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Weekend Digest: One week to trade deadline; Kazmir to Houston, Cishek to Cardinals

MLB news from the past week.

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Tigers to make Price and Cespedes available at trade deadline

The Tigers are on the fringe of .500 at two games under and could potentially be a wild card team, but speculation abounds as to whether or not the Tigers will be sellers. David Price and Yoenis Cespedes are free agents at the end of the year; a report from USA Today suggests the Tigers will sell off Price and Cespedes, but GM Dave Dombrowski has said no decision has been finalized. Miguel Cabrera is hurt and Justin Verlander is struggling, so the team may ultimately be forced to sell.

Astros get Kazmir from the A's

In the first big trade of the season, the A's sent Scott Kazmir to the Astros for a pair of minor leaguers: pitcher Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. Mengden was a fourth-round pick in 2014, Nottingham a sixth-round pick in 2013. Kazmir started for Houston on Friday against Kansas City and shut them out 4-0. He will be a free agent at season's end. He had a 2.38 ERA in 18 starts for the A's in 2015.

Aramis Ramirez returns to Pittsburgh

The team that drafted Aramis Ramirez is getting him back. The Pirates sent minor-league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios to Milwaukee for Ramirez, who had declared before Spring Training that this year would likely be his last. Ramirez hit 76 home runs in six years with the Pirates from 1998 to 2003.

Cardinals get Steve Cishek from the Marlins

Cishek got off to a rocky start in 2015, allowing 15 runs in his first 19.1 innings with four blown saves before spending two weeks in the minors. Since his return, he's turned his fortunes around and was traded to the Cardinals on Friday for minor-league pitcher Kyle Barraclough.

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