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Chris Denorfia placed on trading block by San Diego
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Sources have told mlbdailydish.com that the Padres are seeking to trade outfielder Chris Denorfia "sooner rather than later." Among the interested teams are the Giants, Mariners, Blue Jays and Royals.

Denorfia owns a stat line of .244/.295/.321 and is a free agent after this season. He would likely be a two-month rental for any team that trades for him.

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Dustin Ackley finally reaching potential for Seattle
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Mariners have finally been seeing glimpses of the Dustin Ackley they have envisioned since 2011.

Ackley slammed three more hits Sunday in his second straight start in the second hole in the lineup. He ripped two doubles on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Ackley boasts a .375 batting average in July. His .251 season mark is at its highest pointe since May and represents a 37-point rise since June 30.

"That's what we've been looking for all year," Lloyd McClendon told the Tacoma News-Tribune. "He's aggressive, he's attacking the baseball and he's using the entire field to hit. If he does that, he's a dangerous guy. I think he can sustain that."

Ackley, however, has not homered since blasting off twice on May 11.

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Several issues could keep Phillies from trading Cliff Lee
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Recent struggles on the mound, an injury history and a bulky salary will likely conspire to keep Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee from being traded, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Lee has yielded nine runs on 21 hits in just 10 2/3 innings in his last two starts. Contending teams will be hard-pressed to trade top prospects for Lee until he regains the dominance that has marked much of his career. Lee will turn 36 on Aug. 30. His contract still calls for him to earn $45.5 after the trade deadline.

Equally disturbing is that Lee has surrendered 99 hits in 78 2/3 innings this season.

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Report: Pirates interested in LaTroy Hawkins
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins is being eyed by the Pirates, according to MLB.com. It would remain to be seen if he maintains that role in Pittsburgh or is utilized as a short reliever looking to maintain the lead for Mark Melancon.

Hawkins hasn't had many save opportunities for a high-scoring, injury-plagued Colorado team that owns the second-worst record in the National League. But he has nailed down 17 of 18 save opportunities this season.

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Yangervis Solarte moves across infield to third base
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The return of Jedd Gyorko to the lineup has forced Yangervis Solarte to move from second to third base for the first time for the Padres. Solarte is playing that corner position Monday in Atlanta.

Solarte has been tearing it up at the plate since the trade that brought him from the Yankees. He has seven hits in 21 at-bats with five runs scored, one home run and one RBI in each of the five games he's played.

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Ian Kennedy set to start Saturday after being skipped
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was expected has been confirmed - Ian Kennedy will start for the Padres on Saturday against visiting Atlanta. He was scratched Monday against the same team with left oblique soreness.

Kennedy can only hope the time off doesn't derail his momentum. He is 3-0 in his last five outings with four quality starts and nine runs allowed in 32 innings.

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Jonny Gomes: I'm braced to leave Boston
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes is taking trade talks with a grain of salt. He has experience to help himself emotionally after having been dealt to Washington from Cincinnati in the midseason of 2011.

Gomes is attractive to teams seeking to bolster their lineups against left-handers, against whom he boasts a .315/.410/.450 stat line. He is not eager to be shipped out, but is better prepared for it than he was earlier in his career.

"The first time I got traded, it was extremely mised emotions of a team, not necessarily giving up, but feels like you're replaceable," he told WEEI.com. "At the same time, out of all the guys available in the trade market, this other team picked you. You never want to be given up on. But there are situations where you're not being given up on but the business side stands out."

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Mets could deal Noah Syndergaard to land Troy Tulowitzki
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Mets could be willing to give up premier pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard in an attempt to land stud shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Tulowitzki,, however, is dealing with an injured hip that could prove problematic in any trade talks. He still owns a sensational stat line of .340/.432/.603, though the differences in his home-away splits are significant. He's batting .417 at home with 14 home runs and 35 RBI. He's at .257/7/17 on the road.

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Brewers could be interested in trading for David Price
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Brewers have tossed their hat in the ring in the David Price sweepstakes, according to Fox Sports.

A source has told Ken Rosenthal that Milwaukee has put its "foot in the water" in regard to Price, which indicates their interest could either be mild or strong. The Brewers, however, might not boast the level of talent in their farm system to lure Price and could balk at paying a salary that could rise to $20 million in 2015.

It also remains to be seen if the Rays will trade their sizzling ace now that they have vaulted back into the American League playoff race.

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Jedd Gyorko back in lineup Monday after activation from DL
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko has returned to the starting lineup after missing eight weeks with a foot injury. He is set to bat seventh Monday in Atlanta.

Gyorko was a mess at the plate early this season after a strong rookie year. He is hoping to quickly improve on a miserable stat line of .162/.213/.270.

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