The San Francisco 49ers have plenty of veteran depth in their WR corps but little in the way of sure-fire playmakers. Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin top the depth chart, but Crabtree will have to stay healthy and Boldin is aging. And if offseason additions Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd are unable to secure the No. 3 role, they may not even make the final cut.
Virtually every player on the Phoenix roster last season enjoyed a career year, and much of the credit must go to first-year head coach Jeff Hornacek.

From Eric Bledsoe to Gerald Green to Miles Plumlee and the Morris twins, it was a year to remember around the Valley of the Sun -- even though they narrowly missed the playoffs.

Now heading into year two under the new regime, the Suns have had a chance to bring in more players who fit what Hornacek is looking for, and T.J. Warren certainly appears to be one of them.

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After fortifying their bullpen with deals for Huston Street, Jason Grilli and Joe Thatcher, the Los Angeles Angels are not done in their quest for pitching.

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Top landing spots for Marion 

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Veteran small forward Shawn Marion remains unsigned, to the surprise of many around the industry. So which teams still might be interested in the 36-year-old? Here's the latest on that.

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Burnett a fit in Pittsburgh? 

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The idea of Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates is looking more and more plausible.

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Will the stress fracture in Manu Ginobili's right leg prevent him from taking part in the 2014 FIBA World Cup?

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UPDATE:The New York Yankees have acquired Headley in a trade with the San Diego Padres, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand.

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The San Diego Padres already have traded away closer Huston Street. Could their third baseman be the next to go?

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Would A's deal Tommy Milone? 

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Tommy Milone, demoted to the minors earlier this month following the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel has asked the Oakland Athletics to trade him, reports Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Rosenthal adds “the Athletics have received trade inquiries on Milone, but the team is not eager to move him, knowing he might be needed due to injury or ineffectiveness.”

The A’s have no incentive to accommodate Milone, who is better than many starters currently in the majors. The southpaw owns a career 3.84 ERA in 468 2/3 innings, and had gone 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA in 11 starts prior to his demotion.

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As a rookie, Doug Martin carried the ball 319 times, fourth most in the NFL. He outpaced that average of 19.9 carries per game last season with an average of 21.2 carries during the six games in which he took part.

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The Oakland Raiders used the 12th overall pick in last year's draft to select D.J. Hayden, who had abdominal surgery soon after the draft and missed the end of last season with a groin injury.

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The massive potential seen in Sammy Watkins is why the Buffalo Bills traded up five spots to take the wide receiver with the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft. The long-term upside is obvious, but what can we expect from him as a rook?

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Available pinch-hitters 

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In an era of increased specialization, one of baseball's unique jobs is not faring well in general. While offense is down throughout the game, pinch hitters are struggling at an even higher rate in 2014.

Entering Tuesday, pinch hitters were hitting a mere .211 this season, a full 41 points below baseball's batting average for all hitters, and last year pinch hitters batted just .217.

That is something to keep in mind as July 31 approaches. All teams looking to add a backup position player hope the new player can provide value as a pinch hitter. Here are some veterans who might be available with their pinch-hitting prowess in mind:
  • Travis Snider, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: The promotion of Gregory Polanco has cut into Snider's at-bats, and Snider could be a bargaining chip as the Pirates look to add another reliever. Snider is tied for the major league lead with 11 pinch hits, including a run-scoring double against the Rockies last Friday that snapped an eighth-inning tie.
  • Ryan Doumit, OF/C, Atlanta Braves: Evan Gattis returned from the disabled list Monday, moving Doumit further down the depth chart in Atlanta. Doumit has a .248 BA and four home runs in 149 career pinch-hit at-bats.
  • Bobby Abreu, OF, New York Mets: Even if the Mets are not major sellers at the deadline, they could look to deal the 40-year outfielder. But a word of caution: Abreu may be hitting .259 overall, but he's just 2-for-27 (.074) as a pinch hitter, his primary role for any contender.

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Jan Vesely eyes move to Fenerbahce 

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The Denver Nuggets currently have 14 players under contract and that number will drop to 13 if the rumor from Turkey is true.

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Mavs target another PG? 

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The Dallas Mavericks now have 13 players under contract with fully guaranteed salaries for 2014-15 after the signed Richard Jefferson to his veteran minimum deal. The Mavs should start the regular season with a full 15-man team, which means they'll keep two more player from those signed between now and the start of training camp.

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The Houston Texans have a pair of interesting contract quandaries as training camp nears. Andre Johnson, who is 33 and has three years remaining on his current contract, continues to holdout, because he wants to be traded. On the other end of the spectrum is 25-year-old J.J. Watt, who is under contract through 2015 after the Texans picked up the fifth-year option on his contract this offseason.

Time will tell how things will work out with Johnson, but the Houston Chronicle's John McClain expects the Texans to give Watt an extension sooner than later.

"... Watt, 25, won't play under his current contract in 2015. The Texans' philosophy for their best players has been to extend their contracts with a year remaining," McClain wrote.

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