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Trade deadline roundup: David Price reportedly likely to be traded 07.31.14 at 2:46 pm ET
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The domino effect following the Jon Lester trade is in full force. David Price will be traded before the trade deadline, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. There are multiple teams that are in on Price. The Tigers are interested in the lefty’s services, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

The Dodgers are in talks with the Rays and are willing to part with top prospect Joc Pederson, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Peter Gammons, however, reports that the Dodgers are not in on Price.

Among the other teams said to be interested in Price are the Pirates and Mariners.

– The Reds are dangling Mat Latos in trades, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.

–The Brewers acquired Gerardo Parra for minor leaguers Mitch Haninger and Anthony Banda. John Gambadoro of KTAR first reported the trade.

– The Athletics reportedly are getting numerous calls on Jason Hammel following the Lester trade.

The Mariners acquired Chris Denorfia from the Padres, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

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Trade deadline roundup: A’s send Tommy Milone to Twins for Sam Fuld; David Price trade talks reportedly intensify at 12:32 pm ET
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In a move that was overshadowed by the Red Sox‘ trade of Jon Lester to the Athletics, the Twins acquired left-handed starter Tommy Milone from Oakland in exchange for New Hampshire native Sam Fuld.

Milone, a 27-year-old lefty, lost his spot in the A’s rotation when the team acquired the services of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs. Milone recently asked to be traded to a team where he would have the opportunity to start. Before the trade, Milone was in Triple-A, where he was 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA in four starts. In the majors in 2014, Milone is 6-3 with a 3.35 ERA.

In his career, Milone is 32-22 with a 3.84 ERA in parts of four seasons in the big leagues.

The 32-year-old Fuld hit .274/.370/.354 with one home run, 12 stolen bases in 43 games with the Twins this year. Fuld started the year with Oakland but was claimed off of waivers by the Twins in April. Fuld likely will be a part of an outfield platoon with Jonny Gomes for the A’s.

– Talks on David Price have intensified since Lester was dealt, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

– The Red Sox are fielding a lot of offers for lefty Andrew Miller, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

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Trade deadline roundup: NL Central contenders reportedly head list of Jon Lester suitors 07.30.14 at 12:11 pm ET
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Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester remains in limbo, but reports midday Wednesday indicate there could be a battle between National League Central teams for his services.

The Cardinals’ interest apparently has stirred the Brewers and Pirates, not only so they can get better but so they can keep him away from a rival. All three teams are within 1 1/2 games of each other atop the division.

The Dodgers reportedly still are interested, along with the Mariners.

Meanwhile, the other standout lefty from the American League East on the market appears less likely to be moved. While the Dodgers and Cardinals are said to remain interested in Rays ace David Price, the Rays’ recent hot streak (they’ve won 11 of their last 12 games) might help keep him in Tampa.

While Lester was scratched from Wednesday’s start, Price tweeted Wednesday morning that he’s planning to suit up for his team’s afternoon game against the Brewers, joking: This is my last start for the Rays….IN JULY!!! been up and been ready!!!

– According to multiple reports, the Phillies are making pitcher Cole Hamels available, but at a steep price.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Philadelphia has asked for multiple top prospects from the Red Sox, Dodgers and Yankees.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Phillies are only willing to pay $10 million of the remaining $90 million-plus on Hamels’ contract.

– The Cubs, who sent Jeff Samardzija to the Athletics earlier this month, plan to be involved in more trade discussions involving some of their players.

“I think we’ll be active,” general manager Jed Hoyer told Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Gonzalez. “It wouldn’t surprise me if we made no moves, but I guess I’d say I’d expect to be active. [Wednesday] is moving day. I’d expect things would be a lot more serious as we move into [Wednesday].”

Gonzalez reports that representatives from the Mets, Giants, Mariners and Dodgers watched Edwin Jackson start Tuesday night’s game. Infielder Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed relievers James Russell and Wesley Wright after other names to watch.

– The Rangers reportedly are willing to pay some of the remaining salary due to outfielder Alex Rios, although the interest appears to be fading. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that there has been interest from the Indians, Reds, Royals and Giants.

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Will teams in David Price sweepstakes instead turn to Jon Lester? 07.25.14 at 2:58 pm ET
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Red Sox and Rays may both assume residence at the bottom of the American League East, but the contrast in the dwellings of the team teams is currently stark.

With three straight losses on their way out of Toronto, the Red Sox‘ last-place standing in the division is becoming more and more rigidly defined by the day. The flicker of optimism about potential contention inspired by the team’s eight wins in nine games has yielded to the reality that it’s so very difficult for a team that has shown only rare bursts of strong play to reassert itself in the playoff hunt. The Sox are 9 1/2 games back in the division, and it feels like they’re 95 games back, as ever winning two out of every three remaining games would net the team just 87 wins — a longshot for the second wild card, let alone the division.

The Rays, meanwhile, are surging. They are 25-11, and so even though they are just 2 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox, they are hitting their stride in a fashion that validates the widespread view of Tampa Bay as the class of the division. Their seven-game deficit in the division somehow seems like a small fraction of what the Red Sox face.

And so it is that the Friday night pitching matchup of ace left-handers David Price and Jon Lester may represent a pendulum swing with repercussions to be realized throughout baseball. As the Rays surge, they seem increasingly inclined to hold onto Price unless they can command a ransom for an elite pitcher who is under team control for the duration of this season and then all of 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox-Rays series preview at 12:54 pm ET
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What a difference three days can make.

The Red Sox went into their four-game series in Toronto rolling. They had won six of their last seven games and had fans once again dreaming of a playoff push following a sweep of the Royals.

The streak reached its peak Monday with a 14-1 rout of their American League East rivals, and it was all downhill from there. The Sox lost the final three games of the series, capped off by an 8-0 loss Thursday afternoon in which they were no-hit through six innings.

The losses put the Red Sox all alone in the AL East cellar at 47-55, 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Orioles and two games back of the fourth-place Rays, who the Sox play in a three-game series at Tropicana Field this weekend. It may have had an even bigger impact of the Red Sox’ approach to the July 31 trade deadline.

“I’€™m sure it’€™s going to have an impact on the type of trades that we make,” manager John Farrell said after Thursday’s game. “I will say this: I think there will be moves that will go on regardless of our record over the next seven days. All that will play out in due time.”

The Rays, on the other hand, come into the series playing their best baseball of the season. Tampa Bay has won seven straight games and 16 of its last 20, sneaking its way back into the playoff hunt. The Rays are 7 1/2 games back in the division and just 4 1/2 out of the wild card despite a middling 49-53 record.

Evan Longoria continues to be the leader of the Rays’ historically below-average lineup over the last half-decade. The third baseman leads the team in home runs (12), RBIs (50) and runs scored (54).

The pitching staff continues to be led by David Price, who has been at the center of trade talks this season. The rotation will also get a boost from Jeremy Hellickson, who will be called back up from the minor leagues to start for the Rays on Sunday, according to MLB.com. Hellickson has missed most of the season after getting elbow surgery in the winter. His only start for Tampa Bay this season came on July 8.

The Sox-Rays rivalry has been especially heated this season thanks to a pair of benches-clearing incidents and countless ejections. This weekend’s meeting may be tamed, however, with David Ortiz likely to miss some, if not all, of this series after suffering back spasms in Thursday’s game.

Here are the probable pitching matchups for the three-game series.

Friday: Jon Lester (10-7, 2.50 ERA) vs. David Price (10-7, 3.06 ERA)
Saturday: John Lackey (11-6, 3.66 ERA) vs. Chris Archer (6-5, 3.31 ERA)
Sunday: Jake Peavy (1-9, 4.72 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 2.08 ERA)

WHO’S HOT: RED SOX

– Whether contract talks are ongoing or not, Jon Lester continues to prove to the Red Sox he deserves to be paid like an ace. The lefty has shut out opponents in three of his last four starts, including a four-hitter over eight innings last Sunday against the Royals, and has allowed two runs or fewer in his last seven outings, all of which have been Red Sox wins.

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Friday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Jon Lester vs. David Price at 10:05 am ET
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The Red Sox will kick off a crucial three-game series against the Rays Friday at Tropicana Field, as both teams look to claw their way back up the division standings. Boston will send ace Jon Lester to the mound against David Price in the series opener.

Lester (10-7, 2.50 ERA) has been on another level for almost two months now, posting a 4-0 record with a minuscule 0.85 ERA over his last seven starts while not allowing an earned run in three of his last four starts.

In his last outing Sunday against the Royals, Lester was once again in control from the first pitch, holding the Kansas City lineup to just four hits over eight innings while striking out eight en route to a 6-0 Red Sox win.

“He’s been a model for others to witness as players get to that stage in their career,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell after the game. “I think in a professional manner, he’s been very forthright in not wanting [his contract negotiations] to be a distraction to his teammates or to us as a team. And he’s been able to go out and maintain that high level of focus.”

Lester was stellar in his last outing against the Rays on June 1, surrendering four hits and no runs over seven innings while striking out 12. In 27 career starts against the Rays, Lester is 13-9 with a 4.12 ERA.

Not to be outdone, Price (10-7, 3.06 ERA) has turned in yet another dominant campaign in 2014, leading the majors in both strikeouts (173) and innings pitched (155 2/3).

In his last outing Saturday against the Twins, Price allowed just four hits and no runs over eight innings, earning his fifth consecutive win in a 5-1 Rays victory.

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Buster Olney on MFB: ‘I think [Jake Peavy] is going to wind up going to St. Louis’ 07.09.14 at 1:30 pm ET
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ESPN baseball reporter Buster Olney joined Middays with MFB to discuss the Red Sox and potential trade rumors. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

It’s looking more inevitable each day that Jake Peavy will be traded before the trade deadline. Some reports have the Cardinals as the most likely landing spot for the right-hander.

“I think he’s going to wind up going to St. Louis,” Olney said. “Probably there’s a situation where the Red Sox might be trying to extract some value out of this as opposed to just a pure salary dump where they’re eating some dollars and moving them out to essentially create some spots for the younger pitchers.”

Reports suggest the Cardinals could use struggling outfielder Allen Craig as a piece to acquire Peavy in a trade.

“If the Cardinals were pushing this at all like, ‘Yeah, we’ll give up Craig for Jake Peavy,’ then if I’m the Red Sox, I’m going, ‘Why would that be?,’ ” Olney said. “I know he’s not having a good year this year and you guys remember the foot problem he had in the postseason last year and there’s some thought among the scouts that this was an issue early in the year.

“You’re talking about a guy who’s had back-to-back-to-back .300 seasons coming into this season. He was an All-Star last year. In his contract, given that history, he’s really good. So if the Cardinals are really interested in doing that type of deal, and again, I have no information that they are, that would scare me and would make me ask questions about what’s really going on with Allen Craig.”

Jon Lester‘s contract situation continues to be a story for the Red Sox this season. Olney said the Red Sox have tried to re-engage in contract discussions with the lefty.

“I think they’d like to re-engage him on some deal,” Lester said. “I’ve spoken with officials and they’re watching very closely because if Lester becomes a free agent, he’s going to become one of the two primary guys out there along with Max Scherzer on the whole market.

“So teams are wondering if there’s going to be an opportunity with Lester. And they think that once we get deep into this season and the Red Sox are kind of out of the race, we get into October and they’re not in the postseason, that would probably be the time the Red Sox try to get back into it with Lester, and it’s going to cost them because he’s going to be only a month away from free agency.”

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