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The Rangers already own one of the best rosters in the league, but they are looking to bolster up for the pennant race with an extra top arm. Volquez is not quite as good as he has been in recent years, but he would certainly be a welcome addition to the clubhouse, sporting a 1.38 WHIP to go along with 94 strikeouts.
In order to make room for hot young prospect David Dahl's call-up to the majors, Barnes will be DFA'd. Barnes, who is hitting .220 for the Rockies this year, will be in limbo for no more than 10 days. He can either be traded, claimed off waivers, assigned to Triple-A or released.
It's sounding like a deal for Lucroy is imminent, with d'Arnaud being the centerpiece, but not the only piece. Lucroy represents an upgrade for the Mets, who are in the middle of the playoff race while the Brewers are becoming increasingly harder sellers ahead of Monday's non-waiver trade deadline. Lucroy is currently slashing .301/.362/.491 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI across 90 games, compared to d'Arnaud's .246/.302/.339, two home runs and just 10 RBI in 34 games.
According to reports, a deal with Chapman is imminent and both sides are just hashing out the final details. The deal reportedly will include Cubs elite shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, who at just 19 years old has all of the potential in the world to become a star. The Cubs are desperate for closer help, though, and Chapman will bring a welcome, much-needed change that would immediately put the Cubs in an even more advanced stage to become world champions. The Yankees are almost certainly going to unload Chapman, who served a 30-game suspension earlier in the year but has bounced back nicely.
With the Brewers in the midst of a complete rebuilding season (and probably several seasons), they are going to be hard sellers ahead of Monday's non-waiver trade deadline. Lucroy is one of the hotter players on the market and is probably the top catcher who might be moved. The Brewers, however, are looking for more than just a straight swap for d'Arnaud, as they rejected a similar grade recently and are looking for other potential suitors, including the Indians and Rangers. "At this time of year, many players are discussed among lots of clubs," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "Most of those discussions are no more than idle conversations that lead to nothing."
With Wei-Yin Chen going on the disabled list, the Marlins are in the market for a low cost veteran starter. Jeremy Hellickson fits the bill and his 7 - 7 record with a 3.86 ERA would play well at the spacious park in Miami. As a result, the Phillies have dispatched scouts to the Gulf Coast League to analyze the potential prospect they would accept in return for Hellickson. There is nothing imminent right now but both sides seem motivated to make a deal happen.
As the extra-roster player for Sunday's completion of a suspended game and then the scheduled game, the Tigers have sent down pitcher Buck Farmer who was promoted to bolster the bullpen in case he was needed. Farmer will return to Triple-A Toledo after not appearing for Detroit.
Rumors are running rampant with the Yankees as they sort out if they are selling and then what players will be going. There was a report about the Cubs agreeing to a deal in principle but they want an extension from Aroldis Chapman before making the trade. Now there are reports the Indians are offering shortstop prospect Yu-Cheng Chang for a reliever as well. Who Chapman is heading to is open to debate but this situation is much too muddled with as many as five teams vying to trade for the All-Star closer. Stay tuned as all of this is sorted out in the week ahead.
Prospect David Dahl has done nothing but hit since joining Triple-A for the Rockies. He has hit safely in 15 of his 16 games at the level with five home runs, 16 RBI and an OPS of 1.417. For the year, Dahl is slashing .314/.394/.569 across two levels with 70 runs, 18 home runs, 61 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 92 games. His contact is for real and he drives the ball well to the opposite field as well. With Colorado looking to the future, it makes sense to see what they have in Dahl. He will be of interest for mixed-leagues of 12-teams or deeper.