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Twins | Kennys Vargas in the long-term plans

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:32:40 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Kennys Vargas' call-up is more of a long-term plan, unless he fails miserably.

Mariners | Want Alex Rios

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:32:12 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios is coveted by the Seattle Mariners, but the Rangers are closer to sending Rios somewhere else, according to sources.

Dodgers | Will not add John Lackey

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:31:02 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers will not trade for Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey, according to a source.

Rockies | Ryan Wheeler cut

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:27:58 -0700

The Colorado Rockies have designated 3B Ryan Wheeler for assignment.

Rockies | Pedro Hernandez recalled

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:22:46 -0700

The Colorado Rockies have recalled P Pedro Hernandez from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The team also optioned RP Rob Scahill to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Twins | Not close to extension with Kurt Suzuki

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:12:39 -0700

Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki and the team are "very far apart" in contract extension talks, according to a baseball source.

Cubs | Chris Rusin recalled

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:11:43 -0700

The Chicago Cubs have recalled SP Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa. The team also optioned RP Blake Parker to Tirple-A Iowa.

Athletics | Jonny Gomes, Sam Fuld could platoon

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:11:25 -0700

Oakland Athletics OFs Jonny Gomes and Sam Fuld could serve in a platoon in left field to replace OF Yoenis Cespedes, who was traded to the Boston Red Sox. Fuld also gives the A's a solid defensive outfielder.

FANTASY TIP: Gomes is clearly the better offensive weapon and fantasy option, but the move to Oakland in a pitcher friendly environment takes some of the intrigue out of his bat. In a platoon role with Fuld, he's purely AL-only material.

Rangers | Several teams interested in Alex Rios

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:07:34 -0700

The Texas Rangers have received interest from the Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians about the availability of OF Alex Rios.

Royals | Check in on Jorge De La Rosa

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:07:03 -0700

The Kansas City Royals have checked in on the availability of Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa, according to a source.

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Twins | Extension for Kurt Suzuki?

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:00:06 -0700

The Minnesota Twins and C Kurt Suzuki have had discussions about an extension, and there's a reasonable chance they reach an agreement.

FANTASY TIP: Suzuki's batting average bubble should burst sometime later this season, but he's still valuable in two-catcher setups.

Astros | Chad Qualls staying put

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:57:37 -0700

Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls is likely to stay put at the upcoming non-waiver trade deadline. They've told teams that he's unavailable.

FANTASY TIP: If Qualls were to leave town, Jose Veras or another less enticing reliever or relievers would slide into the saves picture.

Athletics | Sam Fuld to play CF for now

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:55:02 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Sam Fuld will play center field with OF Craig Gentry (hand) still on the disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: Fuld's defense will work in his favor, but he'll remain subject to varying permutations of potential platoons. Fuld still can be a fifth mixed fly-catcher.

Rays | David Price talks heating up

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:52:28 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price is the subject of increasingly intensifying trade talks in the last 12 hours, partially as a result of the Oakland Athletics' acquisition of SP Jon Lester.

FANTASY TIP: Price is elite regardless of where he goes.

Phillies | Talking with Royals about A.J. Burnett

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:46:29 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett is the subject of discussions with the Kansas City Royals, but there's no indication that a deal is close.

FANTASY TIP: Burnett should have a solid second half no matter where he pitches, but this isn't a bad landing spot for him.

Rockies | LaTroy Hawkins, Jorge De La Rosa unlikely to move

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:45:05 -0700

Colorado Rockies RP LaTroy Hawkins and SP Jorge De La Rosa appears likely to be moved as of now, though the club isn't ruling out trading them away.

FANTASY TIP: Hawkins' departure would open up a saves vacuum likely to be filled by either Rex Brothers or Adam Ottavino, or both. JDLR would benefit from leaving Coors Field.

Royals | Pursuing SPs

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:40:46 -0700

The Kansas City Royals are pursuing New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon, Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey and San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy.

FANTASY TIP: They're also investigating A.J. Burnett. A move to Kansas City's park would be positive for any of these three, but the offense won't boost their chances for run support and wins that much.

Twins | Tommy Milone to join Twins soon

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:28:28 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Tommy Milone is expected to join the big-league club soon despite being sent to Triple-A Rochester. He started Tuesday, July 29, for the Oakland Athletics' Triple-A Sacramento.

FANTASY TIP: They're probably just keeping him on hold until his next turn. Milone should be grabbed in deep games; regaining a rotation spot will help him continue his solid season for the back end of fantasy rotations.

Dodgers | Likely won't get David Price

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:26:42 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers' chances of acquiring Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price are "doubtful," according to a source involved in the discussions.

FANTASY TIP: The Rays are still in contention for a wild card spot at least, so they're likely to hang on to their big chip. It's not set in stone, of course.

Twins | Recall Kennys Vargas

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:23:45 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Kennys Vargas was recalled from Double-A New Britain.

FANTASY TIP: As noted in his previous update, Vargas could be a deep-league asset on the chance the power he displayed at Double-A shines through.

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