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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB trade deadline's top buyers, sellers and finalists for a Juan Soto deal  —  Breaking down the teams and players who matter ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline.  —  NEW YORK — The focus of the baseball world for the next few days is Washington, D.C.  —  This is where the Washington Nationals …
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Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Yankees face a number of scenarios in pursuit of help at MLB trade deadline  —  MORE FROM:  —  The Yankees continue to be the biggest of big-game hunters at the trade deadline.  The better the name, the harder they seem to be trying.  —  They landed All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi early …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Why the race for Juan Soto will decide the rest of this MLB trade deadline  —  At some point over the next 24 hours, the great trade freeze of 2022 will thaw, and this dud of a deadline will melt into a deluge of action.  Though the lack of deals so far implies otherwise, contenders still need talent.
Ken Rosenthal / MLB - The Athletic:
What I'm hearing ahead of the MLB trade deadline  —  It's A.J. Preller's world, and the rest of the baseball industry is just living in it.  —  OK, maybe that's an overstatement.  But true to form, Preller is pursuing a dizzying number of deals and seems virtually certain to make at least …
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Yankees on short list of teams that made serious trade offer for Shohei Ohtani  —  The Yankees are among a few teams that made serious offers for two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani, but there is now no chance the Angels will part with the amazing two-way player.
ESPN:
Atlanta Braves extend Austin Riley with massive contract  —  The Atlanta Braves have signed star third baseman Austin Riley to a 10-year, $212 million contract, the team announced Monday.  —  The deal runs through the 2032 season, and it includes a $20 million club option for 2033.
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David Schoenfield / ESPN:
From deadline dilemma to World Series champs? Here's who could be this trade season's Atlanta Braves
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Matthew Roberson / New York Daily News:
Jacob deGrom is back this Tuesday against the Nationals  —  MIAMI — It's official.  Jacob deGrom is going to pitch in a major league game.  —  “He's going to pitch Tuesday,” Buck Showalter set in stone.  “His work day went well.  He had a light side.  He's finishing up his work …
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Associated Press:
Jacob deGrom set to make 2022 debut for New York Mets on Tuesday vs. Washington Nationals
Discussion: New Jersey Online
Anthony DiComo / MLB.com:
deGrom set to make '22 debut Tues. vs. Nats
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins camp (Day 5): Playmakers in space before pads come on; plus stock up, stock down  —  Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Raekwon Davis on playing at a lower weight, nearing his sophomore weight at Alabama. (, /South Florida Sun Sentinel)  —  MIAMI GARDENS — The Miami Dolphins …
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David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:   Dolphins' McDaniel speaks highly of Holland, Mostert — and gives injury updates; Miami to celebrate 50th anniversary of Perfect Season
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson suspended for 3 games for making contact with the plate umpire Friday night  —  Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson received a three-game suspension and fine from Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire Nick Mahrley after his ejection during …
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Fabian Ardaya / The Athletic:
Dodgers exploring options for lineup reinforcements before MLB trade deadline  —  DENVER — Max Muncy looked like he'd gotten it.  A full-count curveball from the Rockies' Kyle Freeland rocketed off Muncy's bat and shot toward the gap.  Even in the endless grass of Coors Field on Saturday night, it longed to at least find some space.
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Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Tampa Bay Rays acquire veteran outfielder David Peralta from Arizona Diamondbacks, sources say
USA Today:
MLB trade deadline 2022: Padres acquire closer Josh Hader, rumors on Juan Soto, live updates  —  Major League Baseball's trade deadline isn't until 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, but there already have been some big deals made.  —  In Monday's first big stunner, the San Diego Padres picked up four …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Dan Wiederer / Chicago Tribune:
3 things we learned at Chicago Bears training camp, including players' eagerness for the 1st padded practice Tuesday  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 34  —  Tight end Ryan Griffin speaks after practice, Aug. 1, 2022 during Chicago Bears training camp at Halas Hall.  (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Keith Law / MLB - The Athletic:
Top 60 MLB prospects: Keith Law's updated 2022 midseason ranking  —  This is my midpoint check-in on the best prospects still in the minors, including players drafted two weeks ago who have signed by now but have not debuted in pro ball.  As with my offseason list, I'm focused more on ceiling than floor …
Discussion: Covering the Corner
Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com:
Trout gets positive feedback from spine specialist  —  ANAHEIM — Angels outfielder Mike Trout reported good news about his back injury on Sunday, as he met with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins this past Thursday and is slated to start rotational exercises on Wednesday with the intention of swinging a bat soon after.
 
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