Nats asked about Beltre 

July, 26, 2014
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The Washington Nationals reportedly were thinking big regarding a fill-in for third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
The San Francisco Giants upped the ante in the National League West race, acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.

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One of the reasons the Milwaukee Brewers are in first place in the National League Central is Francisco Rodriguez, who has enjoyed a bounce-back season with 29 saves. But the 32-year-old right-hander has hit a rough patch of late, allowing three homers in his last six outings.

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The Mariners apparently are not done looking for offensive help after landing Kendrys Morales from the Twins on Thursday. Seattle has made an offer to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Drew Stubbs, reports Nick Groke of the Denver Post.

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The Oakland Athletics are looking to part ways with Jim Johnson, designating the struggling reliever for assignment after his ERA ballooned to 7.14 following a rocky outing against the Astros on Wednesday.

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The Cleveland Indians would like to acquire a top-shelf starting pitcher by the end of August, even if that seems “improbable at the moment,” reports Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer.

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Yasiel Puig started for the first time this year in center field on Friday night, adding to the speculation that the Los Angeles Dodgers might be more inclined to deal Matt Kemp.

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Although Bartolo Colon flirted with a perfect game in his last start for the New York Mets -- or perhaps because of the strength of that Wednesday performance -- the team has made it very clear that the pitcher is on the market. And the team may be willing to help foot some of the bill for any interested team to take Colon off their hands.

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On Friday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly followed up on his story from earlier this week that suggested that the Philadelphia Phillies were considering the possibility of releasing Ryan Howard by saying general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had "emphatically shot down" the idea.

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Two teams in mix for Suzuki 

July, 25, 2014
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The Minnesota Twins reportedly remain interested in potentially coming up with a contract extension for catcher Kurt Suzuki, but according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, "sources indicate that the sides are nowhere close to a deal that would keep the backstop in Minnesota past this season."

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Will Rockies sell off some bats? 

July, 25, 2014
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The Colorado Rockies are getting hit with a lot of trade requests as the July 31 deadline draws closer and closer by the day. While there have some rumors that have involved Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, it seems highly unlikely that either of those stars will be moved at this time.

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Who goes: Price or Lester? 

July, 25, 2014
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox are the bottom two teams in the American League East as they prepare to start a three-game series on Friday. When Sunday's game is done, there's a good chance the loser of the series may well decide to stick a fork in 2014 and begin to rebuild for next season.

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Will Masterson stay in Cleveland? 

July, 25, 2014
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On Friday night, Justin Masterson is scheduled to throw a rehab start for Triple-A Columbus as he attempts to work his way back from a sore right knee. If he performs well, and proves he's ready to return to a major league rotation, will the rotation in question be the one in Cleveland?

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When will Mauer be back? 

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Joe Mauer has been out of action since July 1 due to an oblique injury, and while he is making progress, there's still no timetable for him to get back in the Minnesota Twins lineup.

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Yankees and Padres at it again? 

July, 25, 2014
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It's only been a few days since Chase Headley switched uniforms and joined the Bronx Bombers for the first time, but now ESPN.com's Jim Bowden reports that the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres may be soon partnering on another trade.

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