7/1 Afternoon roundup: Braves, Padres buying; Brewers selling?
- Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki‘s eventual free agency has been somewhat of a confusing topic, but MLB.com‘s Adam McCalvy says Aoki will, indeed, be a free agent when his current contract expires after this season or next. In that case, he could be an intriguing trade chip for teams looking for outfield help.
- The Padres are certainly not the only team looking to bolster their starting rotation before the Trade Deadline, but it may not be so simple for them to do so. San Diego has worked hard to build its farm system from one largely devoid of talent to one now stocked with good players — not great or marquee players, mind you, but players who can help them in the future — MLB.com‘s Corey Brock writes. With that being the case, they may have a difficult time finding a trade partner and parting ways with the right package that would attract another starter.
- The Dodgers have a bit of interest in Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and joined the Cubs, Angels and Red Sox, among others, in scouting him last week in Mexico.
- When the Braves lost Eric O’Flaherty and Jonny Venters for the season, each to elbow injuries, there were plenty of questions about Atlanta’s typically dependable bullpen. But the group has responded in strong fashion and, still, they may be looking to add a key piece down the stretch.
— Joey Nowak