MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JULY 31, 2018 MLB NL WEST DIVISION

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Ready or not, the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. It’s 40 days away as of Thursday, and the first significant in-season deal of 2018 has already taken place, with Kelvin Herrera going from Kansas City to Washington.

So while the market may not get super-hot for another few weeks, clubs have reached the point of asking themselves what they have and what they need. In light of that, MLB.com is taking a look at one question each team must answer before deciding to buy, sell or stand pat. Here’s the National League West. Continue Reading, by Matthew Leach

The National League West is MLB’s sleeping giant. It’s not just about the Dodgers and the Giants anymore. From top to bottom, the division is starting to flex its muscles.

Yes, the Astros — from the American League West — are the defending World Series champions, thanks to knocking off the Dodgers in the full seven games.

However, the NL West had the best overall winning percentage (.517) of the six divisions last year, with the Dodgers, D-backs and Rockies compiling three of the five best NL records. The NL West claimed both NL Wild Card slots as the D-backs and Rockies joined the division-champion Dodgers in the postseason. Continue Reading, by Tracy Ringolsby

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly acquired Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as part of a multi-player deal. In return, the Dodgers will send second baseman Logan Forsythe and prospects Luke Raley and Devin Smeltzer. Continue Reading, by 

Veteran reliever Brad Ziegler—and the entirety of his remaining contract (approx. $3 million)—was traded to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday in exchange for minor league right-hander Tommy Eveld. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported that the Dbacks were working on a deal for Ziegler. The deal is agreed to, but still pending a medical review, per multiple reports.

Ziegler owns a 3.98 ERA/4.59 FIP/3.53 xFIP this season for the Marlins in a National League-leading 53 appearances. His 74.0 percent ground ball rate is easily the highest among qualified relievers, and that has been on the rise lately. He pitched for Arizona from 2011-2016, accounting for nearly half of his career workload. Continue Reading, by 

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The Colorado Rockies have signed former star outfielder Matt Holliday to a minor league contract.

The 38-year-old Holliday reported to the Grand Junction Rockies, the organization’s Rookie level team on Sunday. He said the plan is to find his footing with the hope of joining the Rockies at some point this season.

“Getting my baseball legs back under me. We’ll see how the next few days go,” Holliday said in Grand Junction. “I’ll do some pregame stuff, take batting practice, do some pregame defense and we’ll see after that. Probably move on to Triple-A. Just see how fast I’m ready to take some at-bats and compete at a high level.”

Holliday hit .231 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs with the New York Yankees last season.

“I spoke to Matt (Saturday),” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He’s excited to give this a shot to see if he can get to a point where he feels good about his game and feels good about his swing and be in baseball shape.”

Holliday played the first five seasons of his 14-year career with the Rockies. He hit .290 as a rookie in 2004 and helped lead Colorado to its only World Series appearance in 2007. His .340 average, 137 RBIs and 216 hits led the NL that year, and he finished second in the MVP vote.

Now he’s returning to the team that gave him his start. By The Associated Press

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