Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC Sport.com's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

The Tigers may be trying to land Jeremy Hellickson from the Phillies

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Jon Morosi of Fox and MLB Network report that the Tigers have shown some interest in Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson.

Hellickson is not the sexist trade target on the planet but he’s one of the more attractive options in a thin pitching market. The Orioles, Blue Jays and Giants have been linked to him at times as well. What he gives you is, hopefully, a continued nice season in his walk year. So far on the season he’s posting a 3.70 ERA and 109/29 K/BB ratio in 131 and a third innings. That’s far better than his track record of the past few seasons, but since he’s a free agent this fall it’s not like there’s a huge risk.

The Red Sox had “late night talks” with the White Sox about Chris Sale

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USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that the Red Sox had “late-night talks” with the White Sox regarding a Chris Sale trade.

We’ve been speculating about a Sale trade for some time, with the Dodgers most often mentioned as the top destination. The Red Sox, however, have a ton of prospects from which to deal, however, and putting Sale in the Boston rotation next to David Price would certainly bolster the Red Sox’ chances this year. And next year. And two years after that given how long Sale is under contract.

Which is to say: if the Red Sox or anyone else wants to pry Sale away from Chicago, it’ll take a pretty big haul.

Mariners and Reds are close to a Zack Cozart trade

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Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune says that the Mariners and Reds are closing in on a trade involving Zack Cozart. He says the trade isn’t done yet, but both sides are confident that a deal can be worked out.

Cozart is hitting a respectable .266/.317/.462 for the Reds this year. He’s never played anyplace in the bigs except shortstop. The Mariners have a shortstop for now and the future in Ketel Marte, but he’s on the disabled list with mono and that’s something that can really sap a person. It’s unclear if he’d be ready and able to play when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list later this week.