MLB Rumors: Frankie Montas now no. 1 target for the Yankees; The Brewers and A’s have discussed Ramon Laureano.

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The trade deadline is four days away and fell as the biggest pitching chip late Friday night. The Reds sent righty Luis Castillo to the Mariners for four prospects.. The trade would likely take Seattle out of the Nationals’ race for Juan Soto. The market is said to be down to four teams.. With that in mind, here are Saturday’s trade deadline rumors.

Montas now Yankees no. 1 target

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With Castillo off the board, Athletics righty Frankie Montas is now number one. 1 goal for the Yankees. USA Today reports. Everything must go in Oakland and Montas is the remaining trading chip at the top of the team. The right-hander missed two starts earlier this month with a minor shoulder issue, but has looked solid in his two starts, and has been at a high level for many years.

New York is looking for a rotation upgrade and will likely have to win a bidding war to acquire Montas. Several other contenders need rotation help and Montas is appealing because he will be under team control as an arbitration-eligible player next season. He’s not a rental, and as the Castillo trade showed, the impact starter’s two postseason runs are worth more.

A’s, Brewers have talked to Laureano.

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The Athletics and Brewers have discussed outfielder Ramon Laureano. According to The New York Post. Laureano is one of the A’s remaining trade chips and will remain under team control until 2025, so he’s a long-term addition. Center field has been a weakness for the Brewers all season and Laureano represents an upgrade over the Jonathan Davis/Tyrone Taylor platoon.

Currently in first place in the NL Central, Milwaukee could use another bat to lengthen the lineup and Laureano also brings the speed factor. His defense is overrated — Laureano’s arm is top of the line, though his range and routes are fine — but Brewers center fielders are hitting .213/.272/.313 this year. made, and it won’t fly when you’re fighting for a division title.