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- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew38 mins ago
After more than 20 years as also-rans in the AL East, the Toronto Blue Jays are trying to position themselves as contenders in 2015, and beyond.
News broke early Tuesday morning that the Toronto Blue Jays acquired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a shocking trade with the Colorado Rockies. In return the Rockies get shortstop Jose Reyes, and three pitching prospects – Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman, and Jesus Tinoco. The Blue Jays also get veteran relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins.
The trade was surprising given the Blue Jays already have the top offense in all of baseball but were in desperate need of an upgrade to their starting rotation. With the Blue Jays appearing to go all in, another trade for pitching help could be in the works before Friday’s deadline. Or they’ll decide to just outslug their opponents.Tue, 28 Jul7:07 PM EDTPhiladelphia at TorontoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
MLB trade deadline week keep rolling on. Clubs can complete non-waiver trades until 4 p.m. ET Friday, and as the seconds tick toward that deadline, there will be no shortage of news and rumors.
If you missed any of Monday's action, we collected the best stuff in our daily digest, including the surprising Troy Tulowitzki trade and the Mets adding to their bullpen. Now onward to Tuesday.
Follow the Twitter tracker below for every bit of news and gossip from the Yahoo Sports crew and the industry's top reporters. Heck, you might as well keep this open post open in a tab until the trade deadline passes.
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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
The Stew's Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. If you missed any of Monday's action, we're here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits.
HOUSTON STILL WANTS HIM: If you thought the Astros were out on Cole Hamels now that they have Scott Kazmir, you're wrong. Houston is making "a big push." [Jerry Crasnick]
MEANWHILE: The Phillies were out scouting the Rangers' minor leaguers because Texas is still considered a legit contender for Hamels too. [Ken Rosenthal]
ALSO: The Diamondbacks are also interested in Hamels, but aren't a favorite. [Crasnick]
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
Kris Bryant, the much-heralded Chicago Cubs rookie, has experienced a number of firsts this season. But Monday night might have been most thrilling of them. Bryant crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, erasing a one-run deficit and giving the Cubs a 9-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Yep, the ol' walk-off homer. It was the first of Bryant's young career, and as you can see, he and his teammates made the moment memorable. The Wrigley Field crowd, of course, loved every second too.Tue, 28 Jul8:05 PM EDTColorado at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
For as bad a rep as he's gotten over the past few years, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig seems to be responding in the best possible fashion to rumors that he might be shipped to another team before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline.
No petulance, no whining, no fits. Puig doesn't want to leave the Dodgers if he had the the choice, but told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:
"I'll play anywhere," Puig said. "I came to the United States [from Cuba] to play baseball. Baseball is the same anywhere. If they want to trade me, that's their decision. I can't do anything about that."Tue, 28 Jul10:10 PM EDTOakland at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Troy Tulowitzki is getting his wish. He's been traded from the struggling Colorado Rockies, but the destination is a shocker — the Toronto Blue Jays. The trade hasn't been confirmed by either team, but mutiple reporters, including Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown, say it's happening. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first to report the deal.
Based on what's been reported thus far, the return for the Rockies is veteran shortstop Jose Reyes, young fireballer Miguel Castro, top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman and one more unnamed prospects. Relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins is also heading to the Blue Jays, filling another of their needs as they make a push toward the postseason.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Hate him all you want — and, boy, some of you do — but Alex Rodriguez continues to make history in his surprising comeback season with the New York Yankees. As you know, he passed Willie Mays on the all-time home run list, joinedthe 3,000 hit club and took another step up the all-time RBI last.
The bit of history he grabbed Monday night is different, though. It's a factoid you probably never thought about and a group of players you probably wouldn't expect. But you can definitely use it to impress your friends.Tue, 28 Jul8:05 PM EDTNY Yankees at TexasPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
It's been a couple seasons, but the New York Mets are buyers again at the trade deadline. The team proved as much Monday, trading for Oakland Athletics reliever Tyler Clippard.
The Mets have acquired RHP Tyler Clippard and cash considerations from Oakland in exchange for minor league RHP Casey Meisner.
On the surface, the Mets' bullpen was actually performing pretty well. The team's relievers combined to post a 2.89 ERA, which ranks sixth in the league. The club's 3.40 FIP was also solid.
But given Clippard's track record, picking him up is, at the very least, a modest upgrade. Clippard's peripherals have declined a bit this season, but he's still been effective. His strikeout rate has dropped to 22.8 percent, while his walk rate has jumped to 12.6 percent. Those figures are alarming considered where Clippard has been in previous seasons, but he's still managed a 2.79 ERA and 3.89 FIP.Tue, 28 Jul7:10 PM EDTSan Diego at NY MetsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
It's fair to say things haven't gone as planned for the Red Sox this season. After bringing in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval through free agency, and picking up Rick Porcello in a trade, Boston was expected to make some noise in the American League East.
That hasn't happened. Ramirez hit well early, but his numbers have fallen off recently, while Porcello and Sandoval haven't lived up to expectations. With the club sitting at 44-55, the offseason plan is starting to look like a huge failure.
The team pretty much acknowledged that fact Monday, sending outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels.
#RedSox today traded OF Shane Victorino and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for INF Josh Rutledge.
Technically, the move doesn't do much for Boston. Victorino was in the final year of his contract, and was hitting just .245/.324/.298 over 106 plate appearances. He wasn't really helping the club, so it's tough to really look at this deal as the Red Sox waving the white flag.Tue, 28 Jul7:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at BostonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Social media has allowed fans and analysts to basically stalk athletes 24/7. It's so easy to interact with players, find out where they are eating or know when they are going out to see a movie.
The constant monitoring means that any move a player makes while on social media will be tracked meticulously. Detroit Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis is the latest example of that phenomenon.
Rajai Davis just followed a ton of Cardinals-related accounts on Twitter. https://t.co/iIAAZqdBnR
What does it all mean?
Given that we're so close to the trade deadline, it's widely assumed that there are two possibilities here: Either Davis is being traded to the Cardinals, or he's become a master troll.Tue, 28 Jul7:10 PM EDTDetroit at Tampa BayPreview Game