- Huston Street. There are those that believe Street was acquired in the off-season just so that the Padres could trade him a few months later. The idea makes complete sense. The Mets are interested, and if he went there he'd almost certainly be the closer. That would leave Luke Gregerson to close behind him in all likelihood. Brad Boxberger was deemed the closer of the future before the season for the Padres so he's worth watching if they end up moving Gregerson too.
- Brett Myers. Myers did not help the Astros with his performance in the month of June, but there's still time before the 31st for teams to find something to like. His departure could alllow Brandon Lyon or Wilton Lopez to slip into the closer's role.
- Matt Capps. Capps has had issues staying healthy this year, and also hasn't been anything better than average, but that shouldn't stop a team from adding him as insurance to a more stable closer and depth in the 7th or 8th inning. The Twins are going nowhere and will gladly get what they can with Capps set to become a free agent after the season anyway.
- Casey Janssen. The Jays aren't exactly out of it, but with a depleted starting rotation and in a very competitive division, they could easily be sellers in another month. The Blue Jays do have Janssen under control through 2014, so to move him would probably command a bigger deal from a contending team. If he were moved, Francisco Cordero or Darren Oliver would likely take over (again that is assuming that neither of those arms get moved).
- Carlos Marmol. Theo Epstein was willing to eat much of Alfonso Soriano's contract, so that probably is an indication that he would be willing to eat Marmol's who is owed about $10 million next season. Of course, the Cubs would want a valuable player back in return and that is not certain to happen. If Marmol were moved, it would more than likely be to set up given how shaky he's been this season.
- Grant Balfour & Brian Fuentes. Both players are currently setting up for the A's, so this wouldn't be anything earth-shattering for fantasy owners. No word on whether Ryan Cook is being shopped, so let's assume he's staying put for now.
- A bunch of Red Sox injury notes. Carl Crawford is going to play for Double-A Portland tomorrow after taking batting practice today. Jacoby Ellsbury homered in a Gulf Coast League game. Will Middlebrooks might be heading to the DL, no word on whether the Red Sox have called the White Sox on Kevin Youkilis' availability.
- Mike Trout was scratched from the lineup with an injured pinkie finger. It sounds like a very small issue, but in terms of gripping a bat, it is essential to have healthy fingers.
- Mike Moustakas hit a grand slam yesterday and quietly has 14 home runs this season.
- And for everyone that believed Jose Bautista's breakout two seasons ago is still a fluke, he is on pace to hit more than the 54 home runs he hit that season currently.
- Brian McCann was dropped to 7th in the Braves order on Monday night, but it didn't help them hit Jeff Samadzija. Samardizja had been struggling of late, but struck out 11 hitters and walked only one against the Braves.
- As McCann, Carlos Santana, and other catchers continue to struggle, Salvador Perez and Yasmani Grandal deserve a look. Perez homered for the third time yesterday.
- Matt Kemp will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday. Jerry Hairston hit third for the Dodgers last night. Take your time Matt, everything is under control.
- Ozzie Guillen would like to see Carlos Zambrano fight Zack Greinke. It was a joke, but this can get taken out of context.
- The longest home run of the season belongs to...Cameron Maybin. He took a ball 485 feet yesterday.
- On top of everything that Bryce Harper has done at age 19, he has done it despite no fastballs or strikes to hit.
I like it. I have done similar things in an NL Only although the Yelich owner won't budge.
Montero is in for a tough ride in Seattle. Since the Mariners moved to Safeco, what power hitter has been good?
@mark.schruender I also just traded M Montero and Frieri for Wilson Ramos and Yelich. I'm in the midst of an epic rebuild anyways, so I think it works. My oldest player is Prince Fielder, with everyone else being top prospects or like 25 and younger.
@mark.schruender Glad I drafted him last year in the 15th round of my 20 team dynasty keeper league!