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Jim Duquette

5 more Trade Deadline deals that make sense

Reddick to LA, Beltran to Cleveland among swaps that could benefit all involved

5 more Trade Deadline deals that make sense

On Tuesday, I broke down five trade deadline blockbuster scenarios. Here are five more deals that would be logical for both clubs involved.

Josh Reddick to Dodgers
Los Angeles' offense has perked up as of late, thanks to Justin Turner's production and the recent power surge of Adrian Gonzalez. But the Dodgers could use another bat, and the consistent Reddick is in the midst of a third straight season with an OPS+ above 115. Might this be a chance for the Dodgers to give the enigmatic Yasiel Puig a change of scenery? Puig is owed $14 million over 2017-18, which fits the A's budget, and they might be willing to roll the dice on his upside. Reddick is eligible for free agency this offseason, and it's likely his time in Oakland is coming to a close, anyway.

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Jim Duquette, who was the Mets' GM in 2004, offers his opinions as a studio analyst and columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Ranking top 10 teams with prospects to trade

Ranking top 10 teams with prospects to trade

The non-waiver Trade Deadline is rapidly approaching (Monday, 4 p.m. ET), so there's no doubt general managers have been busy listening to and/or making offers.

Some teams have already been busy. The Red Sox got Drew Pomeranz for talented right-hander Anderson Espinoza (No. 21 on the newly updated Top 100 Prospects list). The Cubs used their farm system as well, sending No. 26-ranked prospect Gleyber Torres -- along with Billy McKinney (now No. 13 on the new Yankees' Top 30) and Rashad Crawford (not to mention big leaguer Adam Warren) -- to get closer Aroldis Chapman.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Market for Lucroy's services picking up steam

Market for Lucroy's services picking up steam

Trade talks surrounding Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy have intensified over the past 48 hours, sources say, and he was notably absent from Milwaukee's lineup Thursday.

While day games after night games are a frequent occasion for everyday catchers to rest, multiple sources indicate the chances of a deal involving Lucroy have increased.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies rally vs. scuffling Familia, top Mets

Rockies rally vs. scuffling Familia, top Mets

NEW YORK -- A Mets team that has not won consecutive games in three weeks is reeling. A Rockies club looking to establish itself as a postseason contender was more than happy on Thursday to take advantage.

The Rockies scored the game-tying run on a fielding error and the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning at Citi Field, tagging Jeurys Familia for his second blown save in as many days in a 2-1 win over the Mets.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB denies Angels' appeal vs. Royals

MLB denies Angels' appeal vs. Royals

Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre has denied the Los Angeles Angels' formal protest in regards to their loss Wednesday to the Kansas City Royals, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia filed the protest following Wednesday's game because of a non-interference call in the seventh inning. He argued Royals infielder Raul Mondesi Jr. was inside the baseline while running out a bunted ball, which caused a throwing error by Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker. Two runs scored on the play and the Royals ultimately won, 7-5.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trade Deadline: KC seeks to package Kennedy, Davis

Trade Deadline: KC seeks to package Kennedy, Davis

Many potential deals are in the works as the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- Monday at 4 p.m. ET -- approaches. Here is a look at the latest news, reports and rumors.

Royals trying to package Kennedy, Davis
The Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy with Wade Davis in a potential trade, sources told Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan on Thursday.

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Today's starting lineups: July 28

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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Phil Rogers

Time is right for White Sox to trade Sale

Weighing the pros and cons for Chicago to deal away lefty ace

Time is right for White Sox to trade Sale

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale is back after a five-game suspension stemming from his misguided arts-and-crafts session last weekend. He'll make his 136th career start for the White Sox on Thursday, facing the Cubs in the final game of the Crosstown Cup series.

And then there's this added subplot: Could this be Sale's last start for the White Sox?

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Will Reds keep or trade Bruce by Deadline?

Will Reds keep or trade Bruce by Deadline?

SAN DIEGO -- As the non-waiver Trade Deadline nears, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has gotten on one torrid home run streak. What Bruce doesn't know is if his streak will continue with the Reds or with another club.

Bruce, who has six homers in five games and tied a club record on Wednesday with a five-game streak with at least one home run, headlines speculation if he will be moved by Cincinnati ahead of Monday's 4 p.m. ET Deadline. To this point, Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty has been surprised that he hasn't fielded more calls.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamilton expects Rangers return in spring

Hamilton expects Rangers return in spring

DALLAS -- Josh Hamilton said he expects to be 100 percent by Spring Training and be back with the Rangers.

Hamilton underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee on June 8, and he said the knee feels great.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Watch this first pitch from China -- if you dare

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Watch this first pitch from China -- if you dare

Hey there, friend. You look comfortable, well-adjusted and like you'll probably sleep for a good eight hours tonight. Well, allow to me to ruin all that for you. Please watch this first pitch from Thursday's game between the Uni-President Lions and the Lamigo Monkeys in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. 

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Maddon looks to build bond with Chapman

Cubs Notebook: Heyward frustrated with first-year funk; Soler nearly ready to return

Maddon looks to build bond with Chapman

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he knew Aroldis Chapman would be fine as soon as he threw his first pitch. Now, Maddon just needs to get to know the new Cubs closer.

On Wednesday night, Chapman lit up the scoreboard and excited the 41,000-plus at Wrigley Field when he fired a 101-mph strike to Jose Abreu in the ninth inning. Chapman, acquired Monday from the Yankees, retired the side, striking out two of the three batters he faced. His last pitch registered at 103 mph.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dee reinstated by Marlins, apologizes to fans

Dee reinstated by Marlins, apologizes to fans

MIAMI -- Remorseful and ready to turn the page, Dee Gordon returned to the Marlins on Thursday after serving his 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

The two-time All-Star second baseman was embraced by his teammates and inserted into the leadoff spot in the lineup for the series opener against the Cardinals at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cespedes' quad injury flares up, keeps him out

Outfielder not in lineup, but pinch-hits in 7th

Cespedes' quad injury flares up, keeps him out

NEW YORK -- A day after crushing a go-ahead, two-run homer off the facing of Citi Field's second deck in left field, Yoenis Cespedes was out of the lineup with the same right quad injury that has affected him since before the All-Star break.

Cespedes missed four games earlier this month due to the strained quad, which subsequently prompted his full-time move from center field to left. But that shift has not allowed him to stay as healthy as the Mets had hoped. After Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals, Cespedes told manager Terry Collins that his quad muscle flared up during the game.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers' bats outlast Ray's K's in finale win

Brewers' bats outlast Ray's K's in finale win

MILWAUKEE -- D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray may have set a career high with 11 strikeouts, but it was the Brewers who came away with a 6-4 win on Thursday afternoon as they took three out of four games in the series at Miller Park.

"Almost no-hit-type stuff today," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Ray. "It was impressive, but again, it's about winning."

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: D-backs near trade involving Hudson

Source: D-backs near trade involving Hudson

MILWAUKEE -- The D-backs are close to dealing reliever Daniel Hudson, a source told MLB.com on Thursday. It is not known which team Hudson might be headed to.

The club has not confirmed the report.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Bregman No. 1 on midseason Top 100 Prospects list

Astros' top 2015 Draft pick followed by Moncada, Crawford, Giolito, Swanson

Bregman No. 1 on midseason Top 100 Prospects list

A great year keeps getting better and better for Astros rookie Alex Bregman.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 Draft opened the season at Double-A Corpus Christi, where he hit .297 with 14 homers in 62 games, and was leading the Texas League in on-base percentage (.415) and slugging (.559) before he was promoted to Triple-A Fresno in late June. He homered five times in his first eight Triple-A games before taking a weekend off to go collect three hits -- two for extra bases -- at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Familia can't convert immediate shot at redemption

Familia can't convert immediate shot at redemption

NEW YORK -- Jeurys Familia was sitting quietly in a far corner of the Mets' clubhouse late Thursday afternoon when David Wright emerged from a back room, offered Familia a quick, reassuring pat on the shoulder, then disappeared as quickly as he had arrived.

If Familia is as human as he says, and as human as he looked in blowing a second consecutive save in a 2-1 loss to the Rockies, he must have needed the reassurance. No sooner had Familia's franchise-record streak of 52 consecutive save conversions come to an end this week than he found himself in a bona fide funk, losing Thursday's game on two hits, a walk, a James Loney fielding error and a wild pitch.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

Trade rumors swirl around evolving Davis

Royals closer's 1.09 ERA since '14 best in Majors, though strikeouts are down and walks are up

Trade rumors swirl around evolving Davis

If the latest rumors are to be believed -- and you should always believe everything you hear in the final days before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, which is 4 p.m. ET on Monday -- the Royals are at least taking calls on All-Star closer Wade Davis.

That's not the same thing as saying they'll actually end up moving him, of course. But listening makes sense, because the 49-51 Royals are behind seven teams in the American League Wild Card race, and because recent trades involving Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel and Ken Giles proved that teams willing to deal top-end relievers can really cash in, big time. If that also means the Royals can move the remaining $62.5 million due Ian Kennedy, who has allowed the most home runs in baseball, in addition to acquiring young talent, all the better.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Bourjos on DL, Altherr gets chance to shine

With Bourjos on DL, Altherr gets chance to shine

ATLANTA -- Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr finally has his shot.

The team activated him from the 60-day disabled list Thursday, and he is expected to play regularly in the season's final 59 games to prove that he should be part of the Phillies' future. The Phillies placed Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder to make room for Altherr on the 25-man roster.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's pondering dealing, keeping Hill, Reddick

A's pondering dealing, keeping Hill, Reddick

CLEVELAND -- The A's are suddenly streaking. Having taken two of three from the first-place Rangers in Arlington this past week, they've claimed four straight series wins, seemingly emerging as late bloomers just ahead of Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline at 1 p.m. PT.

On Wednesday night, after his club picked up its ninth win in 13 games since the All-Star break, A's manager Bob Melvin noted, "I know there's some time left, but we haven't moved anybody. We're playing better baseball, and that certainly gives pause for thought."

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

6 reality shows MLB stars could win

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6 reality shows MLB stars could win

Baseball loves "The Bachelor." (Well, at least the Twins and John Axford   love the "The Bachelor.") And it turns out that "The Bachelor" loves baseball, too. Here's former Bachelor Chris Soules (of season 19), along with twins Emily and Haley Ferguson (season 20), expressing their appreciation for Clayton Kershaw.

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Mike Petriello

What's behind Bruce's slugging rebound?

Reds trade candidate has 4th-biggest increase in opposite-field production

What's behind Bruce's slugging rebound?

It seems likely Jay Bruce is going to be moved before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. That much is clear. With a hitting line of .271/.323/.572, he's having the best offensive year of his career, immediately after having his two worst years, hitting .222/.288/.406 over 2014-15. That much, also, is clear.

But what's far less clear is why exactly Bruce is having such a return to form this year. Even Bruce himself doesn't seem to know, at least if he was being honest in speaking to local media earlier this week. That's a big deal, because if teams are going to give up the big return Cincinnati is looking for in order to acquire Bruce, they need to be pretty certain they're getting the version we're seeing now, and not the version we saw over the last two years.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Martinez optioned to make room for Alvarez

Martinez optioned to make room for Alvarez

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers optioned pitcher Nick Martinez back to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday to make room for newly acquired reliever Dario Alvarez. The move leaves the Rangers with an opening in the rotation for Sunday's opener against the Royals.

The assumption is right-hander Lucas Harrell will make that start. He and Alvarez were acquired from the Braves on Wednesday for Minor League infielder Travis Demeritte.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

10 potential bullpen upgrades for Nationals

10 potential bullpen upgrades for Nationals

Dusty Baker knows Aroldis Chapman, respects Chapman and, yes, wanted Chapman.

Baker called the closer's move from the Bronx to the North Side of Chicago "disappointing," because if there's one element from Baker's Cincinnati experience that he'd love to apply to this Nationals team that, according to FanGraphs' calculations, has a nearly 90-percent chance of nailing down the National League East, it's the ability to call upon a reliable 100-mph-tossing weapon in the ninth and call it a night.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

With uphill battle ahead, Yanks locked in to contend

With uphill battle ahead, Yanks locked in to contend

Suddenly, the Yankees have hope. Actually, lots of it. That's what a month of solid baseball has gotten them.

Isn't that all any team asks for at this time of the year? Considering where they were just a few weeks ago, the Yankees will happily take it.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trade rumors grow for Tribe as Deadline nears

Trade rumors grow for Tribe as Deadline nears

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have seen their lead in the American League Central decrease by three games in the past week. Over that same stretch, it has become increasingly clear that Cleveland could use some help to lengthen out its bullpen and lineup.

The Indians, who entered Thursday leading the Tigers by 4 1/2 games in the division, remain engaged in trade talks on a number of fronts as Monday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. The Tribe has reportedly had discussions with the Brewers about All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy, and Cleveland has been linked to a handful of other players (both relievers and bats) in recent rumblings.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gem Morrison: Front-row catch outstanding

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Gem Morrison: Front-row catch outstanding

A lot of things can get in the way of even the best efforts to catch a baseball: the sun, the Turf Monster, a failure to communicate. At the top of that list, though, is the stadium itself. If a ball's out of play, it's out of play, right? How could a fielder manage to shift space and time?

Easy: Simply locate the barricade, and proceed to stop, drop and roll into the laps of unsuspecting Dodgers fans -- just like Logan Morrison did during Tampa Bay's 3-1 win over L.A. on Wednesday.

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Bailey off DL, may start this weekend

Bailey off DL, may start this weekend

SAN DIEGO -- The Reds activated pitcher Homer Bailey from the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, which should clear the way for him to make his long-awaited 2016 debut this weekend. To clear a spot on the 25-man roster, outfielder Kyle Waldrop was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Reliever Caleb Cotham was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Bailey on the 40-man roster.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scioscia protests game after lengthy dispute

Angels manager argues Royals baserunner interfered on throw to first

Scioscia protests game after lengthy dispute

KANSAS CITY -- The official rule book sat on the desk of Mike Scioscia's office from Kauffman Stadium late Wednesday night, half open and lying flat moments after the Angels filed a protest for a game they lost, 7-5.

Shortly after Scioscia's media scrum, the umpire responsible for his gripe, Phil Cuzzi, met with the Angels' manager behind closed doors for about a half-hour, hashing out a critical seventh-inning play that featured an errant throw by Matt Shoemaker that might have cost the Angels a sweep.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.