Rumor Central: Dodgers interested in Addison Reed?

July, 22, 2017
Jul 22

Addison ReedAnthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsAddison Reed has a 2.35 ERA in 45 appearances for the New York Mets this season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are "exploring a possible deal" for New York Mets closer Addison Reed, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Entering Saturday, Reed had a 2.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and four holds in 45 appearances, converting 16 of 18 save opportunities and striking out 47 batters in 46 innings.

The 28-year-old signed a one-year, $7.75 million deal with the Mets before the season and is set to be a free agent in the upcoming offseason.

Los Angeles is reportedly also eyeing Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton and is interested in pairing him with Kenley Jansen for a dominant back end of the bullpen. The Dodgers could look to do the same with Reed, who is also drawing interest from the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers, according to reports.

-- Alex Tekip

Rumor Central: Brewers showing interest in Ian Kinsler?

July, 22, 2017
Jul 22

Ian KinslerJustin Berl/Getty ImagesThe Brewers are reportedly exploring the possibility of acquiring Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Mired in a six-game losing streak heading into Saturday and with the Pittsburgh Pirates and defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs hot on their tail, it's fair to wonder if one of baseball's biggest surprises, the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, are losing steam.

And so the Brewers, who have hit .245 as a team since the All-Star break, are expected to be active on the market for bats as the trade deadline looms. One of the options they're exploring is Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Kinsler, 35, has been a steady bat at the top of the Tigers and Texas Rangers lineups over his decade in the major leagues. The four-time All-Star is slashing .244/.324/.397 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs out of the leadoff spot this season for a Tigers squad that currently sits fourth in the AL Central, 5 1/2 games out of first place, and is seeing ace Justin Verlander draw some suitors.

At the plate, Kinsler would seem to be an upgrade over Jonathan Villar, who's slashing .223/.287/.350 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs and is one of four Brewers to amass 100 strikeouts. Villar also missed time last month with a back injury.

-- Brendan C. Hall

Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesAtlanta Braves left-hander Jaime Garcia has a 4.33 ERA in 17 starts this year.

It appears that left-hander Jaime Garcia is still a member of the Atlanta Braves -- at least for now.

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Braves are still talking with multiple clubs about Garcia and "there's no deal" in place to send him to the Minnesota Twins. The two teams were closing in on a trade Thursday involving the lefty.

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation calls the Garcia situation "fluid." Citing a source, Cotillo tweets that it's still a possibility that the southpaw gets traded to the Twins, but the Braves could also elect to hang on to him or pursue a trade with other interested teams.

Per USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Braves say they plan to start Garcia on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cotillo reports that right-hander Aaron Blair flew to Los Angeles and "is on standby" in case Garcia is traded, citing a source.

An impending free agent, Garcia, 31, is 3-7 with a 4.33 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 17 starts this season.

-- Alex Tekip

Scott W. Grau/Icon SportswireThe Detroit Tigers could have trouble dealing Justin Verlander by the July 31 trade deadline given his high salary.

The Detroit Tigers "aren't remotely close with any team" in trade talks for right-hander Justin Verlander, according Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Verlander's salary is largely viewed as a deterrent on the trade market. The 34-year-old is owed $56 million over the next two seasons and has a $22 million vesting option for 2020 that is guaranteed with a top-five finish in the 2019 Cy Young vote. In addition, the Tigers have been noted to have a high asking price for the six-time All-Star, but might be willing to include cash in a potential deal for their longtime ace.

On Thursday, it was reported the Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers are interested in Verlander, while the Chicago Cubs continue to monitor him. Per Nightengale, "there are a couple of teams" kicking the tires on Verlander: the Cubs are one; the Brewers are not.

Verlander ranks among the top 10 pitchers in Tigers history in career starts (372), innings (2,456), wins (178), WHIP (1.20) and opponent average (.237). His 2,308 strikeouts while wearing the Old English D -- which he has for all 13 years of his career -- are second only to Mickey Lolich (2,679).

-- Alex Tekip

Yu DarvishStephen Brashear/Getty ImagesYu Darvish is projected to be one of the top free-agent pitchers available this winter.

The Texas Rangers are "talking to multiple contenders" about starting pitcher Yu Darvish as they lay the groundwork to potentially deal the right-hander at the July 31 trade deadline, reports ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

According to Crasnick, Rangers GM Jon Daniels "plans to wait as long as possible" until July 31 to trade Darvish.

In 20 starts this season, Darvish is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. The 30-year-old has recorded 131 strikeouts over 125 1/3 innings.

An All-Star for the fourth time in his major league career this year, Darvish is projected to be one of the top pitchers available on the free-agent market this upcoming offseason. Crasnick called Darvish the Rangers' "most valuable asset."

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Thursday that Texas recently told teams Darvish could become available at the trade deadline.

-- Alex Tekip

Rumor Central: Some interest in Blue Jays' Jose Bautista

July, 21, 2017
Jul 21

Jose BautistaDan Hamilton/USA TODAY SportsSix-time All-Star Jose Bautista is hitting .227 with 16 homers this season.

The Toronto Blue Jays have “gotten some feelers” on struggling slugger Jose Bautista, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Bautista is hitting just .227 with 16 homers this season and has a .197/.312/.338 slash line since June 1, so his value is limited.

Crasnick adds that the Blue Jays, currently in last place in the AL East, have centered their talks on moving impending free agents Marco Estrada, Francisco Liriano and Joe Smith.

The 36-year-old Bautista will make $18 million this season with an option for 2018, and any inquiring team will undoubtedly be asking for some financial relief. Bautista, a six-time All-Star, did hit 40 homers as recently as 2015.

-- Doug Mittler

GrayEd Szczepanski/USA TODAY SportsThe A's may be looking to sell high on Sonny Gray, who has a 1.62 ERA in his last five starts.

Oakland Athletics fans gave Sonny Gray a standing ovation when he left the mound following 6 1/3 strong innings against the Rays on Wednesday afternoon. Was that his final outing at Oakland Coliseum in a home uniform?

Talks between the Athletics and Houston Astros regarding Gray are “heating up,” reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The Astros seem to be an ideal trading partner given they are looking to add a front-line starter and have the deep farm system to satisfy the Athletics.

Meanwhile, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the A’s have “named their price” to the New York Yankees on a deal for Gray, adding no trade is close.

The A’s would undoubtedly be asking for upper-tier prospects in any deal, but Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News says the Yankees have shown “a huge reluctance” to part with top young players such as Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield.

If the Yankees are serious about winning their division, they need to add a pitcher like Gray, opines ESPN’s Andrew Marchand.

Gray, who missed the first month of the season with a strained shoulder, has a 1.62 ERA in his last five starts. The 27-year-old is under club control through the 2019 season.

-- Doug Mittler

Asdrubal CabreraAP Photo/Wilfredo LeeThe Mets hope a move to third base could improve the market for veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

Asdrubal Cabrera apparently will be trying a new position as the New York Mets look to deal the veteran infielder.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Seattle Mariners among the teams with "potential interest," adding that the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs had scouts at the Mets’ 3-2 win over the Cardinals. Sherman, however, says those three clubs are more interested in first baseman Lucas Duda and reliever Addison Reed.

Meanwhile, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweets the Indians have expressed interest in Cabrera.

Cabrera caused a stir a few weeks ago when he initially balked at moving from shortstop to second base following an injury to Neil Walker. With Walker expected to come off the disabled list as soon as next week, Cabrera has been told he should expect to see some time at third base.

Cabrera has never started a game at the hot corner in the major leagues, but his market value could increase if he demonstrates an ability to handle the position, writes Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Ackert adds the interest in Cabrera so far has been “pretty light.”

The 31-year-old Cabrera is hitting .250/.333/.398 in 70 games this season. He is making $8.25 million this season with an $8.5 million option for 2017.

-- Doug Mittler

Rumor Central: Brewers interested in Addison Reed?

July, 21, 2017
Jul 21

Addison ReedAnthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsAddison Reed has a 2.35 ERA in 45 appearances for the New York Mets this season.

The Milwaukee Brewers are among a half-dozen teams to inquire about New York Mets reliever Addison Reed, but a trade is not imminent, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

The NL Central-leading Brewers have lost five straight games, and one of the culprits is a bullpen that has two blown saves and a .333 opponents’ batting average in that span.

Reed is one of several veterans with expiring contracts who are being shopped by the Mets (43-50) as the trade deadline approaches. Carig says Reed will “fetch a stronger return” than other impending free agents such as Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson.

The 28-year-old Reed owns a 2.35 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 46 innings this season with 16 saves in 18 opportunities.

-- Doug Mittler

Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports 

It's no secret that the New York Yankees have struggled with consistency at first base this season.

Mark Feinsand of, citing sources, tweeted on Thursday that the Yankees are still open to trading for a first baseman even with the team's recent acquisition of third baseman Todd Frazier from the Chicago White Sox. Frazier has been mentioned as an option at first for the Yankees.

-- Meaghan Latella

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Miami Marlins GM Mike Hill says he has no intention of trading pitcher Dan Straily, according to a report from FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Heyman writes that, according to Hill, Straily is among a group of players the Marlins have no plans to trade. That group includes outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich and catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Straily, 28, is 7-5 and has a 3.49 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in a team-high 20 starts this season.

The right-hander is eligible for arbitration in the offseason and will reach free agency in 2021 at the earliest.

-- Meaghan Latella

Yu DarvishLM Otero/AP PhotoYu Darvish was an All-Star for the fourth time in his major league career this season.

The Texas Rangers might be willing to deal right-hander Yu Darvish by the July 31 trade deadline, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Heyman reports that the Rangers recently told teams that Darvish, a free agent at the end of this season, could become available.

Darvish, 30, is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 20 starts this season. The four-time All-Star has recorded 131 strikeouts over 125 1/3 innings in 2017.

-- Alex Tekip

Raisel IglesiasAP Photo/John MinchilloRaisel Iglesias is having a dominant season as the Cincinnati Reds closer.

The Cincinnati Reds aren't planning to shop Raisel Iglesias, but they aren't completely ruling out the possibility of a deal.

"We’re not trying to market him,” GM Dick Williams told the Cincinnati Enquirer's Zach Buchanan. “But if somebody really gave you an opportunity to improve your franchise, you’d have to consider it."

In 39 appearances this season, Iglesias has a 1.55 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. The 27-year-old righty is 16-for-17 in save opportunities and has 58 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. ESPN's David Schoenfield considers Iglesias to be the Reds' untouchable player at the trade deadline. Schoenfield writes that teams will ask Cincinnati about Iglesias, but it'd likely take package similar to what the New York Yankees got in return for Andrew Miller or the Chicago Cubs for Aroldis Chapman to deal him away.

Williams told the Enquirer that the return for Iglesias would have to be one that could help the Reds in the very near future.

"I really like a lot of the pieces we have, and I see us not that far from being competitive if we can get some of these young pitchers to turn the corner," Williams said. "If I were to trade him, you’d want something back that could help us real soon.”

Iglesias is under team control through 2021.

-- Alex Tekip

Rob Foldy/Getty ImagesMiami Marlins closer AJ Ramos has converted 17 of 19 save opportunities this season.

The Tampa Bay Rays have interest in AJ Ramos and are in talks with the Miami Marlins regarding the closer, report Marc Topkin of the Tampa Times and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The 30-year-old Ramos has a 4.08 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 36 appearances this season. The right-hander is 17-for-19 in save opportunities and has 45 strikeouts over 35 1/3 innings.

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Marlins "are fielding a bunch of calls" on Ramos and other relievers after dealing David Phelps to the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. Crasnick notes that Miami "isn't close on anything else yet."

Ramos signed a one-year, $6.55 million deal with the Marlins this prior to the start of this season. He's eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career in the upcoming offseason and slated to reach free agency in 2019 at the earliest.

-- Alex Tekip

Yonder AlonsoDon Feria/Getty ImagesOakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso is set to be a free agent at the end of the 2017 season.

First baseman Yonder Alonso hasn't ruled out signing a possible extension with the Oakland Athletics, but his numbers this season could price him out of East Bay, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweets.

In 85 games this year, Alonso is slashing .273/.373/.556 with 21 home runs and 45 RBIs. The 30-year-old is coming off the first All-Star selection of his eight-year major league career.

The last-place A's are projected to be sellers at the trade deadline and Alonso, an impending free agent, has been mentioned as a potential chip. However, Crasnick notes that the market for Alonso "got tighter" when the New York Yankees acquired Todd Frazier from the Chicago White Sox, and it's hard for contenders that need a rental at first base or a designated hitter.

-- Alex Tekip