Rumors, rumors, rumors

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Fox’s Ken Rosenthal — who either (a) spends 22 hours a day on the phone; or (b) just makes stuff up all of the time, has a rundown today of the potential buyers and sellers at the deadline.
In the former category he places the White Sox, Astros, and the
Marlins. In the latter he has the Indians, Rockies and Mariners. Among
the player-specific tidbits are the Cardinals being interested in Mark
DeRosa, the Rockies shopping Jason Marquis and Huston Street, and the
Marlins considering dealing Jorge Cantu, Dan Uggla and Jeremy Hermida
if and when they fall out of contention.

Rosenthal says that Street could foment a feeding frenzy. He rated
Matt Holliday last year, so God knows what the Rockies could get for
him now. Likewise, if history holds, I would expect someone to overpay
for Jason Marquis, because this is the time of year when people get a
little crazy and focus on the most recent couple of months while
forgetting everything a player did in the past. Rosenthal doesn’t
mention it, but there are rumors that Colorado wants to deal Brad Hawpe
too. If all of that is true, there is a chance that the Rockies could
come away from the deadline is the biggest winner of all. That is if
Dan O’Dowd doesn’t screw things up. Again.

All in all, nothing too sexy here, but hey, the crazy season is still young.

Yoenis Cespedes leaves game with pulled hamstring

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The Mets and Braves are playing today and it’s not a great day for the Mets in the injury department.

First they scratched Noah Syndergaard with a “tired arm.” Now they’ve lost Yoenis Cespedes, who pulled up limping at second base following a double in the bottom of the fourth:

The team has announced that he has pulled his left hamstring.

Cespedes, of course, missed three games over the weekend due to hamstring issues. That was merely tightness, however, and following an off day and a rainout, Cespedes played last night without incident. But it now looks as though he’s going to miss some serious time.

No done deal for Jeter and Jeb: Rob Manfred says two groups still in play for the Marlins

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For all of the headlines about Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush buying the Miami Marlins, this is looking like anything but a done deal. First is the small matter of the billion and a half bucks Jeter and Jeb need to put together. Then there’s the matter of there being another . . . mystery bidder!

That according to commissioner Rob Manfred who says two groups are still bidding to buy the Marlins. He said this morning at the groundbreaking for the Jackie Robinson Museum, adding “There is no agreement in place. We’re working with more than one group . . . there is not a signed document on any topic.”

Despite this, Manfred said that “the timeline is relatively short; it would be measured in days, not months.” So someone is likely to find that billion and a half bucks soon, I reckon.