Report: Cubs considering claim on Gavin Floyd

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It’s hard to believe Gavin Floyd would last to the Cubs on waivers, but that’s not going to stop the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers from doing some speculating:

Interesting waiver situation … cubs mulling a claim on Gavin Floyd that could could start talks on a multi-player trade w/white sox.

The 28-year-old Floyd is 11-10 with a 4.45 ERA this season.  He just blanked the Rangers for seven innings last time out and he’s 5-1 in his last six starts.  Also, he’s under control for the modest price of $7 million next year (plus a $9.5 million club option for 2013), so it’d be quite a surprise if a couple of AL contenders didn’t put in a claim just for the heck of it.  He’d have to pass through the entire American League, plus the Astros, for the Cubs to be awarded a claim on him.

Regardless, a Floyd deal is a lot more likely to happen this winter when anyone can bid.  The White Sox are currently looking at a rotation including John Danks, Jake Peavy, Floyd and Chris Sale for 2012.  If Mark Buehrle can be re-signed, then Floyd may well be expendable.  As is, he appears to be needed.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title

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The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.

Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.

Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.