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Poll: Which Early-Season Surprises Are For Real?  

As we approach the one-month mark of the young 2019 season, the MLB standings are starting to take shape, with fast starters trying to separate from the pack and rebuilding teams falling behind. With that said, the current slate of division leaders features some surprises. Notably, preseason favorites like the Yankees and Red Sox have…

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2019-04-22 04:58:16



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Tatis, Kimbrel, Cole, A's  

Click here for a transcript of tonight’s baseball chat, moderated by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk

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2019-04-21 22:35:05



Blue Jays Place Matt Shoemaker On 10-Day IL  

The Blue Jays have placed righty Matt Shoemaker on the 10-day injured list due to a left knee sprain, as per a club announcement (via Twitter).  Infielder Richard Urena has been recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Shoemaker suffered the injury on Saturday, while participating in a rundown to record the last out of…

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2019-04-21 21:47:11



NL Central Notes: Moustakas, Pirates, Senzel, Reds  

Brewers infielder Mike Moustakas will try to play through a fracture in the tip of his right ring finger, and is hopeful of avoiding an injured list stint.  (Todd Rosiak of Milwaukee Journal Sentinal was among those to report the news.)  Moustakas suffered the injury yesterday while fielding a ground ball and left the game…

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2019-04-21 19:04:43



Matt Shoemaker Has Torn ACL, Will Miss Remainder Of Season  

Matt Shoemaker has a torn left ACL that will keep him out of action for the rest of the 2019 season, tweets Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. The Blue Jays right-hander was placed on the 10-day IL earlier today after suffering the injury during Saturday’s game. What was initially thought to be a knee sprain is…

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2019-04-21 15:01:05



Minor MLB Transactions: 4/21/19  

The latest minor moves from around baseball…. The Red Sox have outrighted Erasmo Ramirez to Triple-A, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports (Twitter link).  Ramirez was designated for assignment on Friday and had the option of rejecting an outright assignment to become a free agent, so it appears as though the right-hander has decided…

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2019-04-21 11:08:16



AL Notes: Olson, Semien, Athletics, Red Sox, Swihart  

Here’s the latest from around the American League… In an interview with Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (link to Bowden’s Twitter feed), Athletics GM David Forst said that Matt Olson is expected back in the lineup within the next two weeks.  Olson underwent surgery to move his hamate bone…

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2019-04-21 09:43:24



Mets “Keeping A Close Eye On” Gio Gonzalez  

The Mets again appear to have interest in left-hander Gio Gonzalez, Kevin Kernan of the New York Post writes.  The Mets are “keeping a close eye on” Gonzalez’s situation, as the southpaw opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees yesterday, creating a 48-hour window for the Yankees to either add Gonzalez to…

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2019-04-21 08:56:11



Rays Place Austin Meadows On IL Due To Sprained Thumb  

The Rays have placed outfielder Austin Meadows on the 10-day injured list due to a sprained right thumb.  This was one of a series of roster moves made by the club this morning, as Tampa Bay also activated utilityman Joey Wendle from the IL, optioned righty Jake Faria to Triple-A, and called up utilityman Andrew…

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2019-04-21 04:48:17



Injury Notes: Rendon, Lester, Cobb, Angels  

Third baseman Anthony Rendon departed the Nationals’ loss to the Marlins on Saturday after taking a 95 mph Jose Urena fastball off the left elbow. Fortunately for Rendon and the Nationals, X-rays came back negative, Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post tweets. It’s unclear whether Rendon will avoid the injured list, though, as manager Dave…

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2019-04-21 04:19:02



Orioles Select Gabriel Ynoa's Contract, Designate Mike Wright  

The Orioles have selected the contract of right-hander Gabriel Ynoa from Triple-A, as per a team announcement.  Right-hander Mike Wright has been designated for assignment in a corresponding move. Ynoa tossed 53 innings for the Mets and Orioles in 2016-17 before being limited to just seven Double-A innings in 2018 due to both rotator cuff…

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2019-04-21 02:06:09



Padres Option Luis Urias To Triple-A  

The Padres have sent second baseman Luis Urias to Triple-A, as per a team announcement.  Manuel Margot will return from the paternity list to take Urias’ spot on San Diego’s 25-man roster. One of many highly-touted youngsters in the Padres’ organization, Urias was a consensus top-30 prospect in baseball when he made his big league…

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2019-04-21 01:44:32



AL East Notes: Snell, Pedroia, Jays, Vlad Jr.  

The latest from around the AL East… Blake Snell continues to be on pace for a quick return from the 10-day IL, as the Cy Young Award winner told reporters (including Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times) that he felt good following a bullpen session on Saturday.  A fractured toe sent Snell to the…

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2019-04-21 01:43:29



Injury Notes: deGrom, Cano, Scherzer, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Sanchez  

Following a recent elbow scare, Mets ace Jacob deGrom may not be headed for an MRI after all, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey. After being scratched from his most recent start and placed on the 10-day injured list with elbow soreness, deGrom was able to play catch on Saturday, with the pitcher saying that he felt “completely normal.”…

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2019-04-21 01:34:43



NL Notes: Kimbrel, Mets, Brewers, Giants, Morrow, Cubs  

Free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel is “still in touch” with the Mets and Brewers, tweets The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who notes that the Mets would only sign the 30-year-old if he were open to “any role” in the team’s bullpen. Rosenthal reported a week ago that the flamethrower’s price has dropped substantially, though whether or…

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2019-04-20 18:47:31



AL East Notes: G. Sanchez, Andujar, Shoemaker, Wendle, Schoop  

Injuries to cornerstone players have defined the season for the Yankees, who are likely to see right fielder Aaron Judge hit the IL next. But there is better news regarding banged-up catcher Gary Sanchez and third baseman Miguel Andujar, who, like Judge, are among New York’s offensive linchpins. Sanchez, on the IL with a left…

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2019-04-20 15:35:58



Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez  

The Indians activated Francisco Lindor from the injured list today, while veteran Hanley Ramirez was designated for assignment to clear the roster spot, per MLB Roster Moves (Twitter links). This should come as a welcome bit of news for Indians fans, who finally have their middle infield at full health for the first time this…

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2019-04-20 14:29:30



Marlins Select Jon Berti  

Per a team release, the Marlins have selected IF/OF Jon Berti to the 40-man roster and optioned OF Austin Dean to AAA-New Orleans. Righty Riley Ferrell was transferred to the 60-day IL to make room for Berti. Berti, 29, signed a minor-league deal with Miami in the offseason after eight seasons spent on the Toronto farm.…

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2019-04-20 14:21:50



Pirates Add Cole Tucker, Bryan Reynolds To 25-Man Roster  

The Pirates have recalled shortstop Cole Tucker and selected the contract of outfielder Bryan Reynolds, adding both to the 25-man roster, the team announced. Reynolds will take the final remaining spot on Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster. There has been no corresponding roster moves announced, but it’s been widely speculated that Starling Marte and Erik Gonzalez may…

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2019-04-20 13:19:47



Diamondbacks Option Tim Locastro, Recall Taylor Clarke  

The Diamondbacks added righty Taylor Clarke to the 25-man roster, per a team tweet, while utility man Tim Locastro was optioned back to Triple-A. Locastro got a start at each outfield position this season while appearing as a pinch-hitter five times and once as a pinch-runner. For what it’s worth, he had a good run,…

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2019-04-20 13:18:47



Phillies Place Three On Injured List  

The Phillies have placed shortstop Jean Segura, infielder/outfielder Scott Kingery and reliever Victor Arano on the 10-day injured list, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer tweets. The team recalled right-hander Drew Anderson, left-hander Austin Davis and third baseman Mitch Walding from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in corresponding moves. Segura’s IL placement, retroactive to Wednesday, comes as…

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2019-04-20 12:12:28



Tigers Assign Gregory Soto To High-A Lakeland  

Tigers’ promising lefty Gregory Soto has been reinstated from the restricted list and assigned to High-A Lakeland, per the Tigers PR Department (via Twitter). Soto was added to the 40-man roster for protection in the Rule 5 draft back in 2017, so his reinstatement means the Tigers’ 40-man roster is now full. As Evan Woodbery…

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2019-04-20 10:43:30



NL West Notes: Padres, Giants, D-backs, Swihart  

Few teams have received worse second base production than the Padres, for whom Ian Kinsler, Luis Urias and Greg Garcia have combined for minus-0.7 fWAR and a dismal .144/.252/.237 line in 111 plate appearances. Now, the Padres find themselves waiting for someone to “take hold of” the job there, manager Andy Green said Saturday (via…

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2019-04-20 10:29:14



Injury/Rehab Notes: D. Duffy, Honeywell, Chisenhall  

Danny Duffy is scheduled to make what could be his final rehab appearance tonight for AA-Northwest Arkansas, writes the Kansas City Star’s Lynn Worthy. Though the 30-year-old had initially expressed interest in returning to the club as a reliever, GM Dayton Moore prefers the lefty return to a patchwork rotation: "That's the natural question to…

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2019-04-20 05:31:55



Athletics Notes: Chapman, Murray, Ballpark, Olson  

The Athletics announced an extension yesterday with slugger Khris Davis — the club’s first in five years. That’s the big news, but there’s more to cover out of Oakland … If the A’s had their way, they’d probably already have made at least one additional long-term investment. The club has tried to lock down third…

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2019-04-20 04:45:49



Yankees Likely To Place Aaron Judge On Injured List  

5:38pm: The Yankees expect to recall infielder Thairo Estrada to replace Judge on their 25-man roster, per a team announcement. 5:08pm: An already packed, talent-rich Yankees injured list is on the verge of adding another household name. Superstar right fielder Aaron Judge left Saturday’s win over the Royals with an oblique injury and is likely…

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2019-04-20 03:42:08



Cardinals Notes: Martinez, Mayers, Reyes  

Carlos Martinez “feels great” as he continues to rehab his shoulder, per Stu Durando of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The next steps will be either a more aggressive side session or a trip to the team facility in Jupiter, Florida. The Cardinals have been treading water up until this point with a 10-9 record, but…

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2019-04-20 01:53:17



Marlins Fire Hitting Coach Mike Pagliarulo  

The Marlins announced after tonight’s game that they have fired hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo from his post, as MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro as among those to report (Twitter link). He’ll be replaced by Jeff Livesey on an interim basis, with the role of assistant hitting coach to be filled by Eric Duncan. Pagliarulo had taken the…

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2019-04-20 01:52:51



Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL  

Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, per MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo. Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s roster spot (Twitter links). The move is retroactive to April 18th. This is not a new injury for Eovaldi, as just last season he had…

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2019-04-20 01:42:24



Diamondbacks Acquire Blake Swihart  

The Diamondbacks have acquired catcher Blake Swihart from the Red Sox, per a club announcement. International pool money is also going to Arizona in the deal — $500K in spending capacity, GM Mike Hazen tells reporters including Zach Buchanan of The Athletic (Twitter links) — with outfield prospect Marcus Wilson going to Boston in return. Swihart had…

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2019-04-19 20:40:40



Nicholas Castellanos Hires Boras Corporation  

Tigers right fielder Nicholas Castellanos has hired the Boras Corporation to represent him moving forward, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports (Twitter link). The chance in representation comes just months before he’s slated to become a free agent for the first time. Castellanos, 27, was previously represented by SportsMeter, making the switch an…

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2019-04-19 19:55:11



MLB To Issue Suspensions Stemming From Royals/White Sox Altercation  

Major League Baseball will announce a series of suspensions following this week’s brawl between the White Sox and the Royals, per reports from ESPN’s Jeff Passan and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (Twitter links). Royals right-hander Brad Keller will receive a five-game ban for throwing at White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, while Anderson himself will be…

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2019-04-19 19:27:47



Rays Select Contract Of Casey Sadler  

The Rays announced today that they have selected the contract of righty Casey Sadler. To create a roster opening, the team shifted rehabbing hurler Jose De Leon to the 60-day injured list. The AL East-leading Tampa Bay organization created active roster space by optioning out righty Emilio Pagan. And with backstop Mike Zunino hitting the paternity list,…

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2019-04-19 14:05:34



Latest On Gio Gonzalez  

Veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez has hired CAA Baseball to represent him, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports (via Twitter). He’d previously been a client of the Boras Corporation. The change comes just before tomorrow’s opt-out date in Gonzalez’s minor league contract with the Yankees — a provision that he is giving strong consideration to exercising, according…

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2019-04-19 10:48:55



Minor MLB Transactions: 4/19/19  

We’ll track Friday’s minor moves from around the league here… The Red Sox picked up left-handed reliever Jeremy Bleich on a minor league contract, MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo writes. The 31-year-old made his MLB debut last season with the A’s but totaled just one-third of an inning, allowing a pair of runs in the process. Brief…

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2019-04-19 09:11:08



Brewers Option Corbin Burnes  

The Brewers have optioned struggling right-hander Corbin Burnes to Triple-A, per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy (via Twitter). Also heading down is reliever Jake Petricka, with Alex Wilson and Donnie Hart added to the active roster to take the openings. Burnes, 24, impressed in a relief role last year after earning a mid-season call-up. But the hope…

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2019-04-19 08:40:19



Yankees To Sign Logan Morrison  

11:16am: ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweets that Morrison’s deal comes with a July 1 opt-out and a $1MM base salary at the MLB level (though that salary would presumably be pro-rated). 11:06am: The Yankees have agreed to a minor league contract with first baseman/designated hitter Logan Morrison, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com (Twitter links). He’ll head to…

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2019-04-19 07:32:14



Minor-League Signees Seeing Significant MLB Action: Position Players  

It’s really too soon to say which minor-league signees are going to turn out to be exceptional values. But we can assess which have earned significant roles out of the gates. Whether they’ll be called upon with such frequency the rest of the way will depend in no small part upon what they do with…

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2019-04-19 06:47:25



Jacob deGrom Headed For Elbow MRI, Injured List  

6:01pm: Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen announced to reporters that deGrom is going on the injured list, retroactive to April 16th. (Via Joel Sherman of the New York Post; links to Twitter.) Van Wagenen says that deGrom has been disrupted by an illness, seemingly implying that is as much a factor here as the arm issue. The…

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2019-04-19 04:08:16



Red Sox Place Eduardo Nunez On IL, Promote Michael Chavis, Designate Erasmo Ramirez  

The Red Sox announced a series of roster moves Friday morning, revealing that they’ve placed Eduardo Nunez on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 18) due to a mid-back strain). Additionally, Boston has designated righty Erasmo Ramirez for assignment and recalled infielders Tzu-Wei Lin and Michael Chavis from Triple-A Pawtucket. It’ll be the MLB…

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2019-04-19 03:06:57



Yankees Injury Notes: Severino, Andujar, Sanchez, Stanton, Tulo, Hicks  

Injuries are the story thus far for the Yankees, whose sluggish start is explained in no small part by a dizzying barrage of maladies. One of those has proven particularly confounding, as young starter Luis Severino came down with a lat strain while rehabbing a shoulder injury. As James Wagner of the New York Times…

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2019-04-18 20:49:23



Dodgers To Sign Logan Bawcom  

The Dodgers have agreed to a minors deal with righty Logan Bawcom, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group (Twitter link). The 30-year-old is expected to provide some upper-minors depth once he’s ready to be activated. Bawcom joined the professional ranks with the Dodgers after being selected in the 17th round of…

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2019-04-18 18:34:28



MLBTR Chat Transcript: 4/18/19  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with host Jeff Todd.

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2019-04-18 15:38:13



Athletics Extend Khris Davis  

Oakland fans have cause to celebrate. The Athletics announced Thursday that they’ve extended designated hitter/outfielder Khris Davis through the 2021 season. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports (via Twitter) that Davis will earn $16.75MM in each year of the contract, meaning he’ll take home $33.5MM in new money over the next two campaigns. Davis,…

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2019-04-18 14:40:32



Minor MLB Transactions: 4/18/19  

Some minor moves from around the game… The White Sox signed catcher Brett Nicholas to a minor league contract, per Baseball America’s Kegan Lowe. The 30-year-old is a career .252/.300/.456 hitter in a limited sample of 110 plate appearances, all coming with the Rangers back in 2016-17. Nicholas spent the 2018 season with the Padres’…

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2019-04-18 12:08:14



Red Sox Place Dustin Pedroia On Injured List  

7:34pm: The move is no official. Reliever Marcus Walden was brought up to take the roster spot for the time being. 6:52pm: Pedroia will indeed hit the IL, per WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford (Twitter link). 6:33pm: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has yet another injury to his troubled left knee, though it seems that he has avoided…

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2019-04-18 11:10:28



AL Notes: Minor, Whitley, Giolito, Stewart  

The Rangers received offseason trade interest in lefty Mike Minor but opted to hang onto him to help anchor a thin rotation in 2019. And while USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted recently that both the Mets and Phillies are showing “strong” interest in Minor, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News cites three sources in…

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2019-04-18 07:27:53



NL Central Notes: Burnes, Wood, Pirates  

A fourth ugly start to open the season has put Corbin Burnes’ spot in the Brewers’ rotation in jeopardy, writes Tom Haurdricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I think we're going to have a longer conversation this time, and try to figure out what the best way to get him on track is,” said manager Craig Counsell after…

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2019-04-18 06:48:25



Latest On Braves' Bullpen  

After losing closer Arodys Vizcaino to season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos unsurprisingly acknowledged that his club will consider multiple avenues to improving what was already a struggling relief corps (links via MLB.com’s Mark Bowman and Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Atlanta, per Anthopoulos, is going to look to “do what…

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2019-04-18 04:45:49



Blue Jays Designate Javy Guerra For Assignment  

The Blue Jays announced Thursday that they’ve designated right-hander Javy Guerra for assignment in order to open a spot on the active roster for righty Ryan Tepera, who has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list. Guerra, 33, appeared in 10 games for Toronto early in the season but was tagged for six runs on…

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2019-04-18 02:46:38



Athletics Place Marco Estrada On Injured List  

The A’s announced Wednesday that they’ve placed righty Marco Estrada on the 10-day injured list due to a lumbar strain in his back. Fellow right-hander Chris Bassitt is coming up from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his spot on the roster and figures to be an option to step into in the rotation as well.…

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2019-04-17 21:20:49



Brad Miller Elects Free Agency  

The Indians announced today that infielder Brad Miller has elected free agency after clearing waivers. Recently designated for assignment, Miller had expressed some frustration with the organization’s decision and preferred not to take a spot at Triple-A. This move puts an interesting player back onto the open market. The 29-year-old is a fairly accomplished left-handed…

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2019-04-17 17:31:18



Matt Moore To Miss Remainder Of Season After Knee Surgery  

Tigers lefty Matt Moore is slated to miss the remainder of the 2019 season, the club told reporters including MLB.com’s Jason Beck (Twitter link). While the procedure was known, the prognosis comes as quite a surprise. It had been expected that Moore wouldn’t be sidelined for more than six weeks or so, as he was…

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2019-04-17 17:01:45



Phillies Option Nick Pivetta  

10:07am: Reliever Tommy Hunter was pushed to the 60-day injured list, opening the needed 40-man spot. He will not be eligible to return to the majors until the end of May. 9:36am: The club has announced the move and selected the contract of infielder Phil Gosselin. He’ll take the open active roster spot but will also…

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2019-04-17 10:31:38



Mariners To Sign Christian Bergman  

The Mariners have agreed to a minors deal with righty Christian Bergman, according to the Mariners Minors Twitter account (link). He’ll head to Triple-A Tacoma, per broadcaster Mike Curto (via Twitter). Bergman, who’s closing in on his 31st birthday, has seen MLB time in each of the past five seasons. That includes brief time in…

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2019-04-17 10:22:49



Arodys Vizcaino Undergoes Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery  

The Braves have announced that closer Arodys Vizcaino has undergone season-ending shoulder surgery. The procedure involved a labrum clean-up and the removal of scar tissue. This news represents a major hit to a Braves relief unit that was already under fire. That’s true of many other clubs — including several division rivals — but that…

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2019-04-17 05:11:16



Giants Notes: Park Dimensions, Bart, Roster Shuffling  

Giants leadership will consider some alterations to the dimensions of their spacious home park, Andrew Baggarly and Eno Sarris of The Athletic report in an exhaustive look at the matter (subscription required). Members of the ownership group posed the question of whether the right-field fences should be moved in and whether the bullpens should be…

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2019-04-17 03:36:02



Rangers Sign Jen-Ho Tseng To Minor League Deal  

The Rangers announced Wednesday that they’ve signed right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng to a minor league contract. The former Cubs righty, who was designated for assignment released recently, will head to extended Spring Training begin a throwing program, per Rangers executive vice president of communications John Blake. Tseng, 24, was a fairly high-profile signing for the Cubs…

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2019-04-17 02:58:38



Cardinals Place Harrison Bader On 10-Day IL, Promote Lane Thomas  

The Cardinals announced an outfield roster switch this morning. Harrison Bader is headed to the 10-day injured list with a hamstring strain while Lane Thomas will join the active MLB roster for the first time. Bader’s placement is retroactive to April 14th, so he’ll be sidelined through at least the 23rd. There’s no indication to…

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2019-04-17 01:37:54



Minor MLB Transactions: 4/17/19  

We’ll track the day’s minor moves in this post … The Dodgers have a minor-league deal in place with lefty Chris Nunn, he announced on Twitter. Nunn, a former 24th-round draft pick of the Padres, has reached the upper minors in past seasons but hasn’t received many opportunities there. He’s now pumping triple-digit heat, though that…

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2019-04-17 01:03:15



Brewers Activate Jeremy Jeffress, Place Freddy Peralta On 10-Day IL  

As expected, the Brewers have activated reliever Jeremy Jeffress from the injured list. He had opened the year on a rehab assignment while rebuilding arm strength. That’s good news for the pen, but the club surprisingly announced another shoulder ailment that impacts the rotation. Freddy Peralta is evidently dealing with a problem in that joint;…

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2019-04-16 21:04:28



Cody Asche Signs With Atlantic League's Sugar Land Skeeters  

Former big league infielder/outfielder Cody Asche has agreed to a deal with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, Mike Ashmore of the Trentonian reports (via Twitter). Still just 28 years of age, Asche was once one of the more well-regarded prospects in the Phillies’ system and viewed as a possible long-term piece…

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2019-04-16 18:38:52



Rays Place Blake Snell On 10-Day IL  

Reigning AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell is headed onto the 10-day injured list with a fractured toe, the club announced. (Via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times; links to Twitter.) Righty Emilio Pagan will take the open roster spot. Fortunately, that news is far less concerning than it seems at first glance, as…

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2019-04-16 15:47:52



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read a transcript of Tuesday’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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2019-04-16 15:33:52



Cardinals Place Tyler O'Neill, Mike Mayers On 10-Day IL  

The Cardinals announced today that outfielder Tyler O’Neill and righty Mike Mayers are both headed onto the 10-day injured list. The former suffered an ulnar nerve subluxation in his right elbow while the latter has a strained lat. A trio of reinforcements is headed onto the MLB roster: infielder Yairo Munoz along with righties Ryan…

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2019-04-16 14:38:12



Indians Select Mike Freeman  

The Indians announced Tuesday that they’ve selected the contract of infielder Mike Freeman from Triple-A Columbus and optioned fellow infielder Eric Stamets to Triple-A Columbus in his place. A corresponding 40-man move wasn’t required, as Cleveland had only 39 players on its 40-man. Freeman, 31, has seen sparse action in the Majors in each of…

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2019-04-16 12:15:41



Nationals, Anthony Rendon Resume Extension Talks  

The Nationals and third baseman Anthony Rendon met prior to tonight’s game to once again discuss a contract extension, MASNsports.com’s Mark Zuckerman first reported. Rendon met with not only general manager Mike Rizo but also managing principal owner Mark Lerner, per the report. Like several other stars who’ve signed extensions over the past few months,…

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2019-04-16 11:42:08



Carlos Zambrano Signs With Chicago Indy Ball Team  

Former big league hurler Carlos Zambrano is launching a comeback bid, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The long-time Cubs hurler will kick things off by returning to the windy city for a stint with the American Association’s Chicago Dogs. Zambrano was at times one of the game’s best pitchers, having thrice finished in…

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2019-04-16 07:25:41



Health Notes: Venters, Ohtani, Caratini, Tepera  

The Braves announced today that they’ve placed southpaw Jonny Venters on the 10-day injured list. He’s dealing with a strained calf, though his struggles likely played a role in the timing. Venters made a miraculous return to the majors last year after five full seasons away owing to a brutal run of arm injuries. He…

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2019-04-16 06:41:30



Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Select Sandy Leon  

The Red Sox have designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, as first reported by Evan Drellich of WEEI.com (Twitter link). In his place, Sandy Leon is heading back onto the MLB roster, as Jon Heyman of MLB Network was first to tweet. Struggling out of the gates, the defending champs have decided upon a change behind the dish.…

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2019-04-16 04:09:58



Yankees Select Contract Of Mike Ford, Place Greg Bird On IL  

The Yankees have selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, per a club announcement. Fellow first baseman Greg Bird is heading to the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, with a 40-man roster spot created by shifting outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the 60-day IL. Jimmy O’Brien of Talkin’ Yanks had the news on…

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2019-04-16 03:51:43



Padres GM Preller: Hot Start Doesn't Change Pitching Plans  

The Padres are off to a dream start, running out to an 11-6 record after a memorable offseason capped by some aggressive Opening Day promotions. Starting pitching was and is the area of greatest uncertainty, but San Diego GM A.J. Preller says the club’s rotation plans haven’t changed, as Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune…

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2019-04-16 03:39:01



Marlins Select Isaac Galloway  

The Marlins have selected the contract of outfielder Isaac Galloway as part of a minor early-season roster shake-up. Also joining the active roster is lefty Jarlin Garcia. Shortstop JT Riddle was dropped back down on optional assignment. The club opened the other necessary roster spot by placing righty Austin Brice on the 10-day IL with…

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2019-04-16 03:15:52



NL West Notes: Padres, Giants, Bellinger, Bettis, McFarland  

We’re all wondering how MLB’s decision to axe the August trade period will influence the way the in-season trade market unfolds. An even bigger rush at the end of July is one obvious possibility; perhaps also there’ll be an increase in early-season trade activity. It has long been fairly rare for significant assets to be moved…

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2019-04-16 01:59:53



Red Sox Select Contract Of Erasmo Ramirez  

In a second move of the day, the Red Sox announced that they have selected the contract of righty Erasmo Ramirez. He’ll take the active roster spot of fellow right-hander Marcus Walden, who was optioned down. This move didn’t require a complementary 40-man transaction, as the club had an opening to work with. But it…

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2019-04-16 01:38:02



Rockies Select Drew Butera, Place Chris Iannetta On 10-Day IL  

The Rockies announced today that backstop Drew Butera’s contract was selected from Triple-A. He’ll take the active roster spot of fellow receiver Chris Iannetta, who was placed on the 10-day inured list with a strained lat muscle. In other roster moves, the club announced that outfielder Noel Cuevas and righty Antonio Senzatela are also joining…

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2019-04-15 22:23:55



Angels Place Tyler Skaggs On Injured List  

The Angels announced today that starter Tyler Skaggs is headed to the 10-day injured list. He’s dealing with a left ankle sprain incurred in his last outing, as MLB.com’s Maria Torres was among those to cover via Twitter. Fortunately, the outlook seems to be quite positive for Skaggs. His hope is to return to action…

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2019-04-15 14:52:31



Nationals, Dan Jennings Agree To Minor League Deal  

The Nationals are in agreement with left-hander Dan Jennings on a minor league contract, MLBTR has confirmed. Roster Roundup first tweeted that the two sides were nearing a deal. Jennings, a client of ISE Baseball, struggled through a poor spring with the Angels and was ultimately cut loose at the end of camp. The well-traveled…

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2019-04-15 14:42:42



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Albies, Rays, Heyward  

Click here to read the transcript of today’s chat with Tim Dierkes.

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2019-04-15 13:51:33



Brandon Phillips Intends To Play In 2019  

Veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips is still hoping to continue his playing career, MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reports on Twitter. He has not signed with an organization since wrapping up a brief stint with the Red Sox last year. Now 37 years of age, Phillips is well removed from his days as a stalwart performer with…

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2019-04-15 11:41:55



NL Notes: Vargas, Diamondbacks, Cardinals  

The Mets plan to stick with Jason Vargas in the rotation despite his struggles, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Sunday (link via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo). “We're not going to be making drastic changes to our club after one bad inning of a start where he had a schedule that was derailed from the start of…

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2019-04-15 07:12:35



Phillies Place David Robertson On Injured List  

The Phillies announced Monday that they’ve placed right-hander David Robertson on the 10-day injured list due to soreness in his right elbow. Fellow righty Drew Anderson was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in his place. Robertson tells reporters that he’s had some on-and-off forearm discomfort and is set to receive an MRI tomorrow, though he’s…

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2019-04-15 04:12:26



AL West Notes: Straw, James, Luzardo  

Ever-seeking new ways to expand their depth, the Astros recently approached outfield prospect Myles Straw about taking some groundballs at shortstop, per The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan. Straw was understandably surprised at first, even skeptical, but lo and behold, he has evenly split his time between center and short through ten games at Triple-A Round Rock.…

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2019-04-15 03:35:24



NL East Injury Notes: Frazier, Foltynewicz  

Let’s grab an update on a couple of players who might returning to NL East action… Todd Frazier has a good chance of making his season debut later this week, per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo (via Twitter). The Mets third baseman missed the first couple weeks of the 2019 season with a left oblique injury, but…

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2019-04-15 02:12:10



AL Notes: Indians, Miller, Forsythe, Gio  

Veteran infielder Brad Miller was understandably frustrated by the news that the Indians had opted to designate him for assignment over the weekend, writes Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The 29-year-old Miller hit .250/.325/.417 with a homer and three doubles in his short time with the organization but lost out on his roster…

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2019-04-15 02:02:42



Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment  

Jason Kipnis is already returning to the Tribe’s 25-man roster, but there’s more promising news coming out of Cleveland as superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor gets set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, per MLB.com’s Mandy Bell (via Twitter). As MLBTR readers no doubt remember, Lindor first hit the injured list with a calf strain before compounding…

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2019-04-14 20:04:41



Braves Place Arodys Vizcaino On IL, Option Sean Newcomb  

The Braves have placed closer Arodys Vizcaino on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 11, and optioned left-hander Sean Newcomb to Triple-A Gwinnett, Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets. In corresponding moves, the team recalled righties Jacob Webb and Dan Winkler from Gwinnett. Vizcaino has been battling shoulder inflammation, which is part of…

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2019-04-14 12:56:24



Dodgers Option Dennis Santana, Recall Josh Sborz  

The Dodgers have optioned right-handed pitcher Dennis Santana to Triple-A Oklahoma City and will recall fellow righty Josh Sborz to take his place on the active roster, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. The move represents a bullpen swap for the Dodgers, who have struggled to settle on a stable option to round out the…

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2019-04-14 11:08:38



Indians To Designate Brad Miller For Assignment  

The Indians informed Brad Miller that he has been designated for assignment, per MLB.com’s Mandy Bell (via Twitter). Jason Kipnis returns from the injured list to take Miller’s spot on the roster, adds Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com (via Twitter). Miller filled in admirably for the Tribe through the season’s first two weeks, as manager Tito Francona…

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2019-04-14 10:56:25



Brewers Acquire David Freitas From Mariners  

The Brewers and Mariners have made a trade, per a Mariners team announcement. The Brewers will acquire catcher David Freitas from Seattle in exchange for minor league pitcher Sal Biasi. Freitas will report to Triple-A with his new team. More to come.  

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2019-04-14 08:54:05



Mets Notes: Vargas, Keuchel  

Jason Vargas’ miserable Mets tenure took another sour turn Saturday in Atlanta, where the southpaw was unable to survive the first inning against the division-rival Braves. Vargas retired just one of the six batters he faced, the others reaching on two singles and three walks, and allowed four earned runs. After the game, an 11-7…

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2019-04-14 07:29:06



Poll: Slow-Starting Playoff Contenders  

The Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs and Rockies were among the majors’ most successful clubs in 2018, when the quartet comprised 40 percent of the league’s playoff bracket. No one was better than the Red Sox, who rolled to 108 regular-season wins before steamrolling the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers in the postseason en route to their…

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2019-04-14 06:34:17



AL Notes: Royals, Gordon, Yanks, BoSox, Holt  

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has considered retiring after 2019, the last guaranteed season of his four-year, $72MM contract, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports (subscription required). That decision’s on hold for the time being, but now the question is whether the career-long Royal, 35, will finish the season with the club. Gordon has gotten…

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2019-04-14 06:06:40



Blue Jays Recall Eric Sogard, Send Lourdes Gurriel Jr. To Triple A  

The Blue Jays are sending infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to Triple A, per Scott Mitchell of TSN Sports. Gurriel the younger was removed from today’s game for a “mental break” per manager Charlie Montoyo. The team hopes their young infielder can get back on track with a Triple-A reset, per Mitchell (Twitter links). MLB.com’s Gregor…

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2019-04-14 06:05:44



Matt Moore To Undergo Knee Surgery  

Tigers left-hander Matt Moore will undergo surgery on his injured right knee Wednesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. It’s unclear how much time Moore will miss, though he’s hoping to sit out just four to six weeks, per Beck. Moore, who damaged his meniscus April 7, had been rehabbing in hopes of avoiding surgery. However,…

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2019-04-14 05:24:10



NL Notes: Brewers, Kimbrel, Burnes, Braves, McCann, Giants, Austin  

Multiple reports over the past few weeks have linked the Brewers to free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel, though there have also been indications that the team doesn’t have the payroll available to sign the seven-time All-Star. However, owner Mark Attanasio didn’t slam the door shut on a potential Kimbrel signing Saturday, telling Tom Haudricourt of the…

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2019-04-14 04:30:30



Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Surprises, Clevinger, Gore, Stroman  

This week in baseball blogs… Chin Music Baseball highlights seven early season surprises. Adkins On Sports details the now-injured Mike Clevinger’s importance to the Indians. East Village Times talks with Padres pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore. Jays From the Couch runs down Toronto’s options with Marcus Stroman. MLB & Fantasy Baseball Analyzed looks back at the…

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2019-04-14 03:47:20



Injury Notes: Trout, Jeffress, Benintendi, Cobb, LeBlanc  

Angels megastar Mike Trout, who has been unavailable for several days due to a groin injury, has shown improvement and will rejoin the Angels for their series in Texas, per Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group. He remains day-to-day and it is yet unclear when he will be ready to return to the lineup,…

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2019-04-14 02:24:44



MLBTR Originals  

Rounding up this week’s content from the MLBTR staff… We are nearing the end of MLBTR’s Offseason In Review Series, capping baseball’s long offseason with a retrospective on each team’s winter journey. This week the Yankees’, Indians’, and Reds’ offseason reports hit the MLBTR wire. Keep an eye out as this annual series wraps up shortly with…

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2019-04-14 02:07:27



Braves Recall Touki Toussaint, Option Kyle Wright  

Per a team release, the Braves have recalled top prospect Touki Toussaint from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned another, righty Kyle Wright, to the minors. More to come…

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2019-04-13 14:45:50






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