Thursday July 21st, 2016

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Major League Baseball is nearing the trade deadline, as teams have until Aug. 1 to acquire players for the stretch run or to trade away veterans in preparation for the future.

Plenty of big names are expected to be involved in trades in the coming weeks. The Cubs, who struggled heading into the All-Star break, could be on the market for some pitching, dangling their young prospects as bait. The Yankees, meanwhile, could be sellers as they fall behind in the AL East race.

Some of the more recognizable names rumored amid the trade block include Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, Jay Bruce and Jonathan Lucroy.

Follow this page to remain up-to-date on the latest rumors from around the league.

Thursday

• The White Sox turned down a “king’s ransom” for Chris Sale. (Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports

• The Rays are listening on offers for pitcher Chris Archer, but want a “huge” return on their ace. (Jayson Stark, ESPN)

• The Cubs have interest in Josh Reddick of the Athletics. He missed nearly six weeks with fractured thumb but is hitting .301 with six home runs and 23 RBIs on the season. Theo Epstein drafted him in Boston. (Jon Morosi, MLB.com)

• The Indians continue their discussions with the Brewers for catcher Jonathan Lucroy, which may also require Milwaukee to give up some bullpen help. Lucroy is hitting .305 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs. (Tom Haudricort, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

• The Brewers are keeping their options open as they shop Lucroy to other teams. (Jon Morosi, MLB.com)

• Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson pitched in front of Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill. The Orioles were also in attendance. (Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports)

• The Giants could seek bullpen assistance from the Brewers' Will Smith. Jeremy Jeffress or prospect Adelberto Mejia could be one of the moving pieces. (Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle)

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