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Miami upgraded its starting rotation, acquiring Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea from the Padres on Friday morning:
The 7-player deal is a significant one for both clubs, as the Marlins receive much needed rotation depth in an effort to contend this year while the Padres continue their summer sale. Today’s swap is the second trade between these teams in the last month, as San Diego shipped Fernando Rodney to Miami for pitching prospect Chris Paddack at the end of June.
Eduardo Nunez is off the board, which means Steve Pearce could be moved next.
Chicago is fielding offers for Chris Sale, but a deal involving the club’s ace seems unlikely.
Washington wants to upgrade its bullpen and is interested in Mark Melancon.
With Cashner off the board, Toronto is working to add a starter.
Milwaukee is accepting offers for Jonathan Lucroy but doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to move him:
Barring some unknown personal issues with certain regions, this list seems to be a bit out of date, with the Nationals and Indians both being included on it despite their obvious success in 2016 (It has been said that Lucroy, oddly enough, would prefer to go to a winner). And don’t forget, he’ll be under team control through 2017 for the insanely reasonable price of $5.25 million.
Seattle isn’t making Taijuan Walker available in advance of the deadline.
The market for Jay Bruce continues to develop rather quickly.
Atlanta is close to trading Jim Johnson:
Johnson’s ultimate destination is not yet known, but he does appear to be a low-cost fit for many clubs looking for back-end bullpen help. The price of relief pitching across baseball is described by industry insiders as extremely high in the wake of the blockbuster that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for four prospects.
The Mariners are interested in Zack Cozart and Jay Bruce.
Washington is open to moving prospect Lucas Giolito in a deal involving Andrew Miller.
The Reds and Dodgers are working on a three-team deal that features Jay Bruce.
Texas is still seeking starting help:
The Mets are considering several relief options:
I hear the Mets and Angels have gone back and forth on a deal for reliever Joe Smith.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) July 29, 2016
Rich Hill won’t make his scheduled start on Sunday:
Melvin says Gray on Sunday.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 29, 2016
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Today in Baseball History: On this day in 2008, the Yankees acquire Ivan Rodriguez from the Tigers.