White Sox Open To Trading James Shields
Chicago acquired James Shields from the Padres earlier this summer.
Giants In "Active Talks' With Padres On Andrew Cashner
The Padres are pushing to trade Andrew Cashner, who pitched on Tuesday night, ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline.
Reds Discussing Jay Bruce With 'At Least' Four Teams
The Reds have picked up the pace on trade talks involving Jay Bruce and are discussing him with "at least" four teams.
Yankees Aren't Considering Releasing Alex Rodriguez
The Yankees traded away Aroldis Chapman on Monday, but Brian Cashman says that doesn't mean the club will consider releasing Alex Rodriguez as a means of focusing more on younger players.
Qualifying Offers Will Increase To $16.7M This Winter
The qualifying offer for Major League Baseball free agents is expected to jump from $15.88 million last winter to $16.7 million this winter, according to sources.
Rob Manfred: Changes Needed To Improve Pace
Blue Jays Acquire Joaquin Benoit From Mariners For Drew Storen
Ichiro Now Just Three Hits Shy Of 3,000
Nationals Were In Mix To Acquire Aroldis Chapman
Padres Making Progress On Andrew Cashner Trade

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Grading The Deal: Aroldis Chapman Traded To Cubs

by John Watson

The Cubs did get better, but it's certainly not clear that they got that much better to warrant giving up what they did. For this deal to truly work out for the Cubs, the flags will need to actually fly.

Halfway To Home: Midseason Meanderings On AL Contenders

by John Watson

With a few more teams being little more than a sweep of a fellow Wild Card wannabe away from a playoff spot, there's more intrigue in the standings in the AL (eight teams fighting for two spots!!!), even if it means less excitement in the form of bodies on the block before the trade deadline.

Grading The Deal: Astros Sign Yulieski Gurriel To $47.5M Deal

by John Watson

The Astros jumped on an interesting player who was available with no strings attached other than cash money. If it works out, they address the so-called problems of figuring out where to play players or trading them later.

Halfway To Home: Midseason Meanderings On NL Contenders

by John Watson

On the Dodgers' rotation gamble, the Giants' old-school approach, the half-mortal Cubs, Washington's pitchers, Mets' issues, Pirates' cheapness, Cardinals' devil magic and whether the Marlins are for real.

Sweet Dingers, Sweet Relief: On the Orioles' Success

by John Watson

Baltimore's uptick in OBP means those dingers count for more a lot of the time and it's paying dividends for the Orioles' offense and giving them the runs they need to stay in and win games when their rotation needs help.

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