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Astros Interested In Pirates Gerrit Cole

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The Houston Astros have discussed a potential trade for starting pitcher Gerrit Cole with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

According to the report, Astros outfielder Derek Fisher has been included in the talks but mentioned that the Pirates “almost certainly would need Kyle Tucker or Forrest Whitley as a centerpiece.”

The New York Yankees have been reportedly in on-and-off talks with the Pirates for Cole as well.

Cole, 27, had a down year in 2017, posting a 3.88 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 2016 and a 4.26 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.

2015 was a different story as Cole finished with a 2.60 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 202 strikeouts in 208 innings.

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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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