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David Ortiz set to sit Wednesday against lefty
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:37 pm ET) A matchup against Toronto left-hander Mark Buehrle has Red Sox slugger David Ortiz out of the lineup Wednesday. Mike Napoli is to serve as the designated hitter instead.

Ortiz has been on a power surge with five home runs in the last nine games.


Diamonbacks add Clayton Richard on minors deal
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:32 pm ET) The Diamondbacks have signed pitcher Clayton Richard to a minor-league deal, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier.

Richard, who is working his way back from a pair of surgeries, has ye tto pitch this season. He has been throwing off a mound since late June, and will pitch for the team's Arizona League team this weekend. Richard has a 46-47 career record with a 4.33 ERA in 773 major-league innings. 


Report: Orioles nearing deal to snag Jon Lester
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:28 pm ET) The Orioles are closing in on completing a deal that would send them Red Sox ace Jon Lester, per the Boston Globe. Other sources are reporting, however, that the teams are not that close.

Among the players Boston is rumored to be receiving in return is established Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez.

Lester has forged his finest season and is on a tremendous run. He owns a 10-7 record with a 2.52 ERA that would be easily the best of his career if he maintains it the rest of the year. He has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last eight starts and has 149 strikeouts in 143 innings pitched.

The Orioles are in first place in the American League East and would likely be considered the favorite to win the division if they land Lester.


Cubs acquire Felix Doubront for PTBNL
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:21 pm ET) The Red Sox have sent pitcher Felix Doubront to the Cubs for a player to be named later according to multiple media reports Wednesday.

Doubront had fallen out of favor in Boston after he was removed from the rotation, especially since he has expressed unhappiness with that role. Doubront has a 6.07 ERA in 59 1/3 innings this season with the Red Sox, and it Is not clear if he will return to a starting role with the Cubs. 


Angel Pagan all but set for minor league rehab stint
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:17 pm ET) Giants outfielder and leadoff hitter Angel Pagan will work out in Arizona on Wednesday, per CSN Bay Area. If all goes well, he will begin a rehab stint Thursday with their rookie league team.

Pagan has been sidelined since June 14 with a back injury.


Justin Masterson worth a gamble for NL-only owners
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3:17 pm ET) Justin Masterson's move from the Indians to the Cardinals by way of Wednesday's trade isn't likely to do much for his Fantasy value on its own. He will inherit a better pitcher's park, but that shouldn't impact the 29-year-old sinkerballer much.

Masterson also moves to the more pitcher-friendly league, but that effect will likely be neutralized by getting a new team that is far less likely to offer run support. The Cardinals rank second-to-last in runs scored this season, while the Indians currently rank sixth.

The trade itself does nothing to make Masterson more desirable to owners in mixed leagues, though he is still worth stashing at least in deeper formats in the event that he rediscovers his early-season form. While Masterson has only shown brief flashes of the potential he showed last season, he had been decent through his first eight starts of 2014, going 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. A mediocre WHIP is pretty much a given with Masterson, but as long as it's not awful, he can be worth starting. Even during the awful weeks leading up to his disabled list stint, Masterson was getting strikeouts, and with a high ground ball rate, he offers the promise of a low ERA.

In the 11 starts prior to his DL trip, Masterson walked 36 batters in 49 innings. If those control issues were at all related to his knee injury, the Cardinals -- and Fantasy owners -- could enjoy a version of Masterson that is more like what we saw earlier this year or maybe even last year, assuming he is healthier now.

For that reason, he is worth a bid or waiver pickup in NL-only leagues. Masterson offers enough downside that you don't want to clean out your FAAB account to get him. In the event that Jon Lester or John Lackey crosses over to the senior circuit, you want to preserve most of your cash. Still, Masterson is worth a $5-to-$10 bid in a $100 FAAB league in the hopes that he turns his season around.


Report: David Price probably sticking around with Rays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:09 pm ET) The suddenly contending Rays will now only trade ace David Price if an offer arrives that they can't refuse, per ESPN.com, which has pointed out that the left-hander made his start as scheduled Wednesday.

The Rays bottomed out at 18 games under .500, but entered play Wednesday just one game under the break-even mark. They are attempting to become the first team in major league history to fall that far under .500 and make the playoffs.


Michael Wacha switched to 60-day DL
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) Cardinals shelved pitcher Michael Wacha has been moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the roster for fellow right-hander Justin Masterson.

Wacha could be out for the season with a shoulder injury.


James Ramsey elevated to Triple-A Columbus
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:52 pm ET) Newly acquired outfielder James Ramsey has earned a promotion in the trade that sent him from the Cardinals to the Indians. He will join Triple-A Columbus Clippers after having spent this season in Double-A.

Justin Masterson to make St. Louis debut on Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:46 pm ET) Just-acquired right-hander Justin Masterson is set to make his first start with the Cardinals on Saturday against Milwaukee.

Masterson, who is on the disabled list with a knee issue, has struggled in his rehab stint with Triple-A Buffalo. He gave up seven earned runs in 11 2/3 innings with eight walks. His decreased velocity this season has been a concern.


 
 
 
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