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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

If NYM trade for Bruce or JUpton today and take on a big salary, that will undercut the conspiracy theories that money gutted Gomez deal.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

A rival executive: “Houston improved more than any other team (leading up to the deadline). They’re the best team in that division now.”

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

4 biggest questions w/6+ hours left: 1. What will SD do? 2.What will CHC do? 3. Will NYY finish Kimbrel trade? 4. Will Bruce/Wheeler happen?

Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

Astros pushing hard to improve bullpen have talked to Rays re Boxberger & McGee, Reds re Chapman @ Padres re Benoit & Kimbrel #Padres ⚾️