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A's trade Kendrys Morales to Yankees for player to be named later or cash

A's trade Kendrys Morales to Yankees for player to be named later or cash

Kendrys Morales was unemployed for roughly 24 hours.

One day after the A's designated the veteran first baseman/designated hitter for assignment, Morales was traded to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The A's were forced to cut Morales with Matt Olson and Mark Canha returning from injuries.

Morales was brought to Oakland in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays at the end of March as a stopgap while Olson recovered from a fractured hamate bone. With Olson and Canha back, Morales' services were no longer needed.

Morales goes to a Yankees team that could use a warm body at first base. Starter Greg Bird is hurt once again, this time dealing with a left plantar fascia tear that has landed him on the 60-day injured list.

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In 34 games with the A's, the 36-year-old Morales hit .204/.310/.259 with one double, one homer and seven RBI.

The A's will likely receive a low-level minor leaguer for Morales if that's the route they choose to go with the Yankees.

Giants will want four prospects in Madison Bumgarner trade, Tim Kurkjian says

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Giants will want four prospects in Madison Bumgarner trade, Tim Kurkjian says

The Giants are in possession of this season's biggest trade chip.

Ace Madison Bumgarner will be in high demand if the Giants decide to sell before the July 31 trade deadline. And he could bring back the type of haul that changes the future of the franchise.

So what should the Giants ask for in return?

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian has a general idea.

"If you're the Yankees and you have these injuries, how can you not go after him?," Kurkjian said on Tuesday. "If you're the Braves and he's the difference between not making the playoffs and winning the division ... The Brewers, almost any team would love to have him. But the Giants are going to say 'If you want our best player, you better load up with four top players, young guys, or we're not dealing him.'"

The Giants' farm system is pretty thin. After top prospects Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos, there aren't many impact players to speak of.

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The Yankees and Brewers don't have a lot of high-end prospects left after all the trades the made over the last two years, but the Braves have one of the best farm systems in baseball and are loaded with Top 100 prospects. That includes pitchers Mike Soroka, Kyle Wright, Ian Anderson, Touki Toussaint, Bryse Wilson, and position players like Cristian Pache, Austin Riley and Drew Waters. 

So, our advice to the Giants? Call Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos and ask for a lot for Bumgarner.

Giants takeaways: Pitching struggles on tough homestand vs. heavyweights

Giants takeaways: Pitching struggles on tough homestand vs. heavyweights

SAN FRANCISCO -- It seemed odd when relief pitcher Trevor Gott started warming up in the fourth inning of a close game Tuesday night, until you realized that Ty Blach was sitting in the Giants dugout. 

No Giant has had more success against the Dodgers over the last few years than Blach, who was recalled Tuesday, and it certainly appeared the Giants had him lined up for a significant role. Blach did end up throwing 66 pitches, but not for the right reasons. 

The lefty entered with a 1.88 ERA in 57 1/3 career innings against the Dodgers but gave up six runs in his first frame of the season as the Giants lost 10-3. If the plan was to have Blach carry a heavy load in a win, it blew up quickly. Instead, he hit "wear it" territory, throwing 3 1/3 innings to try to save a bullpen that included several players who needed the night off. 

Blach may be removed from the roster as soon as Wednesday. He was here for the series, and the Giants reportedly are calling up catcher Stephen Vogt, who could take that roster spot Wednesday and then possibly stay in place of Erik Kratz moving forward. 

Another move is expected Friday, with the Giants tentatively lining Tyler Beede up to start against the Reds. Beede would join a staff that's unexpectedly reeling. In five home games against the Yankees and Dodgers, the Giants have given up 36 runs.

Manager Bruce Bochy said he's not concerned. 

"You look at the first series (against the Yankees) and the starters had a tough go," Bochy said. "We played well (Monday) and it just got away from us in the sixth inning (Tuesday). I think overall we're fine. These guys are not tired."

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--- Last night was one of those nights when you wonder how much longer Buster Posey will be allowed to catch. He took a wicked foul tip for the second straight game, this one appearing to ricochet off both legs and possibly somewhere else. Posey was pulled after the six-run inning but Bochy said he's fine. 

--- First base umpire Tim Timmons was 100 percent sure that David Freese's opposite-field shot against Drew Pomeranz had cleared the brick wall, immediately twirling his finger to signal home run. Replays showed the ball only cleared by about an inch, and in the moment it looked like Timmons had escaped disaster. There was a Dodger hung up between third and home and two between first and second as he signaled that it was a home run and Steven Duggar tried to throw the ball in. Had he been wrong, that would have been a disaster. 

But Timmons made a hell of a call, probably for the same reason the Giants didn't use a challenge. 

"We heard it hit the tin," Bochy said. "It's a dreaded sound when it's from the other side."

Bochy said the Giants still double-checked the broadcast feed to confirm that they should not challenge. Give credit to Timmons, though. We complain about umpires a lot, but he made the right and difficult call in the moment and never wavered.