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Astros Land Gerrit Cole, What It Means For Yankees

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The Houston Astros have won the battle for Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole as the two teams have agreed to a trade, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

The move improves a Houston rotation that is already featuring Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander.

Over the past several weeks Pittsburgh had been discussing a trade with the New York Yankees that would have sent Cole to the Bronx in return for one, or more, of the Yankees’ big name prospects such as Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier and Miguel Adujar.

While the Yankees may view this as a potential “loss”, Yankee fans, who have been critical of the high price for Cole, may see this as a big win.

With the Astros improving their rotation, the Yankees will likely turn their attention to Yu Darvish.

Miami Marlins

Marlins Have “No Intention” Of Trading Caleb Smith

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Caleb Smith

The Miami Marlins don’t plan on dealing left-hander Caleb Smith as the trade deadline approaches, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

The Marlins have been stuck in what seems to be a never-ending rebuild and have traded off a ton of assets in recent seasons, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them selling off more talent at the deadline.

Smith, 27, who is currently on the 10-day IL due to some inflammation in his hip, has posted a 3.41 ERA through 66 innings this season.

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Dodgers Place David Freese On Injured List

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David Freese

The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed infielder David Freese on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.

Freese, 36, has had a solid season for the Dodgers, posting a slash line of .308/.407/.592, which is a career best.

Freese has often played first base for the Dodgers this season.

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Finally: Where Will Keuchel & Kimbrel Sign?

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(Sporting News) Where will the MLB's two biggest remaining free agents wind up on Monday?

The 2019 MLB Draft will take place from tomorrow June 3 to Wednesday June 5. In addition to many teams drafting players that will go on to become superstars, it will be notable because the two most high-profile free agents from this past offseason may finally sign.

Former Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel and two-time Reliever of the Year Craig Kimbrel have been free agents since last season ended and are still without homes as the 2019 season gets closer and closer to the midway point. No team was willing to accept either man’s asking price after both turned down $17.9 million qualifying offers from their former teams (Houston and Boston, respectively).

Tomorrow will be the turning point for both men. Starting on the first day of draft proceedings, the team that signs either of them will not have to forego a compensatory draft pick. And since many teams could use the services of either/or, there’s no reason to believe both will not sign quickly.

Keuchel, 31, was the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner with the Astros after leading the the league with 20 wins and a 1.02 WHIP and placing second with a 2.48 ERA. 2018 wasn’t the best season of the lefty’s career but still solid overall (12-11, 3.74 ERA). The team that could use him the most at this point is the New York Yankees.

Duking it out with the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East, the Yankees have gotten a monumental and unexpected pitching lift from the previously unknown Domingo German, who might just be the AL Cy Young winner if it was awarded today. However, Aaron Boone’s rotation still lacks both depth and reliability with the absence of Luis Severino.

Keuchel could fill that void and then some. CBS Sports reports that the Bombers are in on Keuchel and that the two-time All-Star is willing to sign a one-year deal. Will Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman make the move and give his manager a big boost?

The Rays could too be a logical landing spot for Keuchel. Though far less talented on paper than Eastern rivals New York and Boston, Tampa Bay has been one of the best teams in baseball this year and are right in the thick of it with the Yankees. Adding Keuchel might make even more sense for Rays GM Erik Neander.

25-year-old Tyler Glasnow got off to a terrific start this season but was placed on the DL with a forearm strain on May 11 and isn’t expected back until July. 35-year-old Charlie Morton has carried the slack admirably alongside ace Blake Snell, but they both would benefit from having their loads reduced. Keuchel’s agent Scott Boras confirmed that his client has been throwing simulated games every fifth day, so it may not take him very long to get game ready.

As for Kimbrel, also 31, the team that he walked away from appears to be his most-likely destination. The Boston Red Sox’ bullpen has been better than most people thought it would be this season, with journeyman Marcus Walden of all people being the biggest standout. However, it has still struggled, especially of late. Neither Ryan Brasier nor Matt Barnes have proven capable of truly shouldering the closer’s role.

Though he was still a large piece of Boston’s fourth World Championship since 2004, Kimbrel didn’t look his best at times throughout 2018, which is likely why Boston didn’t even consider the five-year deal he was asking for. The seven-time All-Star has reportedly acquiesced on that, however, and is now seeking three-years. Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski would be wise to accept this and bring his stud closer back. The Sox are 29-29 as of today and may struggle to keep pace with Tampa and New York if its relief core doesn’t improve.

Another former home of Kimbrel’s, Atlanta, has also been long rumored as a destination. The Braves were the surprise of the year in the MLB last season and earned Brian Snitker Manager of the Year honors, but the young team hasn’t been able to keep pace with rival Philadelphia after the latter’s offseason spending spree. If GM Alex Anthopolous were to bring the team’s 2011 Rookie of the Year back, it would give fans an instantly recognizable face and shore up a bullpen that, like Boston, has been rocky. It looks as if Kimbrel may have a reunion with a former team either way, but where does he end up?

Think Keuchel and Kimbrel will end up some place different? Be sure to let us know on Twitter at @HomeRunDaily!

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