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MLB Trade Deadline: Cubs reportedly interested in David Price, Cole Hamels

July 24, 2015 - 9:00 am

A week before the non-waiver trading deadline, rumors are starting to swirl throughout baseball about which players may be on the move and where they may go. Given the Red Sox' spot in the standings, WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reported Wednesday that they will not pursue trades for high-profile pitchers in the last year of their contracts. That includes players like Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto or Detroit's David Price. Those types of players, however, remain likely to be traded to contending teams that feel an additional pitcher would put them over the top. The last-place White Sox have yet to wave the white flag on their season. However, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the White Sox have been actively engaged in trade talks. One player teams may target is starter Jeff Samardzija. The Blue Jays have shown interest in trading for Samardzija, per Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. The Tigers sit in third place in the AL Central well behind the first-place Royals. According to Morosi, Detroit will wait at least until the end of this weekend's series in Boston before deciding whether to buy or sell at the deadline. If the Tigers indeed end up as sellers, the most attractive piece to contenders will be Price, who owns a 2.31 ERA this season. The Blue Jays and Cubs both had scouts at Price's start on Thursday, and both are in the market for pitchers as the deadline approaches, Morosi reported. Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has been consistently in the middle of trade rumors since spring training, and that will only persist in advance of the deadline. CSN Chicago reports that the Cubs have been in discussions about Hamels with the Phillies. The Mets are another team with a surplus of pitching, boasting such young arms as Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. General manager Sandy Alderson that none of those four pitchers are available in trades, writes Joe Trezza of MLB.com. The Mets are desperate for a bat and have made the acquisition of an outfielder a priority. According to Morosi, the team is interested in Will Venable and Gerardo Parra. Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have gotten "lots of calls" about pitcher Brad Ziegler, who has a 1.08 ERA in 41 2/3 innings. They would have to be "overwhelmed" by an offer in order to move him. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Athletics are drawing a lot of interest on utilityman Ben Zobrist.