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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.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

No time to reacclimatize to the big leagues for the Cubs' Chris Coghlan. Here are his thoughts about what he'll bring as the leadoff hitter in today's game against Seattle.


Boston should trade for Ryan Braun

ESPN's David Schoenfield says the Red Sox could just slug their way to a pennant.


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

One major downside to saying offers for your players are scant, as the Reds have w/Jay Bruce: Your hand is revealed to interested teams.