Author: D.J. Short

against the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Field on July 23, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Orioles talking to Brewers about Gerardo Parra

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The Brewers traded center fielder Carlos Gomez to the Astros earlier tonight along with right-hander Mike Fiers and they could be close to another deal.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles are talking to the Brewers about a deal for Gerardo Parra. Nathan H. Bishop of Lookout Landing hears that prospect right-hander Zach Davies would be headed back to Milwaukee if a deal is completed.

Parra has mostly been known as a solid defender, but he’s currently having a career-year at the plate. Coming into tonight’s action, he was batting .326/.367/.517 with nine home runs, 31 RBI, and seven stolen bases over 99 games. The 28-year-old is due to become a free agent after the season, so he’s purely be a rental for Baltimore, but he’d be an immediate upgrade in a corner outfield spot. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes that the Orioles have also considered a deal for Phillies outfielder Ben Revere.

Report: Reds willing to trade Jay Bruce to Mets for Zack Wheeler

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 18:  Jay Bruce #32 of the Cincinnati Reds takes an at bat during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Great American Ball Park on July 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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UPDATE: It appears that this scenario has some legs, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets are trying to get Bruce. Wheeler and perhaps another player would head back to Cincinnati. The Mets are also exploring other options, so nothing is close yet.

9:08 p.m. ET: As the Mets try to pick up the pieces after their deal for Carlos Gomez fell apart, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that they have an interesting proposal to consider from the Reds:

Andy Martino and Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported over the weekend that the Mets were shopping Wheeler and the Reds were among the teams who inquired on him. The 25-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in March and will likely be out until around midseason next year, but he has shown promise in the early part of his career and remains under team control through 2019.

Bruce, 28, is batting .257/.341/.486 with 17 home runs, 56 RBI, and six steals over 96 games this season. He’s owed $12.5 million next season and his contract includes a $13 million club option or a $1 million buyout for 2017. The Mets haven’t earned the benefit of the doubt about their ability to spend to bring in talent, so it’s unclear whether this is a realistic fit. It’s also an imperfect one, as their greatest need is in center field. If Bruce was brought in, the Mets could consider moving Curtis Granderson to center and play Bruce in right while keeping rookie Michael Conforto in left and using Juan Lagares off the bench.

The Dodgers have already designated Michael Morse for assignment

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When the Dodgers picked up Michael Morse in today’s mega 13-player deal with the Marlins and Braves, there was some speculation that it was strictly about the money involved and that he wouldn’t play a game for the team. Sure enough, the Dodgers announced tonight that they have designated Morse for assignment. Oh, but that’s not all…

Yes, the Dodgers designated four players for assignment to make room for their new additions. You don’t see this sort of thing very often.

Between the money owed to Morse (including $8 million next season), Mat Latos, Hector Olivera, and Bronson Arroyo, the Dodgers agreed to cover more than $40 million in order to get this deal done. This franchise exists in a different universe from everyone else.

Astros acquire Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers from Brewers

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UPDATE: The deal is official. The Astros will also receive slot #76 in the 2015-2016 international pool as part of the trade.

7:33 p.m. ET: Carlos Gomez was nearly dealt to the Mets last night before the deal fell apart, but it didn’t take long for the Brewers to find a new suitor. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Astros have agreed to acquire Gomez and right-hander Mike Fiers from the Brewers. By the way, Heyman hears that Gomez has already passed the Astros’ medical review.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Milwaukee will receive outfielders Brett Phillips, Domingo Santana, right-hander Adrian Houser, and left-hander Josh Hader.

After acquiring left-hander Scott Kazmir from the Athletics last week, it’s clear that the Astros are all in. Gomez has seen a dip in production at the plate this year, but he’s still one of the best defensive center fielders in the game and is under contract for $9 million next season. Fiers, 30, has posted a 3.89 ERA over 21 starts this season and should make for another solid addition to Houston’s rotation. He’s not arbitration-eligible for the first time until after the 2016 season, so this move isn’t just about this season.

The Mets reportedly backed out of the trade for Gomez last night due to concerns about his hip, but there was a report out of Milwaukee this morning which stated that the deal broke down primarily because of financial issues. That looks pretty accurate at the moment.

Report: White Sox interested in Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 21: Chicago White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn (front) and Robin Ventura #23 of the Chicago White Sox watch batting practice before the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians on April 21, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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It wasn’t too long ago that we were talking about the White Sox as sellers, but they have gone 16-8 this month and sit at 49-50 on the year, just 2 1/2 games back in what is shaping up to be a compelling Wild Card race in the American League. With that in mind, they are on the lookout for a bat:

Bob Nightengale of USA Today also hears that the White Sox are looking for a bat and have inquired about Cespedes.

Big things were expected out of Chicago’s offense this season after the splashy additions of Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche, but the club currently ranks 27th in the majors in runs scored. Cabrera has turned things on of late, but LaRoche has really struggled outside of a productive May and could be at risk for losing at-bats if the White Sox make a deal. Avisail Garcia, who has a .658 OPS against right-handed pitching, could also be vulnerable. Cespedes and Upton are both due to be free agents this winter, but they could really move the needle for a contender.