EOVALDI SENT TO BOSTON AFTER YANKEES PICK UP BRITTON, MLB NEWS

The Boston Red Sox have officially struck a deal to land righty Nathan Eovaldi from the Tampa Bay Rays, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported (via Twitter). Young lefty Jalen Beeks will go to Tampa Bay in return, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Nine teams are said to be “in discussions” with … Read moreEOVALDI SENT TO BOSTON AFTER YANKEES PICK UP BRITTON, MLB NEWS

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE NEARS TEAMS POSITIONING FOR MOVES TO WIN A PENNENT

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer, thanks to his ace-ish upside and contract that’s team-friendly in the extreme, has been the subject of trade speculation for quite a long time. Maybe this time it finally happens? In any event, count the Yankees in. The Yankees have definite needs in the rotation as they try to … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE NEARS TEAMS POSITIONING FOR MOVES TO WIN A PENNENT

MICHAEL BARI SHOW SUNDAY COLUMN

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL The New York Mets placed Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list after he contracted hand, foot and mouth disease, he contracted while working a kids camp over the All-Star break, reported by David Lennon of Newsday.  Syndergaard remains one of the majors’ most valuable starters. While Syndergaard has racked up just 13 starts this year, … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW SUNDAY COLUMN

LA DODGERS GET MANNY MACHADO, TRADE DEADLINE NEARS

MLB For the past day, the Baltimore Orioles trading shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a prospect package has felt like a fait accompli. The only thing that could stop the deal from happening before the regular season resumed was, well, an act of God — or, the joke went, Baltimore’s medical staff finding an issue with one … Read moreLA DODGERS GET MANNY MACHADO, TRADE DEADLINE NEARS

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES HOME RUN DERBY, ALL-STAR GAME, TRADE DEADLINE

One summer day a few years ago, a bunch of 16-year-olds were playing ball in Southern California. Nobody was keeping score, nothing mattered for any standings. It was just a bunch of kids with bats and gloves, sun beating down, school still weeks away. It sounds glorious, doesn’t it? But the scene actually touched the … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES HOME RUN DERBY, ALL-STAR GAME, TRADE DEADLINE

MANNY MACHADO HAS MANY SUITORS AS THE TRADE DEADLINE NEARS

The Baltimore Orioles are expected to have a busy month leading into the July 31 trade deadline. Their main item of business? Finding the best possible deal in exchange for shortstop and impending free agent Manny Machado. Predictably, the Orioles have already drummed up a bidding war for their franchise player — a busy one, … Read moreMANNY MACHADO HAS MANY SUITORS AS THE TRADE DEADLINE NEARS

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

Dave Dombrowski, the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, spoke to reporters on Saturday afternoon and revealed that he had spoken extensively to Brian Cashman, his counterpart with the Yankees, the day before. It was a cordial chat, no doubt, but surely no substantive strategic plans were divulged. For, just as their teams are … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

AL EAST SPRING TRAINING NEWS

American League East News Rob Bradford writes about the Craig Kimbrel Conundrum. Kimbrel walked into spring training Saturday giving a great bulletin board quote, “It’s a pretty stat but at the end of the day it’s about winning and losing games.” Christopher Smith writes the Red Sox inked Eduardo Nunez to a two-year contract today with an … Read moreAL EAST SPRING TRAINING NEWS