The Rangers expect that first baseman Prince Fielder will undergo neck surgery later this week, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports on Twitter. There had been some hope that the veteran slugger could avoid a procedure after his recent diagnosis of a herniated disk, but it seems that Fielder is destined to go under the knife. Details remain unknown, but it seems all but certain that Fielder will miss the remainder of the season. It won’t be the first trip through the process for the veteran, who also ended the 2014 campaign after a neck operation. He bounced back quite well last year, but has never gotten things going in 2016.
The prospects are coming! The prospects are coming!
The Yankees traded hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs after entering Monday with a 7.7 percent chance of reaching the postseason, according to FanGraphs.com. What, then, will become of the defending World Series champion Royals, and top arms Wade Davis and Edinson Volquez?
The Blue Jays activated Jose Bautista off the 15-day disabled list on Monday and designated outfielder Junior Lake for assignment.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The night after Sunday afternoon’s speeches is always the best time for the new inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s a time to relax at dinner with their now fellow Hall of Famers, and receive their cherished ring.
Trevor Story is the National League Player of the Week once again. The Rockies’ rookie powerhouse took home the honor for the second time in his first Major League season on Monday.
Hanley Ramirez’s three-homer game has earned the Red Sox first baseman American League Player of the Week honors.
Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has another edition of his 10 Degrees column posted, which focuses heavily on a number of potentially available names. A few highlights from within, though the entire column is worth a look… When determining what they should ask in return for Wade Davis, should they make him available, the Royals internally discussed Nationals righty Lucas Giolito, per Passan. That would be a fairly staggering price to pay, as Giolito is, by many accounts, the top pitching prospect in all of baseball. Davis is earning $8MM this season (about $3.06MM of that remains) and has a $10MM option for the 2017 season on his contract as well, so there’s certainly value, but that price would almost certainly strike the Nats as exorbitant. However, as Passan notes, the Cubs plucked Gleyber Torres and three other pieces from the Yankees for a rental of Aroldis Chapman, so the Royals’ lofty asking price is understandable. The D-backs are prepared to offer struggling right-hander Shelby Miller to other clubs in trades and are largely open for business overall, though a complete tear-down won’t happen. The D-backs are holding onto Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, A.J. Pollock, Zack Greinke, Patrick Corbin and Robbie Ray — a nice core, as Passan notes — but are willing to listen virtually anywhere else. Miller’s acquisition has been one of the most talked-about stories in the game since he was acquired for Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte and Aaron Blair this offseason, and his 7.14 ERA through 69 1/3 innings and subsequent demotion to Triple-A Reno have only intensified the scrutiny
As soon as the announcement was made that Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame early this year, the guessing game as to who would make the cut in 2017 began. The majority of insiders and voters agreed that there would again be two voted in: Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines. An informal poll of MLB.com reporters, columnists and insiders suggests the same.