McHugh has bruised left forearm after comebacker

McHugh has bruised left forearm after comebacker

Sep 16, 2014 | No Comments

Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh was forced to leave in the seventh inning of Monday’s game against the Indians with a left forearm contusion after being struck by a sharp comebacker off the bat of third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.

Relief work may be in Anibal’s future

Sep 15, 2014 | No Comments

Anibal Sanchez took a big step toward a return on Monday, when he threw a bullpen session. Whether he ends up in the bullpen of a potential postseason roster is an entirely different question, but Brad Ausmus is acknowledging the possibility.

Quick Hits: Stewart, Hill, Braves, Rangers

Sep 15, 2014 | No Comments

MLBTR has been keeping track of all the rumors and candidates tied to the Diamondbacks‘ GM search, and it appears as if Dave Stewart is now “the favorite” to be the team’s next general manager, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets.  Stewart will formally interview for the job this week.  Here’s some more news from around baseball… Aaron Hill tells FOX Sports’ Jack Magruder that he wants to remain with the Diamondbacks next season.  Hill has lost September playing time to some of the D’Backs’ young infielders and was shopped before the July trade deadline.  It’s no surprise that Arizona might be looking to the future given that Hill has struggled this season, he’ll be 33 next Opening Day and the second baseman is still owed $24MM through the 2016 season. While the Braves are still on the fringes of the NL wild card race, it looks like this could be a lost season for Atlanta.  MLB.com’s Mark Bowman looks at how the team was hurt by some front office and player (namely, Tim Hudson) losses and Bowman wonders if the Braves could shake up the coaching staff or even consider replacing GM Frank Wren. The Rangers have used 27 different position players this season, and MLB.com’s T.R.

Showalter one win from mentor Martin on all-time wins list

Showalter one win from mentor Martin on all-time wins list

Sep 15, 2014 | No Comments

It could be a very emotional few days for Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who is just one win away from tying his mentor: legendary manager Billy Martin.

Facing offseason elbow surgery, Beltran rejoins lineup

Facing offseason elbow surgery, Beltran rejoins lineup

Sep 15, 2014 | No Comments

Carlos Beltran returned to the Yankees’ lineup Monday night, and though it has been a difficult first season with the club, the veteran slugger is trying to finish strong before having surgery on his ailing right elbow.

Dominant Kershaw named NL Player of the Week

Dominant Kershaw named NL Player of the Week

Sep 15, 2014 | No Comments

After a pair of dominant outings this week, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been named the National League Player of the Week. It’s Kershaw’s fifth career weekly award and second of the season.

2016 MLB Free Agents

Sep 15, 2014 | No Comments

We’re nearing the end of the 2014 season, which has undoubtedly led many readers to check out our list of 2015 free agents and our 2015 free agent power rankings. However, for those who enjoy thinking further in advance, the list of players that will be eligible for free agency following the 2015 campaign is available below (The number in parenthesis represents the player’s age for the 2016 season). Obviously, given the advance nature of this post, the class will see some changes. Players who sign one-year deals this winter will join this class, as will arb-eligible players who are non-tendered following the 2015 season. Additionally, some of these names could come off the list by inking long-term contract extensions or by failing to accrue the remaining Major League service time needed to total six years of service. If you see any errors or omissions, please contact us. To see who represents these players, check out MLBTR’s Agency Database. Catchers Alex Avila (29) Chris Iannetta (33) John Jaso (32) George Kottaras (32) Jose Molina (41) Dioner Navarro (32) Brayan Pena (34) Matt Wieters (30) First Basemen Jeff Baker (35) Kyle Blanks (29) Chris Davis (30) Edwin Encarnacion (33) – $10MM club option with a $2MM buyout Garrett Jones (35) Justin Morneau (35) – $9MM mutual option with a $750K buyout Mike Napoli (34) Sean Rodriguez (31) Gaby Sanchez (32) Second Basemen Joaquin Arias (31) Jeff Baker (35) Gordon Beckham (29) Kevin Frandsen (34) Maicer Izturis (35) – $3MM club option with a $1MM buyout Howie Kendrick (32) Daniel Murphy (31) Donnie Murphy (33) Cliff Pennington (32) Sean Rodriguez (31) Adam Rosales (33) Skip Schumaker (36) – $2.5MM club option with a $250K buyout Marco Scutaro (40) Chase Utley (37) – $15MM vesting option with a $2MM buyout Third Basemen Joaquin Arias (31) Adrian Beltre (37) – $16MM vesting option Willie Bloomquist (38) Kevin Frandsen (34) David Freese (33) Jonathan Herrera (31) Maicer Izturis (35) – $3MM club option with a $1MM buyout Don Kelly (36) Jeff Keppinger (36) Kevin Kouzmanoff (34) Casey McGehee (32) Donnie Murphy (33) Sean Rodriguez (31) Adam Rosales (33) Juan Uribe (37) Shortstops Joaquin Arias (31) Willie Bloomquist (38) Ian Desmond (30) Alcides Escobar (29) – $5.25MM club option with a $500K buyout Maicer Izturis (35) – $3MM club option with a $1MM buyout Donnie Murphy (33) Cliff Pennington (32) Alexei Ramirez (34) – $10MM club option with a $1MM buyout Sean Rodriguez (31) Adam Rosales (33) Brendan Ryan (34) – $1MM player option Left Fielders Jeff Baker (35) Roger Bernadina (32) Willie Bloomquist (38) Yoenis Cespedes (30) Rajai Davis (35) Alejandro De Aza (32) David DeJesus (36) – $5MM club option with a $1MM buyout Alex Gordon (32) – $12.5MM player option Matt Joyce (31) Don Kelly (36) Nate McLouth (34) – $6.5MM club option with a $750K buyout David Murphy (34) – $7MM club option with a $500K buyout Gerardo Parra (29) Steve Pearce (33) Sean Rodriguez (31) Ryan Sweeney (31) – $2.5MM club option with a $500K buyout Justin Upton (28) Center Fielders Roger Bernadina (32) Rajai Davis (35) Alejandro De Aza (32) David DeJesus (36) – $5MM club option with a $1MM buyout Dexter Fowler (30) Tony Gwynn Jr. (33) Austin Jackson (29) Don Kelly (36) Nate McLouth (34) – $6.5MM club option with a $750K buyout Gerardo Parra (29) Cody Ross (35) – $9.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout Skip Schumaker (36) – $2.5MM club option with a $500K buyout Drew Stubbs (31) Ryan Sweeney (31) – $2.5MM club option with a $500K buyout Shane Victorino (35) Right Fielders Jeff Baker (35) Jose Bautista (35) – $14MM club option with a $1MM buyout Marlon Byrd (38) – $8MM vesting option David DeJesus (36) – $5MM club option with a $1MM buyout Jason Heyward (26) Matt Joyce (31) Nate McLouth (34) – $6.5MM club option with a $750K buyout David Murphy (34) – $7MM club option with a $500K buyout Gerardo Parra (29) Carlos Quentin (33) – $10MM mutual option with a $3MM buyout Ryan Raburn (35) – $3MM club option with a $100K buyout Cody Ross (35) – $9.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout Ryan Sweeney (31) – $2.5MM club option with a $500K buyout Justin Upton (28) Will Venable (33) Shane Victorino (35) Designated Hitters Edwin Encarnacion (33) – $10MM club option with a $2MM buyout John Jaso (32) David Ortiz (40) – $10MM club option Carlos Quentin (33) – $10MM mutual option with a $3MM buyout Starting Pitchers Clay Buchholz (31) – $13MM club option with a $245K buyout Mark Buehrle (37) Trevor Cahill (28) – $13MM club option with a $300K buyout Jhoulys Chacin (28) Bartolo Colon (43) Ross Detwiler (30) R.A. Dickey (41) – $12MM club option with a $1MM buyout Marco Estrada (32) Doug Fister (32) Jaime Garcia (29) – $11.5MM club option with a $500K buyout Jeremy Guthrie (37) – $10MM mutual option with a $3.2MM buyout Tim Hudson (40) Scott Kazmir (32) Ian Kennedy (31) Mat Latos (28) Mike Leake (28) Tim Lincecum (32) Kyle Lohse (37) Corey Luebke (31) – $7.5MM club option with a $1.75MM buyout Kris Medlen (30) Bud Norris (31) Ross Ohlendorf (33) Mike Pelfrey (32) Rick Porcello (27) David Price (30) Ricky Romero (31) – $13.1MM club option with a $600K buyout Jeff Samardzija (31) Alfredo Simon (35) Jordan Zimmermann (30) Closers Joaquin Benoit (38) – $8MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout Joe Nathan (41) – $10MM club option with a $1MM buyout Jonathan Papelbon (35) – $13MM vesting option Bobby Parnell (31) Fernando Rodney (39) Right-Handed Relievers Scott Atchison (40) – $1MM club option with a $100K buyout Grant Balfour (38) Jonathan Broxton (32) – $9MM club option with a $1MM buyout Santiago Casilla (35) – club/vesting option with a $1MM buyout Tyler Clippard (31) Neftali Feliz (28) J.C

Grand Central stretch for Brew Crew

Sep 15, 2014 | No Comments

Given the marathon nature of Major League Baseball, one could see this coming, since the 2014 schedule was released more than a year ago. One way or another, either as a postseason contender or playing spoiler, the Brewers’ 10-day, nine-game swing through St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati would be packed with meaningful games.

Rankings reflect playoff pursuit

Sep 15, 2014 | No Comments

We’ve reached that point in the season where we learn who’s in and who’s out, with a handful of teams knocking on the door and set to clinch postseason spots.

The Week Ahead: Contenders hit Crucial stretch

Sep 15, 2014 | No Comments

It’s that magical time of year in baseball. Just ask the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Angels. All three teams have such a huge division lead that their magic number is tiny. All three could clinch their division in the week ahead. All three are looking ahead to October glory.