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Storylines: Liriano headed to DL

Storylines: Liriano headed to DL
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June 12, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Wednesday, June 11.

Tribe News

  • Terry Francona noted that Nick Swisher felt very good after his first rehab start Tuesday night, and the first baseman will fly to Boston Thursday morning to meet with the manager about when he will be activated.

Others News and Notes

  • Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain, joining fellow Pirate starter Gerrit Cole on the DL.
  • Pirates president Frank Coonelly told Joe Starkey of 93.7 the Fan that the team has serious interest in re-signing catcher Russell Martin this winter.
  • Reliever Carlos Marmol has been placed on the restricted list by the Reds after he left the team without permission. It is believed that Marmol wanted a mental break and is not retiring.
  • The Cubs officially signed their first round pick, and the fourth pick overall, Kyle Schwarber to a below-slot deal of $3.125 million.
  • Texas also signed their first round pick, prep pitcher Luis Ortiz, to a slightly below-slot deal worth $1.75 million.
  • The Red Sox signed 36-year-old outfielder Andres Torres to a Minor League contract.
  • Toronto sent 33-year-old righty Shawn Hill to the White Sox. Hill hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2012 with the Blue Jays.
  • David Huff, who was recently designated for assignment by the Giants, was dealt to the Yankees for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster for Huff, New York designated pitcher Wade LeBlanc for assignment.
  • Detroit acquired Minor League catcher Manny Pina from the Mariners for a player to be named later.

User Comments

June 12, 2014 - 2:08 PM EDT
Walter, that only makes it easier to trade Bourn as teams are willing to overpay now if they're in contention.

I doubt we would get anything of value for Bourn, in fact I'd be satisfied with just dumping his contract. The combination of Holt, Aviles and Brantley could hold the fort down, especially with Morgan coming back in a month. It probably wouldn't help us much this year, but it seems like a great way for a small market team to save about $35 million without hurting the club much.
June 12, 2014 - 12:16 PM EDT
@Walter.. or because there are only 3 games separating first to last, the teams may be motivated to make the trade that improves them by one or three games.. it could be a huge difference..

@Brandon.. Trading Bourn, while unlikely, as you've indicated would net the Indians what kind of player? Any ideas?..
June 12, 2014 - 11:23 AM EDT
I think the Indians will have hard time of making a trade at the trade deadline if there are many teams in playoff chase. Just look at the standings in AL central. 3.5 games separate from 1st to last place in the division.
June 12, 2014 - 8:32 AM EDT
I doubt they move him this summer (though I'd be all for it). In the offseason though think they seriously have to consider moving him.
June 12, 2014 - 7:51 AM EDT
Fair points, but if that is how the FO operates I have a big problem with it. Each trade should be made based on value to the team. These types of ulterior motives are what get teams in trouble. If the tribe is a consistent winner, fans and free agents will come. Trading players is inevitable and if the value is there, all of those other reasons become moot points IMO.
June 12, 2014 - 6:56 AM EDT

I'd say, anything is possible, but don't look for it to happen. Bourn was a big investment for the Tribe (right or wrong), and the Dolans are probably concerned about public perception. Furthermore, signing a FA and trading him relatively soon thereafter likely wouldn't sit well with some FA that they might be willing to sign.
June 12, 2014 - 3:57 AM EDT
Any chance the tribe moves Bourn while he´s playing well? Especially with the emergence of Naquin, this seems like a prime time to get max value for him. Holt and Aviles can be the backup outfielders for now while Brantley moves to Center.

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