MLB rumors roundup for July 31


It's finally here.

The trade deadline is upon us, and plenty of teams are still in the hunt to add the final pieces they need to make a push toward to the postseason.

So far, several of the biggest names on the market have already found a new home. For a complete look at all the deals that have gone on this month, check out our trade deadline tracker.

Who else will be traded before Friday's 4 p.m. deadline remains to be seen. Until then, here are some of the top rumors making their way around the league as teams frantically work to put the finishing touches on the moves they are looking to make.

  • San Diego Padres: The Houston Astros and Padres are working on "something big," Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweets, citing sources. Passan reports that both right-hander Tyson Ross and closer Craig Kimbrel have been discussed, and that San Diego is potentially looking for a center fielder. However, as of late Thursday, no deal appeared to be close yet, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle tweets, citing sources. Earlier on Thursday, the Padres were making progress on multiple deals, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted, citing sources. Rosenthal notes that Ross has been a key piece in discussions, which isn't a surprise given the amount of teams still in the market for starting pitching. The belief among executives from teams that have spoken to the Padres is that Ross will be dealt before the deadline, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets. Nightengale also mentions that the Chicago Cubs are "pushing hard" to land Ross, a rumor that Jayson Stark of ESPN.com heard from other teams as well. The New York Yankees are in position to make a run at Kimbrel, Buster Olney of ESPN.com tweets. Other teams could also have interest in Joaquin Benoit, Andrew Cashner, Justin Upton and James Shields, among others. An executive whose team has been talking to the Padres told Stark (tweet) that it wouldn't be a surprise if San Diego made "four deals in 24 hours." It's looking like the Pads will be among the most active teams as Friday's deadline draws closer.

  • Jay Bruce: The New York Mets are trying to acquire the outfielder from the Cincinnati Reds, Rosenthal tweets, citing sources. Of course, this isn't the first outfielder the Mets have tried to get their hands on. Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers was believed to be heading to New York Wednesday night before an issue with his hip discovered during the exchange of medical records reportedly caused the Mets to back out of deal. Less than 24 hours later, Gomez was traded to the Astros. Now, the Mets are turning their attention to other options, most notably Bruce. The Reds would be willing to trade the 28-year-old for Zack Wheeler, the pitcher New York had agreed to send to Milwaukee in the proposed Gomez trade, Olney tweets. Although the Mets are believed to prefer an outfielder who can play center (something Bruce hasn't done since his rookie season in 2008), this possible deal is worth keeping an eye on.

  • Aroldis Chapman: The Arizona Diamondbacks have a proposed deal on the table for the Reds closer, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. The asking price for Chapman is said to be extremely high, something Stark alluded to on Wednesday. However, it appears the D-backs interest in acquiring Chapman is serious, and the team could be hoping to extend the star left-hander beyond the expiration of his current deal in 2016, Rosenthal tweets.

  • Gerardo Parra: The Baltimore Orioles have engaged the Brewers in trade talks regarding the outfielder, Rosenthal tweets. Whether or not a deal appears likely wasn't specified, but Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com tweets that the Orioles like Parra "a lot." While the O's would surely like to add to their outfield, they could face competition for Parra's services in the form of the Los Angeles Angels or Mets, Heyman reports.

  • Cleveland Indians: Teams are contacting the Tribe regarding their starting pitching, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweets. However, Morosi reports that no deal appears to be close. The Indians have plenty to offer in terms of young starters. Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar all figure to be of interest to teams, but it's tough to imagine Cleveland would be particularly motivated to move any of the three. Although no deal is imminent, the Indians are willing to engage in talks, Morosi notes.

  • Hisashi Iwakuma: The Seattle Mariners aren't planning on trading the right-hander, Passan tweets. Although Seattle is well under .500 this season, the team has told inquiring clubs that ownership wants to keep Iwakuma, Passan notes. Iwakuma hasn't been sharp this season, posting a 5.10 ERA in eight starts, but his track record of success may have teams thinking they could buy low on the 34-year-old.