Report: Rockies evaluating players from three teams
While it seems unlikely the
MLB.com also reports the Rockies spent time evaluating players within the
Report: 5-6 teams showing interest in LaTroy Hawkins
After reporting Monday the
However, there are two issues complicating a trade for Hawkins. The Rockies are interested in keeping the veteran around because he's been a positive influence on the team's younger players. Also, the Rockies haven't been floored by a deal for a player that is under team control next season.
Mark Teixeira anticipates starting Tuesday
After delivering a pinch-hit single Monday at Texas,
"Absolutely," he said of returning to the lineup Tuesday, per The Journal News. "… Very anxious (to play). It’s been a week. You never want to miss a week. I’m looking forward to (Tuesday)."
Teixeira was encouraged by his at-bat in Monday's 4-2 loss.
"I took one swing and it felt good," he said. "Very reassuring. I wasn’t expecting anything negative, but at the same time you want to get out there and get it done."
John Lackey could be on trading block
Lackey has received attention from contenders due to his steady and solid contributions over the last two years. He has won two of his last three starts, giving up just five runs in 19 innings during that stretch, to raise his record to 11-7 and lower his ERA to 3.60. He is on pace to throw 210 innings this season, his highest total since joining the Red Sox in 2010.
'The Thing' could push Pedro Alvarez to the bench
"The Thing" has a hold on
"The Thing" in baseball parlance is an inexplicable inability to throw accurately to the point it becomes a mental block. Alvarez has 23 errors this season, more than any player in any position in the major leagues, and 21 have come on throws. He has hidden when the media has come around to ask him about it, according to the Beaver County Times.
Alvarez has apparently allowed the problem to affect his hitting. He has not had a multi-hit game since July 10 and has just five hits in his last 25 at-bats. He has not scored or driven in a run in the last six games as his stat line has been weakened to .238/.326/.407. Despite cutting down a bit on his strikeouts this season, his production has suffered, though he has still managed 15 home runs and 47 RBI.
Erick Aybar nothing but a singles hitter in July
An inability to hit anything but singles has limited the production of
Aybar has hit safely in 17 of his last 21 games, but 19 of his 22 hits during that stretch have been singles. He has no triples or home runs in that period. He has just five runs scored and six RBI since July 6. Aybar owns a decent .281/.317/.403 stat line on the season. His slugging percentage has fallen 30 points in July, but he has been productive overall in 2014 with 50 runs scored and 51 RBI.
Kurt Suzuki backed by teammates
"That would be ideal," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I think everyone else would agree. Not even just pitchers. He's fit in the clubhouse great, too, with everybody."
General manager Terry Ryan expressed satisfaction with Suzuki despite admitting he rates poorly in regard to pitch-framing.
Toronto, San Francisco and Baltimore are believed to be most interested. All three had scouts at Twins games over the weekend.
Jordy Mercer emerging as option to bat second vs. LHPs
Mercer has become an option to hit second when a left-handed starter is on the hill, as was the case Monday with Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner.
"I think he gives us, against left-handed pitching, probably the best dynamic in that spot right now," manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "From last season into this season, he’s been one of our better hitters against left-handed pitching. He’s a guy we’ve used to play some small ball with, a guy who’s shown an ability to barrel the ball. He’s leading the team in RBIs against left-handed pitching in probably less at-bats than the other guys had."
Mercer is batting .319 with a .351 on-base percentage, .458 slugging percentage and .809 OPS in 40 games against lefties this season.
'Still a good chance' Joaquin Benoit gets dealt
A major-league source told MLBDailyDish.com that there is "still a good chance" the
Adam Eaton on a roll for White Sox
Eaton has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games with 22 hits in 58 at-bats during that stretch. He has scored six runs in the last eight games and has sweetened his stat line to .285/.355/.383. The lone mild disappointment has been his 10 stolen bases in 16 attempts.
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