The Rays have interest in Lucas Duda and Addison Reed, the NY Post's Mike Puma tweeted July 25. Duda, Yonder Alonso (A's), and Justin Bour (Marlins) are considered the top first basemen available on the trade market, according to a recent post on MLB Trade Rumors. Despite acquiring Todd Frazier, the Yankees are still interested in all three, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported last week. However, local reports indicate Bour will soon head to the disabled list after straining an oblique muscle during Monday night's game. It would be his second DL stint this season.
Kevin Quackenbush's full beard needed a little attention considering he had gone since spring training in February without a trim. Mark McGwire decided on the fly to get his hair cut upon arriving to work last week at AT&T Park, something unheard of during his old slugging days. The San Diego Padres relief pitcher and his bench coach, Big Mac, only had to walk out of the visitor's clubhouse and down a set of stairs toward the dugout to duck into a room typically used for equipment storage and get spiffed up by Lara Albertsen long before first pitch. "It's becoming a fad now that most places have it because hairstyles are a really in thing," McGwire said of ballpark grooming. "All these players
The Mets, who lost last night to the Padres, are 16-11 since late June, but remain five games under .500. With four days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they are 13 games behind the Nationals in the NL East and seven losses back of the Rockies for the final Wild Card spot. Wild Card Standings What's Next The Mets close out their four-game series with the Padres tonight at 9:10 p.m. ET. Chris Flexen will make his Major League debut for the Mete. He was ranked the organization's 10th-best prospect entering the season, according to Baseball America. In seven starts in Double A, he was 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA. Flexen was drafted by the Mets in the 14th round during July 2012... Latest