The trading deadline is four days away and the biggest pitching chip fell late Friday, Business prospect moves Seattle out of race for Nationals. Juan Soto, , With that in mind, Saturday’s trade deadline is rumoured.
Rockies Likely to Keep Bardo
According to The Athletic, the Rockies will “almost certainly” stay close to Daniel Byrd on the trade deadline. Byrd, 37, will be a free agent after the season, although Colorado hopes to re-sign him. Last year the Rockies did not trade Trevor Story and John Gray on the deadline, and both left as free agents. The team also did not receive draft pick compensation for Gray.
Byrd, the 2020 NL Comeback Player of the Year, remains a top bat-miser and ground-ball-getter. He could help bullpen any contender. The Rockies still have plenty of time to change their mind and field offers for the bard, although they have a history of zigging when other teams will zag. Having a bard for the Rockies in last place would be very on-brand.
Blue Jays are interested in Fulmer
The Blue Jays are among the teams that are interested in Tigers wright Michael Fulmer, Report mlb.com, Fulmer played his eighth innings without a score in Toronto on Friday. The Tigers have several relievers to move on to the deadline — Andrew Chaffin and All-Star Gregory Soto are among them — though Fulmer is an impending free agent, so there’s some urgency to move him.
Pitching is a top priority for the Blue Jays team which has been tearing aggressively for the past few weeks. Fulmer has turned into a slider machine that remembers bats, although he also has trouble walking. He’s the kind of rental reliever that advances on deadlines every year and upgrades to every contender’s bullpen.
Montas now Yankees’ No. 1 target
With Castillo off the board, Athletics right-hander Frankie Montas is now the Yankees’ No. 1 target, Report USA Today, Everything should go to Oakland and Montas is the team’s top remaining business chip. The right-hander didn’t make two starts earlier this month with a minor shoulder problem, but he looks strong in his two start backs, and has been at a high for many years.
New York is seeking a rotation upgrade and will likely have to win a bidding war to acquire Montas. Several other contenders need rotation help and Montas is appealing as he will be in control of the team next season as an arbitration-qualified player. He is not hireable, and as the Castillo trade showed, an impact starter’s two postseason runs cost more.
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A’s, Brewers called the Laureano . have talked to
The Athletics and the Brewers Have Discussed Outfielder Ramon Loreno New York Post, Loreno is one of the A’s top remaining trading chips and will remain in control of the team until 2025, so he is a long-term addition. Center field has been a weakness for the Brewers all season and represents an upgrade on the Laureno Jonathan Davis/Tyrone Taylor platoon.
Currently ranked first in the NL Central, Milwaukee could use another bat to lengthen the lineup and Loreno brings a momentum element as well. His defense is overrated—Loreno’s hand is top of the line, though his range and route are fine—but Brewers center fielders have hit .213/.272/.313 this year, and it’s not going to fly When you’re fighting for a division title.