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The MLB Daily Dish: MLB trade rumors and news for July 28, 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! The trade deadline is getting closer and closer.

It’s everybody’s favorite team, as a #MYSTERYTEAM has joined the Mets, Tigers, Indians and Red Sox in the mix for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

There was an actual move yesterday, with the Rangers acquiring pitchers Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez in exchange for a prospect.

Seattle has called up the Reds and asked about outfielder Jay Bruce.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and the Giants are monitoring the Royals, potentially trying to get some of their players that helped win a championship last season.

After missing out on Aroldis Chapman, what is the easiest and simple fix for the Nationals bullpen?

And once Joe Ross returns from the disabled list in the next week or two and completes what could be baseball’s best rotation, the Nationals will have Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez — perhaps two of baseball’s 10-best pitching prospects, both of whom are major-league ready — without a home. If the club feels like the bullepn needs another shot in the arm at some point, beyond shifting its highest-leverage innings to its best reliever, it could easily add Giolito, Lopez — or both — to impact the club down the stretch while also limiting the workload of the system’s two most prized arms, a la Carlos Martinez or Vincent Velasquez.

The Nationals don’t have a bullpen problem. That unit, as currently constructed, is deep, features a top-10 weapon, and contains two of the most promising fallback plans a team could hope to have. What the Nationals really have, above anything else, is a leverage problem. The good news is, that’s the easiest kind of problem to fix.

Even though they just acquired him, the White Sox are making starter James Shields available.

Here is a roundup of news from around the American League West.

The latest edition of the Rosterbatorical came out yesterday, and their special guest was Chris Cotillo, giving all the latest insight into the trade deadline.

An Andrew Cashner trade appears to be on the horizon.

All the trades in one spot. What every team has done at the trade deadline.

Ervin Santana has some surprise value for the Twins.

Additionally, that marginal bargain could become a more significant bargain if Minnesota were to include some of his future salary in any trade. The Twins might not be the team to eat significant money, but Antony's comments implied that they are comfortable operating within the team's current budget, and that includes Santana's salary. Doing that would increase the trade return to potentially include a moderately-valued prospect.

In terms of immediate impact, Santana has performed better this season than several other top trade chips, such as Andrew Cashner, Jake Odorizzi, or Matt Moore. You may not be excited to pencil Santana into a playoff rotation, but he can certainly help a team make sure that they need a playoff rotation at all. While they're at it, a contender like Baltimore or Miami might be able to shore up their 2017 rotation at a reasonable cost.

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Question of the Day: Will the Brewers move Lucroy?