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Nationals Nearly Acquired David Robertson Before Season

May 23, 2017 8:42 AM

The Washington Nationals have bullpen issues, but they nearly acquired help before the regular season.

They were close to completing a trade with the Chicago White Sox for David Robertson this spring. According to executives close to the talks, Washington would have sent left-hander Jesus Luzardo and infielder Drew Ward to Chicago for Robertson.

The White Sox would have eaten about half of Robertson's salary, but the deal hit a snag over money.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Red Sox Scouting Todd Frazier For Possible Trade

May 22, 2017 8:08 AM

The Boston Red Sox have been scouting Todd Frazier given the poor production they've received from third base this season.

The Red Sox completed a major trade with the Chicago White Sox this offseason, acquiring Chris Sale for a package that included Yoan Moncada.

Boston has Rafael Devers in the Minor Leagues, but want to give him more time to develop.

Frazier is owed $12 million this season.

Tom Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Nationals Beginning To Explore Trade Market For Closer

May 19, 2017 7:31 AM

The Washington Nationals have begun making phone calls as they start the search for a new closer.

David Robertson (Chicago White Sox), Kelvin Herrera (Kansas City Royals) and A.J. Ramos (Miami Marlins) are all being mentioned as possibilities.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jose Quintana Remains Popular Target On Trade Market

May 15, 2017 7:30 AM

Jose Quintana has a 4.38 ERA through eight starts, but remains a hot target on the trade market.

The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals have had some of their top talent evaluators watching Quintana and other White Sox players recently.

The Nationals continue to search for a closer and watched David Robertson pitch twice this past week.

Quintana is under team control for $38 million through 2020.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Gerrit Cole Could Hit Trade Market At Midseason

May 12, 2017 2:34 PM

Rival executives believe the Pittsburgh Pirates could put Gerrit Cole on the trading block this summer.

The New York Yankees may be in the market for pitching and originally drafted Cole out of high school as a late first rounder.

Cole, 26, has a 3.06 ERA, 3.56 FIP and 47 strikeouts in 50 innings.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Rays Acquire International Slot From Mariners

May 10, 2017 7:57 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired an international signing slot from the Seattle Mariners for right-hander Bryan Bonnell.

It appears as though the international slot is for this season.

The Rays will receive the 71st international pool slot, which gives the team $321,100 in added bonus money.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Ryan Braun Close To Gaining Full No-Trade Power

May 8, 2017 7:39 AM

Ryan Braun will become a "10 and 5" player this Sunday, giving him full veto power over any trade from the Milwaukee Brewers.

"When it comes to the trade stuff, I don't think it's very relevant," Braun said of his pending veto power.

Brewers general manager David Stearns agreed, using the same words: "not relevant."

When a player has been in the Major Leagues 10 years, including at least the last five with the same club, they gain full no-trade rights.

In Braun's case, the "10 and 5" rights don't matter much because presently there are only six teams to which he can be traded without his permission. He also entered the season with four years and $76 million remaining on his contract.

Tom Haudricourt/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Giants, Brewers Have Discussed Ryan Braun Trade

Apr 27, 2017 10:07 AM

The San Francisco Giants have discussed a potential Ryan Braun trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, but the Brewers wanted both salary relief and good players in return.

The Brewers have been asking for a lot in exchange for Braun all along. Now that Milwaukee is also off to a good start, the timeline for a potential Braun trade has likely been pushed back.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Angels Acquire David Hernandez From Braves

Apr 24, 2017 4:07 PM

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired David Hernandez from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

Hernandez isn't on the 40-man roster, but could join the Angels at the Major League level in the near future to add much needed pitching depth.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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Pirates Looking For Outfield Help

Apr 24, 2017 8:05 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking outside the organization for outfield help as they continue to deal with Starling Marte's steroid suspension.

Pittsburgh promoted Jose Osuna after Marte was suspended 80 games because he tested positive for Nandrolone. Osuna, Adam Frazier and John Jaso have played right field with Andrew McCutchen moving back to center.

"If we felt there was something better internally at this point in time, we'd make that move," Neal Huntington said. "As we sit here today, this is the right 25 for us in our minds."

Huntington reiterated that the team does not plan to promote top outfield prospect Austin Meadows.

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Nationals 'Aggressively' Pursued Bullpen Help This Offseason
Washington pursued Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon in free agency and David Robertson via trade "very aggressively," according to one team official.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Dodgers, Brewers Still Discussing Ryan Braun Swap
The Dodgers and Brewers are still in touch regarding a potential Ryan Braun trade, but there is no indication that a deal is close.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Dodgers Acquire Joe Gunkel From Orioles
The Dodgers have acquired Joe Gunkel from the Orioles for cash or a player to be named later in return.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Steinbrenners Took 72 Hours To Approve Trading Chapman To Cubs
Brian Cashman reached an agreement to trade Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in late July last summer, but he had to sweat out approval from ownership.

Travis Sawchik/FanGraphs

Ervin Santana Could Become Hot Trade Target
Ervin Santana is owed $28 million over the next two seasons, plus a $1 million buyout for the 2019 season.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Cardinals Could Be Sleeper For Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana has been mentioned in trade rumors for nearly a year, but the belief is now that he'll remain with the White Sox until closer to the mid-season deadline.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

White Sox Trade Peter Bourjos To Rays
The deal opens up a spot for prospect Jacob May on Chicago's Major League roster.

Scott Merkin & Matt Kelly/MLB

Astros, Braves, Pirates Interested In Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana continues to be mentioned in trade rumors as Opening Day approaches.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Diamondbacks Willing To Listen To Offers For Nick Ahmed
The club added Ketel Marte and Daniel Descalso to their infield this offseason and Ildemaro Vargas as emerged as an option this spring as well.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Rays Have Had Conversations About Adding Derek Norris
The Rays "continue to have conversations" about adding Derek Norris, who was placed on waivers by the Nationals over the weekend.

Buster Olney/ESPN

White Sox Continue To Scout Yankees For Potential Jose Quintana Trade
The White Sox continue to scout members of the Yankees farm system for a potential trade.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Royals Prepared For Fire Sale If They Don't Contend
Dayton Moore has informed outside executives that if the Royals aren't contending in July, they'll hold a fire sale including Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Yankees Willing To Listen To Offers For Rob Refsnyder
The Yankees are making it known that they are willing to accept trade offers for Rob Refsnyder, according to a report.

George A. King III/New York Post

Mets, Tigers Never Seriously Discussed Conforto, Martinez Swap
Reports surfaced during the offseason that the Mets and Tigers discussed a swap involving Michael Conforto and J.D. Martinez, but that doesn't appear to have been the case.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Clubs Still Expressing Trade Interest In Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana has been mentioned in trade rumors for much of the offseason and clubs remain interested in the White Sox left-hander.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Nationals Trying To Trade Derek Norris
The Nationals are looking to trade Derek Norris, according to other clubs.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

White Sox Want Pedro Severino From Nationals In David Robertson Trade
The White Sox would trade David Robertson to the Nationals and maybe even eat some of his salary if they receive Pedro Severino in return, according to a report.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Andrew Benintendi Thought He'd Be Part Of Trade For Chris Sale
When Andrew Benintendi first heard news that the Red Sox would trade for Chris Sale, he worried that he'd be sent packing to the White Sox.

Ian Browne/MLB

Nationals Were Close To Acquiring David Robertson From White Sox
However, a Nationals official now says the two sides are in a stalemate and no deal is imminent.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Reds Agree To Trade Phillips To Braves
The Reds will receive pitchers Andrew McKirahan and Carlos Portuondo from the Braves in exchange for Brandon Phillips.