Storylines: Angels acquire Street from Padres
LAA finalized a deal to add closer Huston Street from SD.
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Here are the stories from Thursday, July 17.
- The Angels finalized a deal to add closer Huston Street from the Padres, Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reported. Second base prospect Taylor Lindsey is expected to be part of the return to San Diego, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal indicated the deal will be a 4-for-2 where Street and a minor leaguer will be sent to the Angels. Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez and two other minor leaguers will go to San Diego. The trade was announced after the Padres game was completed. Rosenthal also wrote that the Padres are still open to trading Benoit, but they will raise bar for what they want in return.
- The Astros did not sign first-round pick Brady Aiken or fifth-rounder Jacob Nix, according to reports from MLB.com's Jim Callis. The Astros will receive the No. 2 pick in next year's draft, Callis added, meaning that Houston did at least offer Aiken 40 percent of his slot value ($3,168,840), which Aiken did not accept. Aiken becomes just the third No. 1 overall pick ever to not sign, Callis added. The Astros did increase their offer, ultimately going to the $5 million range, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. MLBPA executive director Tony Clark issued a statement saying that the MLBPA, the players and their advisers are exploring all legal options. The Astros released their own statement, saying that the club's final offer was "extremely fair considering all the factors involved in this case" and insisting that the team "approached these negotiations in good faith and with the best interests of the Astros organization in mind, both short-term and long-term." Heyman reported the following details on the club's final efforts to reach agreement: the team made three offers yesterday, the second of which came with 30 minutes left on the clock. The final, $5 million offer was made with just five minutes to go. Aiken did not counter any of the offers.
- Indians manager Terry Francona continues to stretch the limits of traditional thinking for a Major League bullpen. Prior to Friday's game in Detroit, Cleveland recalled right-hander C.C. Lee from Triple-A Columbus. The Tribe now has 10 relief arms available out of the 'pen.
- The Indians did all they could to reach pacts with as many of their selections as possible from last month's First-Year Player Draft prior to Friday's signing deadline. That included spending more money than was permitted for the team's bonus pool. Cleveland will be penalized for the excess spending. For the first 10 rounds, the Indians were permitted a bonus pool of $8,234,100 for their 12 selections. Cleveland spent $8,355,300, which put them over the pool by $121,200. As a result, the organization will pay a 75-percent tax on the excess.
- Michael Bourn stayed home in Cleveland to focus on his recovery from the latest setback involving his left hamstring. Prior to Friday's game against Detroit, Indians manager Terry Francona noted that Bourn has initiated running activity on an anti-gravity treadmill, which reduces stress on the legs. Bourn is scheduled to resume light running drills under normal conditions soon.
News and Notes:
- While some recent rumors have circulated regarding the Red Sox and Cole Hamels, the Phillies aren't currently inclined to deal him, a Major League source told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. The Boston Herald's Scott Lauber suggested a similar notion. A source told him that while the Sox are open to adding front-line starting pitching as insurance in case they cannot retain Jon Lester, there's nothing in the works with Hamels, and acquiring him is more of a concept than a reality at this point. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports wrote that the Phillies' preference is to deal Cliff Lee rather than Hamels, though his current injury complicates that matter. Those familiar with the team feel that Lee would prioritize a winning team over remaining in Philadelphia, and that he would therefore be more likely to waive his no-trade clause. The same cannot be said for Hamels at this time, whose preference is to remain in Philly, Heyman wrote.
- The Tigers and Rangers are having ongoing discussions about Texas closer Joakim Soria, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports 1.
- C.C. Sabathia underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on July 18 and will miss the rest of the season, Brian Cashman told reporters, including Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. While it's bad news for the Yankees, it's not as bad as it could've been, as the arthroscopic surgery is less severe than microfracture surgery.
- The Braves released embattled second baseman Dan Uggla, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported. The Giants are considering bringing in just-released second baseman Dan Uggla, CSNBayArea.com's Andrew Baggarly reported. While Marco Scutaro is back on the active roster, it may take some time to determine whether he'll be a regular, healthy contributor. Indeed, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle said in an appearance on the Sports Virus Podcast that it is "not a real optimistic situation" for Scutaro to hold down the club's second base job.
- The Cubs are receiving some trade interest in Starlin Castro but don't expect to trade him this month, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports 1. That lines up with a tweet from Newsday's David Lennon earlier this week, when Lennon noted that Castro isn't expected to be dealt in 2015, and the Cubs may slide him over to third base in 2015. That would be a surprise, given the organization's wealth of third base prospects, although such a move would clear a spot for Javier Baez.
- Mariners outfielder (and former second baseman) Dustin Ackley has drawn significant trade interest, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Clubs are interested in a chance at a turnaround from a player who was once one of the game's top prospects, Heyman noted. With Robinson Cano etched in stone at second and Seattle looking to upgrade its production in the corner outfield, Ackley could theoretically be included as part of a package or dealt away to create roster space.
- The Nationals signed first-rounder Erick Fedde for a $2,511,100 bonus, Jim Callis of MLB.com reported. That amount represented the maximum the team could allot to Fedde without forfeiting future draft picks.