What ramifications will Tulowitzki trade have for Blue Jays?

What ramifications will Tulowitzki trade have for Blue Jays?

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled off another shocking trade early Tuesday morning, a deal that brought five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto in exchange for Jose Reyes and a package of top prospects.

The magnitude of this deal is nothing short of stunning and will cause ripple effects through the Blue Jays' organization -- not only for this season, but also for years to come. Its impact will be felt in many ways, and the trade creates a lot of questions about where Toronto will go from here.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Royals get Zobrist in trade with A's

Oakland receives two pitchers, including highly regarded lefty Manaea

Royals get Zobrist in trade with A's

The Royals acquired super-utility man Ben Zobrist from the A's on Tuesday, their second big splash leading up to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Oakland received right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks and Minor League left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea.

Zobrist, 34, was hitting .268/.354/.447 with six home runs and 33 RBIs in 67 games for the A's. He has spent most of his time defensively at second base and left field, but he proved capable of playing virtually any position during his nine seasons with the Rays.

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

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Anthony Castrovince

Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Seager on Buxton's heels in new Top 100

Seager on Buxton's heels in new Top 100

It has been a season of change in the prospect world.

The sheer number of elite-level prospects who have gone on to bigger and better things at the Major League level may seem astounding. But one thing hasn't changed: Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is still our No. 1 prospect.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nats discussing Papelbon trade with Phils

Nats discussing Papelbon trade with Phils

MIAMI -- The Nationals are making progress in trying to acquire Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, two baseball sources confirmed to MLB.com. One of the sources indicated that a deal is "very, very close to being done." The first to report that talks were heating up between the two clubs was FOXSports.com.

"It's serious," the source said of the discussions on Papelbon.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays eye present, future with Tulo trade

Toronto parts with Reyes, three pitching prospects in deal for shortstop, reliever Hawkins

Blue Jays eye present, future with Tulo trade

TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos doubled down early Tuesday morning by pulling off a blockbuster trade with the Rockies for All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, but make no mistake, the move was as much about the future as it was a run at the postseason.

Tulowitzki is under club control through the 2021 season, and he is now part of a long-term core that includes third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Russell Martin. None of those three players can be eligible for free agency until at least after the 2018 season, and all could be around long after the contracts of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion eventually expire.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Trout sits; Angels place Joyce on 7-day DL

Kubitza optioned to Triple-A; Victorino, Navarro added to roster

Trout sits; Angels place Joyce on 7-day DL

HOUSTON -- The Angels placed outfielder Matt Joyce on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Tuesday and optioned third baseman Kyle Kubitza to Triple-A Salt Lake, creating room on the roster for newly acquired outfielder Shane Victorino and left-handed-hitting first baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro.

Victorino was in the lineup, batting eighth and playing left field, for Tuesday's series opener against the Astros, who trail the Angels by one game in the American League West. But Mike Trout was not.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Today's starting lineups: July 28

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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Phil Rogers

Top 5 trade destinations for Upton

Orioles perhaps best fit for slugging outfielder; Astros might make splash

Top 5 trade destinations for Upton

Left field can be the bus terminal of positions in the Major Leagues. That's certainly been the case for the Orioles this season, but it would take only one trade to end the shuffling of faces and upgrade the lineup.

The Padres' Justin Upton looks like the perfect piece for the Orioles, sort of like he did for the Angels, whose general manager, Bill Stoneman, acquired Shane Victorino instead. So with the non-waiver Trade Deadline arriving at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, it would seem Upton is there to be taken for Baltimore, which makes all the sense in the world.

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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.

Rumor roundup: More waves after Tulo splash

Astros, Rangers, Giants make push for Hamels; Rox may move CarGo next

Rumor roundup: More waves after Tulo splash

The Blue Jays pulled off the biggest surprise of the Trade Deadline season late Monday night, when news surfaced of a deal with the Rockies for star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The trade, officially announced Tuesday morning, will bring Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto for shortstop Jose Reyes and three right-handed pitching prospects.

But there is plenty of time remaining for more bombshells to drop before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Deadline. Here is a look at the latest news and rumors.

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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.

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Paul Hagen

Looking ahead to the Hall's Class of 2016

Looking ahead to the Hall's Class of 2016

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- With the final cheers still ringing in the ears of the newest Hall of Famers -- Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz -- and the last fans filtering out of town after another successful Induction Weekend, speculation inevitably turns to who might receive baseball's ultimate honor next July.

With a group of first-time eligibles led by Ken Griffey Jr. and holdovers Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines all on the ballot again after receiving more than half the votes (but less than the required 75 percent) in last year's election, there's a chance the Class of 2016 could be impressive as well.

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

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Alyson Footer

How will Hall's Class of 2016 shape up?

Poll of media members would send Griffey, Bagwell, Piazza to Cooperstown

How will Hall's Class of 2016 shape up?

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Spirited debates about the Hall of Fame are as much a part of our everyday baseball-loving lives as 7:05 starts and rain delays. So we figure, with the recent conclusion of induction weekend, why not keep the conversation going?

Let's take a look ahead to next year's Hall of Fame class, which will consist of one first-ballot no-doubter and several others who may gain enough traction for entry in 2016. We polled dozen of reporters, experts and analysts from MLB.com and MLB Network -- some of whom do have voting privileges through the Baseball Writers' Association of America, and others who are non-voters but nonetheless experts -- to give us their hypothetical 2016 HOF class.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reunion with Reyes not part of Mets' agenda

Shortstop traded from Toronto to Colorado; New York won't be landing spot for flip

Reunion with Reyes not part of Mets' agenda

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes still keeps his offseason home on Long Island, less than two dozen miles from Citi Field. But he won't be making that commute anytime soon.

CBS Sports was first to report that the Mets have no interest in reacquiring Reyes, despite his purported availability on the trade market. In a stunning deal early Tuesday morning, the Blue Jays sent Reyes and prospects to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins. Since that time, rumors have abounded that Colorado will look to flip Reyes and the more than $55 million he is guaranteed through 2017.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. 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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Jonathan Mayo

Hoffman leads Rockies' haul from Tulo trade

Club lands 3 right-handers who could have strong showing on top prospect list

Hoffman leads Rockies' haul from Tulo trade

Over the years, the Colorado Rockies have, at times, struggled to find pitching. On Monday night, by trading Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rockies added three top-prospect-type arms in their continued attempt to develop pitching from within. How long Jose Reyes is with Colorado appears up in the air, so let's focus on the young pitchers who are a part of the franchise's future.

Jeff Hoffman is at the top of the list. Hoffman was No. 3 on the Blue Jays' Top 30 at the time of the trade, and No. 69 on the Top 100. Hoffman immediately becomes the Rockies' second-best pitching prospect behind Jon Gray, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 Draft. The East Carolina star was the ninth overall selection of the 2014 Draft, but Hoffman was just getting back to the mound following his Tommy John surgery from May of last year.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bartolo's academy features a Bartolo statue

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Bartolo's academy features a Bartolo statue

There is one place that is even better than Hogwarts. And that place is Bartolo Colon's baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. Rather than a cloak and a wand though, you get something much better -- BC40 hats and T-shirts. 

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AFL club affiliations, staffs announced for 2015 season

AFL club affiliations, staffs announced for 2015 season

The 2015 Arizona Fall League season is already shaping up. The organizational affiliations and staff announcements were made Tuesday for the upcoming AFL campaign, which will begin Oct. 13. Nearly 58 percent of former AFL players -- roughly 2,300 out of 3,900 -- have gone on to reach the Major Leagues at some point.

The AFL has been running since 1992, and this year it will add a new venue. The Cubs' Spring Training facility, located in Mesa, will join the four existing facilities already in use.

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

Werth, Zimmerman to rejoin Nats tonight

Werth, Zimmerman to rejoin Nats tonight

MIAMI -- The Nationals will add two significant bats to their lineup when they face the Marlins on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman were activated from the disabled list on Tuesday afternoon. In corresponding moves, the club optioned outfielder Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse and outrighted infielder Emmanuel Burriss to Triple-A.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bryant 'wakes up' Cubs with 1st walk-off HR

Rookie hits walk-off HR to beat Rockies Monday night

Bryant 'wakes up' Cubs with 1st walk-off HR

CHICAGO -- During Saturday's game against the Phillies' Cole Hamels, the Cubs' Kris Bryant hit two long fly balls that reached the warning track. Hamels finished with a no-hitter. But on Monday, Bryant's fortunes turned out a whole lot better.

The rookie belted a walk-off, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to power the Cubs to a 9-8 victory over the Rockies, who had scored four runs in the top of the inning.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Sox claim Machi, transfer Buchholz to 60-day DL

Sox claim Machi, transfer Buchholz to 60-day DL

BOSTON -- The Red Sox, in need of some bullpen depth, claimed right-hander Jean Machi off waivers from the Giants on Tuesday. To make room for Machi on the 40-man roster, the club transferred right-hander Clay Buchholz to the 60-day disabled list.

Buchholz has been out with a strained right flexor muscle since July 11, and the earliest he can pitch for Boston again is Sept. 9.

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

Elbow inflammation shelves Braves' Banuelos

Left-hander placed on 15-day DL; 24-year-old has innings limit this season

Elbow inflammation shelves Braves' Banuelos

BALTIMORE -- Manny Banuelos' march toward his innings limit was halted on Tuesday, when the Braves placed him on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation.

The Braves do not seem too concerned about the recent elbow discomfort felt by Banuelos, who has already thrown 104 1/3 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett and Atlanta this season. The 24-year-old southpaw completed just 76 1/3 innings in his return from Tommy John surgery as a Yankees Minor Leaguer last year. Because of last season's cautious workload, Banuelos has a limit of approximately 120-130 innings this season. He has posted a 2.49 ERA in five appearances (four starts) since making his Major League debut on July 2.

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

Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominees announced

Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominees announced

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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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.

Dodgers open to Puig deal if return is right

Club's top prospects also coveted, but outfielder reportedly not untouchable

Dodgers open to Puig deal if return is right

Could Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig be on the move this week?

The Dodgers have let teams know that Puig could be acquired "in the right deal," USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reported Monday night. As MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported on Saturday, Puig has not been told by the Dodgers that he won't be traded. The club hasn't confirmed the most recent report.

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

A-Rod 4th to homer in teens and 40s

Yankees slugger celebrates birthday with solo shot in the sixth

A-Rod 4th to homer in teens and 40s

ARLINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez celebrated his 40th birthday by doing what he has done more often than all but three players in the game's history: hitting a home run.

Rodriguez connected with a Matt Harrison offering in the sixth inning during Monday's 6-2 win and slugged it over the wall for an opposite-field solo homer, marking the Yankees slugger's 24th of the season and his fourth in his last two games.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Emotional Victorino dealt to Angels

Boston receives infielder Rutledge, recalls outfield phenom Castillo

Emotional Victorino dealt to Angels

BOSTON -- Shane Victorino went from last place to first place in an instant on Monday. At some point soon, that will put a smile on his face.

But the emotional right fielder broke down in tears several times during a press conference that happened nearly five hours after he was traded from the Red Sox to the Angels. The Red Sox will pay $3.8 million of Victorino's remaining $4.9 million salary, and will get infielder Josh Rutledge from the Angels.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hawkins excited for next chapter with Blue Jays

Veteran reliever headed to 11th team as he plays in his final season

Hawkins excited for next chapter with Blue Jays

CHICAGO -- Right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins had boarded the Rockies' team bus after Monday night's 9-8 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field when Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich rang to inform him the team had agreed to trade him and star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays for shortstop Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects.

The deal was formally announced Tuesday morning.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Alyson Footer

Infamous streak still follows former Met Young

Now coaching youngsters in Texas, retired righty is often reminded of tough stretch in career

Infamous streak still follows former Met Young

HOUSTON -- Even before the conversation starts, Anthony Young knows what the topic is.

Nineteen years have passed since Young last appeared in a Major League game, and he surely hadn't gained the kind of superstar status during his pitching career that might merit being approached for interviews this long after retirement. But considering he made history for something that might not be something he'd choose to be remembered for, Young's knowing grin is understandable.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Bryant comes through

Rookie's walk-off shot puts him in tie for most HRs by 1st-year Cubs player

Stats of the Day: Bryant comes through

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues Monday …

With the Cubs down a run and down to their final out in the ninth, Kris Bryant jacked a two-run homer to give Chicago a rousing 9-8 victory over Colorado. Bryant has 14 homers, 59 RBIs and a 125 OPS+ in his debut season. For all first-year Cubs players, Bryant is tied with Mandy Brooks (1925) for the most home runs; has the eighth-most RBIs, 29 behind co-leaders Bill Lange (1893) and Bill Everitt (1895); and currently has the third-highest OPS+ among those who qualified for the batting title. In 1880, Tom Burns posted a 135, and in 1918, Charlie Hollocher put up a 134.

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Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wieters' walk-off HR steals Markakis' thunder

Wieters' walk-off HR steals Markakis' thunder

BALTIMORE -- After watching his team squander a few late-inning opportunities on Monday night at Camden Yards, Matt Wieters opened the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run off Luis Avilan to give the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Braves.

"That was a pitch, in that situation, I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes," said Avilan, who allowed the homer on a 1-0 fastball. "I didn't want to fall behind that hitter and have to throw a fastball. I think it was a good pitch. It was just a little bit up. Tough things happen. Sometimes you're going to be good and sometimes you're going to be bad."

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Mark Bowman is a reporter and Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crawford's shot backs Heston to beat Brewers

Crawford's shot backs Heston to beat Brewers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Chris Heston threw seven solid frames as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, Monday night at AT&T Park.

Heston received the win for the third time in as many starts as he allowed two runs on five hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander helped the Giants win for the 12th time in 13 games and cut their National League West deficit behind the first-place Dodgers to a half-game.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. Oliver Macklin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.