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With the clock ticking as we approach the 4 p.m. ET Major
League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-trevor-bauer-jersey ,
we're seeing some more deals go down.Two American League East contemporaries,
the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees, came to a big agreement on
Thursday.The Yankees shipped third basemen Brandon Drury and outfield prospect
Billy McKinney to Toronto in exchange for left-handed starting pitcher J.A.
Happ, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com andJon Heyman of Fancred Sports (h/t
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic):Ken Rosenthal Ken_Rosenthal#Yankees getting J.A.
Happ for Drury and Billy McKinney, per Feinsand and JonHeyman. Drury alone would
be quite a score for #BlueJays. He is 25 with three more years of control,
albeit with nowhere to play in NY. Happ is 35 and a rental.The Yankees needed to
bolster their rotation and did so with a guy they have faced twice this
season.Expect many more deals to happen as we get closer to the deadline.
Perhaps the players discussed below will be moved?Nationals Ready to Sell?With a
50-51 record and 5.5 games out of the National League Wild Card Round, the
WashingtonNationals have put themselves in a precarious position.They're not
necessarily out of it yet, but it wouldn't be surprising to see them sell or buy
come the trade deadline.However, it appears they could be leaning one way over
the other.According to Jeff Passan ofYahoo Sports, the Nats have opened talks on
potential trades, notably relievers Kelvin Herrera, Ryan Madson and Shawn
Kelley:Jeff Passan JeffPassanSources: The Washington Nationals have started
discussions with teams to gauge interest if they decide to sell. Of particular
interest are Kelvin Herrera, Shawn Kelley and Ryan Madson, three
free-agent-to-be relievers. Nats are telling teams they鈥檒l know by end of
weekend.As Passan noted, all three are set to become free agents after this
season.If Herrera were to be dealt, it would be his third team of this season
after beginning the campaign with the Kansas City Royals before being shipped to
Washington on June 18.Though he's been solid, the 28-year-old has not been the
1.05 ERA self he was with the Royals. He has an ERA of 3.29 with the Nationals,
which is fine but not at his previous level.Kelley, 34 Edwin
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excellent this season with a 2.59 ERA through 31.1 innings of work.The
37-year-old Madson is the lesser of the bunch with an ERA of 4.66this
season.Considering they're all about to free agents, they are obvious assets for
the Nationals to ship should they concede this season.With starting pitcher
Stephen Strasburg going back on the disabled list, per Chelsea Janes of the
Washington Post, they need to bolster their rotation to try to keep this going.
Of course, they need outfielderBryce Harper to start hitting better, too.When it
comes down to it, the Nationals still have a shot. They still have the weekend
to figure out what happens. For example, if they lose every game this weekend,
they'll probably sell. If they're closer than they are now in the wild-card
picture, they could stick around.We'll know soon what the Nationals intend to do
in what has been a tumultuous season. Cubs Trying to Land Hamels?The Chicago
Cubs are another team that needs to upgrade its rotation.At the top, they're OK
with Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana, but the back end, including
Yu Darvish when healthy, needs some work. Tyler Chatwood has a 4.98 ERAand Mike
Montgomery has done fine in his 10 games started.They might address that sooner
rather than later.According to Joel Sherman of theNew York Post,the Cubs are
progressing in their attempt to land Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole
Hamels:Joel Sherman Joelsherman1Hearing #Cubs are making inroads to try to land
Cole Hamels from the #RangersBringing in the 34-year-old is interesting. He's
not the Hamels we have come to know and appreciate. He hasn't been great this
season.Hamels has an HR/FB rate of nearly 21 percent, which isn't so hot.But
changes of scenery and a competing ball club could change things. Baseball is a
mental game and such things matter.Considering the size of Hamels'contract, the
Cubs could probably get away with not giving up too much for the lefty.If that's
the case, why not take the risk?If Hamels can return to any kind of
form Andrew
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rotation at worst.Padres Want Archer?According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com,
approximately eight teams are interested in Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher
Chris Archer.Morosi noted the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies and
Chicago Cubs as all being interested, but one team that also sticks out is the
San Diego Padres.The Padres are nowhere near contention, but they could be
putting pieces in place to try to compete next year and maintain a young
rotation.Morosi reported the Padres have refused to make Fernando Tatis Jr. or
MacKenzie Gore part of the deal, but the MLB.com reporter has heard they would
be willing to part with "one or two" of Francisco Mejia, Luis Urias and Cal
Quantrill.The Rays are in a bit of an odd spot. They're in the middle of the
pack鈥攖hey're not horrible, but they're not exactly contenders.Morosi did mention
the Rays are not in a rush to trade Archer unless they're blown away, and that
makes sense. With team options, they have control of the 29-year-old through
2021, and they could be contenders by then.It would be surprising to see the
Padres make this move, especially with so many other contending ball clubs dying
for rotation help and much more willing to part with major prospects in return.
Statistics courtesy of FanGraphsandBaseball-Reference. Shohei Ohtani will try to
maintain his torrid pace as of late when the Los Angeles Angels play the Chicago
White Sox in the second installment of a three-game series Saturday evening at
Guaranteed Rate Field.Ohtani, a two-way star who slammed his 19th homer in
Friday’s 5-3 win, has hit three long balls since receiving word that he needs
Tommy John surgery and is unlikely to pitch in 2019. He is riding a five-game
hit streak The Japanese star plans to continue hitting while deciding his next
move, and his elbow injury does not impact his swing.Article continues below
...“Nothing is set right now,” Ohtani told reporters on Friday through his
interpreter. “I have a few options out there. I am trying to look into every
single option. I will make a decision sometime toward the end of the season.“I
feel like I’m progressing as a hitter right now, so I’m trying to gain as many
experiences as I can while the games count.”Los Angeles (69-72) still has a
chance to finish above .500 for the first time in three seasons. The Angels have
won six of their last 10 games and are 5-3 on their current road trip, which has
included stops in Houston, Texas and Chicago.When the Angels hit two home runs
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impressive record of 42-13.Chicago (56-85) is playing .500 baseball since the
All-Star break and has high hopes for continued improvement next year. However,
the team learned Friday that it likely will be without prized pitcher Michael
Kopech for the rest of this season and all of next season because of a torn
elbow ligament that requires Tommy John surgery.White Sox right-hander James
Shields (6-15, 4.39 ERA) will start on Saturday and try to refocus his teammates
after the tough news. Shields is coming off a strong outing in which he pitched
six scoreless innings against the Boston Red Sox to earn a victory on Sunday.In
16 career starts against the Angels, Shields is 7-5 with a 3.48 ERA. He has 22
walks and 100 strikeouts in 108 2/3 innings. In his only start against the
Angels this season, Shields gave up six runs, including three homers, in four
innings and took a loss.Los Angeles will counter with right-hander Matt
Shoemaker (1-0, 2.53 ERA), who will make his third start of the season.
Shoemaker missed most of the season with a right forearm strain but tossed five
scoreless innings his last time out Monday against the Texas Rangers.In five
career starts against the White Sox, Shoemaker is 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA. He has
been prone to big mistakes, allowing seven home runs in 32 1/3 innings.White Sox
outfielder Avisail Garcia enters the game hot after homering and reaching base
four times in the series opener. However, Garcia is battling a balky knee and
might not play in back-to-back contests.“We’re going to spell him, do everything
we have to do to keep him off his legs as much as possible,” White Sox manager
Rick Renteria said. “But he wants to play. We’re going to have to be very
mindful of how he’s doing and give him an opportunity to kind of recover a
little bit. I’ll talk to him tonight, talk to him (before Saturday’s game) to
see how he’s feeling.”
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