4:41 AM EDT, Thu May 25, 2017
4 hours ago

Padres Receiving Trade Interest In Brad Hand

The Padres recently reaffirmed to clubs that they’re “open for business,” and lefty reliever Brad Hand is the “primary” piece that they have on the table at present, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney (Twitter link). San Diego’s willingness to sell off pieces isn’t exactly a new development, though the fact that the Padres are marketing…
7 hours ago

Giants Notes: Shaw, Cueto, Tomlinson, Hwang

The Giants have promoted 2015 first-round pick Chris Shaw from Double-A to Triple-A, and as Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area writes, the former first baseman will continue his work in left field following the latest promotion. Giants GM Bobby Evans spoke to reporters about Shaw’s impressive run in Double-A (.301/.390/.511, six homers, 10 doubles)…
8 hours ago

Jacoby Ellsbury Diagnosed With Concussion, Neck Sprain

The Yankees announced that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was removed from tonight’s game with a concussion and a neck sprain. Ellsbury made a sensational catch of a deep fly-ball to center field but crashed into wall upon making the grab and was down on the field for several seconds before being attended to by trainers…
11 hours ago

Chris Marrero To Sign With Japan’s Orix Buffaloes

First baseman/left fielder Chris Marrero has agreed to a deal with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, tweets Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News was the first to report that Marrero, who was recently designated for assignment and outrighted by the Giants, was close to joining…
11 hours ago

Free Agent Stock Watch: Lorenzo Cain

It’s tempting to look in on pending free agents when they are clearly trending up or down. Sometimes, though, the news is mixed, and that’s the case for Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Cain, 31, emerged as a force in 2014 and fully broke out in the following season. Helping to drive the Royals to…
13 hours ago

Orioles Claim Luis Sardinas

The Orioles have claimed shortstop Luis Sardinas off waivers from the Padres, per a club announcement. He had been designated for assignment recently. Sardinas, a switch-hitting 24-year-old, gives the Baltimore organization another piece of infield depth. The club had an open 40-man spot to work with, but will need to make an active roster move…
15 hours ago

Inside The Draft Studio: A Conversation With Mike Trout

The date was June 9, 2009 – the first day of the annual MLB Draft. As we all know, while the buildup to the baseball draft gets a lot of play, the actual draft itself doesn’t have the same fanfare as its counterparts in football and basketball. So this particular date wouldn’t normally stand out…
16 hours ago

Mariners Acquire Andrew Aplin, Designate Chris Heston

The Mariners have acquired outfielder Andrew Aplin from the Astros, per a club announcement. Cash or a player to be named later will head to Houston in return. To create room on the 40-man roster, Seattle has designated righty Chris Heston for assignment.
16 hours ago

Orioles Release Michael Bourn

The Orioles have released outfielder Michael Bourn, according to a club announcement. Bourn exercised his opt-out clause yesterday, per Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (via Twitter), and the team obviously elected not to add him to the active roster.
17 hours ago

Anthony Alford Placed On 10-Day DL With Hamate Fracture

The Blue Jays have placed outfielder Anthony Alford on the 10-day DL, as Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca first reported on Twitter. Per the club’s announcement, Alford has been diagnosed with a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist. Alford, 22, had only recently been called up for his first taste of the big leagues. At…
18 hours ago

NL East Notes: Rodriguez, Marlins, Yelich, Bruce, Nava, Phils, Solis

Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an interesting interview with injured Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez. He’s working through his rehab in Atlanta, and says that he believes he can make it back to action before the end of the current season. Rodriguez also discussed his stint with the Pirates, saying that his former colleagues were immensely…
May 24, 2017

AL East Notes: Farrell, Jimenez, Miller, Ramos, Torres

Though the Red Sox haven’t lived up to their preseason status as division favorites, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowksi told reporters Tuesday that he doesn’t place the blame for the team’s relatively slow start on manager John Farrell (link via Jen McCaffery of MassLive.com). Dombrowki pointed to the fact that the Sox won the AL…
May 23, 2017

Injury Notes: Sanchez, Chen, Cahill, Hughes, Beltre

Aaron Sanchez won’t resume throwing until the blister/fingernail issues that have plagued him this season have completely subsided, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. The Blue Jays ace and 2016 American League ERA champ has already had three separate 10-day DL stints due to the issue, and at this point, he’s not even going to play…
May 23, 2017

Mets Notes: Robles, Cespedes, d’Arnaud, Rivera

The Mets announced on Tuesday that they’ve optioned right-hander Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas. That’s a somewhat surprising and definitively unfortunate measure for the team to resort to, as Robles has emerged as a solid relief option for the Mets over the past two seasons. However, the 26-year-old has been shelled for 12 earned…
May 23, 2017

Minor MLB Transactions: 5/23/17

Here are the latest minor moves from around the game: Right-hander Al Alburquerque has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Omaha, the Royals announced on Tuesday. Kansas City designated the veteran 30-year-old for assignment over the weekend after just four innings with the big league bullpen. Alburquerque has totaled just six innings in the…