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Yankees make minor roster moves
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:47 pm ET) The Yankees have promoted outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre and designated for assignment veteran left-hander Jeff Francis.

Almonte played for the Yankees in brief stints this season with four hits in 25 at-bats.


Noah Syndergaard will not be involved in trades
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:45 pm ET) Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is not available for trade, according to Newsday.

With the ascension of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler to the majors, Syndergaard has been the club's top pitching talent. He's taken some lumps in the minors this season, posting a 5.16 ERA and dealing with injuries, but the club is still confident in his talent. Their stance can change prior to the deadline, but it doesn't appear Syndergaard is going anywhere in the next few days. 


Report: Alfonso Soriano set to sit out season, return in 2015
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:42 pm ET) Recently released Alfonso Soriano has told friends he will take the rest of the 2014 season off with the thought of returning to action next year, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Soriano is still being paid for the final season of an eight-year, $136 million deal he signed with the Cubs before he landed with the Yankees, who designated him for assignment on July 4.

The slugger, who has 412 career home runs, has expressed a disdain for part-time duty, which he was forced to handle this season in New York. He managed just a .221 average and six home runs in 2014 before his release.


Corey Dickerson resting Monday against lefty
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:31 pm ET) A matchup against left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada has Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson out of the Monday lineup against the Cubs.

Dickerson, who is batting .250 against southpaws this season, has two hits in four of his last nine games with five runs scored in his last six. His stat line is an impressive .325/.390/.583.


Carlos Gonzalez back into action Monday night for Rockies
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:27 pm ET) Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will not miss a third straight game with an ankle ailment. He's back in the lineup for the Monday game against the host Cubs.

The injury-plagued Gonzalez has not enjoyed a multi-hit game since July 12 and owns an uncharacteristically mediocre stat line of .249/.298/.444.


Phillies reportedly open to dealing Cole Hamels
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:03 pm ET) Less than a week after ESPN reported that the Phillies will not trade ace Cole Hamels, a report from Fox Sports is claiming he is indeed available for the right price and that the Dodgers are interested. That report, however, is adding that the price will be high.

Hamels has done all he can on the mound to mazimize his value. He has 14 quality starts in his last 15 outings and has yielded just 15 earned runs in his last 77 2/3 pitched.


Scooter Gennett back on the field
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:53 pm ET) A quad ailment that prevented Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett from playing the last five games will not keep him out Monday at Tampa Bay. He's in the lineup.

Gennett will seek to turn it up a notch at the plate upon his return. He comes back in a 2-for-11 slide, but has been excellent this season with a .304/.342/.480 stat line.


Chase Utley not in Monday lineup against Mets
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:46 pm ET) Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been given the night off for the Monday game against the host Mets. Reid Brignac is set to start at that spot instead.

Utley has been hot at the plate with four multi-hit performances in the last seven games. He boasts a strong stat line of .291./.354/.433. But he has homered just once in the last five weeks.


Twins unload aging Brad Nelson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:31 pm ET) Triple-A first baseman Brad Nelson has been released by the Twins. The 31 year old Nelson has not earned a major league at-bat since 2009.

Report: Royals shying away from Alex Rios
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:28 pm ET) Despite rumors otherwise, the offensively challenged Royals have decided that Rangers outfielder Alex Rios is not a good fit financially, according to ESPN.

"They can't take on a lot of money for anything," one source noted.

If that's true, Kansas City might not seek to land a bat until August, after the trading deadline, when the cost is lowered by a lack of salary commitments.

The Royals might have also been encouraged by the torrid series against Cleveland just completed by designated hitter Billy Butler and the continued production of Lorenzo Cain.


 
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