MLB trade deadline rumors, injury and news roundup for July 24
Jim Johnson DFA, Kendrys Morales traded, lots of injury updates and trade rumors on Aaron Hill, Edwin Jackson, Daniel Murphy, Drew Stubbs, Antonio Bastardo and more. Click on through.
We're now less than a week to the non-waiver trade deadline and the rumor mill is really heating up. We even had a decent-sized name get traded Thursday. Let's round everything up.
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A's: Jim Johnson has been designated for assignment.
Mariners: They traded for Kendrys Morales, who they didn't sign this past offseason (or first several months of this season, either).
Orioles: The O's picked up infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes from the Royals for cash considerations.
White Sox: Zach Putnam was placed on the disabled list with Andre Rienzo being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
RUMORS, REPORTS and SPECULATION
Astros: All signs point to them holding onto veteran closer Chad Qualls (Astros.com).
Rusney Castillo: The Cuban import will work out for around a dozen clubs in Miami on Saturday, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Cubs: They're trying to deal Edwin Jackson, but not surprisingly are having trouble finding suitors, per Heyman.
Diamondbacks: The club would rather trade Aaron Hill than Martin Prado, Heyman reports.
Mariners: They have asked the Rockies about Drew Stubbs, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
Mets: The front office is receiving calls about possibly trading All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy, but they are inclined to hold onto him, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.
Phillies: They are trying to trade Ryan Howard, but would have to pay almost all his remaining salary, Heyman reports.
Pirates: They're interested in A.J. Burnett, but don't want to take on his player option for next season, per Heyman.
Rockies: They asked the Orioles for rookie starter Kevin Gausman in trade talks for lefty Jorge De La Rosa, and the O's won't do that, reports Heyman.
Tigers: They're now focused on adding a left-handed reliever and Antonio Bastardo is a target (Matt Gelb/Jon Morosi).
Angels: C.J. Wilson is progressing and will throw another bullpen session either Friday or Saturday (Angels.com).
Astros: Top prospecct Carlos Correa won't be playing in the Arizona Fall League due to his recovery from a broken leg and instead targets the spring (Ultimate Astros). Also, Jesse Crain and Matt Albers continue to make very slow progress (Astros.com).
Athletics: Yoenis Cespedes missed Thursday's game due to a sprained thumb, but it appears a day to day situation.
Cubs: Edwin Jackson exited his Thursday start with cramping in his hand, but it doesn't sound serious.
Indians: Manager Terry Francona is hopeful that Asdrubal Cabrera will return this weekend (Indians.com).
Mets: After getting hit in the helmet with a pitch Wednesday, Ruben Tejada was benched as a precaution Thursday (Mets.com).
Padres: Yonder Alonso, Jedd Gyorko and Everth Cabrera are all getting real close to returning from injury (Padres.com).
Red Sox: David Ortiz left Thursday's game with back spasms.
Royals: Eric Hosmer wasn't in the starting lineup Thursday due to a bruised hand and Jason Vargas -- recovering from an appendectomy -- will throw a simulated game Saturday (Royals.com).
Tigers: It is "highly unlikely" that Joel Hanrahan pitches this season (detroitnews.com).
Twins: Phil Hughes left his Thursday start with a shin contusion. He's considered day to day. Also, Kyle Gibson isn't expected to make his next start due to lower back stiffness (twins.com).
Hall of Fame: The induction ceremony for the 2014 class is Sunday. Greg Maddux wasn't a unanimous selection and no one ever has been. But will Derek Jeter be? Tom Seaver thinks so.
Chuck Knoblauch: The former MLB All-Star has been charged with assaulting his ex-wife.
Padres: They conducted a second interview with Kim Ng for the vacant GM position.
Trade deadline needs: We're going through each division, and up Thursday was the AL Central.
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