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Monday, July 18, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE RUMORS AND NOTES: ROYALS AND BLUE JAYS COULD BE MATCH FOR BELTRAN

By Michael Wong

Other the the Oakland A's, the New York Yankees continue to be the center of a great deal of trade deadline chatter despite the fact they still are vowing to fight for a playoff spot.  After losing the first two games out of the break to the Boston Red Sox, the Yanks took the Sunday night game that now leads into a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles.  If the Yankes lose the series to the Orioles, the reportedly will seriously step up their quest to move Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, and Nathan Eovaldi.  The Yanks also will make Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner available as well but both guys will likely be tough to move due to their ages and heavy contracts.

Meanwhile the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals have pretty much been stalking the Yankees from game-to-game over the last few weeks as both teams are desperate to shore up their back ends of their bullpen.  This is where Chapman comes in and the pending free agent is arguably going to fetch the highest price leading up to August 1.  While the Yanks have said Andrew Miller is not available, team moles suggest he too could be moved in the right deal.  As far as Beltran is concerned, the Royals checked in earlier in the season and still are interested and the Toronto Blue Jays also want in despite being AL East foes.  The fact Beltran is a free agent though makes it more likely the Yanks would be willing to deal with the Blue Jays. 

Finally, Jeff Passen reported that the asking price for Chapman on the Yankees end with the Cubs is injured catcher Kyle Schwarber.  The young slugger has been out since the start of the season but he could be the long-term DH for the Yankees going forward.  The Cubs also realize that Schwarber is without a position and him getting injured severely in the outfield is proof positive of this.  Thus the chances of a deal here are not insignificent.

 

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