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Rafael Montero
Impressing in relief
PTexas Rangers
August 25, 2019
Montero has impressed the Rangers in high-leverage situations, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Kenley Jansen
Changing repertoire
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 25, 2019
Jansen has recently made an effort to stop leaning on his cutter, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
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Colin Rea
Callup candidate?
PChicago Cubs  AAA
August 24, 2019
Rea, who ranks fifth in the Pacific Coast League with 111 strikeouts, could get the call up in September.
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Ke'Bryan Hayes
Knocking on door of big leagues
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
August 24, 2019
Hayes, who is batting .458 with two homers and a stolen base in his last six games with Triple-A Indianapolis, may have an outside chance to debut in September.
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Mauricio Dubon
May play regularly in September
SSSan Francisco Giants  AAA
August 24, 2019
Dubon, who has posted a 127 wRC+ in 22 games since joining Triple-A Sacramento, could play close to every day over the final month of the season.
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Seth Brown
May be rewarded with callup
1BOakland Athletics  AAA
August 23, 2019
Brown, who has 37 home runs with Triple-A Las Vegas this season, could get the call up in September.
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Michael King
September callup candidate?
PNew York Yankees  AAA
August 23, 2019
King, who has a 15:4 K:BB in two Triple-A starts this season, could get a look with the Yankees in September.
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Nick Wittgren
Possible closer?
PCleveland Indians
August 23, 2019
Wittgren, who has a 25.5 percent strikeout rate this season, could step into the closer role if Brad Hand continues to struggle.
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Jose Urquidy
Could get another look as starter
PHouston Astros  AAA
August 23, 2019
Urquidy, who posted a 3.91 FIP in five starts for the Astros earlier this season, could get another look in the big-league rotation before the year is out.
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Aroldis Chapman
Opt-out decision lingering
PNew York Yankees
August 22, 2019
Chapman could face a market that's skeptical of locking up closers for the long term if he opts out of his contract after the 2019 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post speculates.
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J.D. Martinez
May lack landing spots with opt-out
OFBoston Red Sox
August 22, 2019
Martinez may not find a wide market if he opts out of his current contract after the 2019 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post speculates.
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Elvis Andrus
Facing opt-out question
SSTexas Rangers
August 22, 2019
Andrus can opt out after the 2019 season but may not get much attention due to a robust group of big-league starting shortstops, Joel Sherman of The New York Post speculates.
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Stephen Strasburg
Could opt out after 2019 season
PWashington Nationals
August 22, 2019
Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes Strasburg could opt out after the 2019 season if he believes the free-agent market will result in a deal better than his current arrangement.
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Yu Darvish
Probably won't opt out
PChicago Cubs
August 22, 2019
Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes Darvish will exercise his 2020 player option.
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Beau Burrows
May be available in Rule 5 draft
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
August 22, 2019
Chris McCosky of The Detroit News speculates that Burrows (oblique) could be left off Detroit's 40-man roster and be exposed to the Rule 5 draft this offseason.
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Luis Robert
GM not tipping hand
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
August 22, 2019
General manager Rick Hahn said no decision has been made regarding a potential September callup for Robert, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
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Nick Ahmed
Good bet for contract extension
SSArizona Diamondbacks
August 22, 2019
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic believes Ahmed may be the Diamondbacks' likeliest candidate to receive a contract extension after the 2019 season.
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Jake Lamb
Has club's confidence
3BArizona Diamondbacks
August 22, 2019
Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen "wouldn't anticipate" Lamb being non-tendered after the 2019 season, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
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Gerrit Cole
Coveted by Angels
PHouston Astros
August 22, 2019
ESPN's Buster Olney suggested on his podcast that Cole will land with the Angels this offseason.
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Francisco Cervelli
Expected to sign with Braves
CFree Agent
August 22, 2019
Cervelli (concussion), who was released by the Pirates on Thursday, is expected to sign a deal with the Braves, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Hyun-Jin Ryu
Concern over free-agent stock?
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 22, 2019
Ryu is the subject of uncertainty as he heads into free agency due to his age and injury history, several executives tell Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
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Dustin May
Role may remain uncertain
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 22, 2019
The Dodgers will insert May into the rotation during its upcoming 16-day stretch without a day off, but management "has for months envisioned May being a not-so-secret bullpen weapon" for the postseason, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Jose Abreu
Certain he'll stick with ChiSox
1BChicago White Sox
August 21, 2019
The White Sox likely will agree to a multi-year extension with Abreu after the season ends, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Russell Martin
Considering retirement
CLos Angeles Dodgers
August 21, 2019
Martin isn't sure whether he wants to play after his contract expires at the end of this season, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Johnny Cueto
Early-September return on tap
PSan Francisco Giants
August 21, 2019
Giants manager Bruce Bochy guessed Cueto (elbow) would return around Sept. 8 during a road series with the Dodgers following two rehab outings for Triple-A Sacramento, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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