Tyler Clippard

MLB Trade Deadline: Dodgers reportedly hearing offers for Yasiel Puig; Astros 'making a push' for Cole Hamels

July 28, 2015 - 5:41 am
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With the trade deadline looming, teams are scrambling to get deals done towards a rebuild or a playoff push. The Mets added Tyler Clippard from the Athletics on Monday according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Mets beat writer Adam Rubin said the Mets had been trying to package Clippard with Ben Zobrist, but they were able to work out a deal with the Braves for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, negating the need for Zobrist. Zobrist will be the next Athletics player dealt according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. His reported destinations could be the Royals and Nationals. Interest heated up significantly for Padres star closer Craig Kimbrel on Monday, with the Nationals, Blue Jays and Astros emerging as the front-runners to land him according to Heyman. Rosenthal reported later on Monday that the Nationals are the "hottest" team after Kimbrel. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Monday that the Dodgers would be willing to move Yasiel Puig "in the right deal." The much-maligned outfielder has been the subject of speculation after reports emerged of his outcast label in the Dodger locker room. He's slashed just .253/.327/.423 in 217 plate appearances this year as he's been bothered by a nagging hamstring injury. Tuesday's starter for the White Sox against the Red Sox, Jeff Samardzija, has been the subject of trade rumors for a second consecutive season. Nightengale reported late Monday night that the White Sox are waiting to see where they stand after this series to decide whether to move Samardzija. According to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, the Blue Jays have shown the strongest interest in the longtime Cub. The Padres have inquired with the Cubs about shortstop Starlin Castro according to Jon Morosi and Rosenthal. Meanwhile, Rosenthal also reported that the Cubs have discussed highly sought after Padres starter Tyson Ross. Ross have drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Astros, Dodgers and Rangers as well, according to Heyman. In the latest on Cole Hamels, the Astros are reportedly "making a big push" to land the Phillies southpaw according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Crasnick also reports that the Diamondbacks have "reached out to the Phillies to express their interest." The Astros and the D-Backs join a laundry list of clubs that includes the Dodgers and Rangers who have pitched a package to acquire Hamels.

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