Tom Koehler Traded to Blue Jays for Minor League Prospect Osman Gutierrez

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired right-handed pitcher Tom Koehler from the Miami Marlins.

The Blue Jays announced the deal that sends minor league pitcher Osman Gutierrez to the Marlins for Koehler.

     

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Aroldis Chapman Removed as Yankees Closer Following 4 Straight Poor Outings

As Aroldis Chapman continues to struggle, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi sounds like he is open to a closer by committee. 

Per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, Girardi said prior to Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox he will use Chapman "at any point" during games and the team does "not necessarily" have a predetermined closer. 

Chapman returned to the Yankees in the offseason, signing a five-year deal after the team dealt him to the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline in 2016. 

The 29-year-old left-hander has struggled this season, missing one month earlier this season due to rotator cuff tendinitis. Chapman has the highest ERA (4.29), lowest strikeout rate (12.6 per nine innings) and highest hit rate (8.1 per nine innings) of his career. 

Since the All-Star break, he has been particularly ineffective. He owns a 5.40 ERA with 12 hits allowed and 10 walks in 15 innings and has given up at least one earned run in each of his last four appearances. 

The Yankees added quality depth to their bullpen at the trade deadline, acquiring David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.

New York is five games behind the Red Sox in the American League East and can't afford to give up anymore games if it wants to win the division to avoid playing in the one-game wild-card playoff. 

.

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Dodgers’ Yu Darvish Placed on 10-Day DL with Back Injury

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that starting pitcher Yu Darvish will be placed on the 10-day disabled list with a back injury, according to Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA.

Roberts also told Rizzo that the injury isn't serious, and Darvish is scheduled to pitch on Aug. 27 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Darvish left the Dodgers' 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday due to back tightness after pitching six innings.

The Dodgers acquired Darvish from the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline. The right-handed starter added more high-impact depth to a rotation that leads Major League Baseball with a 3.18 ERA.

In three starts for the Dodgers, Darvish is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 11 strikeouts per nine innings.

Darvish also provided the Dodgers with some insurance for Clayton Kershaw, who was placed on the disabled list on July 24 due to a back injury with no definite timetable for his return.

For all of the things that have gone right for the Dodgers in 2017, injuries to the starting rotation have been a problem. Brandon McCarthy has spent time on the disabled list due to a blister problem. Scott Kazmir hasn't pitched at all due to a hip injury. Alex Wood missed one start in May due to a shoulder injury. 

The addition of Darvish, who has 170 strikeouts in 155 innings, was supposed to give Roberts more versatility with his starters. 

The Dodgers will coast into the postseason with the best record in MLB and a 19-game lead in the National League West, which gives them the luxury of allowing Darvish to spend some time on the DL, even if his injury isn't significant. 

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Derek Jeter, Wife Hannah Celebrate Birth of Daughter Bella Raine

Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his wife, Hannah Jeter, welcomed their first child on Thursday. 

News of Bella Raine Jeter's birth was tweeted out by The Players' Tribune Twitter account:

 

The couple announced Hannah's pregnancy in February in an article she contributed to The Players' Tribune.  

Jeter has not been slowed down by retirement. The 43-year-old married in 2016 and he is currently part of a group that is reportedly nearing a deal to purchase the Miami Marlins from Jeffrey Loria, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Yawkey Foundation ‘Disheartened’ to Be Linked to Racial, Political Controversy

The Yawkey Foundation has responded to comments from Boston Red Sox owner John Henry about the team's desire to lead an effort to get the street named after Tom Yawkey changed.

In a statement released Friday (via WEEI's Kirk and Callahan), the Yawkey Foundation said it was "disheartened" by having Yawkey's name added to the list of racially divisive and controversial monuments.

"Jean and Tom Yawkey's philanthropy, which has contributed more than $450 million—most of it to the Boston community—has always been color blind," the statement said.

Henry said in an email to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald on Thursday the street named Yawkey Way "has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can..."

Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933 until his death in July 1976, at which point his wife took over controlling interest until she died in 1992. The Jean R. Yawkey Trust owned the franchise until 2002 when Henry bought the team. 

During Yawkey's tenure as owner, the Red Sox were the last Major League Baseball team to integrate their roster in 1959, 12 years after Jackie Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Bill Baer of NBC Sports reported Yawkey also "refused to promote black players from the minor leagues during the 1950’s despite exceptional performance."

The original address for Fenway Park was 24 Jersey Street, but the street was posthumously renamed after Yawkey in 1977. 

 

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Jon Lester Reportedly Not Expected to Miss Significant Time with Lat Injury

The Chicago Cubs can breathe a sigh of relief after Jon Lester left Thursday's start against the Cincinnati Reds after just 1.2 innings with a lat injury. 

Per Bruce Levine of 670 The Score, Lester may only need "a short DL stint" before returning to the Cubs' starting rotation.   

        

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.   

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Rob Manfred Speaks out Against Removing Human Element from MLB Umpiring

Despite recent complaints about the umpiring in Major League Baseball, commissioner Rob Manfred is not a fan of taking the human element away from the game.

Manfred addressed the umpiring topic on Thursday at the MLB owners meetings in Chicago, via USA Today's Bob Nightengale:

“It would be a pretty fundamental change in the game, to take away a function that has been performed by our umpiring staff, really with phenomenal accuracy. The fact of the matter is they get them right well over 90% of the time.

“There is a human aspect to that, a work aspect to it, that’s always been an important part of our game.

“I don’t think you can just jump to the conclusion that if you have [the] technology to do it that’s the right thing for your product.’’

 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Rob Manfred Speaks out Against Removing Human Element from MLB Umpiring

Despite recent complaints about the umpiring in Major League Baseball, commissioner Rob Manfred is not a fan of taking the human element away from the game.

Manfred addressed the umpiring topic on Thursday at the MLB owners meetings in Chicago, via USA Today's Bob Nightengale:

“It would be a pretty fundamental change in the game, to take away a function that has been performed by our umpiring staff, really with phenomenal accuracy. The fact of the matter is they get them right well over 90% of the time.

“There is a human aspect to that, a work aspect to it, that’s always been an important part of our game.

“I don’t think you can just jump to the conclusion that if you have [the] technology to do it that’s the right thing for your product.’’

 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Nolan Arenado Exits Game vs. Braves with Hand Injury

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado left Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves with an apparent hand injury. 

Per Nick Groke of the Denver Post, Arenado was removed after Braves outfielder Lane Adams hit a grounder that nailed Colorado's All-Star on his left hand. 

Arenado was already dealing with a contusion on the same hand after being hit by a pitch from Miami Marlins pitcher Vance Worley during a game on Sunday. 

Should Arenado miss extended time, it would leave a huge void in the middle of Colorado's lineup and at third base. The 26-year-old has been an All-Star in each of the last three seasons and led the National League in RBI each of the past two. He's currently leading the Senior Circuit in RBI again in 2017, with 103 coming into Thursday. 

In addition to his RBI prowess, Arenado's 27 homers leads the Rockies, and his .590 slugging percentage ranks second. He's also one of the best defensive third basemen in Major League Baseball. His 17 defensive runs saved led all NL players, per FanGraphs.

The Rockies have been a surprise team in the NL this season, though their accomplishments have been overshadowed by virtue of playing in the same division as the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their 67-53 record is third-best in the NL, making Arenado's potential absence even more significant as they continue a push to the playoffs. 

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

John Henry Says Red Sox Want to Change Yawkey Way Name Due to Racist Legacy

Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry wants his franchise to pave the way for the city to change the name of Yawkey Way due to the racist history associated with the street's namesake, Tom Yawkey.

In an email to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, Henry said he would like to see the Red Sox play a role in helping to change the name of the street where Fenway Park is located:

“The Red Sox don’t control the naming or renaming of streets. But for me, personally, the street name has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can – particularly in our African-American community and in the Dominican community that has embraced us so fully. The Red Sox Foundation and other organizations the Sox created such as Home Base have accomplished a lot over the last 15 years, but I am still haunted by what went on here a long time before we arrived.”

Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933 until his death in 1976. During his time as owner, they were the last Major League Baseball team to integrate in 1959. 

In 1977, one year after his death, the street where Fenway Park is located was renamed Yawkey Way in his honor. He was also elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. 

The Yawkey family continued to own the Red Sox until 2002, when Henry purchased the franchise. 

Henry did tell Silverman if the decision were only up to him, he would rename the street "David Ortiz Way" or "Big Papi Way" after the former Red Sox designated hitter who retired at the end of last season and had his No. 34 retired by the team in a ceremony earlier this season. 

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Giancarlo Stanton’s 6-Game HR Streak Ends vs. Giants, 2 Short of MLB Record

Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton finally experienced a power outage on Wednesday when he failed to hit a home run for the first time in six games, finishing two games shy of tying the Major League Baseball record for most consecutive games with a homer.

Per ESPN.com, Stanton was able to reach base three times against the San Francisco Giants with two singles and a hit by pitch in Miami's 8-1 victory. 

Three players—Dale Long, Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly—hold the MLB record with a home run in eight consecutive games. Stanton was the first player to homer in at least six straight games since Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis in 2012. 

Stanton is having an outstanding season. He's already set a career high with 44 home runs and his current .645 slugging percentage leads MLB.

Since the All-Star break, the 27-year-old has taken his game to another level, hitting 18 home runs in 31 games. His streak of six straight games with a home run began on Aug. 10 against the Washington Nationals

 

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Giancarlo Stanton Trade Rumors: Marlins ‘Willing to Engage’ in Possible Deal

The Miami Marlins would reportedly be willing to entertain a trade of All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton if teams want to make an offer. 

Per MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Marlins are "willing to engage" other teams about Stanton's availability, but they are not yet "not involved in any serious talks."   

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that Stanton cleared waivers, making him eligible to be traded to any team before Aug. 31, and "at least four teams have inquired about the possibility of trading for him."

There was also a deal discussed between the Marlins and another team prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline that "progressed to the point where the sides were exchanging names of players who could come back to Miami in return," according to Passan.

Stanton's contract could present problems for any interested teams. The four-time All-Star is signed for 11 more years with a salary that increases from $14.5 million this season to $25 million in 2018 and up to $32 million from 2023-25, per Spotrac

The deal also includes a full no-trade clause and a player option after the 2020 season. 

On the field, Stanton would seem like a hot trade commodity. He's just 27 years old and leads Major League Baseball with 44 homers, including 18 in 30 games since the All-Star break, and a .646 slugging percentage this season. 

 

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Mets Trade Rumors: Neil Walker Reportedly ‘Close’ to Being Dealt to Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly nearing a deal to acquire second baseman Neil Walker in a trade with the New York Mets

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the Brewers and Mets were "close" on a deal sending Walker to Milwaukee. 

 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Jeffrey Loria Sells Miami Marlins to Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan Ownership Group

Jeffrey Loria has sold the Miami Marlins to a group that includes former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and New York businessman Bruce Sherman

Per MLB.com's Joe Frisaro and CBS Miami's Mike Cugno, Marlins president David Samson announced the agreement to sell the team had been signed. Cugno added the deal is expected to be finalized in October. 

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported Friday that Loria agreed to sell the Marlins for $1.2 billion, with Sherman serving as the "control person" and Jeter running "the business and baseball sides of the organization" after the deal becomes official. NBA legend Michael Jordan is also an investor in the group.

There has been speculation about a Marlins sale dating back to February, when Mike Ozanian of Forbes reported Loria had a handshake deal to sell the franchise for $1.6 billion that was never made official because a majority of the potential buyer's net worth was not actual cash but tied up in real estate.

Steven Wine of the Associated Press (via the Chicago Tribune) reported Joshua Kushner was the buyer who had a preliminary agreement with the Marlins. Kushner later ceased negotiations, per Mark Moore of the New York Post.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported on March 4 Loria was "fully expected to sell the team sometime this year" and the team was "actively engaged in discussions with four groups and have had additional conversations with two others."

Loria's ownership of the Marlins has drawn its share of scrutiny. He previously owned the Montreal Expos before selling the franchise to Major League Baseball in 2002 for $120 million, then bought the Marlins for a total of $158 million by procuring the additional $38 million in a loan from MLB, per ESPN.com

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission opened an investigation in 2011 regarding the financing for Marlins Park. It took four years and was eventually closed with no charges brought against the team, though David Smiley of the Miami Herald did note Miami-Dade County wound up taking on "more than $2 billion in debt to finance the stadium's construction."

Loria has rarely shown a willingness to run the Marlins as anything more than a business to make himself money, even at the expense of the franchise and its fanbase. 

The Marlins had an Opening Day payroll over $75 million once from 2000 to 2016, per Cot's Baseball Contracts. That was in 2012, the first year of Marlins Park when the team surprisingly opened its wallet to sign Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle. 

The Marlins are spending a franchise-record $115.4 million on payroll in 2017, per Cot's, though Josh Kosman and Claire Atkinson of the New York Post reported in July the team could lose $70 million this season. 

After the team went 69-93 in 2012, Loria traded Reyes, Buehrle and Josh Johnson, whose combined salary heading into 2013 was $35.75 million, to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of a 12-player deal to dump payroll.

The Marlins did win the World Series in 2003, Loria's second season as owner of the franchise, but have missed the playoffs in each of the last 13 seasons with just four winning years during that span.

The sale of the Marlins gets Loria exactly what he wants—a nice payout on an investment he basically got MLB to pay for—and will hopefully get the franchise back on track after years of mismanagement.

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Evan Longoria Leaves Game vs. Indians Due to Thumb Injury

As the Tampa Bay Rays look to keep pace in the American League wild-card hunt, an injury to Evan Longoria's thumb will only add to their hitting woes.

The Rays announced that Longoria left Friday's game against the Cleveland Indians with a thumb contusion, adding that X-rays were negative.

The 31-year-old Longoria hit over 30 home runs with a slugging percentage over .500 for the first time since 2009 last season. He also played in at least 160 games for the fourth straight season, giving the Rays some offensive stability that they have otherwise lacked for years. 

There was a two-year stretch in 2011-12 when Longoria missed 117 games and appeared to be breaking down physically. He has rebounded nicely from that rough patch in his career, looking more like the perennial All-Star when his career first started.

With Longoria on the shelf, the Rays will use Daniel Robertson at third base for the time being. The 23-year-old Robertson is in his first MLB season and has been used as a super-utility player in Tampa Bay. 

The Rays still have Longoria under contract through 2022, so making sure he's healthy and ready to pick up where he left off is of the utmost importance for this franchise.  

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Willson Contreras Reportedly Could Miss 4-6 Weeks with Hamstring Injury

The Chicago Cubs could be without star catcher Willson Contreras for four to six weeks because of a hamstring injury. 

Per MLB.com's Carrie Muskat, Contreras has been diagnosed with a "moderate" strain of his right hamstring, which typically comes with a recovery time of four to six weeks. 

ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers noted the Cubs will re-evaluate Contreras in two weeks to get a more definitive return timeframe

Contreras left the Cubs' 3-1 loss against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday in the eighth inning after grabbing his leg while trying to run out a ground ball. 

The loss of Contreras is a huge blow for the Cubs as they try to fight off the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central. They enter play on Friday with a 59-54 record, one game ahead of the Cardinals, with the Brewers and Pirates four back in the loss column. 

In his first full season with the Cubs, Contreras has become a key contributor for the defending World Series champions. The 25-year-old has hit .311/.380/.700 in 23 games since the All-Star break, and his 21 homers rank second on the team, behind the total of first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Marlins Sale to Derek Jeter Ownership Group Reportedly Approved by Jeffrey Loria

The Miami Marlins are one step closer to being sold, as owner Jeffrey Loria has reportedly agreed to a deal with a group led by Derek Jeter and New York businessman Bruce Sherman.

Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Loria's agreement to sell the Marlins is for $1.2 billion, with Major League Baseball "expected to receive the written agreement on Friday."

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Charles Gasparino of Fox Business Network confirmed the Jeter-Sherman group won the bidding for the Marlins.

The sale will not become official until it receives approval from MLB. Jackson noted MLB officials "are expected to discuss the sale, but not vote on it, in owners meetings in Chicago next week."

According to Jackson, the full vote from MLB's other owners "could be weeks away," and the sale is expected to close in the first week of October.

The full group led by Jeter and Sherman contains about 16 investors, who helped bring the total amount offered up to $1.2 billion, per Jackson.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Aug. 9 a group led by Wayne Rothbaum and Jeb Bush dropped out of the bidding for the Marlins, leaving Jeter's group and another one led by Jorge Mas as the two finalists.

Loria has owned the Marlins since 2002 when he purchased the franchise from John Henry, who currently owns the Boston Red Sox. The Marlins won the 2003 World Series under Loria's ownership, but the franchise has not made the playoffs since and is on pace to finish under .500 for the eighth straight season.

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Johan Camargo Suffers Knee Injury After Tripping on Walk to the Mound

Atlanta Braves shortstop Johan Camargo was forced out of Tuesday's matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies before the first pitch after injuring his leg while walking on the field at the start of the game. 

Fox Sports South tweeted out the video of Camargo's injury:

The Braves announced Camargo suffered a "hyper-extended right knee" and would be undergoing an MRI. 

Camargo was in the Braves' starting lineup for the game, starting at shortstop and hitting seventh. He was replaced by Jace Peterson after being forced out. 

Originally signed by the Braves out of Panama in 2010, Camargo made his Major League debut on April 11 against the Miami Marlins. The 23-year-old has been a solid offensive performer with a .292/.327/.454 with 22 extra-base hits in 63 games. 

Camargo currently ranks fifth on the Braves with 1.1 FanGraphs wins above replacement. His UZR per 150 games played of 19.1 is second among Atlanta players, trailing only Danny Santana, per FanGraphs.

The Braves entered play on Tuesday with a 51-59 record, 11.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second wild card spot in the National League.  

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

MLB Announces 2017 Postseason Schedule, Dates and TV Info

With less than two months remaining in the regular season, Major League Baseball has announced the 2017 postseason schedule that will start with the American League Wild Card Game on Oct. 3.

MLB Communications released the full schedule for this year's playoffs:

The American League Divison Series will start on Oct 5., with the National League getting started on Oct. 6. The respective League Championship Series will begin eight days after the start of the Division Series. 

Game 1 of the 2017 World Series will be played at the home of the team with the best record in MLB on Oct. 24. If the series goes the distance, Game 7 will be played on Nov. 1. 

The Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series champions and hold a 1.5-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Los Angeles Dodgers own MLB's best record at 79-32, 15.5 games ahead of the Colorado Rockies in the National League West. 

The rest of the NL playoff field based on current standings would include the Washington Nationals as the NL East champions, with the Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks as the two wild card teams. 

In the AL, the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros lead their respective divisions. The New York Yankees lead the wild-card race, with the Kansas City Royals holding an edge over the Tampa Bay Rays based on percentage points for the second wild card spot. 

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Dodgers Complete Best 50-Game Stretch in MLB Since 1912 with Win vs. Mets

With a come-from-behind 7-4 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers have completed the best 50-game stretch in Major League Baseball since 1912 by going 43-7. 

The Dodgers tweeted out a celebratory photo of this incredible hot streak that began June 7:

The Dodgers' run of 43 wins in 50 games was last done by the New York Giants 105 years ago. That team went on to post a 103-48 record before losing to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. 

Though the 2017 Dodgers' postseason fate is unknown, they are keeping exclusive company. Los Angeles owns MLB's best record at 78-32, 7.5 games ahead of the Houston Astros for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. 

The Dodgers' current winning percentage of .709 has them on pace to win 115 games. The 1906 Chicago Cubs and 2001 Seattle Mariners hold the MLB record with 116 wins in the regular season, though neither went on to win the World Series.

Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com