MLB Trade Deadline 2014: Latest Rumors, Deals and News Tracker

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJuly 28, 2014

MLB Trade Deadline 2014: Latest Rumors, Deals and News Tracker

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    Major League Baseball's trade deadline can often be broken up into buyers, sellers and stay-putters, but that line isn't so evident this year. Nineteen of the 30 teams are either in a position to make the postseason or are within 5.0 games in their respective chases. Heck, with what the Tampa Bay Rays have accomplished post-All-Star break, there are only a small handful of teams that can safely be written off at this point. 

    With so many clubs looking to make last-minute additions, the market seems relatively thin. There are stars available, but prices are going to be high. 

    At the same time, though, teams will be willing to pay those prices. General managers sitting on the fringe of the playoffs cannot afford to stay pat, while we've already seen some of the league's best—the Oakland Athletics, the Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers—aren't willing to stay idle while others cruise by. 


Brewers Acquire Gerardo Parra from Diamondbacks

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    The Milkwaukee Brewers brought on outfielder Gerardo Parra in exchange for outfielder Mitch Haniger and pitcher Anthony Banda of the Arizona Diamondbacks, per Fox Sports.

Mariners Bring in Chris Denorfia

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    The Seattle Mariners have acquired outfielder Chris Denorfia in exchange for San Diego Padres' outfielder Abraham Almonte and pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman confirmed the transaction.

John Lackey Traded to St. Louis Cardinals

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that John Lackey has been moved to the St. Louis Cardinals:

    Cards getting lackey

    — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2014

    red sox expected to get ML ready OF and pitcher back for lackey from @STLCards. @GordonEdes 1st mentioned lackey trade

    — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2014

David Price Reportedly Will Be Traded

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    Jayson Stark of Yahoo! Sports provides the latest on David Price:

    #Rays "close" to trading Price, sources say. Destination still unclear.

    — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 31, 2014

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports Price will be traded:

    Been told #Rays are definitely moving Price

    — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2014

    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reveals more teams who could be involved:

    Sources: #Dodgers have been in talks with #Rays on Price, with Pederson in play. #Pirates also had been discussing him as of this AM.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014

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    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports on the market for David Price:

    Availability of Hamels along with Lester further undercuts market for Price, perhaps reducing chances of #Rays' lefty getting traded.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2014

Kurt Suzuki Lands Extension from Twins

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    Rosenthal followed up with an extension confirmation:

    Source: #Twins sign Suzuki to extension.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014

    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on Kurt Suzuki's chances of staying in Minnesota:

    Source: #Twins again talking to Suzuki about extension. Reasonable chance it gets done.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014

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    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Orioles aren't pursuing Kurt Suzuki anymore:

    Sources: #Orioles not pursuing #Twins’ Suzuki.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 29, 2014

    Jon Heyman of CBS reported earlier in the week Suzuki was drawing interest:

    The Orioles and Cardinals are among teams showing trade interest in Twins veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki. The two contending teams both lost star catchers to injury.

    St. Louis is looking at catching after star Yadier Molina went out with a thumb injury, and Molina isn't expected back until September, at the earliest.

    Rosenthal reports on the possibility of an extension with the Twins:

    Sources: #Twins’ field people pushing to keep Suzuki. Quick extension unlikely, but other catchers in organization much less advanced.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 25, 2014

Astros Ship Away Jarred Cosart

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan confirms that the Astros were able to find a partner for Cosart:

    Final Astros-Marlins deal: Jake Marisnick, Colin Moran, Francis Martes, comp pick to Marlins for Jarred Cosart, Austin Wates, Kike Hernandez

    — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014


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    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports two players the Astros have discussed as the deadline approaches. "Sources: “very, very busy” with calls on Cosart. Have taken Keuchel off the market," Rosenthal stated.

Tommy Milone Reportedly Traded to Twins

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    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the A's have traded Tommy Milone to the Twins. "Source: trade Milone to ," Rosenthal stated.

    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick provided more details on the deal, "Yes, it's Sam Fuld who's been traded for Tommy Milone."

Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes Traded to Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes

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    The Boston Red Sox have dealt Lester to Oakland, according to Alex Speier of WEEI in Boston:

    According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox have sent Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Athletics in exchange for power hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

    The Athletics are loading for bear in their rotation, believing that power pitching is what wins in the postseason. With Lester — one of the best postseason pitchers of all time and the American League-leader in ERA over the last calendar year — fronting a rotation that now also features Jeff Samardzija and Sonny Gray, the Athletics appear to be in position to try to make a run.

Padres Don't Trade Joaquin Benoit

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    Padres radio host Lee Hacksaw Hamilton confirms San Diego shot down offers at the deadline:

    Padres rebuffed last minute calls for Ian Kennedy..Joaquin Benoit...Dodgers-Pirates-Royals tried to entire SD..Grandal not traded-yet.

    — Lee Hacksaw Hamilton (@hacksaw1090) July 31, 2014


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    Bleacher Report's Scott Miller reports the Padres do not plan to move Joaquin Benoit before Thursday's deadline:

    An official with a rival club says his read is that the #Padres will not deal Joaquin Benoit.

    — Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) July 31, 2014

Ryan Ludwick Sticks with Reds

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    Ludwick  remains with the Reds after no teams came calling.


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    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports the Reds have made outfielder Ryan Ludwick available:

    The #Reds are telling teams LF Ryan Ludwick is available, He's earning $7.5M, w/ $9 millilon mutual option or $4.5 million buyout in 2015..

    — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2014

Nationals Trade for Adrubal Cabrera

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    The National got their Zimmerman relief at the deadline, trading for Cleveland's Adrubal Cabrera, per's Jordan Bastian.


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    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Nationals are seeking reinforcements with Ryan Zimmerman on the mend:

    #Nationals need IFer with Zimmerman out. Have discussed A. Cabrera, D. Murphy internally, but no deal close, sources tell me and @jonmorosi.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014

Cubs Ship Emilio Bonifacio to Atlanta

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    The Cubs found a suitor in Atlanta right at the deadline, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.


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    Emilio Bonifacio has a suitor, but the Baltimore Orioles are not the one according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun:

    Orioles are not in on Emilio Bonifacio. Hearing he is headed to the KC Royals. But def not Os.

    — Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) July 30, 2014

    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports on another team interested in Bonifacio:

    #SFGiants still looking at 2B options, including Gordon Beckham, Emilio Bonifacio, Asdrubal Cabrera.

    — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 30, 2014

Astros Hang on to Chris Carter

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    The Astros were unable to move Chris Carter amid a flurry of deadline activity.


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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Astros are looking to trade Chris Carter:

    #Astros looking to move Chris Carter (.212 BA, but 21 HRs). Also would listen on SPs: Cosart, Keuchel, McHugh

    — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 30, 2014

    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle provides the latest on the market for Carter:

    Source said earlier today Mariners don’t have interest in Carter. Plus, logic: Astros need his production — they’re trying to add to lineup

    — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) July 30, 2014

Felix Doubront Reportedly Traded to Chicago Cubs

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    Felix Doubront has been traded according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:

    Source: Red Sox have traded Felix Doubront to the Cubs. @jonmorosi had it close.

    — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2014

    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports on what the Red Sox will receive in return: 

    Red Sox got player to be named later for Duobront

    — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 30, 2014

Justin Masterson Moved to St. Louis

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    Peter Gammons is reporting that the Cleveland Indians are moving Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals:

    The Indians are trading Justin Masterson to the Cardinals

    — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 30, 2014

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post passed along details on the agreement:

    Masterson to #stlcards hearing that James Ramsey is going back to the #Indians

    — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 30, 2014

Cliff Lee Remains with Phillies

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    Cliff Lee was not among the names moved at the deadline.


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    CBS' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies could be willing to part with Cliff Lee, for the right price:

    The Phillies are said to be willing to pay down some of Cliff Lee's rather large and backloaded contract to facilitate a trade, if they can get the right prospects.

    Lee is the highest-paid player in baseball through next year in terms of guarantee (about $48 million), and with him back for only two so-so (at best) starts after two months off with an elbow issue, they would prsumably have to pay a fair amount of his contract to do a trade.


    One team that's looking for a starting pitcher is the Cardinals, but they would need quite a bit of Lee's salary paid down to consider such a deal, as they pay ace Adam Wainwright less than $20 million per season. The Dodgers have shown interest in Lee in the past.

Liam Hendriks, Erik Kratz Reportedly Traded to Royals

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    The Kansas City Royals are beefing up their bullpen by trading for Liam Hendriks according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

    Source: #Royals, #BlueJays have made trade. Liam Hendriks headed to KC.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2014

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports on more details of the trade:

    Source: Liam Hendriks and Erik Kratz, both at AAA currently, headed to Kansas City from the Blue Jays in a trade.

    — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2014

    The Blue Jays confirmed the trade and who they'll acquire in return on Twitter: 

    The @BlueJays have acquired infielder DANNY VALENCIA from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for RHP LIAM HENDRIKS and catcher ERIK KRATZ.

    — Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) July 28, 2014

Koji Uehara Reportedly Staying in Boston

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    In sell mode, the Red Sox did not move Koji Uehara.


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    The Red Sox have been involved in a pleathora of rumors surrounding their pitching staff, but according to Sean McAdam of, closer Koji Uehara is staying in Boston:

    There's been little talk about the Sox entertaining offers for closer Koji Uehara -- and there's a reason for that.

    "He's the easiest to retain,'' said a baseball source.

    Translation: The Sox are apparently intending to make Uehara a qualifying offer, which he'll likely accept and return for a one-year deal in 2015.

    The qualifying offer hasn't been established, but it's expected to be in the neighborhood of $15 million, an increase over last year's figure of $14.1 million.

Adrian Beltre Sticks with Rangers

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    Despite the active phones, the Rangers chose to keep Adrian Beltre at the deadline.


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    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on interest in Adrian Beltre:

    Sources: Teams calling #Rangers on Beltre, but team has not engaged. TEX considers Beltre and Darvish virtually untouchable.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2014

Cole Hamels Remains with Phillies

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    Updates from Thursday, Jul 31

    Hamels remains with the Phillies after the deadline.


    Updates from Tuesday, July 29

    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal has an update on Hamels' status:

    Source: #Phillies have received no offers for Hamels, nor have they made any specific requests. No meaningful dialogue.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2014

    Source describes a trade of Hamels as the “least likely” of all the deals #Phillies are considering.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2014

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    Jon Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the Philadelphia Phillies have placed Cole Hamels on the trade market:

    Sources: Phillies have made Cole Hamels available on trade market, although price remains high. Dodgers interested. @FOXSports1

    — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2014

    Cardinals and Dodgers are teams with best chance to acquire Cole Hamels from Phillies, sources say, but price is very high. @FOXSports1

    — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2014

Darwin Barney Traded to Dodgers

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    Darwin Barney was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB Roster Moves confirmed on Twitter:

    The @Dodgers acquire INF Darwin Barney and cash from @Cubs for a player to be named later. #OnTheMove

    — MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) July 28, 2014

Marlon Byrd Remains in Philadelphia

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    Byrd was in the Phillies lineup Thursday, per Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.


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    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the latest on trade talks for Marlon Byrd involving the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners:

    Sources: #Phillies’ Byrd not option for #Royals. Talks remain stalled with #Mariners; Byrd will waive no-trade only if ’16 option exercised.

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2014

    Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported more on the market for Byrd:

    Phillies talking with multiple teams about Antonio Bastardo and Marlon Byrd, sources say. A lot of action on those 2 players. @FOXSports1

    — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2014

San Francisco Giants Acquire Jake Peavy from Boston Red Sox

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    San Francisco Giants Receive: Jake Peavy

    Boston Red Sox Receive: Heath Hembree, Edwin Escobar

    Things worked out pretty well last year when the Boston Red Sox acquired Jake Peavy at the deadline, and the San Francisco Giants will be hoping for a similar effect. 

    The 33-year-old has struggled a bit this season, but San Francisco—in the midst of a battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West—improved an underperforming starting rotation by adding the experienced veteran. 

Seattle Mariners Acquire Kendrys Morales from Minnesota Twins

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    Seattle Mariners Receive: Kendrys Morales

    Minnesota Twins Receive: Stephen Pryor

    Desperately needing to upgrade their hitting as they compete for the second wild-card spot, the Seattle Mariners went out and added a familiar face. 

    Although Kendrys Morales didn't do much in the Twin Cities, he slugged .449 with the M's last season. Seattle, which has gotten little to nothing from its DH position this year, will take whatever upgrade it can get in order to stop wasting a fantastic pitching staff. 

Detroit Tigers Acquire Joakim Soria from Texas Rangers

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    Detroit Tigers Receive: Joakim Soria

    Texas Rangers Receive: Jake Thompson, Corey Knebel

    The Detroit Tigers hold a comfortable lead in the AL Central, but that hasn't stopped Dave Dombrowski and Co. from finding ways to improve. 

    One of the bright spots in Texas this season, Joakim Soria saved 17 games to go with a sparkling 2.70 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. He immediately enters the closer's mix in Detroit, where Joe Nathan has struggled but looked better in July. 

New York Yankees Acquire Chase Headley from San Diego Padres

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    New York Yankees Receive: Chase Headley, cash considerations

    San Diego Padres Receive: Yangervis Solarte, Rafael De Paula

    Chase Headley hadn't been the same player since finishing fifth in MVP voting in 2012, but with his value coming close to bottoming out, the Yankees decided to take the risk. 

    Zelous Wheeler, Kelly Johnson and Solarte just weren't giving New York what it needed offensively from the hot corner. Even with Headley struggling for much of the season, he presents a clear upgrade for a team in the bottom half of the AL in slugging percentage. 

Los Angeles Angels Acquire Huston Street from San Diego Padres

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    Los Angeles Angels Receive: Huston Street, Trevor Gott

    San Diego Padres Receive: Jose Rondon, Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Elliot Morris

    The Angels have been one of the best teams in the majors, but closing games has been a bit of a roller coaster. Ernesto Frieri lost his job after a zero-inning, four-run implosion in Atlanta, and while Joe Smith had locked down the job in July, he has spent his career as a successful setup man. 

    So Jerry Dipoto didn't hesitate when Huston Street, who has been absolutely lights out this season, became available. 

Kansas City Royals Acquire Jason Frasor from Texas Rangers

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    Kansas City Royals Receive: Jason Frasor

    Texas Rangers Receive: Spencer Patton

    The Royals own one of the league's best bullpens this season, but it never hurts to have depth in August and September when starting pitchers begin to wear down. 

    Jason Frasor is a nice middle-relief addition who hits free agency in the winter. 

New York Yankees Acquire Brandon McCarthy from Arizona Diamondbacks

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    New York Yankees Receive: Brandon McCarthy

    Arizona Diamondbacks Receive: Vidal Nuno

    The Yankees' starting rotation has been smashed to pieces this season, and they needed a change. They were able to sell Arizona on a future-for-the-present deal, sending struggling 27-year-old Vidal Nuno to the Diamondbacks in exchange for struggling 31-year-old Brandon McCarthy. 

    So far, so good, as McCarthy owns a 1.45 ERA through three starts with the Bronx Bombers. 

Oakland Athletics Acquire Jeff Samardzija from Chicago Cubs

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    Oakland Athletics Receive: Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel

    Chicago Cubs Receive: Dan Straily, Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, PTBNL

    Jeff Samardzija was thought to be the most valuable available asset this summer, and the Oakland Athletics wasted no time clearing him off the market. 

    It took Dan Straily and elite prospect Addison Russell, but the best team in the majors got it done in the most vivid example of the rich getting richer. Hammel has been certifiably atrocious, but Samardzija has been equally dominant with a 2.70 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and silly 20-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in four starts. 

Dodgers Keep Matt Kemp

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    Matt Kemp remains with the Dodgers.


    Updates from Wednesday, July 30

    Pedro Moura of the Orange County-Register reports the latest on a potential Kemp trade:

    Ned Colletti gave strong indications that Matt Kemp will not be dealt by 1 p.m. tomorrow.

    — Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) July 31, 2014

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    ESPN's Gordon Edes cited a source saying the Boston Red Sox were considering a potential deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers surrounding Jon Lester and Matt Kemp. However, that may be jumping the gun a little bit, as The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported:

    A Dodgers source indicated there are no major talks going on between Red Sox and Dodgers at this time involving Jon Lester or Matt Kemp.

    — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 27, 2014

    The presence of a young Joc Pederson and a crowded L.A. outfield makes Kemp expendable, but finding a deal for him is going to be complicated. 

    Kemp is owed $107 million over the next five years, not exactly a bargain for a guy with a negative-1.1 wins above replacement (WAR). 

    Either the Dodgers are going to have to help pay a large portion of that salary, or they will have to take a very minimal return on a guy who is only three years removed from a .324/.399/.586 season. Even with his struggles, which have partly been the result of a slew of debilitating injuries, it's not always easy to sell low on someone who has had that kind of success. 

John Danks Sticks in the Windy City

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    John Danks remains in Chicago despite interest from New York.


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    The New York Yankees seem to have struck gold with their acquisition of McCarthy, but they aren't done rebuilding the rotation. However, the options are apparently thin. 

    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks is "among the most likely rotation candidates" for the Bronx Bombers. 

    Danks, 29, currently owns a 4.40 ERA and 1.39 WHIP and is owed $28.5 million over the next two seasons.

    Certainly not numbers that are going to instill a lot of excitement out of New York, but that's what tends to happen when you combine a team desperate for starting pitching and a relatively weak market. Per Heyman, Ian Kennedy, Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, A.J. Burnett, Wade Miley, Bartolo Colon, Kevin Correia and Edwin Jackson are all long shots for the Yankees. 

Rangers Keep Alex Rios

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    Updates from Thursday, July 31

    Alex Rios remains with the Rangers and ESPN's Calvin Watkins reports he will be put through waivers.


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    There has seemingly been a lot of interest in Alex Rios this summer, but according to a source cited by Bleacher Report's Will Carroll, the Cincinnati Reds are getting close:

    Things heating up between Reds and Rangers regarding a possible Alex Rios deal, according to a very good source.

    — Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) July 27, 2014

    The good: Rios has been hovering around .300 on a bad Texas Rangers team for most of the season, he has tremendous speed and he would immediately put an end to the left field platoon of Chris Heisey and Ryan Ludwick. With a $14 million club buyout for the 2015 season, there is also some financial flexibility there. 

    The bad: He is slugging just .428, has shown very little power this season and doesn't have great patience at the plate. 

    Cincy is suddenly 6.0 games out in the NL Central and 4.5 in the wild card. Would acquiring Rios, who would likely command some solid future assets in return, be enough to push the Reds back into the thick of the postseason race?

    It's hard to say for sure, but either way, it's starting to look more and more like Rios will be wearing a new uniform August 1. 


    Stats via Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted.