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Brewers Could Make Play For David Price

The Milwaukee Brewers are among the teams that have expressed interest in David Price, according to sources.

One source described their inquiry as putting their "foot in the water."

Milwaukee can increase their chances of acquiring Price if they are able to beat the Tampa Bay Rays in their three-game series this week. More wins than losses would allow the Brewers to gain ground in the National League Central and push the Rays back out of contention and make them sellers.

The non-waiver trade deadline is Thursday afternoon.

Via Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports


Source: Red Sox Considering Lester For Kemp Trade

The Boston Red Sox are considering a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers centered around Jon Lester and Matt Kemp, according to a team source.

L.A.'s interest in Lester, who will be a free agent this offseason, was first reported on Saturday.

The Dodgers have been unwilling to part with outfield prospect Joc Pederson, which has fored them to include Major League outfielders in talks.

Another source, this one from the Dodgers, insists that there have not been significant discussions between the two clubs involving Kemp and/or Lester.

Via Gordon Edes/ESPN


Tulowitzki Creates Stir With Appearance At Yankee Stadium

Troy Tulowitzki, who is currently on the disabled list, caused a stir on Sunday afternoon when he sat nine rows behind home plate at Yankee Stadium.

Tulowitzki, who has admitted that he idolizes Derek Jeter, watched the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees while his Colorado Rockies hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The shortstop later told the Denver Post that his motives were pure, that he'd been in the Philadelphia area visiting a surgeon, William Meyers, for an evaluation of his left hip-flexor strain.

"It's a short drive from Philly," Tulowitzki said. "I'm with my family. I wanted to see Jeter play one more time."

The Yankees will need a new shortstop when Jeter retires after this season and Tulowitzki has been linked to New York via trade.

Via Ian O\'Connor/ESPN



Source: Tulowitzki Would Welcome Trade To Red Sox

Troy Tulowitzki has been mentioned in trade rumors as a member of the last-place Colorado Rockies.

The shortstop has been linked to the New York Yankees, but a source says that he would also welcome a move to the Boston Red Sox.

Tulowitzki, who is currently on the disabled list, has a .340/.432/.603 slash line in 375 plate appearances this season.

Via Pete Abraham/Boston Globe


Giants Remain Interested In Zobrist

The San Francisco Giants are still interested in acquiring Ben Zobrist from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to sources.

The Giants gave up two prospects to get Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, but that hasn't tempered their desire to land Zobrist should the Rays look to move him.

Zobrist, who plays multiple positions, has a .268/.358/.409 slash line this season.

Via Jon Morosi/FOX Sports


Blue Jays Win First Series In Bronx Since 2012

The Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 5-4 on Sunday afternoon, giving them their first series victory in the Bronx since the 2012 season.

The Blue Jays snapped a 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium with a victory on Saturday.

"Within our team, it's more of a statement that we won't accept losing to anybody, because we are known as a team that doesn't give up and always battles and tries to come back from any game that we're in," Jose Bautista said.

Via Associated Press


Draft Spending Up From 2013, But Shy Of 2011 Record

Major League teams increased their spending on draft picks 1.5 percent from a similar point last summer, but the total dollars spent remained below the record set in 2011 before restraints were put in place.

Fifteen teams went over their bonus pool allotments, up from 11 last year and 10 in 2011, and will pay $2.68 million in tax.

However, for the third straight year none exceeded their pools by more than 5 percent, which would mean forfeiting a first-round pick in 2015.

Teams committed $223.2 million in signing bonuses through the July 18 deadline, which applied picks who had not exhausted college baseball eligibility, up from $219.9 million at the deadline last year and $207.8 million at a similar point in 2012. The record of $233.6 million spent on amateur draft picks was set three years ago.

Via Associated Press


Six Legends Join 2014 Hall Of Fame Class

Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000, according to an ESPN.com report.

Via ESPN.com


Yastrzemski: 'I Would Put Ortiz Ahead Of Me'

Aside from Ted Williams, David Ortiz is the best hitter in Red Sox history, according to Carl Yastrzemski.

A Hall of Famer and one of the most revered players in Red Sox history, Yastrzemski recently told the Boston Globe that he believes Ortiz is a better hitter than he was.

"I think so, yeah. I would put [Ortiz] ahead of me," Yastrzemski told the Globe. "He had more power than I had."

Via ESPN.com


Dodgers Listening To Inquires On Their Extra Outfielders

The Dodgers have cast a wide net before Thursday's trade deadline, inquiring about starting pitchers and relievers and listening to whatever inquiries they get on one of their extra outfielders, but GM Ned Colletti said Saturday that traction has been slow.

"You know what? We may not do anything," Colletti said. "We've still got a club that's solid, that still has upside to it, so I think there's still more in this club. Have we won four in a row yet? I think there's still a strong run in this club as it's currently constituted. That said, we've been historically active in July and August, sometimes, and we'll continue to see what else we can do."

Via ESPN.com