The trade deadline is still approaching, and as some teams start to slip and others start to make a charge, rumors still fly around both leagues. Here are the latest news out there on the wires from top sites that matter for MLB betting fans.
The Cincinnati Reds are giving Johnny Cueto a break in the rotation to rest his ailing elbow. However, the Kansas City Royals are still interested in finding out if the Reds would be willing to shop Cueto – or his teammate Mike Leake – as the Royals try to start creating some more distance in the AL Central.
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Starting pitchers Jake Peavy and Matt Cain may be ready to return to the San Francisco Giants’ rotation during the first week of July. As these two look to end their rehab assignments, that means that two men in the Giants’ current rotation will be heading to the bullpen. The most likely pair are Tim Lincecum and Tim Hudson.
Francisco Rodriguez, the Milwaukee Brewers closer, has long been the subject of trade rumors, but right now the Toronto Blue Jays look like the most likely spot. Interestingly, though, Rodriguez does not want to be traded, although the chance to go to a contender should be an exciting one.
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is potentially headed to the disabled list because of an ongoing problem with his neck. If he can’t return to the lineup soon, the team may have no other choice but to fill the spot.
The Philadelphia Phillies placed second baseman Chase Utley on the disabled list because of ankle problems, and there is no current timetable for his return. If the Phillies can move the gigantic contract of Ryan Howard before the deadline, Utley could end up platooning at first base with Darin Ruf.
Quick – who was chosen in the 2013 draft ahead of Kris Bryant? Mark Appel, currently a pitcher in the Houston Astros organization. After struggling early this season at Double-A Corpus Christi, Appel has strung together five consecutive strong starts, permitting only seven earned runs in 29 innings, striking out 24 while walking only eight. The Astros are about to bring Appel up to Triple-A Fresno, although his timetable for going to the big club is still unknown. According to the Houston Chronicle, the team is evaluating all of the talent in the organization before looking for pitching help via trades.
The New York Mets are mired in a losing streak, but manager Terry Collins remains on solid footing. Since they reeled off an 11-game winning streak in April, the team has just gone 23-32 since. Even with that malaise, the team is just 1 ½ games out of first in a National League East that does not have a clear front-runner.
The Washington Nationals are interested in bringing in some depth to their middle infield, and they have interest in some Arizona Diamondbacks, including Cliff Pennington, Aaron Hill, Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings. The Diamondbacks would love to move the $12 million that Hill is slated to make in 2015 and again in 2016.
The Chicago Cubs need some pitching help to bolster their surprisingly strong spring, but losing Tsuyoshi Wada to cramping in his left arm didn’t help matters. The Cubs are actively shopping with all teams that have a starter to dangle.