MLB rumors roundup for May 26


The Cincinnati Reds' losing streak reached nine games with Monday’s 5-4 setback to the Rockies, the club’s longest since an 11-game skid in 1998.

Manager Bryan Price is losing patience, earning an ejection Saturday against the Indians even before the lineup cards were exchanged, and a report over the weekend says his job could be on shaky ground.

The Reds are emerging as prime trade deadline sellers, likely after the All-Star Game is held in Cincinnati. Righthander Johnny Cueto, an impending free agent, has long been mentioned as trade bait, but one of the valuable bargaining chips could be outfielder Jay Bruce, writes John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes.

“I’d take a flyer on him and see if our on-the-field people could fix him,” an AL scout told Fay. “He looks healthy. His home runs and walks still grade out at 60 to 65 (on the 80-point scale). It’s just that his hit-ability is at 25 right now.”

After a very slow start, Bruce is hitting .467 with a pair of homers in his last eight games.

Our look at the rumors around the majors continues with the catching situation in Cincinnati:

  • Devin Mesoraco: The Reds finally placed the catcher on the disabled list after he tried for weeks to play through a hip injury. Used as a pinch-hitter and a DH, Mesoraco is hitting just .178 in 45 at-bats. The Reds will continue to use Brayan Pena behind the plate. Pena is hitting a solid .308, a full 48 points above his career batting average.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers: With Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu already lost for the season, the Dodgers face some issues at the back of the rotation, especially after Carlos Frias was rocked for 10 runs on Sunday. An immediate option could be Joe Wieland, reports Steve Bourbon of MLB.com. Wieland, however, has a 4.76 ERA at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

  • Jordan Zimmermann: The Chicago Cubs have often been mentioned as a possible suitor for the Nationals’ righthhander when he hits the free agent market next winter. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com asks if the six-year, $155 million deal given to Jon Lester will be used as a benchmark for any potential deal with Zimmermann.

  • Alberto Callaspo: The Braves scratched the veteran infielder from Monday’s starting lineup against the Dodgers and manager Fredi Gonzalez, in an unusual move, confirmed the team is trying to work out a trade. Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com has not heard if the deal might involve the New York Mets. The 32-year-old Callaspo, signed to a one-year, $3 million deal, is hitting just .206 in 107 at-bats.

  • Wil Myers: The Padres’ center fielder is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday, but any immediate return appears unlikely. He will return to San Diego to get a new scan done on his injured left wrist, reports MLB.com’s Corey Brock. Will Venable has started the last five games in center field and had a four-hit game against the Dodgers on Sunday.

  • Dylan Bundy: The Orioles continue to be very careful with with the 22-year-old right-hander who had right elbow surgery in June 2013. Bundy will not make his scheduled start Tuesday at Double-A Bowie because he is dealing with right shoulder soreness.