Coco Crisp drawing interest from the Dodgers and Cubs

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The market for Coco Crisp is heating up a bit.

According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, the Cubs and Dodgers have expressed interest, and have even engaged in discussions recently with representatives for the 32-year-old outfielder.

Crisp batted just .264/.314/.379 with eight homers and 54 RBI in 583 plate appearances this past season for the A’s, but he led the American League with 49 stolen bases and is capable of providing a useful element of speed to any major league roster.

The Cubs would likely have to trade Alfonso Soriano (and the $54 million remaining on his contract) to clear enough playing time. Crisp is known to prefer the West Coast, so Los Angeles might be the better fit anyway. The Tigers have also expressed interest.

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.