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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.

Giants | David Wilson attends meetings

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:41:56 -0700

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) attended team meetings Thursday, July 31, and appeared ready to go, according to RB Rashad Jennings.

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.

Ravens | Brent Urban to miss 2014 season

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:38:21 -0700

Baltimore Ravens DE Brent Urban (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during practice Wednesday, July 30, and will miss the entire 2014 season.

Broncos | DeMarcus Ware practicing

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:35:12 -0700

Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware (leg) is participating in practice Thursday, July 31.

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. He started Tuesday, July 29.

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.

Dolphins | Anthony Johnson not able to finish practice

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:28:14 -0700

Miami Dolphins DT Anthony Johnson (undisclosed) was not able to finish practice Thursday, July 31. He had a wrap covering his midsection after he left practice.

Colts | Jack Mewhort may have edge for starting job

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:27:37 -0700

Indianapolis Colts OG Jack Mewhort appears to be the leading candidate for the starting left guard job. OG Lance Louis is also considered a candidate for the job.

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.

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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.

Astros | Dallas Keuchel, Jarred Cosart market updates

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:21:27 -0700

Houston Astros SP Dallas Keuchel has been taken off the trade market, but the club is "very, very busy" with calls regarding interest in Jarred Cosart.

FANTASY TIP: Keuchel has turned things around after his wrist injury and should be a solid fantasy arm the rest of the season. Cosart's inconsistency doesn't take away the intrigue in his heavy fastball; moving to a new club could make him a deep-league pickup.

Jets | Calvin Pryor in no contact jersey

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:20:46 -0700

New York Jets FS Calvin Pryor (concussion) is wearing a no contact jersey during practice Thursday, July 31.

Colts | Donald Thomas to be placed on IR

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:16:46 -0700

Indianapolis Colts OG Donald Thomas (quadriceps) is scheduled to undergo season-ending quadriceps surgery and will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Twins | Tommy Milone reporting to AAA

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:16:45 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Tommy Milone will report to Triple-A Rochester.

FANTASY TIP: Bummer. Initial guesses said he'd join this rotation in this pitcher-friendly park. He still might in due time, but the mild deep-league payoff will have to wait. Maybe he's worth a stash.

Orioles | Not trading for a catcher

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:13:54 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles aren't interested in trading for a catcher because the transition for their pitchers would be too difficult, according to a source.

Jaguars | John Lotulelei helped off field

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:13:00 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars LB John Lotulelei (undisclosed) was helped off the field during practice Thursday, July 31, and was not able to put any weight on his left leg.

Falcons | Nick Barrett still an option

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:12:29 -0700

Free-agent LB Nick Barnett (Redskins) is still an option for the Atlanta Falcons depending on what happens with the team's linebackers. The Falcons worked out Barnett in June but did not sign him.

Padres | Joaquin Benoit, Chris Denorfia updates

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:11:28 -0700

San Diego Padres RP Joaquin Benoit is receiving increasing trade interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers. OF Chris Denorfia is likely to be dealt before the MLB non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, July 31.

FANTASY TIP: Benoit going to the Dodgers or New York Yankees, among other teams rumored, likely would result in him working a setup role and losing save chances. Denorfia could land in a part-time role that warrants some deep-mixed value.

Twins | Kennys Vargas coming up

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

Minnesota Twins 1B/DH Kennys Vargas will be called up from Double-A New Britain.

FANTASY TIP: The switch-hitter is having a standout year at New Britain with a .281 BA, 17 HRs and 63 RBIs in 356 at-bats. He's an AL-only grab with deep-mixed potential who could find himself in the lineup at least a few times per week.