Blue Jays acquire reliever Grilli from Braves

May 31, 2016 | No Comments

The Blue Jays acquired veteran right-hander Jason Grilli plus cash considerations from the Braves on Tuesday for right-hander Sean Ratcliffe, the club announced.

With Moscot back, Reds place Cotham on DL

With Moscot back, Reds place Cotham on DL

May 31, 2016 | No Comments

To clear a spot for the activation of starting pitcher Jon Moscot to face the Rockies on Tuesday night, the Reds placed reliever Caleb Cotham on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Peralta nearing return from DL

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D-backs outfielder David Peralta is nearing his return from the disabled list. He will play in a pair of extended spring camp games on Wednesday and Thursday, with the possibility of returning to the club this weekend in Chicago.

First AL All-Star ballot update released

First AL All-Star ballot update released

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The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot reached a key point on Tuesday as the first weekly voting update was released by Major League Baseball, beginning with the American League races. Kansas City has three leaders and the Orioles and Red Sox two each as fans continue to decide starters for the 87th All-Star Game on July 12 in San Diego.

Top 10 Trade Candidates

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We’re introducing a new series in the run-up to the trade deadline, drawing from our power ranking approach to pending free agents. As the summer trade market develops on a fairly tight timeline, you can expect more regular updates when modifications to the list are warranted. The methodology — if you can call it that — is pretty straightforward. I’ve done some simple ratings of players for their trade value and trade likelihood, giving me a rough guide to work from, then made finer distinctions from there, aided by the input of MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes and Steve Adams. In terms of trade value, we’re starting with overall on-field value — with a premium on an ability to make an impact in the current season — and then adjusting for contract and market factors. With contenders’ needs in relatively sharp focus, limitations such as future contract status, age, and niche role (platoon bats, relief-only pitchers) tend to have less of a drag on value — though obviously they still matter quite a bit. With regard to the second factor, the focus is on potential selling teams’ motivation to deal, with contract status, near and long-term roster fit, and overall competitiveness all weighing heavily. Some teams simply aren’t in a position at present where it makes sense to include their top potential trade chips, but that will evolve over the coming weeks

Murphy in rare air with near-. 400 average

Murphy in rare air with near-. 400 average

May 31, 2016 | No Comments

In his latest display of hitting proficiency, Daniel Murphy collected three hits — including a solo homer in the fourth and the go-ahead two-run single in the eighth — to catapult the Nationals to a 4-3 victory Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Murphy’s 3 hits, 3 RBIs lead Nats in Philly

Murphy’s 3 hits, 3 RBIs lead Nats in Philly

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Daniel Murphy continued his scorching-hot month of May by collecting three-hits, including the go-ahead two-run single in the eighth to lead the Nationals to a 4-3 comeback victory against the Phillies on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.