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Olney Previews The NL Trade Market

On his ESPN Insider blog today, Buster Olney takes a look at the bubbling trade market in the National League, among other subjects like the Dodgers bankruptcy (insider only).

MLB Trade Rumors, News, and Notes

  • The Mets will reportedly be expecting at least one Grade-A prospect and one good Grade-B prospect in exchange for shortstop Jose Reyes. I suppose the Giants could possibly build a deal around Zach Wheeler and Gary Brown, or the Reds could build one around Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart or Billy Hamilton.
  • The Phillies continue to check in on relief help and right-handed hitting, and rival executives expect them to be active near the deadline.
  • Houston will discuss right fielder Hunter Pence and lefty starter Wandy Rodriguez, but they're expected to have huge asking prices.
  • Some rival executives have wondered whether the Braves could consider trading starter Jair Jurrjens (10-3 W-L, 2.07 ERA) because the right-hander's value is at its peak.
  • The Nationals are keeping tabs on Rays center fielder B.J. Upton, which bodes with the numerous reports we've heard about this over the past year or so.
  • San Diego has let other teams know that they're ready to hear offers for closer Heath Bell and set-up Mike Adams, arguably the club's two largest chips at the trade deadline.
  • Could the Giants pursue Cincinnati's Ramon Hernandez? The Reds already have Ryan Hanigan on the MLB roster, along with Devin Mesoraco and Yasmani Grandal in the minor leagues.
  • The Cubs are "open for business" according to rival evaluators.