MLB news, rumors and injury roundup for July 17
No baseball, but still plenty to discuss from Thursday, including Marlin Byrd, Jean Segura, Alfonso Soriano (to Blue Jays?), Evan Gattis, Justin Masterson and the Padres GM finalists. And more.
A second straight day with no baseball in the middle of the summer really sucks. Still, there was some stuff going on, so let's round it all up. For the full story in each case, remember to click on the provided link.
Blue Jays: The club claimed pitcher Brad Mills off waivers and designated former first-rounder Deck McGuire for assignment.
Brewers: Shortstop Jean Segura will return to action this weekend following the death of his child (Brewers.com).
Mariners: They recalled outfielder Stefen Romero from the minors and optioned reliever Lucas Luetge.
Rangers: The club announced that it had activated Geovany Soto from the DL, promoted J.P. Arencibia from the minors and designated Carlos Pena for assignment.
Rays: Ryan Hanigan was placed on the DL with an oblique injury. Catcher Curt Casail was selected from Triple-A to take his spot.
Tigers: Drew VerHagen is making the spot start in Saturday's doubleheader (Tigers.com).
White Sox: They signed Chien-Ming Wang and assigned him to Triple-A.
White Sox/Reds: Dylan Axelrod was traded to the Reds.
Yankees: They signed lefty Rich Hill and assigned him to Triple-A (LoHud Yankees blog).
NEWS, RUMORS and SPECULATION
Angels: They are making progress on signing first-round pick Sean Newcomb with Friday being the deadline to sign, reports latimes.com.
Blue Jays: Could they target bats instead of rotation help? Thestar.com explores this scenario. On that front, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Blue Jays have checked in on Alfonso Soriano.
Dodgers: They are expected to pursue Jonathan Papelbon via trade, reports Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles. Also, Matt Kemp wants to play center field again, even if it means being traded.
Mariners: They have interest in Ben Zobrist, and might they also be in on David Price? Jon Heyman examines the situation. Marlon Byrd was previously tied to them, but Heyman adds that Byrd is now "less than likely" to accept a deal there. ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that Byrd would waive his no-trade clause if the Mariners vested his 2016 option year, but that the Mariners were unlikely to do that.
Red Sox: GM Ben Cherington said the club isn't conceding the 2014 season. Read into that what you will regarding if they'll be active in front of the trade deadline.
Braves: Evan Gattis started his minor-league rehab assignment Thursday for Triple-A Gwinnett (ajc.com).
Indians: Justin Masterson will make a rehab start Sunday in Triple-A (Paul Hoynes).
Rockies: Tyler Chatwood needs Tommy John surgery.
A.J. Reed: The Astros' second-round pick won the 2014 Golden Spikes award.
Contenders schedules: I broke down the schedule strength for the second half of the season for each contender.
Tracy McGrady: He's done playing independent baseball.
Padres GM search: The finalists are Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler and MLB executive Kim Ng, reports Scott Miller.