Rays In Contact With Kuechel, Kimbrel

Free agent hurlers Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are both expected to sign somewhere shortly after midnight EST on June 2 when they will no longer be tied to draft pick compensation, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino. Craig Edwards from Fangraphs recently put together a valuation of the compensation cost every team…

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Astros To Call Up Derek Fisher

Given yesterday’s news of George Springer’s hamstring injury, it seemed likely that one of the many outfielders thriving for Houston’s Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock would join the big league club shortly. Sure enough, Derek Fisher is getting the nod, per The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan (via Twitter). Fisher gets the call over fellow prospects Kyle Tucker,…

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Pat Neshek Likely Headed To 10-Day IL

Phillies reliever Pat Neshek is expected to be placed on the 10-day injured list, manager Gabe Kapler told reporters including Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia (Twitter link). He is dealing with shoulder soreness. The specifics of the malady aren’t clear, but caution is typically the wisest course when that particular joint is involved. Neshek,…

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George Springer Suffers Hamstring Injury

Star Astros outfielder George Springer left tonight’s game with a left hamstring injury, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters including MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart (video links via Twitter). Springer said he’s not sure of the outlook, but was obviously frustrated with the situation in his comments. A formal assessment of the injury has not yet been obtained, but…

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Effectively Wild Episode 1380: Baseball is Better, but Also Worse

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about snow in Colorado, the Rockies and the decline of Kyle Freeland, and the new-look Lucas Giolito and the White Sox rebuild, then discuss the state of the standings and the number of teams out of contention, touching on how the bad teams got that way, the impact of […]

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Nationals Don’t Expect Near-Term Managerial Change

Nationals president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo addressed his team’s brutal recent run of play, as Sam Fortier of the Washington Post was among those to report (links to Twitter). He made clear the organization is not looking to make any major changes — including in the managerial role. Rizzo obviously saw the need to…

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Orioles Move Dan Straily To Bullpen

Righty Dan Straily is being shifted into the bullpen, the Orioles informed reporters including Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (via Twitter). It isn’t yet known who’ll step into his spot in the rotation. This move wasn’t hard to see coming. The O’s added Straily for a low price at the outset of the year, with the…

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Angels To Activate Andrew Heaney; Latest On Justin Upton

The Angels will activate lefty Andrew Heaney for his first action of the season, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register was among those to cover (Twitter links). He’ll take the ball Sunday after opening the season in the injured list due to elbow inflammation. Though he’s a bit further off, outfielder Justin Upton…

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A Closer Look to Gleyber Torres’ Orioles Demolition Act

Did the Orioles pitchers really deserved to give 10 home runs in 12 games, or was it a statement from a batter ascending into the elite of major league baseball?

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Gary Sanchez is Killing the Ball

The Yankees’ catcher has turned the page from an injury-filled season.

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