Jays finally land their pitcher, but at what cost to their farm system?

After an off-the-charts trade that brought them shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the Toronto Blue Jays are at it again. This time, they've added lefty pitcher David Price, giving the Detroit Tigers three pitching prospects, including their best prospect, lefty Daniel Norris. Price, 29, will get 11 or 12 starts for the Blue Jays. He'll make their rotation better and with a lineup that has a 95-plus ... read more

Jays' blockbuster adds offense, but doesn't address pitching problems

Leave it to the Toronto Blue Jays to make an unconventional, off-the-charts trade before Friday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trading deadline. The Blue Jays have acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and 42-year-old relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins from the Colorado Rockies for shortstop Jose Reyes and pitching prospects. What's going on? The Blue Jays need pitching, especially in the rotation. Everyone knows about their high-octane offense. But this ... read more

Will Mets' moves help close gap in tight NL East race?

The debate at the start of the season in the National League East focused on one question: Which team - the Mets or the Marlins - would be the biggest challenger to the Nationals in the division? The Marlins had a strong case, but they wilted under expectations, and it is the Mets who have the best chance of making it a race. In the ... read more

Harper, Williams have similar goals, but a rivaled past

As a kid growing up in Las Vegas, Bryce Harper knew about Matt Williams' All-Star baseball career. But Harper had reasons not to follow it too closely. Apparently, in-state rivalries never die in Nevada. Harper grew up in southern Nevada and Williams was from the north. "Being from Las Vegas, you hated the schools up north,'' Harper said. "It's a rivalry. You don't really like ... read more

With non-waiver trading deadline approaching, a look at possible buyers and sellers

The July 31 non-waiver trading deadline is approaching and speculation is flying about players moving to contenders. Soon it will be out of control. The Nationals might be looking for an outfield bat off the bench - how about Boston's Shane Victorino or Philadelphia's Jeff Francoeur? - and bullpen help to boost the bridge from rotation to closer. The Orioles could be looking for a ... read more

Will Nationals be able to shake off injuries to maintain control of NL East?

The National League East is playing out as expected, except for a minor detail. The pitching-rich Nationals are the first-place team, but the general consensus at the start was that their lead would be bigger than the two-game margin they have over the New York Mets. The Nationals and Mets are similar. Both have strong rotations, reliable closers and questions about the relievers that connect ... read more

Different feel in AL East, where no one is dominating, everyone is flawed

This isn't the American League East we are used to seeing. The division has gone from baseball's best to mediocre. But at least it is competitive. This year, every team in the division has flaws. Every team is trying to stay above .500. In an earlier time, a team two wins above .500 was buried. Not this year. No AL East champion has won fewer ... read more

Reworked Home Run Derby showed it was time for a change in annual competition

Baseball's intrigue is supposed to be all about being timelessness, so who would have though that a time clock could have been so valuable to a baseball event? The Home Run Derby, created in 1985 at Minnesota's Metrodome, was reborn with energy, excitement and drama Monday night in Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. The best thing that ever happened to the derby was the buzzer-beating ... read more