As the July 31 trade deadline quickly approaches in Major League Baseball, some contenders figure to be wheeling and dealing.
Whether it's a team that is having trouble scoring amid injuries or a squad in desperate need of some arms for the later innings, plenty of names are being tossed about throughout the league.
Here's a look at some of the latest trade rumors circling the diamond in baseball, complete with analysis.
Yankees Interested in Alfonso Soriano?
According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Cubs may look into dealing Alfonso Soriano if he clears waivers in August.
And, according to Wittenmyer, the Yankees are interested in their former All-Star outfielder:
A major-league source Sunday said the Yankees’ increasing need for an every-day bat has the surging Soriano on the team’s radar, especially given the rediscovered youth he says he feels in his legs this season.
Soriano is obviously not the same player he once was at 37 years of age. He's hitting .259 with an on-base percentage of .289.
But Soriano still has some power (17 home runs in 355 at-bats), and he could at least be a serviceable player for the Yankees. Given the Grade 1 quad strain of Alex Rodriguez, per Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com, and the uncertain status of Derek Jeter, it's no wonder why the Yankees are looking to acquire some more offense.
The Yankees ranks 20th in Major League Baseball in runs scored this season.
Tigers Looking for Bullpen Help?
The Detroit Tigers may rank seventh in baseball in starters' ERA, but they rank 23rd in bullpen ERA.
That's quite the discrepancy.
No wonder the Tigers have been mentioned in multiple trade rumors for relievers.
Buster Olney of ESPN.com tweeted on Saturday:
Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com tweeted on Sunday:
Rodriguez has posted an eye-opening 1.09 ERA and 1.05 WHIP while racking up 26 strikeouts in 24.1 innings in his second season with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Between Luke Gregerson and Huston Street, Gregerson has had the better 2013 campaign (2.93 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 36 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched), but Street is under contract through 2014, while Gregerson is headed for free agency.
Street has registered a 4.02 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, but it is worth noting he's blown just one save in 17 chances.
Will Phillies Trade Michael Young?
Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Michael Young has seen his name come up more than a few times recently, which makes sense given the Phillies are 49-50 and not getting any younger.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported over the weekend, "The Reds are one of the teams that have inquired about the Phillies' Michael Young."
Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe noted on Sunday that the Red Sox are interested in Young, but the Phillies may hold off a bit to see if they can sneak back into contention. That means an August waiver deal might be more likely.
The 36-year-old is batting .286 with seven home runs, 31 RBI and 38 runs in 92 games this season. He also ranks 16th among 24 eligible third baseman in fielding percentage.
Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick is expected back at some point, but he hasn't played since his shoulder injury on Opening Day. The Reds don't know how he's going to respond.
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