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Pirates | A.J. Burnett talks appear off

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:59:00 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates appear to be out of the hunt for Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett. The issue is that Burnett has been unwilling to give an assurance that he would not pick up his player option for next season, creating too much financial uncertainty for Pittsburgh.

Cubs | Jason Russell wouldn't mind starting

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:52:07 -0700

If he is not dealt at the trading deadline, Chicago Cubs RP James Russell has indicated he would like to start for the Cubs. "If we were to get a bunch of free-agent pitchers that were starters and bring them here, I could see a reason why I would stay in the bullpen," he said. "If we don't do that, I don't see the harm in getting the chance. But it's really not up to me."

Royals | Targeting two starters

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:49:30 -0700

The Kansas City Royals have looked at trading for New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon or Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett. Any deal would likely hinge on the other team picking up a substantial portion of salary.

Athletics | Looking at Sam Fuld

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:40:54 -0700

The Oakland Athletics have expressed interest in OF Sam Fuld. With a neck injury hobbling OF Coco Crisp and OF Craig Gentry out with a broken hand, sources indicate the team is worried about its depth in the outfield.

FANTASY TIP: Sam Fuld starts strong and then has a tendency to tail off. His fantasy value should be downplayed for that very reason. It would be one thing if Fuld started and you only needed a couple weeks of production out of him, but the reality is Fuld is a backup outfielder at best.

Royals | Looking at Andrew Miller

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:25:16 -0700

The Kansas City Royals are in the hunt for Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Miller. Miller has pitched in 48 games this year, totaling a 2.45 ERA while striking out 65 and walking 13 in 40 1/3 innings. Miller explained that if he is dealt, there will be no ill will toward the Red Sox.

Twins | GM to stay behind at deadline

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:20:17 -0700

The Minnesota Twins will likely be sellers at the trade deadline, so Twins general manager Terry Ryan is skipping the team's road trip to Kansas City and Chicago in order to work the phones. C Kurt Suzuki, OF Josh Willingham, RP Brian Duensing and RP Casey Fien have been mentioned as trade candidates.

Dodgers | Reportedly in on John Lackey

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:14:05 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers have expressed interest in Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey. The Dodgers like the fact Lackey's contract is $500,000 for 2015 because of Lackey's Tommy John surgery.

NFL | Eight players clear waivers

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:03:19 -0700

LB Darrin Kitchens (Bills), OT Chris Faulk (Browns), PK Jake Rogers (Browns), OT Aslam Sterling (Broncos), RB Chris Rainey (Colts), WR Gerald Ford (Dolphins), OT DeMarcus Love (Giants) and RB Brendan Bigelow (Buccaneers) all cleared waivers Tuesday, July 29. Each player is free to sign with any team.

Texans | Ricky Sapp update

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:59:29 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Houston Texans released LB Ricky Sapp (undisclosed) from their Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, July 29. Sapp is free to sign with any team.

Dolphins | Derrell Johnson placed on waivers

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:54:37 -0700

The Miami Dolphins placed LB Derrell Johnson on no-recall waivers Tuesday, July 29.

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Cardinals | Daniel Descalso leaves game

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:51:35 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 2B Daniel Descalso (leg) was hit on the right leg or knee injury by a pitch Tuesday, July 29, against the San Diego Padres, suffering an apparent injury. He was forced to leave the game early.

Colts | Aaron Burks waived

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:49:56 -0700

The Indianapolis Colts placed WR Aaron Burks on no-recall waivers Tuesday, July 29.

Rangers | J.P. Arencibia has giant stat line

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:39:35 -0700

Texas Rangers C J.P. Arencibia drove in a career-high seven runs Tuesday, July 29, against the New York Yankees. He had two doubles, two homers (including a grand slam) and two runs scored.

FANTASY TIP: Arencibia is making up for lost time. He is now up to six homers and 22 RBI, with five homers and 16 RBI coming just since July 18 when he was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. He has re-emerged as a useful No. 2 fantasy catcher in most formats due to his power potential, but his average still leaves a lot to be desired.

Giants | Landing spot for Asdrubal Cabrera?

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:38:49 -0700

The Cleveland Indians might be open to dealing SS Asdrubal Cabrera, and he has been linked to the San Francisco Giants.

Blue Jays | Interested in Asdrubal Cabrera

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:38:29 -0700

The Cleveland Indians could trade SS Asdrubal Cabrera before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and the Toronto Blue Jays are one of the teams believed to be interested in the switch-hitting infielder, who can also play second base.

Indians | Asdrubal Cabrera could be on move

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:35:14 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera, eligible for free agency at season's end, could be on the move before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays are teams interested in the shortstop.

Cowboys | Demarcus Lawrence breaks foot

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:27:43 -0700

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (foot) suffered a broken foot Tuesday, July 29, and he will need eight to 10 weeks recovery time, according to a source.

Rockies | LaTroy Hawkins likely staying put

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:25:23 -0700

The Colorado Rockies talked briefly with the Pittsburgh Pirates about RP LaTroy Hawkins, but the Rockies are likely to keep the veteran reliever. The team is interested in picking up the option on Hawkins at $2.25 million.

Dodgers | Pass on deal for Cole Hamels

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:24:45 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies discussed a deal for SP Cole Hamels, with the asking price thee of the top prospects of the Dodgers - OF Joc Pederson, SS Corey Seager and P Julio Urias. The Dodgers passed on the deal.

Athletics | Potential Jon Lester landing spot

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:22:53 -0700

The Oakland Athletics have emerged as a possible landing spot for Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester, according to a source.