2014 MLB Trade Deadline Rumor Roundup

July 30, 2014 – 3:58 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The 2014 MLB trade deadline is Thursday at 4 p.m. ET and as we approach it rumors are flying around wildly. With baseball’s division races wide open tons of teams are looking to add ammunition for the stretch run.

As rumors come fast and furious we’ll update you with what the latest is on this post, so enjoy it and be sure to check back periodically for updates and the latest. The most recent news will be at the top.

Marlins looking at Danks

The Miami Marlins are looking for starting pitching as they continue their run towards a possible playoff berth. Jon Morosi is reporting that after a failed attempt at working out a deal with the Red Sox for John Lackey, the Marlins have talked to the White Sox about John Danks.

Danks is due $28.5 million over the next two seasons, and hasn’t performed up to the $14.25 million salary he is making this year. In 21 starts, the 29-year-old righty is 9-6 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. The Marlins are looking for rotation help and Danks could definitely use a change of scenery.

Matt Kemp not likely to be dealt

Despite rumors that the Dodgers were trying desperately to move Matt Kemp and shed his massive contract, general manager Ned Colletti has indicated that he won’t be dealing the former All-Star before the non-waiver trade deadline on Thursday.

Cardinals and Pirates pushing hardest for Lester

The Cardinals and Pirates are reportedly pushing the hardest for Red Sox ace Jon Lester, while the Dodgers continue to lurk in the background. Any of those three teams will have to surrender a top prospect or two in order to get a deal done, but all of them have been hesitant to do so. We’ll see what unfolds over the next 12 hours.

Emilio Bonifacio is popular

Chicago Cubs utility man Emilio Bonifacio is drawing interest from a host of suitors right now, as the Giants, Orioles, Reds and Royals are all involved in talks for him. The Royals are apparently not close to a deal for him, but that could change. Bonifacio is not in the Cubs’ lineup Wednesday night and has been told to expect a trade.

Bonifacio is hitting .279 with two home runs and 18 RBIs and would be a versatile guy for any contender. He could hit leadoff or drop to eighth in the order and provide some punch down there. Expect him to be on a new team by tomorrow.

Ian Kennedy is a hot name

The San Diego Padres are reportedly in no hurry to trade Ian Kennedy, but he is a guy several teams are interested in. As a result, the price for his services has gone up. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Royals, Pirates, Marlins “and others” are in talks with the Padres for the righty, who is under team control for another year.

The Padres would likely need to receive a significant package in return for Kennedy, who is having a great bounce-back year under the tutelage of San Diego pitching coach Darren Balsley. Kennedy has an 8-9 record with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP, but he has improved as the season has gone along and went 3-0 with a 2.53 ERA in five July starts. He’s also fourth in the National League in strikeouts this season with 143.

Things are finally starting to click into gear for the 29-year-old and he could be a big asset to a contender. But the Padres would undoubtedly have to receive a top-flight prospect in return for Kennedy or they would have no incentive to move him. With that in mind, we have been told exclusively that the Padres have asked for either Austin Meadows or Josh Bell from the Pirates in return for Kennedy. Both outfielders are big-time prospects and Pittsburgh would be hard-pressed to give up either.

Cardinals still in it for Lester

Despite earlier reports that the Cardinals were done pursuing Boston Red Sox lefty Jon Lester, word has come down that St. Louis is still in it for the three-time All-Star. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi says the Cards would likely have to give up Shelby Miller to get a deal done, but there are serious doubts as to whether or not they would actually do that. Free-agent-to-be Lester would likely have to agree to a contract extension for that to actually work out.

Lackey not headed to South Beach

Last night we were told the Red Sox and Miami Marlins were feverishly working on a deal that would send John Lackey to South Beach and that the momentum in talks was significant. Apparently that all blew up overnight, because Clark Spencer claims there is “zero chance” that Lackey winds up on the Marlins.

Regardless of that deal falling apart, the Red Sox are looking to move Lackey but they won’t just give him away. The 35-year-old has a team option of $500,000 for next year and has posted a 3.55 ERA over 50 starts since the beginning of 2013.

Byrd not flying to Seattle

The Seattle Mariners seem to be in on every player available at this year’s trade deadline, but one deal they certainly won’t be making is a trade for Marlon Byrd. The Philadelphia Phillies outfielder was most closely linked to the Mariners, but Jayson Stark reports that they are now “out” on him.

Byrd has a few teams interested, but his market seems to be drying up rather than expanding. The New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals have both kicked the tires on him but neither side is close to making a deal happen.

Dodgers out on Lester, Price and Hamels

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been in hot pursuit of a front-line starting pitcher for most of the last two months, but it appears they won’t add one before the deadline. The Dodgers were hotly pursuing Jon Lester, David Price and Cole Hamels, but aren’t willing to let any of their top prospects go to make a deal happen.

Teams want outfielder Joc Pederson, shortstop Core Seager or lefty Julio Urias in any deal but the Dodgers won’t part with any of those guys. Apparently general manager Ned Colletti has shifted his focus to a back-end starter and bullpen help.

Cardinals acquire Masterson

The Cardinals snagged righty Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians early on Wednesday in exchange for outfielder James Ramsey. Masterson has been fairly awful this season, posting a 5.51 ERA over 19 starts. But he has been injured and the Cardinals are certainly hoping that has been the cause of his struggles. He’ll make his St. Louis debut Saturday night against the Brewers.

Cubs get Doubront from Red Sox

The Chicago Cubs acquired out-of-favor lefty Felix Doubront from the Red Sox for a player to be named later on Wednesday. Doubront holds a career 4.82 ERA but he’s only 26 and also has a career 8.1 K/9 rate, so the Cubs really have nothing to lose by adding him. If he doesn’t pan out all they have given up is a player to be named.

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