Rays To Acquire Lucas Duda

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Rays have reportedly struck a deal to acquire veteran first baseman Lucas Duda. In return, the Mets will add right-handed relief pitching prospect  Drew Smith. Duda, 31, has posted compelling offensive numbers this year after an injury-riddled 2016 season. Through 291 plate appearances, he has slashed .246/.347/.532 and delivered 17 home runs, largely matching the output he provided in his excellent 2014 and 2015 campaigns. Though the Rays have their own breakout offensive performer at first in Logan Morrison, the team has room for another big left-handed bat.

Rays Acquire Lucas Duda

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Rays have officially struck a deal to acquire veteran first baseman Lucas Duda. In return, the Mets have added right-handed relief pitching prospect Drew Smith. [RELATED: Updated Rays & Mets Depth Charts] Duda is playing on a $7.25MM salary this year, just over $2.6MM of which remains and all of which will be absorbed by his new team, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). To create 40-man roster space, the Rays have designated outfielder Shane Peterson for assignment, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported (via Twitter).

Rays Gaining “Momentum” Towards Acquisition Of Lucas Duda

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Rays are “moving close” to striking a deal to land Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter links). While it’s not expected that a deal will be struck tonight — and it’s still unclear whether it’ll come together at all — Sherman says there’s real momentum towards agreement. Duda, 31, has posted compelling offensive numbers this year after an injury-riddled 2016 season. Through 291 plate appearances, he has slashed .246/.347/.532 and delivered 17 home runs, largely matching the output he provided in his excellent 2014 and 2015 campaigns. Though the Rays have their own breakout offensive performer at first in Logan Morrison, the team has room for another big left-handed bat. With outfielder Colby Rasmus hanging up his spikes mid-way through the year, the Rays could utilize Corey Dickerson in the outfield to allow Duda to step in at DH.

Marlins score 22 at Texas; Beltre ejected for antics

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Marlins unloaded on Rangers starter Yu Darvish early, and Miami cruised to a record-setting 22-10 victory on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park for its fourth win in its last six games.

Cards recall Mayers as Wainwright hits DL

Cards recall Mayers as Wainwright hits DL

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Cardinals recalled right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday to take the spot of righty Adam Wainwright, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.

Dilson Herrera To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

Reds infielder Dilson Herrera will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder, as C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports on Twitter. The procedure is expected to bring Herrera’s season to an end, per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon (via Twitter). Herrera has tasted the majors previously, during his time with the Mets, but has spent his entire tenure in the Reds organization at Triple-A since coming over in last year’s Jay Bruce swap. Shoulder troubles had increasingly become a concern for the 23-year-old over the course of the year. The news brings an unhappy end to what has been a challenging season for Herrera. Expected to push for MLB time, he has managed only a .264/.312/.397 batting line with seven home runs over 264 plate appearances. If he’s able to return to health in time, a fall or winter ball stint may be in the cards

Mets Rumors: Bruce, Rivera, Rosario, Familia

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

With less than a week until the non-waiver deadline, Mets right fielder Jay Bruce has yet to attract any serious attention on the trade market, according to Newsday’s Marc Carig. The $4.83MM remaining on Bruce’s contract this season might be enough to allow Bruce to clear waivers in August, Carig notes (that sum would be down to about $4.4MM on Aug. 1), but at present all reports seemingly indicate that interest in Bruce is tepid. Most of the Mets’ trade conversations to date have focused on closer Addison Reed, Carig adds. A few more notes on the Mets… There’s somewhat of a market for backup catcher Rene Rivera, tweets Mike Puma of the New York Post, and the Cubs are among the clubs with interest. Chicago has been linked to multiple catchers, most prominently Alex Avila, as the team looks to find a more experienced backup to Willson Contreras. Rivera fits the bill, and while he’s not a great hitter, the 33-year-old’s .245/.291/.395 batting line and six homers in 158 plate appearances are passable for a backup option. Plus, Rivera is regarded as an excellent defender and has halted 38 percent of stolen base attempts this season while maintaining his characteristically strong framing numbers. A free agent at season’s end, Rivera is earning a reasonable $1.75MM salary, with about $650K remaining on that deal.

Yankees score on triple play, sink Cincy

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

Jordan Montgomery carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, Didi Gregorius homered and the Yankees posted their fourth win in the last five games despite hitting into a rare run-scoring triple play, securing a 4-2 victory over the Reds in Interleague action on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Brewers bulk up bullpen with deal for Swarzak

Brewers bulk up bullpen with deal for Swarzak

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

The NL Central-leading Brewers added a weapon to their bullpen on Tuesday, acquiring veteran right-hander Anthony Swarzak from the White Sox, according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

Frazier comes home for 1st game in pinstripes

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

Newly acquired third baseman Todd Frazier was greeted by hundreds of people from his hometown of Toms River, N.J., before his first home game as a member of the Yankees on Tuesday.