Blue Jays, Royals “Making Progress” On Francisco Liriano Trade

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

2:32pm: Sherman tweets that the Jays and Royals had discussed both Liriano and Marco Estrada, but Liriano now looks to be their sole focus. Morosi tweets that other clubs have had interest in Liriano, though there’s no readily apparent indication that talks with other teams have produced any kind of traction. 2:14pm: The Jays and Royals are “making progress” on a deal involving Liriano, reports MLB.com’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). 2:03pm: Francisco Liriano has struggled mightily this season, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that the lefty is still drawing some interest. Sherman adds that the Blue Jays “may be close to dealing him.” To this point, the Royals have been the one club that has been definitively connected to the 33-year-old Liriano. Playing out the final season of a three-year, $39MM contract, Liriano has seen his strikeout, walk and ground-ball rates each trend in the wrong direction, and his ERA has correspondingly soared to an unpalatable 5.99. Liriano’s 8.2 K/9, 4.9 BB/9 and 43.1 percent grounder rate would all rank as his worst marks since a disastrous 2012 campaign split between the Twins and White Sox

Looking For A Match In A Yu Darvish Trade

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

With next Monday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline looming, there’s a chance right-hander Yu Darvish’s start on Wednesday will go down as his last in a Rangers uniform. If that 3 2/3-inning, 10-earned run disaster against Miami does represent the impending free agent’s swan song in Texas, it’ll be a shame for both parties. Darvish has generally been masterful since signing a six-year, $56MM contract in 2012 to emigrate from Japan. The 30-year-old has pitched to a 3.42 ERA and totaled upward of 18 wins above replacement across nearly 800 innings, making his deal well worth the investment for Texas, even when including the $51.7MM posting fee. Darvish’s pact is now on the verge of expiring, while the Rangers are the owners of a 49-52 record after their 22-10 drubbing at the Marlins’ hands. That uninspiring mark has helped make the Rangers irrelevant in the American League West, which the 67-34 Astros ran away with long ago, but they’re still a more manageable 4.5 games out in a parity-laden wild-card race

Talking a blue streak: Royals’ run reaches 8

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

Eric Hosmer ripped five hits, including his first career grand slam, and the Royals pounded out a season-high 22 hits en route to a 16-2 blowout of the Tigers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, thus sweeping the three-game series.

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.

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.

Bader joins Cardinals as Fowler lands on DL

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

Dexter Fowler is heading to the 10-day disabled list with a left wrist strain, the Cardinals announced Tuesday, paving the way for big league contributions from the club’s No. 6 prospect as ranked by MLBPipeline.com, outfielder Harrison Bader, at least for the interim.

KC dozen-‘t quit; W in extras has streak at 6

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit back-to-back home runs in the 12th inning, powering the Royals to their sixth straight win with a 5-3 victory over the Tigers on Monday night at Comerica Park.

White Sox Sign Danny Farquhar

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

The White Sox have signed veteran righty Danny Farquhar, Scott Merkin of MLB.com tweets. Triple-A Charlotte has confirmed the move, while also announcing the releases of catcher Carson Blair and righty Bobby Parnell. Chicago has been looking to add veteran arms to the ranks at Charlotte as it continues to oversee a rummage sale with its MLB roster. Several relievers have already been dealt and a few more appear to be on the block as well. The 30-year-old Farquhar continues to generate tons of swings and misses (better than 14% this year), but has had trouble translating that into consistent results. He was able to punch out only 8.5 batters per nine via strikeout despite the outstanding whiff rate, and also permitted a 5.7 BB/9 walk rate in his 35 innings this year with the Rays. Those struggles led to the loss of Farquhar’s MLB roster spot and, not long after, his release. But he obviously still has some intriguing skills and has at times been quite effective over long stretches. Farquhar will hope for another shot at the majors down the stretch, with designs on setting himself up for a solid opportunity entering the 2018 season

Strasburg exits early for precautionary reasons

Jul 24, 2017 | No Comments

The Nationals’ offense handed Stephen Strasburg a four-run lead in the top of the first inning Sunday afternoon in Arizona, normally an opportunity for the All-Star right-hander to be aggressive and fill up the strike zone. Instead, Strasburg struggled with his command and could not find a groove, issuing three walks and getting to a few other three-ball counts.