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Report: The Diamondbacks have made an offer for Aroldis Chapman

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It was reported earlier this week that the Diamondbacks were talking to the Reds about closer Aroldis Chapman and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman now hears that they have made an offer and are awaiting a reply.

The Diamondbacks would need to go on a big run to make the playoffs, so Chapman is an odd fit for them. A closer is a luxury in such a situation, which is why the Reds are exploring offers for him. However, it’s clear that Cincinnati will have to be overwhelmed in order to make a deal.

Chapman is making $8.05 million this season and will go through arbitration one more time before becoming a free agent after the 2016 season.

Video: Ryan Rua hits inside-the-park home run against Yankees

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 30:  Ryan Rua #16 of the Texas Rangers celebrates his in the park homerun against the New York Yankees in the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 30, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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In the bottom of the fifth inning tonight, Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua hit a low liner which Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury attempted to catch on a slide. Not a good idea. The ball got past Ellsbury and Rua was off to the races. Check it out below:

According to Tater Trot Tracker, Rua rounded the bases in 15.27 seconds.

Orioles talking to Brewers about Gerardo Parra

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

Michael Morse Marlins
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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.