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Phils most likely to land Machado; deal soon?

Any trade involving O's shortstop not expected to occur until after All-Star Game
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Philadelphia is the most likely destination for Manny Machado, now that the Phillies have indicated a willingness to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina in their latest offer, one source told MLB.com.

Machado could join the Phillies later this week, unless the Brewers or Dodgers respond with a compelling counteroffer. The Orioles have made it clear to other teams that they want to wait until Machado represents the franchise in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard before finalizing a trade agreement.

Philadelphia is the most likely destination for Manny Machado, now that the Phillies have indicated a willingness to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina in their latest offer, one source told MLB.com.

Machado could join the Phillies later this week, unless the Brewers or Dodgers respond with a compelling counteroffer. The Orioles have made it clear to other teams that they want to wait until Machado represents the franchise in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard before finalizing a trade agreement.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman first reported Monday for Fancred Sports that a trade of Machado was "very close."

Medina is Philadelphia's No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and No. 73 on the Top 100 list. Thus far, Philadelphia has resisted Baltimore's request to part with No. 1 prospect Sixto Sanchez.

Video: Manny Machado and his nephew, J.J., join MLB Tonight

But the Orioles also are known to covet Medina, and his expected involvement creates an advantage for the Phillies in light of other suitors' caution with top pitching prospects. Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes and Dodgers right-hander Dustin May -- two other pitchers of interest to Baltimore -- have not been included in formal offers for Machado thus far, sources say.

Machado to Brewers? He's thought about it

The Phillies have a competitive advantage in the Machado talks, because their organizational strength -- young starting pitching -- is Baltimore's greatest need.

In many other Minor League systems, a pitcher of Medina's caliber likely would be off limits for a rental player -- even one as accomplished as Machado. But seven of the Phillies' starters this season are in their age-26 season or younger: Aaron Nola, Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Zach Eflin, Ben Lively, Enyel De Los Santos and Drew Anderson. The presence of that group, along with Sanchez, has made the Phillies comfortable with the notion of parting with Medina.

The right-handed Medina is an especially good fit for the Orioles, in light of the right-handed hitters with whom Baltimore must contend in the American League East: Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts in Boston; Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez in New York.

The Yankees have spoken with the Orioles about Machado, but one source confirmed to MLB.com that they are not the team to which Machado is close to being dealt.

Machado's nephew predicts uncle's landing spot

Per FanGraphs, the Phillies' primary shortstops (J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery) have combined for zero wins above replacement (WAR) this year, while Machado has been good for 3.8 WAR on his own. Machado could easily represent a two-to-three win upgrade for the rest of the season. That could be decisive in a National League East race which the Phillies lead by a half-game over the Braves.

Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network. Manny Randhawa contributed to this report.

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Machado trade talks reportedly gaining steam

Dodgers, Phillies, Brewers leading race for O's shortstop
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Will Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard be the last time Manny Machado appears in an Orioles uniform? It's certainly possible, as former MLB general manager Jim Bowden reported via Twitter on Monday that the shortstop is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later this week.

Will Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard be the last time Manny Machado appears in an Orioles uniform? It's certainly possible, as former MLB general manager Jim Bowden reported via Twitter on Monday that the shortstop is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later this week.

Tweet from @JimBowdenGM: Manny Machado will represent the #Orioles in the All Star Game���.but he is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later in the week according to sources involved in the trade discussions.

A deal reportedly is "very close," but nothing has been agreed upon yet, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, who notes the Phillies, Dodgers and Brewers all remain involved.

Tweet from @masnRoch: Multiple sources say #orioles don���t have deal done with #phillies for Machado. #dodgers and #brewers also still involved. Told ���very close��� but nothing has been agreed upon yet

Although the situation remains fluid as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, trade talks for the Orioles shortstop are believed to be in the home stretch. According to a tweet from Buster Olney, the O's have narrowed their focus, with a source saying Baltimore is at the "10-yard line" in trade discussions.

Tweet from @Buster_ESPN: Source indicated last Sunday his sense was that the Orioles were at the 35-yard-line and driving in the Machado trade conversations. Same source this Sunday: "10-yard-line." PHI, Brewers, Dodgers waiting for the goal line call. As mentioned yesterday, Orioles have narrowed focus.

Listen: Morning Lineup Podcast discusses the latest on the Machado trade talks

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman tweeted Sunday that the Yankees and Indians were "in but perhaps behind," and that the Brewers had made a "good offer" and appeared to be in the "top tier" with the Phillies and Dodgers.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: 5 teams still in for Machado. brewers have made ���good offer��� and appear to be in top tier with phillies and dodgers. yankees and indians also in but perhaps behind. situation fluid though.

Per previous reports, the Yanks were believed to have submitted one of the strongest offers for Machado, who can become a free agent at the end of this season. But with Miguel Andujar at third base and Didi Gregorius at shortstop, New York has less of a need for Machado than some of the other teams involved in discussions and may be more focused on adding a starting pitcher.

Catch up on the latest Trade Talk

The Yankees are, however, the preferred destination of at least one of Machado's family members. During an interview with MLB Network on Monday, Machado's nephew informed the crew that he'd like to see his uncle in pinstripes if he can't remain with Baltimore. 

Video: O'Dowd, Nelson discuss the Manny Machado sweepstakes

The Phillies had previously viewed the Orioles' asking price as too high, but MLB.com's Todd Zolecki wrote Saturday that they were ramping up their push for Machado after seizing first place in the National League East within the past week.

While the Phillies remain steadfast in their refusal to deal top prospect Sixto Sanchez (MLB's No. 23 overall prospect, per MLB Pipeline), MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal tweeted Friday that they are open to trading from their starting pitching depth at all levels of the Minors.

According to a tweet from Olney on Saturday, the prospects being evaluated by the O's include pitchers Adonis Medina (Philadelphia's No. 2 prospect, No. 74 overall) and Franklyn Kilome (the Phillies' No. 7 prospect), outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz (the Phils' No. 5 prospect) and middle infielder Arquimedes Gamboa (Philadelphia's No. 8 prospect).

A source told Morosi that the Phillies are more willing to include Medina than the Dodgers are to give up pitcher Dustin May (Los Angeles' No. 10 prospect), which could make the difference as the Orioles weigh their offers.

Video: Lorenzo Cain on Manny Machado trade rumors

Meanwhile, Milwaukee arguably has as much of a need for Machado as any club, with Eric Thames and Ryan Braun on the disabled list, Orlando Arcia in the Minors and Brewers second basemen carrying a collective .663 OPS into Sunday's slate. The Brewers have lost six straight games, allowing the Cubs to pull ahead in the NL Central.

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.

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Machado to Brewers? He's thought about it

'They want to win,' All-Star shortstop says as Trade Deadline nears
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WASHINGTON -- Manny Machado to Milwaukee? Yeah, he's pondered the possibility.

The Brewers don't play in a market the size of Machado's other suitors, but thought of the Brewers swinging a trade with the Orioles ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline has at least crossed the All-Star shortstop's mind. He said so Monday before a report from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman that Baltimore was "very close" to a deal with an undisclosed team.

WASHINGTON -- Manny Machado to Milwaukee? Yeah, he's pondered the possibility.

The Brewers don't play in a market the size of Machado's other suitors, but thought of the Brewers swinging a trade with the Orioles ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline has at least crossed the All-Star shortstop's mind. He said so Monday before a report from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman that Baltimore was "very close" to a deal with an undisclosed team.

"[The Brewers] want to win," Machado said. "They're serious. They have a good group over there. They made a lot of pushes [last] offseason and they're going to continue to do whatever they can to get a ring."

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He wouldn't prefer to play out the final three months of his current contract with a large market team like the Phillies, Dodgers or Yankees? Those teams have reportedly made offers, too.

"I'm here to play baseball," Machado said. "I'm not here to sightsee."

That line got a laugh, but the constant grind of trade talk has worn on Machado, even as he puts together arguably his finest season. He will be the American League's starting shortstop in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX) and reached the break with a .315/.387/.575 slash line and 24 home runs, putting him on a pace for career bests across the board.

Tweet from @AdamMcCalvy: Guess which American League All Star drew the biggest media crowd today. pic.twitter.com/n6RAvxni5E

The Brewers, meanwhile, are last in the Major Leagues with a .554 OPS at shortstop, and last in the National League in other offensive statistics, including weighted runs created plus and weighted on-base average.

That's key, because Machado reiterated Monday that he prefers to remain at shortstop. Other teams, including the Yankees, may prefer him at third base.

"I have no control of that, but everyone knows that I want to be a shortstop and I want to leave it on the field at shortstop," he said.

Brewers All-Stars acknowledged they have followed the Machado chatter.

Video: Lorenzo Cain on Manny Machado trade rumors

At this time of year, it would be hard to miss.

"He would be a great addition to not only our team, but any team he goes to," said Christian Yelich. "He's one of the best players in the game. We'll see how it shakes out. Rumors are rumors. Obviously, I've seen we're rumored to be in that, but you never know what's true and what's not. I guess we'll all see what happens here in the next couple of weeks."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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Phils well-positioned in push to land Machado

Medina as part of package could give club edge over others
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PHILADELPHIA -- Could Manny Machado find himself in a red cap and red pinstripes at Citizens Bank Park before the end of the weekend?

A source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi late Monday night that the Phillies are the most likely destination for Machado because of their willingness to include No. 2 prospect Adonis Medina in a deal, while other organizations have been reluctant to include top pitching prospects. Medina is the No. 73 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes (No. 55) and Dodgers right-hander Dustin May have not been included in formal offers for Machado, sources told Morosi.

PHILADELPHIA -- Could Manny Machado find himself in a red cap and red pinstripes at Citizens Bank Park before the end of the weekend?

A source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi late Monday night that the Phillies are the most likely destination for Machado because of their willingness to include No. 2 prospect Adonis Medina in a deal, while other organizations have been reluctant to include top pitching prospects. Medina is the No. 73 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes (No. 55) and Dodgers right-hander Dustin May have not been included in formal offers for Machado, sources told Morosi.

Sources said earlier Monday that the Phillies remained in the thick of the Machado sweepstakes. No agreements have been made, despite rampant speculation, but a deal could be completed before the season resumes Friday. In fact, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported the Orioles are "very close" to a deal.

Many believe the Phillies, Dodgers and Brewers have been Baltimore's most likely trade partners. But the D-backs and others are involved in discussions, too. One source said the Yankees are not positioned to land Machado.

Of course, negotiations can change with one text or one phone call.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the chances of the Phillies acquiring Machado were a long shot, but things changed since they moved into first place in the National League East. They have become more aggressive because they now have a chance to play for more than one guaranteed game in the NL Wild Card. And it just so happens that the only true impact hitter on the market plays the same position as the position of the Phillies' greatest need.

The Phillies' shortstops have a .634 OPS, which ranks 27th in baseball. Machado has a .963 OPS, which ranks eighth in baseball. According to FanGraphs, Phillies shortstops Scott Kingery and J.P. Crawford have a combined zero Wins Above Replacement (WAR), while Machado has a 3.8 WAR. If that number holds true in the second half, Machado could mean an extra two to three wins in the second half for the Phillies.

That could be enough to help them win their first NL East title since 2011, avoiding the peril of a one-game Wild Card playoff and the cost of burning one of their top two starters just to advance to the Division Series.

"Philly did good [with] that ovation when [we] got there," Machado said Monday at the American League All-Star team's media availability in Washington, D.C., referring to the cheers he heard in an Interleague series earlier this month at Citizens Bank Park. "It was pretty cool to have these cities that want you."

It remains highly unlikely, even if push comes to shove, that the Phillies will sell the farm -- even for a talent like Machado, who is a two-plus-month rental that will enter the free-agent market this offseason. So, yes, it would be stunning if the Phillies included Class A Clearwater right-hander Sixto Sanchez, who is the No. 23 prospect in baseball, or big league arms like Zach Eflin or Nick Pivetta in any trade.

But the Phillies still have plenty of pitching depth in their system to put together an attractive package for Baltimore.

If Machado goes elsewhere, the Phillies will turn their attention to position players like Mike Moustakas and Eduardo Escobar. They will look to upgrade their bullpen. They will look to upgrade their bench.

But everybody is waiting for Machado to be traded first. Everything else will happen after that.

The fact the Phillies are this close is a testament of the team's turnaround. The Phillies certainly will be pursuing Machado in the offseason, too. Machado said Monday that he prefers to remain at shortstop, which would not impact the Phillies' pursuit.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Festa optioned to Double-A after debut

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SEATTLE -- Rookie reliever Matt Festa, who made his Major League debut for the Mariners on Saturday, has been optioned back to Double-A Arkansas so he can continue pitching as Seattle began the four-day All-Star break on Monday.

A corresponding roster move to add another player will be made before the club resumes play Friday against the White Sox at 7:10 p.m. PT at Safeco Field.

SEATTLE -- Rookie reliever Matt Festa, who made his Major League debut for the Mariners on Saturday, has been optioned back to Double-A Arkansas so he can continue pitching as Seattle began the four-day All-Star break on Monday.

A corresponding roster move to add another player will be made before the club resumes play Friday against the White Sox at 7:10 p.m. PT at Safeco Field.

The 25-year-old right-hander gave up two hits while getting two outs in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Rockies, allowing an inherited runner to score from third after replacing starter Wade LeBlanc with one out in the fifth inning.

Festa, the Mariners' No. 9 prospect per MLB Pipeline, has gone 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA and 13 saves in 28 outings for Arkansas, with 44 strikeouts and seven walks in 31 2/3 innings.

The Mariners went with 10 relievers over the weekend in Colorado, adding Festa and veteran Mike Morin to the bullpen while placing starters Felix Hernandez and James Paxton on the 10-day disabled list with lower back issues.

Both Hernandez and Paxton are expected to rejoin the rotation following the break, with Hernandez tentatively slated to throw Saturday against the White Sox and Paxton returning next Tuesday to face the Giants.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Perez activated, assigned to Triple-A

Jackson clears waivers; Palumbo assigned to Down East
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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have reinstated catcher Carlos Perez from the disabled list and assigned him outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

Perez had been on the disabled list since June 16 with a right ankle sprain. The move means Texas is staying with Isiah Kiner-Falefa as its backup catcher behind Robinson Chirinos.

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have reinstated catcher Carlos Perez from the disabled list and assigned him outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

Perez had been on the disabled list since June 16 with a right ankle sprain. The move means Texas is staying with Isiah Kiner-Falefa as its backup catcher behind Robinson Chirinos.

The Rangers also announced that outfielder Austin Jackson has cleared release waivers and become a free agent. He was acquired on July 8 in a trade with the Giants as the Rangers agreed to assume his contract while acquiring reliever Cory Gearrin and Minor League pitcher Jason Bahr.

Video: TEX@DET: Rangers acquire Jackson, Gearrin and Bahr

In addition, Texas has taken pitcher Joe Palumbo off the 60-day disabled list and assigned him to Class A Advanced Down East. He has been sidelined for 15 months while recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.

Palumbo replaces left-hander Yohander Mendez, who has been promoted to Double-A Frisco. Mendez was 1-2 with a 3.48 ERA in five starts at Down East after being optioned there from the big leagues on June 19.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Braves unlikely to chase big-name rentals

Anthopoulos: Atlanta won't 'throw away' future for one season
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The Braves have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2018 season, unexpectedly putting the team in the "buyer" category as executive vice president and general manager Alex Anthopoulos prepares for his first Trade Deadline at the helm. But judging by Anthopoulos' comments in a two-part Q&A with Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here), the Braves aren't planning to mortgage their bright future for a short-term boost.

"We would prefer not to go after rentals unless the acquisition cost just makes so much sense for us," Anthopoulos said. "There's a lot of pain that has gone into putting together this young talent. We're not ready to throw that all away just because of one season."

The Braves have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2018 season, unexpectedly putting the team in the "buyer" category as executive vice president and general manager Alex Anthopoulos prepares for his first Trade Deadline at the helm. But judging by Anthopoulos' comments in a two-part Q&A with Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here), the Braves aren't planning to mortgage their bright future for a short-term boost.

"We would prefer not to go after rentals unless the acquisition cost just makes so much sense for us," Anthopoulos said. "There's a lot of pain that has gone into putting together this young talent. We're not ready to throw that all away just because of one season."

Catch up on the latest Trade Talk

Anthopoulos explained that the team is prepared to take on money in a trade, having set aside a portion of the payroll in the offseason for future additions. He also acknowledged that the onus is on him to improve the roster as the club jockeys for position in the National League East with the Phillies and the Nationals. At 52-42, Atlanta is a half-game behind Philadelphia and five games ahead of Washington.

"Any GM who tells you he isn't [feeling the pressure] is lying," Anthopoulos said. "It's an unwritten rule. It's not stated, but it's understood [among players] that, 'You can do your job as a front office in the offseason, but in-season, if we do our jobs and put ourselves in position come July, then you in the front office need to do your job again.'

"That's not explicitly stated. Players won't come up to you and tell you that, but you know they're thinking it. Every single one of them is. That's just reality. That's why we saved some money. Because you want to be in that position to go do some things."

Earlier this month, the Braves were mentioned among the contenders for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, but they appear to have fallen out of the race as the Dodgers, Phillies and Brewers are reportedly leading. Atlanta has also been connected to Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Both players can become free agents after this season.

Video: O'Dowd, Nelson discuss the Manny Machado sweepstakes

Anthopoulos thinks the Braves have enough starting pitching to get them through October, even with Mike Soroka (shoulder), Max Fried (blister) and Brandon McCarthy (knee) on the disabled list, as they can call on highly touted youngsters Luiz Gohara (Atlanta's No. 3 prospect, No. 41 overall, per MLB Pipeline) and Kolby Allard (Atlanta's No. 5 prospect, No. 48 overall) to fill in. Fried (Atlanta's No. 7 prospect, No. 71 overall) is also expected to return shortly after the All-Star break.

One area Anthopoulos could look to address is the bullpen, especially with closer Arodys Vizcaino going back on the DL on Saturday with right shoulder inflammation. The Braves entered the All-Star break with the 19th-best bullpen ERA in the Majors (4.24), and many of their key relievers are inexperienced. However, Atlanta could have limited options if free-agents-to-be such as the Orioles' Zach Britton and the Mets' Jeurys Familia are off the table.

Of course, Anthopoulos didn't entirely rule out trading for rental players.

"The acquisition cost has to make sense, which obviously is a sliding scale," Anthopoulos said. "Where you might stretch a little bit and give a little bit more than you want is where you might feel you're one piece away from being a World Series contender. If you feel that's the final piece, you might pay the premium -- whether they're out the door or not."

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.

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Trade Talk: Machado, Britton, Hand, Dodgers

The latest news and rumors leading up to July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline
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As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more.

Deal for Machado reportedly 'very close,' sources say
July 16: Will Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard be the last time Manny Machado appears in an Orioles uniform? It's certainly possible, as former MLB general manager Jim Bowden reported via Twitter on Monday that the shortstop is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later this week.

As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more.

Deal for Machado reportedly 'very close,' sources say
July 16: Will Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard be the last time Manny Machado appears in an Orioles uniform? It's certainly possible, as former MLB general manager Jim Bowden reported via Twitter on Monday that the shortstop is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later this week.

Tweet from @JimBowdenGM: Manny Machado will represent the #Orioles in the All Star Game���.but he is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later in the week according to sources involved in the trade discussions.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman confirmed Bowden's report Monday night, adding that the Yankees appear to be out of the running for Machado.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Machado deal is said to be ���very close.��� He will play Tuesday as an Oriole, however https://t.co/bnX3GDm7xQ

A deal reportedly is "very close," but nothing has been agreed upon yet. According to a tweet from Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, the Phillies, Dodgers and Brewers all remain involved.

Tweet from @masnRoch: Multiple sources say #orioles don���t have deal done with #phillies for Machado. #dodgers and #brewers also still involved. Told ���very close��� but nothing has been agreed upon yet

With trade talks entering their final stages, it's becoming increasingly likely that Machado will begin the second half with a new team. 

Video: O'Dowd, Nelson discuss the Manny Machado sweepstakes

Britton's market picking up; Cubs among interested clubs
July 16: While the Cubs ended the first half with the National League's best record (55-38) and the fourth-best bullpen ERA (3.10) in the Majors, they are among the eight teams talking to the Orioles about closer Zach Britton, an industry source told Bruce Levine of Chicago radio station 670 The Score.

The Cubs also have Padres closer Brad Hand on their wish list, per Levine, though Hand will cost far more than Britton, who is set to become a free agent at the end of this season. Hand, meanwhile, is signed through 2020 with a $10 million team option for 2021.

There has been rejuvenated interest of late in Britton, who has made 15 appearances for the Orioles this season after returning from offseason surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles. Though he got off to a rough start, Britton has not given up a run over his past seven outings (seven innings) while showing a dramatic increase in velocity.

The Orioles would prefer to trade Britton and Manny Machado in separate deals, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal for FOX Sports. Rosenthal reports Baltimore feels the return for the pair would be greater if they weren't packaged together -- for example, the Astros have been interested in Britton, but are not in the market for a shortstop/third baseman.

Tweet from @MLBONFOX: "The Orioles would prefer to separate Zach Britton from Manny Machado, believing the overall return would be greater if they were traded individually"- @Ken_Rosenthal pic.twitter.com/fcv9rn1omw

The Phillies have also been linked to Britton, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Red Sox "are being tied" to the southpaw as well.

Padres getting calls on Ross, Yates, Hand
July 16: Brad Hand isn't the only Padres pitcher to be highly coveted by contending clubs. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports San Diego has been "getting a lot of hits" on starter Tyson Ross and several relievers, including Hand and Kirby Yates. Sherman notes the Yankees are among the teams that have checked in with the Padres.

Ross, who can become a free agent at the end of this season, has posted a 4.32 ERA in 2018, though he had a much more impressive 3.32 mark through the end of June before allowing 15 runs over his first two starts of July.

Hand, 28, is among the best relievers in baseball, as he has posted a 2.66 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP and an 11.8 K/9 rate since the outset of 2016. In exchange for the two-time All-Star, who is signed through 2020 with a $10 million team option for 2021, the Padres are believed to be asking for a package similar to those the Yankees got for Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller in two separate deals during 2016.

The Cubs also reportedly have Hand on their wish list, according to Bruce Levine of Chicago radio station 670 The Score.

Yates, meanwhile, has quietly recorded a 1.47 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and an 11.5 K/9 rate this season. The 31-year-old is controllable through 2020.

Rosenthal: 'Almost no doubt' Dodgers will add reliever
July 16: The Dodgers are expected to be a major player in the relief pitching market before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, as MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal noted in a Twitter Q&A session for FOX Sports.

The Dodgers are seeking a bullpen arm who can pitch the eighth inning and also spell closer Kenley Jansen from time to time, according to Rosenthal, who said "there's almost no doubt" the club will trade for a reliever.

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Los Angeles leaned heavily on Brandon Morrow during the 2017 postseason as a setup man for Jansen, but Morrow signed with the Cubs in the offseason.

Though Josh Fields, Tony Cingrani and Pedro Baez have had solid campaigns, all three are on the disabled list with arm injuries, and none is on the level of someone such as Zach Britton, Raisel Iglesias, Jeurys Familia or Kyle Barraclough.

Will Archer be traded?
July 16: The Rays face an interesting decision with Chris Archer, whose name has been floated among trade rumors for years. On one hand, they have a young core that has them above .500 and looks promising going forward, especially if Archer is a part of it. On the other, Tampa Bay could take advantage of a weak market for starters and put Archer in play.

"Given the state of the starting pitching market, the incentive for [the Rays] to move him might never be higher," MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal suggested in a Twitter question-and-answer session on @MLBONFOX.

Tweet from @MLBONFOX: .@jboy819 #AskKen pic.twitter.com/Gm4QrCgP7Y

That said, Archer just came off the DL a week ago for a left abdominal strain that cost him more than a month of action and his performance so far this season has been somewhat inconsistent (4.29 ERA, 1.38 WHIP). In other words, making Archer available now might be undercutting his full value.

As a 29-year-old making $6.25 million this year and under contract for $7.5 million next year with club options for 2020 ($9M) and 2021 ($11M), Archer would be appealing to just about any club looking for rotation help -- not just 2018 contenders. His team-friendly contract also allows the cost-conscious Rays to be patient with their prized right-hander.

Amid trade rumors, deGrom addresses his future
July 16: As Jacob deGrom continues to be at the center of trade speculation, the All-Star right-hander made it clear he's open to staying with the Mets long term.

deGrom's agent Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Sports initially suggested Monday that the Mets might consider trading their ace sooner than later if they don't plan to offer him a contract extension, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: More from Van Wagenen: ���If the Mets don���t share same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now.The inertia of current situation could complicate Jacob���s relationship with the club and creates an atmosphere of indecision.���

The 30-year-old deGrom, who leads MLB with a 1.68 ERA and is under club control through 2020, responded to questions at All-Star media day in Washington, D.C., by stating: "We've said multiple times that we're open to talking [about an] extension. It's kind of up to [the Mets] what they want to do." More >

Astros might stand pat at Trade Deadline
July 16: The Astros have reportedly discussed dealing for a catcher and a reliever, but there's a chance they won't make any major moves before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal in a Twitter Q&A session for FOX Sports.

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With backstop Brian McCann (right knee surgery) expected to return by September and Max Stassi providing solid production (.792 OPS), Rosenthal notes the Astros are more likely to get a reliever than a catcher.

Per Rosenthal, Houston is seeking someone who can be a "true difference-maker" in the bullpen, such as Zach Britton, Brad Hand or Raisel Iglesias.

But with the ability to shift either Lance McCullers Jr. or Charlie Morton to the 'pen during the postseason, as they did last year when they won the World Series, the Astros may not feel a sense of urgency to add a big-name reliever.

Phillies could pursue Happ
July 16: While they remain among the front-runners for Manny Machado, the Phillies have "definite interest" in veteran Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. Though Happ, 35, has struggled of late (6.84 ERA over his last five starts), he was nevertheless selected to the AL All-Star team following a strong start to the season (3.48 ERA through June 13).

Philadelphia hasn't had a left-handed starting pitcher since 2016, and a lefty could provide a boost in a pennant race, with the Phillies and Braves neck-and-neck atop the NL East standings.

Braves not expected to pursue big-name rentals
July 16: The Braves have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2018 season, unexpectedly putting the team in the "buyer" category as executive vice president and general manager Alex Anthopoulos prepares for his first Trade Deadline at the helm. But judging by Anthopoulos' comments in a two-part Q&A with Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves aren't planning to mortgage their bright future for a short-term boost.

"We would prefer not to go after rentals unless the acquisition cost just makes so much sense for us," Anthopoulos said. "There's a lot of pain that has gone into putting together this young talent. We're not ready to throw that all away just because of one season."

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Earlier this month, the Braves were mentioned among the contenders for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, but they appear to have fallen out of the race as the Dodgers, Phillies and Brewers are reportedly leading. Atlanta has also been connected to Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Both players can become free agents after this season.

One area Anthopoulos could look to address is the bullpen, especially with closer Arodys Vizcaino going back on the DL on Saturday with right shoulder inflammation. The Braves entered the All-Star break with the 19th-best bullpen ERA in the Majors (4.24), and many of their key relievers are inexperienced. However, Atlanta could have limited options if free-agents-to-be such as the Orioles' Zach Britton and the Mets' Jeurys Familia are off the table. More >

Angels unlikely to deal Skaggs or Heaney
July 16: With a 49-48 record at the end of the first half, the Angels remain on the fringe of postseason contention, but they are nine games out of an AL Wild Card spot. That has sparked speculation that the club might consider selling by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, with southpaw starters Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney mentioned as potential pieces.

That no longer appears to be the case, however, as MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reports via Twitter.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: #Angels have no interest in trading Heaney or Skaggs, per source - team needs them to compete in ���19. As I said Saturday, LAA drawing interest in controllable relievers - Parker, Alvarez, Bedrosian, Anderson. Open on any of them, but will want good returns to give up control.

With superstar Mike Trout smack in the middle of his prime and under contract through 2020, the Angels want to win in this window while they can. Both Skaggs (through '20) and Heaney (through '21) are under club control beyond this season, meaning they can be a part of that direction.

It had previously been reported by MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi that the Yankees have recently been scouting Angels games with eyes on Skaggs and Heaney, in particular.

Nationals could 'revisit' Realmuto trade discussions
July 15: The Nationals were believed to have moved on from Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto due to Miami's lofty asking price, but league sources say that Washington could "revisit" its pursuit of the backstop, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for Fancred Sports.

Some think the Nats might consider including top prospect Victor Robles (No. 5 overall, per MLB Pipeline) in a package for Realmuto, who will start at catcher for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

Per Heyman, the Marlins have long sought Robles and/or infielder Carter Kieboom (Washington's No. 2 prospect, No. 62 overall) from the Nationals, who discussed Realmuto with Miami in the offseason and reached out again several weeks ago but have been unwilling to include the aforementioned prospects to this point.

The Nationals have also been connected to Rays catcher Wilson Ramos, who played in Washington from 2010-16, but Ramos suffered a left hamstring injury Saturday and will miss the All-Star Game.

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Are Pirates still on track to sell at Trade Deadline?
July 16: The Pirates were seemingly en route to be Trade Deadline sellers just over a week ago, but the club has ripped off an 8-1 stretch -- including a five-game sweep over the Brewers -- to potentially change its plans.

As Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes, general manager Neal Huntington said before this past week that a 4-4 record in the next eight games wouldn't be enough to convince him to keep the team together beyond the Trade Deadline. But Pittsburgh's red-hot run has put pressure on Huntington to hold off on a major teardown.

True, the Bucs are still only 48-49, putting them in fourth place in the National League Central, and their financial resources remain limited, so it's unlikely they'll significantly add to the roster between now and July 31.

But if Pittsburgh continues to play well coming out of the All-Star break, the onus will be on Huntington to keep veterans such as Jordy Mercer, Corey Dickerson, Ivan Nova, David Freese and Josh Harrison past July 31. The Pirates are also without one of their most valuable trade chips, as catcher Francisco Cervelli returned to the 7-day disabled list Saturday with recurring concussion symptoms.

Cardinals could sell if struggles continue after All-Star break
July 15: The Cardinals picked up a win in their final game before the All-Star break after dismissing manager Mike Matheny on Saturday, but if their recent struggles continue to begin the second half, the expectation is that St. Louis will "seriously consider selling," according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

And if that happens, the Cardinals could shake up the starting pitcher market in a big way by making right-hander Carlos Martinez available.

As Sherman notes, St. Louis' strength is young arms, so the club could use Martinez to address other problems on the roster. Per Sherman, outside executives believe the Cardinals can get peak value for Martinez in a market lacking an ace. The 26-year-old is in the second year of a five-year, $51 million contract with team options for 2022 ($17 million) and 2023 ($18 million).

The Cardinals will enter the All-Star break with a 48-46 record, 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Cubs in the National League Central (five games behind the second-placed Brewers) and four games out in the NL Wild Card race. They'll open the second half with eight games on the road, including five at Wrigley Field.

Red Sox, Braves interested in Moose
July 15: The trade market for impending free agent Mike Moustakas is developing, with the Red Sox and Braves among the teams interested in acquiring him before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick via Twitter.

Tweet from @jcrasnick: The #RedSox and #Braves are both interested in Mike Moustakas as a trade deadline acquisition, sources say. The #Yankees have already been mentioned as a potential landing spot. There's enough of a market for Moose that it's more likely than not the Royals deal him this month.

However, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand notes in a tweet that the Royals may need to wait to trade Moustakas until after Orioles shortstop Manny Machado is dealt.

Tweet from @Feinsand: According to a source, the Royals are trying to find a match for a Mike Moustakas deal, but it appears KC will have to wait until Manny Machado gets dealt first. Manny could be the domino that starts a number of things in motion.

Kansas City could see the list of Moustakas suitors grow once Machado is moved, as some of the clubs that are pursuing the All-Star shortstop may turn their attention to the Royals third baseman if they miss out on Machado.

It's unclear what Boston's interest in Moustakas means for Rafael Devers, who is on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Devers, 21, has recorded an underwhelming .715 OPS this season compared to Moustakas' .772 mark.

The Braves have received better-than-expected production from Johan Camargo at the hot corner, though the 24-year-old has posted a .385 OPS with 10 strikeouts in his past nine games.

The Yankees have also been linked to Moustakas, though they were reportedly interested in him to play first base rather than third. Greg Bird has solidified first base for New York lately by producing five homers, 15 RBIs and a .922 OPS over his past 14 games.

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Could Reds move Gennett?
July 15: Scooter Gennett has made it known that he wants to remain with the Reds -- and based on his conversations with the front office, shared in an MLB.com exclusive, he expects to remain with the club past the Deadline -- but the two sides haven't spoken much about a contract extension, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal for FOX Sports.

Gennett -- a first-time All-Star this season -- has emerged as a surprising force in Cincinnati's lineup after being claimed off waivers from the Brewers in March 2017, batting .309/.356/.529 with 43 homers and 159 RBIs in 232 games in a Reds uniform.

Gennett is in the midst of a career year, and the Reds could look to sell high on the 28-year-old, who is under team control for one more season. Entering Sunday, the left-handed slugger led the National League at his position in batting average and OPS while ranking second in RBIs and fourth in runs and homers.

Cincinnati has infielder Nick Senzel -- the No. 4 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline -- waiting in the wings, giving the team some incentive to move Gennett, especially if it meant upgrading a pitching staff that currently ranks 13th in the NL with a 4.67 ERA. However, Senzel would be unable to provide immediate help, considering he underwent season-ending surgery in late June to repair a torn tendon in his right index finger.

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Olney: NL teams at 'forefront' of Familia trade talks
July 15: With all the talk surrounding Mets starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, closer Jeurys Familia has flown under the radar. But Familia remains one of the best relievers available, and ESPN's Buster Olney reports via Twitter that a number of National League teams "appear to be at the forefront" of trade discussions for the impending free agent.

Olney mentions the Phillies and Giants as two of the clubs that are interested, though he notes Philadelphia may wait until its talks with the Orioles regarding Manny Machado and Zach Britton are resolved before honing in on Familia. The Braves, Cubs and Dodgers are also among the NL contenders that could use help in the bullpen. As for clubs in the AL, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Red Soxhave inquired about Familia

Tweet from @Buster_ESPN: NL teams appear to be at the forefront of the talks about the Mets' Jeurys Familia, who is among the best available relievers. Phillies interested (although they may wait until Britton/Machado talks resolved), Giants, etc.

Familia is peaking at the right time, tossing seven straight scoreless appearances with one hit allowed to open July after posting a 6.94 ERA with a 2.31 WHIP from May 23 through the end of June.

Twins open to trading Odorizzi, Gibson
July 15: The Twins' rotation could look strikingly different after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, as the club is reportedly willing to trade a number of its veteran starters.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Minnesota is said to be open to dealing Kyle Gibson and Jake Odorizzi, who are both controllable through 2019.

Gibson, 30, is having a career year, as his 3.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.9 K/9 rate would all be personal bests. Odorizzi, 28, owns an unimpressive 4.54 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP, but he's striking out more than a batter per inning (9.4 K/9) and has been a solid mid-rotation option over the past five seasons (3.91 ERA, 1.25 WHIP).

Lance Lynn is another obvious trade candidate, as he can become a free agent at the end of this season. After struggling in his first eight starts (7.47 ERA), Lynn has posted a 3.67 ERA over his past 10 outings.

And though Ervin Santana has yet to pitch in the Majors in 2018 after undergoing finger surgery in February, he's currently on a rehab assignment and was an All-Star last year. With a $14 million team option and a $1 million buyout for '19, Santana could be a reasonable trade target for a rotation-needy club if he proves to be healthy before July 31.

Will Mariners trade for rotation help?
July 15: Though the Mariners haven't made the postseason since 2001, rank 15th in the Majors in rotation ERA (4.09) and currently have both James Paxton and Felix Hernandez on the disabled list, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times writes that the Mariners' rotation isn't "a lock to be upgraded at the Trade Deadline."

Per Divish, Erasmo Ramirez's impending return from a strained teres major muscle in his right shoulder makes it unlikely Seattle will trade for a "replacement-level starting pitcher," as Ramirez can fill that role.

General manager Jerry Dipoto may look to swing a deal if it considerably improves the rotation, but as Divish points out, Seattle might not have the prospects to acquire a front-of-the-rotation starter such as the Rays' Chris Archer.

The Mariners have been linked to the Rangers' Cole Hamels, but according to Divish, sources say Seattle's interest in the left-hander was "greatly overplayed."

Divish also notes that some people in the Mariners ownership group and upper-level management aren't in favor of trading for rental players, which could potentially rule out free-agent-to-be J.A. Happ, another pitcher who has been connected to Seattle.

D-backs seeking starting pitcher
July 15: The D-backs are in the market for a starting pitcher, according to reporter Robert Murray, recently of FanRag sports. Arizona's starting rotation, which entered Sunday ranked ninth in the National League with a 4.09 ERA, currently consists of Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, Patrick Corbin and Zack Godley. The No. 5 slot is open for now, with Clay Buchholz (strained left oblique) and Shelby Miller (right elbow inflammation) on the disabled list.

Greinke and Corbin have provided the D-backs with an excellent one-two punch -- entering Sunday with a combined 3.14 ERA in 39 starts -- but both Godley (4.61 ERA) and Ray (5.03 ERA) have struggled in 2018 after strong '17 campaigns.

There are several viable starters likely to be available leading up to the Deadline, including the Rangers' Cole Hamels and the Blue Jays' J.A. Happ, or Arizona could choose to make a bigger splash by acquiring an ace like the Mets' Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard.

Lefty Milner acquired to bolster bullpen

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MINNEAPOLIS -- To bolster their depleted bullpen, the Rays looked outside their organization to acquire some pitching depth. Tampa Bay announced on Saturday that it had acquired left-hander Hoby Milner from the Phillies for cash considerations.

Milner entered Sunday's game against the Twins in the third and pitched two-thirds of an inning. He walked the leadoff batter before striking out the next two.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- To bolster their depleted bullpen, the Rays looked outside their organization to acquire some pitching depth. Tampa Bay announced on Saturday that it had acquired left-hander Hoby Milner from the Phillies for cash considerations.

Milner entered Sunday's game against the Twins in the third and pitched two-thirds of an inning. He walked the leadoff batter before striking out the next two.

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His addition to the Rays' 25-man roster was in correspondence to the club's move to option Chih-Wei Hu to Triple-A Durham.

"Hopefully [Milner] brings us some coverage today," manager Kevin Cash said. "He's been kind of a left-on-left guy, throws from a low slot. The bullpen is fairly taxed -- we've got a bunch of guys who are able to pitch, we just don't have a ton of length. … He can help us face some of [Minnesota's] lefties, or turn some of their switch-hitters around."

Milner made 10 appearances over two stints with the Phillies at the Major League level this season, with the most recent coming on Tuesday. The 27-year-old was taken by the Phillies in the seventh round of the 2012 MLB Draft and owned a 7.71 ERA before being designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Milner's last appearance in a Minor League game came on July 7, when he threw two innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

"We've seen him enough in Spring Training to know a little bit about him," Cash said. "The biggest concern that I have is that he hasn't thrown in a week. Hopefully he's thrown some bullpen [sessions] or played catch."

Duffy scratched from lineup
Matt Duffy was initially in the Rays' lineup, listed at third base and batting second, when it was posted Sunday morning. But he was later scratched and replaced by Daniel Robertson as the Rays continue to monitor his sore right ankle.

Duffy twisted the ankle during an at-bat late during the Rays' 19-6 win over the Twins on Saturday and eventually left the game.

"He came in today probably a little bit more sore," Cash said. "He wants to play, but it's probably in our best interest. I know we have the All-Star break coming up, so I'm not trying to push it. Maybe he gets some treatment throughout the game and he feels better that he can come in later and pinch-hit, or something."

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Meadows optioned to Triple-A

Pirates recall Tanner Anderson in corresponding move
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PITTSBURGH -- After relegating him to the bench for a week, the Pirates optioned rookie outfielder Austin Meadows to Triple-A Indianapolis before Sunday's 7-6 walk-off win against the Brewers at PNC Park.

The move was not surprising based on recent events. Meadows' last start was on July 8, and the Pirates began using Jordan Luplow as their fourth outfielder after recalling him from Triple-A on July 6. Luplow has started three games since Meadows was last in the lineup on July 8 and hit two homers in Pittsburgh's 6-2 win over Milwaukee on Saturday.

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PITTSBURGH -- After relegating him to the bench for a week, the Pirates optioned rookie outfielder Austin Meadows to Triple-A Indianapolis before Sunday's 7-6 walk-off win against the Brewers at PNC Park.

The move was not surprising based on recent events. Meadows' last start was on July 8, and the Pirates began using Jordan Luplow as their fourth outfielder after recalling him from Triple-A on July 6. Luplow has started three games since Meadows was last in the lineup on July 8 and hit two homers in Pittsburgh's 6-2 win over Milwaukee on Saturday.

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When Meadows stopped getting regular playing time in Pittsburgh, it was only a matter of time before he was optioned to play every day in Triple-A. If anything, general manager Neal Huntington admitted, it probably should have happened earlier this week.

"The move probably happened two or three days later than ideally it would have. Once he stopped playing regularly, it would have been the best time to get him out," Huntington said. "But we needed to leave ourselves some flexibility to get through the doubleheader [on Saturday]."

The Bucs recalled reliever Tanner Anderson from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Meadows' spot on the active roster. This is Anderson's second stint with the Pirates this season.

The Pirates called up Meadows on May 18, and he started off hot enough to earn National League Rookie of the Month honors despite playing only 13 games in May. He cooled down over the last three weeks, however, hitting .204/.259/.245 in 54 plate appearances over 19 games (10 starts).

"Really excited about what he did, especially that first week. The past month hasn't been as productive, and it's tough to ask a young player to not play," Huntington said. "It's in his best interest and our best interest to continue to grow and develop."

Still, Meadows has put together impressive overall numbers. He headed to Indianapolis slashing .298/.333/.477 with five home runs and 13 RBIs. But as he's struggled lately, outfielders Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco have taken off at the plate and made it harder to maintain their four-man outfield rotation.

"We had talked from the beginning [that] Austin wasn't a fourth outfielder, and it was not in his best interest or our best interest to serve as a fourth outfielder," Huntington said. "Once the rotation stopped, because those three started to really produce again, it became time to get him out."

Twice, the Pirates found ways to play Meadows. They called him up and gave him regular time in center field while Marte was on the disabled list. When Marte returned, they decided Meadows deserved to stay based on his performance and devised a plan to create playing time for Meadows, Marte, Dickerson and Polanco.

Earlier this week, Meadows said he would prefer to remain in the Majors rather than play every day in Triple-A.

"Obviously, your goal is to play every day and help the team win," Meadows said. "If I'm not starting, if I'm still getting into the games, that's OK with me. Obviously, I'd rather be here than Triple-A. I think anybody would say that."

On Thursday, manager Clint Hurdle said Meadows was "working on some things" and acknowledged that they were "getting to a spot where he needs to play." Meadows said he hadn't changed his pregame routine.

The Pirates called up Meadows earlier than they usually promote their top prospects. If he spends a few weeks in the Minors, not accruing Major League service time, Meadows likely won't qualify for Super Two status. Huntington said the service-time implications were "not a focus" for the front office.

"We brought him up because we felt like he was our best player at that point in time," Huntington said. "We've sent him out because it doesn't make any sense to [call up] a young prospect and leave him on the bench to play once or twice a week."

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and read his blog.

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