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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
MLB trade deadline week keep rolling on. Clubs can complete non-waiver trades until 4 p.m. ET Friday, and as the seconds tick toward that deadline, there will be no shortage of news and rumors.
On Wednesday, the action picked up a notch with Cole Hamels getting shipped to the Rangers, Carlos Gomez nearly going to the Mets, and the Marlins, Dodgers and Braves working toward a potential 12-player deal. You can read more details about those and find all of the hot rumors heading into Thursday in our daily digest
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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
The Toronto Blue Jays stunned the baseball world when they acquired All-Star Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
On Wednesday, shock turned to awe, as Tulowitzki put on an offensive display that reinforced his position as baseball's top all around shortstop.
With cheers raining down at every mention of his name, Tulowitzki whipped the 27,060 in attendance at Rogers Centre into a frenzy in the third inning with a blistering two-run homer off Philadelphia's Jerome Williams. The home run actually snapped an 0-for-21 streak for Tulowitzki at the plate, which was the longest hitless stretch of his career.Thu, Jul 307:07 PM EDTKansas City at TorontoPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The Stew's Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. If you missed any of Wednesday's action, we're here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits.
DONE DEAL: Cole Hamels is headed to the Texas Rangers in a blockbuster eight-player deal. The Phillies will receive Matt Harrison and five prospects. [Jeff Passan]
DECISION MADE: The Tigers are "rebooting," and will try to trade anyone whose contract is expiring. That includes David Price and Yoenis Cespedes. [ Detroit Free Press ]
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Wednesday was quite an interesting day for the Miami Marlins.
It started with reports that the team was back to its salary-shedding ways, sending pitcher Mat Latos and and top bench hitter Mike Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a trio of minor leaguers. However, as the day went on, that trade struggled to cross the finish line as all players involved remained put when Wednesday's action began.
According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, that deal has now morphed into a three-team involving the Atlanta Braves. However, based on the sounds playing over the Marlins Park sound system during Washington Nationals batting practice, perhaps there was some concern that the Marlins.had.... well, we'll let you draw your own conclusions.Thu, Jul 3012:10 PM EDTWashington at MiamiPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Despite mounting evidence that a rebuild was exactly what the Philadelphia Phillies needed, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had remained hesitant to go all-in unitl this past winter. That hesitance — which many say was rooted in stubbornness — may have cost the Phillies potentially significant returns on players like Cliff Lee, who's now injured, and Chase Utley, whose value has decreased.
As the old saying goes though, better late than never.
Following back-to-back 89 loss seasons over the past two seasons, Amaro changed course and officially began the rebuilding process by trading Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers in December. The process picked up again this week with the trade of Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals. Now he's taken perhaps the big step in the process by unloading his hottest commodity, veteran left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels, to the Texas Rangers.Thu, Jul 307:05 PM EDTAtlanta at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
As wonderful a game as baseball is, when you play it professionally you also have to deal with the business side of the game, which at times can lead to uncertainly and utlmately heartache.
For Wilmer Flores, the heartache was plainly visible as he attempted to do his job on Wednesday night. As the Mets took on the San Diego Padres at Citi Field, word began to trickle out that Flores, along with Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, would be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Carlos Gomez.
Obviously that word got down to field level and to Flores himself, and it was difficult for him to keep his emotions in check.
Surreal scene. Mets trade Wilmer Flores but leave him in game. Flores then cries on field while playing. pic.twitter.com/0CDpjGpwpSThu, Jul 3012:10 PM EDTSan Diego at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen had a huge game in Wednesday's 10-3 victory against the Minnesota Twins.
In the fifth inning, McCutchen clubbed a conventional two-run homer against Twins starter Ervin Santana, which tied the game 3-3. The very next inning, Pittsburgh had jumped out to a 5-3 lead on a Santana wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Starling Marte. That set the stage for McCutchen to blow the game wide open, which is exactly what he did, though this time the outcome was anything but conventional.
With runners at first and second and two outs, McCutchen laced a would-be single to right field that Minnesota right fielder Eddie Rosario aggressively misplayed in a disaster. Rosario was obviously looking to come up throwing somewhere, perhaps home or perhaps to third base, looking to cut down one of the runners and end the rally. Instead, he only added fuel to the fire by allowing the baseball to skip over his left shoulder all the way to the wall.Thu, Jul 308:10 PM EDTSeattle at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Much like your relationship with an ex-girlfriend, the trade that was supposed to send Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers is complicated.
Early Wednesday, it appeared the two sides had reached an agreement. The Miami Marlins would send Latos and Morse to the Dodgers for a prospect and a draft pick. The name of that prospect was never released, which should have been our first sign that things were off.
A few hours later, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald dropped this bomb on Twitter.
Now hearing the trade is far from complete. Sources telling me it could be falling apart. Total confusion. #marlins
"Total confusion" seems like an apt way to describe the Marlins lately.
Apparently, the holdup is due to medicals.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Being a part of a winning baseball team can sometimes lead to some odd rituals. Joe Maddon has constantly resorted to weird gimmicks to keep his team loose, the Astros have employed a fog machine in the clubhouse and Chris Sale occasionally tries to sneak a word of the day into his interviews.
The Royals are the latest team to adopt one of these routines. Players on the team are trying to work "1738" into all of their interviews.
KC players are fining each other if they don't use "1738" in postgame interviews. I have no idea what it means. Success has driven them mad.
Players are fining each other for not working in the phrase, so you know this has become serious business.
So, why "1738?" Allow us to try and explain.
The number has to do with the song "Trap Queen" by Fetty Wap.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The Detroit Tigers eked out a tough win Wednesday, topping the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 after Rays' starter Chris Archer carried a perfect game into the seventh inning. The Tigers rallied in the seventh. Justin Verlander pitched his game of the season. It was pretty good from a Tigers perspective.
Still, none of this was enough to prevent the inevitable conclusion for these 2015 Tigers. They're sellers at the trade deadline. People within baseball have been saying so for a week now, as the team drifted into fourth place in the AL Central. The Detroit front office kept saying it would see how things played out, not willing to admit its fate. But after Wednesday's win, GM Dave Dombrowski did just that.Thu, Jul 307:05 PM EDTDetroit at BaltimorePreview Game