rehab start for Triple-A Nashville on Friday night. He was also able to touch 96 mph with his fastball while throwing 52 pitches in the outing. The 26-year-old right-hander might need to make another outing in the minors, but he's not far off from returning to the Brewers rotation. Peralta last started in the majors on May 22, so he'll be a bit more risky when he initially returns to Milwaukee. Before his injury, he was 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA (2.11 FIP), 1.19 WHIP, 50 strikeouts and 13 walks in 38 2/3 innings over eight starts. Stash him now if he's somehow available on your league's waiver wire.

    Jul 30 · Source via Brewers Freddy Peralta
  • Rays Reinstate Jalen Beeks From Injured List

    The Tampa Bay Rays reinstated left-hander Jalen Beeks (leg) from the injured list on Saturday and optioned right-hander Luke Bard to Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move. Beeks will make his return for the second half of the season after landing on the injured list before the All-Star break with right lower leg tightness. The 29-year-old southpaw has been great out of Tampa's bullpen this year, posting a 2.48 ERA and 1.17 WHIP while striking out 49 and walking only 14 in 40 innings over 24 appearances (five starts).

    Jul 30 · Source via Rays Jalen Beeks
  • Jacob deGrom To Make Season Debut Tuesday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (shoulder) is set to come off the injured list to make his 2022 season debut on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation. It will be the two-time Cy Young winner's first major league start since July 7 of last year. He'll be working on an extra day of rest after returning from a stress reaction in his right scapula. Mets officials expect him to be on a strict pitch count in his first start back, so although he'll be facing the worst team in baseball, deGrom won't have his normal high fantasy ceiling. deGrom experienced leg cramps in his final minor league rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse this week, but the team thinks it's a non-issue. When healthy, deGrom has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball.

    Jul 30 · Source via Mets Jacob deGrom
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