MLB trade rumors: Latest news, buzz as deadline approaches
Major League Baseball is nearing the trade deadline. Teams have until next Monday to acquire players to boost their rosters 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, though few transactions have gone through at this point. 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 to be on 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.
Monday (all times Eastern)
• The Blue Jays are the front runners for acquiring Melvin Upton from the Padres. The Orioles and Indians remain involved in trade negotiations, however. (Ken Rosenthal, Fox)
• After trading Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, the Yankees are now focused on trading pitcher Ivan Nova. The Marlins, who are in the market for a starting pitcher, are a possible destination. (Mark Feinsand, New York Daily News)
• Padres outfielder Melvin Upton is out of Tuesday’s lineup as San Diego discusses him in trades. He is healthy.
• The Red Sox are still trying to do “something big” at the trade deadline. (Jayson Stark, ESPN)
• The Mets are getting calls on top-tier prospects, but will not move them, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters.
• On a conference call, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the Yankees may still be buyers at the deadline if the right offer presents itself.
• Hal Steinbrenner will not allow a firesale, and wants the Yankees to compete this season. On his conference call, Cashman said the Yankees would not “wave the white flag” at the deadline. (Joel Sherman, New York Post)
• The Royals are “wide open to listening” to offers on Edinson Volquez, Wade Davis and Kendrys Morales among other players. They want big-league players back in return, not prospects. (Jayson Stark, ESPN)
• As the Yankees shop fifth starter Ivan Nova, they have called up righthander Luis Severino from Triple A. (Shane Hennigan, Scranton Times-Tribune)
• The Angels are getting calls on pitchers Hector Santiago and Matt Shoemaker. (Jon Heyman, Today’s Knuckleball)
• Texas is interested in Royals starter Edinson Volquez. (Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News)
• The Cubs have not agreed to a contract extension with Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees tried to prior to the trade and were rebuffed. (Bob Nightengale, USA Today)
• The fact that the Yankees could not sign Chapman to an extension helped convince management to trade him. New York still believes it is possible to re-sign him over the off-season. (Joel Sherman, New York Post)
• Rashad Crawford, an outfield prospect, is the fourth player in the Chapman trade. (Patrick Mooney, CSN Chicago)
• Prospect Billy McKinney, a first-round pick in the 2013 draft, is among the players the Cubs have agreed to send to the Yankees. (Sahadev Sharma, The Athletic Chicago)
• The Yankees are shopping righthander Ivan Nova. (Buster Olney, ESPN)
• The Yankees are finalizing a deal to trade closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for top prospect Gleyber Torres and pitcher Adam Warren. The Yankees could be getting as many as four players in return for Chapman, but Jorge Soler and Javier Candelario will not be involved, despite previous reports. (Joel Sherman, New York Post)
• The Giants are targeting Angels’ Huston Street, Phillies’ Jeanmar Gomez, Brewers’ Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith, and Padres’ Andrew Cashner in their search for relief help. (Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle)
• The Mets and Brewers have been involved in trade talks, though it is unclear how serious Milwaukee is about trading catcher Jonathan Lucroy to New York. (Marc Carig, Newsday)
• The Braves are expected to keep Jeff Francoeur unless they receive a great offer, despite earlier reports they were “aggressively shopping” the right fielder. (Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports)
• The Nationals are shopping for closers, and have been looking at Aroldis Chapman, Wade Davis, David Robertson, Trevor Rosenthal and others. (Jon Heyman, FanRag)
• Rangers general manager Jon Daniels traveled to watch former Ranger Edinson Volquez start for the Royals on Sunday. (Evan Grant, SportsDay)
• The Marlins are interested in trading for Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. (Nick Cafardo, The Boston Globe)
• It is highly unlikely that the Diamondbacks trade Zack Grienke. (Nick Cafardo, The Boston Globe)
• The Yankees and Cubs are working on a deal that would send closer Aroldis Chapman to Chicago in exchange for the Cubs’ top prospect, High A shortstop Gleyber Torres, and likely a secondary piece. (Jon Heyman, Today’s Knuckleball)
• The Padres are pushing hard to trade catcher Derek Norris, in addition to Andrew Cashner. (Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports)
• The Diamondbacks have told teams that pitcher Shelby Miller is available on the trade market. (Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports)
• The Orioles are looking at Padres outfielder Melvin Upton and pitcher Andrew Cashner. (Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports)
• The Blue Jays have also inquired about Upton and Cashner. (Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports)
• The Texas Rangers are making a serious push to trade for White Sox pitcher Chris Sale. Chicago would at least want Joey Gallo Jurickson Profar in return. (TR Sullivan, MLB.com)
• The Chicago White Sox are willing to sell before the deadline, but don't seem likely to trade Sale of Jose Quintana. However, the team is willing to listen to offers for the pitchers. (Jon Heyman, Today’s Knuckleball)
• Teams that have shown interest in Jay Bruce are also looking at Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick. (Jon Morosi, MLB.com)