That terrified gasp you heard earlier this evening was from Blue Jays fans and Jose Bautista fantasy owners. The star slugger was forced to leave Toronto's 16-7 win over the Yankees due to a twisted right ankle suffered in the fourth inning. X-rays were negative and Bautista will likely undergo an MRI tomorrow, reports Shi Davidi of Rogers Sportsnet.
Some news from around the majors…
- The Cardinals are shopping for both starting and relief pitching, but their trade efforts are complicated by the Albert Pujols negotiations looming this winter, writes MLB.com's Matthew Leach. There's also pressure on the club to win now since this could be the last season for both Pujols and Chris Carpenter in St. Louis.
- Speaking of pressure, it "might be higher than ever" in Detroit since GM Dave Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland are both in the last year of their contracts, notes MLB.com's Jason Beck. The Tigers are also looking to add starting pitching and possibly a right-handed reliever, though Beck says the club will look internally (possibly the returning Carlos Guillen) to solve its second base problem.
- With their next seven games against the Red Sox and Yankees, the Rays may know by next week if they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, writes MLB.com's Bill Chastain. If the Rays are in contention, however, Andrew Friedman says it doesn't mean the Rays will deal prospects for big upgrades since "because of our situation, our prospects mean more to us than any other team in baseball."
- Brad Peacock is now represented by the ACES agency, reports MLBTR's Tim Dierkes (Twitter link). The Nationals right-hander was a 41st-round pick in the 2006 draft but was recently ranked as the 42st-best minor leaguer in the game on Baseball America's midseason prospect list.
- The White Sox have signed third-round draft pick Jeff Soptic, tweets Jim Callis of Baseball America. Soptic's contract bonus was worth $320K, $40.1K over MLB's recommended slot price for the 110th overall pick.
- Baseball America's Matt Eddy runs down the week's minor league transactions.
- A source tells Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that the Angels are "pinching pennies" and won't be looking to add payroll at the trade deadline.