Will the Washington Nationals reportedly pursuing a late-inning option with Jonathan Papelbon faltering in the ninth, the rumors are coming fast and furious...
Earlier this afternoon, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported that the Nationals were talking to both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals about their respective closers, Mark Melancon and Wade Davis.
Now, in the latest and probably craziest rumor out there, FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi is reporting that his sources tell him the Nationals, who reportedly balked at a deal for Aroldis Chapman that was centered around top prospect Lucas Giolito have told the New York Yankees that they would be willing to deal the 22-year-old right-hander for two years of control of left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, who is under contract at $9M per through 2018:
Giolito, the top-ranked right-hander in baseball at the start of the season, made his MLB debut earlier this summer with three outings in which he struggled with his command and couldn't locate his secondary pitches.
Would the Nationals really be willing to trade their 2012 1st Round pick for Miller?
The Yankees' 31-year-old left-hander is (6-1) with nine saves this season, having posted a 1.39 ERA, a 1.77 FIP, seven walks (1.39 BB/9) and 77 Ks (15.29 K/9) in 45 ⅓ innings pitched, over which he's held opposing hitters to a .172/.216/.304 line.
This report has generated lots of skepticism:
for the record, yankees would not do this https://t.co/dPM9QZdJk2— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 29, 2016
word is, yanks would need 3 times as much as they got for chapman to trade miller (that means quality, not 12 prospects!)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 29, 2016
Nationals not trading Lucas Giolito in any deals at this deadline...not for Davis not for Miller. They are... https://t.co/HyKT1jelXJ— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) July 29, 2016
SEVERINO TO SAN FRANCISCO:
MASNSports.com's Byron Kerr was the first to report this afternoon that Washington Nationals' backstop prospect Pedro Severino was on his way to San Francisco to join the Nats.
Kerr wrote that according to a "league source" Severino will reportedly be at AT&T Park today where the Nats will play the second game of their four-game set with the Giants.
In 73 games at Triple-A Syracuse this season, the 23-year-old backstop has put up a .259/.307/.324 line with 11 doubles and two home runs in 281 plate appearances.
Severino already played one game in the majors this season. There is, as of yet, no word on a corresponding move...
While the timing of the deal led to some speculation about a trade, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal wrote within the last half-hour that Jose Lobaton could potentially be headed to the DL:
Sources: #Nationals recalling catcher Pedro Severino. Lobaton DL candidate due to tendinitis in left elbow.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 29, 2016