High price tag for Soria? 

July, 12, 2014
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The Texas Rangers are in free fall with 20 losses in their last 23 games, so general manager Jon Daniels appears willing to deal from his veteran crop of relievers.
Injuries have been a constant companion this season for Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who left Thursday’s game against the Padres with a sore right shoulder that will likely keep him out of the starting lineup until after the All-Star break.

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With less than three weeks to go before the July 31 trade deadline, the Pittsburgh Pirates would like to bolster the bullpen, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune-Review.

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Marlon Byrd's no-trade teams 

July, 12, 2014
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Don’t be fooled by the current five-game winning streak. It is time for the Philadelphia Phillies to begin the turnover of the current roster, wrote ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney in Friday’s column.

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David Price has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Blue Jays, but the Rays insist the ace lefthander is simply ill and is not being held out because of an impending trade. Jake Odorizzi, who was scheduled to start Sunday, will start Saturday instead, and the Rays are hopeful that Price will be healthy enough to pitch Sunday.

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Phillies ready to deal Byrd? 

July, 11, 2014
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Which member of the Philadelphia Phillies will be the first to get moved? Amid rumors that the team may be willing to part ways with closer Jonathan Papelbon, and perhaps one or both of the stating pitcher duo of Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, the more likely first shoe to drop will probably come from the outfield.

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Are Red Sox sellers or not? 

July, 11, 2014
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With the Boston Red Sox sitting ten games under .500 in July, the team appears to be headed to the conclusion that it's better for the organization to be "sellers" as the trade deadline approaches.

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The worst-case scenario seems to have come to pass for Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals, as the catcher is slated to undergo surgery today to repair a ruptured ligament in his right thumb. Molina is expected to miss at least two months, if not the remainder of the season.

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As manager Bryan Price put it, the loss of second baseman Brandon Phillips is a "big blow" to the Cincinnati Reds. The infielder is expected to miss six weeks after being diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

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Typically, when a young pitcher gets demoted to Triple-A (or perhaps even lower in the organizational ladder) there's a tendency to see it a sign that they may not be in the team's plans for the remainder of the current season. However, that's not always the case for moves made so close to the All-Star break.

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It seems like only yesterday we were writing about the Toronto Blue Jays potentially playing the waiting game in terms of any potential deadline deals due, at least in part, to the hope that perhaps Adam Lind would be able to return to 100 percent health. There goes that idea.

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O's on the market for SP? 

July, 10, 2014
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Based on their recent history, chances are that the Baltimore Orioles are going to be making a deal in the next few weeks leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. As Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun points out, "general manager Dan Duquette traded for Jim Thome and Joe Saunders during the 2012 season. He dealt for Scott Feldman, Francisco Rodriguez and Bud Norris last year. He's not going to stand pat."

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How can Yankees fill Tanaka void? 

July, 10, 2014
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The news certainly isn't good regarding New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what the team is calling "elbow inflammation." Tanaka will be visiting team doctors in the hope that his absence from the team's rotation will not last longer than a few weeks.

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Cards hold breath on Molina 

July, 10, 2014
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The most important member of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation may not be Adam Wainwright, Shelby Miller or Michael Wacha, but rather the All-Star catcher who sits behind the plate on a daily basis. However, the Cardinals are facing the prospect of being without Yadier Molina for some time.

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After watching their divisional rivals, the Oakland Athletics, make a huge deal to improve their starting rotation, the question on the mind of many observers is if the Los Angeles Angels will follow suit by making a blockbuster deal of their own.

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