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Trade deadline predictions: The rich get richer, and All-Stars on the move

As the deadline nears, we asked our MLB experts to cut to the chase and tell us what baseball will look like when the clock strikes 4 p.m. ET on Monday.

Boston should trade for Ryan Braun (1:32)
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13hWalter Villa, Special to ESPN.com

Dee Gordon goes hitless in return to Marlins lineup

Dee Gordon didn't do anything at the plate Thursday in his return from suspension, but he remains focused and has the support of Marlins teammates.

Ichiro doubles for hit 2,998 (0:21)
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MLB Trade Deadline 2016

As the Aug. 1 MLB trade deadline approaches, stay up to date on all the latest moves, rumors and expert analysis.

Cold Hard Facts: Trade deadline looming (0:56)
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15hAdam Rubin

Source: Mets' Lagares likely back to the DL

With a partially torn ligament in his left thumb that may require surgey, the New York Mets will call up Brandon Nimmo and likely put Juan Lagares on the disabled list, a source tells ESPN.

Trying to catch a foul ball with your cup is not the best idea (0:20)
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1dEno Sarris

How Rich Hill turned around his career

How did veteran lefty Rich Hill turn things around after years of injuries and poor performances? As Eno Sarris writes, tweaks to how and where he throws the ball have given his career new life.

Locker Room Lawyer: The Chris Sale debate (4:41)
Kurkjian doesn't see Angels winning protest (1:19)
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20hBuster Olney

How Chapman trade altered reliever market

The Cubs made the first big relief pitching splash has reset the reliever trade market, so what's next for other buyers looking to add bullpen talent?


Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Padres GM AJ Preller has certainly proved in his first two years of being a GM that he can buy (winter 2015) ; Stand Pat (summer 2015) and sell (winter and summer 2016).

Uni Watch: Chicago's short attention span

Once upon a time, the White Sox dared to take the field while clad in shorts. The ugly truth

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Tommy La Stella was not happy about being optioned to Iowa, but that's the reality of the rules and of having too many good players.


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

As mentioned Wednesday, makes sense in current market for Pirates to talk with other teams about Melancon. They have other closer options.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Padres are not done they are still talking to teams regarding both Derek Norris and Matt Kemp and once again willing to eat significant dollars for right prospects. Number one seller at this year's trade deadline continues getting it done. Tick tock tick tock until Monday 4pm et trade deadline

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's a twist to Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy trade talks: Lucroy's contract includes a limited no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to the Indians, Tigers, Angels, Nationals, Twins, Athletics, Padres and Mariners. Cleveland is the most noteworthy team on that list. The provision in Lucroy's contract doesn't preclude a trade, but it's an additional obstacle the Indians would have to surmount.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Still think it's unlikely that Chris Sale gets dealt. But FWIW, the Rangers, Orioles, Marlins & Nationals all had scouts at his start Thursday

Cubs have assembled a fearsome trio

With Aroldis Chapman now in tow, the back end of the Cubs' bullpen figures to be an absolute nightmare for opponents.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aroldis Chapman's photo/video session for the Wrigley Field scoreboard

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Blue Jays are pursuing Rich Hill of the A's as they still are planning on making what I think is a major mistake by moving their best starter Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen at some point in the 2nd half. Hill is scheduled to start Sunday for Oakland if blister is ok to go. Tick tock tick tock deadline Monday 4pm et

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Javier Baez says he's fine after fouling a ball off his leg last night. There's a little light bruising but he's in the lineup playing second base today for the Cubs.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has emphasized the importance of Carlos Beltran to this year's team. Girardi said the other day it is difficult to take any team's best hitter off a club and expect similar results. It is becoming increasingly clear that some decision-makers in the organization look at trading Beltran as essentially waving the white flag.

'Rookie of the Year' returns to Wrigley

Thomas Ian Nicholas threw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field Thursday, 23 years after starring in the film "Rookie of the Year."


Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Padres and Marlins have confirmed with me that the final deal is: Marlins get Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea, Tyler Guerrero and Padres get: Josh Naylor, Jose Castillo, Jarred Cosart and Carter Capps pending medicals/physicals.