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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.
Aldon Smith is an idiot. That was already apparent, but with the release of this video, it's 100 percent clear. Smith had already been suspended for a year for his violation of the league's substance abuse policy, which has been well documented over the last few years. You would think the guy would eventually learn but as with guys like Johnny Manziel, Le'Veon Bell and Josh Gordon, some people just do not learn. The video in question is of him smoking a marijuana blunt -- and, sure, it's not for sure that it contains marijuana, but, you know, it does. A woman can be heard in the background saying he shouldn't be posting the video and that he's stupid. Hey Aldon, listen to her next time!
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.
Watt recently underwent back surgery and it's going to keep him out of all football activities for awhile. In his note, Watt said the doctors aren't allowing him to do much of anything active to keep the back rested and healthy. Watt is scheduled to be out for up to 10 weeks with the herniated disc that was repaired, and that puts his Week 1 status in jeopardy.
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.
The 1,000 point scorer, three-year starter at Indiana University, Williams recently signed a summer league deal with the Phoenix Suns. He impressed thoroughly with the Suns, averaging 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds over six games. He has now signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Grizzlies, where his athleticism and rebounding ability should be able to help Memphis -- and at the worst he will help improve the rest of the roster in practice.
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."