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Sunday, July 23, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE REPORT: RANGERS MULLING WHETHER TO HOLD OR SELL YU DARVISH

By Michael Wong

-The Texas Rangers have the opportunity to throw the biggest potential fish into the MLB July 31 trade deadline derby based almost solely on their decision whether or not to make ace SP Yu Darvish available.  There were reports on Sunday that said the Los Angeles Dodgers were already heavily involved in Darvish talks but that is not true based on what I am hearing.  Instead, the convo was mainly the Dodgers telling the Rangers they are ready to make a firm offer if in fact Darvish is made available.  Meanwhile the Houston Astros and New York Yankees would also be players for Darvish; with possibly the Milwaukee Brewers in the mix.

-Speaking of the Yankees, their talks with the Oakland A's over Sonny Gray are completely dead at the moment.  The A's continue to insist on Clint Frazier which the Yanks obviously won't do and instead they are trying to convince them to take Jorge Mateo and Miguel Andujar.  The Brewers were said to be involved with Gray but nothing has come of that either.

-The Boston Red Sox have been them most aggressive in discussing Addison Reed and to a lesser extent, Wilmer Flores from the New York Mets.

-While the Tampa Bay Rays added to their bullpen Saturday by picking up Sergio Romo from the Dodgers.  The Rays are still heavily involved with Justin Wilson though so their bullpen pursuit is not finished yet.

-The Zach Britton talks with the Dodgers and the rest of baseball have cooled the last few days due to medical concerns about the Baltimore Orioles closer.  Britton has been battling ill health all year and he has not looked like his dominant old self when on the mound.  That has given prospective teams pause when weighing a Britton offer.


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