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MLB trade rumors and news for April 18th, 2017

Jump start your day off right with all the trade rumors and news floating around the MLB.

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Good morning baseball fans!

Here is a look at what’s going on around the National League Central.

  • J.A. Happ will undergo an MRI for his elbow after leaving Sunday’s game early due to pain.

  • Jackie Robinson Day isn’t just a celebration, it is a sobering reminder that there’s still a lot of work to be done in baseball.

  • Astros right-hander Lupe Chavez opted to retire, according to Jake Kaplan of The Houston Chronicle.

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Important Links:

MLB Injury Tracker

Offseason Trade Tracker

2016-17 Free Agent Tracker

Spring Training Release Tracker

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Today in baseball: On April 18th, 1950, Sam Jethroe, former Cleveland Buckeyes star of the Negro American League, becomes the first black player for the Braves.

Question of the Day: Will Johnny Cueto’s wish to transition to the American League come true? What team could it be?