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The MLB Daily Dish: MLB trade rumors and news for July 12, 2016

Kick your day off right with the latest news, rumors, and analysis covering what could, should, and will affect your club's roster.

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The MLB Daily Dish is a daily feature we're running here at MLBDD and rounds up roster-impacting news, rumors, and analysis. Have feedback or have something that should be shared? Hit us at @mlbdailydish on Twitter.

Good morning baseball fans, and happy All-Star Game day to all! Hope everybody enjoyed the Home Run Derby last night.

Our own Chris Cotillo is in San Diego at the All-Star Game and was busy working yesterday, getting some quotes and news for both the American and National League.

Rumors about the Dodgers looking at trading Yasiel Puig has our own Mike Bates asking: “why?”

Is Justin Verlander really the best pitcher in the American League?

Verlander is a little bit fortunate for these purposes, in that this "season" happened to fall during a time when other traditionally elite pitchers are either in the National League or inconsistent (Price and Sale). Further still, it was also luck that I happened to sort the leaderboard on that particular day, as Quintana could feasibly catch up with a good start, and Verlander would have fallen back if his ugly outings from late June 2015 had fallen within the date range.

Regardless, Verlander has proven his durability, is striking out more batters, and is performing at a rate close to his production in 2012-2013. Whether or not he's literally the best pitcher in the American League is a bit beside the point - a good Verlander is exciting to watch, and that's certainly good for baseball.

Both Dansby Swanson and Jeff Hoffman talked about getting traded early on in their professional baseball careers.

As if this doesn’t sound very evil like, the Rangers are ‘plotting to acquire’ Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers.

Here is a roundup of news from around the National League Central.

Speaking of the NL Central, our trade deadline preview series continues with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The second day of the Trade Value series over at FanGraphs features the honorable mentions and those ranked 41-50.

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Today in Baseball History: In 1901, Cy Young records his 300th victory as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

Question of the Day: Should the Dodgers trade Puig?