The Astros, Blue Jays, Royals, Dodgers, Pirates and Yankees are all looking to acquire a starting pitcher before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman (July 7, 2015). In addition to Jon Niese, Heyman believes starting pitchers Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Jeff Samardzija, Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir, Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross could all become available in the next few weeks.
In listening to people involved in this market, I sense Niese - like Dillon Gee in the offseason - is viewed as a fall-back option, especially knowing the Mets are growing desperate for a deal.
Meanwhile, multiple reports indicate the following outfielders have recently become available in trade, with the Angels, Cubs and Giants, in addition to the Mets, all showing interest:
A's OF Josh Reddick, who recently made negative comments about Oakland's front office, may be available, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal (July 6, 2015). The Angels tried to acquire Reddick as part of a three-team deal earlier this month, which would've included the Red Sox. However, according to Rosenthal, the deal failed to gain momentum and fell apart.
The Royals, Cubs, Mets, Yankees and Nationals have all expressed interest in Oakland's Ben Zobrist, though I keep hearing the A's have yet to signal to the market whether they're buyers or sellers. In fact, everyone I've talked with inside baseball assumes Billy Beane will do both, likely dealing Zobrist and Kazmir for guys who can help this season and beyond.
The Braves may look to sell high on OF Cameron Maybin, who they acquired from San Diego for Craig Kimbrel earlier this season, ESPN's Buster Olney said on Twitter (July 6, 2015). Maybin, 28, has seven HR and is hitting .297.
Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said he'll entertain offers for any player on his roster, including OF Yasiel Puig. However, Yahoo! reporter Tim Brown told SNY.TV that he believes there is no sense of urgency from the organization to move him and it’s not likely to happen, despite recent reports about disdain for him in the clubhouse (July 1, 2015).
In the New York Post on Monday, reporter Joel Sherman listened Padres OF Will Venable, Brewers OF Gerardo Parra, D-Backs OF David Peralta, M’s OF Seth Smith and Red Sox utility-man Brock Holt as possible targets for Sandy Alderson. As I said yesterday, sources say Holt and Peralta are not likely to get moved, at least not until the absolute last minute and I don't think anyone knows what the Padres intend to do. Smith and Parra, on the other hand, are very much available, affordable and make a lot of sense for the Mets.
Lastly, in the event the Indians become sellers, Rosenthal sees outfielders David Murphy and Ryan Raburn as the mostly to get dealt this month (July 7, 2015). Murphy, by the way, is batting .323 with five HR against right-handed pitching this season, while spending an equal amount of time in right and left field.