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Cubs, Red Sox Among Those Scouting Matthew Boyd

Jun 28, 2019 8:07 AM

The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs were among the teams with scouts in attendance to watch Matthew Boyd start against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

Boyd allowed three home runs but struck out 11 batters. His ERA has jumped nearly a full run to 3.72 since the end of May.

He is under team control through 2022 and the Detroit Tigers are expected to listen to offers for him.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Astros Have Evaluated Marcus Stroman Extensively

Jun 28, 2019 8:03 AM

The Houston Astros are looking for a consistent No. 5 option in their starting rotation and have done extensive scouting of Marcus Stroman.

According to a report, the Astros have done as much work evaluating Stroman as they did when they acquired Justin Verlander in 2017.

The Astros "saw much they liked" in Stroman, who is under team control through next season.

Peter Gammons/MLB Network

Tags: Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Yankees Split On Trading For Madison Bumgarner

Jun 27, 2019 8:00 AM

The New York Yankees are split internally on trading for Madison Bumgarner before the July 31 deadline.

New York's executives like the idea of adding Bumgarner for the playoff push, but the analytics department may suggest otherwise.

In 16 career playoff games, the left-hander is 8-3 with a 2.11 ERA.

"I'm the same guy I was in 2014, contrary to popular belief," Bumgarner said. "I know that gets said a lot, 'Oh, he's not the same guy he used to be.' That's just … wrong. Numbers are what they are right now, but let's just wait to the end of the season. And we'll check. Maybe they won't be there and maybe they will. All I know is, the last two years, the stuff was a little different rushing back from two injuries. Now? How I feel is the same. My stuff is the same."

However, Bumgarner has a 4.21 ERA this season.

Big Time Baseball Podcast

Tags: New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Rays To Pursue Multiple Bullpen Upgrades

Jun 27, 2019 7:54 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays are expected to pursue trades for multiple bullpen upgrades.

The club's relievers entered Wednesday's action ranked third in ERA (3.60) and FIP (3.94).

They could also seek a right-handed bat off the bench.

Juan Toribio/MLB

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Twins Have 'Strong Interest' In Madison Bumgarner

Jun 26, 2019 9:56 AM

The Minnesota Twins have "strong interest" in trading for Madison Bumgarner, according to a report.

The Twins have the American League's best record (51-27).

Bumgarner has a limited no-trade clause, but the Twins aren't among those clubs he can block a deal to.

The left-hander has a 4.28 ERA and 4.22 FIP over 96.2 innings for the San Francisco Giants this season.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Marcus Stroman Would Welcome Trade To Yankees

Jun 25, 2019 8:11 AM

Marcus Stroman isn't scheduled to pitch while the Toronto Blue Jays play a series at the New York Yankees this week, but the pitcher still fielded plenty of questions on Monday.

Stroman has been linked to the Yankees in trade rumors.

"I love the bright lights. I am built for this," the right-hander said of pitching under pressure.

Stroman is under team control through the 2020 season.

"Obviously I'm on the Blue Jays and love everything about Toronto and this organization," Stroman said. "I try to keep that in the back of my head because, obviously, you hear rumors all the time. I'm from New York and I'm a New York boy. That kind of says everything for itself.

"I love pitching [at Yankee Stadium]. New York is like the mecca of the world. I love excitement, the bright lights, competition, I love pressure. I always loved pitching here. I haven't necessarily pitched well. I always enjoyed it. Yankee lineups are brutal. They are kind of hard to navigate. I love the spotlight. The bigger the moment, that's what I kind of wanted it to be."

Kristie Ackert/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Athletics Hoping To Fortify Bullpen

Jun 25, 2019 8:04 AM

The Oakland Athletics recently lost starter Frankie Montas to an 80-game suspension, but they appear focused on bolstering the bullpen prior to the trade deadline.

"I think the bullpen is probably the first place we look, not because we don't like the group we have here but because it's been less consistent than it was last year – which was inevitable," David Frost said on the A's Plus podcast.

Oakland's bullpen has a 4.32 ERA this season, up from 3.80 in 2018.

Susan Slusser/San Francisc Chronicle

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Mariners View Mitch Haniger As Building Block, Not Trade Chip

Jun 24, 2019 8:40 AM

The Seattle Mariners have made an effort to deal any veterans with trade value, but there may not be more moves coming.

Jerry Dipoto said on MLB Network Radio that most of the players remaining on the club's roster are building blocks for the future, including Mitch Haniger.

"We've got a very young and inexperienced roster," Dipoto said. "And some of the guys that we do have here that attract the most trade attention, particularly guys like Mitch Haniger, they're critical to our growth. At some point, you do have to build around something."

Haniger is currently on the injured list.


Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Trade Interest In Madison Bumgarner Has Been 'Modest'

Jun 24, 2019 8:36 AM

Madison Bumgarner was expected to be one of the most coveted pitchers on the trade market this summer, but that has yet to be the case.

Interest in the San Francisco Giants' left-hander has been "modest," according to a report.

The Giants were hoping to get a huge package for Bumgarner, but he's been ineffective this season.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Indians Unlikely To Trade Corey Kluber

Jun 21, 2019 10:05 AM

The Cleveland Indians are unlikely to trade Corey Kluber during the season, even if he returns to the mound.

Kluber has been sidelined since May 1 with a fractured ulna in his right forearm.

The right-hander has club options of $17.5 million ($1 million buyout) and $18 million ($1 million buyout) for 2020 and '21, respectively.

If he's traded before this offseason, the acquiring team will need to decide whether to exercise or decline both options at the same time, which may be a tough call.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Yankees Willing To Exceed Highest Luxury-Tax Threshold
The Yankees have already exceeded the first two luxury-tax thresholds of $206 and $226 million, but Hal Steinbrenner says ownership is willing to go even further.

New York Post

Reds Open To Adding A Controllable Hitter
The Reds have moved back into playoff contention in the National League Central.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Indians More Likely To Sell In Offseason
The Indians have been mentioned as a potential seller at the trade deadline.

Big Time Baseball Podcast

Yankees Won't Trade Clint Frazier For Madison Bumgarner, Zack Wheeler
The Yankees would like to add a pitcher ahead of the trade deadline.

Andy Martino/SNY

Nationals Would Want 'Franchise-Altering Return' For Max Scherzer
There are a number of factors at play when considering whether or not the Nationals will trade Max Scherzer before next month's deadline.

Ken Rosenthal/MLB Network

Howie Kendrick Could Be Coveted Trade Target
He is hitting .333/.383/.602 with 12 home runs. His career high of 18 came in 2011.

Mike Petriello/MLB

Royals Would Put 'Crazy' Asking Price On Whit Merrifield
It appears unlikely that the Royals will trade Whit Merrifield at this year's deadline.

Tom Martin/KCTV5

Sources: M's Trade Edwin Encarnacion To Yankees
Edwin Encarnacion leads the AL with 21 home runs this season.

Tigers Open To Dealing Veterans At Deadline
Detroit's front office is seeking deals that would strengthen the teamís roster for 2021 and beyond.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Indians Wouldn't Rule Out Trading Trevor Bauer To Twins
The Indians could move Trevor Bauer before the trade deadline.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Rangers Preparing To Buy And Sell
Texas entered Tuesday's action in possession of the American League's second Wild Card spot.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Padres Could Trade Hunter Renfroe, Kirby Yates
The Padres have taken a step forward in their rebuild, but they are already far back of the Dodgers in the National League West.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Giants Maintain High Asking Price For Madison Bumgarner
Madison Bumgarner will be a free agent after the season, leading to speculation that the Giants could trade him.

Andrew Baggarly/The Athletic

Yankees Showing Interest In Madison Bumgarner, Marcus Stroman
The Yankees are gearing up for the July 31 trade deadline and have begun showing interest in starting pitchers.

Ken Davidoff/New York Post

Mariners, Diamondbacks Were Close On Mike Leake Trade
The Mariners nearly worked out a trade that would have sent Mike Leake to the Diamondbacks this week, according to a report.

Ryan Divish/Seattle Times

Phillies Will Be 'In On Everything' This Summer
The Phillies are 1.5 games ahead of the Braves in the National League East.

Jon Paul Morosi/MLB

Pirates Seeking Mid-Season Acquisitions
The Pirates are 28-30, but they remain in the hunt in the National League Central.

Jason Mackey/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mariners Figure To Be Sellers Leading Up To Trade Deadline
Edwin Encarnacion, Ryon Healy, Dee Gordon, Tim Beckham, and Mike Leake are just some of the players that could be dealt.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Jay Bruce Says He's Been Traded To Phillies
Veteran outfielder Jay Bruce says he had been traded to the Phillies by the Mariners.

Source: Phillies, M's Discuss Trade For Jay Bruce
Veteran Jay Bruce is hitting .212 with 14 home runs and 28 RBIs this season.