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MLB trade rumors and news for July 1st, 2017

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Good morning baseball fans!

What’s going on in baseball today?

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  • Here’s what’s going on around the National League Central.

  • The Mariners already have a pretty solid offense, but pitching could be their focus in advance of the trade deadline.

  • Minnesota has performed well to this point but might not be positioned to remain competitive if they don’t add this summer.

  • Though Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has been mentioned in trade rumors, it seems the two sides might also be open to an extension, according to Zach Buchanan of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

  • The Angels acquired Nick Franklin from Milwaukee, the team announced Friday.

  • The Rockies announced Friday that they designated reliever Chad Qualls for assignment.

  • Boston is set to release Allen Craig, according to Brian MacPherson of The Providence Journal.

  • Prospect Nick Williams is joining the Phillies, according to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury.

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Important Links:

2017 MLB Draft Q&A Series

2017 MLB Pre-July Trade Tracker

MLB Free Agent List

Draft Signings Tracker

2017 MLB Trade Deadline: Team Previews

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