We are just 14 days away from the July 31 trade deadline, and rumors are quickly heating up. Here are some notes from throughout the NL East.
- The Marlins could become sellers if they do not improve their record by the trade deadline. According to Buster Olney, if the Marlins decide to sell, no one on the roster is safe, including Giancarlo Stanton, Omar Infante, and Josh Johnson. The Marlins spent almost $200 million on Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Heath Bell this offseason.
- The Braves are also looking for top-of-the-rotation pitchers, according to Jayson Stark. Zack Greinke has been one name linked with Atlanta for quite some time and could be targeted by them.
- The Braves will try to sign Martin Prado to an extension, according to Buster Olney. Prado, 28, is scheduled to become a free agent after net season. He is hitting .318 in 86 games this season. Prado’s versatility may be his most valuable characteristic, however. Prado has played every position except center field and catcher in his seven-year career.
- With Stephen Strasburg‘s hurdling towards his innings limit, the Nationals will be looking at pitchers to take Strasburg’s spot when he is shut down, according to Ken Rosenthal. One name they are looking at, according to Rosenthal, is Cubs starter Ryan Dempster. Rosenthal also mentioned that Washington could target catching options, including Ramon Hernandez.
- Rumors have been swirling for months around Phillies ace Cole Hamels, with the latest being that they will reportedly be offering him at least $120 million in an extension according to Jon Heyman. Heyman reports that many people around baseball think Hamels could fetch over $150 million on the open market if he becomes a free agent this offseason.