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The Rangers and Rays are talking about a deal surrounding starter Jake Odorizzi.
Along with Odorizzi, the Rangers are also interested in Ervin Santana.
Wade Davis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Royals, and he was replaced on the roster by Brooks Pounders (yes, that is his real name).
Despite there being interest, the Yankees are unlikely to move reliever Andrew Miller.
A trade deadline preview for the Minnesota Twins.
The Red Sox should add another bat to their lineup, says Dave Cameron of FanGraphs.
Reinforcing a strong offense can be just as effective at winning games as replacing poor pitchers. It might not be as aesthetically pleasing to keep beating your opponents 9-7, but it still counts as a win, and given the way offense scales up in a non-linear way, it’s actually going to be easier for a team like the Red Sox to make a larger improvement by adding a good-hitting catcher than it will be to upgrade the rotation in a similar manner. Instead of forcing themselves to shop in a barren pitching market with few good options, the Red Sox could likely make a bigger impact on their team by acquiring Lucroy and accepting that they’re going to go as far as their offense can carry them.
If they can land Lucroy and a pitcher or two, even better. But they shouldn’t avoid making a substantial upgrade to their roster simply because Lucroy isn’t a pitcher. In baseball, runs are runs, and you don’t need to limit yourself to just improving the side of the ball that you’re weakest at.
Here is a roundup of news from around the American League West.
Trade deadline preview for the Chicago White Sox.
Both Josh Reddick and Rich Hill are drawing interest from the defending champions.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal shared his thoughts on the 2016 All-Star Game selections.
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