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Has your team already made the move they need to in order to stay in the playoff race in 2016? Or have they already sold off the pieces that will help soothe the pain of losing this summer? If not, they have just a fraction of a day left to do so, as non-waiver MLB trades can no longer be made as of 4 p.m. ET on Monday. Yes, trades can still go down in August, but they require that a player passes through waivers — that extra level of paperwork has scuttled many a potential trade in the past, so the easiest way to get something done is before the deadline.
Here’s where we stand: Jonathan Lucroy is back on the market after vetoing a trade to the Indians. Jay Bruce is still available. The Yankees are making Carlos Beltran available even as they sit 5.5 games back of a wild card, because they’re chasing five teams for one and just traded Andrew Miller to the Indians. A number of reliever deals are expected on Monday, and the expectation is that all three of those above names could be moved as well. Buster Olney also reported a list of the teams "most likely" to make trades today, and it’s not a short one: The Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees, Astros, Blue Jays, Brewers, Rays, Red Sox, Giants, Royals, Twins, and A’s.
Of course, "most likely" does not mean they will actually make a move: the Yankees could hold on to Beltran under the guise of contending in order to give him the qualifying offer because they don’t love the potential return in a trade. The Brewers could wait until November or December to move Lucroy, who has an option for 2017 and will have less leverage in no-trade discussions once it’s picked up instead of dangled as a hypothetical. The Reds might hold on to Jay Bruce because they’re the Reds and still don’t seem quite sure how to fix what is broken. So, grab a seat and wait to see how it all plays out: after all, you don’t have much longer to wait.
- Jay Bruce might already be traded, but that’s not confirmed: Bob Nightengale reported that the Reds have a match — and that it is not with the Dodgers — but that’s all that is known ... if you want to generously call that information "known," anyway.
- Here’s where the Bruce market stood on Sunday.
- Remember, you can keep up with every major trade rumor out there, all in one place.
- The Red Sox are one of the teams discussing a Carlos Beltran trade with the Yankees, but they aren’t the only ones.
- Even with Lucroy vetoing the deal, the Indians are the story of the trade deadline so far — and they don’t have to be done yet, either.
- The Orioles acquired Wade Miley from the Mariners as they try to hang on in the AL East.
- This is a giant LEGO Madison Bumgarner.
- The A’s were previously saying they didn’t have to trade Rich Hill because they could give him the qualifying offer this offseason, but now they’re reportedly talking contract extension with him.
- It’s still not clear what the White Sox are doing this deadline after trading Zach Duke.