The Boston Red Sox have acquired third baseman Eduardo Nunez in a trade with the San Francisco Giants, according to reports. The 30-year-old has been with the Giants since being traded to the club last season. In return, the Red Sox will send two pitching prospects to San Francisco, according to reports. The Red Sox hope that Nunez, who is batting .308 with four home runs, 31 RBIs and 18 steals this season, will help fill the hole Boston has had all season at third base. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who the Red Sox signed away from the Giants with a three-year $95 million deal in 2014, was released by the Boston last week. Coincidentally, Sandoval, upon his release, has signed a minor league
Jon Morosi of MLB Network said yesterday that the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs have been engaged in trade talks involving starting pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Morosi also noted that the Los Angeles Dodgers have shown interest in Verlander as well. Whether this is idyl chitchatting of serious dispute is unclear, of course. Everything is unclear in the leadup to the deadline. The veteran right-hander is carrying a 4.50 with a 120/57 K/BB ratio over 124 innings. Verlander impressed last year, finishing second in AL Cy Young Award balloting, but he has fallen back to Earth in 2017. His velocity remains high, however, and it’s not hard to imagine him going on a solid run in
The Los Angeles Dodgers say they're encouraged that ace Clayton Kershaw's back problem doesn't appear as dire as last season's injury. Kershaw was put on the 10-day disabled list Monday, a day after he left a start after just two innings. The left-hander leads the majors with a 15-2 record and a 2.04 ERA. A report by Fox Sports said Kershaw would be out four to six weeks. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says the team would have to wait and see how the star left-hander recovers. Kershaw was sidelined for 2 ? months last year because of a herniated disk. Roberts says this injury isn't as bad. The Dodgers have the best record in the majors and a big lead in the NL West.