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If Marlins Can't Sign J.T. Realmuto To Long-Term Deal, Trade Likely

Aug 13, 2018 8:18 AM

The Miami Marlins are expected to gauge J.T. Realmuto's interest in a long-term deal this winter.

If the catcher isn't receptive, there's a good chance he'll be traded. He won't be a free agent until after the 2020 season.

"He's probably the best all-around catcher in the game now. Would hit 25 homers in some ballparks. You have to try to keep him; there's no catching out there. An offer of five years, $100 million would be a good starting point to offer him," a scout told the Miami Herald.


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Tags: Miami Marlins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Carlos Martinez Moving To Bullpen For Remainder Of 2018

Aug 14, 2018 8:20 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have decided to use Carlos Martinez out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season.

Martinez has been sidelined as of late with a shoulder strain.

It would appear as though the Cardinals think it would take Martinez too long to get back up to speed as a starter, but they can employ him as a reliever. He has pitched to a 3.41 ERA in 100 1/3 innings this season.

Martinez is guaranteed $34.5 million over the next three seasons before a pair of options become available.

Peter Baugh/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Phillies' Timely Demotion Costs Zach Eflin $20K

Aug 14, 2018 8:14 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies optioned Zach Eflin following his start on Friday night, activating J.P. Crawford from the disabled list.

Due to Philadelphia's schedule, Eflin won't miss a start and they'll benefit from having a five-man bench.

However, Eflin, who is having a career-year, will miss out on nine days of service time and lose $20,000.

"While this transaction on the surface seems purely administrative, it caught us by surprise and is tremendously disappointing," agent Tim O'Connell told The Athletic. "Major-league starters have a strict routine that they adhere to that allows them to be successful; this roster move affects that. While the club may feel that they are doing what's best for the organization, they also lose sight of the human element and how it will affect the player."

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Kenley Jansen Expecting To Have Second Heart Surgery

Aug 14, 2018 8:07 AM

Kenley Jansen returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday and seemed confident that he'll pitch again this season.

The reliever will throw a bullpen session this week, but also says he was told there's a good chance he will need another heart surgery in the offseason. He had his first surgery in 2012 and was prescribed blood thinners in 2011.

He was hospitalized in Denver on Thursday after experiencing an irregular heartbeat and then sent back to L.A. for tests.

ESPN reported that Jansen would miss about four weeks.

"I'm confident that it's not going to be four weeks, and it's not going to be six weeks," he said. "[Aug. 20] is going to be the key to listen to what is going to happen. Right now I'm going to keep taking my blood thinners and hopefully there are no side effects from the medication I'm taking, and I am pretty confident I will be back sooner than later."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Leonys Martin Battling Life-Threatening Infection

Aug 14, 2018 8:03 AM

Leonys Martin had a bacterial infection that attacked his organs and was life-threatening, but he is currently in stable condition and improving, according to the Cleveland Indians.

Martin has been hospitalized at Cleveland Clinic for nearly a week, is recovering and his outlook is good, but Chris Antonetti said "progress will be measured in weeks, not days."

Martin had a bacterial infection that entered his blood stream and damaged his internal organs. Antonetti said the organs started to shut down and it was "severe."

"Thankfully, he's made a lot of progress in the last 24 to 36 hours," Antonetti said. "He's regained a lot of the organ function. We're optimistic. He's on a good path right now and we're hopeful that he'll have a full recovery. But he's got a long path to get back to full health in front of him. It's going to take some time."

The Indians acquired Martin, 30, from the Detroit Tigers on July 31 just before the non-waiver deadline.

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Mike Trout Leaves Angels To Deal With Family Matter

Aug 14, 2018 7:56 AM

Mike Trout has left the Los Angeles Angels to deal with a family matter and may not be available Thursday, when he is scheduled to come off the disabled list.

Trout was placed on the DL because of an inflamed right wrist, a move made retroactively to August 6.

He hasn't played since Aug. 1, when he hurt his wrist during a feet-first slide into third base in Tampa Bay.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Mets Considering Cherington, Heck, LaCava For GM Job

Aug 13, 2018 8:24 AM

The New York Mets are looking for a full-time general manager and are reportedly considering a number of candidates.

Toronto Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava and vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington are on the short list.

The Mets are also interested in Bobby Heck, a special assistant for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

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Padres Interested In Bringing Back Freddy Galvis

Aug 13, 2018 8:11 AM

Freddy Galvis will be a free agent this coming offseason, but the San Diego Padres have interest in re-signing him.

The Padres acquired Galvis from the Philadelphia Phillies in December in exchange for pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos.

"We love Freddy, love him in a Padres uniform," Andy Green said. "All of that stuff will take care of itself in due time. But as a manager, I absolutely love having him on the club."

Galvis, 28, is hitting .237/.296/.355 from the shortstop position.

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Tags: San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Move Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling To Bullpen

Aug 13, 2018 8:04 AM

With Kenley Jansen out at least one month because of an irregular heartbeat, the Los Angeles Dodgers have moved Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling to the bullpen.

The decision came after the Dodgers saw their bullpen blow leads on both Friday and Saturday.

Dave Roberts is able to move Maeda and Stripling to the bullpen because Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu are returning to health.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Edwin Diaz First To Have Four Saves In Sweep Since 2004

Aug 13, 2018 7:56 AM

The Seattle Mariners completed a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros on Sunday with Edwin Diaz notching a save in each of the games.

Diaz's save on Sunday was his 46th of the season and came in the 10th inning.

"I got a welcomed call from our closer. He said, 'If we got the lead, I'm in the game.' Sometimes you've got to do that. That's kind of how Eddie's wired and how this team is wired," Scott Servais said.

Joe Nathan was the last reliever to have four saves in a single series, accomplishing the feat for the Minnesota Twins in 2004.

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Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor

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Chris Sale Throws Five Shutout Innings, Fans 12
Chris Sale returned from the DL on Sunday, and helped pitch the Red Sox to a 4-1 win over the Orioles.

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Maddon, A-Rod Clear Air Over Darvish Remarks
Alex Rodriguez made controversial comments about Yu Darvish two weeks ago.

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Santana: 'Frustrated' With Twins' Front Office
Twins pitcher Ervin Santana recently voiced his frustration, saying "they took our pieces away" with trades since the end of July.

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Giants Retire Barry Bonds' No. 25
Giants great Willie Mays, Barry Bonds' godfather, called for the slugger to reach the Hall of Fame.

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King Felix Vows To Return To Rotation
Felix Hernandez told the AP that "I'll be a starter before the end of the year."

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Shohei Ohtani Completes Bullpen Session
Shohei Ohtani reportedly threw about 20 pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday.

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Phillies Trade Prospect To Marlins For Justin Bour
The Marlins have acquired minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills from the Phillies.

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Jayson Werth: 'Super Nerds' Are 'Killing The Game'
Jayson Werth, who retired earlier this season, doesn't believe in the heavy use of sabermetrics to determine the paths of franchises.

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A's Acquire Fernando Rodney From Twins
Fernando Rodney has a 3.09 ERA and 25 saves in 46 appearances this season.

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Mariners Send Felix Hernandez To Bullpen
The Mariners have sent Felix Hernandez to the bullpen for the first time in his Major League career.

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Kenley Jansen Sent Back To L.A. With Irregular Heartbeat
Kenley Jansen went to the hospital with an irregular heartbeat on Thursday and the Dodgers have sent him back to L.A. for more tests.

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Yu Darvish Could Return To Cubs By Early September
Yu Darvish, who hasn't pitched since May 20 because of elbow pain, threw a 33-pitch, two-inning simulated game Wednesday without issue.

Gordon Wittenmeyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Derek Jeter: Marlins Are 'Headed In The Right Direction'
The Marlins are 20 games under .500 and playing before small crowds, but Derek Jeter says the franchise is on the right path.

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Mariners Unsure If Felix Hernandez Will Make Next Start
The Mariners aren't sure if Felix Hernandez will take his next turn in the rotation after he struggled through one of the worst losses of his career on Tuesday.

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Bartolo Colon Eyes Juan Marichal's Innings Mark
Bartolo Colon has more wins than any other Major League pitcher from Latin America, but he has another lofty goal.

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Jayson Werth Called Every Team But Mets While Looking For Job
Jayson Werth has retired after 15 Major League seasons, but he didn't enter 2018 planning to hang up his cleats.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Braves Broadcaster Sorry For Doubting Juan Soto's Age
Braves broadcaster Joe Simpson found himself in the middle of controversy Tuesday after he questioned the age of 19-year-old Nationals rookie Juan Soto.

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Bartolo Colon Sets Wins Mark For Latin American Pitchers
Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings as the Rangers defeated the Mariners 11-4 on Tuesday night.

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Joe Mauer, Logan Morrison Clear Waivers
Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison were placed on waivers by the Twins and have passed through unclaimed, according to a report.

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Brewers Still Looking For Starting Pitcher
The Brewers were busy prior to the non-wavier trade deadline, but they are still active.

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