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  1. Possible trade fits for James Russell

    Doug Mittler

    The Chicago Cubs kicked off the July trade deadline sweepstakes with the blockbuster that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland. Could another Cubs pitcher be the next to go? Peter Gammons tweeted Monday that the name of reliever James ...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  2. Where will Benoit end up?

    AJ Mass

    Is a deal imminent between the San Diego Padres and the Detroit Tigers that would bring Joaquin Benoit back to his old team? According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Padres are letting teams know that the reliever is "available" and he reports ...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  3. Time for Walker in Seattle?

    AJ Mass

    The Seattle Mariners sent Erasmo Ramirez down to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, following the starting pitcher's fourth outing in five June starts in which he failed to go longer than five innings. The team recalled reliever Brandon Maurer to help ...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  4. Angels' bullpen struggles continue

    Buster Olney

    An evaluator mentioned to me earlier this week that the Angels' bullpen is the worst he has seen on that team in 20 years. I disagree, but his point was that the team lacks relievers who consistently throw strikes and get ahead in the count. His w...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  5. Balfour still the closer in Tampa Bay?

    Doug Mittler

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon gave a less-than-ringing endorsement for Grant Balfour following another rough outing by the reliever Sunday against Seattle. "He's our closer as of today," Maddon said after Balfour allowed five ninth-inning runs to...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  6. How long will Ogando be out?

    AJ Mass

    A long season full of injury woes continues to hit the Texas Rangers hard, as the team has now learned that reliever Alexi Ogando will not be ready to return to action when his 15-day disabled list stint -- he was placed there on Wednesday -- comes t...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  7. Pleasant surprises among top relievers

    Eric Karabell

    Let's talk closers! With roughly a third of the MLB season complete and much upheaval in terms of injuries and torn UCLs and hitters performing below expectations, it's actually been a relatively quiet season so far for closers. After all, of the top...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  8. Hunter's injury doesn't clear up much

    AJ Mass

    The Baltimore Orioles will be without Tommy Hunter for at least the next two weeks, as the reliever was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. That news puts an end to any conversation of Hunter winning back the closer's job f...

    Blog | May 23, 2014
  9. How Coffey can help Seattle

    Joe Kaiser

    UPDATE: Veteran right-handed reliever Todd Coffey found a taker on Tuesday. How will he fit in with his new team? Coffey reached a minor-league deal with Seattle, pending a physical, and if he returns to where he was before his second Tommy John s...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  10. Will Cards turn to Motte?

    AJ Mass

    Although reliever Jason Motte was said to be finally ready to rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen on Sunday, the team ultimately decided against it. However, that should not be taken as a sign that Motte had suffered any sort of setback. As Der...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  11. Could Ogando be due for rest?

    AJ Mass

    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Texas Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando was forced to leave Saturday night's game early after he took a line drive "off the top of his right palm" -- just the latest in a string of injuries to Rangers pi...

    Blog | May 18, 2014
  12. Short leash for Bell in Baltimore?

    Doug Mittler

    Veteran reliever Heath Bell will try to resurrect his career with the Baltimore Orioles after agreeing to a minor league deal on Friday night. A three-time All-Star, Bell was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays last month. Bell, who ha...

    Blog | May 17, 2014
  13. Bell signing could be on horizon

    AJ Mass

    Reliever Heath Bell may be close to finding a new team to play for going forward in 2014. The Tampa Bay Rays recently designated the pitcher for assignment and subsequently gave him his release after posting a 7.27 ERA in 13 appearances with the team...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  14. When will Pirates get Grilli back?

    AJ Mass

    The month of May has been good to Mark Melancon. Following another successful save opportunity on Wednesday, the reliever is now 1-0 with saves in five of six chances and an ERA of 1.29 in his last seven appearances. His success is part of the reason...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  15. Fantasy Baseball - Arodys Vizcaino, Victor Black among top relief...

    Christopher Crawford

    Christopher Crawford identifies the top 10 relief pitcher prospects who could be in line for saves in the next few years.

    Story | Conversation | May 14, 2014
  16. No room in STL for Aardsma?

    Doug Mittler

    Veteran reliever David Aardsma was unable to win a job with the Indians in spring training before agreeing to a minor league deal with the Cardinals in late March. There may be no room for him in St. Louis as well. With the return of Jason Motte ...

    Blog | May 12, 2014