With Adam Wainwright likely to miss the rest of the season, the Cardinals have major issues with their pitching depth. They can fix that by making an offer to the White Sox for John Danks, who is healthy again after the shoulder surgery that shortened his seasons in 2012 and ’13.
SUNDAY 7:19pm: The Angels indicate that they do not expect to have any announcements today, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez tweets. That suggests that the trade won’t become official until Monday or later. 1:25pm: The trade is expected to be finalized today, tweets Sullivan. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan adds (via Twitter) the trade is now in the “I-dotting, T-crossing stage.” SATURDAY: The Rangers are still awaiting approval on the rumored Josh Hamilton deal, writes T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Sullivan’s source with the Rangers see no impediment to finalizing the agreement. As Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register tweets, the swap is slow moving because it involves five parties – the Angels, Rangers, Hamilton, the commissioner’s office, and the players’ union. The Rangers are expected to cover about $7MM of the roughly $82MM remaining on his contract
Jacoby Ellsbury spent Sunday afternoon receiving treatment on his tight right hip and will watch the final game of the Subway Series from the bench, but manager Joe Girardi hopes to have the center fielder’s services Monday against the Rays.
The Nationals created an opening in the fourth inning, botching a rundown play, and the Marlins made them pay. Adeiny Hechavarria delivered a three-run triple, Giancarlo Stanton added an RBI triple, and Miami rolled to a 6-2 victory on Sunday at Marlins Park.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has challenged his players to try to win Gold Gloves. Starlin Castro is taking that seriously.
Michael Bourn has spent the bulk of his career walking into a clubhouse and knowing that his name would be penciled in at the top of the lineup. On Sunday, the veteran saw his name in the ninth spot of the batting order.
On this date in 2006, Julio Franco became the second oldest player to steal a base at the the age of 47, as Leo Panetta of NationalPastime.com writes. In 1909, Arlie Latham, who played two games at second base for the Giants, swiped a sack at the age 49. Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere.. Inside The ‘Zona says there’s hope for Chris Owings‘ swing. Rays Colored Glasses discussed the sad end to Grant Balfour‘s time with the Rays. Blue Jays Plus reviewed Toronto’s last run through the rotation
Matt Silverman, president of baseball operations, has had an indoctrination by fire since taking over from Andrew Friedman in October. First there were the many offseason moves and a search for a new manager. Once the season started he’s had to deal with keeping 25 able bodies on the roster.
Starling Marte singled home Neil Walker off D-backs closer Addison Reed with two out in the top of the ninth, giving the Pirates a 2-1 win on Saturday night in the second game of the three-game set.
The Twins took advantage of shaky defense by the Mariners and made the most of their run-scoring opportunities to beat Seattle, 8-5, on Saturday night before 33,566 at Safeco Field. Minnesota knocked Mariners starter James Paxton out of the game in the fifth inning and strung together four consecutive frames with at least one run for the victory.