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Erik Kratz sent back to Triple-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:25 pm ET) The Blue Jays optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo Tuesday, less than two weeks after he was recalled.

Kratz appeared in four games in his most recent stint, but had just one hit in 13 at-bats. He is hitting just .198 overall for the season.  


Jason Marquis on Triple-A DL due to oblique injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:18 pm ET) Phillies starting pitcher Jason Marquis was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley due to a strained right oblique. Marquis, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, has a July 31 opt-out clause in his contract.

Marquis is 1-0 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts since joining the Lehigh Valley rotation. He has 21 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.


Report: Mariners pursuing Starling Marte in trade talks
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:14 pm ET) The Mariners have been pursuing Pirates outfielder Starling Marte in trade talks, according to the Beaver County Times. However, it is unclear if the Pirates will trade the left fielder after signing him to a five-year, $31-million contract in spring training.

Move could be good for Chase Headley
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(2:05 pm ET) 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.


Mariners top prospect Alex Jackson suffers facial fracture
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:54 pm ET) Mariners outfielder prospect Alex Jackson had to leave his Arizona Rookie League game Monday, after he was hit in the face by a line drive.

Jackson, the team's top pick in this year's draft, had to be taken to a local hospital for X-rays, and Director of Minor League Operations Chris Gwynn told the Seattle Times Tuesday Jackson suffered a small fracture below his eye. At this point, there is no timetable for Jackson's return to action.

"He's doing okay," Gwynn said. "It's supposed to be not really too bad. When you think about it, he could have got hit in the eye or other different places that could have been worse. We're having him see our specialist and we'll see where it goes. Right now, we don't think it's that bad. He's going to rest for a while and see some doctors."

Jackson, the No. 6 overall pick in this year's amateur draft, was hitting .289/.333/.500 in the first 20 games of his career. 


Yankees, Padres agree to Chase Headley trade
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:18 pm ET) 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. 


Report: Blue Jays among teams interested in Alex Rios
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:41 pm ET) The Blue Jays have expressed interest in outfielder Alex Rios, according to a report from CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Blue Jays are dealing with injuries to the starting lineup, and could have interest in re-acquiring Rios, who spent parts of six seasons with the Blue Jays earlier in his career. He is hitting .302/.330/.435 in 96 games for the Rangers this season, with four home runs and 42 RBI.

The Royals and Mariners have also expressed interest in Rios, who has a team option worth $13.5 million for next season. 


Report: Yankees looking in on John Danks
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:28 pm ET) White Sox pitcher John Danks is drawing interest on the trading block, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, but that doesn't mean a deal is imminent.

According to Heyman's report, the Yankees are among the teams who have checked in on Danks. Talks are reportedly in the early stages, but the Yankees are interest in adding the left-hander, after having lost four starters due to injury.

Danks has a no-trade clause in his contract, though it is not clear if the Yankees are on that list. Danks has two years and $28.5 million remaining on his contract after this season, and has a 4.35 ERA In 124 innings.


Gerardo Parra hits rare homer in losing effort
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:11 am ET) Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra went deep for the first time in two months Monday, in a 4-3 loss to the Tigers.

Parra, whose last homer came May 21, went deep in the sixth inning to tie the game. Unfortunately, that was his lone contribution to the effort, as he finished 1 for 4 with two strikeouts in the loss.

Parra has six home runs in 382 at-bats, and is hitting .251/.298/.356 overall. 


Billy Hamilton homers in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:06 am ET) Reds infielder Billy Hamilton flashed some rare power Monday, albeit in a 5-2 loss to the Brewers.

Hamilton got the Reds on the scoreboard for the first time in the sixth inning, with a solo home run. He finished the game 2 for 4 overall with one run scored and one driven in.

Hamilton has six home runs in 94 games, and is hitting .281/.314/.424 in 349 at-bats.


 
 
 
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