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Trade Talk: Realmuto, Martinez, Gennett, Moose

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.

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.

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

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.

Listen: Mark Feinsand joins the Morning Lineup Podcast to discuss latest rumors

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.

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.

Video: Scooter Gennett continues to amaze in 2018

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.

Video: Slugger Moustakas delivering at the plate, in field

Dodgers, Phillies, Brewers leading race for Machado as Orioles narrow focus
July 15: Although the leaderboard in the race for Manny Machado remains fluid with less than three weeks to go before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, trade talks for the Orioles shortstop could 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.

The Dodgers and Phillies were leading the pack as of Saturday night, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. The Brewers also remain involved, per multiple reports, with Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun writing that "the gap between those teams is currently too close to call." Olney notes that the Dodgers, Phillies and Brewers are waiting for the "goal line call."

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.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman tweeted Sunday that the Yankees and Indians are "in but perhaps behind," and that the Brewers have made a "good offer."

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.

According to the New York Post, the Yankees are unwilling to part with the organization's top 10 prospects in a deal for Machado, and are more focused on fortifying the starting rotation.

The Phillies had previously viewed the O's 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. More >

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

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.

Britton's market picking up; Cubs among interested clubs
July 15: 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.

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.

Padres getting calls on Ross, Yates, Hand
July 15: 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.

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.

All eyes on Syndergaard in his return
July 14: Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard would be the prizes of the starting pitching market if the Mets decided to trade either of their two aces. So it's no surprise that Syndergaard was being heavily scouted on his return from the disabled list Friday at Citi Field.

On hand to watch the flamethrowing right-hander were the Yankees, Mariners and Cubs, among others, according to the New York Post's Ken Davidoff. All three are contending teams that could benefit greatly from adding a frontline starter to their rotation. One scout told Davidoff that Syndergaard flashed "a pretty good power selection" on Friday night.

Syndergaard was solid, if a little rusty, in his first start since late May after missing nearly two months with a strained ligament in his right index finger. He held the Nationals to a run in five innings, and his fastball reached as high as 99.7 mph. Thor now has a 2.97 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings this season.

If teams are convinced Syndergaard can stay healthy -- he's missed significant time in each of the last two years -- his dominant stuff would make him very highly sought-after as the Deadline nears. Syndergaard is also only 25 and controllable through 2021. But those same factors might convince the Mets to hold onto Syndergaard, and any deal to land him would likely have to blow the Mets away.

In fact, some contending teams continue to think the Mets will not move their top two arms -- especially deGrom, but maybe not Syndergaard, either. In a report from the New York Post's Joel Sherman on Saturday, one executive said that the Mets "are entering this trade market with the most valuable pieces and are opting to sit on the sideline," while another said that "the way they are saying they will only move their top starters [deGrom and Syndergaard] for a truckload is just another way of saying they are not trading them."

Could Yankees, Tigers come together on Fulmer?
July 14: The Yankees are in the market for a starting pitcher, and the Tigers have one of the better options available in Michael Fulmer. But will the two clubs be able to come together to strike a deal?

According to a report from The Athletic's Marc Carig on Friday, the Tigers' asking price for Fulmer has been high -- the right-hander is just 25 and controllable through 2022 -- and the Yankees haven't done anything more than inquire about his availability.

Tweet from @MarcCarig: Michael Fulmer���s name has been a fixture here during kick the tires szn. But thus far, the Yankees haven���t done anything beyond inquire with Tigers. The price is high, as one would expect for all that team control.

But they have at least been keeping their eye on Fulmer, and the Tigers have been doing the same with the Yankees. Detroit had a scout at Progressive Field for Thursday night's Yankees-Indians game, as the New York Post's George A. King III reported.

One player from the Yankees that might interest Detroit is highly touted young outfielder Clint Frazier. According to The Athletic's Katie Strang, "It is believed that the Tigers are looking for an impact bat to be a centerpiece of any deal for Fulmer." The 23-year-old Frazier has been floated as a potential trade candidate because of the Yankees' slew of outfielders; he's been squeezed out of playing time by Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks.

Video: Jon Morosi talks about Trade Deadline possibilities

Iglesias wants to stay in Cincinnati
July 14: Reds closer Raisel Iglesias could be one of the most in-demand relievers at the Trade Deadline. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 2.41 ERA, 19 saves and 45 strikeouts in 41 innings this season. He's on a team-friendly seven-year, $27 million contract that runs through 2020. Plus, he's controllable for an additional season after that, through 2021.

But if it were up to him, Iglesias wouldn't be going anywhere. Addressing trade rumors on Saturday, he said he wants to stay in Cincinnati.

"I'm not paying attention at all to that," Iglesias said via translator Julio Morillo. "I want to stay here. I don't want to go anywhere else, but I don't control that. If I could control it, I would stay here and play here for all of my career."

Multiple contending teams could be looking for bullpen help at the Deadline -- like the Indians, whose bullpen has struggled this year especially as Andrew Miller has missed extended time due to injury, or the Astros, who just sent Ken Giles to Triple-A this week. According to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon, the Astros' front office is believed to think "very highly" of Iglesias. More >

Wheeler's trade stock continues to rise
July 14: While the Mets' asking price for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard pushes interested teams away, Zack Wheeler is becoming a more attractive alternative with each start.

Although his outing vs. the Nationals on Saturday ended on a sour note as he allowed three runs in the eighth, Wheeler shut down Washington over the first seven frames and set a season high with 7 2/3 innings pitched to earn his first win since April.

Since the outset of June, Wheeler has recorded a 3.61 ERA in 57 1/3 innings spanning nine starts. He has bumped his average four-seam fastball velocity over 96 mph in that stretch after averaging 94.8 mph with the pitch in his first nine games this season.

But as his stock continues to rise, Wheeler may also be decreasing the Mets' interest in trading him. According to a tweet from Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets are "on the fence" about whether they will move the right-hander, who is under control through 2019.

Tweet from @NYPost_Mets: Zack Wheeler, a one-hitter through five. Was told earlier in the week the Mets are on the fence whether they will trade him. His stock is rising.

Angels, Yanks might be Deadline partners
July 14: The Yankees are casting a wide net in their search for starting pitching upgrades. Sources told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi on Saturday that the Yankees have recently been scouting Angels games, in case the Halos decide to become sellers before the Deadline.

New York is eyeing two Angels starters in particular: left-handers Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney.

The Yankees and Angels could be a good match as trade partners. Angels general manager Billy Eppler was the Yankees' assistant GM prior to taking the Angels job, where he worked with Yankees GM Brian Cashman in the New York front office.

Skaggs and Heaney (Skaggs especially) have both had solid seasons. The 27-year-old Skaggs, who is controllable through 2020, has a 2.57 ERA in 17 starts, with 105 strikeouts in 98 innings. Heaney, also 27, is controllable through 2021. He has a 3.84 ERA in 16 starts, with 96 strikeouts in 96 innings.

As Morosi notes, the Angels will likely require multiple MLB-ready players to trade either pitcher, as the club has no interest in starting a rebuild with Mike Trout signed for only two more seasons after this one. More >

What are Phillies' options beyond Machado?
July 14: If the Phillies aren't able to land Manny Machado, what might they do? According to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal for FOX Sports, Philadelphia will still look to upgrade the left side of its infield, and could make a bid for Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, who could share the role with current third baseman Maikel Franco. The left side would then have Franco/Beltre at third, and rookies Scott Kingery and J.P. Crawford (currently on the disabled list) at shortstop.

Though he went 0-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Marlins, Franco has been hitting well of late following a slow start to the season. Entering play Saturday, he was slashing .359/.419/.615 in July. Kingery went 2-for-4 on Saturday, and is hitting .236/.282/.339 with four homers and eight steals this season. Crawford, sidelined with a broken left hand from being hit by a pitch, is hitting .194/.312/.333 with two home runs in 34 games this season.

Will Braves trade for relief help with Vizcaino back on DL?
July 14: Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation again Saturday, less than two weeks after returning from his previous DL stint.

MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported earlier this month that Atlanta was targeting controllable relievers in a trade, and Vizcaino's latest setback may only hasten the club's pursuit of a bullpen arm.

The Braves' bullpen entered Saturday with a 4.29 ERA, ranking 19th in the Majors, and many of their key relievers are inexperienced. Meanwhile, Vizcaino has an extensive injury history, undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012 and dealing with right shoulder inflammation in '16 and '18.

Machado trade talks reportedly gaining steam

Dodgers, Phillies, Brewers leading race for O's shortstop
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Although the leaderboard in the race for Manny Machado remains fluid with less than three weeks to go before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, trade talks for the Orioles shortstop could 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.

Although the leaderboard in the race for Manny Machado remains fluid with less than three weeks to go before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, trade talks for the Orioles shortstop could 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

The Dodgers and Phillies were leading the pack as of Saturday night, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. The Brewers also remain involved, per multiple reports, with Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun writing that "the gap between those teams is currently too close to call." Olney notes that the Dodgers, Phillies and Brewers are waiting for the "goal line call."

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MLB Network insider Jon Heyman tweeted Sunday that the Yankees and Indians are "in but perhaps behind," and that the Brewers have made a "good offer."

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 Yankees 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.

George A. King III of the New York Post reported Sunday that the Yankees are unwilling to move any of their top 10 prospects for Machado, and youngsters who have graduated off their prospect list such as Andujar, Gleyber TorresClint Frazier and Tyler Wade are also off the table.

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

The Phillies had previously viewed the O's 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 Orioles include pitchers Adonis Medina (Philadelphia's No. 2 prospect, No. 74 overall) and Franklyn Kilome (Philadelphia's No. 7 prospect), outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz (Philadelphia's 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.

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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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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Villar goes on DL; Brewers recall Phillips

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PITTSBURGH -- The Brewers placed second baseman Jonathan Villar on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with a right thumb injury and recalled outfielder Brett Phillips from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Villar injured his thumb in the seventh inning of Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader when he attempted to go from first to third on a Hernan Perez single. Villar said his thumb bent down and back when he slid into third base. He finished the remainder of the game.

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PITTSBURGH -- The Brewers placed second baseman Jonathan Villar on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with a right thumb injury and recalled outfielder Brett Phillips from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Villar injured his thumb in the seventh inning of Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader when he attempted to go from first to third on a Hernan Perez single. Villar said his thumb bent down and back when he slid into third base. He finished the remainder of the game.

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Brewers manager Craig Counsell said on Sunday that Villar received an MRI earlier in the day that found no structural damage. The Brewers do not currently have a timetable for his return.

Villar is the third Brewer to be placed on the disabled list this weekend, joining Eric Thames and Junior Guerra. Milwaukee now has 10 players on the DL heading into the All-Star break.

"We're fortunate that we have a lot of depth," Arnold said. "Right now, we've stockpiled a lot of depth for that reason, so we feel good about that. Getting [Phillips] here this morning is just another guy we feel like can step in and play a pivotal role for us going forward."

Phillips, the club's No. 5 prospect, per MLB Pipleline started in right field and batted seventh in the lineup in Sunday's 7-6 loss. He went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and a triple.

His start came one day after going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs in New Orleans with Colorado Springs.

Mason Wittner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh.

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18 non-rental trade chips worthy of big haul

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The rental market in this period leading up to the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31 begins with the bang that is Manny Machado and then gets very iffy very quickly.

Oh, sure, there are noteworthy names such as Mike Moustakas, Adrian Beltre, Josh Donaldson, Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ, etc. But it's a crop whose instant impact is in question, and several executives surveyed are expecting a scenario in which a cluster of comparable options could lead to some straight salary dumps when the Deadline draws near.

The rental market in this period leading up to the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31 begins with the bang that is Manny Machado and then gets very iffy very quickly.

Oh, sure, there are noteworthy names such as Mike Moustakas, Adrian Beltre, Josh Donaldson, Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ, etc. But it's a crop whose instant impact is in question, and several executives surveyed are expecting a scenario in which a cluster of comparable options could lead to some straight salary dumps when the Deadline draws near.

So if you're looking for non-Machados worthy of hefty prospect hauls, you've really got to look beyond the rental market and into the available options under contractual control beyond 2018. For many contending clubs, that's the preferable path, anyway, because this allows them to not only fill a present hole but to get a jump-start on offseason roster construction.

Here, in no particular order, is a look at 18 potentially available guys who are controllable beyond '18.

1-4. Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, starters, Mets
Control beyond 2018: Three arbitration years for Syndergaard and Matz, two for deGrom, one for Wheeler

We'll group the Mets' young starters together with the obvious caveat that the price tag on deGrom and Syndergaard -- and probably Matz -- is extraordinary. That said, this market is really light on bankable rotation options, and so it's not totally out of the realm of possibility that somebody will step up and blow the Mets away with an enticing offer of Major League-ready prospects (the Brewers, Dodgers, Braves, Phillies and Yankees would all be particularly well-positioned to make an aggressive offer). Syndergaard, who returned from a finger ligament strain Friday, has to prove he's healthy and capable of dominating every fifth day. Wheeler is the most movable piece here, but he's also the least proven, with a career ERA+ eight percentage points lower than MLB average in 83 starts.

Video: Noah Syndergaard is one of MLB's best fireballers

5. Kyle Barraclough, closer, Marlins
Control beyond 2018: Three arbitration years

Your typical "good closer on a bad team" is drawing plenty of interest. The three years of control are particularly appealing, because we've seen the rising price tag for relief help in free agency. Barraclough has mixed up his pitch patterns this season, making more effective use of a filthy changeup. The result is a career-best 1.31 ERA and 0.94 WHIP for the Fish. The Indians, Braves, Phillies and Astros make a lot of sense for Barraclough's services.

Video: Barraclough proves to be battle-tested out of bullpen

6. Blake Treinen, closer, A's
Control beyond 2018: Two arbitration years

Because it's Oakland, we have to include this breakout closer in the conversation. But the A's ought to be buying, not selling, in this trade market with the way they've played lately.

7. J.T. Realmuto, C, Marlins
Control beyond 2018: Two arbitration years

The Marlins traded their entire outfield last winter but held onto this guy. That's looking wise, because his trade value has likely only increased in an All-Star season in which he's slashed .310/.365/.539. The Marlins place a premium on Realmuto's leadership qualities, so they could seek to build around him. But his arbitration years might not align with their realistic rebuild timetable, and teams like the Nationals and Red Sox could make a strong pursuit.

Video: MIA@WSH: Realmuto tallies 5 singles and 3 RBIs

8-9. Brad Hand, closer, and Craig Stammen, reliever, Padres
Control beyond 2018: Two years, $14.7M, plus $10M team option for 2021 for Hand; one year, $2.25M for Stammen

Last summer, contenders balked at the idea of surrendering a major package (i.e., a deal centered around at least two Top 100-prospect types) for Hand, who had been a waiver claim as recently as the start of 2016. Hand has since maintained his elite presence and signed an extension, so the price is enormous again and the outcome is likely to be the same. Stammen, though, could move, particularly if the Padres package him with another reliever like Kirby Yates to get a better haul. Trouble is, Stammen has labored much of the past month (5.79 ERA in last 14 innings).

Video: Brad Hand a solid option to rack up saves

10. Raisel Iglesias, closer, Reds
Control beyond 2018: Two years, $11.4M

Iglesias' first name is pronounced "rye-SELL," but that doesn't mean the Reds will actively shop him. They've done great work to repair their reputation after a 3-18 start, and they expect to increase their payroll and try to make a more earnest contention effort next year. So a cost-controlled closer has value to them, too, and he's priced accordingly in this market.

11. Scooter Gennett, 2B, Reds
Control beyond 2018: One arbitration year

Gennett might be a different story for Cincinnati. The former waiver claim has remade himself into an All-Star with a .308/.355/.526 slash dating back to the start of '17. Because the Reds' top prospect, Nick Senzel, was playing primarily at second base for Triple-A Louisville before season-ending finger surgery, it might make sense to take advantage of what might be peak trade value for Gennett. A team like the Dodgers would be the perfect trading partner here, but the Reds would run the risk of upsetting a fan base that has understandably grown to love Gennett.

Video: Scooter Gennett continues to amaze in 2018

12. Whit Merrifield, UT, Royals
Control beyond 2018: Four years, including three arbitration years

The budget cost control is attractive. The .307/.377/.432 slash is attractive. And the versatility to play multiple positions in the infield and outfield might be the most attractive quality of all, as teams like the Brewers and Red Sox try to round out their rosters.

13. Michael Fulmer, starter, Tigers
Control beyond 2018: Four arbitration years (likely a Super Two this offseason)

There's interest because of the weak starting-pitching market, but the Tigers would potentially be selling at a low point. Fulmer's ERA is at 4.50, his walks are up and his opponents' hard-contact rate has risen. Every outing at this point is an open audition for contending clubs. The Dodgers were reported to have shown interest at one time, and the Yankees need help and have prospect depth.

14. Nicholas Castellanos, OF, Tigers
Control beyond 2018: One arbitration year

It feels as though he's been around forever, but Castellanos is just 26 years old and in his statistical prime. He's already reached a career-high 2.1 Wins Above Replacement this season. Castellanos is not a defensive asset in the outfield, but there aren't many outfield assets in this market, period. Maybe teams that could use help at either the outfield (Indians and Phillies) or even first base (Rockies) would pounce.

Video: Castellanos can provide power from OF corners

15. Shin-Soo Choo, OF/DH, Rangers
Control beyond 2018: Two years, $42 million

A first-time All-Star, Choo's having an awesome resurgence in his age-35 year, so we'll list him here. But knowing what we know about ageism in the market, particularly as it pertains to predominantly bat-only players, it's hard to imagine anybody taking on that contract, unless the Rangers eat the bulk of it to get prospect help.

16-17. Jose Abreu, 1B, and Avisail Garcia, OF, White Sox
Control beyond 2018: One arbitration year for each

Chicago's competitive timetable likely doesn't align with these contractual situations, but this might not be an ideal time to trade either guy. Abreu is an All-Star but has slumped this month. Garcia is currently on the DL with a hamstring issue that has hampered him much of the year. The Sox place enough sentimental value on Abreu for his leadership role with the younger Latinos on their roster that he's difficult to deal, but the Astros are (weirdly) among the clubs rumored to have checked in.

Video: Jose Abreu on pace for fifth career 100-RBI season

18. Chris Archer, starter, Rays
Control beyond 2018: One year, $7.7 million, plus team options for 2020 ($9M) and '21 ($11M)

It's our obligation to include Archer in these discussions because he's perpetually in the rumor mill. But he's having a down year, showed rust in his return from an abdominal injury last week and is considered valuable enough to the Rays that it will be difficult for a team to pony up the right price under the circumstances.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

Phillies send Milner to Rays for cash

Left-handed pitcher had been designated for assignment
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced Saturday night that they traded left-hander Hoby Milner to the Rays for cash considerations.

The Phillies designated Milner for assignment earlier this week, when they placed infielder Trevor Plouffe on the 40-man roster.

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced Saturday night that they traded left-hander Hoby Milner to the Rays for cash considerations.

The Phillies designated Milner for assignment earlier this week, when they placed infielder Trevor Plouffe on the 40-man roster.

When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

Milner, 27, made the Phillies' Opening Day roster, but posted a 7.71 ERA in 10 appearances before being optioned to Triple-A. He had a 2.01 ERA in 37 appearances last season.

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Casilla DFA'd after 15 years in Bay Area

A's make tough decision on veteran reliever, who also played for Giants
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Veteran reliever Santiago Casilla, who has spent the entirety of his 15-year career in the Bay Area, was designated for assignment ahead of the A's second meeting with the Giants on Saturday.

A three-time World Series winner with the Giants, the 37-year-old Casilla was enjoying his second tour with the A's, who originally signed him out of the Dominican Republic in 2000 under the name Jairo Garcia. His playing time, however, was gradually diminishing in Oakland, and he subsequently endured command issues, walking 20 in 31 1/3 innings while posting a 3.16 ERA.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Veteran reliever Santiago Casilla, who has spent the entirety of his 15-year career in the Bay Area, was designated for assignment ahead of the A's second meeting with the Giants on Saturday.

A three-time World Series winner with the Giants, the 37-year-old Casilla was enjoying his second tour with the A's, who originally signed him out of the Dominican Republic in 2000 under the name Jairo Garcia. His playing time, however, was gradually diminishing in Oakland, and he subsequently endured command issues, walking 20 in 31 1/3 innings while posting a 3.16 ERA.

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"It just got to a point where he needs regular work and wasn't able to get regular work with us, and it kind of affected the performance some," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We think the world of him. He's a great guy.

"Guys over there will probably feel it today, too. This guy is a true Bay Area hero, a three-time World Champion and was a big personality in our clubhouse, too. So it was difficult on that front. We do have some younger guys we feel like we need to get to the big leagues, so hopefully he catches on somewhere else where he can get some regular work and perform in the fashion that he expects to."

Casilla is still owed a large chunk of the $6 million he's guaranteed this year.

When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that, as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

"Santiago did a great job for us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He helped us win some World Series, something I'll never forget. He's such a class guy. I'm sure it wasn't easy for the A's to let him go. I have nothing but great memories of the time that I spent with him. I appreciate all he did here."

Casilla was among several moving parts Saturday. The A's promoted right-hander J.B. Wendelken from Triple-A Nashville, marking the second bullpen addition in two days; on Friday, lefty Jeremy Bleich made his big league debut.

Infielder Franklin Barreto was also called up, while right-hander Ryan Dull was demoted. In addition, right-hander Daniel Mengden was reinstated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A.

Wendelken appeared in eight games for Oakland in 2016 before succumbing to Tommy John surgery, embarking on a lengthy rehab process that ended just months ago. He's since compiled a 3.49 ERA in 17 outings for Nashville.

"It's been a long time," Wendelken said. "I'd say I was more shocked this time than I was the first time, when I got to make my debut. Getting called up is obviously the ultimate goal, but this time I had more to fight for. I felt like I had something to prove, and I wanted to prove it."

Worth noting

• A's second baseman Jed Lowrie was out of Saturday's starting lineup after sustaining a left leg contusion during a collision on the field in Friday's series opener, but he entered the game in the ninth inning and struck out.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Eflin placed on DL; De Los Santos to start

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MIAMI -- Right-hander Zach Eflin will be heading to the 10-day disabled list Saturday, still nursing a blister on his right middle finger.

Minutes after a 2-0 loss to the Marlins, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler explained that the DL stint is a precautionary measure.

MIAMI -- Right-hander Zach Eflin will be heading to the 10-day disabled list Saturday, still nursing a blister on his right middle finger.

Minutes after a 2-0 loss to the Marlins, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler explained that the DL stint is a precautionary measure.

"It's one of those things you have to take care of," Kapler said. "It's still there, and we want to be cognizant of the fact that we don't just need him for one start. We want to knock this out and be in a good position going forward."

Eflin has been a bright spot in the Phillies rotation this season, with a 7-2 record and a solid 3.15 ERA in 12 starts.

Enyel De Los Santos will start Sunday afternoon in Eflin's place. The 22-year-old has been tearing it up this season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. De Los Santos is 9-3 with a 1.89 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 16 starts.

De Los Santos, the Phillies' No. 11 prospect, made his big league debut on July 10, pitching 6 1/3 innings of three-run, five-hit baseball in a win against the Mets.

Eflin said his injury is nothing to worry about, and he believes the All-Star break will provide ample time to heal.

"The blister didn't really heal in the time that I had hoped or wanted," Eflin explained. "So, just going to skip tomorrow and take the All-Star break to get the blister right and have a healthy second half.

"I'm going to probably be on 10, 11 days rest, and it'll be completely gone by the time we get back for the second half and I'll be ready to rock and roll."

Max Goodman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. Follow him on Twitter @Max_Goodman97.

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Buehler optioned to Triple-A; Rosscup called up

Rookie sent down to limit workload around All-Star break
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LOS ANGELES -- Walker Buehler and his golf clubs rolled out of the Dodgers' dressing room before Saturday's game, the latest literal move in a nomadic rookie season.

Officially, Buehler -- who allowed two runs in five innings in a no-decision against the Angels Friday night -- was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room on the roster for the addition of left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup.

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LOS ANGELES -- Walker Buehler and his golf clubs rolled out of the Dodgers' dressing room before Saturday's game, the latest literal move in a nomadic rookie season.

Officially, Buehler -- who allowed two runs in five innings in a no-decision against the Angels Friday night -- was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room on the roster for the addition of left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup.

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In fact, Buehler went home to Kentucky. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Buehler would likely throw a simulated game after he reports to Oklahoma City next week, but was otherwise fuzzy on details about the Dodgers' starting rotation coming out of the break and Buehler's role in it.

The Dodgers play 17 consecutive games beginning on Friday, and Roberts said there's still a chance for a six-man rotation to get through it. Buehler could be recalled as early as a week from Tuesday for the fifth game out of the break. Or, not at all.

"We haven't worked it out yet," Roberts said. "This is a workload and roster management move."

Ah, yes, workload. Buehler -- limited to only five innings in 2016 after Tommy John surgery -- pitched 98 innings total in 2017. He's pitched 73 1/3 innings this year. The club hasn't divulged a target for this year, but it's believed to be around 130-150 innings.

A six-man rotation would allow the club to moderate his usage while still having him available. But it would also mean careful handling of the egos and arms of the other five starters, because one or more could be needed to pick up relief innings with a smaller bullpen staff.

"When you have six guys throwing the baseball well, and how you can maximize that and take advantage of that is kind of what we're dealing with," Roberts said.

Buehler, who turns 24 on July 28, has been optioned to Oklahoma City twice this year, to Rancho Cucamonga twice, been sent to Rancho Cucamonga for a rehab assignment and been on the disabled list for a microfractured rib.

Roberts said Rosscup, claimed from Colorado, will fill the situational lefty role created by the injury to Tony Cingrani. Roberts said Pedro Baez is the reliever on the disabled list expected back first after the break, followed by Cingrani and Josh Fields. Roberts said Julio Urias is "really progressing" after throwing two simulated games and is being built as a starter, although he could be pivoted to relief "depending what our needs are here," Roberts said.

Turner day to day
• Roberts said Justin Turner is day to day with a strained right adductor. Turner was available to pinch-hit, but Roberts said he would try to stay away from using him Saturday and Sunday. Roberts said, with the All-Star break, he did not believe Turner would need to go on the disabled list.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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