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Good morning baseball fans. There were not any trades made Saturday, but there are still rumors to discuss. But first, Grant Brisbee suggests Bryce Harper will probably get even better in the coming seasons:
The question at hand, though, is this: Can Bryce Harper get even better? It's a terrifying thought, but imagine a 22-year-old player winning the 2016 Rookie of the Year and you thinking, "Well, that's as good as he'll ever get." It wouldn't happen. So we should at least look into the possibility that Harper will improve. And we'll do it using baseball history.
Speaking of Harper, he cannot pronounce the word "memes." Now he has simply become one.
Houston has a clear desire to add a closer but might not be willing to part with top prospects in order to acquire one.
Arizona has internally discussed the possibility of signing Johnny Cueto, but he is likely too expensive.
Chris Davis and the Cardinals have had discussions about a potential contract for 2016.
Luis Sardinas is headed to Seattle after a short stint within the Brewers organization.
Detroit has expressed interest in Shawn Kelley:
One potential bullpen upgrade is Shawn Kelley, a right-handed reliever who pitched for the San Diego Padres in 2015. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick previously reported that the Tigers were interested in Kelley, along with Ryan Madson and Tommy Hunter. The 31-year-old Kelley has previous pitched for the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees, and has put up solid peripherals along the way. FanGraphs' crowdsourcing project has him pegged for a two-year contract worth $8 million, a relative bargain given his stellar results in 2015.
The Yankees and Cubs have had a conversation about a deal involving Brett Gardner and Starlin Castro:
It's surprising to see the Cubs talking about Castro is deal that doesn't involve a pitcher. While they do have a hole in center field, most of the rumors surrounding Castro had to do with a starting pitcher. They attempted to get a big name starter at the deadline, and floated Castro's name out there.
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Today in Baseball History: On this day in 1960, the American League proposed an expansion "to nine teams in both leagues with interleague play".