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Yankees | Stephen Drew acquired

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:45:27 -0700

The New York Yankees acquired SS Stephen Drew from the Boston Red Sox Thursday, July 31, in exchange for 2B Kelly Johnson.

FANTASY TIP: Drew is an interesting acquisition. He can spell Derek Jeter down the stretch and could presumably play some second base with Brian Roberts tiring in the second half. His playing time will likely be frustrating for owners, however. Drew is primarily an AL-only asset at this point.

Tigers | Acquire David Price

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:44:59 -0700

The Detroit Tigers have acquired SP David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays for SP Drew Smyly, as part of a three-way deal involving the Seattle Mariners.

FANTASY TIP: Price's relocation to one of baseball's top offensive teams is an upgrade to his fantasy stock. The opposite applies to Smyly, although the Rays have been on a tear lately. Smyly remains a low-end pitcher in mixed formats.

Indians | Austin Adams coming up

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:37:54 -0700

Cleveland Indians RP Austin Adams will be recalled from the minors Thursday, July 31.

Orioles | Preston Guilmet going down

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:36:21 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Preston Guilmet will be sent to the minors to make room for SP T.J. McFarland.

Rays | David Price trade imminent?

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:35:59 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price could be involved in a three-team trade as the deadline approaches, according to sources.

Red Sox | Anthony Ranaudo starting Friday

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:33:44 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Anthony Ranaudo will start Friday, August 1, against the New York Yankees.

FANTASY TIP: Ranaudo has been lights out for Triple-A Pawtucket and enters the mixed league conversation, especially if he pitches well tomorrow. AL-only owners should rush to the waiver wire to add Ranaudo.

Nationals | Receive cash in Asdrubal Cabrera deal

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:30:40 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Washington Nationals will receive cash along with SS Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians.

Yankees | Scott Sizemore released

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:28:36 -0700

New York Yankees 2B Scott Sizemore was released Thursday, July 31.

Rays | Ben Zobrist unlikely to be traded

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:27:18 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ben Zobrist is unlikely to be traded before the deadline.

Braves | Not counting on Jonny Venters

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:27:00 -0700

Atlanta Braves RP Jonny Venters (elbow) is not being counted on to return to the team's bullpen in 2014, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. Gonzalez noted he is hopeful Venters will return this season, but that Venters' health is the No. 1 priority.

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Phillies | Marlon Byrd starting, Ryan Howard sitting

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:20:30 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd is in the starting lineup Thursday, July 31, against the Washington Nationals. 1B Darin Ruf is starting at first base against the Nationals left-handed SP Gio Gonzalez, instead of 1B Ryan Howard.

FANTASY TIP: With Byrd in the lineup, it is unlikely he is traded before the non-waiver deadline today. Ryne Sandberg appears to be sticking to his platoon at first base. Howard's dwindling fantasy stock will continue to fade, if he continues to sit against left-handed pitchers. Ruf is worth owning in NL-only leagues, as long as he is getting semi-regular at-bats.

Orioles | Chris Davis out

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:18:07 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis (illness) remains out of the lineup Thursday, July 31, due to illness.

FANTASY TIP: Make sure you continue to leave Davis on your bench until he's feeling better.

Tigers | Front-runners for David Price

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:15:55 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price could land with the Detroit Tigers, as sources say they are the front-runners to trade for him.

Yankees | Won't land David Price

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:14:40 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price won't be dealt to the New York Yankees, according to sources.

Nationals | Deal Zach Walters

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:14:32 -0700

The Cleveland Indians have received 2B Zach Walters from the Washington Nationals as part of the SS Asdrubal Cabrera deal.

FANTASY TIP: With Mike Aviles the likely replacement at shortstop, Walters or Jose Ramirez will likely be sent to the minors. Aviles gets a huge boost to his fantasy value. He has proven to be a low-end middle infielder in the past. Everyday at-bats make Aviles a viable option in the majority of formats.

Mariners | James Jones not playing

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:14:19 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF James Jones is not in the starting lineup Thursday, July 31. OF Endy Chavez is starting in center field.

Blue Jays | Dan Johnson to DL, Chad Jenkins recalled

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:06:00 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Dan Johnson (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain Thursday, July 31, and RP Chad Jenkins was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move.

Red Sox | Eduardo Rodriguez acquired

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:05:38 -0700

The Boston Red Sox acquired SP Eduardo Rodriguez from the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, July 31, in exchange for RP Andrew Miller.

Orioles | Landing Andrew Miller

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:03:38 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles acquired RP Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox Thursday, July 31, according to a source. It's unknown what the Red Sox received in return.

FANTASY TIP: Miller will provide Baltimore with the same thing he did in Boston: a valuable lefty specialist in the late innings. His value doesn't change at all, and you can ignore him in all leagues.

Nationals | Acquire Asdrubal Cabrera

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:02:39 -0700

The Washington Nationals have acquired SS Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians.

FANTASY TIP: Cabrera figures to bat lower in the order with the Nationals, which will potentially hinder his counting stats. A new location could help Cabrera turn his season around, though. He should play the keystone position and should be owned in all NL-only leagues and deep mixed formats. He is worth considering in standard mixed leagues. Danny Espinosa will lose playing time, and the deal likely confirms the seriousness of Ryan Zimmerman's hamstring tear. Any further fantasy contribution from Zimmerman in 2014 should be considered a bonus. Anthony Rendon projects to continue manning the hot corner, which after all, is his natural position.

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