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Mariners | Talks stalled for Marlon Byrd

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:55:12 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies and Seattle Mariners continue to talk trade involving OF Marlon Byrd. However, according to a source, talks remain stalled; Byrd will waive his no-trade clause only if his option for 2016 is exercised.

Pirates | Pedro Alvarez sits

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:54:49 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez was not in the lineup Tuesday, July 29, against the San Francisco Giants, but the absence was not trade-related, according to a source.

Marlins | Express interest in Jon Lester

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:36:26 -0700

The Miami Marlins are interested in acquiring Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester, and they reached out to the team regarding the pitch Tuesday, July 29. The Red Sox are believed to be asking for OF Christian Yelich, a proposal the Marlins would not consider.

FANTASY TIP: Interesting. Miami has worked their way into the postseason race, and Lester would strictly be a rental for the rest of the season, as they likely wouldn't be able to afford him once he hits free agency.

Orioles | Not pursuing Kurt Suzuki

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:29:11 -0700

Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki is not a trade target of the Baltimore Orioles, a source said Tuesday, July 29.

Pirates | In the mix for Jon Lester?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:22:35 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester could be on the move to the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team which is viewed as a dark-horse candidate in the pre-trade deadline sweepstakes, according to a major league source. One name at the center of the talks is Double-A switch-hitting prospect OF Joshua Bell, according to sources. The Los Angeles Dodgers are another team believed to be in the running for Lester's service.

FANTASY TIP: The Boston pitcher was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday, July 30. Other teams pursuing a frontline starter are the Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners. The Milwaukee Brewers are in that club, too, although a report earlier said they are not in on Lester.

Phillies | Cole Hamels deal seems unlikely

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:20:41 -0700

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels is not expected to be traded before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. According to a source, a trade of Hamels is the "least likely" of all the deals the Phillies are considering.

Brewers | Not in on Jon Lester

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:13:25 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Milwaukee Brewers are not believed to be in the mix to acquire Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester.

Mariners | Still working on Josh Willingham

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:12:44 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham remains a target for the Seattle Mariners, and the two sides continue to talk, a source said Tuesday, July 29.

Red Sox | Jon Lester scratched for Wednesday

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:11:21 -0700

Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday, July 30, as a deal appears imminent. SP Brandon Workman will pitch in his place.

FANTASY TIP: There is no official word on where Lester might be going, if he is in fact going. Milwaukee is not believed to be a destination, while Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Seattle have been mentioned as potential landing spots, among others. When it is official, we'll keep you abreast and note the fantasy implications the move carries.

Royals | Interested in John Lackey?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:34:55 -0700

The Kansas City Royals have inquired about Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey, but Boston is said to be seeking a sizable return.

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Royals | Joe Saunders released

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:34:23 -0700

The Kansas City Royals released SP Joe Saunders from Triple-A Omaha Tuesday, July 29.

FANTASY TIP: Saunders was tuned up for a 6.75 ERA in four outings for the Storm Chasers. He might latch on with another organization, but his days as a useful fantasy option are in the rear-view mirror.

Red Sox | Jon Lester still listed to start Wednesday

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:29:45 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester is still listed as the probable pitcher for Wednesday, July 30, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Manager John Farrell said Tuesday, July 29, that SP Brandon Workman will start if Lester is dealt.

FANTASY TIP: Lester is a very risky play for those in daily fantasy leagues, and fantasy leagues in general. It's possible he could be moved between now and 7pm ET Wednesday, or at the very least he part of trade discussions where he is scratched as a precaution. Daily fantasy owners will want to steer clear of him just to be on the safe side.

Red Sox | Henry Owens on fire at Double-A

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:29:04 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Henry Owens is the first 14-game winner in Double-A Portland history.

FANTASY TIP: Owens could be on the fast track to either Triple-A Pawtucket, or perhaps even the big club, if the team trades John Lackey, Jon Lester, or both, before the July 31 trade deadline. He has had an impressive season, and has emerged as a strong stash candidate in AL-only fantasy leagues and long-term keeper formats.

Rays | Still deciding if David Price will stay or go

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:26:56 -0700

The Tampa Bay Rays are still trying to determine if they will trade or keep SP David Price. General manager Andrew Friedman continues to talk to clubs, and one rumor has the St. Louis Cardinals trading SP Shelby Miller, OF Oscar Taveras and a first-round pick to the Rays for Price.

FANTASY TIP: The Rays are just four games out of a playoff spot thanks to an amazing run back to contention, but some executives feel the GM could move Price if it benefits the team more long term. For Price, his fantasy value will not change much unless he goes to a hitter-friendly park, as he pitches for a good team, and would be going to a contender. Either way, he is certain to get plenty of run support while racking up many wins and plentiful strikeouts.

Tigers | Eugenio Suarez leaves early

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:13:52 -0700

Detroit Tigers SS Eugenio Suarez (back) left the game Tuesday, July 29, against the Chicago White Sox due to lower back tightness. He is considered day to day.

Reds | Logan Ondrusek progressing

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:13:27 -0700

Cincinnati Reds RP Logan Ondrusek (shoulder) resumed a throwing program Tuesday, July 29. Manager Bryan Price was glad the reliever was ready to throw again after being shut down for several days. "He still had just a bit of soreness (Monday), so that's a good sign," Price said. "There will be a throwing protocol. He's going to have to take some steps as far as effort level, long toss, and bullpen to be able to sign off on reactivation. If we activate him and he's sore in the first outing, we have to put him back on for 15 days."

Reds | Manny Parra nursing back injury

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:10:05 -0700

Cincinnati Reds RP Manny Parra (back) has been sidelined since July 20 due to a stiff back, manager Bryan Price said Tuesday, July 29. The skipper estimated it would be "maybe three days" until Parra is available again.

Rangers | Yu Darvish accomplishes franchise first

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:08:12 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish picked up his 10th win of the season Monday, July 28, against the New York Yankees. He is the first Rangers pitcher to win at least 10 games in each of his first three seasons in the majors.

FANTASY TIP: Darvish will make his next scheduled start Sunday afternoon in Cleveland. He is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in five day starts this season, striking out 43 batters over just 36 1/3 innings while the opponent is hitting just .212 against him during daylight hours. Daily fantasy owners need to remember that and take advantage.

Rangers | Rotation shuffled this weekend

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:07:34 -0700

Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers SP Nick Tepesch (knee) will not work in the weekend series against the Cleveland Indians, so manager Ron Washington has shuffled his rotation. SP Jerome Williams will work Friday, Aug. 1, SP Miles Mikolas will go Saturday, Aug. 2, and SP Yu Darvish will work Sunday, Aug. 3. The team still does not feel Tepesch's injury warrants a stint on the 15-day disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: Despite the fact Tepesch does not sound destined for the DL, fantasy owners will want to steer clear of him until he is able to return and make a full start without any setbacks or restrictions.

Cowboys | X-rays for DeMarcus Lawrence

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:07:11 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (ankle) is having X-rays on his right ankle and foot Tuesday, July 29, according to owner Jerry Jones.

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