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San Diego Padres: 2021 MLB Trade Deadline Grades

The San Diego Padres made a splash, albeit a smaller one, at the 2021 trade deadline, as they acquired infielder Adam Frazier from the Pittsburgh Pirates, right-handed relief pitcher Daniel Hudson from the Washington Nationals, and outfielder Jake Marisnick from the Chicago Cubs. Though these moves certainly stamped San Diego as buyers during the deadline action, they pale in name-value comparison to the blockbuster deal that the Los Angeles Dodgers made to acquire RHP Max Scherzer and SS Trea Turner, and the San Francisco Giants‘ trade for 3B Kris Bryant.
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Anthony Rendon's $245 Million Contract Is Looking Like a Bust for the Angels

Anthony Rendon's 2021 campaign came to a premature end on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Angels announced their third baseman would have season-ending surgery to repair a right hip impingement. Rendon hasn't played for a month and hasn't been himself all season. Frankly, two years into the massive deal he signed in December of 2019, the former All-Star is looking like an enormous bust.
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Yuli Gurriel Out of Lineup Against Dodgers Wednesday

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports Houston Astros’ first baseman Yuli Gurriel will sit out of Wednesday’s finale with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gurriel was a late scratch Tuesday because of a stiff neck. He last played in a 5-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Aug.1, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs batted in. Gurriel has appeared in 99 games this season, a regular fixture in the Astros lineup, slashing .324/.388/.490 with 12 home runs.
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Dodgers agree to deal with LHP Cole Hamels

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent left-hander Cole Hamels to a one-year contract on Wednesday. The deal is for a prorated $1 million guaranteed plus $200,000 per start, The Athletic and ESPN reported. The acquisition of Hamels comes on the heels of the Dodgers adding three-time Cy Young Award recipient...

Wednesday's top prospect performers

Here's a look at Wednesday’s top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:. Pirates: Nick Gonzales, 2B (MLB No. 28), High-A Greensboro. The Pirates’ top prospect finished the day 2-for-4 with a homer, a double and two RBIs in the Grasshoppers' 6-2 win over the Crawdads. Although his home run was just his second since mid-July, Gonzales has hit the ball well in his past 16 games. Gonzales has hit .381 across his past 63 at-bats, with nine multihit games in that span.

Boone impressed by Gil: 'The stuff is real'

The day after Luis Gil’s stellar MLB debut against the Orioles, Yankees manager Aaron Boone marveled at the rookie’s ability to pound the strike zone. “That’s what it's all about for him,” Boone told reporters Wednesday. “The stuff is real. The fastball has a chance to be special, but his ability to land his secondary pitches routinely throughout the outing allowed him to be pitch efficient.”
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Former All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels signs 1-year deal with Los Angeles Dodgers

Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers signed four-time All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. Hamels, who tried out for teams during a workout in front of scouts last month in Texas, passed his physical with the Dodgers earlier Wednesday, clearing the way for his signing. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated Yefry Ramirez for assignment.
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SF Giants activate La Stella, place starter on IL, cut a homegrown pitcher

PHOENIX — The Giants’ marquee free agent signee from last offseason has rejoined the club after a three-month injury absence. The Giants announced Wednesday that infielder Tommy La Stella has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list after missing time with a hamstring strain and a fractured thumb. To clear...
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Nestor Cortes Jr. brings crafty flair to depleted Yankees rotation

Nestor Cortes Jr. certainly fits the bill of a crafty lefty. But in his third go-around with the Yankees, Cortes has been much more than that. Beyond just a recent pinch-running escapade, Cortes’ versatility has been a boon for the Yankees this season, both in his ability to fill different roles and utilize various windups and arm slots to keep opposing batters off-balance. It has resulted in the 1.93 ERA he will take into Thursday’s start against the Mariners, his fourth of the season and 12th appearance overall.

Koerner Makes MLB Debut

CLEMSON, S.C. – Former Tiger righthander Brody Koerner (Concord, N.C.) made his major league debut with the New York Yankees in a relief role against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. He pitched the final 2.0 innings, allowing two hits and one run in the Yankees’ 13-1 victory.

Dodgers Make Cole Hamels Signing Official

While reports surfaced early in the day about the Dodgers signing lefty pitcher Cole Hamels to a contract though the remainder of the 2021 season, the team made the move official with an announcement late Wednesday afternoon. To clear space on the 40-man roster, the club designated righty pitcher Yefry...

Harvey exits early, Yankees have big inning late to take series finale

It was a strange sequence of events tonight. In the last of the fourth O’s right-hander Matt Harvey gave up two runs as his scoreless innings streak came to an end. When the last of the fifth began, he was out of the game. These two instances did not seem to be related.
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Dodgers News: Jimmy Nelson Heads to Injured List with an Elbow Issue

Another day, another roster move for the defending world champion Los Angeles Dodgers. About an hour before first pitch on Wednesday, the club announced that right-hander Jimmy Nelson is heading to the injured list with elbow inflammation. In a corresponding move, lefty Darien Nunez rejoins the active roster after about a week with Triple-A OKC.
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Dodgers sign four-time All-Star Cole Hamels

The Dodgers signed four-time All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels to a one-year contract through the 2021 season. The 37-year-old left-hander returns to the Major Leagues after making one start last season for the Braves. In his 15-year career, Hamels is a combined 163–122 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. To...