Red Sox GM Ben Cherington downplays trade rumors involving Yoenis Cespedes

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The Red Sox have a logjam of outfielders and most of the trade speculation has centered on Yoenis Cespedes. It’s only natural, as he’s only under team control for one more year and appears unlikely to sign an extension to stay in Boston. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington addressed the situation during an appearance yesterday on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM, saying that he has an open mind about potential moves, but isn’t actively looking to move any one player. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com has the quote:

“We’ve gotten calls. By this time we’ve talked to just about every team. Several teams have asked about our outfielders, not any one in particular. Because we have some depth there, theoretically, we’ve gotten asked on that, particularly with teams that may match up. I’m not ruling out getting into a trade conversations where we might match up. But there is no particular player that we’re looking to move, including Cespedes. But we’re going to make the team better where we can and we’ll try to be open-minded when trying to do that.

This is pretty much what you would expect any general manager in Cherington’s shoes to say. Still, if the Red Sox end up moving any of their outfielders, Cespedes is their biggest chip to upgrade in other areas. Allen Craig’s stock is at an all-time low coming off a miserable year and a move involving Shane Victorino would likely be a salary dump or a swap for a player with a comparable contract.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”