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gue Baseball non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 Eduardo Escobar Jersey , we're seeing some more deals go down.Two American League East contemporaries, the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees, came to a big agreement on Thursday.The Yankees shipped third basemen Brandon Drury and outfield prospect Billy McKinney to Toronto in exchange for left-handed starting pitcher J.A. Happ, according to Mark Feinsand of andJon Heyman of Fancred Sports (h/t Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic):Ken Rosenthal Ken_Rosenthal#Yankees getting J.A. Happ for Drury and Billy McKinney, per Feinsand and JonHeyman. Drury alone would be quite a score for #BlueJays. He is 25 with three more years of control, albeit with nowhere to play in NY. Happ is 35 and a rental.The Yankees needed to bolster their rotation and did so with a guy they have faced twice this season.Expect many more deals to happen as we get closer to the deadline. Perhaps the players discussed below will be moved?Nationals Ready to Sell?With a 50-51 record and 5.5 games out of the National League Wild Card Round, the WashingtonNationals have put themselves in a precarious position.They're not necessarily out of it yet, but it wouldn't be surprising to see them sell or buy come the trade deadline.However, it appears they could be leaning one way over the other.According to Jeff Passan ofYahoo Sports, the Nats have opened talks on potential trades, notably relievers Kelvin Herrera, Ryan Madson and Shawn Kelley:Jeff Passan JeffPassanSources: The Washington Nationals have started discussions with teams to gauge interest if they decide to sell. Of particular interest are Kelvin Herrera, Shawn Kelley and Ryan Madson, three free-agent-to-be relievers. Nats are telling teams they鈥檒l know by end of weekend.As Passan noted, all three are set to become free agents after this season.If Herrera were to be dealt, it would be his third team of this season after beginning the campaign with the Kansas City Royals before being shipped to Washington on June 18.Though he's been solid, the 28-year-old has not been the 1.05 ERA self he was with the Royals. He has an ERA of 3.29 with the Nationals , which is fine but not at his previous level.Kelley, 34, is another Nationals reliever who has been excellent this season with a 2.59 ERA through 31.1 innings of work.The 37-year-old Madson is the lesser of the bunch with an ERA of 4.66this season.Considering they're all about to free agents, they are obvious assets for the Nationals to ship should they concede this season.With starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg going back on the disabled list, per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, they need to bolster their rotation to try to keep this going. Of course, they need outfielderBryce Harper to start hitting better, too.When it comes down to it, the Nationals still have a shot. They still have the weekend to figure out what happens. For example, if they lose every game this weekend, they'll probably sell. If they're closer than they are now in the wild-card picture, they could stick around.We'll know soon what the Nationals intend to do in what has been a tumultuous season. Cubs Trying to Land Hamels?The Chicago Cubs are another team that needs to upgrade its rotation.At the top, they're OK with Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana, but the back end, including Yu Darvish when healthy, needs some work. Tyler Chatwood has a 4.98 ERAand Mike Montgomery has done fine in his 10 games started.They might address that sooner rather than later.According to Joel Sherman of theNew York Post Eddie Rosario Jersey ,the Cubs are progressing in their attempt to land Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels:Joel Sherman Joelsherman1Hearing #Cubs are making inroads to try to land Cole Hamels from the #RangersBringing in the 34-year-old is interesting. He's not the Hamels we have come to know and appreciate. He hasn't been great this season.Hamels has an HR/FB rate of nearly 21 percent, which isn't so hot.But changes of scenery and a competing ball club could change things. Baseball is a mental game and such things matter.Considering the size of Hamels'contract, the Cubs could probably get away with not giving up too much for the lefty.If that's the case, why not take the risk?If Hamels can return to any kind of form, he will be an upgrade for the back end of this rotation at worst.Padres Want Archer?According to Jon Paul Morosi of, approximately eight teams are interested in Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer.Morosi noted the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs as all being interested, but one team that also sticks out is the San Diego Padres.The Padres are nowhere near contention, but they could be putting pieces in place to try to compete next year and maintain a young rotation.Morosi reported the Padres have refused to make Fernando Tatis Jr. or MacKenzie Gore part of the deal, but the reporter has heard they would be willing to part with "one or two" of Francisco Mejia, Luis Urias and Cal Quantrill.The Rays are in a bit of an odd spot. They're in the middle of the pack鈥攖hey're not horrible, but they're not exactly contenders.Morosi did mention the Rays are not in a rush to trade Archer unless they're blown away, and that makes sense. With team options, they have control of the 29-year-old through 2021, and they could be contenders by then.It would be surprising to see the Padres make this move, especially with so many other contending ball clubs dying for rotation help and much more willing to part with major prospects in return. Statistics courtesy of FanGraphsandBaseball-Reference. WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have traded reliever Brandon Kintzler to the Chicago Cubs, exactly a year after the right-hander moved in another deadline deal.The NL Central-leading Cubs sent minor league pitcher Jhon Romero in the trade announced less than an hour before Tuesday’s non-waiver deadline.Kintzler Robbie Grossman Jersey , who turns 34 on Wednesday, is 1-2 with two saves and a 3.59 ERA in 45 games this season. He had been especially tough in 14 games since coming back from the disabled list from a strained forearm.”Pretty shocked but get to go to a great situation right now,” Kintzler said. ”I’ve already talked to them, they’re excited. You want to feel wanted wherever you go so they’re in a great situation, a great team, obviously we played against them last year. They’re tough.”Kintzler was an All-Star closer last year with Minnesota, then was traded on July 31 to Washington. The Nationals built up the back end of their bullpen in a postseason push, but were beaten by the Cubs in the NL Division Series.The Nationals were one game under .500 going into Tuesday, but they held off on trading star Bryce Harper and instead largely stood pat.”It’s just a matter of clicking. That’s all it is. Obviously it’s been a frustrating year for all of us here,” Kintzler said. ”I feel like as soon as everyone is starting to get healthy they are definitely capable of putting together plenty of wins.”Romero, a 23-year-old righty, was 1-2 with nine saves and a 3.27 ERA at Class A Myrtle Beach.The Nationals also activated third baseman Anthony Rendon from the family medical leave list. Rendon is hitting .284 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs this year.To make room for Kintzler on the 40-man roster, the Cubs transferred righty Justin Hancock to the 60-day disabled list.—
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