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MLB Week-in-Review: Scott Kazmir dealt to Houston, Johnny Cueto to Kansas City

Two of the top available starters were dealt within the last week.

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The trade deadline is almost here. Scott Kazmir and Johnny Cueto trades highlight this week's transactions.

MLB Top Headlines

Giants' Tim Lincecum not expected to return soon

While the Giants' outfield will benefit when Nori Aoki is healthy, the club could seek a top starter until Lincecum returns.

Royals option Yordano Ventura to Triple-A

He was recalled shortly after however the Royals' opening day starter has struggled of late.

Blue Jays sign Joba Chamberlain to minor league deal

Detroit designated him for assignment however he should prove to be a valuable addition to a struggling Toronto bullpen.

Jonathan Lucroy rebuffed on extension talks

Lucroy was hoping to remain in Milwaukee moving forward but the Brewers were not pleased with his proposal.

Kansas City's Jason Vargas will undergo Tommy John surgery

Vargas only made nine starts this season and his injury likely had a lot to with the club's decision to add Johnny Cueto.

Angels place David Freese on disabled list

Freese fractured his right index finger after being hit by a pitch.

Astros acquire Scott Kazmir

Kazmir has had success in 2015 and Houston was known to be seeking a top of the rotation arm.

Pirates acquire Aramis Ramirez

Pittsburgh added corner infield depth and an additional right-handed bat.

Mets promote Michael Conforto

New York has called upon its top outfield prospect to help a struggling offense.

Angels acquire Conor Gillaspie

With David Freese out, Los Angeles will turn to Gillaspie.

Cardinals add Steve Cishek

Cishek struggled to open the year but adds depth to St. Louis' bullpen.

Braves trade Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson

The Mets added a pair of bats on Friday night.

Royals acquire Johnny Cueto

Cueto becomes the second big name starter to be dealt this week. The Royals were able to complete the deal despite talks reportedly stalling on Saturday night.