Feliz to take over in Texas? 

July, 24, 2014
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The Texas Rangers traded away closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in exchange for a pair of pitching prospects, both of whom are expected to be assigned to the minors. For now, the move leaves a huge void in the bullpen where Soria used to reside.
The Detroit Tigers made a deal on Wednesday to acquire reliever Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers in exchange for pitching prospects Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson.

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Colon outing draws attention? 

July, 23, 2014
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A lot of eyes are expected to be on Bartolo Colon when he takes the mound on Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners, as the start may be considered an audition of sorts for scouts in search of some veteran pitching assistance at the trade deadline.

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Marlins to make moves in bullpen? 

July, 23, 2014
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With the trade deadline only a few weeks away, the Miami Marlins may be preparing to swap out one closer for another. Rumors regarding the departure of Steve Cishek are starting to heat up, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

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Suzuki likely to be moved? 

July, 23, 2014
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The Minnesota Twins were only five games out of first place in their division on June 23. Now, one month later, that deficit has ballooned to 11 games, and the team sits in the cellar.

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Should Phillies keep Byrd for now? 

July, 23, 2014
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While the Philadelphia Phillies seem to be more than ready to start the 2015 season without Marlon Byrd on the roster, there's still a chance that the outfielder could stick around with the team for the rest of 2014.

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Time for Dodgers OF shakeup ? 

July, 23, 2014
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On Monday night, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly started Matt Kemp in right field for the first time all season, due to Yasiel Puig getting the night off because of a bruised left hand. After the game, Kemp said "It felt natural." On Tuesday night, with Puig still out of commission -- though X-rays on his hand were negative -- Kemp was in right field again.

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Zimmerman headed back to DL? 

July, 23, 2014
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The Washington Nationals may once again be without third baseman Ryan Zimmerman after he had to leave Tuesday night's game with a strained right hamstring. An MRI is scheduled for Wednesday morning to assess the extent of the damage.

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Cubs to keep Alcantara up 

July, 23, 2014
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The Chicago Cubs have apparently decided that they're going to keep Arismendy Alcantara in the majors for the rest of the season -- and will play him every day. That conclusion comes after the team designated Darwin Barney for assignment on Tuesday.

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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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Burnett a fit in Pittsburgh? 

July, 22, 2014
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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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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? 

July, 22, 2014
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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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Available pinch-hitters 

July, 22, 2014
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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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Cliff Lee staying in Philly? 

July, 22, 2014
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It is an old baseball adage that you never read too much into any particular game. But when it comes to assessing the trade value of Cliff Lee, there may be no other choice.

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