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Xander's walk-off slam encore: A solo shot

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BOSTON -- After sealing the Red Sox's 6-2 win over the Blue Jays with a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning on Saturday, Xander Bogaerts crushed a solo home run in the first inning on Sunday.

On a 1-1 pitch, Bogaerts ripped Marcus Stroman's 93-mph fastball 423 feet, clearing the Green Monster at Fenway Park and reaching the street. The homer had a 110 mph exit velocity, according to Statcast™

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BOSTON -- After sealing the Red Sox's 6-2 win over the Blue Jays with a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning on Saturday, Xander Bogaerts crushed a solo home run in the first inning on Sunday.

On a 1-1 pitch, Bogaerts ripped Marcus Stroman's 93-mph fastball 423 feet, clearing the Green Monster at Fenway Park and reaching the street. The homer had a 110 mph exit velocity, according to Statcast™

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The homer was Bogaerts' 16th and extended his hitting streak to six games. It marks the fourth time this season Bogaerts has hit a home run in consecutive games.

Blake Richardson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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Trade Talk: Gennett, D-backs, Machado, Thor

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.

Could Reds move Gennett?
July 15: Scooter Gennett has made it known he wants to remain with the Reds, but the club has had minimal talks with its second baseman about a contract extension, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal for FOX 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.

Could Reds move Gennett?
July 15: Scooter Gennett has made it known he wants to remain with the Reds, but the club has had minimal talks with its second baseman 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.

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.

Dodgers, Phillies leading race for Machado; have Brewers joined them?
July 15: MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported Saturday that the Dodgers and Phillies were in the lead when it came to the pursuit of Orioles star shortstop Manny Machado, and according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman for Fancred, the Brewers "appear" to have joined them in that category.

Heyman reports that Milwaukee has made "a good offer" for Machado, while noting that the Yankees and Indians are still in the mix "but perhaps behind" in a "fluid" situation. 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.

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reported earlier Saturday that the Phillies, who had previously viewed the O's asking price as too high, were ramping up their push for Machado as they look to build their lead in the National League East.

Per Morosi, the Phillies are believed to be more willing to include right-hander Adonis Medina (Philadelphia's No. 2 prospect, No. 74 overall) than the Dodgers are to give up righty Dustin May (Los Angeles' No. 10 prospect), which could make the difference as the Orioles weigh their offers. More >

While Philadelphia could use an upgrade on the left side of the infield, and Los Angeles is without star shortstop Corey Seager for the season due to Tommy John surgery, Milwaukee's injury issues -- Ryan Braun and Eric Thames are on the disabled list -- make a lineup upgrade a priority as they continue to jockey with the Cubs for the top spot in the National League Central.

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

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?
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.

With All-Star backstops drawing trade interest, Ramos leaves with hamstring issue
July 14: With the catching market seemingly on the verge of heating up, one of the backstops drawing the most interest -- the Rays' Wilson Ramos -- left Saturday's game with left hamstring tightness. He won't be able to play in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

A number of contenders have shown interest in Ramos and NL All-Star J.T. Realmuto, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The Astros, Nationals, Red Sox and Phillies are among the teams who could be looking for help behind the plate.

MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported Thursday that the Astros have been in contact with the Rays regarding Ramos, while MLB Network insider Jon Heyman noted in an article for Fancred Sports that some believe Houston will ultimately make a play for Realmuto.

Tweet from @jonmorosi: Sources: #Astros, #Rays have been in contact on a possible Wilson Ramos trade. @MLBNetwork @MLB

Realmuto will surely cost more than Ramos, as he is under control through 2020, while Ramos can become a free agent after this season. Per Feinsand, the Pirates' Francisco Cervelli, who is set to earn $11.5 million in 2019, could be another attractive trade target for catcher-needy clubs. More >

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.

Britton's market picking up
July 14: The Orioles would prefer to trade Manny Machado and Zach Britton 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.

There has been rejuvenated interest of late in the 30-year-old left-hander, who has made 14 appearances for the Orioles this season after returning from an Achilles injury. Though he got off to a rough start, Britton has not given up a run over his last six outings (six innings), while walking two and striking out six. 

Britton has shown a dramatic increase in his velocity on his sinker-slider combo in the past week alone. His sinker velocity averaged at least 95 mph over his most recent three outings entering Saturday, according to Statcast™ -- well up from the 93 mph he was showing when he first returned.

"He's getting a lot more sink on his ball, and that's what makes him an elite pitcher," O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said on Buster Olney's Baseball Tonight podcast. "Not just the velocity, but the movement and the sink within the strike zone. He had back to back saves against the Yanks ... I think that's when teams recognized that Zach Britton is back, and he can be a force in a pennant race for somebody."

A free agent after this season, Britton has a 3.95 ERA over 14 outings, but that mark has been ballooned due to a four-run showing against the Braves on June 22. He's thrown a scoreless outing in 12 of his other 13 appearances. And it was only last summer that Britton set an American League record with 55 consecutive saves converted. In '16, he generated significant consideration for the AL Cy Young Award, posting a 0.54 ERA in 69 appearances.

The Phillies have been the club most notably linked to the left-hander of late, according to a report from NBC Sports Philadelphia. The Phils have a throng of promising arms in their bullpen, though many lack postseason experience. Adam Morgan, who sports a 5.18 ERA, is the club's only other left-handed reliever.

 

Futures Game: 4 ET, MLB Network, MLB.com

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Twenty-eight of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects will take the field Sunday in the SiriusXM Futures Game. The 20th annual prospect showcase will feature several future big leaguers, including some who should arrive in the near future.

Fourteen of the 50 players from last year's game currently are in the Majors, including Ronald Acuna, Brian Anderson, Rafael Devers, Jack Flaherty and Yoan Moncada. And if you go back even further, the likes of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant and Jose Altuve all suited up in the Futures Game, which tells you all you need to know about the type of talent on hand.

Twenty-eight of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects will take the field Sunday in the SiriusXM Futures Game. The 20th annual prospect showcase will feature several future big leaguers, including some who should arrive in the near future.

Fourteen of the 50 players from last year's game currently are in the Majors, including Ronald Acuna, Brian Anderson, Rafael Devers, Jack Flaherty and Yoan Moncada. And if you go back even further, the likes of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant and Jose Altuve all suited up in the Futures Game, which tells you all you need to know about the type of talent on hand.

The game will be broadcast live at 4 p.m. ET on MLB Network and streamed on MLB.com. Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds and MLB.com's Jim Callis will call the action, with Lauren Shehadi reporting from the dugouts.

The game can also be heard on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209).

Below is a snapshot of each of the 50 players, with links to scouting reports, tools and grades, stats and video on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.

Video: Callis on the 2018 Futures Game U.S. roster

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Pitchers
Shaun Anderson, RHP, Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
No. 7 on Giants' Top 30

A third-round pick by the Red Sox in the 2016 Draft, Anderson was traded to San Francisco in a deal for Eduardo Nunez. The 23-year-old offers three solid pitches, including a fastball that tops out at 96 mph, a strong slider and a changeup with sinking and fading action. Anderson has posted a 3.56 ERA for the Flying Squirrels this season, fanning exactly a batter per inning across 16 starts. More »

Dylan Cease, RHP, Birmingham Barons (AA)
No. 4 on White Sox Top 30/No. 40 on MLB Top 100
Cease started the season with Class A Advanced Winston-Salem, but he quickly showed he was ready to test his stuff at the Double-A level. The right-hander went 9-2 with a 2.89 ERA through 13 starts with the Dash before he was promoted in late June. Cease has a very good fastball/curveball combination, which he has used to amass 96 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings this season. More »

Hunter Greene, RHP, Dayton Dragons (A)
No. 2 on Reds' Top 30/No. 18 on MLB Top 100
The No. 2 overall pick from the 2017 Draft, Greene got off to a slow start in 2017 but has found his rhythm lately. The hard-throwing right-hander posted a 14.63 ERA through four starts in April, but he has lowered that number each month this season. Greene threw seven scoreless frames in his last start and has allowed one or zero earned runs in six of his past eight starts. More »

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Dakota Hudson, RHP, Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
No. 3 on Cardinals' Top 30
Hudson has followed up a solid 2017 -- one in which he was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Year -- with a strong showing so far in 2018. Hudson has a mid-90s fastball that he throws with heavy sink, allowing him to generate a lot of ground-ball outs. He's pitched to a 2.33 ERA through 16 starts this season and has held the opposition to two earned runs or fewer in 12 of his 16 starts. More »

Mitch Keller, RHP, Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
No. 1 on Pirates' Top 30/No. 12 on MLB Top 100
Recently promoted to Triple-A, Keller has given Pirates fans plenty to be excited about since he was selected in the second round of the 2014 Draft. Keller's pro career got off to a slow start as he missed most of the 2015 season, but he reached Double-A at age 21 and was a standout last year in the Arizona Fall League. Keller used that momentum to springboard into 2018 when he began the season with six scoreless innings for Double-A Altoona. From there, Keller continued to post a 2.72 ERA through 14 starts before he was bumped up to Indianapolis. More »

Matt Manning, RHP, Lakeland Flying Tigers (A+)
No. 2 on Tigers' Top 30/No. 47 on MLB Top 100
Manning has a ton of potential, but he is still working to fine-tune his delivery. The Tigers have been cautious with Manning's development, and the 55 2/3 innings he's thrown this year are already a career high. After posting a 3.40 ERA through 11 starts for West Michigan, including back-to-back seven-inning outings, Manning was promoted to Lakeland on June 28. More »

Luis Ortiz, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
No. 4 on Brewers' Top 30
Acquired along with outfielder Lewis Brinson (now with the Marlins) in the deal that sent Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress to the Rangers at the 2016 Trade Deadline, Ortiz is a big, physical right-hander who has a good feel for his above-average arsenal. Ortiz owns a 3.88 ERA in 206 1/3 career innings at the Double-A level. He replaced the Astros' Forrest Whitely, who left his most recent start with an injury. More »

C.D. Pelham, LHP, Frisco Roughriders (AA)
No. 19 on Rangers' Top 30
Pelham is a bit raw as he didn't start pitching until his senior season in high school, but he's made noticeable strides in his development. The 23-year-old lefty became a full-time reliever in 2017 and his results drastically improved. Pelham, who has an upper-90s fastball and a plus cutter, walked 8.9 batters per nine innings over his first two seasons, but he cut that to 3.8 in 2017 and is hovering right around 4.0 in 2018. More »

Justus Sheffield, LHP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (AAA)
No. 2 on Yankees' Top 30/No. 39 on MLB Top 100
After starting the season in Double-A, Sheffield was bumped up to Triple-A and has fared well at the Minors' highest level. The left-hander has a 2.61 ERA and has gone at least six innings in four of his past five appearances. Sheffield has the potential to boast three plus pitches, creates downhill plane with his delivery and has been durable for the bulk of his professional career. More »

Kyle Wright, RHP, Mississippi Braves (AA)
No. 2 on Braves' Top 30/No. 23 on MLB Top 100
One of several talented pitchers in the Braves' system, Wright pitched just 17 innings after being selected fifth overall in 2017 and is making his full-season debut this year at the Double-A level. The 22-year-old has struggled with command at times (3.89 walks per nine innings this year) but has four pitches -- a plus fastball, slider, curveball and changeup -- that all flash above average. More »

Catchers
Danny Jansen, C, Buffalo Bisons (AAA)
No. 6 on Blue Jays' Top 30
After injuries slowed his development early in his career, Jansen put together a breakout season (.323/.400/.484) in 2017 and is following that up with another strong campaign in 2018. Through 59 games, Jansen is hitting .289/.403/.458. The Blue Jays added the young catcher to the 40-man roster over the offseason and thus far he's reward them. Defensively, Jansen has made strides as well, most notably in his blocking, receiving and framing. More »

Andrew Knizner, C, Springfield Cardinals (AA)
No. 5 on Cardinals' Top 30
Knizner was originally a third baseman for North Carolina State before moving behind the plate following his freshman season. He was selected by St. Louis in the seventh round in 2016 and moved quickly through the Cardinals' system, jumping from Class A to Double-A during his first full pro season. The 23-year-old backstop is a two-way talent: He threw out 45 percent of would-be basestealers in '17 and is batting .315/.382/.427 with three home runs and 28 RBIs in 49 Double-A games this season. Knizner replaced the Athletics' Sean Murphy, who went on the DL on July 9. More »

Infielders
Peter Alonso, 1B, Las Vegas 51s (AAA)
No. 2 on Mets' Top 30/No. 69 on MLB Top 100
Alonso has done nothing but hit since entering pro ball. His bat allowed him to reach Double-A in his first full season, and after hitting .289 with 18 homers across 93 games in 2017, Alonso has continued to produce this season. The 23-year-old was slashing .314/.440/.573 through 65 games with Binghamton before he was bumped up to Las Vegas in mid-June. More »

Bo Bichette, SS/2B, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)
No. 2 on Blue Jays' Top 30/No. 7 on MLB Top 100
Bichette's ability to produce at the plate was well-documented leading into the 2016 Draft, and he's done nothing but prove those scouting reports right so far. There's a reason he has a 70-grade hit tool and it's evidenced by the fact that he batted .427 in 2016 (22 games) and .362 in 2017 (110 games). Bichette began his age-20 season at Double-A and has fared well thus far, slashing .270/.331/.436 through 81 contests. More »

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona Curve (AA)
No. 3 on Pirates' Top 30
Hayes got off to a slow start, but he has picked up the pace in his first taste of Double-A. After hitting .234 in April, the 21-year-old has raised his average each month since. Hayes is an above-average runner and swiped 27 bags last season, but he has stolen just six bases this year. Defensively, Hayes also grades out as above average and has a chance to be a top third baseman. More »

Keston Hiura, 2B, Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
No. 1 on Brewers' Top 30/No. 30 on MLB Top 100
Regarded as arguably the top hitter in the 2017 Draft, Hiura went out and proved he was worthy of the label as he batted .371 in his professional debut. To follow that up, he's continued to rake in his full-season debut, hitting .320 through 50 games with Class A Advanced Carolina before he was promoted to Biloxi, where he's batting .326 through 24 contests. Defensively, there are some questions about Hiura's ability to stick at second base, with left field a possibility in the future, but either way his bat will be his strength. More »

Carter Kieboom, SS, Harrisburg Senators (AA)
No. 2 on Nationals' Top 30/No. 62 on MLB Top 100
Kieboom began the season with Class A Advanced Potomac but was promoted to Double-A after 61 games, and he has quickly shown he's ready for advanced competition. It's been just 15 games with the Senators, but Kieboom is slashing .383/.431/.567 and has collected at least one hit in 14 of those 15 contests. More »

Nate Lowe, 1B, Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
A 13th-round pick from the 2016 Draft, Lowe, the brother of fellow Rays prospect Josh Lowe, is enjoying a bit of a breakout campaign in 2018. The 22-year-old reached Double-A in early June, but no matter where he's played this year, he's been able to hit. Across two levels, Lowe is batting .348 and has already set career highs in homers (15), RBIs (66) and total bases (162) through 74 games.

Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, Bowie Baysox (AA)
No. 1 on Orioles' Top 30/No. 80 on MLB Top 100
Mountcastle shifted from shortstop to third base in 2017, but it's his bat that will ultimately be his calling card. The 21-year-old got a late start to the season after dealing with a fractured hand, but he immediately showed off his offensive skillset, collecting three hits in his debut and batting .311 through 52 games. Mountcastle has an advanced approach at the plate and good pitch recognition, which help him project as an above-average hitter. More »

Brendan Rodgers, SS, Hartford Yard Goats (AA)
No. 1 on Rockies' Top 30/No. 6 on MLB Top 100
Rodgers, with his ability to hit for both average and power, was MLB Pipeline's No. 1 prospect entering the 2015 Draft, where he was picked third overall by the Rockies. Rodgers reached Double-A last year in his full-season debut, but he is getting his first full look at the Eastern League in 2018. Defensively, the 21-year-old doesn't have the best range at short, but his 60-grade arm and strong instincts allow him to get the job done. Rodgers has also spent some time at second and third this season, but of course his path at third is blocked in Colorado with Nolan Arenado already entrenched at the hot corner. More »

Outfielders
Jo Adell, OF, Inland Empire 66ers (A+)
No. 1 on Angels' Top 30/No. 36 on MLB Top 100
While Adell, a tremendous athlete, has an impressive collection of tools, the only questions when he was entering the 2017 Draft were whether he'd be able to hit consistently enough to succeed. So far, so good, as the 19-year-old batted .325 across two levels of Rookie-ball in his debut and has hit well across two levels so far this season. Adell has struck out a lot (71 times over 258 at-bats), but he has also shown an ability to make adjustments at the plate. Defensively, Adell has plenty of speed to roam center field and has a plus arm as well. More »

Alex Kirilloff, OF, Fort Myers Miracle (A+)
No. 3 on Twins' Top 30/No. 67 on MLB Top 100
After missing the 2017 season because of Tommy John surgery, Kirilloff is back to showing off the tools that led to him being a first-round pick back in 2016, when he also won Appalachian Player of the Year honors in his professional debut. Kirilloff has played all three outfield positions in his career, though he profiles best in right. However, if his elbow hampers him in the future, he could move to first base as well. The 20-year-old is an advanced hitter that utilizes all fields and will be able to hit for more power as he matures. More »

Kyle Lewis, OF, Modesto Nuts (A+)
No. 1 on Mariners' Top 30/No. 58 on MLB Top 100
Lewis offers up an exciting combination of tools, but knee injuries have hampered him ever since he was selected in the first round of the 2016 Draft. Lewis, 22, had his knee scoped in February and began the season in extended spring training before joining Modesto. When he is healthy, Lewis is able to hit for both average and power and has the potential to be a solid defender as well. More »

Buddy Reed, OF, Lake Elsinore Storm (A+)
Reed, a second-round pick from the 2016 Draft, has enjoyed a breakout campaign thus far in his first go-around in the California League. The 23-year-old is slashing .323/.373/.535 through 76 games, and with 11, homers he's nearly doubled his total from a season ago (six in 88 games). Reed got off to a scorching-hot start by hitting .366 in April, and although he's cooled off from that pace, he has hit over .300 in each month of the year.

Taylor Trammell, OF, Daytona Tortugas (A+)
No. 3 on Reds' Top 30/No. 34 on MLB Top 100
A multi-sport athlete from Georgia, Trammell has impressed the Reds with his feel for the game. Trammell's tools have always been evident and he uses them in a variety of ways. The 20-year-old stole 41 bases in 2017 and also relies on that plus speed to patrol center field. Offensively, Trammell has had trouble with strikeouts, though he has cut his K rate from 21.5 percent in 2017 to 18.9 percent so far in 2018. Through 70 games with the Tortugas, Trammell is hitting .313 with 19 extra-base hits and 12 stolen bases. More »

Video: Callis on the 2018 Futures Game World roster

WORLD TEAM

Pitchers
Jorge Guzman, RHP, Jupiter Hammerheads (A+)
No. 3 on Marlins' Top 30
Guzman's triple-digit fastball and high ceiling made him the key return for the Marlins in the offseason blockbuster that sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York. He was previously traded in November 2016, going from Houston to the Yankees in the Brian McCann trade. The 22-year-old Dominican pairs his heater with a hard slider, and together they've helped him generate 10.3 strikeouts-per-nine since the start of 2017. More »

Yoan Lopez, RHP, Jackson Generals (AA)
No. 25 on D-backs' Top 30
A highly touted international prospect when he inked a deal north of $8 million with Arizona in January 2015, Lopez struggled early in his career, both on and off the field, before righting the ship in 2017 following a full-time move to the bullpen. The 25-year-old Cuban has built on that success this season in Double-A and could provide the D-backs' bullpen with another power arm when he finally arrives. More »

Kieran Lovegrove, RHP, Akron Rubberducks (AA)
A third-round pick in 2012, the 23-year-old Lovegrove will represent South Africa in this year's event after an outstanding first half across two levels in the Indians system. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has a prototypical late-inning bullpen profile, as he's adept at missing bats with a mid-90s fastball and a hard slider in the mid-80s.

Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Midland RockHounds (AA)
No. 1 on A's Top 30/No. 20 on MLB Top 100
Perhaps no pitching prospect has improved his stock this season as much as Luzardo, whose Futures Game selection comes amidst a five-start stretch in Double-A during which he's allowed just one earned run in his past 25 innings. Born in Lima, Peru, the 20-year-old southpaw's stuff and feel both are highly advanced, as he demonstrates exceptional feel for throwing a plus-plus fastball-changeup combo as well as a sharp breaking ball that together have helped him carve up considerably older hitters early in his career. More »

Bryan Mata, RHP, Salem Red Sox (A+)
No. 4 on Red Sox's Top 30
The second-youngest player on the World roster, Mata, a Venezuela native, signed with Boston for $25,000 early in 2016. He opened eyes last season as an 18-year-old in the Class A South Atlantic League, even helping Greenville win an SAL title, and has continued to showcase a big-league future this year in the Carolina League despite regressing with his control and command. More »

Adonis Medina, RHP, Clearwater Threshers (A+)
No. 2 on Phillies' Top 30/No. 74 on MLB Top 100
Medina has steadily rised through the Phillies' Minor League ranks since signing in 2014, breaking out last year with a 3.01 ERA in 22 starts for Class A Lakewood in his first taste of full-season ball. The 21-year-old righty continues to improve his stuff, headlined by a strong fastball with good life that leads to plenty of ground balls. He replaced fellow Philadelphia prospect Enyel De Los Santos, who made his MLB debut with the Phillies on Tuesday. More »

Lewis Thorpe, LHP, Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
No. 11 on Twins' Top 30
Tommy John surgery followed by a bout of mono wiped out Thorpe's 2015-16 seasons, but the Australian left-hander returned fully healthy in '17, earned a spot on the Twins' 40-man roster after the season, and has continued to make strides in 2018 in Double-A. The 22-year-old's plus fastball-changeup pairing has long made him a strikeout artist and netted him a career-high 12 strikeouts in a June 21 start with Chattanooga. More »

Jesus Tinoco, RHP, Hartford Yard Goats (AA)
No. 12 on Rockies' Top 30
Tinoco signed with Toronto for $400,000 out of Venezuela in 2011 and went to the Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki deal four years later. The 23-year-old righty has scuffled in each of the past three seasons but does possess power stuff, including a mid-90s fastball and a pair of above-average breaking balls. More »

Touki Toussaint, RHP, Gwinnett Stripers (AAA)
No. 10 on Braves' Top 30
Toussaint, 22, tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball to earn the win in his Triple-A Gwinnett debut on July 5. The right-hander earned a promotion to Gwinnett after a dominant first half with Double-A Mississippi in which he logged a 2.93 ERA and racked up 107 strikeouts in 86 innings on the merits of his plus fastball-curveball pairing. Toussaint was a late addition to the World roster as a replacement for Indians top prospect Francisco Mejia, who was promoted to the Major Leagues on Saturday. More >

Alex Wells, LHP, Frederick Keys (A+)
No. 8 on Orioles' Top 30
Wells also hails from Australia, having signed with Baltimore for $300,000 in August 2015. A finesse left-hander with plus command of a mature three-pitch mix, Wells pitched to a 2.38 ERA with a 0.91 WHIP over 140 innings with Class A Delmarva to take home the organization's 2017 Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award. More »

Catchers
Miguel Amaya, C/1B, South Bend Cubs (A)
No. 10 on Cubs' Top 30
The Cubs signed Amaya for $1 million out of Panama in July 2015 based largely on his defensive prowess, but the 19-year-old backstop quickly has come into his own with the bat despite aggressive assignments early in his career. He earned Midwest League All-Star honors this year in his full-season debut after hitting .288/.356/.500 with nine homers in 59 first-half games. More »

Keibert Ruiz, Tulsa Drillers (AA)
No. 2 on Dodgers' Top 30/No. 44 on MLB Top 100
Known as an advanced defender when he signed for $140,000 out of Venezuela on his 16th birthday in 2014, Ruiz has exceeded offensive expectations and has the best all-around ability of all the Dodgers' young catchers. A switch-hitter with an advanced feel for the barrel and a line-drive approach, he ranked third in hitting (.316) among Minor League catchers and reached the California League in his first full season before opening 2018 as a 19-year-old in Double-A. More »

Infielders
Yordan Alvarez, OF/1B, Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)
No. 3 on Astros' Top 30/No. 51 on MLB Top 100
The Astros landed Alvarez, who had yet to make his pro debut after signing for $2 million as a Cuban defector a month earlier, from the Dodgers at the July 2016 non-waiver Trade Deadline. A Futures Game selection last season when he batted .304/.379/.481 between two Class A stops, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Alvarez continued to boost his stock this season in Double-A, putting up big numbers despite missing time while on the DL, before being rewarded with his first career promotion to Triple-A. More »

Luis Garcia, SS/2B, Potomac Nationals (A+)
No. 5 on Nationals' Top 30
The youngest player in this year's event, the 18-year-old Garcia -- born in 2000 -- was recently promoted to the Carolina League after hitting .297/.335/.402 for Class A Hagerstown to begin his first full season. A product of the Dominican Republic, Garcia ranked No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's list of the Top 30 international prospects for the 2016-17 period before signing with Washington for $1.3 million. More »

Andres Gimenez, SS, St. Lucie Mets (A+)
No. 1 on Mets' Top 30/No. 68 on MLB Top 100
Signed by the Mets in July 2015 for $1.2 million, Gimenez led the Dominican Summer League in on-base percentage and finished second in batting average and third in OPS during his pro debut. The 19-year-old Venezuelan shortstop more than held his own last year in full-season ball, and he's opening even more eyes this season as one of the youngest regulars in the Florida State League. More »

Dawel Lugo, 2B, Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
No. 12 on Tigers' Top 30
The recipient of a seven-figure bonus from Toronto back in July 2011, Lugo since has been traded twice, going from the Jays to the D-backs in August 2015, and Arizona to the Tigers in 2017 (in the deal for J.D. Martinez). The Dominican native makes a ton of loud contact, giving him a chance to be an above-average hitter with 12-to-15-homer power, and the Tigers have been pleased with his improvements defensively at the keystone. More »

Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, San Antonio Missions (AA)
No. 1 on Padres' Top 30/No. 3 on MLB Top 100
Few prospects can match Tatis' upside of a perennial All-Star and MVP candidate. Acquired by the Padres from the White Sox in June 2016 as part of the James Shields trade, Tatis became the first 18-year-old in Midwest League history to post at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 2017 before finishing the season in Double-A. Back in the Texas League, the now-19-year-old shortstop ranks among the circuit leaders in a host of offensive categories, furthering his reputation as one of baseball's elite prospects. More »

Luis Urias, 2B/SS, El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
No. 3 on Padres' Top 30/No. 29 on MLB Top 100
Signed out of the Mexican League in December 2013, Urias is one of the more accomplished hitters in the Minor Leagues. The 21-year-old right-handed hitter makes up for being undersized with elite bat-to-ball skills and plate discipline that have led to high batting averages and on-base rates at every stage in his career. He profiles best as a second baseman but has the defensive tools to play anywhere on the infield. More »

Outfielders
Randy Arozarena, OF, Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
No. 7 on Cardinals' Top 30
Arozarena was MLB Pipeline's No. 19 international prospect in July 2016 when the Cardinals inked the Cuban for $1.25 million. He earned a promotion to Double-A in his first full season, ultimately posting a .783 OPS with 47 extra-base hits and 18 steals across two levels, and he has spent much of 2018 in Triple-A. Though it's a hit-over-power profile, Arozarena does make consistent contact with excellent bat speed and has some extra-base thump from the right side of the plate. More »

Luis Alexander Basabe, OF, Birmingham Barons (AA)
No. 13 on White Sox Top 30
Acquired from Boston with Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech in the Chris Sale blockbuster, Basabe, signed for $450,000 out of Venezuela in 2012, has a high ceiling as a switch-hitting center fielder with five-tool potential. The White Sox believe that the 21-year-old will tap into his raw power with further refinements to his swing, giving Basabe a chance to develop into a 20-homer/20-steal threat in his prime. More »

Yusniel Diaz, OF, Tulsa Drillers (AA)
No. 4 on Dodgers' Top 30/No. 85 on MLB Top 100
The Dodgers spent $31 million ($15.5 million for his bonus and an equal amount in penalty tax) in November 2015 to sign Diaz, just 19 at the time, and the Cuban outfielder rewarded the club by reaching Double-A in his second pro season. The 21-year-old shows the potential for solid tools across the board save for his power, though he does show pop to the gaps and adds value with improving on-base skills. More »

Seuly Matias, OF, Lexington Legends (A)
No. 3 on Royals' Top 30
A Dominican native who signed for $2.25 million in July 2015, Matias has put himself on the map in his first full season by pacing the South Atlantic League with 24 home runs. The 19-year-old outfielder produces tape-measure blasts with his electric bat speed, strength and leveraged right-handed swing, though it does come with a concerning amount of swing-and-miss. More »

Heliot Ramos, OF, Augusta Green Jackets (A)
No. 1 on Giants' Top 30/No. 70 on MLB Top 100
Selected 19th overall in the 2017 Draft out of Puerto Rico, Ramos showcased his five-tool potential during his professional debut by leading the Rookie-level Arizona League in slugging (.645) and finishing second in batting (.348) and OPS (1.049). While success hasn't come as easily for the 18-year-old outfielder in his full-season debut, he did enjoy his best month of the season in June (.272/.336/.408) after scuffling through April and May (.224/.302/.365). More »

Jesus Sanchez, OF, Charlotte Stone Crabs (A+)
No. 4 on Rays' Top 30/No. 35 on MLB Top 100
Sanchez's knack for getting the barrel to the ball has long impressed evaluators and fuels his profile as a plus hitter with plus raw power. Those traits have helped the 20-year-old Dominican make quick work of lower levels, as he's been among the more consistent hitters this season in the Florida State League after hitting 15 homers and finishing second in the Midwest League with a .305 average in 2017. More »

Leody Taveras, OF, Down East Wood Ducks (A+)
No. 1 on Rangers' Top 30/No. 28 on MLB Top 100
Taveras signed with Texas for $2.1 million out of the Dominican Republic as one of the top athletes on the 2015-16 international amateur market. One of the youngest regulars for his level in each of his first three seasons, Taveras has held his own at every stop despite posting solid-if-unspectacular numbers. The 19-year-old switch-hitter stands out for his plus hitting ability and speed that helps him impact the game on the basepaths as well as in center field. More »

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

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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.

Samardzija on DL with shoulder inflammation

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The Giants placed right-hander Jeff Samardzija on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation Sunday, a day after he gave up two runs over four innings and 55 pitches against the A's, and recalled infielder Kelby Tomlinson from Triple-A Sacramento.

Samardzija, 33, heads to the DL for the third time this season due to shoulder trouble. He opened the season on the DL with a pectoral strain and was sidelined again after leaving a start in Colorado on May 29 with a stiff shoulder. He returned earlier this month, making a start on July 7 against the Cardinals in which he gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings.

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The Giants placed right-hander Jeff Samardzija on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation Sunday, a day after he gave up two runs over four innings and 55 pitches against the A's, and recalled infielder Kelby Tomlinson from Triple-A Sacramento.

Samardzija, 33, heads to the DL for the third time this season due to shoulder trouble. He opened the season on the DL with a pectoral strain and was sidelined again after leaving a start in Colorado on May 29 with a stiff shoulder. He returned earlier this month, making a start on July 7 against the Cardinals in which he gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings.

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Overall, Samardzija has a 6.25 ERA over 10 starts. San Francisco's starting rotation has been riddled with injuries this season; ace Madison Bumgarner missed the first two months of the season due to a fractured pinkie finger on his pitching hand suffered during Spring Training, and right-hander Johnny Cueto has also missed time this season due to right elbow inflammation.

Despite the uncertainty in the starting rotation, the Giants have managed keep afloat in the National League West, entering play Sunday just 3 1/2 games behind Arizona in the division standings.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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Guzman launches first career grand slam

Rookie slugger takes O's Castro deep in first
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BALTIMORE -- Rangers rookie Ronald Guzman belted his first career grand slam in Sunday's series finale at Camden Yards to give the visitors an early 4-0 lead.

It was the 23-year-old's ninth career big league homer, in his 70th game.

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BALTIMORE -- Rangers rookie Ronald Guzman belted his first career grand slam in Sunday's series finale at Camden Yards to give the visitors an early 4-0 lead.

It was the 23-year-old's ninth career big league homer, in his 70th game.

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Orioles spot starter Miguel Castro walked the Rangers' first three batters before striking out Rougned Odor. Then Guzman turned on Castro's 1-1 sinker, sending an arcing blast over the grounds crew shed in right field.

Manny Machado's homer in the bottom of the inning pulled Baltimore back to within 4-1.

Ian Quillen is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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2 teams take lead in Machado sweepstakes

Dodgers, Phillies reportedly the current favorites in race for O's shortstop
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As contenders continue to jockey for position with less than three weeks to go before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the leaderboard in the race for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado remains fluid.

A source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi that, as of Saturday night, the Dodgers and Phillies are ahead of the pack. The Brewers and Yankees are also involved, but fading.

As contenders continue to jockey for position with less than three weeks to go before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the leaderboard in the race for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado remains fluid.

A source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi that, as of Saturday night, the Dodgers and Phillies are ahead of the pack. The Brewers and Yankees are also involved, but fading.

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MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reported earlier Saturday that the Phillies, who had previously viewed the O's asking price as too high, were ramping up their push for Machado as they look to build their lead in the National League East.

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

Per previous reports, the Yankees were believed to have made 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.

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 ESPN's Buster 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.

The Brewers are also said to be "aggressive" in their pursuit, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for Fancred Sports, leaving open the chance that Milwaukee will improve its bid.

But, as it stands now, Los Angeles and Philadelphia are seemingly the most likely landing spots for Machado.

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.

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Cards introduce Shildt, address skipper change

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Addressing reporters at Busch Stadium on Sunday, Cardinals principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. and president of baseball operations John Mozeliak praised the effort and devotion former manager Mike Matheny gave to the club but were frank in their assessment of the club's current momentum. The latter, they explained, led to the decision to dismiss Matheny and install bench coach Mike Shildt as interim manager on Saturday night.

"Unfortunately our club has not played up to its capabilities," said DeWitt, "and it was time for a new voice and new leadership. I think with Mike Shildt we have an opportunity to move forward into the second half."

Addressing reporters at Busch Stadium on Sunday, Cardinals principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. and president of baseball operations John Mozeliak praised the effort and devotion former manager Mike Matheny gave to the club but were frank in their assessment of the club's current momentum. The latter, they explained, led to the decision to dismiss Matheny and install bench coach Mike Shildt as interim manager on Saturday night.

"Unfortunately our club has not played up to its capabilities," said DeWitt, "and it was time for a new voice and new leadership. I think with Mike Shildt we have an opportunity to move forward into the second half."

Matheny was dismissed Saturday with the Cardinals just one game over .500 at 47-46 and in danger of missing the postseason for the third straight year -- a run without October baseball that hasn't been seen in St. Louis since 1997-99. Shildt, who previously served as the team's bench coach, was tabbed to replace Matheny. DeWitt and Mozeliak also announced Sunday that Mark Budaska and George Greer will replace dismissed hitting coaches John Mabry and Bill Mueller.

Matheny, who was under contract through 2020, is the first manager dismissed by the Cardinals since Joe Torre was replaced midseason in 1995. It is the first time DeWitt has made such a move as head of the organization.

"We believe in this team," DeWitt added. "We believe in the talent and the character our players represent. We feel this is an opportunity to do a whole lot better. If it all comes together and they play as a team and respond to the new leadership, we believe we can put together a run hopefully toward the postseason."

Mozeliak admitted that there have been "head-scratching" moments as the Cardinals, who feature plenty of offensive stars including Tommy Pham, Dexter Fowler, Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna, have struggled to gel and put forth consistent run-scoring production.

"There's a lot of frustration," said Mozeliak. "This gives us an opportunity to hit the reset button and evaluate where we are and what we need to do differently. Having a fresh voice is something that we feel is important going into the second half."

Shildt, like his predecessor Matheny, takes over the Cardinals in the interim without any Major League managerial experience. He echoed the front office's optimism looking forward after the All-Star break.

"Obviously we're in a time of transition," he said. "This is an opportunity I'm ready for and excited for."

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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Best tools among Futures Game prospects

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The best all-around player in the big leagues first displayed his abilities to a national audience at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. So did the Majors' best pure hitter and most fearsome slugger, not to mention the greatest pitcher of his generation.

Before they became superstars, Mike Trout, Joey Votto, Giancarlo Stanton and Clayton Kershaw were Futures Gamers. Once again, the 20th annual prospect showcase will spotlight some of the most talented players in the Minor Leagues. Twenty-eight of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects will take the field at Nationals Park at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, with the game broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

The best all-around player in the big leagues first displayed his abilities to a national audience at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. So did the Majors' best pure hitter and most fearsome slugger, not to mention the greatest pitcher of his generation.

Before they became superstars, Mike Trout, Joey Votto, Giancarlo Stanton and Clayton Kershaw were Futures Gamers. Once again, the 20th annual prospect showcase will spotlight some of the most talented players in the Minor Leagues. Twenty-eight of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects will take the field at Nationals Park at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, with the game broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

:: 2018 Futures Game coverage ::

These are the loudest tools that will be on display:

Best hitter

United States: Keston Hiura, 2B, Brewers
Hiura has done nothing to dispel his reputation as the best hitter available in the 2017 Draft by batting .371 in his pro debut and .302 during his first full season while advancing to Double-A.

World: Luis Urias, 2B/SS, Padres
Urias' tremendous feel for the barrel as well as the strike zone allowed him to reach Triple-A at age 20, and he's hitting .278 with a career-high six homers as the Pacific Coast League's youngest batting qualifier.

Best power

United States: Jo Adell, OF, Angels
Taken one pick after Hiura (10th overall) in the 2017 Draft, Adell led U.S. high schoolers with 25 homers last spring and already has slammed 17 midway through his first full pro season. He has the best all-around tools in the Futures Game, coming in second as the fastest runner, the best defender and the strongest arm on the U.S. squad.

World: Seuly Matias, OF, Royals
Like Adell, Matias is a 19-year-old with electric bat speed, and while he's still raw at the plate, he tops the Minors with 26 homers.

Video: Top Prospects: Seuly Matias, OF, Royals

Fastest runner

United States: Taylor Trammell, OF, Reds
Georgia's 2015 Class A football offensive player of the year after rushing for 2,479 yards and 36 touchdowns, Trammell turned down college football opportunities and uses his plus-plus speed on the diamond instead.

World: Luis Garcia, INF, Nationals
The youngest player in high Class A (age 18), Garcia has well above-average speed but is still is learning how to use it on the bases.

Best defender

United States: Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pirates
His father Charlie played an average third base during 14 season in the Majors, but Ke'Bryan is a better defender and the total package at the hot corner, with range to both sides, soft hands and a strong arm.

Video: Top Prospects: Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pirates

World: Miguel Amaya, C, Cubs
Extremely advanced for a 19-year-old catcher, Amaya is a quality receiver and framer with a solid arm.

Strongest arm

United States: Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pirates
Hayes' arm stands out not only because of its strength, but also because of its accuracy and his ability to make throws from a variety of angles.

World: Seuly Matias, OF, Royals
Nearly as impressive as his prodigious power, Matias' plus-plus arm strength has enabled him to rack up 17 assists in 161 pro games.

Best fastball

United States: Hunter Greene, RHP, Reds
The No. 2 overall choice in the 2017 Draft, Greene may throw a triple-digits fastball more easily than any pitcher ever, thanks to lightning-fast arm speed and an extremely athletic delivery.

Video: Mayo on youngest players in Futures Game

World: Jorge Guzman, RHP, Marlins
Acquired from the Yankees in the offseason Stanton trade, Guzman is in the discussion for the hardest-throwing starter in the Minors with a heater that sits in the upper 90s and climbs as high as 103 mph.

Best curveball

United States: Dylan Cease, RHP, White Sox
Cease has had a devastating curveball since high school and is getting more consistent with a hammer that draws comparisons to Dwight Gooden's at its best -- and he also can hit 100 mph with his fastball.

World: Touki Toussaint, RHP, Braves
Toussaint's curveball has so much power and depth that it's both unhittable and sometime difficult to control.

Best slider

United States: Kyle Wright, RHP, Braves
Wright's mid-80s slider can overpower hitters, and there also are days when it's his third-best pitch behind his fastball and curveball.

World: Yoan Lopez, RHP, Diamondbacks
Lopez can blow away hitters with a wipeout slider as well as a fastball that touches 99 mph, which is why he has averaged 15.2 strikeouts per nine innings during the past two seasons.

Best changeup

United States: Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees
Reportedly made untouchable by the Yankees in trade talks, Sheffield has a solid changeup, a plus slider that rivals Wright's as the best on the U.S. staff and a 92- to 97-mph fastball.

Video: Top Prospects: Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees

World: Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Athletics
Luzardo is having more success against right-handers than left-handers this season, in large part because of his fading and sinking changeup.

Best control

United States: Mitch Keller, RHP, Pirates
Keller commands his 93- to 98-mph fastball to both sides of the plate and down in the strike zone, and he also locates his curveball and changeup well.

Video: A's Luzardo on pitching in upcoming Futures Game

World: Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Athletics
With polish to go with three pitches that can grade as plus or better, Luzardo is averaging just 2.1 walks per nine innings as a 20-year-old in Double-A.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

Complete HR Derby and All-Star rosters

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MLB's top talents and the next generation of stars are ready to take the spotlight in the nation's capital. First up is Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game (4 p.m. ET, MLB Network & MLB.com), then it's two of baseball's most iconic events: Monday's T-Mobile Home Run Derby (8 p.m., ESPN) and the main event, Tuesday's 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (7:30 p.m ET, FOX).

MLB's top talents and the next generation of stars are ready to take the spotlight in the nation's capital. First up is Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game (4 p.m. ET, MLB Network & MLB.com), then it's two of baseball's most iconic events: Monday's T-Mobile Home Run Derby (8 p.m., ESPN) and the main event, Tuesday's 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (7:30 p.m ET, FOX).

:: Complete Home Run Derby coverage ::

HOME RUN DERBY
Bracket (left side) 1. Jesus Aguilar, Brewers vs. 8. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies
4. Alex Bregman, Astros vs. 5. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs

Bracket (right side)
2. Bryce Harper, Nationals vs. 7. Freddie Freeman, Braves
3. Max Muncy, Dodgers vs. 6. Javier Baez, Cubs

Rules
The Derby is a single-elimination tournament in which loser of each bracket is eliminated. Each batter gets four minutes per round with 30 seconds of bonus time awarded for two home runs that equal or exceed 440 feet. The batter with the most homers in each matchup advances to the next round, and any ties will be broken by a 60-second swing-off. 

Seeding was determined based on 2018 home run totals entering Wednesday's play. Tiebreakers were determined by home run totals since June 15. Complete Home Run Derby rules >

:: Complete All-Star Game coverage ::

ALL-STAR GAME
Below are the rosters for the All-Star Game. Starters were voted in by fans via the Camping World All-Star Ballot, with the pitchers and reserves selected by the player ballot and MLB. Two additional players were chosen via the Camping World MLB Final Vote.

American League
Starters
C: Salvador Perez, Royals ^ &
1B: Jose Abreu, White Sox
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros
3B: Jose Ramirez, Indians
SS: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Aaron Judge, Yankees
DH: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox

Reserves
C: Yan Gomes, Indians + 
C: Wilson Ramos, Rays =
1B: Mitch Moreland, Red Sox ^
2B: Gleyber Torres, Yankees ^ %
2B: Jed Lowrie, Athletics +
3B Alex Bregman, Astros ^
SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians ^
OF: Michael Brantley, Indians ^
OF: Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers ^
OF: Mitch Haniger, Mariners ^
OF: George Springer, Astros ^
OF: Nelson Cruz, Mariners ^

Pitchers
RHP: Trevor Bauer, Indians *
RHP: Jose Berrios, Twins *
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees ^ @
RHP: Gerrit Cole, Astros ^
RHP: Edwin Diaz, Mariners ^
LHP: J.A. Happ, Blue Jays *
RHP: Joe Jimenez, Tigers *
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox ^
RHP: Corey Kluber, Indians ^ @
RHP: Charlie Morton, Astros +
LHP: Chris Sale, Red Sox ^
RHP: Luis Severino, Yankees ^
LHP: Blake Snell, Rays +
RHP: Blake Treinen, Athletics *
RHP: Justin Verlander, Astros @

Final Vote winner
SS: Jean Segura, Mariners

• Breakdown of each team's All-Star contingent

National League
Starters
C: Willson Contreras, Cubs
1B: Freddie Freeman, Braves
2B: Javier Baez, Cubs
3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
SS: Brandon Crawford, Giants
OF: Nick Markakis, Braves
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

Reserves
C:
Yadier Molina, Cardinals +
C: Buster Posey, Giants ^ %
C: J.T. Realmuto, Marlins *
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs *
1B: Joey Votto, Reds ^
2B: Ozzie Albies, Braves ^
2B: Scooter Gennett, Reds *
3B: Eugenio Suarez, Reds ^
SS: Trevor Story, Rockies ^
OF: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies ^
OF: Lorenzo Cain, Brewers ^
OF: Christian Yelich, Brewers ^

Pitchers
LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs *
RHP: Jacob deGrom, Mets ^
LHP: Sean Doolittle, Nationals ^ %
RHP: Mike Foltynewicz, Braves ^
RHP: Zack Greinke, D-backs +
LHP: Josh Hader, Brewers ^
LHP: Brad Hand, Padres ^
RHP: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers *
RHP: Jeremy Jeffress, Brewers +
LHP: Jon Lester, Cubs ^ @
RHP: Miles Mikolas, Cardinals @
RHP: Aaron Nola, Phillies ^
RHP: Max Scherzer, Nationals ^
RHP: Ross Stripling, Dodgers ^
LHP: Felipe Vazquez, Pirates *

Final Vote winner
1B: Jesus Aguilar, Brewers

^ Player Ballot-elected
* Choice of MLB
@ Inactive 
% Injured
= Elected as starter, missing game due to injury
& Selected as reserve, will start as injury replacement
+ Replacement