The 2016 non-waiver trade deadline falls on August 1 this year, meaning it's less than two weeks away now. We've already seen a handful of trades go down in recent weeks, most notably involving James Shields and Drew Pomeranz, and you can be sure many more moves are on the way.
To help you keep track of all the rumors and rumblings, we'll log the day's buzz right here, so make sure you check back often for the latest updates. Here's a look at Wednesday's trade chatter.
Terrible starting pitcher market
Update: 9:00pm ET
A general manager told Jon Heyman that it's the "worst" market he's seen for starting pitching in front of the trade deadline. Heyman specifically mentions that Chris Archer (see one item below), Sonny Gray, Julio Teheran and a slew of others are not expected to be traded.
What's left? Rich Hill, Jeremy Hellickson, Andrew Cashner. Maybe Ervin Santana.
That's a far cry from the litany of aces we've seen moved in the past two years.
Dodgers after Chris Archer?
Update: 7:50pm ET
A rumor dropped on Thursday that connected the Rays and Dodgers regarding Rays ace Chris Archer. We gave that one the Buy or Sell treatment here.
Giants looking for outfield help
Update: 7:30pm ET
Hunter Pence suffered a setback as he attempts to return from a serious hamstring injury, and it sounds like he won't be back until early August at best. Even then, there's obviously some concern with him moving forward. Still further, starters Denard Span and Angel Pagan have proven injury-prone in recent seasons, and there isn't much outfield depth here.
That is to say, it makes sense for the Giants to add help to the outfield. ESPN.com's Buster Posey reports that they are now "re-examining the market" for outfielders.
The outfield market could include rentals like Jay Bruce and Josh Reddick. It could also include longer-term and much higher-priced guys like Carlos Gonzalez and Ryan Braun.
Lucroy absent from lineup
Update: 4:25pm ET
Here comes the first #hugwatch of the season. Jonathan Lucroy, a walking trade rumor, isn't in Thursday night's lineup for the Brewers. There's almost certainly nothing to it -- he'd caught the last six games, and nine of the last 10 -- but this is the kind of response a random day off in July inspires. Martin Maldonado will be behind the plate for the Brewers instead. Proceed with your lives.
White Sox said no to Sale trade
Update: 3:25pm ET
Earlier we noted that the White Sox have received calls for various veterans. That list apparently includes Chris Sale, who Ken Rosenthal reports was the subject of a "king's ransom" offer. The White Sox said no -- obviously -- and that was that. Regardless of what the White Sox do at the deadline, they have good reason to hold onto Sale -- he's an excellent pitcher on an incredible contract. If we had our druthers, we'd just like to know who did the offering and what the offer was.
Yanks could cut bait with A-Rod, Tex
Update: 1:35 p.m. ET
The Yankees have at least thought about releasing Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira should they decide to sell off pieces at the deadline, according to Jon Heyman. Both Rodriguez and Teixeira are experiencing miserable seasons, with the former owed $20 million and the latter headed toward free agency at year's end. The catch is that the Yankees don't necessarily have anyone knocking at the door to replace either player, so, as Heyman notes, this scenario might depend on who the Yankees get in return through their trades. Besides, if the Yankees continue winning, who knows, they might scrap their seller's plan altogether.
Cubs showing interest in Reddick
Update: 1:05 p.m. ET
Continuing what could be a busy few weeks, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer has expressed interest in A's outfielder Josh Reddick, according to MLB.com's Jon Morosi. A free-agent-to-be who contributes on both sides of the ball, Reddick is familiar with the Cubs front office from their shared time in Boston. The Cubs would seem to have enough outfielders once Dexter Fowler returns from the disabled list, but that hasn't stopped them from loading up before -- keep in mind, Fowler himself looked like a fourth outfielder entering the season. Hoyer and crew have shown an eagerness to load up at every turn, and adding Reddick would be the latest example.
White Sox considering selling?
Update: 12:30 p.m. ET
The White Sox have fallen to seven games back in the wild card race, and could be pondering a sell-off, per Jon Heyman. Heyman notes that closer David Robertson is meriting "plenty of calls," and that the White Sox have other pieces garnering attention, including outfielder Adam Eaton and third baseman Todd Frazier. Of course the question is whether the White Sox will have proper incentive to enter another rebuild process -- the core in place is pretty good, and cheap to the point where it would be a shame if they wasted this cycle without making the postseason. For now, though, the White Sox have to at least consider whether they should embrace the long view.
Indians prioritizing relievers
Update: 10:50 a.m. ET
For as much sense as Jonathan Lucroy makes for the Indians following Yan Gomes' injury, it appears Cleveland is focusing its efforts elsewhere. Ken Rosenthal tweetsKen Rosenthal tweets that the belief is the Indians continue to emphasize upgrading in the bullpen. Presumably this means the Indians continue to check the price on Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Will Smith -- each of whom would give them a fierce left-handed option, something they're currently missing. Whether the Indians can close a deal anytime soon is to be seen, but apparently it won't be for Lucroy.
Marlins pursuing arms
Update: 9:20 a.m. ET
The Marlins entered Thursday a game up on the Mets and Cardinals in the hunt for the second wild card spot. Miami's front office, meanwhile, is working to address one of the club's weak points: the back of the rotation. There's a good news/bad news dynamic at play here. The bad news is the Marlins don't have a great farm system to deal from. The good news is they don't have to shoot for the stars to land an upgrade over Justin Nicolino, Tom Koehler, and Jose Urena. Ken Rosenthal reported overnight that the Fish are interested in the Phillies' Jeremy Hellickson (whom pitched against Miami on Wednesday night) and the Padres' Andrew Cashner. Either would suffice.
Bregman expanding defensive responsibilities
Update: 9:11 a.m. ET
While this isn't technically a trade rumor, it does impact how the Astros will behave at the deadline. Alex Bregman, Houston's top prospect and arguably the best prospect in baseball, made his first professional start in the outfield on Wednesday night. Bregman had previously played the infield, mostly shortstop, so this looks like a case where the Astros are stretching his defensive versatility in order to make him a better fit for their big-league roster. Carlos Gomez and Colby Rasmus, two-thirds of the Astros' most-days outfield, are having rough seasons. Bregman could in theory alleviate the need for an upgrade.
Lind potentially on the move?
Update: 8:56 a.m. ET
Wednesday's acquisition of Dan Vogelbach gave the Mariners an almost-ready option at first base (or DH). Naturally, the talk around Seattle now is whether Adam Lind, the team's incumbent most-days first baseman, is about to get shipped out of town. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com floated the idea, reporting that many execs believed Lind was likely to get dealt before Vogelbach's arrival. Lind, historically a well-above-average hitter against right-handed pitching, hasn't produced the way the Mariners wanted and is a free agent at season's end. Still, he could come cheap, and there's always the chance his bat comes alive upon joining a pennant race.
Orioles after Hellickson?
Update: 12:46am ET
The O's badly need help in the rotation (their starters are presently lugging around an ERA of 5.11 for the season), and Jon Morosi tweets that Baltimore may have its sights set on Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. As MLB.com's Todd Zolecki notes, Hellickson was heavily scouted by contenders during his Wednesday night gem against the Marlins. After said gem, Hellickson now sports a solid 3.84 ERA on the season with a 3.92 K/BB ratio. He's been even better in recent outings, which will obviously help the already strong market for his services. You could argue that no contender needs rotation help more than the Orioles do, so don't be surprised if they make something happen.