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MLB trade rumors: Reliever news and notes

Teams looking at Chapman and Miller might have more options at the deadline.

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There’s a lot of teams interested in the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, but the cost for them is fairly high. Chapman would be a rental this year and wouldn’t cost as much, whereas Miller is not and would cost a hefty sum to get him.

However, they’re not the only relievers on the market. Here’s a rundown of who else is available:

  • ESPN’s Buster Olney notes that the Brewers are prepared to trade Will Smith at the deadline, though he also notes that Smith’s velocity is at the lowest it’s been since his rookie year. Olney also suggest that the Twins might move Fernando Abad as an option for teams who want a guy who can get lefties out. The Twins are definitely out of the playoff hunt at this point, and are offloading as many players as they can to rebuild. The Brewers are well below .500 are continuing to rebuild for a future postseason berth.
  • Jon Morosi suggests that the Rockies may look into dealing Boone Logan and that teams such as the Cubs, the Nationals, and the Giants might be a good fit for him. Logan would be a rental as well, but might be a cheaper alternative if the Rockies decide to field offers for him.
  • Speaking of the Giants, Jerry Crasnick tweeted that the team is “blanketing the reliever market.” Bullpen help is something the Giants are in a great need of at the deadline and any help they could get would be beneficial for their postseason push. Crasnick tweeted that the Giants have a scout monitoring the Phillies’ Jeanmar Gomez and David Hernandez and are also scouting the Brewers’ Smith and Jeremy Jeffress.
  • Richard Justice over at MLB has a list of relievers who could be potential trade targets at the deadline. The list includes lesser mentioned bullpen arms such as the Athletics’ Ryan Dull and the Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez.