The MLB trade deadline is nearing, and speculation is heating up across baseball. Here is what our writers are hearing:
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July 29 deadline buzz
Will the A’s simply keep Sonny Gray? It appears that Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier are not the hangup in a Sonny Gray deal to the Yankees, a source has?told Jerry Crasnick. The Athletics and Yankees are discussing other prospects after the Yankees said “no” on Torres and Frazier. As the A’s move on to alternatives, the teams still haven’t been able to agree on a package. Even as it’s expected that Gray will be held out of his start on Sunday, A’s GM Billy Beane has given indications that he’s ready to keep Gray into the winter if he can’t get package he wants. Someone will have to blink soon if a deal between the two teams is going to get done.
Tigers in no hurry to deal veteran ace Verlander: Jerry Crasnick notes that he has yet to hear from anybody who expects the Tigers to actually move veteran starter Justin Verlander by the deadline. Crasnick reports that Tigers GM Al Avila isn’t under pressure to move a big salary at trade deadline, and he can wait until the offseason and regroup on Verlander.
Marlins still fishing: Jerry Crasnick reports that the Marlins are still open to offers on veteran starter Dan Straily, and several teams are keeping in touch. The Marlins are also extremely open to discussing second baseman Dee Gordon, but between his .694 OPS and a contract costing a guaranteed $38 million through 2020 after this season, there’s not much traffic there.
Rays mulling some infield tweaks: The Rays have the flexibility to weigh offers for infielders Tim Beckham and Brad Miller, Jerry Crasnick notes. There’s no sense of urgency to move either guy, but they’re keeping open mind. They also had interest in Howie Kendrick before the Nationals acquired him from the Phillies on Friday night. Tampa Bay’s position on trading for him was…