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Mike Olt optioned to Triple-A Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:43 am ET) Cubs infielder Mike Olt has been optioned to Triple-A Tuesday.

Olt has struggled this season, hitting just .139 over 187 at-bats. He's been able to provide some pop, hitting 12 home runs. Olt was optioned following Tuesday's game. He went 0 for 4, with three strikeouts. 


Chase Headley delivers walkoff single in Yankee debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:08 am ET) Yankees third baseman Chase Headley went 1 for 4 with a walkoff RBI single in his team's 2-1, 14-inning win over the Rangers Tuesday.

Headley was a late entry into the game, serving as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. He remained in and sent his team home happy by picking up a base hit with runners on the corners and one out in the 14th. He has hit .230/.296/.353 with seven home runs and 33 RBI in 283 at-bats.


Pedro Alvarez removed with knee discomfort Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was removed from Tuesday's game with a knee issue.

Alvarez left the game with left knee discomfort. He was 1 for 2, with a double, before being removed from the game. 


Marlins more likely to extend McGehee


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Marlins are more likely to extend Casey McGehee than trade him, according to MLB.com.

McGehee's name has come up in trade rumors recently, but the club isn't inclined to deal him. McGehee is signed cheap, and still has one more year of arbitration. The club can bring him back at a higher price, or opt to hand him an extension. The team is willing to do that since McGehee is considered a leader in the clubhouse. McGehee is hitting .322/.389/.399 over 376 at-bats. 


Casey McGehee drawing interest on the market


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee is drawing interest on the trade market, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

McGehee is in the middle of a resurgent season. After spending 2013 in Japan, McGehee signed with the Marlins during the offseason. He's returned with a vengeance, hitting .322/.389/.399 over 376 at-bats. 

The Mariners are rumored to be one of the teams in on McGehee. The club is in the middle of a wild card race, and is looking to upgrade their bats. It's unclear what other clubs have shown interest in McGehee. 


Chase Headley not starting Tuesday, will soon


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Newly acquired Yankees third baseman Chase Headley is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, but he will be available off the bench, manager Joe Girardi told reporters before first pitch.

Headley was acquired from the Padres in a trade earlier in the day Tuesday, and will likely step into the lineup as the team's starting third baseman before long. 


Move could be good for Chase Headley


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/22/2014) It's been two seasons since Chase Headley has really been an impact player in Fantasy, but Tuesday's trade that sent him to the Yankees could help to thrust him back into relevance.

Wearing pinstripes won't heal the herniated disc that has been plauging Headley this season, but even with some health issues, he has hit for decent power away from PETCO Park with five home runs over 139 at-bats. Not surprisingly, Headley has been a better power hitter on the road over his career, hitting 52 of his 87 homers in away games, and he's been a much better hitter for average and on-base percentage on the road, too.

This season, Headley's best hitting on the road has come when he's batted as a righty, and playing home games at Yankee Stadium could improve his righty splits. While his new home park is best known for being friendly to left-handed hitters, it's also a good power park for righties, while PETCO Park is notoriously tough on right-handed power hitters.

The move won't restore Headley to his 2012 form, as the flyball distance data on BaseballHeatMaps.com show that he is still not hitting flies nearly as far as he did in his 31-homer campaign. However, as long as he is healthy enough to stay on the field, he should easily be a top 20 third baseman with an outside shot at cracking the top 15 over the remainder of the season.

In other words, Headley has become relevant again in standard mixed Roto leagues, but he doesn't need to be owned in Head-to-Head points leagues other than in deeper formats.


Yankees, Padres agree to Chase Headley trade


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Yankees have acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the Padres Tuesday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Headley has struggled this season, hitting just .229/.296/.355 in 77 games, though he has been hot lately. Though he has just one home run in the month of July, he is hitting .323 with a .785 OPS in the month, his best so far.

The Padres will reportedly receive infielder Yangervis Solarte and pitching prospect Rafael De Paula from the Yankees, while sending $1 million in cash to the Yankees. Solarte has slowed down from a hot start and is hitting just .254/.337/.381 this season, while DePaula has a 4.15 ERA in 89 innings for Class A Tampa this season. 


Cody Asche's three hits not enough in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Phillies third baseman Cody Asche put together a solid performance Monday, though it came ina  7-4 loss to the Giants.

Asche went 3 for 4 with three singles in the loss, just one night after he struck out in all four of his at-bats. He scored once in the loss.

Asche is hitting .256/.306/.401 in 227 at-bats on the season.  


Chone Figgins to remain on rehab 'throughout this week'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters that infielder Chone Figgins (quad) will remain on his rehab at Triple-A Albuquerque "throughout the week" before returning from the disabled list, MLB.com reports Monday.  Figgins started his rehab stint Thursday and has three hits in seven at-bats.

Cliff Lee's activation off DL among Phillies roster moves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Phillies made a slew of roster moves before Monday's game against the Giants, which included activating starting pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow) off the 60-day disabled list.

The Phillies also activated infielder Reid Brignac (ankle) and catcher Wil Nieves (quadriceps) from the 15-day disabled list.

Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was designated for assignment, while infielder Cesar Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Catcher Koyie Hill was outrighted off the roster.


Juan Uribe raps out three hits


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe went 3 for 4 with an RBI in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Cardinals, raising his average to .300/.330/.427 in 220 at-bats. The RBI, which came on a second-inning single, was his first since July 8.

Arizona might not be active at trade deadline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) It seems unlikely the Diamondbacks will trade shortstop Chris Owings, outfielder A.J. Pollock, catcher Miguel Montero and pitcher Wade Miley by the July 31 trade deadline, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Miley is drawing substantial interest, but general manager Kevin Towers said trading the left-handed starter "doesn't make a whole lot of sense since we're trying to acquire starting pitchers."

Officials with other teams also told Heyman that the Diamondbacks don't seem eager to trade veteran Martin Prado or reliever Brad Ziegler. One general manager interested in trading for Prado believes the Diamondbacks won't deal him because of his leadership and work ethic.


Eric Chavez might not be back in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said third baseman Eric Chavez's injured knee isn't improving and he is unsure if Chavez will be back in 2014, per MLB.com.

"It's just something that they have kind of been aggressive at up to this point, and they're not being as aggressive at trying to get that thing to feel better," Gibson said.


Casey McGehee homers for first time in 59 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee finally put an end to his long home run drought Sunday against the Giants, connecting for his first home run in 59 games during a 3-2 win. McGehee gave Miami an early 2-0 lead with a two-out, two-run homer off Tim Lincecum in the first inning.

McGehee, who has two home runs, finished 2 for 4. He's hit safely in all but one of 15 July games. He is batting .390 (23 for 59) with one home run, two doubles and eight RBI this month.


Hitters to sit in Week 17


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/20/2014) If you're planning to start Derek Norris, Michael Morse, Aaron Hill, Nolan Arenado, Brad Miller or Desmond Jennings in Fantasy Week 17 (July 21-27), you might want to read the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

All are considered "sits" for the upcoming scoring period.


Hitters to start in Week 17


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/20/2014) Looking for a sleeper for Fantasy Week 17 (July 21-27)? You might want to give a second look to Kurt Suzuki, Mark Teixeira, Scooter Gennett, Conor Gillaspie, Jed Lowrie and Corey Dickerson.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Padres might choose to keep Chase Headley


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Padres vice president/assistant general manager A.J. Hinch said third baseman Chase Headley continues to draw interest as the July 31 trade deadline nears, according to MLB Network Radio. However, Hinch said the team could keep Headley and make him a qualifying offer after the season.

Cubs might demote Junior Lake or Mike Olt to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) In order to keep Arismendy Alcantara on the roster, the Cubs might be faced with a difficult decision to to demote outfielder Junior Lake or infielder Mike Olt, who are both struggling offensively, to Triple-A Iowa, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I don’t want to speculate on any of that," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Saturday. "They’ve been working hard. They stay positive, and they’ve been handling it extremely well. One of the things I try to talk to them about is not to focus so much on the results. I want them to focus on the at-bat."


Maikel Franco 'isn't pushing' Cody Asche off third base just yet


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) The Phillies feel third baseman Cody Asche could make the switch to another position once prospect Maikel Franco is ready to take over at the hot corner. However, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team isn't at that crossroad yet since they don't see Franco as being ready for the majors, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"He could," Amaro Jr. said of a position switch for Asche. "He's athletic enough. But there is not anyone pushing him right now. Maikel isn't pushing him."


Chone Figgins looking to gain some at-bats at Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly would not reveal how long infielder Chone Figgins (quad) will spend in rehab with Triple-A Albuquerque, MLB.com reports. Figgins started his rehab stint Thursday and has just one hit in his first four at-bats.

"He hadn't played in a while, so he's going to play a little bit, get some [at-bats] to make sure he's ready," Mattingly said. "We'll kind of evaluate him every little section of time."

Pablo Sandoval belts three-run homer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run homer Friday against the Marlins.

In the fifth inning, Sandoval worked a four-pitch at-bat against Nate Eovaldi. On the final pitch, Sandoval belted a 94 mph fastball out to right for the three-run shot. Sandoval also singled earlier in the game. He finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI.


Justin Turner returns from DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) The Dodgers activated infielder Justin Turner from the 15-day disabled list Friday, after he recovered from a hamstring injury.

Turner has been out since late June, but will be available off the bench beginning Friday against the Cardinals.


Hitters to sit in Week 16


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Thinking of starting Mike Zunino, C.J. Cron, Kolten Wong, Aramis Ramirez, J.J. Hardy or Steve Pearce in the shortened Fantasy Week 16 (July 18-20)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Hitters to start in Week 16


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for the shortened Fantasy Week 16 (July 18-20)? Stephen Vogt, Adam LaRoche, Martin Prado, Pablo Sandoval, Arismendy Alcantara and Torii Hunter might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


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