MLB Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Buzz Throughout Baseball

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 7, 2013

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 26: Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the top of the first inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at Miller Park on June 26, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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As we get closer to the July 31 trade deadline in Major League Baseball, rumors are bound to heat up.

There have already been rumors surrounding a big-name starter, while one team appears to be putting just about everyone on the block.

As teams look to either contend for a championship or get what they can out of top talents before they potentially hit free agency in the winter, here's a look at some of the latest rumors throughout baseball, complete with analysis.


Diamondbacks Interested in Yovani Gallardo?

According to Jon Heyman of, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers have been in discussions surrounding right-hander Yovani Gallardo. Jon Morosi of added that Brewers relievers John Axford, Jim Henderson and Francisco Rodriguez may also be available.

The Diamondbacks, currently in the lead for the National League West crown, could use help in the starting rotation and in the bullpen. Starters Trevor Cahill, Brandon McCarthy and Daniel Hudson are currently on the disabled list and reliever Heath Bell has a 4.59 ERA, blowing four saves in 19 chances this season.

Gallardo has had a rough season thus far—going 7-8 with a 4.85 ERA and 1.46 WHIP—but the Diamondbacks may be thinking he can return to his prior level. The 27-year-old never posted an ERA higher than 3.84 in any season before the 2013 campaign.


White Sox Putting Names On the Block?

According to Heyman, the Chicago White Sox have made everyone on the roster available except for left-hander Chris Sale and first baseman Paul Konerko.

Heyman highlighted outfielder Alex Rios, shortstop Alexei Ramirez, left-hander John Danks and infielder Jeff Keppinger as possibly being the easiest to move. The Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees, the San Francisco Giants, the Kansas City Royals, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets are all possibilities, according to Heyman.

The White Sox are currently in last place in the American League Central, sitting 13 games back from the first-place Detroit Tigers at 34-51. In that regard, it makes sense that they would try to unload some heavy contracts for some young, promising players.

Rios is hitting .268 with 11 home runs, 38 RBI, 45 runs and 16 stolen bases. Ramirez only has one home run this season, but he does have 19 stolen bases and he's a good defensive player. Danks has posted a 4.31 ERA.


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