We almost had our fourth no-hitter of 2014 on Monday night. Cubs righty Jake Arrieta was four outs away from no-hitting the Red Sox in Fenway Park before Stephen Drew broke it up with a solid single to right. I feel like the near no-nos are becoming a nightly thing. Here is a recap of Monday's news from around the league:
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
IF Yoan Moncada: The 19-year-old Moncada has legally left Cuba and will look to be declared a free agent so he can sign with an MLB team. (MLB.com)
Angels: Released RHP Joel Pineiro after he was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance, the team confirmed. He called it a "terrible mistake" in a statement.
Padres: Interviewed Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Logan White for their vacant GM position, the team announced ... Cubs executive Jason McLeod is "flattered" but has taken himself out of the running their GM job (Chicago Sun-Times) ... Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen will interview for the GM position. (Boston Herald)
NOTABLE DRAFT PICK SIGNINGS
Rays: SS Yunel Escobar (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day DL following Monday's game, the team announced.
All-Star Game: Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes has moved into position to start the All-Star Game according to the latest fan voting update.
Astros: Internal documents about recent trade discussions were leaked. The team is planning to prosecute those responsible to the full extent of the law.
Cubs: OF Manny Ramirez hit a two-run home run in his first home game with the team's Triple-A affiliate.