The Chris Carter experiment was an utter failure; the Yankees designated him for assignment twice this season. Cashman said in his interview with YES that Greg Bird is set to visit a doctor Monday and the team will know more about his status for the remainder of season after that. Still, Cashman said the team is a buyer heading into the trade deadline and is focusing on reinforcing first base and the pitching staff.
All eyes are are on a quality group of starting pitchers: the A’s Sonny Gray, the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole and the Tigers’ Justin Verlander.
Earlier reports said Verlander could hit the trade market in the coming weeks. In order for that to happen, Verlander must waive his 10-and-5 rights. The Cubs and Tigers have been engaging in talks, according to reports, but the Cubs seemingly are not willing to take on Verlander’s contract.
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The Cubs and White Sox made for strange bedfellows on July 13, culminating in a trade that sent highly sought-after left-hander Jose Quintana to the North Side. The White Sox received a king’s ransom in the deal, further bolstering their farm system.
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On the opposite side of the spectrum, what will the Royals do? With some key players — Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar — eyeing free agency after the season, could the 2015 World Series champs blow it all up and go back to Square 1?
On the other hand, those struggles lowered the return value the Pirates could command on the trade market, and the only thing worse than trading McCutchen at all would have been trading McCutchen in an exchange that made Pirates fans say, That’s all we got in return?