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These returns could be as sweet as Deadline deals

@mattkellyMLB
8:51 AM EDT

With just one Trade Deadline this year, the rumor mill could churn faster than ever over the coming weeks. General managers are probably spending every waking moment wondering which moves could improve their teams. But let’s not forget the other additions; the baked-in enhancements already residing on contenders’ rosters. The

This lefty could be more coveted than MadBum

@jonmorosi
3:17 PM EDT

For months, Madison Bumgarner has dominated much of the trade speculation in the starting pitching market. Today, barely more than two weeks before the July 31 Trade Deadline, he may not be the most coveted left-handed starter in his own division. • Keep up with all of the latest trade

5 trade ideas so crazy they might just work

@castrovince
July 14, 2019

The one and only Trade Deadline of 2019 is less than three weeks away (July 31 at 4 p.m. ET), which means things are about to get real. But before they can get real, they’ve got to get fake. So let’s fake a deal (or five) with a little game

Mets' Wheeler to IL with shoulder fatigue (report)

3:04 PM EDT

Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler -- a frequent subject of rumors in advance of the July 31 Trade Deadline -- is going on the injured list with right shoulder fatigue, according to a report from Newsday's Tim Healey. The move is retroactive to Friday, so he would be eligible to return

This slide by Tatis Jr. defies all logic

@AJCassavell
July 14, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Fernando Tatis Jr. doesn't make many mistakes on the basepaths. But, hey, it's more fun when he does. That's when Tatis' raw athleticism takes over. And there aren't many baserunners with a better combination of instincts and agility than the Padres’ 20-year-old rookie phenom. In a 4-1

Longoria (plantar fasciitis) goes on IL

@mi_guardado
1:23 PM EDT

Giants third baseman Evan Longoria was placed on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and the club called up right-hander Ray Black from Triple-A Sacramento before Monday's day-night doubleheader against the Rockies. “It’s something I’ve been dealing with kind of the whole year and last

Rumors: Cubs, Smith, C-Mart, Boyd

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MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

Lowe, Murphy awarded for post-break power

3:32 PM EDT

The Rays’ Nate Lowe and the Rockies’ Daniel Murphy started the second half by earning the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards presented by W.B. Mason for their outstanding performances in the first series coming out of the All-Star break, MLB announced Monday. This is Lowe's

5 ramifications of new Trade Deadline

@jonmorosi
July 14, 2019

In December, baseball observes the 100th anniversary of one of the most famous transactions in sports history: The sale of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees for $100,000. Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that rules governing in-season trades have changed this year. We no longer need to refer

Mesa brothers making steady progress in Minors

Siblings 'talk every day,' grateful for teams' proximity
@JoeFrisaro
1:34 PM EDT

JUPITER, Fla. -- The youngest player on the Marlins’ Rookie-level Gulf Coast League roster, outfielder Victor Mesa Jr. already is establishing himself hitting second in the lineup. Mesa Jr. usually has an at-bat or two by the time his older brother, Victor Victor Mesa, arrives at the Roger Dean Chevrolet

Red Sox designate Eduardo Nunez

2:51 PM EDT

The Red Sox designated slumping infielder Eduardo Núñez for assignment on Monday among a series of moves ahead of Monday night's game against the Blue Jays. The club also optioned right-hander Hector Velazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket following Sunday's marathon defeat to the Dodgers, and right-hander Ryan Weber and first baseman/outfielder

Bauer? Ray? Which arm is best fit for Yanks?

3:00 PM EDT

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest Yankees-related free agent and trade rumors right here.

A's trade for Homer Bailey to bolster rotation

@MartinJGallegos
July 14, 2019

OAKLAND -- Mid-July is often the point in the season when players are looking for a signal from the front office that will indicate what direction the club is going in with the impending July 31 Trade Deadline. The A’s sent a clear message about where they stand on Sunday.

Dodgers' unconventional bullpen call pays off

Jansen puts out rallies in 9th, 10th; Kelly closes out ex-club in 12th
@kengurnick
3:07 AM EDT

BOSTON -- Nine months late, the Dodgers won a series from the Red Sox while showing everything that's right and wrong with a bullpen as the Trade Deadline approaches. In a 7-4 win over the defending champs, closer Kenley Jansen lobbied his way into a tie game and put down

Rays just shy of first-ever combined perfecto

Bid at history ends with leadoff single against shift in ninth
July 14, 2019

BALTIMORE -- When the Rays first kick-started the opener strategy, the club sought to use the analytics at its disposal to maximize production from its pitching staff and bullpen, one of the Majors’ best. The forward-thinking front office and manager Kevin Cash weren’t looking to necessarily flip the game on

Trout day to day after exiting with calf tightness

@RhettBollinger
July 14, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Angels superstar Mike Trout left Sunday’s 6-3 win over the Mariners in the top of the third with right calf tightness, but he said after the game that he’s confident that it’s just a minor injury. He’ll undergo an MRI exam as a precaution Monday and is considered

Here's why you trade for these 7 starters

@_dadler
7:12 AM EDT

Teams are always looking for starting pitching. They only have a few weeks left to go get it. The July 31 Trade Deadline is fast approaching. Here are seven of the top starting pitchers whose names you're going to hear plenty in the rumor mill -- and one key stat

How does injury impact Wheeler's trade value?

3:22 PM EDT

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest news and trade rumors surrounding impending free agent Zack Wheeler right here.

Perfect games broken up in 9th inning or later

Pitchers coming ever so close to one of baseball's rarest feats
@MannyOnMLB
July 14, 2019

There have only been 23 perfect games in Major League history, but there have been several occasions in which other pitchers' names could have been etched in the history books had it not been for a hitter reaching base in the ninth inning or later. Here are the 11 most

Unheralded to indispensable: Gio's Yank journey

@BryanHoch
July 14, 2019

NEW YORK -- Gio Urshela's emergence has provided some of the Yankees' most delightful surprises, and the quick-thinking infielder continued his dream season with a pivotal hook slide on Sunday afternoon that provided the go-ahead run in yet another series victory. Dashing toward home plate on a fifth-inning wild pitch,

Goldy powers Cards with 1st HR vs. former team

@anne__rogers
July 3, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Baseball can be a cruel game. A hitter can hit the ball as hard as he can, and it will still sometimes land in the glove of an outstretched outfielder or a leaping infielder. A swing can be just off, or the ball can land just outside

Altuve, Gurriel provide plenty of power for JV

Right side of infield combines for 7 RBIs; ace retires final 15 batters faced
@brianmctaggart
July 14, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The second half of the season couldn’t have started much worse for the Astros, who played poorly in dropping the first two games of their series against the rival Rangers at Globe Life Park before overcoming various miscues to pull out an extra-inning win on Saturday. But the

Arrieta's solid outing capped by Franco walk-off

Righty goes 5 strong innings despite dealing with pain from bone spur in right elbow
@ToddZolecki
July 14, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Jake Arrieta describes the bone spur in his right elbow as a “pretty good marble” that blocks the joint. It causes pain every time he pitches, but he said he will try to pitch with that pain the remainder of the season, hoping he performs well enough to

Prep softball players hone skills at EDI camp 

10:21 AM EDT

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Versatile athlete Jasmine Hogan has been a key part of multiple championships during her prep career. Now the South Carolina standout is trying to learn a few more things to make her game even better. Hogan, 16, is one of approximately 90 prep softball players who

Braves host regional Little League HR Derby

Eight East participants slug way to finals in Williamsport
July 14, 2019

ATLANTA -- From 1966-96 the Atlanta Braves’ home field, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, was affectionately known -- by hitters, at least -- as The Launching Pad. On Sunday afternoon, the Braves’ new home field, SunTrust Park, went retro, with a nod to the days of The Launching Pad, hosting the East