MLB News & Moments You Should Know – July 31

The trade deadline rumor mill.

Stay updated on everything baseball with our morning MLB News & Moments articles. We’ve got you covered to keep you in the know.


Today’s Headlines


David Peralta Traded 

The Tampa Bay Rays landed Peralta from the D-Backs in exchange for minor league catcher Christian Cerda. The 34-year-old veteran debuted with the D-Backs back in 2014 and gives the Rays a solid lefty bat; he has 12 home runs in 278 at-bats this year with a career-best 7.7% barrel/PA. The Rays sent down Josh Lowe in a corresponding move.

Pablo López 

He could be a trade candidate and is one of the best arms potentially available now that the Luis Castillo domino has fallen. He’s coming off a dominant outing against the Reds and is under team control through 2024, so you’d figure the Marlins are aiming for a big return. He’s scheduled to make his next start today against the Mets. Garrett Cooper is another player the Marlins could look to deal.

Carlos Rodón and Frankie Montas

The Giants are currently 49-51 and four games out of the final NL Wildcard spot. They’re listening to offers for Joc Pederson, who is a FA at the end of the year, and Rodón who recently triggered an opt-out in his two-year contract by reaching the 110 IP threshold.

The other big name on the pitching market is Montas; the latest has the Yankees and Cardinals in pursuit of the A’s right-hander.

Julio Rodríguez was Injured. 

He was plunked last night on the right hand and was in a lot of pain. We’re all holding our breath as we await X-ray results. More Mariners’ news; Jarred Kelenic was pulled just before last night’s Tacoma Rainiers game.

A Rough Stretch for Boston. 

The Red Sox have fallen to 4.5 games out of the AL Wild Card and have endured a tough stretch, going 7-19 in July. Their rotation has really struggled to put it lightly, and yesterday’s 9-4 loss to the Brewers has them on the verge of a dubious distinction. Boston’s slide this past month has put them on the brink and they could be sellers at the deadline; J.D. Martinez and Christian Vázquez could potentially be on different teams following the deadline.

Best Moments From Yesterday


Juan Soto

The baseball world holds its collective breath for the Nationals to make a decision that could send shockwaves through the league.

Marcus Stroman praises Willson Contreras

Contreras is the last man standing from the immortal 2016 team and is all but a certainty to be traded; the Padres are the most recent team to check in. Ian Happ is another Cub on the block.

William Contreras homers twice

While his older brother deals with countless trade rumors, William went yard twice, both off Corbin Martin, part of a 6-2 win over the D-Backs.

Carrasco earns 100th Win

I’m not sure how you can’t root for this man. This is probably the best team he’s ever been on.



Julio Rodríguez was plunked on the wrist by a pitch from Rafael Montero and will undergo X-rays. He’ll most likely miss Sunday’s series finale against the Astros.

Dodger manager Dave Roberts says he’ll hold Justin Turner out of the lineup as they finish their series in Colorado out of an abundance of caution as the veteran recovers from abdominal tightness.

Tyler O’Neill left last night’s game against the Nationals with cramping; he’s considered day-to-day. 

Thairo Estrada left last night’s game against the Cubs after being hit in the head by a pitch; he’s slated to undergo further testing and there should be an update before Sunday’s game. 

Kenley Jansen was unavailable last night with back discomfort. 

Jean Segura is in the middle of a rehab assignment and is targeting a Tuesday return to the Phillies.

Trevor Story will avoid swinging for the next 10-14 days in his recovery from a fractured wrist.

Freddy Peralta is rejoining the Brewers and his next outing will be in the majors. 


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Ryan Amore

A proprietor of the Ketel Marte Fan Club, Ryan Amore has been writing things at Pitcher List since 2019. He grew up watching the Yankees and fondly remembers Charlie Hayes catching the final out of the '96 WS. He appreciates walks but only of the base on ball variety.

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