Jon Paul Morosi is a national MLB writer for FOXSports.com. He previously covered baseball for the Detroit Free Press and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He began his journalism career at the Bay City Times in his native Michigan.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, locked in a three-team battle in the NL Central and without their injured MVP, bolstered their bullpen by acquiring John Axford from the Cleveland Indians via a waiver claim on Thursday, a source told FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal.
Ryan Howard was one of five Phillies placed on revocable trade waivers last weekend, a source told FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal. The question is, will there be any takers for the two years remaining on the first baseman's bloated contract?
Zduriencik mostly has exasperated trade partners with his negotiating style while trying to guide the M's to the postseason for the first time since 2001. Those executives say the Mariners frequently inquire on a number of players, only to shift direction when a deal appears within reach.
Manny Machado will remain close with Rodriguez even as A-Rod serves a 162-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs and attempting to hinder baseball's investigation of the now-defunct Biogenesis Clinic.
Friday night's trade between the Cubs and Athletics -- Oakland adding right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel — was a classic blockbuster, a potentially defining moment for two franchises at different stages of their respective competitive cycles.