MLB trade rumors: Latest news, buzz as deadline approaches
Major League Baseball is nearing the trade deadline. Teams have until next Monday to either acquire players to boost their rosters for the stretch run or trade away veterans in preparation for the future.
Plenty of big names are expected to be involved in trades, and the transactions have started to come through. The Cubs dangled their young prospects as bait to acquire flamethrowing pitcher Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees, who could keep selling 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, Carlos Beltran, Jay Bruce and Jonathan Lucroy.
Follow this page to remain up-to-date on the latest rumors from around the league.
Tuesday (all times Eastern)
• Four teams are in the mix for Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. Cincinnati is seeking a top prospect. (Jerry Crasnick, ESPN)
• San Diego could trade Andrew Cashner before his scheduled start tonight. (Jon Morosi, Fox Sports)
• The Nationals are still looking for bullpen help, but won’t part with prospects Lucas Giolito, Trea Turner or Reynaldo Lopez. (Jayson Stark, ESPN)
• Jeremy Hellickson is being scouted by the Rangers, Orioles and Marlins. (Jerry Crasnick, ESPN)
• The Royals and Yankees are listening to offers for Wade Davis and Andrew Miller but many general managers believe they will stay put. (Bob Nightengale, USA Today)
• Toronto is focused on getting pitching help. (Joel Sherman, New York Post)
• The Dodgers may be willing to package pitching prospect Julio Urias in a trade for White Sox ace Chris Sale. (Joel Sherman, New York Post)
• Miami is keeping tabs on Yankees pitchers Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova. (Sherman)
• The Diamondbacks may be listening to offers for Shelby Miller but would not surrender him for cheap. “We have been asked about Miller,” general manager Dave Stewart said. “Teams think we’ve given up on him, we haven’t.” (Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports)
• The Padres will pay all but $5 million of Upton's salary through next year. (Jon Morosi, MLB.com)
• The Orioles made an offer to the Padres that included Ubaldo Jimenez and two other minor league prospects in exchange for Melvin Upton Jr. The deal reportedly fell through over finances. (Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports)
• San Diego will pay “a lot” of remaining money on Upton’s contract and will receive right-handed pitcher Hansel Rodriguez in the deal. The Blue Jays made the deal as they prepare to possibly lose Jose Bautista in free agency. (Jon Heyman, Today's Knuckleball)
• The Blue Jays have agreed on a trade to acquire Melvin Upton Jr. from the Padres in exchange for a Class A prospect. (Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports)
• Chris Sale says he wants to stay with the White Sox despite expressing his frustration with management in the jersey incident that resulted in his five-day suspension, but added that he wants manager Robin Ventura to do more to fight for his players. (Bob Nightengale, USA Today)
• The Blue Jays are the front runners for acquiring Melvin Upton from the Padres. However, the Orioles and Indians remain involved in trade negotiations. (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)