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Phillies Insist They Won't Release Howard

Ruben Amaro insists that the Phiadelphia Phillies aren't considering releasing Ryan Howard, despite reports to the contrary.

"That is not something we are contemplating," Amaro said Friday. "I don't know where that's coming from.

"Our goal is to try to get Ryan Howard straightened out so he can be a more productive player for us. As I've said in the past, I don't expect him to be the Ryan Howard of 2006, 2007, 2008. What we expect is him to perform better than he is. I know he's a better player than this.

"Has to keep working and it's up to us to help facilitate that. That's on him and on us to help him get back to being a productive player."

Howard, who is owed $60 million after this season, has just one home run in his last 121 plate appearances.

Amaro reiterated that releasing the player "has not been a thought."

Via Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly


Mets Willing To Pay $2M Of Colon's Contract In Trade

The New York Mets are willing to trade Bartolo Colon before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

In order to sweeten a potential deal, the Mets are willing to pay $2 million of what remains on Colon's contract, according to sources. Under his two-year, $20 million deal, Colon will make $11 million in 2015.

Via Andy Martino/New York Daily News


Orioles, Cardinals Looking At Kurt Suzuki

The Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals are among the teams looking at Kurt Suzuki.

The Minnesota Twins have tried to extend Suzuki's contract, but the talks haven't gone very far.

Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports



Rusney Castillo To Showcase For Teams

Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will showcase himself for Major League teams on Saturday.

He will reportedly work out at center field and shortstop.

The Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Houston Astros have all been linked to Castillo.

Via Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors


Toronto Has Been Scouting Brandon Barnes

The Toronto Blue Jays have interest in and have been scouting Brandon Barnes.

It may make sense for the Colorado Rockies to deal Barnes with Michael Cuddyer on track to return in mid-August.

A source says the Blue Jays haven't made an offer for Barnes at this point.

Via Patrick Saunders/Denver Post


La Russa: Tainted Stars Belong In Cooperstown

Tony La Russa advocates the induction of players linked to steroids into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

La Russa will be inducted in Cooperstown as a manager this weekend.

La Russa, who managed the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals between 1979 and 2011, said that because he's one of the new inductees, he feels free to state his opinion on the subject.

"Treat them all the same," La Russa said. "If you were a Hall of Famer during that period as far as your pitching and playing, I would create some kind of asterisk, where everybody understands that, 'Look, we have some questions, but you were still the dominant pitchers and players of your time.'

"We have to acknowledge that that period for about 10 or 12 years, somewhere around the early '90s to the early 2000s, was a black spot, a negative mark in our history."

Via William Weinbaum/ESPN


Voters Pick Trout As RealGM's 2014 'Be The GM' Winner

After nearly three months, RealGM's 2014 'Be The GM' contest has concluded and voters have tabbed Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels as the Major League player they'd most like to build a roster around.

Trout, who largely cruised through the bracket, earned 67% of votes in the final over Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. On his way to the title, Trout dispatched of George Springer, Salvador Perez, Felix Hernandez and Miguel Cabrera.

Trout's margin of victory over Kershaw was his closest overall.

Via RealGM Staff Report


Mets Want To Discuss Tulowitzki, Gonzalez With Rockies

The New York Mets have informed the Colorado Rockies that if Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez are ever made available via trade, they want to negotiate.

Colorado has long said it would not deal either player, but those within the industry believe that could change this offseason.

A National League executive said "because Colorado always needs to address pitching, I actually see the Mets as their perfect partner."

Via Joel Sherman/New York Post


Mariners Call Rockies About Drew Stubbs

The Seattle Mariners reportedly inquired with the Colorado Rockies about the availability of Drew Stubbs.

Colorado is willing to listen to offers for Stubbs and would like a controllable pitcher in return.

Stubbs, 29, has posted a career-best .297/.335/.498 slash line with ten home runs an 11 stolen bases in 258 plate appearances.

The right-handed hitter is earning $4.1 million through arbitration this year and should be in line for a raise in 2015.

Via Jon Morosi/FOX Sports


Cardinals, Red Sox May Still Be Discussing Peavy

The possibility of the Boston Red Sox trading Jake Peavy to the St. Louis Cardinals doesn't appear to be dead.

The Red Sox sent some high-level scouts to watch the Cardinals' New York-Penn League in recent days.

In 124 innings, Peavy has a 4.72 ERA, 1.427 WHIP and 100 strikeouts this season.

Via Jayson Stark/ESPN