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Cubs Expected To Pursue Ben Zobrist

May 29, 2015 8:56 PM

The Chicago Cubs are expected to pursue a trade with the Oakland Athletics for Ben Zobrist this summer.

Zobrist recently returned to action after undergoing knee surgery.

The 34-year-old has a reputation as a utility player with plus-defensive skills at multiple positions.

Zobrist is under contract for $7.5 million this season. He'll be a free agent this coming fall.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Hamilton Homers Twice In Rangers Win Over Red Sox

May 30, 2015 12:04 AM

Josh Hamilton homered in his first two at-bats, his first homers since he belatedly began his major league season this week back with Texas, helping the Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Friday night.

Hamilton pulled both homers into the seats in right field off knuckleballer Steven Wright.

Tags: Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Reds Move Jason Marquis To Bullpen

May 29, 2015 8:52 PM

The Cincinnati Reds have moved Jason Marquis to the bullpen.

The move leaves the Reds with three rookies in their starting rotation.

Marquis, who signed with Cincinnati in the offseason, went 3-4 with a 6.46 ERA in nine starts.

Associated Press

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor

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Stephen Strasburg Pulled After 16 Pitches

May 29, 2015 8:46 PM

The Washington Nationals pulled Stephen Strasburg after just 16 pitches on Friday night without giving a reason.

Strasburg has struggled lately, failing to reach the fourth inning in three of his four previous starts.

The right-hander shrugged his shoulders after his 16th pitch and a trainer came out to check on him before he was pulled.

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Yadier Alvarez Can't Sign Until July 2

May 29, 2015 7:53 AM

Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez will be eligible to sign in the upcoming July 2 period, Major League Baseball has informed teams.

Alvarez's appeal for eligibility to sign in the current period has been denied.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Twenty Teams Attend Yosvani Garcia Showcase

May 29, 2015 7:37 AM

Yosvani Garcia held a showcase for interested Major League clubs in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday and 20 teams were represented.

Four teams from Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball were present to watch the 26-year-old Cuban infielder/outfielder as well.

In parts of five seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional, Garcia hit .280/.375/.352, showing little power to go with his speed but a contact-oriented approach (14.8 K%) and a respectable eye at the plate (9.3 BB%).

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Grant Balfour Leanings Towards Retirement

May 29, 2015 7:32 AM

After opting out of his contract with Triple-A Durham, Grant Balfour is leaning towards retirement.

Balfour, 37, re-signed with the Tampa Bay Rays shortly after being released.

In 539.2 innings over 12 Major League seasons, the right-hander pitched to a 3.49 ERA with 571 strikeouts.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Angels Will Continue To Look For Offensive Help

May 29, 2015 7:26 AM

The Los Angeles Angels added to their bench this week when they acquired Kirk Nieuwenhuis, but they won't stop there.

The Angels led the American League in runs scored last season, but they currently rank next to last.

"We'll be looking for the remainder of the trade season," Jerry Dipoto said.

The OPS of every regular player, including Mike Trout, is lower this year than last.

"If it were up to one guy, we've got as good a one guy as anybody," Dipoto said. "It takes a lineup to score runs, not one guy. 

"There were no warning signs that these guys were going to go out and start throwing up seasons that were 25% below what they would ordinarily do. At some point, the other shoe will drop, and we'll start seeing some offense."

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Tanaka Expected To Start For Yankees Next Week

May 29, 2015 7:19 AM

Masahiro Tanaka is expected to start for the New York Yankees against the Seattle Mariners next week after missing nearly five weeks.

Tanaka last pitched in the Major Leagues on April 23 and has been on the disabled list since April 29 with tendinitis in his right wrist and a strain of the right forearm.

Joe Girardi says he'll likely take the mound on Wednesday or Thursday.

"We'll have a heart-to-heart talk with him, how he feels about where he's at," Girardi said. "You don't want someone going out there if they don't quite feel that they're ready to go. In a perfect world, he would start somewhere in Seattle."

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Jon Lester Remains Hitless In Major League Career

May 28, 2015 2:17 PM

After going 0-for-2 against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, Jon Lester is now 0-for-59 at the plate during his Major League career.

Lester, who came to the National League this past offseason when he signed with the Chicago Cubs, is 0-for-23 with 15 strikeouts this season. He had been 0-for-36 with the Boston Red Sox and a half-season with the Oakland Athletics.

The left-hander has the most hitless at-bats of any player in history and the most at the start of a career, surpassing the 0-for-57 start for former San Diego Padres pitcher Joey Hamilton.

Bob Buhl went 0-for-70 over the course of an entire season for the Atlanta Braves and Cubs in 1962.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Could Ryan Howard Be An Option For Cardinals?
The Cardinals will be without Matt Adams for quite some time, if not the remainder of the season, which may put them in the market for a first baseman.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Matt Holliday Has Reached Base In First 43 Games
It's the longest streak in the National League since 1914.


Mark Teixeira Having Success Despite Low BABIP
Mark Teixeira is hitting .243/.365/.588 despite a low batting average on balls in play (.191).

Craig Edwards/FanGraphs

Astros Won't Second-Guess Decision To Keep Carlos Correa In Minors
The Astros are winning, but that won't change their line of thinking regarding Carlos Correa's development.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Mariners Using Just Six Relievers Amid Crowded Roster
The Mariners have been operating with just six relievers this week, something Lloyd McClendon acknowledges can't continue much longer.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Rotation Putting Extra Pressure On Dodgers' Bullpen
Only three National League starting rotations have a lower ERA than that of the Dodgers, but short outings have taxed the team's bullpen.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Alex Rodriguez Moves Up All-Time RBI List
Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run home run on Wednesday, giving him 1,995 career RBIs.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Angels Acquire Kirk Nieuwenhuis From Mets
The Mets will receive cash in the transaction.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Red Sox Promote Eduardo Rodriguez
Eduardo Rodriguez may only make a spot start, but the 22-year-old will make his Major League debut.

Tim Britton/Providence Journal

Mets Will Use Six-Man Rotation Into August
Dillon Gee will be added to the rotation once he comes off the disabled list, but no one will be dropped to create a place for him.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Draft Prospect Ties Mike Trout's Home Run Record
Ashton Bardzell, a senior at New Jersey's Ramsey High School, has tied Mike Trout's state record for home runs in a season with 18.

Matt Monagan/MLB

Ruben Amaro Apologizes For Saying Fans 'Don't Understand The Game'
Ruben Amaro has apologized for making critical comments about the fans in Philadelphia earlier this week.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Mets Have Insurance On David Wright's Contract
The Mets have insurance on David Wright's contract that will cover 75 percent of the money he is owed for the time he misses due to injury once he is sidelined for 60 or more days.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Callaspo, Uribe Swap Between Braves, Dodgers Finalized
The Braves and Dodgers have finalized a trade that hit a roadblock early Tuesday.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Indians Shave Their Heads In Support Of Mike Aviles' Daughter
Adriana Aviles, 4, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this month.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Marlins Shuffle Staff, Name Harris Third Base Coach
Lenny Harris will take over as third-base coach. He had been the assistant hitting coach.

Spencer Fordin/MLB

Phillies Aren't Close To Dealing Any Veterans
The Phillies have a number of players that might receive interest on the trade marketing including Jonathan Papelbon, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Alberto Callaspo Nixes Trade To Dodgers
Alberto Callaspo has blocked a trade that would have seen the Braves deal the infielder to the Dodgers in exchange for Juan Uribe, according to a source.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cubs Plan To Keep Kyle Schwarber At Catcher
The Cubs selected Kyle Schwarber in the first round of last June's Major League Baseball draft.

Tommy Birch/Des Moines Register

Masahiro Tanaka Won't Alter Pitching Style
Masahiro Tanaka is more concerned about remaining healthy for the rest of the season than rushing back to the struggling Yankees.

Dan Martin/New York Post

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