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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE NEWS AND NOTES: TODD FRAZIER CAN BE HAD FROM WHITE SOX, NATS AND GIANTS DESPERATE FOR PITCHING

By Michael Wong

-The Washington Nationals are in crisis mode now for bullpen help after seeing closer Jonathan Papelbon melt down again Tuesday.  Papelbon is showing his age and looks like a guy who is begging to be replaced in the ninth which Dusty Baker hinted at.  Nats have obsessed over Andrew Miller but Yanks are hot streak and unless they are blown away (think Lucas Giolito which the Nats are now mulling over), the lefty will stay.  Also the market for Carlos Beltran has not developed as anticipated so he likely stays as well.  Meanwhile Ivan Nova looks like a classic fallback for those who miss out on Rich Hill, Andrew Cashner, and more prominently Chris Archer.

Meanwhile as far as the Nats are concerned and the bullpen, Ryan Madson is now off their list as he too has struggled badly lately.  I am hearing Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith as the main targets now for Washington and the talks could heat up quickly.  Seeing what the Yanks got for Aroldis Chopman though, the Brewers likely want to drive up the price on those two.

-The San Francisco Giants are looking for pitching and they have been connected with both Cashner and Hill.  Cashner seems to be a name that is being fought over by the Giants, Texas Rangers, and to a lesser extent the Miami Marlins.

-Speaking of the Marlins, they are calling about every available pitcher but are not getting anywhere due to their awful farm system.

-The Mets are not getting Joathan Lucroy for Travis D'Arnaud and they seems resigned to not being a player there.

-The Los Angeles Dodgers seem like they are on the fence regarding Chris Sale as they know it will start with Julio Urias and go on to other young names that have to be included.  They also have been connected to Archer for awhile but nothing has developed past the initial stage.


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