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The Yankees pivoted hard toward Zach Britton and were on the brink of acquiring the Orioles closer Tuesday night, The Post has learned.

There was no final deal, but there was an understanding of who would be involved if the trade was concluded. The Yankees would send three pitching prospects to the Orioles, including Double-A starter Dillon Tate. The Post was told that Baltimore likes Triple-A lefty Josh Rogers a great deal. CONTINUE READING, by  Joel Sherman

If the trade is ultimately finalized and announced, the addition of Britton would boost an already overpowering Yankees relief corps that features the likes of Aroldis ChapmanDavid RobertsonDellin BetancesChad Green and Jonathan Holder. Each of those relievers has thrown at least 40 innings in 2018, and each has an ERA of 3.05 or better. All but Holder (7.9 K/9) have averaged 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings or better.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports (via Twitter) that the Jays are ramping up their efforts to trade impending free agents J.A. HappTyler Clippard and John Axford, so as not to be left with too many pieces to move at the eleventh hour as the non-waiver deadline approaches. By 


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The two starters who potentially could have changed the quality of this trade deadline are Jacob deGrom and Madison Bumgarner. But one talent evaluator said of deGrom: “The Mets are open to it, but they are not open to it, if you know what I mean. The Mets will listen, but I don’t think anyone could offer enough to make them move him, so it is like they are not really listening.”

As for Bumgarner, Giants GM Bobby Evans told me in a phone interview that he is not moving his ace. Though his team began Tuesday in fourth place in the NL West, 5 1/2 back and just 51-50, Evans said, “We are bent toward helping our current club.”

Evans said he would not dismiss out of hand trading from his bullpen, since lefties Will Smith and Tony Watson would draw particularly strong interest. CONTINUE READING, by New York Post

The Mets have placed right-hander Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, after an MRI revealed a strained ligament in his right index finger.

The San Diego Padres are looking to bolster their pitching rotation for the future and have checked in on some aces.

In addition to showing interest in Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer, the Padres have reportedly shown trade interest in New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported the news on Tuesday night. CONTINUE READING, by  Larry Brown


The Mets have placed Yoenis Cespedes back on the disabled list due to calcification in both of his heels, the team told announced via press release. While the Mets and Cespedes are waiting for a second opinion on the injury, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Cespedes was believed to be leaning toward undergoing season-ending surgery as of this morning (Twitter links). David Lennon of Newsday tweets that Cespedes can “barely run without his heels feeling like they’re on fire.”


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