With the MLB trade deadline approaching, here are the latest rumors on which players could be on the move and which teams are selling or buying before July 31.
Major League Baseball's trade deadline (Friday, July 31 at 4 p.m. ET) is approaching quickly, which means it’s time to gather the latest rumors and buzz. Which players might be on the move? Which teams are looking to buy, and which teams are trying to sell? As the deadline nears, take a look at some of the rumors swirling around Major League Baseball below.
• The Padres and Astros could be working on “something big,” reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The deal could involve starting pitcher Tyson Ross and closer Craig Kimbrel going to Houston.
• The Diamondbacks have made an offer to the Reds for closer Aroldis Chapman, reports CBSSports.com. Arizona is waiting to hear back from Cincinnati on its offer.
• The Reds are currently willing to trade outfielder Jay Bruce to the Mets for pitcher Zack Wheeler, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.
• The Cubs believe the Padres will trade them Tyson Ross before the deadline and are pushing hard, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
• The Cubs, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Yankees and Giants are interested in acquiring Yovani Gallardo from the Rangers, reports CBSSports.com.
• Fox Sports colleagues Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi both report that the Dodgers could still add another starting pitcher, even after trading for Mat Latos and Alex Wood on Thursday. Rosenthal followed up his report with a list of starters still on the block.
Starting pitchers who still could move: Ross, Cashner, Shields, Kennedy, Leake, Iwakuma, Gallardo, Haren. CLE, TB also listening on SPs.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2015
• The Orioles are talking with the Rockies about acquiring outfielder Carlos Gonzales, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports. It’s not exactly likely that the trade will materialize, but it’s at least more realistic than Baltimore landing Justin Upton or Yoenis Cespedes, Heyman adds.
• The Yankees acquired outfielder Dustin Ackley in a trade with the Seattle Mariners, reports Jack Curry of YES.
• The Mariners are not planning on trading pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Seattle has a 46-56 record and is 11 games out of first place in the AL West, but team ownership does not want to part with Iwakuma.
• The Cubs have been “aggressively” attempting to manufacture a deal that would include shortstop Starlin Castro, reports ESPN's Jayson Stark. Cubs manager Joe Maddon sat down with Castro after Tuesday's game to assure him he would not be traded, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, but Castro's agent told him to be prepared for anything to happen. Castro has been a Cub since the team signed him as an amateur free agent in 2006.
• The Rays are open to considering offers for pitcher Nathan Karns, reports Passan. Karns is under team control until 2021, and several teams have expressed interest, Passan reports. The wealth of starting pitching depth the Rays have in the minor leagues could make them more comfortable trading Karns.
• The Rangers have discussed trading pitcher Yovani Gallardo, but have told teams they are comfortable with holding onto Gallardo and getting a draft pick if a deal they like doesn't come together, reports ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
• One general manager thinks that Thursday will be “A.J. Preller Day,” reports Passan. Baseball executives are expecting the Padres general manager to make a splash with trades on Thursday, reports Passan. “All of us are just waiting for him to make five trades,” the GM told Passan.
• The Phillies have agreed to trade lefthander Cole Hamels to the Rangers, reports MLB.com’s TR Sullivan. The Phillies will receive five prospects and reliever Matt Harrison. In exchange, the Rangers will receive Hamels, reliever Jake Diekman and cash, according to ESPN.
• The trade that was reportedly agreed upon between the Mets and Brewers for Milwaukee centerfielder Carlos Gomez in exchange for Mets pitcher Zach Wheeler and shortstop Wilmer Floresis off, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday night. Flores found out he had allegedly been traded during the Mets game against the Padres on Thursday, leading to a confusing and emotional night for the shortstop. Reports had said the trade fell apart over health concerns regarding Gomez's hip, but Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported the snags were financial rather than medical.