Justin Verlander got lit up, again, allowing seven runs on 12 hits and two walks with just two strikeouts over six innings in the loss to the Royals Monday.
JV insisted, post-game, that he is not injured, which makes his rapid decline even more concerning. At least, if the former CY Young had an injury then we could explain why he is struggling and still have hope that he still has a few years left in the tank. Unfortunately, it appears that Verlander, who has had the highest level of combined usage and leverage since the start to the 2006 season, is at the point where you really need to consider dropping him if you can find another option on waivers who is trending in a more positive direction regardless if they do not have anywhere near the name value as Verlander.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
ESPN's Buster Olney reports the Chicago Cubs are not pursuing James Shields.
A few months ago, the Padres were the biggest buyers of the offseason. After splurging to acquire Shields, Justin Upton and Craig Kimbrel, the team has almost settled into an all too familiar role. The Cubs could use another starting pitcher, but it won't be Shields donning a Chicago jersey after the deadline. Shields is 8-3 with a 3.77 ERA on the season, and he is a quality No. 3 starter in most formats. Analysis: Colby Conway
New York Jets have signed wide receiver Austin Hill.
Hill is a big receiver (6'3", 212 pounds) who missed his 2013 season with an ACL tear. He did catch 48 passes for 630 yards, scoring four TDs for Arizona last season. He will compete for a position in training camp as part of bunch of other fringe receivers, and there are questions about his speed and agility due to his surgically repaired knee. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson