Latest MLB Betting Rumors (July 30th)
This week, Major League Baseball approaches the non-waiver trade deadline of July 31. Some teams are looking to add some talent for the stretch run this year, and others are looking to add talent for 2016 and beyond. Still others are getting rid of big contracts because they are wanting to rebuilid, so they’ll swap those big names for prospects in other teams’ farm systems. Here are the latest baseball betting rumors as we approach the deadline.
A Look at the Latest Baseball Betting Rumors (July 30th)
The Texas Rangers finally closed the deal with Philadelphia to bring lefthander Cole Hamels to town. The Rangers had been unwilling to part with any top prospects in the deal, but they ended up packaging five prospects to entice the Phillies to send the Rangers a pitcher who will be part of what should be a strong rotation in 2016, with Derek Holland, Yu Darvish and (possibly) Martin Perez returning from injury to join Chi Chi Rodriguez, Colby Lewis and several other talented pitchers looking to compete to be in the rotation..
The New York Mets have agreed to send infielder Wilmer Flores and righthander Zack Wheeler to Milwaukee for centerfielder Carlos Gomez, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Mets were also looking at trading for San Diego leftfielder Justin Upton but have been unsuccessful in coming to terms.
The Miami Marlins traded Michael Morse and Mat Latos to the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for some prospects, but it’s likely that a third team will join the deal as a destination for Morse, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has reported that the third club is the Atlanta Braves, who would send lefthander Alex Wood to the Dodgers in return, along with reliever Jim Johnson. The Braves would get a compensation draft choice along with Morse.
The Dodgers might look for a second starting pitcher as well, but if they can close the deal and get Latos, they will have less urgency and can wait for an ideal situation to come along, as Stark reports.
While the Detroit Tigers have not put ace David Price on the trading block – at least not overtly – the San Francisco Giants are pursuing him vigorously. The Tigers have asked about five different pitchers in the Giants’ organization. However, there are also some prospects in the Toronto organization who have the Tigers interested in sending Price north of the border, reports Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi.
This move by the Tigers means that they are choosing to be sellers going into the trade deadline. The Astros, Dodgers, Yankees and Cubs have also expressed interest in Price, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Despite the fact that Wandy Rodriguez put in some strong starts with the Texas Rangers, after he surrendered seven runs to the New York Yankees in one inning on July 28, the team designated the lefthander for assignment.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the likelihood of Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez being traded are between 30 and 70 percent, mostly because Colorado has yet to receive a solid offer from other teams. The New York Mets are not one of the teams interested in Gonzalez, Crasnick reports.
San Diego appeared ready to send Craig Kimbrel to the New York Yankees, who were willing to pay the rest of the $28 million due him, but the Padres also wanted top-tier prospects as part of the deal. As a result, the trade fell apart.