Padres scratch Ian Kennedy; Odrisamer Despaigne to start Friday
The Padres announced
RP Mark Lowe dealt from Mariners to Blue Jays
Lowe has been lights-out in 2015, easily his best season. He has compiled a 1.00 ERA in 34 appearances with 47 strikeouts in 36 innings.
Mets give chance to RP Tim Stauffer
Stauffer, who was most recently pitching for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters, compiled a 6.60 ERA with the Twins in 13 relief appearances. He allowed 24 hits and seven walks in just 15 innings.
Brewers recall pitcher Tyler Thornburg from Triple-A
Thornburg started the year in the Brewers bullpen before he joined the rotation at Colorado Springs in late April. He went 2-7 with a 5.28 ERA in 17 starts for Colorado Springs.
Orioles designate pitcher Bud Norris for assignment
The 30-year-old right-hander began the season in the rotation before being moved to the bullpen in early July. He went 2-7 with a 6.79 ERA in 11 starts and went 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in seven relief appearances.
Blue Jays 2B Devon Travis (shoulder) on DL again
The 24-year-old Travis, who was sidelined for more than a month earlier in the year, has been limited to 217 at-bats. His slash line rests at .304/.361/.498.
Cardinals trade minor-league OF Malik Collymore to Brewers
The 20-year-old Collymore was a 10th-round draft pick in 2015. He has logged 96 games in his career -- all in the Rookie League. He has a career .286/.360/.429/.789 slash line.
Collymore moved from second base to left field this season.
Phillies receive P Matt Harrison, five prospects for Hamels
The lone experienced hurler is left-hander
The only non-pitchers are catcher
The Phillies also get back right-handers
Thompson is considered a top-50 prospect by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. MLB.com ranks him as a top-100 prospect. Williams and Alfaro are also among Baseball Prospectus' top-50 and MLB.com's top-100 lists.
Phillies officially deal Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman to Rangers
The Rangers will receive starting pitcher
The 31-year-old Hamels, who will make his Texas debut Saturday against the Giants, has compiled a 114-90 record, 3.30 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 10 seasons in the majors -- all with the Phillies. The three-time All-Star is under contract through 2018 on a seven-year, $159 million deal. He also has a $20 million option ($6 million buyout) for 2019.
The 28-year-old Diekman is in his fourth MLB season. He has compiled a 9-11 record, 3.84 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 191 career relief appearances for Philadelphia. He is striking out 11.7 batters per nine innings.
Brewers dispatch RP Jonathan Broxton to Cardinals
The 31-year-old Broxton has been pitching well lately with seven consecutive scoreless appearances. But his ERA on the season is 5.89. He has allowed 41 hits in 36 2/3 innings.
Gerardo Parra has been very good this season, but his role has limited his Fantasy appeal somewhat. That should change in Baltimore, Chris Towers says at the Fantasy Baseball Today blog.
Moving from one of the worst pitcher's parks to one of the best could keep Mike Leake on the Fantasy radar all the way down the stretch.
With Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers, an already-loaded Astros roster gets more crowded, and Al Melchior assesses how roles and Fantasy value will shake out.
The Dodgers fortified their starting rotation in their three-team deal with the Marlins and Braves, but the two players who'll see the biggest boost in Fantasy value play in Atlanta.
The ex-Rangers outfielder is one of the top prospects to get moved in recent deadline deals, and Al Melchior recently spoke with him about his breakout season.