Wednesday afternoon trade buzz 

July, 30, 2014
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As we get closer to the July 31 trade deadline, there's a tendency for deals to start to fall like dominoes, one after the other -- assuming, of course, that some team decides to knock over that first domino.

Any takers for Willingham? 

July, 30, 2014
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The Minnesota Twins are believed to be ready to part ways with Josh Willingham, presuming that there are any takers out there on an outfielder who is batting just .222 in the final season of his contract.

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Royals interested in Lackey? 

July, 30, 2014
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While much of the focus at the trade deadline has been directed toward Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, he's not be the only member of the team's rotation whose name has come up as a candidate for a potential change of scenery.

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Will Phillies make any SP deals? 

July, 30, 2014
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If Cole Hamels pitched his final game in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform on Tuesday night, he certainly made it a good one. Hamels shut out the New York Mets for eight innings, scattering six hits and striking out eight batters in a 6-0 win.

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Rays still pondering Price deal? 

July, 30, 2014
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The Tampa Bay Rays have won 11 of their past 12 games and now sit just one game under .500 for the season. While the hot streak has led many to believe that the team is no longer interested in trading away David Price, there's still a chance the pitcher may be dealt prior to Thursday's deadline.

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Jon Lester was originally scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, but amid all of the trade rumors surrounding the pitcher, the team has instead decided to recall Brandon Workman from Triple-A to take the mound in his place.

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Musings on a Lester deal continue 

July, 29, 2014
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ESPN.com's Jim Bowden reported earlier today that there are several teams who are interested in making a deal for Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, and he listed Toronto, Seattle, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Baltimore, Miami and the Los Angeles Dodgers as being in.

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ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports Tuesday that the "perception of the Cleveland Indians continues to be" that they are ready to move both Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Masterson.

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Byrd on the move? 

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29
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The Philadelphia Phillies lineup for tonight's game against the New York Mets shows that Grady Sizemore will be starting in right field and batting sixth -- instead of Marlon Byrd.

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What will Pirates pursue? 

July, 29, 2014
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With a record of 56-49, putting them just two games out of first place in their division, the Pittsburgh Pirates are certainly in position to be buyers at the trade deadline. The big decision for the team is deciding exactly what pieces they want to add in preparation of a playoff push.

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Astros open to dealing SP? 

July, 29, 2014
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The Houston Astros are clearly not in a position where they can reasonably expect to make the 2014 post-season. However, as they are currently dealing with injuries to Dexter Fowler, Alex Presley and George Springer, the team may well be looking to make some deadline deals to fill some holes in their lineup.

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The Colorado Rockies have started to receive offers for left-hander Jorge De La Rosa who, at 11-6, is the only pitcher on the last place team who has won more than five games this season. However, it's not clear that the Rockies are willing to part ways with the pitcher just yet.

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Will Mets move Colon? 

July, 29, 2014
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On Monday, the New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-1, in large part thanks to the pitching of Bartolo Colon, who struck out six batters over 7 2/3 innings. Whether or not this will be the last game Colon pitches for the Mets remains to be seen.

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Tulowitzki trade talk continues 

July, 28, 2014
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In the wake of his own team misspelling his name on the back of giveaway replica jerseys, Troy Tulowitzki was spotted at Yankee Stadium over the weekend, sitting in the stands and watching a game that did not involve the Colorado Rockies. That led to some speculation that the shortstop was making some sort of statement that he was interested in leaving Colorado for the Bronx.

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Will Marlins deal Cishek? 

July, 28, 2014
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Over the last eight days, Steve Cishek of the Miami Marlins has recorded six saves. That's certainly drawn a lot of added attention to the reliever, who seems to be the most likely member of the Marlins to be dealt in the next few days -- assuming the team makes any moves at all.

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