Major League Baseball’s Aug. 1 trade deadline is rapidly approaching, which means teams are beginning to determine whether they will buyers or sellers this summer.
The Chicago Cubs, favorites to win this year’s World Series, could dip into their surplus of young talent and flip a prospect for some additional bullpen help. The graying Yankees, meanwhile, may decide to focus on the future and disassemble their elite bullpen to load up on some young talent.
New York’s Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman and Carlos Beltran, along with Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce and Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy, are among the top players that could be moved.
Check back on this page for the latest rumors from around the league.
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• The Rangers have interest in Padres lefthander Drew Pomeranz and have done “background work” on him. (Ken Rosanthal, Fox Sports)
• Atlanta is not interested in trading Julio Teheran, general manager John Coppolella says. (Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• The Red Sox have not signed first-round pick Jason Groome due to a gap between him and the team. They have three days to do so. (Alex Speier, Boston Globe)
Boston may be in the market for an outfielder. (Alex Speier, Boston Globe)
• Reds rightfielder Jay Bruce is “a bit surprised” he is still in Cincinnati. (Jon Heyman, Today’s Knuckleball)
• The Brewers have been scouting the Rangers' farm system as the deadline approaches. (Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports)
• The Brewers and catcher Jonathan Lucroy are not engaged in contract extension talks. (Chris Cotillo, SB Nation)
• The Giants have emerged as a fit for Yankees relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, but New York doesn’t see San Francisco as a viable trade partner. (Hank Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle)
• Impending free-agent first baseman Edwin Encarnacion and the Blue Jays are not discussing a contract extension. (Chris Cotillo, SB Nation)
• Several scouts believe that starting pitching is “severely overpriced” this summer, with teams asking a steep haul for a No. 5 starter. (Jerry Crasnick, ESPN)
• The market for “difference-making” starting pitchers is not looking good, while it is deep in good outfielders. This could mean that Carlos Beltran remains with the Yankees. (Joel Sherman, New York Post)
• Speaking of starting pitching, it’s “not likely” that the Braves will trade 25-year-old righthander Julio Teheran. The team reportedly wants more than the return it got for Shelby Miller. (Jerry Crasnick, ESPN)
• If New York and Chicago were to negotiate a deal at the deadline, the Yankees could ask for 19-year-old shortstop Gleybar Torres, though the Cubs currently have no interest in trading him. (Jim Bowden, ESPN)
• Athletics reliever Ryan Madson is drawing interest around the league. (Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle)
• The Nationals, Giants and Rangers are the teams that will most aggressively pursue bullpen help. (Buster Olney, ESPN)
• Cubs prospect Eloy Jimenez is garnering interest around the league, but the team is unwilling to move him at this point. (David Kaplan, CSN Chicago)
• The Pirates expect to be buyers at the deadline. (Travis Sawchik, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
• Brewers relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith are attracting interest from scouts around the league. (Jerry Crasnick, ESPN)
• The Braves have outrighted Emilio Bonifacio to Triple A. (Chris Cotillo, SB Nation)
• The Indians have released veteran reliever Joba Chamberlain. (Jordan Bastian, MLB.com)