There have been rumors of a B.J. Upton for Michael Morse deal, too. This is a trade that would give the Rays an improvement in the middle of their lineup and a player they can control beyond this year. The Nats could put Upton in center and move Bryce Harper to the corner outfield where he belongs. However, that rumor has been denied by a Rays executive. "
In fact, trading Shields could either bring back a much-needed bat, or give the Rays enough financial flexibility to find a bat elsewhere. Shields has struggled recently, giving up double-digit hits in each of his last four starts. But some scouts who have watched him recently believe that he'll be a better pitcher if he gets away from Tampa Bay.
"He'll be fine," one scout said. "To me, he just needs a different environment."
The only bad news for the Bulls was that [Matt] Joyce left the game early. The 2011 AL All-Star, who has been on the DL since June 20 with lower back tightness, asked out of the game after three at-bats and was replaced by Feliciano.
Markakis broke hamate bone. Surgery tomorrow morning. Not season ending. 3-4 weeks is an estimate
Rays @d_jennings8 will play in Pt Charlotte Thursday, Durham Friday to start rehab assignment. #MLB
ZiPS has BJ Upton at 17 WAR for 2013-2018, with a market value of 6-years, $86 million"
Very proud of our effort 2nite. What occurred in the 9th reeked of intent. Was ridiculous, absurd, idiotic, incompetent, cowardly behavior"
"Beyond that, I think it’s fun. And beyond that, I’m poking fun at the group that insists on wearing $3,000 suits on chartered airplanes. I’ve never understood how that related to winning in any way, shape or form.
Norman (San Jose) lots of time for Hak Ju Lee to get back on track and back into your top 25, right?
Yes. Has had trouble with his hands 'leaking' at the plate, made some adjustments, not really translating into performance yet. Remaining tools are still there, but of course he's not an elite guy if he doesn't hit.