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MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for July 20

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The David Price trade talk is heating up these days. (USATSI)
The David Price trade talk is heating up these days. (USATSI)

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Here's all that's worth knowing for Sunday, June 1 (click here for today's scores) …

JON HEYMAN

Let's just say that our MLB insider was busy on Sunday. Here's a taste of what's going on over at his blog ...

- The Red Sox are reported to have some interest in Phillies lefty Cole Hamels. But what are the implications?

- The Orioles right now don't appear to have much genuine interest in a trade for A.J. Burnett of the Phillies.

- Heading toward the July 31 non-waiver deadline, the Blue Jays seem to have an uncertain financial situation in terms of their willingness to add payroll.

- Marlins closer Steve Cishek is becoming the subject of trade talks, and that has implications for the franchise as a whole.

- Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit is of interest to the Pirates, Indians and Tigers.

- The Diamondbacks' deadline sell-off might not be as sweeping as initially believed.

RUMORS, SPECULATION, NEWS, ETC.

- Pirates: Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the Pirates had a scout in attendance for the last start of Phillies right-hander (and former Pirate) A.J. Burnett.

- Rays: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe in his Sunday notes column lists the Blue Jays, Cardinals, Giants and Mariners as possible landing spots for ace David Price. The Cardinals, though, would want some assurances that Price would be willing to remain with the team long-term. Price is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

- Reds: May have some interest in Phillies OF Marlon Byrd and reliever Antonio Bastardo. (Jim Salisbury, CSN Philly)

INJURY UPDATES

- Dodgers: SS Hanley Ramirez was forced to leave Sunday night's game after a pitch struck him on the forearm. X-rays were negative, but he'll be re-examined early next week.

- Giants: 1B Brandon Belt will be placed on the DL with a concussion, which he suffered after being struck by a thrown ball during Saturday's batting practice.

- Mets: Activated LHP Jon Niese from the disabled list.

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