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Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE REPORT: JUSTIN WILSON BEING HEAVILY COURTED BY RAYS, ASTROS, OTHERS

By Michael Wong

As often happens this time of year, the bullpens have become front and center when it comes to the July MLB trade deadline.  Already we have seen Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle moved to the Washington Nationals and there are a slew of other names out there who continue to pop up in trade discussions.  What really is interesting there is that most are closers which includes Zach Britton, Addison Reed, Justin Wilson, Raisel Iglesias, and David Robertson.  As far as this list is concerned, the New York Yankees are almost obsessed with the idea of reuniting with Robertson who of course made his way into a big-time stopper with the Yanks in his younger days.  In fact I hear talks are progressing at a steady clip to the point where a Yankees team official thinks it is not a matter of if but WHEN a deal is completed.  The Yanks will NOT move Clint Frazier and/or Gleybar Torres is in any deal for Robertson or any other player for that matter but instead are dangling shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo.

Meanwhile the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros are in a heated battle for Detroit Tigers closer Justin Wilson, with the Rays having a bit of an advantage according to a source.

-I mean Lucas Duda and Addison Reed for Justus Sheffield makes perfect sense doesn't it?  Stupid of the Yanks and Mets not to engage in talks that can really help both sides given the NY locale.

-While the Cards and Tigers are listening on Carlos Martinez and Michael Fulmer, there is almost zero chance either guy moves given their youth and the teams' asking price of three prime prospects which no one will do for a pitcher.

-While the Yankees did have scouts checking out Todd Frazier, I am told there were concentrating much more on Robertson.

-Sonny Gray's price tag is exorbitant but this is typical modus operandi for the Oakland A's.


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