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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE REPORT: RED SOX LOOKING TO PIRATES AFTER TODD FRAZIER MISS

By Michael Wong

In quickly responding to the shock and disappointment of having been trumped by the New York Yankees of all teams in losing out on both trade targets Todd Frazier and David Robertson on Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox have turned their full attention to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of their rebound.  Specifically, the Red Sox are now fully discussing both closer Felipe Rivero and third baseman Josh Harrison as part of a package deal.  To this point the Pirates have been quiet when it comes to making deals leading up to the July deadline but they are expected to move at least Harrison and likely outfielder Andrew McCutchen if they have the chance.  The Red Sox are also heavily scouting not only Lucas Duda and Addison Reed from the New York Mets but also Wilmer Flores who became a recent target.

-The Oakland A's continue to reinforce their reputation as being very tough to deal with as they are not gaining any traction moving either starter Sonny Gray or first baseman Yonder Alonso.  While they did trade Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to the Washington Nationals, the Yankees in particular were turned out by the asking price for Gray and Alonso.

-Speaking of the Nats, they are not done addressing the bullpen as they have had talks with the Baltimore Orioles about both Darren O'Day and Brad Brach and also continue to check in on Justin Wilson.

-Wilson has become the major hot property on Wednesday and I reported earlier in the day that he was close to being moved.  While that has not happened yet, I am still hearing it is imminent and that the Houston Astros have made the best offer thus far.


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