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John Gibbons text to Mark Buehrle: “You know rosters expand in September”

The Toronto Blue Jays are in the thick of a pennant race in the American League East and manager John Gibbons has reached out to a familiar face in an attempt to bolster the roster. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, the Blue Jays manager texted  pitcher Mark Buehrle and reminded him that rosters expand in September. The retired left-hander rebuffed Gibbons, sending...
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Trade retrospective: Dickey/Syndergaard deal proved costly for Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays placed catcher Josh Thole on irrevocable waivers on Sunday, which for now ends the 29-year-old four-season run with the club. On the surface, the move seems largely insignificant as Thole, a backup catcher who’s lone skill was to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, struggled badly in Toronto, constantly fought to stay above the Mendoza Line while yielding little...
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Report: Yankees to be ‘aggressive’ on waiver wire following hot streak

Never count the New York Yankees out. The Yankees were the biggest sellers during the non-waivers trade deadline, opting to deal many high-profile veterans including Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, and Andrew Miller. New York stocked up on young assets such as Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier, completely rebuilding their minor league core and finally starting a long overdue rebuild...
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Butler expresses regret over fight with Valencia: We ‘are not enemies’

Billy Butler is apologizing for getting into a fight with teammate Danny Valencia. Butler spoke to reporters on Wednesday and said the organization didn’t deserve the negative attention it was getting because of a recent fight between the Athletics teammates. “First off, I want to say to my teammates, I want to apologize for putting them through this because they didn’t deserve...
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Gary Sanchez the latest in a small, but impressive, AL rookie class

While it isn’t the class of 2015 that featured superstars Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor at it’s head and Miguel Sano coming up a quick third, there are certainly some players of great interest in the 2016 rookie crop, the latest of which have come courtesy of the Yankees deciding to finally play for next year. The most prominent example of this was when Aaron Judge and Tyler...
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Report: Pirates ink David Freese to team-friendly two-year deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a two-year deal worth $11 million with third baseman David Freese reports Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball. The contract features a club option for 2019 worth $6 million and could be worth $22 million over three seasons if Freese reaches all of the incentives. freese: $6.25M in '17, $4.25M in '18, $6M team option or 500K buyout in '19 ...
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Stephen Strasburg headed to DL with sore elbow

The Washington Nationals are running away with the NL East, holding an 8.5-game lead over the second place Miami Marlins with just 39 games left to play. But the Nationals rotation took a hit on Monday when the team placed Stephen Strasburg on the DL with a sore right elbow. Major news: Strasburg placed on DL with sore elbow. AJ Cole recalled and will start tonight. — Mark...
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The Diamondbacks front office still doesn’t think the Shelby Miller trade was bad

The Arizona Diamondbacks front office is sticking to their guns when it comes to the widely criticized Shelby Miller deal. The Diamondbacks infamously depleted their minor league system by trading a massive package of talented youngsters to the Atlanta Braves last summer for pitcher Shelby Miller. In exchange for Miller and prospect Gabe Speier, Arizona gave up top prospects Aaron...
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Blue Jays demote AL Cy Young candidate Aaron Sanchez to minors

Aaron Sanchez has been demoted to the minors, but not because of performance issues. The Toronto Blue Jays optioned the 24-year-old to Single-A Dunedin on Sunday. On face value, the move makes little sense. Sanchez has been dynamite in 2016, posting a 12-2 record in 24 starts with a 2.99 ERA and 3.33 WHIP. The talented right-hander fixed control issues while striking out a career...
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Darryl Strawberry worried for Dwight Gooden’s life

Darryl Strawberry is concerned about former teammate Dwight Gooden’s life. According to the New York Daily News, Gooden was a no-show for a scheduled appearance on WFAN. Gooden’s representatives told Strawberry he would be late for the event and eventually said he wasn’t coming at all. Gooden also canceled Friday’s appearance at FanFest. Gooden’s absence is a big concern...
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Phillies shut down Aaron Nola for remainder of season

The season is over for young Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola. Nola was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday, making an assumed season shutdown official. Nola has met with Dr. James Andrews to evaluate some shoulder concerns. Dr. Andrews diagnosed Nola with a low-grade sprain of his UCL and a low-grade strain of his flexor tendon. For now, surgery is not in the offseason...
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Watch: Donaldson and Gibbons get into an altercation in dugout, separated by Tulowitzki

Things got heated on the Blue Jays bench on Wednesday afternoon. Blue Jays All-Star Josh Donaldson struck out against the New York Yankees and wasn’t happy. He went into Toronto’s dugout and slammed his bat against the ground. Manager John Gibbons wasn’t impressed with Donaldson’s attitude and decided to step in and let him know. Donaldson didn’t seem to respond positively...
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Coco Crisp ‘extremely hurt,’ believes A’s trying to stop vesting option

Coco Crisp isn’t happy with the Oakland Athletics and didn’t mince his words when voicing his unhappiness regarding playing time. The 36-year-old told the San Francisco Chronicle, he’s “extremely hurt” with how the A’s have handled his playing time and contract situation. Crisp claims he’s not receiving regular playing time because Oakland doesn’t want his $13 million...
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Roy Halladay would wear Blue Jays cap in Hall of Fame

Roy Halladay is one of the greatest Toronto Blue Jays pitchers of all time and if he enters the Hall of Fame, he’d like to be honored as one. Speaking with Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star, Halladay admitted “I’d go as a Blue Jay” when asked about which team he’d like to represent should he enter the Hall of Fame. Halladay is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019. The...
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Cubs bafflingly play ‘Smack My Bi*** Up’ after Chapman closes out inning

The Chicago Cubs made a very disappointing music choice on Sunday night. Sarah Spain of ESPN.com reports the Cubs played The Prodigy’s 1997 hit ‘Smack My ***** Up” after Aroldis Chapman closed out an inning during Chicago’s 6-4 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals. Chapman closes out the inning & at the inning break the Cubs play "Smack My ***** Up." You gotta know...
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Report: Papelbon would welcome return to Boston

Jonathan Papelbon would welcome a return to his big league roots. Papelbon, who was a member of the Boston Red Sox between 2005-11, was released by the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The former closer lost his job to newly acquired Mark Melancon and subsequently requested his release from Washington. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports Papelbon is now interested in returning to...
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What to make of the struggling San Francisco Giants?

You’ll forgive San Francisco Giants fans if they checked their calendars in mid-July to make sure that it really wasn’t New Year’s Eve and it had suddenly become an odd year. That might be the only reasonable explanation for what’s happened to the team since then. The Giants have been beaten up in the second half, posting an 8-16 record while watching their once-formidable...
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Yankees asked Braves for Mike Foltynewicz, Ender Inciarte in Brian McCann deal

The New York Yankees did well in their efforts at rebuilding in advance of last Monday’s trade deadline. With the impending retirement of Mark Teixeira and the release of Alex Rodriguez, their rebuild is going to be in an even better place. One highly-paid veteran that hasn’t been moved is catcher Brian McCann. The Braves were rumored to be interested in McCann, but according...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona ’embarrassed’ by most recent health scare

Terry Francona was forced out of action on Tuesday after a health scare temporarily sidelined the Cleveland Indians manager. Terry Francona is not feeling well tonight; Brad Mills will manage. Terry was examined by the ballpark EMT and is still at Nats Park. — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 9, 2016 Francona, who’s twice suffered serious heart-related health issues...
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Astros designate struggling Gomez for assignment

Carlos Gomez’s time with the Houston Astros is reportedly over. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports the Astros have designated Gomez for assignment on Wednesday. Source: Astros have designated OF Carlos Gomez for assignment. — Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 10, 2016 The Astros acquired Gomez during last season’s trade deadline with Mike Fiers in a package for...
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Gary Sheffield is apparently the biggest cheerleader for Tim Tebow’s baseball career

Tim Tebow’s transition to baseball has drawn major scrutiny around MLB, as comments regarding his chances of playing in the show haven’t been kind. Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter admitted to having zero interest in signing Tebow, and outfielder Adam Jones mocked the former Florida Gators quarterback’s career change on Twitter. Not everyone is against Tebow making...
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Barry Bonds got ejected in a game against the Giants

San Francisco Giants legend and current Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds was ejected from Wednesday afternoon’s Giants-Marlins game at Marlins Park for arguing about the strike zone. I’m curious if this is Bonds’ first ejection as a coach — I’m assuming it is, considering it’s his first year as a coach in the majors. Also, this is probably the first time Bonds...
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Adam Jones mocks Tim Tebow’s baseball career pursuit

It seems Adam Jones wouldn’t welcome Tim Tebow as a teammate. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported on Tuesday, the former Denver Broncos quarterback is actively pursuing a career in professional baseball. Tebow was apparently a decent baseball player in Florida before choosing football as the focus of his athletic endeavors. The 29-year-old’s chances of playing an MLB game are...
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La Stella yet to report to minors for Cubs

Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella was demoted to AAA on July 29th. He still hasn’t reported to the Iowa Cubs because he’s apparently quite upset about the demotion, despite the fact that it was just a baseball move and that he’d be back in the majors with Chicago sooner rather than later. According to CBS Chicago and Cubs manager Joe Maddon, La Stella went back to his home in...
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Prince Fielder's career reportedly appears to be over

A number of prominent MLB players have seen their careers come to a close in 2016. It appears you can add Rangers DH Prince Fielder to the list. Sources: Prince Fielder’s career appears over. #Rangers expected to hold press conference tomorrow. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 9, 2016 #Rangers’ Fielder underwent his second neck surgery on July 29. He is guaranteed...
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