It’s still more than eight weeks until MLB’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but a third of the way through the 2017 season, the buyers and sellers are starting to sort themselves out. Here’s a look at one trade rumor that’s floating around.
The rumor: The Rockies, who fell out of first place in the NL West on Tuesday for the first time since May 3, might be in the market for a veteran ace to add to their pitching staff.
The source: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports
From Rosenthal on Thursday: A trade for a veteran starter is another possibility one scout believes the Tigers’ Justin Verlander and Rays’ Chris Archer would be the best fits at Coors Field (though Verlander has enough service time to reject any trade), and the Rays’ Alex Cobb and Athletics’ Sonny Gray also could make sense.
Braun, who has just two hits in six games played this month, left Thursday night’s game early with left calf tightness. The team then announced Friday that he will need another DL stint due to a left calf strain.
Same calf, same situation, Braun said, via ESPN.com. I knew when I came back that I wasn’t at 100 percent, but it was good enough that I was optimistic I’d be able to work through it. It just kind of grabbed on me when I ran to catch that popup.
Despite the injury woes, Braun is hitting .262 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs so far this season. The Brewers are also just a half-game behind the Cubs in the NL Central after briefly holding the throne themselves.
Milwaukee will likely have Hernan Perez, who can play a multitude of positions, start in Braun’s place while he recovers.