MLB trade deadline rumors, news and injury roundup for July 29

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Cole Hamels spun a gem Tuesday night. Will that matter in trade talks?
Cole Hamels spun a gem Tuesday night. Will that matter in trade talks? (USATSI)

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We're now officially into the area where we can say the 2014 non-waiver trade deadline is "tomorrow," as we have moved into Wednesday and the deadline sits at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Here's our quick-hitting roundup of the action. When applicable, click through on the provided link for the full story.

REPORTS, RUMORS and SPECULATION

A's: The club is looking for some outfield depth, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, and Slusser mentions for A's player Sam Fuld by name.

Astros: GM Jeff Luhnow is willing to move pitching to add big-league offense (Brian McTaggart).

Rusney Castillo: We already know the Cuban import is going to have private workouts for the Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox and Orioles. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com adds the Mariners to the list. The Cubs would also like one (Sahadev Sharma).

Diamondbacks: Gerardo Parra is being shopped, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

Dodgers: They're looking at ace-type starters such Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and David Price, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Indians: They are ready to move both Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera in trades, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Don't expect Masterson to go to the Yankees, though, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Jon Lester: The leaders in the clubhouse as of this afternoon were the Dodgers, Pirates, Brewers and Orioles, per Heyman. More on the Brewers pursuit here.

Marlins: They'd like a cheap starting pitcher and the wish list includes Wade Miley, Tommy Milone, Felix Doubront and Ross Detwiler, says Heyman.

Mets: The trade market for Bartolo Colon is surprisingly thin, according to Heyman.

Phillies: They don't seem interested in trading Cole Hamels, Heyman reports.

Pirates: They're looking for a left-handed reliever, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

David Price: The Rays are still talking trade and are willing to move him, says Jon Heyman.

Rockies: The plan is for LaTroy Hawkins to stay put, reports Heyman.

Royals: KC is showing interest in lefty reliever Andrew Miller, as are several clubs, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.

Josh Willingham: The Mariners and Yankees are taking a look, per Heyman.

ROSTER MOVES

Cubs: Rookie reliever Neil Ramirez -- who had been moved to Triple-A just to get some rest -- was placed on the minor-league DL with triceps soreness.

Padres: Everth Cabrera was activated from the DL and Jason Lane was designated for assignment as a corresponding move.

Red Sox: Jon Lester will not make his scheduled start Wednesday, so let the trade speculation run rampant.

Rockies: Justin Morneau was activated from the DL.

White Sox: Top draft pick Carlos Rodon will be activated by Class A Winston-Salem on Wednesday.

INJURY UPDATES

A's: Coco Crisp was again out with a neck injury Tuesday (MLB.com).

Astros: George Springer took batting practice for the first time since being placed on the DL (Ultimate Astros).

Braves: Jason Heyward was out again Tuesday, but should return either Wednesday or Thursday (Mark Bowman on Twitter).

Giants: Matt Cain is off to visit Dr. James Andrews regarding his elbow injury.

Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez worked 4 2/3 innings in a rehab outing (Orioles.com).

Nationals: A report indicates that Ryan Zimmerman has a torn hamstring.

Rays: Ryan Hanigan is still sore and won't return from the DL as planned (Rays.com).

Royals: Jason Vargas might be ready to return to the rotation Saturday, but it's not a sure thing yet (Royals.com).

Tigers: Eugenio Suarez left Tuesday's game with lower back tightness and is day to day (Jason Beck).

Twins: Joe Mauer will take batting practice in the cages Wednesday (twins.com). Ricky Nolasco had a bullpen session and came away without issue (twins.com).

White Sox: Remember when Avisail Garcia was ruled out for the year? Now the belief is he'll be back (whitesox.com).

Yankees: Michael Pineda is ready for his rehab stint.

MISCELLANY

Beltway: The Nationals-Orioles TV dispute is getting uglier.

Dodgers: Vin Scully will be back next season, his 66th in the booth for the Dodgers.

Pirates: Coaches are looking into everything from mechanical problems to a "mental component" when it comes to Pedro Alvarez's throwing woes (post-gazette.com).

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