MLB trade rumors: Latest news and buzz around potential deals
As the Major League Baseball season rolls into July, it’s time to start gathering trade rumors ahead of the deadline at the end of the month. Which players might be on the move, and which teams are looking to buy or sell?
SI’s Cliff Corcoran ran through the expected American League buyers and sellers at the deadline last week; he sees the Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and others as teams looking to buy, while the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox are among the teams that could be sellers.
In the National League, Jay Jaffe sees the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and others among the buyers, while the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies could be selling.
Below are the latest MLB rumors—check back for the latest scoops.
• Chicago White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija may be the “first starting pitcher moved ahead of the trading deadline,” writes Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe. Samardzija is being pursued strongly by the Toronto Blue Jays, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.
• White Sox vice president Ken Williams says there will not be a “teardown” at the trade deadline, Nightengale reports.
• The San Francisco Giants have looked to bolster their outfield, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney. Two of the players who have come up in discussions are the Atlanta Braves’ Cameron Maybin and the Milwaukee Brewers' Gerardo Parra, according to Olney.
• The trade conversations the Chicago Cubs have had with other teams have centered on starting pitchers, reports Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports. The team would prefer to acquire a starting pitcher they can control longer than only this year, according to Morosi.
• The New York Yankees do not appear likely to trade for a top starter unless the prices drop "significantly," reports ESPN’s Andrew Marchand. Both Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies and Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds are “probably too expensive,” according to Marchand.
• The Los Angeles Angles have had Oakland Athletics righthander Josh Reddick on their radar, but it is unclear if the Athletics would do an intra-division deal, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo.