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The Giants made a move, acquiring infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Twins.
An Andrew Cashner deal is very close, with the Orioles ‘trying hard’ to get the starter from the Padres.
Arizona looks like they are close to moving reliever Daniel Hudson.
They did trade Aroldis Chapman, but the Yankees did call up the White Sox about Chris Sale.
It’s all about inquiring, and the Nationals did that in regards to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista.
Wade Davis is a huge deadline gamble for teams.
Or maybe the strikeouts will regress in the direction of the contact rate, and not the other way around. There’s nothing easy about this, as one could very reasonably conclude that Davis is great, or that Davis is worrisome. The Royals are going to lean more toward the great side, but they’re also the team that knows the most about what’s going on in his arm. You could say it might benefit them to wait to move Davis until the winter, figuring he could have a strong second half. Yet they might not want to take that chance, if they think Davis could come apart. These are complicated times. For everyone involved.
The fact of the matter is that I don’t know what’s going on with Wade Davis. I doubt anyone has a full understanding, and that’s what makes him such a gamble. There’s the potential here for a contending team to land the latter-day Mariano Rivera. Pitchers don’t get much more valuable than that. But there are some cracks that’ve formed, and with enough cracks, any structure will collapse. Wade Davis can’t and won’t be great forever. This season has another two months.
Speaking of Davis, the Dodgers are one of the teams expressing interest in the reliever.
If there is a deal for Davis, the Royals want to package him with Ian Kennedy to get some financial flexibility.
Here is a roundup of news from around the National League Central.
Even though he has a blister, there are teams still looking to deal for starter Rich Hill.
Taijuan Walker of the Mariners is drawing ‘strong interest.’
Here is a great piece from Nicolas Stellini of Beyond the Box Score, appreciating the little things about the game of baseball.
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