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Orioles Move Ubaldo Jimenez To Bullpen

The Baltimore Orioles are moving Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen as the postseason approaches.

The Orioles needed to clear a spot in the starting rotation with Miguel Gonzalez nearing his return.

Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 9 to make room for Jimenez after his return from the disabled list, but now Gonzalez will replace Jimenez.

Jimenez has struggled in his first year with the Orioles after signing a four-year, $50 million contract before the season.

The 30-year-old has a 4.83 ERA and the most walks in the American League (66).


Via Associated Press

La Russa: Report On Gibson's Future Inaccurate

Tony La Russa declined to meet with reporters on Tuesday, but through a spokesperson he said a USA Today report that stated the "Diamondbacks currently plan to bring back" manager Kirk Gibson for 2015 was inaccurate.

La Russa is Arizona's chief baseball officer.

The Hall of Famer directed reporters back to the comments he made Monday when asked about the job status of general manager Kevin Towers and Gibson, which did not indicate whether he was leaning one way or the other.

"I don't think the timing for each of those has to coincide," La Russa said. "I just think that at this point, we're at Aug. 18, I've been around three months, I've observed a lot, talked to and met with a lot of people in the organization. I have a much better idea. I just think the official comment is, we're at Aug. 18, the season is a month and 10 days from being over. So it won't be long until you have to trot out your plan officially."

Via Steve Gilbert/MLB

Red Sox Adjusting To Cespedes' Aggressive Approach

The Boston Red Sox are still making sense of how Yoenis Cespedes fits into their offense.

David Ortiz and Mike Napoli draw a lot of walks, but Cespedes is much more aggressive while hitting in the middle of the two veterans.

"With it will come some quick outs, but at the same time the ability to impact the baseball is a result of the aggressiveness as well," John Farrell said of Cespedes' plate approach. "He hasn’€'t become more aggressive since coming over here. This is the player we were well aware of and pursued heavily. We're fully accepting of the style of player he is."

Since coming over from the Oakland Athletics, Cespedes has a .219/.231/.406 line with one walk and 11 strikeouts.

"He's been accustomed to hitting in the four hole. [We're trying] to transition him in here with as much comfort as possible. That doesn't mean that going forward there won't be an alignment that flips him and Napoli," Farrell said. "I'm not saying that's going to be tomorrow, but we'll take a look at every combination that's available to us."

Via Katie Morrison/WEEI

Burnett Triggers $1.5M Increase In Player Option

A.J. Burnett made his 27th start of the season for the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night, which increased his player option for 2015 from $8.5 million to $10 million.

If he makes 30 starts, that figure will bump to $11.75 million. The number reaches $12.75 million if he starts 32 times.

Via Todd Zolecki/MLB

Diamondbacks Plan To Continue Spending

The Arizona Diamondbacks have a franchise-record $115 million payroll this season and it won't be a one-year deal.

Arizona is fully committed to another nine-figure payroll in 2015.

"It is safe to say it will be $100 million-plus," Derrick Hall said of the payroll for next year. "We definitely want to be close to where we were. Will we get to $115 million? I don't know. But I don't know if that is necessary."

The club's payroll has been more than $100 million in a season only twice, the first time in 2002 when the figure reached $102 million in the wake of a World Series title.

Via Jack Magruder/FOX Sports Arizona

Hector Sanchez Could Miss Remainder Of Season

Hector Sanchez might miss the remainder of the season after suffering a second concussion in a matter of weeks.

The San Francisco Giants catcher suffered an initial concussion July 25, when he took a foul tip from Adrian Gonzalez off his mask against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Sanchez was wearing a new mask when he took another foul tip off the mask during a rehab game for Triple-A Fresno on Saturday.

"There has to be (that concern) with this being his second one, but we'll know in the next few days after we see how he responds and the progress he makes," Bruce Bochy said. "You have to think of the player's well-being and what's right. This is going to take some time with Hector."


Selig 'Frustrated' By A's Stadium Issues

Bud Selig still believes the Oakland Athletics desperately need a new ballpark.

Selig will end his lengthy run as commissioner early next year with the situation remaining unsettled, which has him "frustrated."

"This is always something I wanted to get resolved before I leave office, which is another 5½ or six months," Selig said, citing litigation as the current snag. "I've always said the local club, they know their market best."

Selig praised all parties after the A's recently reached a 10-year lease agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority to stay at the rundown Coliseum.

At the January 2012 owners' meetings, Selig said the Bay Area situation was on the "front burner." He appointed a committee in March 2009 to study the issues facing the teams, but never ruled on the matter.

"I know there's been criticism about the length this has taken. I'm proud of everything we've done the last 22 years, but this is one of those things as I look back on it, however, it's complicated, it's very complicated," Selig said. "Now we have litigation, so everything is now on hold. That's just a fact of life once we get in litigation. But let me say at the outset, this team needs a new ballpark. ... Once the litigation's resolved, then we'll all proceed."

Via Associated Press

Cubs, Mets May Be Natural Trade Partners

Many around the game of baseball believe that a trade between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets is inevitable.

The most obvious trade chip would be Starlin Castro, but a source close to the situation says the Mets would be reluctant to give up a young pitcher for the "talented but flawed" shortstop.

New York would reportedly prefer to deal for Addison Russell, who Chicago acquired from the Oakland Athletics last month. Russell is expected to be a Major League shortstop at some point in 2015.

The Mets have a host of young arms in their farm system to entice the Cubs.

Via John Harper/New York Daily News

Arizona Plans To Retain Kirk Gibson

The Arizona Diamondbacks plan to retain Kirk Gibson as manager for the 2015 season, according to a report.

The club has not made an official announcement on the topic.

Gibson has been the team's manager since the middle of the 2010 season. The Diamondbacks entered Tuesday with a 53-72 record after finishing 81-81 last year.

Via Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Indians Sign Scott Atchison Through 2015

The Cleveland Indians have signed Scott Atchison to a contract for next season.

The deal also includes a team option for 2016.

Atchison, 38, has been a major contributor out of Cleveland's bullpen this season, going 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 53 appearances.

Via Associated Press