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Fox’s Ken Rosenthal — who either (a) spends 22 hours a day on the phone; or (b) just makes stuff up all of the time, has a rundown today of the potential buyers and sellers at the deadline.
In the former category he places the White Sox, Astros, and the
Marlins. In the latter he has the Indians, Rockies and Mariners. Among
the player-specific tidbits are the Cardinals being interested in Mark
DeRosa, the Rockies shopping Jason Marquis and Huston Street, and the
Marlins considering dealing Jorge Cantu, Dan Uggla and Jeremy Hermida
if and when they fall out of contention.

Rosenthal says that Street could foment a feeding frenzy. He rated
Matt Holliday last year, so God knows what the Rockies could get for
him now. Likewise, if history holds, I would expect someone to overpay
for Jason Marquis, because this is the time of year when people get a
little crazy and focus on the most recent couple of months while
forgetting everything a player did in the past. Rosenthal doesn’t
mention it, but there are rumors that Colorado wants to deal Brad Hawpe
too. If all of that is true, there is a chance that the Rockies could
come away from the deadline is the biggest winner of all. That is if
Dan O’Dowd doesn’t screw things up. Again.

All in all, nothing too sexy here, but hey, the crazy season is still young.

Report: Mark Trumbo signs three-year, $37.5 million contract with Orioles

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 04:  Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during the American League Wild Card game at Rogers Centre on October 4, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Update #2 (6:21 PM EST): Make that $37.5 million, per Heyman.

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Update (6:02 PM EST): The deal is for “around” $37 million with deferrals that lower the present-day value, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo is close to a deal with the Orioles. He first reported that the two sides were back in touch earlier on Thursday afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the deal is expected to be for three years and under $40 million.

Trumbo’s market hasn’t developed as he expected. The slugger turned down the Orioles’ $17.2 million qualifying offer back in November. Then the Orioles reportedly made a four-year contract offer to him in December but pulled it off the table. Most recently, a report indicated that Trumbo lowered his expectations to a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range.

Trumbo, 31, led the majors with 47 homers for the Orioles this past season. He also hit a solid .256/.316/.433 with 108 RBI in 667 plate appearances. With Trumbo back in the fold and some slight offensive upgrades made, the Orioles figure to have a formidable offense in 2017.

Astros avoid arbitration with Mike Fiers

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 17: Starting pitcher Mike Fiers #54 of the Houston Astros walks to the dugout after pitching an inning during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 17, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The Astros won the game 2-1. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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The Astros avoided arbitration with pitcher Mike Fiers, agreeing on a $3.45 million salary for the 2017 season, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. The right-hander was in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility.

Fiers, 31, made 30 starts and one relief appearance for the Astros in 2016. He finished the year with a 4.48 ERA and a 134/42 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings.

Fiers had a much better showing in 2015 as well as in limited action in 2014, so the Astros are hoping he rediscovers that effectiveness going forward. He’ll slot into the back of the starting rotation.