The Texas Rangers are ready to move ace pitcher Yu Darvish. All it will take is someone to meet their asking price. Sources told ESPN that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels began calling potential suitors Monday and telling them the team is open to trading Darvish for the "right deal." If no team offers a return package to the Rangers' liking, Daniels has informed clubs that Texas will hold on to Darvish and continue to make a push in the American League wild-card race. The latest development appears to be the Rangers' most declarative statement yet on Darvish, who instantly becomes the prize catch of the trade deadline. After 4 p.m. ET next Monday, trades become considerably more challenging
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos was removed from Monday's game after a scary incident when a broken bat struck his helmet. In the fifth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles, the barrel of Ruben Tejada's bat shattered on his backswing and broke off to hit Ramos in the forehead. The force of the bat pushed the catchers helmet into his head, causing a laceration. Ramos needed six staples to close the cut. No additional information was released of the incident. Jesus Sucre took over the catching duties.
The non-waiver trade deadline is on July 31, with the Mets expected to make a flurry of moves between now and then. Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Curtis Granderson, among others, could be on the move this year. As we await the Mets' potential moves, here are the five biggest trade deadline deals in team history... Scott Kazmir to The Devil Rays for Victor Zambrano on July 30, 2004 The Mets were on the fringes of the playoff race and decided to trade the 20-year-old Kazmir -- one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball -- for Zambrano. The 28-year-old Zambrano had a 4.43 ERA at the time and had posted an ERA under 4.22 just once in his five-year career to