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Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Reds OF Mark Payton was traded to the New York Mets on Saturday in exchange for $75,000 in cash, per a source.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, three runs scored, and a walk in a 9-6 extra-innings win over the Dodgers on Friday. Blackmon had an excellent day at the dish and he saved his best for last as he delivered an RBI double to put the Rockies ahead by a run in the eighth inning. The contest went to extra-innings and he swatted a two-run dinger to put Colorado up by three runs, which was enough to win the ball game. Blackmon has been raking since the All-Star break, slashing .458/.500/.833 with two home runs, six RBI, and two stolen bases (24 at-bats). For the season, he's got a .277 batting average with a .769 OPS, six home runs, and 47 RBI over 307 at-bats.
Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes went 1-for-5 with a run scored in a 6-4 win over the Giants on Friday night. It was the sixth time in seven games since the All-Star break that Hayes has recorded at least one hit, however he has not gotten an extra-base hit during this span. This has continued a trend of declining power that Hayes has exhibited this season, as he only has eight extra-base hits seven doubles and one home run over 137 plate appearances in his last 34 games. Now on one hand this should not be too surprising, as last season's .682 slugging percentage over 24 games was an anomaly when compared to his career .401 slugging percentage in the minor leagues. Regardless, it's still been a disappointment for managers who were hoping for a breakout year from the rookie third baseman. His .239 xBA and .372 xSLG suggest that he's gotten lucky with his .270 average and .415 SLG this year, so managers may want to consider trying to flip him for whatever they can get before the trade deadline.
New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo recorded his seventh hold of the season Friday, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out one in one inning of work against the Toronto Blue Jays. This is Lugo's second straight scoreless outing after allowing six runs in the two appearances prior. Despite the recent hiccups, Lugo remains one of the top relievers in the game and is a must-have in fantasy formats that reward holds. He has a 4.50 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 25 strikeouts, and one save in 20 innings across 19 appearances this year
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier was hitless in the Pirates win on Friday, finishing 0-for-4 with a walk, one RBI and a run scored in a 6-4 victory over the Giants. While he's still posting a .324 average over 18 games in July, his on-base percentage (.368) and slugging percentage (.366) have both taken a tumble from his performance in June where he recorded a .402 OBP and .469 SLG over 26 games. This isn't necessarily anything alarming for fantasy managers, however it is something to keep an eye on going forward. While the OBP and SLG may be ticking down right now, Frazier will still provide plenty of value in average and runs scored.
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Daniel Bard blew the save but got the win on Friday when he allowed one run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts over one inning in a 9-6 extra-innings win over the Dodgers. This was a back-and-forth contest between the Rockies and the Dodgers. Sam Hilliard smacked a solo home run in the top half of the ninth inning to give Colorado a 6-5 lead so Bard was tasked with maintaining that in the bottom half of the frame. He struggled out the gate, however, allowing the first four base-runners to reach with a pair of singles and a pair of walks. The final free pass sent a runner home so he was charged with a blown save. Bard then punched out the final three batters he faced and the Rockies retook the lead in the top of the 10th and held on for the victory so he was credited with the win. The veteran reliever now owns a 3.98 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 53:2 K/BB ratio over 40 2/3 innings. He's 15-for-21 on save opportunities.
Arizona Diamondbacks C Carson Kelly (wrist) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in Single-A Hillsboro on Sunday, July 25,.
Boston Red Sox LHP Chris Sale's scheduled rehab start Sunday, July 25, in Double-A Portland won't be his final rehab start, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Saturday.
New York Mets relief pitcher Trevor May recorded his eighth hold of the year Friday night, throwing a clean inning with two strikeouts against the Toronto Blue Jays in a 3-0 victory. May has given up earned runs in just one of his last 15 games, with a 1.23 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings in that span. Closer Edwin Diaz has faltered of late, and May would be the main beneficiary should a change eventually be made, but that does not appear imminent. For now, he's only a fantasy option in leagues that reward holds.
New York Mets RHP David Peterson (oblique) on Saturday, July 24, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.
Seattle Mariners utility man Shed Long Jr. reached base twice against the Oakland Athletics Friday, going 0-for-2 with two walks, and he took advantage by swiping his first base of the season. Long Jr. was expected to provide a bit of speed and a bit of pop, but it's taken him 108 plate appearances this year to get on the board in the speed department. With just four homers and a .601 OPS on the year, Long Jr. should not be on fantasy rosters.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Phillips Valdez was forced into early action Friday after Eduardo Rodriguez left with migraine symptoms, and he came through in a big way, throwing three shutout innings allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out seven New York Yankees. Valdez has just one save and two holds in 21 appearances on the season, but this performance displays that he would become much more interesting if he were to inherit a bigger role. For now, he doesn't belong on fantasy rosters.
OF Mark Payton on Saturday, July 24, was acquired by the New York Mets in exchange for cash in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds.
Cincinnati Reds OF Mark Payton on Saturday, July 24, was traded to the New York Mets in exchange for cash.
Seattle Mariners catcher Luis Torrens continued his power binge Friday, smacking his 12th homer of the season as the second half of back-to-back shots off Oakland Athletics starter Frankie Montas. Injuries have opened up plenty of at-bats for Torrens at first base and designated hitter in addition to behind the plate, and he's shown plenty of pop, with 10 of his homers coming in the last 30 games with a .566 slugging percentage in that time. He's a useful play in two-catcher formats.
Texas Rangers first baseman Nate Lowe continues to show that he's an asset to this offense. On Friday, Lowe went 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI during the 7-3 loss to the Houston Astros. This offense continues to slump, but at least Lowe remains a reliable bat for Texas. He is hitting .253 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI this season. Lowe might not have value in 12-team formats, but can certainly be helpful in mixed leagues and AL-only formats.
Seattle Mariners second baseman Dylan Moore did not start Friday, but he recorded an infield single as a pinch-hitter, and then used his speed to come around to score the game-winning run. Moore stole second base, his 15th of the season, and then advanced twice on Jake Diekman wild pitches to come around to score. The Mariners are known to be seeking out a second base option on the trade market to replace Moore, but games like this show how dynamic he can be. Despite a .638 OPS, Moore has managed to contribute nine homers and those 15 steals to keep him just barely relevant, especially in deeper formats.
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez took a no-decision on Friday when he allowed four runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in a 9-6 win over the Dodgers. This was actually one of Gonzalez's better starts over the last month and a half, which shows you how bad he's been. He coughed up three runs in the first and then gave up a solo home run to Justin Turner in the third inning before shutting out the Dodgers over his final two innings of work. The Rockies would come back to retake the lead and eventually win the game so he ended up with a no-decision. The 29-year-old owns a rough 6.06 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 53:24 K/BB ratio over 90 2/3 innings (19 appearances, 15 starts) on the season. He's slated to face the Padres on the road in his next start but you have to wonder how much longer the Rockies will keep throwing him out there given his struggles.
Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer is being discussed as as a trade possibility, according to a report Saturday, July 24. The report also notes that Scherzer has a clause in his contract to veto trades.
Texas Rangers infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa appears to be getting back into his groove at the plate. On Friday, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored in the 7-3 loss to the Houston Astros. There is not a whole lot of positive things coming from this Rangers' lineup right now. Kiner-Falefa is a bright spot, hitting .258/.293/.358 with six home runs and 33 RBI. Certainly, worth snagging in plenty of fantasy formats. Probably, a borderline option in 12-team formats, but can certainly help elsewhere.
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