What’s next for Kumar Rocker after Mets fail to sign former Vanderbilt star?

CBS Sports

Major League Baseball's deadline for signing draft picks passed on Sunday evening, and with it so did the chances of right-hander Kumar Rocker, the No. 10 selection, joining the New York Mets. An agreement worth a $6 million signing bonus went by the wayside after a post-draft medical revealed arm damage that alarmed the Mets. (Though some people in the Mets front office believe Rocker could have a fruitful career.) The Mets will now gain a compensatory pick in next year's draft, No. 11 overall, and they'll continue to draw criticism from all corners of the league for an unforced error in how they laid out their draft strategy.

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Jed Hoyer’s brutally honest rant on Cubs’ failure to sign Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javy Baez

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When the Chicago Cubs lost 11 straight nearing the all-star break, it sent into motion a plan that would revolve around selling at the trade deadline. The unknown was how much they would trade away. They had plenty of star players set to hit free agency at the end of the year and with no contract extensions in sight, they decided to sell off everything.

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Chelsea MUST shoot their shot at Harry Kane

Clutch Points

Tottenham standout Harry Kane has stirred up the transfer pot again after failing to show up for his first training session with Spurs on Monday as he continues to force a move away from North London. While Man City has been linked heavily to the England international, they’ve seemingly shifted their focus to Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish, who could be on his way to the Etihad in the coming days. With that being said, Chelsea needs to splash the cash and do everything imaginable to bring Kane to Stamford Bridge.

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Details On Extension Talks Between Joey Gallo, Rangers

Yardbarker

The Rangers made a late effort to lock up Joey Gallo, engaging the outfielder in extension talks before the trade deadline that ultimately proved fruitless, and Gallo was sent to the Yankees as part of a six-player swap. It doesn’t seem like the two sides even came particularly close on a new contract, as Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports that “a chasm” existed between Gallo’s camp and the Rangers.

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Scott Boras issues statement after Mets pass on signing Kumar Rocker

Larry Brown Sports

The New York Mets on Sunday failed to come to a contract agreement with first-round draft pick Kumar Rocker before the deadline, and agent Scott Boras insists the team made a mistake.

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Mets not expected to sign first-rounder Kumar Rocker

MSN.com

Kumar Rocker might not be heading to Queens after all.

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5 winners and losers from the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline

Clutch Points

The 2021 MLB Trade Deadline came and went with blockbuster moves being completed one after another. This trade deadline was one unlike in previous years, as it became as chaotic as NBA trade deadlines thanks to moves from the likes of the Yankees, Dodgers and Giants.

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Diamondbacks Sign First-Rounder Jordan Lawlar

MLB Trade Rumors

As originally reported yesterday by John Gambadoro of 98.7FM Phoenix, the Diamondbacks reached an agreement with sixth overall pick Jordan Lawlar.  The high school shortstop signed for a hefty $6,713,300 bonus, according to MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis.  This is both well over the $5,742,900 assigned slot price for the sixth pick, and the largest bonus for any position player in the 2021 draft.

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Real Madrid to open talks with PSG for Kylian Mbappe

90 Min

Real Madrid will open talks with Paris Saint-Germain in the coming weeks over a deal for Kylian Mbappe.

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Houston Astros’ Brooks Raley suspended three games for throwing at hitter

Sportsnaut

Houston Astros left-hander Brooks Raley was suspended three games on Friday for intentionally hitting Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford with a pitch on Monday.

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Dodgers finalize blockbuster deal for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner

CBS Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a deal that will see them acquire Nationals ace Max Scherzer along with All-Star shortstop Trea Turner, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. CBS Sports HQ's Jim Bowden confirmed the deal that will send four prospects to Washington, including catcher Keibert Ruiz and right-hander Josiah Gray. Earlier on Thursday, the Padres were close to a deal to acquire Scherzer, per Bowden, but that deal was never finalized. 

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Manchester City offer Aston Villa £100M for Grealish

SI

The Premier League champions have tabled a British-record offer for the 25-year-old, which will make him the most expensive signing in Premier League history, surpassing the £89 million spent by Manchester United on Paul Pogba in 2016.

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Dodgers gaining ground in Max Scherzer, Trae Turner blockbuster

Clutch Points

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer appeared headed to the San Diego Padres. However, that might not be the case, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic says that the Los Angeles Dodgers are gaining ground on a huge blockbuster deal ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

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Hector Santiago suspended 80 games for PEDs

MLB.com

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced on Thursday that Seattle Mariners pitcher Héctor Santiago has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for exogenous Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

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Terry Francona steps away from Cleveland Indians for health reasons; DeMarlo Hale to manage remainder of 2021

Cleveland.com

Indians manager Terry Francona is stepping away from the club for the remainder of the season to address multiple medical issues, Cleveland’s president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti announced Thursday. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will manage the team in Francona’s place.

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Yankees trade for slugger Joey Gallo

MLB.com

The Yankees have made the first big splash ahead of Friday's Trade Deadline, agreeing to a deal with the Rangers for slugger Joey Gallo, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. Gallo was scratched from the lineup for Texas' game against the D-backs.

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Brewers nearing deal for D-Backs’ Eduardo Escobar

The Score

The Milwaukee Brewers are finalizing a deal to acquire infielder Eduardo Escobar from the Arizona Diamondbacks, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

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Javier Baez avoids suspension but fined for actions vs. Reds

CBS Sports

Cubs shortstop Javier Bàez came through with a walk-off knock on Monday against long-time Reds nemesis Amir Garrett and, well, he really let Garrett know about it on his way to first base. 

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Phillies’ deal to acquire Tyler Anderson from Pirates hits snag

CBS Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies had reached an agreement to acquire veteran left-handed starter Tyler Anderson from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Two prospects — right-hander Cristian Hernandez and catcher Abrahan Gutierrez — were heading to Pittsburgh in the deal, though the trade has hit a snag, per Heyman.

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Dodgers, Red Sox, Blue Jays among 8 teams eyeing Max Scherzer

The Score

The Max Scherzer market is heating up with the July 30 trade deadline approaching.

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Mariners trade rumors: GM Jerry Dipoto says Kendall Graveman deal with Astros not only deadline move

Sporting News

Mariners players are reportedly upset that general manager Jerry Dipoto traded late-inning reliever Kendall Graveman to the division-rival Astros on Tuesday in the middle of a series between the teams. The M's acquired reliever Joe Smith and infielder Abraham Toro for Graveman and reliever Rafael Montero.

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NYY Have Made Offer for Rockies’ Trevor Story Ahead of Deadline

Bleacher Report

The New York Yankees have made a trade offer to the Colorado Rockies for two-time All-Star Trevor Story, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

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Max Scherzer doesn’t plan to veto trade with 10-and-5 rights

The Score

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is apparently open to being traded by Friday's deadline and isn't planning on using his 10-and-5 rights to veto a deal, sources told Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post.

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Brewers Have Inquired About Josh Donaldson, Trevor Story

Bleacher Report

The Milwaukee Brewers have "checked in" with the Minnesota Twins on third baseman Josh Donaldson and Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network and The Score.

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Padres Acquire Adam Frazier From Pirates

MLB Trade Rumors

The Padres have acquired one of the most sought-after players on the trade market, as ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports that San Diego has picked up second baseman Adam Frazier in a swap with the Pirates.

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