MLB Buzz: All the latest before 4 ET Deadline

July 14th, 2017

As today's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more. 
Hand a hot commodity
The Brad Hand sweepstakes could come down to the wire.
With today's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching, a Padres source told's AJ Cassavell that four teams remain in play for the coveted lefty (though no specific teams were divulged).
The Nationals, Astros and Dodgers are among the clubs to have been reportedly linked with the Padres and Hand in the past.
The 27-year-old Hand is coming off a string of three straight saves late last week, lowering his ERA to 2.00. He has struck out 70 hitters in 54 innings and hasn't allowed a run since June 10, a stretch of 19 consecutive scoreless appearances.
Hand, a first-time All-Star in 2017, is under contract through the '19 season. With that in mind, the Padres have set a high asking price -- but one they deem fair, given his skill set and the 2 1/2 years of control. General manager A.J. Preller indicated earlier this month that San Diego is willing to hold onto Hand, if that price isn't met.
Britton move increasingly likely?
Orioles closer Zach Britton is the top reliever available on the trade market, and the likelihood of Baltimore dealing him prior to today's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline is growing.
An unnamed evaluator told ESPN's Buster Olney, "I'd be shocked if [Britton] doesn't move." According to Olney, the O's "have been purposefully leaning toward" moving the dominant left-hander.
Parts of the Dodgers' organization also seem to be focusing in on acquiring "a wipeout left-handed reliever," per Olney. Britton, who has converted 57 straight saves (the second-longest streak in Major League history behind Eric Gagne's 84 from 2002-04), certainly fits that bill.
Paul Hoynes of also reports the Indians are in on the chase to acquire Britton. Per Hoynes, Cleveland is "pushing hard" to obtain Britton to pair him with left-hander since the club lost lefty to injury earlier in July.
The Indians, per MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, were trying to get righty from the Mets before he was dealt to Boston. Now, Cleveland is upping the ante, looking to pry Britton from Baltimore.
Britton, who is making $11.4 million this season and will be a free agent following the 2018 season, has a 3.32 ERA and eight saves in 19 innings for the Orioles this year. The 29-year-old missed more than two months with forearm issues and has allowed six earned runs in 10 frames (5.40 ERA) since returning.
Plenty of interest in Straily
The Marlins are in active discussions regarding a trade involving right-handed starter Dan Straily, but no agreement is yet close, a source told's Jon Paul Morosi on Monday.
According to's Joe Frisaro, Miami's asking price to move Straily seems to be high, and the club has no urgency to move the 28-year-old veteran. But things could change as the Deadline approaches.
Straily pitched the Marlins' series finale against the Reds on Sunday and threw six innings of two-run ball. Straily, who is arbitration-eligible after this season and not scheduled to become a free agent until after 2020, has a 3.79 ERA in 22 starts for Miami this season, with 111 strikeouts in 123 1/3 innings.
MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported on Monday that teams have said the Marlins want to be "overwhelmed" by a prospective Straily offer, and a trade isn't particularly likely.
According to Frisaro, scouts from six teams were in attendance for Sunday's game, although it was unclear if all were there to watch Straily.
Market heating up for Twins' Kintzler
With moving from the Tigers to the Cubs and being dealt by the Mets to the Red Sox, the Twins' could be the next relief domino to fall.
A source told's Jon Paul Morosi the Nationals are showing interest in acquiring Minnesota's closer.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Minnesota has "fielded a lot of calls on Kintzler" over the past day, and he appears to now be the hottest commodity in the market for relievers.'s Mark Feinsand also reports increased interest in the 32-year-old righty around the league.
The Twins already parted with veteran starting pitcher , having dealt him only a few days after acquiring him from Atlanta, and it's possible Kintzler could be next in line.
A first-time All-Star this year, his eighth in the Majors, Kintzler has racked up 28 saves in 32 opportunities while posting a 2.78 ERA in 45 1/3 innings.
Kintzler should provide a contending club with a solid late-inning option, and he would likely cost less than the Padres' Brad Hand or the Orioles' Zach Britton and . Kintzler will be a free agent after this season.
Tribe eyeing Darvish, Britton
The Indians appear poised to make at least one high-impact move prior to today's Trade Deadline, as the defending American League champions eye another late October run. 
MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal reports the club is still targeting Rangers starter Yu Darvish, despite the Indians being included in the righty's no-trade clause. The team is also reportedly making a run at Orioles closer Zach Britton, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The Indians were in on Mets reliever , according to Rosenthal, until Reed was reportedly dealt to the Red Sox for three prospects on Monday morning.
Now the Tribe's focus will reportedly shift to Britton as the club looks to add to a bullpen that already leads baseball in relief ERA (2.78).
Darvish would help anyone, and the market is understandably competitive for him despite what's been a down year by his standards. The Indians are one of 10 teams Darvish can block a trade to, complicating matters from Cleveland's end. 
Darvish is a free agent after this season, while Britton is arbitration-eligible this offseason and a free agent after next season. 
Astros checking out Cards' Lynn
The Astros are showing interest in Cardinals right-hander , according to's Jon Paul Morosi.
Houston has been linked in trade rumors to several starting pitchers, looking to slot in another hurler behind ace and
The 30-year-old Lynn missed the 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery, but has been effective in his return. So far this season, he has posted a 3.21 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 21 starts for St. Louis. His 8.0 K/9 rate is in line with his norm throughout his career.
The Cardinals entered play on Saturday 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central, with a record of 51-52. Lynn is a free agent at the end of the season.
Angels could look to deal relievers
Several big-name relievers remain on the market, led by left-hander Brad Hand, and Zach Britton. But with their Wild Card hopes beginning to slip, the Angels could be dealing some of their trade prospects. Those include a trio of bullpen arms -- , and -- all of whom are drawing interest from other clubs, according to's Mark Feinsand.
All three 32-year-old veterans are on expiring contracts that the Angels are open to moving. Each has excelled for a Los Angeles bullpen that entered Saturday ranked ninth in the Majors with a 3.86 ERA.
Norris has served as the Angels' primary ninth-inning reliever for much of the season. He has a 3.12 ERA with 15 saves through 42 appearances.
Petit has a 2.70 ERA through 36 games serving in a long relief role. Hernandez, meanwhile, has posted a 2.29 ERA in 37 games since he was acquired by L.A. for cash in a trade with the Braves.
Tigers not likely to deal Verlander
The Tigers are not going to trade veteran right-hander "barring a miracle," sources told MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The main holdup that will likely keep the former Most Valuable Player in Detroit is his contract, which pays him $28 million per season through 2019, according to Heyman.

Teams around the league "want no part" of his deal, and while the Tigers would pay some of it, per Heyman, clubs are still reluctant to take on that type of contract.
Indians in search of additional bat
The Indians are looking for a "versatile bat" to add to their lineup and are interested in Mets switching-hitting middle infielder , a source told's Mark Feinsand.
Feinsand reports there is "nothing deep in the works" between the Indians and Mets regarding Cabrera, who is batting .266 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 78 games for the Mets this season.
With both third baseman and second baseman both nursing injuries, Cabrera would make a lot of sense as both a flexible bat off the bench and depth piece in the infield for Cleveland.
Sources also told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal the club's most likely trades would be for "bench help" or another bullpen arm. Rosenthal notes Cleveland "could be active in August," signifying the club may wait to work out a waiver trade following the July 31 non-waiver Deadline.