Deal makers: Experts predict upcoming trades

Archer to Rangers, Beltran to Indians, Gomez to Giants among scenarios

Deal makers: Experts predict upcoming trades

We've seen the summer stove simmering and boiling over already. On Monday, lockdown closer Aroldis Chapman went from the Yankees to the Cubs in a blockbuster five-player trade that could solidify Chicago's standing in the National League Central in 2016 while adding to the building blocks for New York's future.

But surely more deals are on the way in the lead-up to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

Hendricks approaching record despite soft-tossing

Cubs right-hander could be first to not allow earned run in five July starts

Hendricks approaching record despite soft-tossing

We know it's recently been a bit of a rough patch for the Cubs' rotation. Over the past 30 days, John Lackey has a 5.14 ERA, and we point that out because it's the lowest among the quartet of himself, Jake Arrieta (6.14), Jon Lester (7.23) and Jason Hammel (5.88). Obviously, a great deal of attention has been focused on that issue, as well as trades for relievers Aroldis Chapman and Mike Montgomery. Too much attention, perhaps. Have you noticed that while the rest of Chicago's rotation has been falling apart, Kyle Hendricks has been absolutely untouchable?

It's not hyperbole, because it's true. Hendricks hasn't allowed an earned run in four July starts and a two-inning relief appearance, and he's allowed more than two earned runs just once in his past 11 starts, giving up three to Washington on June 13. On the season, he's got baseball's third-lowest ERA (2.27), behind Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner, ahead of Noah Syndergaard and Johnny Cueto.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rumor roundup: LA would deal Urias for Sale

Rumor roundup: LA would deal Urias for Sale

Many potential deals are in the works as the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. ET -- approaches. Here is a look at the latest news, reports and rumors.

Dodgers willing to offer Urias for Sale
If the White Sox decide to trade ace Chris Sale, the Dodgers are reportedly willing to be aggressive with their offer, even if that means including top prospect Julio Urias in a trade package, according to a New York Post report.

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Archer faces Dodgers on MLB.TV amid trade rumors

Archer faces Dodgers on MLB.TV amid trade rumors

Chris Archer will take the mound tonight for his first career start against the Dodgers, the club to which he's been most closely tied in recent trade rumors.

Archer is among the players many speculate could be moved prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but for now, he remains with the Rays, who will open a two-game Interleague set with Los Angeles at 10:10 p.m. ET.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays deal with Padres for Upton Jr.

Outfielder has enjoyed productive season

Blue Jays deal with Padres for Upton Jr.

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays made their first big move of 2016 by acquiring veteran Melvin Upton Jr. from the Padres on Tuesday morning.

Toronto picked up the versatile outfielder in exchange for low-Class A pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez, who was the Blue Jays' No. 18 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals place Rosenthal on 15-day DL

St. Louis recalls reliever Kiekhefer, Tuivailala to come up as 26th man

Cardinals place Rosenthal on 15-day DL

The Cardinals placed right-handed reliever Trevor Rosenthal on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday afternoon with right shoulder inflammation in his rotator cuff.

Left-hander Dean Kiekhefer was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to replace Rosenthal on the 25-man roster, while righty Sam Tuivailala will be recalled after the opener of Tuesday's doubleheader to serve as the club's 26th man.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Today's starting lineups: July 26

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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Royals call up Mondesi, option Merrifield

Royals call up Mondesi, option Merrifield

The Royals recalled top prospect Raul Mondesi from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday and optioned infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield to Omaha.

Mondesi, who turns 21 on Wednesday, was suspended 50 games on May 10 for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The infielder had a nine-game rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Wilmington before he was reinstated to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, then promoted to Omaha after four games.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Duquette

Can't stop the dealing: Nifty moves await GMs

Chris Sale, Jonathan Lucroy among those who could change teams

Can't stop the dealing: Nifty moves await GMs

Just one week remains before this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, and teams have thus far been relatively slow in wheeling and dealing. But if last year is any indication, this may just be the calm before the storm -- with the Aroldis Chapman deal serving as the first raindrop to fall.

The 2015 season saw a flurry of trades -- headlined by Yoenis Cespedes, David Price and Troy Tulowitzki -- occur in the final days of July. Now that Chapman has been shipped from the Yankees to the Cubs for a package that includes elite shortstop Gleyber Torres -- MLB's 24th-best overall prospect  -- look for some other significant pieces to be moved over the next seven days. The following blockbuster trades make sense for the clubs involved:

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Jim Duquette, who was the Mets' GM in 2004, offers his opinions as a studio analyst and columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale hopes to keep focus on winning

Ace apologizes to fans, teammates; wants to stay with White Sox

Sale hopes to keep focus on winning

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale doesn't want to be traded -- and doesn't believe he will be -- in the wake of Saturday night's pregame outburst that resulted in him being scratched from his start that evening and then suspended five games by the White Sox.

"I want to win a championship in Chicago. That's been my goal from Day 1," Sale told MLB.com Monday afternoon during a 30-minute interview, his first public comments since Saturday. "It has never changed. I only get more passionate about it because I know that it's not easy winning a championship. There's a lot that goes into it.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Rumors swirling in Rays-Dodgers series

Rumors swirling in Rays-Dodgers series

We've seen one clubhouse-to-clubhouse trade, with Melvin Upton Jr. joining the Blue Jays on Tuesday during the Padres' trip to Toronto.

Could we witness another at Dodger Stadium during the next 36 hours?

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Jon Paul Morosi is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thor not responsible for NYC lightning strike

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Thor not responsible for NYC lightning strike

The New York City metropolitan area experienced a fairly intense thunderstorm on Monday evening -- just ask the Empire State Building.

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Walk-off, Texas Ranger: Beltre HR boots A's

Walk-off, Texas Ranger: Beltre HR boots A's

ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre hit a walk-off two-run home run against A's closer Ryan Madson in the ninth inning Monday evening, sending the Rangers to a thrilling 7-6 series-opening victory at Globe Life Park.

It was the second homer of the night for Beltre, who lined the first pitch he saw from Madson into the left-center field seats with two outs to bring home pinch-runner Ryan Rua following Nomar Mazara's one-out single. Beltre, who owns nine career walk-off home runs, also homered in the seventh agaisnt John Axford to cut Oakland's lead to one run.

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2016 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

Below is a complete breakdown of which 2016 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments. Of the 316 players selected during the first 10 rounds, only two of them did not sign:

41. Pirates: Nick Lodolo, LHP
217. Astros: Tyler Buffett, RHP

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Phil Rogers

Does Aroldis spell relief in Cubs' quest?

No stranger to huge deals, Cubs' president trades away No. 1 prospect Torres

Does Aroldis spell relief in Cubs' quest?

You knew this was coming, right?

The Cubs have acquired left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

For Bregman, MLB debut is 'pretty special'

'It's the most fun I've ever had,' Astros phenom says after playing nifty 3rd base, just missing grand slam

For Bregman, MLB debut is 'pretty special'

HOUSTON -- There'll be other nights when it works out a different way for Alex Bregman. That's the thing virtually everyone around the Houston Astros believes. This kid is going to be special.

So this first night in the Major Leagues, well, it didn't have the exact ending the Astros had hoped for in a 2-1 loss to the Yankees on Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets set to call up lefty Smoker for twin bill

Mets set to call up lefty Smoker for twin bill

NEW YORK -- Former first-round Draft pick Josh Smoker, whom the Mets signed following a free-agent tryout in 2015, has completed his unorthodox arc to the big leagues. The Mets planned to call up Smoker as their 26th man for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, a brief reward for his unexpected ascension through the Minors.

Smoker, who was traveling to New York on Tuesday morning, earned his cup of coffee thanks to a Major League Baseball rule that allows teams to carry a 26th man for doubleheaders. The left-hander owned a 4.73 ERA with one save in 43 games at Triple-A Las Vegas, but he's posted a 0.90 ERA over his final seven appearances there, with 15 strikeouts in 10 innings.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

5 controllable, under-the-radar relievers worth going after

Chapman, Kimbrel trades show bullpen market has shifted

5 controllable, under-the-radar relievers worth going after

If the Aroldis Chapman trade did anything, it proved once again that top late-inning relievers are worth so much more than we all think they ought to be. The return the Yankees got for the last two months of Chapman's contract was borderline stunning, especially considering how much more they got than what they gave up for him in December. Remember, the Padres were universally hailed for what they received from the Red Sox for Craig Kimbrel, and how good the Phillies looked for extracting a huge price out of the Astros for Ken Giles, including Vince Velasquez.

The point is, good relievers cost a ton right now. Given the sticker shock that's likely to come with the remaining top names such as Andrew Miller, Wade Davis and Mark Melancon, who may or may not even be available, any teams on the fringes of the playoff race or below would do well to push their best arms as hard as they can, hoping to cash in on what's very clearly a seller's market -- even if it hurts them in the short term.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Third straight walk-off fuels White Sox mojo

Ventura credits team's resiliency after win over Cubs

Third straight walk-off fuels White Sox mojo

CHICAGO -- Just when the White Sox looked pretty much out of postseason contention … OK, let's be honest. At eight games back of Cleveland in the American League Central and 6 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the AL's second Wild Card slot, the White Sox certainly have their fair share of work ahead.

They are more likely to be sellers than buyers with 63 games to play and the non-waiver Trade Deadline less than a week away.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ted Williams: Last to .400, among first to face shifts?

Red Sox great thrived despite defensive strategy used frequently in today's game

Ted Williams: Last to .400, among first to face shifts?

In 1941, Ted Williams batted a remarkable .406. Seventy-five years later, that performance sticks out for two reasons.

Most obviously, no Major Leaguer has reached the .400 plateau since. But Williams' prowess at the plate that season, combined with an opposing manager's desperate creativity, also helped establish a strategy that today is increasingly popular and hotly debated.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cases closed? Street, Robertson, Davis wanted

Cases closed? Street, Robertson, Davis wanted

In the wake of the Cubs' acquisition of Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees on Monday afternoon, the market for closers was a key topic as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline nears.

With Chapman off the market, much of the focus is now on Kansas City's two-time All-Star closer, Wade Davis. The club is mulling offers for Davis, as well as starter Edinson Volquez, according to MLB.com columnist Jon Morosi.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's slide by Rox for 2nd straight walk-off win

O's slide by Rox for 2nd straight walk-off win

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have had a flair for the dramatic the past two days at Camden Yards.

It wasn't as pretty as Nolan Reimold's two-out walk-off homer in the ninth inning Sunday, but the Orioles walked off for the second straight game on a ground ball back to the pitcher in a 3-2 win over the Rockies in 10 innings on Monday night. Adam Jones, off from third on contact, came racing down the line on Manny Machado's tapper back to the mound. And after Jordan Lyles muffled the catch, catcher Nick Hundley couldn't handle the throw that allowed Jones to score the winning run.

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Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Rockies on Monday.

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Verlander keeps rolling, stifles potent Red Sox

Tigers ace allows just one run over six for 10th win

Verlander keeps rolling, stifles potent Red Sox

BOSTON -- Red-hot righty Justin Verlander won his 10th game, plowing through the Red Sox's lineup for his 15th quality start of the season in the Tigers' 4-2 win on Monday.

Serving as Detroit's anchor in an injury-riddled rotation, Verlander allowed five hits and one run through six innings of one-run ball against the best offense in the Major Leagues.

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pineda baffles Astros as Yanks nip Keuchel

Pineda baffles Astros as Yanks nip Keuchel

HOUSTON -- The Yankees somehow found a way to get the best of nemesis Dallas Keuchel on a night he had some of his best stuff of the season.

Chase Headley and Austin Romine each had RBI hits to back seven strong innings from starter Michael Pineda to lead the Yankees to a 2-1 win over Keuchel and the Astros in the series opener Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Sandy Leon and umpire Jim Reynolds teamed up to run the option play on this popup

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Sandy Leon and umpire Jim Reynolds teamed up to run the option play on this popup

For the briefest of moments on Monday, a football game threatened to break out during a baseball game. See, the only reason that a baseball game can be played is if all 18 participants involved agree that, yes, this is what we're going to do. If everyone just started dribbling basketballs or, heck, even busted out the checkers board, there's nothing that could be done to stop it. 

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Melky robs Bryant of HR with riveting catch

White Sox outfielder climbs wall in 1st inning, then throws out Cubs star in 9th

Melky robs Bryant of HR with riveting catch

CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for the first highlight to arrive during a 5-4 walk-off victory for the White Sox over the Cubs in Monday's opener of the Crosstown Cup series, with two games at U.S. Cellular Field and two to follow at Wrigley Field.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit what looked to be his 26th home run of the season on the first pitch he saw from White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez with one out in the first inning. But Melky Cabrera slowly moved back toward the left-field wall, leaped and reached over the wall to take away a home run.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds outslug Giants to win homer-filled game

Reds outslug Giants to win homer-filled game

SAN FRANCISCO -- With its spacious dimensions, AT&T Park will never be mistaken for Cincinnati's cozier and homer-abundant Great American Ball Park. But it certainly felt like its Midwest counterpart Monday as the teams combined for five home runs. It was Jay Bruce's two homers, however, that propelled the Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Giants.

"We didn't have those prevailing winds and the mist and all that other stuff that make it difficult to hit a ball out of a ballpark," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It seemed to play pretty fair tonight."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Dominant Sanchez wins 10th straight decision

Righty inches closer to career high in innings for season

Dominant Sanchez wins 10th straight decision

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays don't know exactly when they'll be shifting Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen, but they know exactly what they're getting every time he makes a start.

Sanchez recorded his American League-leading 16th quality start on Monday evening against the Padres, throwing seven scoreless innings in Toronto's 4-2 victory.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs get Chapman from Yanks in blockbuster

Game's hardest thrower stands to be final piece in Chicago's pursuit of title

Cubs get Chapman from Yanks in blockbuster

CHICAGO -- The Cubs hope to have secured a trip to the World Series by adding hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the mix.

The Cubs acquired Chapman from the Yankees on Monday in exchange for four players: pitcher Adam Warren and prospects Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. Torres, a 19-year-old shortstop, was the top-ranked prospect in the Cubs' system and ranks 24th in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dickerson's blast puts SD's HR streak at 23

Outfielder just 3rd player to launch homer into 5th deck in Rogers Centre's RF

Dickerson's blast puts SD's HR streak at 23

TORONTO -- Alex Dickerson pushed the Padres one game closer to home run history Monday night.

And he left no doubt about it.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.