The MLB trade deadline—4 p.m. ET on July 31—is rapidly approaching, and there is sure to be a flurry of transactions in the coming hours.
As usual, a number of contenders are hoping to load up for potential World Series runs, while the pretenders are looking to offload highly paid veterans and other contributors.
Let’s take a look at the latest buzz surrounding some of the biggest names in Tuesday’s deadline-focused rumor roundup.
Jake Peavy Has Many Suitors
It’s inevitable Jake Peavy will be traded, as the veteran himself has admitted.
According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the right-handed White Sox starter has packed five suitcases and is ready to move at a moment's notice.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics are all interested in bringing in the 32-year-old.
Surprisingly, Rosenthal notes the Atlanta Braves aren’t currently in the running—despite losing pitcher Tim Hudson to an ankle injury in recent days.
Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA this season and is coming off of a rib injury. He won his last start and desires to help a World Series contender at this stage in his career.
Cubs Listening to Offers for Jeff Samardzija
The Chicago Cubs aren’t in any hurry to give up Jeff Samardzija, but they are definitely listening to offers for the superstar pitcher.
According to Rosenthal, the club is willing to field and entertain various offers, but the price for "The Shark" is extremely high.
Source says #Cubs indeed listening on Samardzija, adds, “asking price high as expected.”— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2013
Should the Cubs trade Samardzija?
The former Notre Dame multisport star is 6-9 with a 3.94 ERA and 139 strikeouts this season.
At 6’5”, 225 pounds and in possession of a number of pitches, including a high-velocity fastball, 28-year-old Samardzija has great potential to emerge as an ace in the near future.
It would be quite shocking if the Cubs let Samardzija go, barring a Godfather-style offer team brass simply cannot refuse.
Michael Young Going Back to Texas?
The Philadelphia Phillies are open for business and looking to unload a few contracts as they prepare to rebuild in the offseason. They have lost six straight games and are almost 10 games back in the wild-card race.
As per Jayson Stark of ESPN, one of the deals the beleaguered franchise is discussing involves third baseman Michael Young going back to the Texas Rangers.
Young is the Rangers’ all-time hits leader and is still held in high regard by the fans in Texas.
Ruben Amaro Jr., the Phillies general manager, practically confirmed Young and other players are on the block:
I can't sit here and say I'm not going to trade Chase [Utley] or Cliff, or Michael Young, or Chooch [Ruiz], or any of these guys. Some guys are less tradable than others. But I think I owe it to us as an organization to listen. If teams are going to come at us and suggest things, I'm not going to turn off the faucet and stop listening to them.
Don’t be surprised if Young and a number of other talents are dealt in the next day or so.