Manager Clint Hurdle said there remains a 'chance' Andrew McCutchen (rib) avoids the disabled list.
Seriously? The Pirates are really going to try this? McCutchen is dealing with a fractured rib and the original recovery timetable give to him was one month. Now, the Pirates are thinking that he'll be back next week? They can try it until they need depth on the roster given the fact that the move to the DL can be done retroactively, but might be forced to make the move should another injry crop up or they simply need to add depth to the bullpen. If McCutchen doesn't hit the DL and they try to let him play through it, fantasy owners could be in serious trouble relying on production they just won't get.ANALYST: Howard Bender
ESPN sources say the Wizards are pushing hard to land David West.
The veteran power forward averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists over 28.7 minutes per game last season for the Pacers. His veteran leadership is as much a part of his game as his work in the frontcourt and several teams are expected to be courting the 34-year old. If the Wizards are going to make a hard push, then an offer should come soon. Analysis: Howard Bender
Cole Hamels is unlikely to accept a trade to the Houston Astros.
Hamels has a limited no trade clause that allows him to block trades to 20 teams. Hamels would be the perfect target for the Astros as a true ace with team control beyond this season, but they will have to work elsewhere. Hamels will have a better chance at wins wherever he winds up, but a trade to the American League would obviously hurt his fantays value. Analysis: Steve Pimental