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Are the Yankees now sellers?

Flipping Aroldis Chapman for a top prospect is a smart move by the Yankees. And it might just be the only move they want, or need, to make. Waving the white flag?

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

New Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman said he is "sad" to leave the Yankees, but winning a championship with the Cubs could be very special for him. Chapman reiterated he would be open to signing a new contract with the Yankees as a free agent. Yankees translator Marlon Abreu delivered Chapman's thoughts.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Molly Wright, wife of David Wright, gave birth to the couple's first child on Saturday -- daughter Olivia Shea Wright. She weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Alex Rodriguez said he is encouraged by a talk he had with the Yankees' sabermatricians, who told A-Rod his advance analytics are encouraging. When manager Joe Girardi was asked how A-Rod gets another chance when he isn't playing against lefties, righties and doesn't play defense, the manager said, "His time is going to come. He is going to get more chances." Maybe, but it doesn't sound like many. A-Rod is hitting .206 with nine homers and 29 RBIs. He turns 41 on Wednesday.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The second act of the benching of Alex Rodriguez has commenced -- and there is not much end in sight. A-Rod is not starting against lefty Dallas Keuchel tonight, because manager Joe Girardi plans on starting Carlos Beltran at DH the next three nights. The Yankees are next in Tampa, which has turf that Girardi may not want to play Beltran in the outfield much on. The Rays may have two lefties starting, which could be a plus for A-Rod. After that, the Yankees are at the Mets, where there is no DH.

What Chapman is bringing to the Cubs

Check out Aroldis Chapman's fastest pitches and strikeouts as a preview to what the Chicago Cubs are gaining in their bullpen.


Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

The Mets are in favorable position in one regard as they head into the trade deadline. They play 15 of their next 20 games at Citi Field, with 10 home games against the Rockies, Padres and Diamondbacks. Those three teams are a combined 33 games under .500. "This is when good teams take off," said Mets manager Terry Collins. We need to take off."

Katie Strang 

Former Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, who reflected back on last year's deadline, when he unloaded Yoenis Cespedes, David Price and Joakim Soria: "In my heart, we weren't good enough to win it at that time. And that's what I ended up expressing." Dombrowski acquired key assets for Detroit-- namely, Michael Fulmer, Daniel Norris, Matt about and JaCoby Jones -- even though he knew his days with the organization were numbered. Asked if he knew he wasn't going to return as GM, Dombrowski said: "Pretty much."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In discussing reliever Koji Uehara's strained right pectoral muscle, Dave Dombrowski referenced Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, who dealt with the unusual injury for a pitcher in 2014. Sanchez missed seven weeks that season.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Amid a stretch of 17 days without an off-day, the Cardinals just in the last week have endured a rainout, a day-night doubleheader, a 16-inning game and an all-night travel day that had them reach their Manhattan hotel at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. Manager Mike Matheny said he loves it. "I don't necessarily want them, but I love to see how guys respond," he said. "This is one of those hard tests. They've been answering the bell. I couldn't be happier with how they've responded."


Katie Strang 

Here is what Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski had to say when asked if there were bad feelings over how things ended in DET: "Well... I had a good run there. We had a great 14 years together. And I think that should probably be the best way to look at it. "

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

In other Yankee news, Alex Rodriguez is not starting against lefty Dallas Keuchel. A-Rod doesn't start against most righties. He is not starting against a lefty today. He doesn't play defense. But GM Brian Cashman said the team has no thoughts of releasing him. Cashman did give A-Rod a gold star for his effort and attitude.