UPDATE 11:25 AM:
Major League Baseball’s one and only trade deadline this year is Monday at 4 p.m., and while the shortened season and ongoing coronavirus concerns might be scaring off some clubs from pulling the trigger on deals, we’re starting to some action.
So far, it’s been quiet for the injury-riddled and slumping Yankees, who had dropped eight of their last nine heading into their Sunday doubleheader against the Mets.
The Yankees and a bunch of other playoff hopefuls could use pitching upgrades for their rotation and bullpen, and there are some quality arms that could be moved, including starters Mike Clevinger (Cleveland Indians), Lance Lynn (Texas Rangers) and Dylan Bundy (Los Angeles Angels).
A lot of Yankees fans will be upset if GM Brian Cashman stands pat, as he did at the 2019 July 31 trade deadline, but he stated on Saturday that he wasn’t close to making any deals. Cashman said that he and every other club were factoring in the extra risks involved in this year’s trade deadline because there is no guarantee that the pandemic doesn’t end the season before the playoffs.
The Atlanta Braves, who are hoping to three-peat as National League East champions, is close to acquiring left-handed starter Tommy Milone from the Baltimore Orioles, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, Bundy, who is having his best season after some up-and-down years with the Baltimore Orioles, could be on the move soon, too. There have been reports that the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins and Braves are making runs at Bundy.
Also, there have been a lot of reports about the Boston Red Sox, who are last in the AL East, possibly blowing up their club, as they are shopping three of their few remaining stars: outfielder/DH J.D. Martinez, shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr.
Here is a roundup of all the deals are rumors:
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