Jake Peavy likely to be scratched today: is a trade near?

finchj15:

In my opinion, the Orioles should try and get him. It’s possible they don’t like the amount of money owed to him.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Stuff that only happens at the trade deadline: a healthy pitcher scratched. That’s what Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune is reporting about  Jake Peavy. Gonzalez says Peavy is unlikely to make his scheduled start against the Indians today.

This certainly suggests that a trade is near, as teams in negotiations for players would prefer it if they could use them as soon as the trade is done. If Peavy pitched today he’d not be available until Sunday.

Someone likely wants him now.

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Poll: How long should Alex Rodriguez’s suspension be?

finchj15:

Should be for life. It would be huge for the Yankees if he was.

Originally posted on The Strike Zone - SI.com:

Alex Rodriguez

Carlos Osorio/AP

The New York Daily News reported on Monday that Major League Baseball, “armed with voluminous evidence they believe would warrant lifetime banishment,” is close to handing down Alex Rodriguez’s suspension for his alleged role in the Biogenesis scandal. Citing “a source familiar with the discussions between MLB officials and A-Rod’s representatives,” the News suggests that Rodriguez will be offered a suspension that will last through the end of the 2014 season as the only alternative to having commissioner Bud Selig invoke the power of his office to circumvent due process and ban Rodriguez from baseball for life.

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Jason Grilli vows to pitch again this season

finchj15:

It would be very nice, but the Pirates will be OK without him.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Jason Grilli is expected to miss at least 4-8 weeks with a strained flexor muscle in his forearm, potentially knocking him out for the remainder of the season, but the Pirates closer all but guaranteed he’ll pitch again this year.

“I’m going to be ready before the season is out,” Grilli told Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. “You can mark my word on that.”

Of course, players are almost always optimistic about their return timetables, especially before they even begin the rehab process and find out exactly what’s ahead of them. Grilli not needing surgery is definitely good news, but “you can mark my word on that” just doesn’t mean much yet.

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Michael Young will only approve a trade to the Rangers

finchj15:

Should go to Red Sox WITH Lee.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

There are some suggestions that Michael Young is out the door.  But if he is, it sounds like the destination has to be Texas.  Ken Rosenthal reports that Young, who has a full no-trade clause, will only approve a trade back to the Rangers.

What people have been saying about Young all along is true: he’s a team player who cares only about making the Rangers better.  Pity he plays for the Phillies at the moment, but let us not dwell on the details.

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Trades for Lee, Pence and Rios that should happen, but probably won’t

finchj15:

Lee: Red Sox
Pence: Stays with Giants
Rios; Pirates
My predictions.

Originally posted on The Strike Zone - SI.com:

Cliff Lee, Phillies

Cliff Lee is no stranger to deadline deals, having been dealt in both 2009 and 2010. (AP)

I’ve spent most of this month covering the trade deadline from many angles — top targets at given positions, potential destinations, credible rumors about trades under discussion. As the July 31 non-waiver deadline draws near — it’s at 4 PM Eastern on Wednesday — here are three trades that should happen, but probably won’t, for one reason or another.

While the urge to get fanciful isn’t easy to resist, I’m not coming entirely from leftfield on any of these. At least as far as the headliners go, all have been discussed by the teams involved to one degree or another.

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