- Things have been quiet as of late pertaining to a potential sale of the Miami Marlins franchise. Despite the quiet chatter, it appears things are still moving along at a comfortable pace and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is reportedly committed to selling the franchise in the coming weeks per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Both the Jeter/Bush and Romney/Glavine/Stewart groups are involved in negotiations. The Jeter/Bush group is reportedly the frontrunner in the potential purchase of the franchise. Both interest groups have informed both the Marlins and their investors they have the capital necessary to finalize a deal. The Bush/Jeter group reportedly has verbal commitments from a number of investors that would give them enough financial gain to complete the purchase, despite reports that indicated to the contrary they lacked the necessary sufficient funds. The Romney/Glavine/Stewart group reportedly made a higher bid than the Jeter/Bush group but a number of factors make both competing offers in approximate range of each other. Another group is reportedly intending to join the fray as a purchase group headlined by former New York Yankees managing general partner Joe Molloy has been trying to get in on the action although they have yet to make an official bid.
- The Cleveland Indians will welcome back righty Corey Kluber officially on Thursday. The Indians ace is expected to make his first start off the DL against the Oakland Athletics per Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. After spending about a month on the DL due to lower back tightness, he’s progressed well in his rehab and passed his test by dominating in a rehab start on Friday night with the Akron RubberDucks.
- The Indians are considering making a drastic change to their rotation. Right-hander Danny Salazar looks to be heading to the bullpen per Hoynes. The flame-throwing righty has struggled all year as he has been inconsistent and had difficulty finding his command. The team is clearly hoping a shift into the bullpen will do him some good.
- Kansas City Royals southpaw Jason Vargas is attracting a ton of interest on the trade market per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Vargas has tossed 60.1 innings of 2.39 ERA ball so far on the season and is owed only $8MM in the final year of his four-year deal with the Royals, so he could fetch a nice haul for the Royals if they do move him.
- Rival executives are reportedly expecting the Minnesota Twins to take trade offers on right-hander Ervin Santana per Cafardo. The Twins have been a pleasant surprise as they sit in first place in the AL Central but the club is currently working on rebuilding as well and a veteran like Santana would complement a team’s pitching staff nicely to fortify their playoff aspirations.
- The San Diego Padres are also expected to offload infielder Yangervis Solarte by the deadline per Cafardo. The infielder hasn’t hit that much so far in the early season but is on a cheap contract and can provide solid infield depth for a team hoping to make the postseason.
- The Marlins are reportedly keen on finding a team to take right-hander Tom Koehler off their hands per Cafardo. Koehler is currently on the DL with shoulder bursitis but has drawn interest from both the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are reportedly interested in turning him into a reliever as he has had struggles so far in the season as a starting pitcher.
- Teams in need of relief help are looking at Atlanta Braves right-handed reliever Jim Johnson per Cafardo. Johnson is pitching on an affordable contract and has plenty of experience working in late innings throughout his career so he is certainly capable of strengthening the back of a team’s bullpen.
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