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MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, Yankees and Diamondbacks "have shown varying levels of interest" in Brad Ziegler.

Morosi writes that Ziegler "might be the likeliest player in baseball to be traded before Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET." The 38-year-old reliever got off to an awful start this season, but he's posted a 0.93 ERA since the beginning of June and shouldn't cost much in the way of prospects.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 30 - 10:24 PM

MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports that the Rangers "don't see Adrian Beltre going anywhere."

Sullivan hears that talks between the Rangers and Braves appear to be "dead" and while Beltre "might be interested in going to Boston," the Red Sox "don't appear motivated to explore that." Beltre said over the weekend that he would be willing to waive his no-trade rights for the right situation, but it doesn't appear anything is likely to happen.
Jul 30 - 8:18 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rockies and Red Sox are two teams that have shown interest in Bud Norris.

Norris had previously been loosely connected to Boston and we can add another team to the mix for the Cardinals' closer. The right-hander looks like a good bet to be moved before Tuesday's deadline and is almost surely going to set up wherever he goes, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan in place. Stashing Jordan Hicks would be a good idea if he's available, as he'd likely assume closing duties in St. Louis.
Jul 30 - 11:03 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Red Sox are determined to bolster their bullpen before the trade deadline.

Heyman notes that the Red Sox have looked into Kirby Yates, Keone Kela, Brad Ziegler and "many, many others". The lone concern is that the club is already over the $238 million luxury tax threshold, so they aren't likely to be willing to take on much payroll in any potential deals.
Jul 29 - 11:39 PM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Marlins are likely to move right-hander Brad Ziegler before the trade deadline.

The 38-year-old hurler is in the final season of his contract and shouldn't cost much as a rental player. Heyman notes that the Red Sox are among the possible landing spots for Ziegler and also mentions the Indians and Astros as possibilities.
Jul 29 - 6:54 PM

Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox "have had key evaluators watching Cardinals relievers" recently.

Abraham lists Bud Norris, Brett Cecil and Sam Tuivailala as possible targets for Boston (although Tuivailala was since traded to the Mariners). Norris certainly would make sense, as he's an impending free agent and the Cardinals are looking more like sellers than buyers. He would set up with the Red Sox and likely anywhere else he might land, so Norris' fantasy value could tank soon. Jordan Hicks would presumably step in as the Cards' closer should Norris be traded.
Jul 27 - 2:06 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, the Red Sox have "checked in" on Angels relievers.

Cotillo specifically mentioned Blake Parker and Justin Anderson as arms the Angels could move ahead of next week's trade deadline. Adding a late-inning difference-maker like Parker or Anderson would strengthen a Sox pen that already boasts the majors' sixth-lowest ERA (3.39).
Jul 26 - 4:22 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press notes that the Red Sox had a scout in attendance for Francisco Liriano's most recent start with the Tigers.

Boston is on the hunt for left-handed relief help, and Liriano would add a nice veteran presence to the mix. He could also serve as emergency rotation depth. The 34-year-old southpaw holds an underwhelming 4.73 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 69/48 K/BB ratio in 83 2/3 innings (16 starts) this season with Detroit, but he has held left-handed batters to a .117/.221/.217 slash line.
Jul 26 - 8:37 AM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN writes that "It's looking like a four-team scramble" between the Astros, Red Sox, Yankees, and Cubs to land Orioles closer Zach Britton.

Crasnick adds that the Yankees and Astros have both sweetened their offers in the past day or two, which would seem to credence to Jim Bowden's report that the two clubs are in the lead at the moment. Of course, that can all change in a moment's notice. Still, there's enough chatter to suggest that we're getting close to the finish line here.
Jul 24 - 11:18 AM

Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports that the Astros and Yankees are "in the lead" in trade talks for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

Trade talks appear to getting close to a conclusion, but Bowden adds that several other teams are still in play. With that in mind, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that the Red Sox and Brewers are also involved. The Cubs have been mentioned as a possibility in recent days, but Rosenthal writes that as of Monday the club didn't appear as engaged on Britton as other clubs, though they have also talked to the Orioles about starters Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. Britton was initially shaky after coming off the disabled list, but he's delivered eight straight scoreless appearances while showing increased velocity. It's good timing for the Orioles.
Jul 24 - 9:34 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Giants and Red Sox have interest in free agent outfielder Austin Jackson.

The Giants just traded the veteran outfielder to the Rangers in a salary dump a couple of weeks ago, but they have interest in bringing him back into the fold. As for the Red Sox, Jackson would be nothing more than a depth signing, though team president Dave Dombrowski does have a working relationship with Jackson from their days together in Detroit.
Jul 22 - 4:32 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports the Red Sox are among the teams evaluating Mike Fiers as a possible trade target.

Fiers had a decent 3.70 ERA heading into Saturday's start against those same Sox, so the audition, so to speak, was a live one for the right-hander. Flipping Fiers for literally anything would be a coup for the Tigers, who signed the 33-year-old to a one-year, $6 million contract this past December. Olney says "a bunch" of teams are showing interest, so the likelihood of Fiers being dealt before the end of the month seems high.
Jul 21 - 7:10 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Astros, Phillies and Braves are among the teams in the mix for Zach Britton.

Crasnick says the Orioles are "barreling ahead" with Britton trade talks now that the Manny Machado deal is finish. Britton's velocity and effectiveness has picked up recently and as a result the interest in him has perked up, as well. The left-handed reliever is making $12 million this season and is slated to hit free agency this winter.
Jul 20 - 12:03 PM

The Red Sox and Braves are among the teams interested in acquiring Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Crasnick notes that the Royals are "more likely than not" to deal Moustakas before the July 31 trade deadline. The Yankees have also been linked as a possible suitor for the impending free agent. Moustakas, 29, is hitting .249/.306/.466 with 19 homers and 58 RBI in 91 games this season. If he's indeed dealt away from the Royals' punchless lineup and pitcher-friendly home ballpark, it could be give a boost to his fantasy value.
Jul 15 - 5:13 PM

Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Red Sox have been in "recent contact" with the Orioles about a Manny Machado trade.

Schmuck notes that there was a Red Sox scout in attendance Tuesday night at Camden Yards for the Orioles' game against the Yankees. Boston isn't the most logical landing spot for Machado given the presence of Xander Bogaerts at shortstop and Rafael Devers at third base, but Devers currently holds a .290 on-base percentage in 89 games this year and could maybe use a little more minor league seasoning -- though he is slugging .424 with 14 home runs. Among the other teams connected to Machado over the last couple of weeks: the Phillies, Dodgers, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Braves, Yankees, and Cubs.
Jul 10 - 9:49 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Red Sox are scouting Orioles closer Zach Britton.

Britton's overall numbers haven't been great since returning from Achilles surgery -- 4.63 ERA, 9/7 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings -- but he's delivered four straight scoreless appearances while showing increased velocity. He's trending in the right direction at the right time for Baltimore, who hopes to land some interesting pieces for the future. If Britton can be anything close to his old self, he'd be quite the weapon as a bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel.
Jul 10 - 1:29 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Red Sox could have interest in acquiring closer Fernando Rodney from the Twins.

The Red Sox are said to be casting a wide net in their search for bullpen help, and Red Sox' team president Dave Dombrowski is very familiar with Rodney from their time together with the Tigers. The 41-year-old has been surprisingly effective for the Twins this season, registering a 2.97 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 34/11 K/BB ratio across 30 1/3 innings while converting 18 of his 23 save chances.
Jul 7 - 2:47 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox have been in touch with the Marlins about relievers Kyle Barraclough, Adam Conley and Drew Steckenrider.

It's no surprise to see the trio is drawing interest. Barraclough recently took over the closer role for the Marlins and has posted a brilliant 0.99 ERA over 37 appearances this season. He would be costly, though, as he's under team control through 2021. Conley has enjoyed success after a move to the bullpen this year while Steckenrider has only been up in the majors for a little over a year.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 2 - 2:15 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are one of the clubs that has expressed interest in acquiring Zach Britton from the Orioles.

The Red Sox are certainly familiar with their long-time divisional foe. Britton, who is a free agent at season's end is almost a lock to be dealt before next month's trade deadline. Interested parties want to ensure he's fully healthy first though, which includes demonstrating the ability to work in back-to-back games.
Source: Boston Globe
Jun 25 - 12:02 AM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Red Sox have talked to the A's about Mark Canha.

The Red Sox could definitely use a righty for the bench, as they currently lack quality platoon options for Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mitch Moreland. Canha is stretched as a regular, but he's hitting .303/.338/.632 in 76 at-bats against lefties this season. A Canha-Blake Swihart deal could make some sense here.
Jun 23 - 6:36 PM


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