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Red Sox drawing trade interest in Wade Miley and Joe Kelly

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Red Sox are drawing trade interest in starters Wade Miley and Joe Kelly. The club would seek bullpen help in return.

Both pitchers are coming off of subpar 2015 campaigns. Miley posted a 4.46 ERA with a 147/64 K/BB ratio in 193 2/3 innings. The Red Sox acquired him from the Diamondbacks in December last year in exchange for Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, and Raymel Flores. Kelly compiled a 4.82 ERA with a 110/49 K/BB ratio over 134 1/3 innings. He joined the Red Sox along with Allen Craig in exchange for John Lackey, Corey Littrell, and cash in a trade at the deadline in July 2014.

Miley is owed $6 million in 2016 and $8.75 million in 2017 before being eligible for free agency, assuming he’s bought out at $500,000 ahead of the 2018 season. Kelly is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $603,000 this past season.

The Red Sox have already bolstered the bullpen this offseason, bringing flamethrowing closer Craig Kimbrel over from the Padres, bumping Koji Uehara into the set-up role. They also made a big improvement in the rotation, inking David Price to a seven-year, $217 million deal.

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.”