MLB Rumors: Frankie Montas Now Yankees’ No. 1 Target; The Rockies can keep Daniel Bard

The trade deadline is four days away and the biggest pitching chip fell late Friday The Reds sent righty Luis Castillo to the Mariners for four innings. A trade would knock Seattle out of the running nationals Wunderkind Juan Soto, Its market is said to be down to four teams. With that in mind, here are Saturday’s trade deadline rumors.

The Rockies There is an opportunity to place bart

According to The Athletic, the Rockies will “almost certainly” keep closer Daniel Bard at the trade deadline. Bart, 37, will be a free agent after the season, though Colorado hopes to re-sign him. Last year the Rockies didn’t trade Trevor Story and John Gray at the deadline and both left as free agents. The team didn’t even receive draft pick compensation for Gray.

2020 NL Comeback Player of the Year, best bat-misser and ground-ball-getter. He can help any contender’s bullpen. The Rockies still have plenty of time to change their minds and field concessions for Bard, who have a history of jiggling when other teams zig. Keeping Bart will be very much on brand for the last-place Rockies.

Blue Jays Interest in Fulmer

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The Blue Jays are among the teams interested Tigers Right Michael Fulmer, MLB.com reports. Fulmer pitched the eighth inning in Toronto on Friday. The Tigers have several relievers to move past the deadline — Andrew Chaffin and All-Star Gregory Soto are among them — and while Fulmer is an impending free agent, there is some urgency to move him.

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Pitching is the top priority for the Blue Jays, who have been on a tear for the past few weeks. Fulmer has turned into a slider machine who misses bats, though he’s plagued with walk problems. He’s a rental reliever who moves every year at the deadline and is an upgrade for every contender’s bullpen.

Montas now Yankees‘The number 1 target

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With Castillo from the group, Athletic Righty Frankie Montas is now the Yankees’ No. 1 target. USA Today reports. Everything must go in Oakland and Montas is the team’s remaining trade chip. The right-hander missed two starts earlier this month with a minor shoulder issue, but he looked strong in his two starts and has been at a high level for years now.

New York is seeking a rotation upgrade and must win a bidding war to acquire Montas. Many other contenders need rotation help and Montas appeals because he will be under team control as an arbitration-eligible player next season. He’s not a rental, and as the Castillo trade showed, an impact starter is too expensive for two postseason runs.

A, Brewers Have spoken to Laureno

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The Athletics and Brewers have discussed outfielder Ramon Laureno, As stated therein New York Post. Laureano is one of the A’s top trade chips, and he’ll be under team control until 2025, so he’s a long-term addition. Center field has been a weakness for the Brewers all season, and Laureano represents an improvement over the Jonathan Davis/Tyrone Taylor platoon.

Currently in first place in the NL Central, Milwaukee could use another bat to stretch the lineup and Laureano also brings the speed element. His defense has been overrated — Laureano’s arm is at the top of the lineup, even if his range and routes are OK — but the Brewers’ center fielders are hitting .213/.272/.313 this year, and that’s not going to fly when you’re fighting for a division title.

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