Giants owner doesn’t know how many fingers Pierre-Paul has

July 31, 2015 – 1:33 am by Hickey

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“How many fingers am I holding up?” used to be the NFL’s version of a concussion protocol. Now, it is a question one player can legitimately ask to his owner.

As the New York Giants head to training camp, team co-owner John Mara legitimately does not know how many fingers are still attached to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s hand following his Fourth of July fireworks mishap.

“I don’t know how many fingers he has,” Mara said in a Thursday press conference. “We know what we’ve read and what we’ve been told, but until we actually see him and the extent of the damage, it’s hard to make any sort of prediction as to what kind of condition he’s in.”

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Report: Aroldis Chapman unlikely to be traded

July 29, 2015 – 11:48 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Aroldis Chapman

The Cincinnati Reds are supposed to be in full sell mode after shipping Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals over the weekend, but their other big pitching piece doesn’t look like he will be heading anywhere.

Jayson Stark is reporting that Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is unlikely to be traded despite high interest just a few weeks ago. The flame-throwing lefty had drawn interest from the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals, but it looks like he’s not going anywhere. We have been told that the market for Chapman has dried up over the past week or so as teams concentrated on other options.

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Report: Rangers are front-runners for Cole Hamels

July 29, 2015 – 5:10 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Cole Hamels

As Friday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches, the rumors are coming fast and furious. One report on Tuesday caught our collective eye, as it appears the Texas Rangers will try to land a big fish this week.

Bob Nightengale is reporting that the Rangers are “now the clear-cut favorite” to land Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels.

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Report: Dodgers make Yasiel Puig available in trade

July 28, 2015 – 1:12 am by Ryan Phillips
    Yasiel Puig

Remember the Summer of Puig in 2013? When Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig stormed into Major League Baseball as a 22-year-old and posted a WAR of 5.0 in just 104 games while galvanizing the entire Los Angeles Dodgers franchise? Yeah, that seems like a long time ago, as the Dodgers are now reportedly ready to move on from the former All-Star.

Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers are making Puig available “in the right deal,” but other teams aren’t really expressing much interest. Puig is in the middle of a disappointing season, hitting .253 with just six home runs, 22 RBI and an OPS of .750. He has played in just 53 games this year and has posted just 49 hits while striking out 47 times.

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Video: Kris Bryant hits first career walk-off home run

July 27, 2015 – 11:23 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Kris Bryant

The Chicago Cubs were swept by an awful Philadelphia Phillies team over the weekend and appeared to be heading into the tank. On Monday night things looked bleak again against the Colorado Rockies, but rookie phenom Kris Bryant turned that narrative on its head with one swing.

The Cubs led 7-4 heading into the top of the ninth, but the Rockies scored four runs off of Jason Motte and Rafael Soriano to take an 8-7 lead. Then with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Dexter Fowler on first base, Bryant launched a 1-0 pitch from John Axford into the left-center field bleachers. The Cubs desperately needed that dramatic 9-8 win.

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MLB Rumors: Tyson Ross in high demand

July 27, 2015 – 4:38 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Tyson Ross

While most of Major League Baseball’s trade deadline focus has centered on big-name guys like Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels and David Price, another starting pitcher has emerged as possibly the most wanted man on the market. As we get closer to the deadline, San Diego Padres right-hander Tyson Ross has nearly a half-dozen contenders coming hard after him.

John Heyman is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers are currently interested in Ross. We have been told the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals (before getting Cueto) were looking hard at Ross as well.

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Cubs need to punt on 2015 at trade deadline

July 27, 2015 – 1:38 am by Hickey

Kris Bryant

In a way, this feels better than a September collapse, because they presumably got it out of the way before mistakes could be made and real heartbreak could be suffered. But this weekend’s home sweep at the hands of the woeful Philadelphia Phillies, which included getting no-hit for the first time since 1965, proved that the Chicago Cubs absolutely should not be selling off prospects at the trade deadline to make a playoff push this summer. This team has a future, but it isn’t now. And it is not worth mortgaging any piece of that future for what would likely be a postseason appearance of just one game.

Though the Cubs are historically known to trigger absurd overreactions from yours truly, this is not one of them. As delightfully random as baseball can be, you simply cannot get swept by a team with a .370 winning percentage in July and consider yourself a playoff contender. But in a way, the Phillies provided a service by highlighting a number of cracks that have been apparent for quite some time.

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Pirates acquire Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers

July 23, 2015 – 5:35 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Aramis Ramirez

The Pittsburgh Pirates are chasing the postseason again and with some key injuries currently hampering the roster, they desperately need infield help. On Thursday afternoon they got just that, as they acquired third baseman Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ramirez will head to the Pirates along with cash considerations in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yhonathan Barrios. Ramirez started his career in Pittsburgh in 1998 and was with the Pirates for five-plus seasons before being traded to the Chicago Cubs.

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