Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals are focused on acquiring closer Mark Melancon from the Pirates.
There are multiple teams chasing after the Pirates stopper, and he would be an instant upgrade to the struggling Jonathan Papelbon in the Nationals bullpen. Melancon owns a stellar 1.51 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings while converting 30 saves.
Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.
In what would have been a juicy matchup against Giants right-hander Jake Peavy, Murphy will get an extra day to rest his hamstring that tightened up on Friday. Trea Turner will start at second base and bat leadoff for the Nationals on Saturday.
Nationals recalled RHP Reynaldo Lopez from Triple-A Syracuse.
Lopez flashed his potential during his first start by registering nine strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings of work, but he was also torched for six runs on 10 hits in a losing effort. He could be worth the gamble as a tournament flier in daily leagues due to his high-strikeout upside.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Indians and Rangers have talked to the Yankees about Carlos Beltran.
The switch-hitting outfielder would be an immense upgrade to either lineup, though the cost to acquire him could be steeper than either club is willing to pay. They would have to offer more value than the Yankees feel they would get from the compensation pick they would get from Beltran leaving via free agency after the season.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Derek Norris is a near-lock to be moved before the trade deadline.
Rosenthal also notes that Norris is a much more likely target for the Rangers than Jonathan Lucroy would be. The 27-year-old is only hitting .204/.263/.279 on the season, though he does have 12 homers, 33 RBI and five stolen bases. The Padres want to move him to create a spot for Austin Hedges to share the catching duties with Christian Bethancourt.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers and Braves have inquired on the availability of Yankees catcher Brian McCann.
Heyman notes that the Yankees aren't likely to deal the hard-hitting backstop and that the discussions between these clubs happened several days ago. The Braves are known to be on the hunt for next season's starting catcher, preferring to acquire one through trade, though a reunion with McCann looks highly unlikely.
Angels sent OF Todd Cunningham outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Cunningham passed through waivers unclaimed and will continue to function as organizational outfield depth for the Halos. He hit just .148/.179/.259 in 29 plate appearances with the Angels.
Padres recalled RHP Leonel Campos from Triple-A El Paso.
In the wake of Thursday's trade with the Marlins, the Padres were short on bullpen arms so Campos will get another opportunity. The 29-year-old owns a 7.94 ERA, 1.94 WIHP and 7/6 K/BB ratio in 5 2/3 innings with the Padres this season.