The Red Sox are "getting swarmed" by Andrew Miller offers, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
"Once he's dealt, dominos will fall," an executive told Nightengale. Presumably, that means teams looking for relievers refuse to move onto second options before Boston chooses a Miller package. You can't blame the Red Sox for being choosy: Miller has been one of the game's best left-handed relievers over the last three years, boasting a 2.78 ERA in 140 appearances. He's been even better in 2014, collecting a 2.34 ERA and 69/13 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings. The Braves, Pirates and Royals have all been connected to the lefty reliever, and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Wednesday that Boston wants a top prospect in return. They have four hours left to find one.
According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Royals have asked about Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.
The Royals have also been linked recently to A.J. Burnett as they try to make a minor rotation upgrade. De La Rosa has posted a weak 4.20 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 122 innings this season, but Coors Field is to blame for part of that poor production. The 33-year-old left-hander is scheduled to become a free agent this winter.
The Rangers received a call on Colby Lewis, but MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that the club will only deal him if "the situation really appeals to Lewis."
The first Twitter reply to the report quickly sums up the fanbase's reaction: "omg do it! Even if it's for a bag of sunflower seeds." It's a bit surprising that the Rangers could drum up any interest at all for a pitcher with a 5.98 ERA and 1.73 WHIP across 19 starts, but it's fair to point out that Lewis has been much better on the road (4.29 ERA) than at home (7.62 ERA) this year.
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Twins have reengaged Kurt Suzuki about an extension.
The initial round of talks didn't get very far, but Rosenthal is now hearing that there's a "reasonable chance it gets done." Suzuki is having a career year offensively at age 30, batting .304/.367/.386 in 347 plate appearances. He signed a bargain one-year, $2.75 million free agent contract with Minnesota last winter.
According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the chances of a David Price trade "have increased."
The Rays have moved closer to contention for a postseason spot over the past month-plus, so the growing thought has been that they might want to hang onto their ace. But the elite starting pitcher market has now centered around Price with Jon Lester already heading to Oakland. The Rays' asking price will likely be sky-high, but pretty much every contending team is seeking a top-tier arm. The Dodgers and Cardinals are among the teams with rumored interest.
Rays outfield prospect Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-5 with a stolen base for Triple-A Durham on Wednesday.
Mahtook is hitting .300/.365/.465 for the season, but is hitting .241/.298/.299 in July. His future is cloudy due to the Rays crowded outfield and his limited ceiling, but he sports a .412/.459/.639 line against left-handed pitching and could be part of a platoon.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Phillies and Royals are discussing an A.J. Burnett trade.
"No indication that [a] deal is close," Rosenthal adds. It remains to be seen if Kansas City is amenable to assuming Burnett's player option for 2015, which could pay him as much as $14.25 million if he makes 32 starts. ESPN's Jayson Stark reported earlier this week that the Phillies are telling interested clubs they expect Burnett to retire, and Burnett (4.15 ERA) has echoed that sentiment to teammates. If the Royals expect to remain in contention, they need to improve their rotation somehow. This would help.
Padres shortstop prospect Franchy Cordero went 2-for-4 with a home run for short season-A Eugene on Wednesday.
Cordero is hitting .286/.337/.500 with six doubles, three triples, and seven home runs in 40 games in the Northwest League. He is still striking out far too much (47 times in 175 plate appearances, 26.9 percent), but he is consistently making solid contact. He has not experienced the breakout that many were predicting, but he has hit well with Eugene, and should return to Fort Wayne to start 2015.