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MLB Trade Deadline: Latest trade rumors and buzz

Trade news, rumors and buzz from around baseball

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DETROIT – The MLB Trade Deadline is just weeks away and the rumor mill is moving quick.

The Trade Deadline is 4 p.m. EST, on July 31.

After the July 31 deadline, any player on a 40-man roster must clear Major League waivers before being traded. 

The real deadline for summer trades is Aug. 31 at midnight ET. After that day, any player added to a Major League roster will not be eligible for the postseason.

Here's some of the latest rumors and buzz from around Major League Baseball:

Cubs eye Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander

The defending champs are looking to bolster their pitching staff after a disappointing start to the 2017 season.

CBS Sports reports the Cubs have talked to the Tigers about pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila.

There's a perception among teams that have inquired on Verlander that the Tigers are looking for a "big, big, big return without salary offset," ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

Cardinals targeting Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson

The St. Louis Cardinals have interest in Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, according to Jon Paul Morosi. 

Multiple executives around the Major Leagues expect Toronto to be a seller at the 2017 non-waiver Trade Deadline, as first reported Tuesday by ESPN's Buster Olney. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins has made no public comments acknowledging such plans, but Toronto had the Majors' oldest Opening Day roster this year, and there is little wisdom in retaining an aging core that isn't winning.

Morosi also notes other teams like San Francisco and Cleveland could be interested in Donaldson. 

Oakland relievers could be targeted by Nats, Yankees

According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Oakland Athletics may represent a team the Yankees could do business with over the next few weeks.

Relievers Ryan Madson and lefty Sean Doolittle are both having good years and are likely to change addresses soon. Doolittle is more of an injury risk. Both relievers could be targeted by the Nationals and Yankees.

Check back for updates.


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