According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Phillies are notifying teams with interest in lefty Cole Hamels that they would like to receive their best offers by Wednesday. Hamels is scheduled to start Thursday, but there’s a chance he is dealt before then.

Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Phillies are notifying teams with interest in lefty Cole Hamels that they would like to receive their best offers by Wednesday. Hamels is scheduled to start Thursday, but there’s a chance he is dealt before then. Friday is the non-waiver trade deadline.

There are a number of teams interested in Hamels, including the Red Sox. The list of teams reportedly interested include: Giants, Astros, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Rangers, Cubs and Yankees.

Hamels is fresh off his no-hitter against the Cubs last Saturday. For the season, the 31-year-old is 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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Tyler Clippard

Tyler Clippard

With the trade deadline looming, teams are scrambling to get deals done towards a rebuild or a playoff push.

The Mets added Tyler Clippard from the Athletics on Monday according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Mets beat writer Adam Rubin said the Mets had been trying to package Clippard with Ben Zobrist, but they were able to work out a deal with the Braves for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, negating the need for Zobrist.

Zobrist will be the next Athletics player dealt according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. His reported destinations could be the Royals and Nationals.

Interest heated up significantly for Padres star closer Craig Kimbrel on Monday, with the Nationals, Blue Jays and Astros emerging as the front-runners to land him according to Heyman. Rosenthal reported later on Monday that the Nationals are the “hottest” team after Kimbrel.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Monday that the Dodgers would be willing to move Yasiel Puig “in the right deal.” The much-maligned outfielder has been the subject of speculation after reports emerged of his outcast label in the Dodger locker room. He’s slashed just .253/.327/.423 in 217 plate appearances this year as he’s been bothered by a nagging hamstring injury.

Tuesday’s starter for the White Sox against the Red Sox, Jeff Samardzija, has been the subject of trade rumors for a second consecutive season. Nightengale reported late Monday night that the White Sox are waiting to see where they stand after this series to decide whether to move Samardzija. According to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, the Blue Jays have shown the strongest interest in the longtime Cub.

The Padres have inquired with the Cubs about shortstop Starlin Castro according to Jon Morosi and Rosenthal. Meanwhile, Rosenthal also reported that the Cubs have discussed highly sought after Padres starter Tyson Ross. Ross have drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Astros, Dodgers and Rangers as well, according to Heyman.

In the latest on Cole Hamels, the Astros are reportedly “making a big push” to land the Phillies southpaw according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Crasnick also reports that the Diamondbacks have “reached out to the Phillies to express their interest.” The Astros and the D-Backs join a laundry list of clubs that includes the Dodgers and Rangers who have pitched a package to acquire Hamels.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (41-61): Scheduled off day. Next action Tuesday vs. Norfolk (Orioles)

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (41-61): Scheduled off day. Next action Tuesday vs. Norfolk (Orioles)

Mike Augliera

Mike Augliera

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (39-64): L, 3-2, vs. Trenton (Yankees)

— Mike Augliera suffered the loss Monday after allowing the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. The right-hander pitched three innings of relief, allowing one walk and no hits. Augliera has started 17 games for Portland this season and made two relief appearances. He is 2-14 with a 5.68 ERA.

— Left-hander Danny Rosenbaum made his fourth start in a Portland uniform, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits in four innings of work. He walked one and struck out three. Rosenbaum has pitched 13 innings over his four starts and has an 0-2 record and a 6.92 ERA.

— The Portland offense posted nine hits Monday, led by Mike Miller. The third baseman had the only multi-hit game for the Sea Dogs, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Miller is hitting .272 with nine doubles, two triples, one home run and 12 RBIs in 39 games for Portland this season.

— Center fielder Manuel Margot went 1-for-4 with a double to extend his current hitting streak to six games. Second baseman Carlos Asuaje extended his hitting streak to five games, going 1-for-4 and scoring a run.

Daniel McGrath

Daniel McGrath

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (51-51): L, 7-1, vs. Potomac (Nationals)

— Starter Daniel McGrath took the loss, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts over five innings. The left-hander, who has lost his last three starts, fell to 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA after 10 starts for Salem this season.

— Right-handed reliever Brandon Show tossed two scoreless innings Monday and has still not allowed a run in a Salem uniform. The 22-year-old from San Diego has pitched 13 1/3 innings over five appearances. Show allowed three hits Monday and has allowed eight total in his five games. He has walked two and recorded five strikeouts.

— Third baseman Dustin Lawley led the Salem offense Monday, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Center fielder Forrestt Allday posted the only other multi-hit game for the Red Sox, finishing 2-for-4.

— Salem has now lost three straight games.

Nick Longhi

Nick Longhi

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (52-49): W, 5-3 (15 innings), at Charleston (Yankees)

— After Greenville scored twice in the top of the 15th inning Monday to break a 3-3 tie, catcher J.T. Watkins took the mound in the bottom of the frame. The first batter in the inning reached on an error, but the righty recorded three straight outs — including a game-ending strikeout –€” to record the save. Watkins caught the first 14 innings and went 1-for-7 at the plate.

— Second baseman Deiner Lopez started the 15th-inning rally with a one-out single to right. He stole second and scored on a single by right fielder Danny Mars. Mars stole third and scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead. The switch-hitting Mars finished the game 4-for-8 with a double and two RBIs. Lopez went 2-for-7.

— First baseman Nick Longhi led the Greenville offense with a 5-for-7 game. The 19-year-old hit three doubles and drove in a run. Longhi is hitting .291 on the season with 20 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 44 RBIs.

— Right-hander Ryan Harris picked up his first win of the season with two scoreless innings of relief. He is now 1-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 21 appearances. Right-hander Jeffry Fernandez started for the Drive, allowing no runs, five hits and one walk with six strikeouts in seven innings of work. Fernandez has a 3-8 record and a 5.86 ERA after 19 starts.

— Monday’€™s game was the longest of the year for the Drive.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (18-18): Scheduled off day. Next action Tuesday at Williamsport (Phillies)

Blog Author: 
Emily McCarthy
Wade Miley

Wade Miley

The Red Sox will look to bounce back from Monday’s loss to the White Sox when they send Wade Miley to the bump against Jeff Samardzija on Tuesday night.

Miley has quickly asserted himself as the Red Sox‘ most consistent pitcher in the wake of Clay Buchholz‘s injury. Since the All-Star break, he’s been downright dominant, tossing 13 innings while giving up just one run on five hits. Opponents are slashing a pitiful .119/.245/.238 over this stretch.

In his most recent start last Thursday against the Astros, Miley went six innings, allowing five walks and four hits but holding Houston to one run, a solo homer off the bat of Marwin Gonzalez. Miley wasn’t particularly economical Thursday, as he tossed 107 pitches and just 55 of them were for strikes, but he logged a season-high 16 swinging strikes. Though he staved off disaster, Miley admitted the start could have gone even better.

“I felt all right,” he said after the game, a 5-4 Red Sox loss. “I didn’t have the command I would have hoped you have. But I stuck with Hani [catcher Ryan Hanigan] and we made a lot of pitches, offspeed pitches, and got through it.”

For the season, Miley is 8-8 with a 4.33 ERA. The southpaw is 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA since his dugout outburst on June 11 and has lowered his ERA by a half-run over that span as well. He may have career lows in walks per nine (3.5) and strikeouts per nine (6.5), but he has found a way to adapt of late.

Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija

Miley’s counterpart on Tuesday will be Samardzija, who is smack in the middle of the trade winds that are swirling before Friday’s deadline. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 3.91 ERA in 2015 after being acquired during the offseason by the White Sox. He is only signed through this season, however, making him a moveable asset that is drawing interest from multiple parties.

Samardzija has long been seen as a pitcher with electric stuff who has yet to put it all together. He has a fastball that can touch 98 mph on the radar gun and a biting slider that has drawn 24 of his 108 whiffs on the year. Last season Samardzija showed flashes of his potential, accruing a 2.99 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP between stints with the Cubs and Athletics.

Over his last seven starts, Samardzija has thrived, going 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA. In six of these starts, he’s drawn 10 or more strikes swinging. During his most recent start against the Indians last Thursday, he gave up one run, needing just 99 pitches to wade through eight innings of work.

“He throws his fastball, angles his fastball really well,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Samardzija. “And he had enough to beat us with it, whether he got it by us with a miss or maybe just where guys didn’t get quite extended. He got a lead and did what you’re supposed to — came after guys and threw strikes.”

Encouragingly for the Red Sox, Samardzija has been far superior at home than on the road. This season, he maintains a 4.84 ERA and a .278/.327/.447 opponents’ slash line on the road. For the Red Sox, they will get a chance to scout a pitcher they may have their eye on come free agency.

White Sox vs. Miley (LHP)

Adam LaRoche (10 plate appearances): .000 AVG/.200 OBP/.000 SLG

Emilio Bonifacio (6): .000/.167/.000, 4 strikeouts

Jose Abreu (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Gordon Beckham (3): .333/.333/.333

Alexei Ramirez (3): .000/.000/.000

Geovany Soto (3): .000/.333/.000

Melky Cabrera is 0-for-2 against Miley.

Tyler Flowers is 0-for-2 against Miley.

No other White Sox have faced Miley.

Red Sox vs. Samardzija (RHP)

Hanley Ramirez (19): .421/.421/.526, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 7 strikeouts

Alejandro De Aza (15): .143/.200/.143

Ryan Hanigan (10): .200/.200/.200

Shane Victorino (8): .286/.375/1.000, 1 triple, 1 HR, 2 RBIs

Pablo Sandoval (7): .429/.429/.857, 1 HR, 4 RBIs

Brock Holt (4): .250/.250/.250

David Ortiz (4): 1.000/1.000/2.000, 2 doubles, 2 walks

No other Red Sox have faced Samardzija.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

If you thought Johnny Cueto to the Royals was stunning, wait until you hear this one — Troy Tulowitzki is headed to Toronto.

If you thought Johnny Cueto to the Royals was stunning, wait until you hear this one — Troy Tulowitzki is headed to Toronto.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports, the Blue Jays have acquired the power-hitting five-time All-Star shortstop for shortstop Jose Reyes and a package of unidentified minor leaguers.

Tulowitzki, long considered the face of the Rockies, joins a loaded Blue Jays offense that’s already the best in baseball. He’s hitting .300 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs. He’s also signed through 2020, thanks to the six-year, $118 million extension that kicked in this season.

According to Rosenthal, Tulowitzki will receive a $2 million assignment bonus and receive full no-trade protection with the Jays. The 30-year-old is a lifetime .299 hitter with 188 homers and 656 RBIs. He’s also an outstanding defensive shortstop, with two Gold Gloves to his name.

The Jays still have problems on the pitching side they must address, but for now, even at the cost of Reyes, their imposing offense just got a lot stronger.

The Jays will also receive 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins, the oldest player in baseball, in the deal.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Shane Victorino had a vital presence in the Red Sox clubhouse all for three seasons he spent with Boston, even during the last two he saw minimal playing time in due to nagging injuries — that was the well-respected type of leader he was.

Although his Red Sox teammates know being traded is part of the business, it’s still hard seeing a player they like so much leave.

“He was a great guy,” pitcher Justin Masterson said. “Gave us some great stuff. Brought a lot of energy, from Hawaii. It was just fun to have him around. It will be tough seeing him go, selfishly. But in one sense for him, we’re kind of struggling here and he’s going to a place that is in first place.”

“Shane is a guy I played against for a long time with the Phillies, with the Red Sox. A valuable clubhouse guy,” catcher Ryan Hanigan added. “One of the best right fielders in the game. A good friend of mine and it’s tough. It’s part of this business obviously, but he’s going to missed I’m sure by the city of Boston. Anaheim is getting a good guy, for sure.”

Even though the right fielder was hitting .245 playing in 33 of 100 games due to injury this season, he was still a player most in the clubhouse looked up to.

Victorino will now play for his fourth career team. He spent his rookie season with the Padres, the next eight with the Phillies, before 53 games with the Dodgers in 2012 after being traded, followed by his last three years in Boston.

Masterson has been traded at the deadline a few times, so he knows what it’s like. The pitcher said it can be tough at first, but as a player you love being traded to a contender.

“It feels great,” Masterson said of being traded to a first-place team. “Once everything is set and done, you get to your spot, it feels great. But, it’s also hard because you have a lot of good things going on. He’d been here for a few years, have some nice things, [you’re] comfortable. Things that no matter where you go it’s hard to build those back up. That will be tough and hard on him. I love him so I wish him the best.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable