The Red Sox are favored, but what would it take to put the Yankees away? We break down every team's odds and how much a big deal improves them.
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With eight days (and counting) 'til the July 31 trade deadline, here are the top players who could be available to contenders looking for a boost.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
Freddy Galvis had his second straight three-hit game back in Philadelphia and Tyson Ross ended a seven-start winless streak to lead the NL-worst San Diego Padres over the Phillies 10-2 Sunday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Carlos Santana homered and drove in four, Cesar Hernandez had a two-run double and the Philadelphia Phillies overcame a four-run first-inning deficit to beat the San Diego Padres 11-5 on Friday night.
Bill discusses the major trades as we approach the deadline in the MLB with Fangraphs writer Meg Rowley then discuss the Kahwi and Carmelo trades with 538's Chris Herring.
The trade market for starting pitching is thin, but a few good outings could convince contenders to come calling.
Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss the Indians' deal for Brad Hand, where the Dodgers now belong among MLB's elite and more (5:10). Plus, "Inside Heat" on Cleveland from Tom Hamilton (25:18), on Baltimore from Roch Kubatko (32:35) and Paul Hembekides on just how bad the "have nots" are getting (22:12).
Is your favorite team down for the count? Probably. But there's still something for it to accomplish coming out of the All-Star break.
The AL Central leaders improved their bullpen for October and the years to come, but sent a potential star catcher to San Diego in the process.
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
In that event — that Kirby Yates is also dealt — I'd guess Craig Stammen would be next in line. Stammen has 14 holds and a 2.91 ERA. Phil Maton could be an option otherwise.
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
It'll be a popular move to add Kirby Yates in fantasy leagues following Brad Hand's trade, and rightfully so — Yates is the No. 34 reliever on the Player Rater despite just two saves — but don't forget the possibility that HE, too, could be traded into a setup role elsewhere.
The Indians have bolstered their bullpen with the acquisition of Padres closer Brad Hand.
Wait, Vlad Jr. isn't No. 1? Find out which other young slugger with a familiar name edges the most famous prospect in the minors atop our list.
Manny Machado wasn't the only player who spent All-Star Week wondering what jersey he would be wearing by the end of July.
William Weinbaum ESPN
Tor. lefty J.A. Happ had 0 MLB saves until Tue. & 0 former N'western Univ. Wildcats had pitched in an All-Star Game. Mark Loretta, a 2004 Padre & ‘06 Red Sox infielder, was the only previous A-S from NU to see action. Happ allowed a Joey Votto HR (the 1st A-S HR for a Canadian-born player), then retired 3 straight in the AL's 10-inning 8-6 win.
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Hall of Famer Dave Winfield is now on stage at All-Star FanFest, giving tips to youngsters about how to throw a baseball. The gist: Start throwing a ball, just off a wall somewhere, early and often. And don't try to throw hard — yet.
Jon Lester won for the eighth time in nine starts, Jason Heyward drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs swept the San Diego Padres with a 7-4 win on Sunday.
All-Star slugger Javier Baez hit a three-run home run and drove in five, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ also went deep and the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 11-6 on Saturday night.
Anthony Rizzo hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth inning and Javier Baez scored the go-ahead run on consecutive errors with one out in the 10th, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the San Diego Padres 5-4 Friday night.
Andrew Toles broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single off Tyson Ross in the seventh inning to help All-Star Ross Stripling and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Diego 3-2 on Thursday night and take three of four from the last-place Padres.
Kenta Maeda pitched effectively into the sixth inning and Matt Kemp, Logan Forsythe and Chris Taylor each delivered an RBI single as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Wednesday night.
All-Star Week's prospect showcase provides a peek at some of baseball's phenoms. When will they be back for the main event?