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MLB trade rumors roundup: Twins RHP Ryan Pressly attracting significant interest

Cameron Kerry
July 27, 2018 - 1:21 pm

As the MLB trade deadline is creeps closer, contenders are already making moves to improve their clubs for the postseason.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic noted that almost every contender had contacted the Twins about relief pitcher Ryan Pressly.

Pressly has struck out 69 batters through 47 2/3 innings and owns the second highest spin rate in the league. The Twins have been compelled to listen to offers due to the high volume of interest in their talented reliever. Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN in Minneapolis reports that eight teams -- including the Red Sox -- have scouts at the Twins-Red Sox series this weekend.

With a ground-ball rate of 47.9 percent, he forces hitters to keep the ball out of the air and owns impressive fielding independent statistics, with a FIP of 2.95. The Red Sox bullpen has a few question marks; Pressly could be utilitzed as a quality option in the late innings before closer Craig Kimbrel. 

Earlier in the week, the Red Sox were linked to having interest in several Reds relievers. Jon Morosi of reported that the Red Sox had checked in with the Reds about a few of their backend arms, most notably Raisel Iglesias. Rosenthal reported that Cincinnati might be keen on not trading one of their bullpen members unless the team is blown away by an offer. Rosenthal notes that the relievers are cost effective and under team control beyond this season. Matt Harvey could be traded, as his contract expires at the end of the season and he could serve as a rental for a contender looking to add an end of the rotation starter.

The Cardinals released Greg Holland, who has struggled mightily this season. He owns a 0-2 record and a 7.92 ERA in 32 appearances. Holland's unsightly 2.24 WHIP has skyrocketed, as he's allowed 22 walks in 25 innings pitched. Despite a ghastly stat line this season, Holland proved indispensable in Kansas City, where he anchored the team's bullpen to a World Series title. Morosi reported that he is looking to join a contender, so if the Red Sox are desperate for bullpen help, Holland could be signed in hopes that he returns to form from years prior.