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Reds | Ryan Ludwick being made available

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:35:47 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds are telling teams OF Ryan Ludwick is available for trade. Ludwick is making $7.5 million in 2014 with a $9 million mutual option, or a $4.5 million buyout for 2015.

Rangers | Derek Holland to pitch Monday

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:35:10 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland (knee) worked two scoreless innings with no hits allowed in his first minor-league rehab appearance for Double-A Frisco Wednesday, July 30. He issued two walks with four strikeouts. Holland's next rehab appearance is expected Monday, Aug. 4.

Pirates | Still work on acquiring Jon Lester

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:34:41 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester has not yet been traded, but a source said Wednesday, July 30, that the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are pushing the hardest for the pitcher. The Los Angeles Dodgers are still involved in the pursuit, too.

Nationals | Discussing Daniel Murphy

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:34:10 -0700

New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy might be a trade target of the Washington Nationals. The club has held internal discussions about Murphy and Cleveland Indians 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, but no deal is imminent, sources said Wednesday, July 30.

Nationals | Might be targeting Asdrubal Cabrera

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:33:28 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera might be a trade target of the Washington Nationals. The team has discussed Cabrera and New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy internally, but no deal is close, sources said Wednesday, July 30.

Mariners | Felix Hernandez on impressive streak

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:32:57 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez allowed two earned runs, four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over seven innings in a loss Wednesday, July 30, against the Cleveland Indians. He has 14 straight starts of at least seven innings allowing two runs or fewer, the longest streak in the modern era.

Giants | Not in on Emilio Bonifacio

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:32:33 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio is expected to be moved by the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31, but a source said Wednesday, July 30, that Bonifacio is not going to the San Francisco Giants.

Giants | Dan Runzler goes to Japan

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:31:18 -0700

San Francisco Giants RP Dan Runzler was released Wednesday, July 30, and he signed a deal with the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese League. The deal is for the rest of the 2014 season, and there is an option for 2015.

Dodgers | Still in on Jon Lester

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:29:26 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers are still pursuing Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester, but the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are pushing the hardest for the pitcher before the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31, according to a source.

Dodgers | GM: Matt Kemp will not be dealt

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:28:21 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp will not be traded before the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31, general manager Ned Colletti indicated Wednesday, July 30.

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Cardinals | Pushing hard for Jon Lester

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:27:46 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester has not yet been traded, but a source said Wednesday, July 30, that the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates are pushing the hardest. The Los Angeles Dodgers are also still involved.

Braves | Jason Heyward out until at least Friday

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:14:57 -0700

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) is not expected to return to the lineup until Friday, Aug. 1, against the San Diego Padres. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday, July 30, that he would probably give Heyward one more day of rest once Heyward says the back feels ready. "We talked about it today and he's still not feeling well," Gonzalez said. "If he comes in tomorrow and he's not feeling well, I'm not doing it, I'm not running him in there."

FANTASY TIP: Daily fantasy league players will want to play it safe and reserve Heyward Thursday and Friday. Wait to see him officially return and prove his health in one full game without setbacks before trusting him again.

Braves | Two minor-leaguers suspended

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:14:31 -0700

Atlanta Braves minor-league Ps Victor Joaquin and Alvaro Silvestre have each been suspended for 72 games without pay for testing positive for banned steroids. Joaquin tested positive for nadrolone, while Silvestre was flagged for using boldenone.

Raiders | Marcel Reece sheds weight

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:42:58 -0700

Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece shed about 15 pounds during the offseason.

Raiders | Rod Streater cleared for contact

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:42:29 -0700

Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (concussion) participated in warmups and drills Wednesday, July 30, but he sat out team sessions. Streater suffered a concussion Monday, July 28, and has been cleared for contact Thursday, July 31.

Raiders | Antonio Smith nursing groin injury

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:42:08 -0700

Oakland Raiders DT Antonio Smith (groin) left practice Wednesday, July 30, due to a groin issue possibly related to his offseason sports hernia surgery.

Raiders | Austin Howard leaves practice

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:41:37 -0700

Oakland Raiders OG Austin Howard (back) left practice Wednesday, July 30, when his back tightened up. He was replaced by OG Gabe Jackson. Head coach Dennis Allen said he was unsure about the extent of Howard's injury.

Browns | Josh Gordon's suspension all or nothing

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:40:54 -0700

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is in Stage III of the NFL's substance-abuse program, and a positive test automatically triggers a one-year suspension. For Gordon, only two options exist: full-year suspension or no suspension at all. It is possible the hearing office will, consciously or otherwise, broaden the lens and consider the reaction to a one-year suspension for Gordon versus a mere two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice for his far more heinous conduct.

FANTASY TIP: Gordon's fantasy value will be known shortly once his appeal is heard. The outcry for Rice's suspension of two games might not factor in here, as the situations are apples and oranges. However, it is Gordon's third run-in in just a couple of seasons, and as a repeat offender he could be treated more harshly.

Giants | Dan Uggla not released

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:04:01 -0700

Updating a previous report, the San Francisco Giants have not released 2B Dan Uggla. It was reported by multiple sources that Uggla had been released after a five-day stint with the club.

FANTASY TIP: The team might be hanging onto him in the event they cannot make a deal for an upgrade before the non-waiver trade deadline. There have been multiple reports that the team is interested in Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera, who can also play second base. Stay tuned.

Yankees | Not in on Alex Rios

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:03:33 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios might be dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31, but the New York Yankees are not believed to be in on Rios at this time.