Trade deadline roundup: Reds OF Jay Bruce appears likely to be traded; Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy remains on market

August 01, 2016 - 5:57 am
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Here are some of the top rumors around MLB as Monday afternoon's trade deadline approaches. -- It looks like Reds outfielder Jay Bruce will be moved before the deadline. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Reds have made an agreement with a National League team to trade the three-time All-Star. The Giants and Mets seem to be the top teams making a push for Bruce, with the Indians, Dodgers and Rangers showing interest as well. Nightengale, however, says the Dodgers are not the team that the Reds have an agreement with. https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/760046853408886785 Bruce, 29, has spent all nine of his major league seasons with the Reds. He is slashing .265/.316/.559 in 97 games this season. -- Besides pushing for Bruce, the Giants also have expressed interest in Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Moore, according to several reports. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports indicated that it is unknown whether San Francisco has the right prospects to make a deal. Moore, 27, is 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts. https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/759947778969759744 -- After vetoing a trade to the Indians, Brewers All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy remains on the market. He likely will be traded before the deadline, most probably to the Rangers, according to Rosenthal. Texas infielder Joey Gallo could be part of a package to acquire Lucroy, who is batting .299 with the Brewers. -- ESPN's Buster Olney indicated that the Red Sox are among several teams pursuing Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran. The Astros, Indians and Rangers are the other teams that have been linked to the 39-year-old slugger. New York has been busy selling over the past week, trading relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, so it seems likely they'll give up Beltran for the right price. Beltran is hitting .304 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs. -- White Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't appear likely to be traded, but there still are teams reportedly attempting to make a deal for him. According to MLB network Insider Jon Heyman, the Red Sox, Rangers and Dodgers continue to push for the five-time All-Star. The three teams have impressive farm systems, so they would be able to make a blockbuster deal if they so desired.