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Jacob deGrom's agent Kyle Barraclough Jersey , Brodie van Wagenen, didn't mince words when talking about his client's future, perKen Rosenthal of MLB Network:"We have discussed Jacob's future with the Mets at length. Jacob has expressed interest in exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come.If the Mets don't share same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now.The inertia of the current situation could complicate Jacob's relationship with the club and creates an atmosphere of indecision."Asking for clarity on his short- and long-term future is a reasonable request from one of the game's best pitchers.That said, he might not get it.The Mets will test the market for the 30-year-old, but their asking price will be extremely high. That's to be expected for a pitcher who is leading the majors in ERA (1.68) and features team control through 2020.There's a good chance no one will gut their farm system for him, and when the dust settles on the trade deadline, deGrom's situation won't be any clearer.Winner: J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays2 of 8Michael Dwyer/Associated PressJ.A. Happ has flown under the radar during his second stint with the Toronto Blue Jays.Here's a look at where he ranks among starters with at least 400 innings since the start of 2016, when he signed a three-year, $36 million deal.W:40 (T-6th)ERA:3.57 (14th)ERA+:122 (T-13th)WHIP:1.22 (22nd)WAR:8.7 (18th)Those are excellent numbers, yet the 35-year-old is still overlooked on a national level.That could change with one trade.He's the top rental starter on the market and is a virtual lock to be dealt before the deadline.Whether he steps into the No. 2 starter spot in the New York Yankees rotation, gives the Chicago Cubs a boost at the back end of their staff or winds up somewhere else, Happ should have a chance to gain well-deserved notoriety on a contender.A strong showing down the stretch and into October would also boost his free-agent stock as he tries to secure another multiyear deal. Losers: Minnesota Twins3 of 8Brian DozierElaine Thompson/Associated PressA 9-2 stretch leading up to the All-Star break has provided the Minnesota Twins with something dangerous for a team on the fringe of contention.Hope.Despite that run, the Twins are 7.5 games back in the AL Central and a whopping 12.5 back for the second wild-card spot.Still, after making a surprise charge to the Wild Card Game last year, the Twins entered the season with modest expectations, and they could see their recent stretch as a jump-off point for a big second half.If that's the case, they'll likely avoid selling at the trade deadline, and that would be a mistake.MLB Trade Rumors listed Eduardo Escobar, Brian Dozier, Fernando Rodney and Zach Duke as plausible trade chips if the Twins sell. They also mentioned Lance Lynn and Jake Odorizzi as possible buy-low options for contenders in need of starting pitching.Dozier and Escobar are each headed for free agency after this season. Dozier is not producing at the level we've seen in recent seasons, but he's still capable of making an impact, while Escobar is having a career year and provides versatility. With several teams in the market for middle infield help and Machado no longer an option, both players could fetch a sizable return.Rodney (37 G, 21/26 SV, 3.12 ERA) and Duke (42 G, 11 HLD, 3.38 ERA) are both having solid seasons, and teams always need cheap bullpen help.FanGraphsplaces the Twins' postseason chances at 1.8 percent. Standing pat would be a mistake, but there's a good shot they do just that.Winners: Cincinnati Reds4 of 8Matt HarveyScott Cunningham/Getty ImagesThe Cincinnati Reds have done an excellent job of turning spare parts into viable trade chips.MLB Trade Rumorsincluded Matt Harvey (9), Scooter Gennett (57), Jared Hughes (66) and David Hernandez (67) on their list of this year's top 75 trade candidates July 18.Here's how they picked up those players:Harvey:Acquired from the New York Mets May 8 in exchange for Devin Mesoraco and cash. Harvey had a 7.00 ERA in 24 innings at the time of the trade, but he's gone 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 12 starts since joining the Reds.Gennett:Claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers before last season. After a breakout 2017, he's been even better this year. The 28-year-old is leading the NL with a .326 batting average and has 16 home runs, 63 RBI and 3.1 WAR.Hughes:Signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal during the offseason that includes a $3 million option for 2020. He's appeared in 43 games and posted a 1.44 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 7.0 K/9 with nine holds and six saves for 2.3 WAR.Hernandez:Signed a two-year, $5 million deal during the offseason. He's appeared in 29 games and posted a 1.87 ERA http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-wittgren-jersey , 1.07 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 with 10 holds and 1.1 WAR.All four of those guys will draw interest from multiple teams in the upcoming days.While there's a good chance Gennett will stay put, they could flip the other three for quality prospects鈥攕omething that would not have seemed possible when the season began.Losers: Arizona Diamondbacks5 of 8Nick AhmedDustin Bradford/Getty ImagesThe Arizona Diamondbacks' hopes of winning the NL West took a double hit when the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Machado.Not only will the All-Star slugger move to their division, but the D-backs were also hot on the trail of the market's top rental bat.It's been a trying offensive season for Arizona:BA:.229 (28th in MLB)OPS:.702 (24th in MLB)HR:107 (16th in MLB)R/G:4.34 (18th in MLB)Getting any sort of production from Steven Souza Jr. (84 PA, .195 BA, 50 OPS+, 1 HR) would provide a nice in-house boost, but this still looks like a team that needs to add at least one impact bat to return to the postseason.But where will it turn?Dozier could be a fit if the D-backs are open to shifting Ketel Marte to shortstop and putting Nick Ahmed's elite glove on the bench. They won't be the only team vying for his services, though, and as we already touched on, the Twins are by no means a lock to sell.Would Asdrubal Cabrera or Derek Dietrich move the needle? Not likely.There's still time to put something together, but missing out on Machado looks like it could be a crushing blow.Winners: Milwaukee Brewers6 of 8Wilson RamosAdam Hunger/Getty ImagesBold prediction: The Milwaukee Brewers will come out on the other side of not landing Machado with a flurry of mid-level additions that make them a serious postseason threat.Catcher and second base could both be upgraded, and veterans Wilson Ramos and Cabrera would fit nicely at those respective positions. Or maybe they'll aim higher and snag Dozier.Ramos has a hamstring injury that could keep him sidelined until mid-August, but that might simply serve to lower his acquisition price. He'd be a huge upgrade over the incumbent trio of Erik Kratz, Jacob Nottingham and Manny Pina.Maybe they'll even explore a package deal with the Rays that also brings starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi into the mix.What they really need is a legitimate staff ace to front a rotation full of quality, mid-level arms, so a strong push for someone such as Tampa's Chris Archer is also a possibility.We won't try to predict exactly what they'll do, but expect the Brewers to be busy and to come out on the other side of the deadline looking like a serious threat.They've cast off the rebuilding tag and are ready to make a push toward the postseason, and despite a rocky first-half finish, they're still in a strong position to do just that.Losers: Toronto Blue Jays7 of 8Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesOh, what could have been.The Toronto Blue Jays opted against an aggressive offseason sell-off in favor of making one final push with their core group, knowing if they fell out of the race they could still reap the rewards of a busy trade deadline.Or so they thought.Happ should fetch a decent return as the market's top rental starter, but what once looked like a treasure trove of trade chips is now depleted.Josh Donaldson has been sidelined since May 28 with a calf injury, and he suffered a setback in his recovery at the end of June. There's a good chance he'll return before the July 31 deadline passes, but he won't net nearly the same haul he might have during the offseason or if he were healthy.In fact, the Blue Jays may wind up favoring a qualifying offer and the subsequent draft-pick compensation.Marco Estrada (17 GS, 4-7, 4.72 ERA) had a chance to join Happ as a valuable rental arm if he could return to his 2016 form. Instead, it's unlikely he'll bring back anything of significance, as he has middling numbers and a $13 million salary.Relievers Tyler Clippard (48 G, 3.15 ERA) and Seunghwan Oh (45 G, 2.82 ERA) might be the team's two best trade chips, but what can they realistically expect to get for either beyond a mid-level prospect?Simply put, keeping Donaldson and putting off the rebuild was a huge mistake.They'll get to see the full scope of that error Aug. 1.Winners: Los Angeles Dodgers8 of 8Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Dodgers are already winners.They added Machado without parting with the likes of Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, Keibert Ruiz or Gavin Lux.Yusniel Diaz has a chance to be an impact player, and there were other intriguing prospects who went to Baltimore in that deal, but the Dodgers did extremely well to add one of the game's top hitters without gutting the farm.And they're likely not finished.Bob Nightengale ofUSA Todayreported the focus will turn to finding setup help for closer Kenley Jansen.The Dodgers system is flush with high-ceiling prospects beyond the above marquee names, so the team should be able to add a quality arm or two without doing much damage to the farm.L.A. added Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani last summer Orlando Arcia Jersey , and it could take a similar route this time, targeting one rental reliever and one bullpen arm with team control.Zach Britton, Jeurys Familia and Joakim Soria all fall into the first category.Raisel Iglesias, Kyle Barraclough, Kirby Yates and Keone Kela arenames to watch from that second group.At any rate, the Dodgers once again seem prepared to do whatever it takes to put the best roster on the field for the stretch run.The rest of the National League might be in trouble.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and accurate through July 18. As we get set to enter the final month of the 2018 MLB season, teams on the fringe of contention and residing in the middle of the pack in our weekly power rankings continue to jockey for position.The St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays did the most to further their postseason cause. Meanwhile, the NL West continues to be a three-team toss-up, and the AL West, NL Central and NL East titles all still have multiple teams battling for their postseason lives. That should make for an exciting final month of action.For now, just remember these rankings are fluid. Teams rise and fall based on where they were ranked the previous week. If a team keeps winning, it will keep climbing鈥攊t's as simple as that.Here's where all 30 teams stand:Updated Rankings1 Boston Red Sox (90-42)2 New York Yankees (83-47)3 Oakland Athletics (79-52)4 Houston Astros (80-50)5 Chicago Cubs (76-53)6 St. Louis Cardinals (73-58)37 Atlanta Braves (73-57)38 Cleveland Indians (74-56)29 Colorado Rockies (71-59)110 Tampa Bay Rays (70-61)511 Seattle Mariners (74-57)112 Arizona Diamondbacks (72-58)513 Milwaukee Brewers (73-59)14 Los Angeles Dodgers (70-61)315 Philadelphia Phillies (70-60)116 San Francisco Giants (65-67)517 Washington Nationals (65-66)318 Pittsburgh Pirates (64-67)219 Los Angeles Angels (63-68)220 Toronto Blue Jays (60-70)421 New York Mets (58-72)122 Minnesota Twins (61-69)423 Texas Rangers (58-74)424 Chicago White Sox (51-79)225 Cincinnati Reds (56-75)226 Miami Marlins (53-79)127 San Diego Padres (50-83)228 Detroit Tigers (53-78)29 Kansas City Royals (40-91)30 Baltimore Orioles (37-94) Teams That ImpressedBlake SnellSteve Nesius/Associated PressTheTampaBay Raysare making a strong push to climb back into the postseason picture. With a 7-0 week that included sweeps of the Kansas City Royals and division-leading Boston Red Sox, they're now nine games back in the wild-card standings.That surge back to relevance comes thanks to a 13-4 stretch that saw them improve their record from .500 to nine games over. They still have just a 0.2 percent chance of reaching the postseason, according to FanGraphs, but they're back from the depths of 0.0 percent where they resided not long ago.TheSt. Louis Cardinalsalso put together a strong week to strengthen their playoff hopes. A three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a weekend series win over the Colorado Rockies was enough for them to climb three slots into the No. 2 spot among NL teams.Once as many as 8.5 games back in the NL Central standings, the Cardinals have used a 19-5 month that includes a plus-53 run differential to pull within four games of the Chicago Cubs. They also hold the top spot in the wild-card standings by a half-game over the division-rival Milwaukee Brewers.TheHouston Astros(5-1) andOakland Athletics(5-2) kept pace in the battle for AL West supremacy, and they're on a collision course with three games this week. TheChicago Cubs(5-1) andMilwaukee Brewers(4-2) joined the Cardinals in winning both of their series, as the NL Central has three teams within five games of the division lead.Further down the rankings, theToronto Blue Jays(5-1) andChicago White Sox(5-2) were the only other teams to win both of their series. They may be out of the postseason hunt, but they can still play the role of spoiler.Teams That DisappointedManager Gabe KaplerJohn Minchillo/Associated PressAn 11-12 month that includes a 2-6 stretch heading into play Monday has sent thePhiladelphia Philliesfrom a half-game up in the NL East standings to three games behind the rival Braves.The bullpen has shown significant cracks in recent weeks, and the offense has gone cold to the tune of a .712 OPS in August that ranks 22ndin the majors. They still have seven games remaining against the Braves, including a three-game series in Philadelphia to close the season, but they need to turn things around quickly.Meanwhile, thePittsburgh Pirateshad a few more nails driven into their coffin with a 1-5 week against the Braves and Brewers. Since rocketing up the standings with a red-hot finish to July that led them to buy at the trade deadline, they've gone 8-15 to fall 8.5 games back in the wild-card standings.That said, Chris Archer and Keone Kela were more than just rental arms, so their proactive approach on the trade market will still benefit their hopes of contending in 2019.TheLos Angeles Angels(0-5),Minnesota Twins(2-5),Texas Rangers(2-4),Cincinnati Reds(1-6),San DiegoPadres(1-5) andBaltimore Orioles(0-7) also lost both of their series last week, as it was a tough week for non-contenders looking to play spoiler.The Orioles are 37-94, putting them on pace to lose a staggering 116 games.MVPs of the WeekHitter:Kendrys Morales, Toronto Blue JaysStats:11-for-23, 7 HR, 12 RBI, 8 RDesignated hitter Kendrys Morales set a Toronto Blue Jays franchise record when he became just the seventh player in MLB history to homer in seven straight games.The MLB record of eight is shared by Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long Jonathan Villar Jersey , according to ESPN StatsInfo, and the last player to homer in seven straight was Kevin Mench of the Texas Rangers in 2006.Morales was hitting below .200 on June 6 and was starting to look like a candidate to be released, despite having a year left on his contract.However, he's hitting .301/.389/.584 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI in 131 plate appearances since the All-Star break.The Blue Jays will face the last-place Baltimore Orioles on Monday, with right-hander David Hess slated to make the start for the O's. Morales is 4-for-6 with a home run against Hess this year, so he should have as good a chance as any to extend his streak and tie the MLB record. Pitcher:Kevin Gausman, Atlanta BravesStats:2 GS, 2-0, 13.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 KWhat a pickup Kevin Gausman has been for the Atlanta Braves."I can't say enough. He's exceeded expectations," manager Brian Snitker told reporters. "He's fit right in in the clubhouse and on the field. He's been awesome to have here."In five starts since coming over from Baltimore at the trade deadline, Gausman has gone 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 0.88 WHIP while holding opponents to a .184 batting average.He tossed a gem against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, allowing four hits over eight scoreless innings, and he extended his scoreless streak with five shutout frames against the Miami Marlins on Sunday.The 27-year-old is under team control through the 2020 season, so he has a chance to be a major piece of the long-term puzzle for the Braves.At the same time, he's given the Braves an established veteran starter to pair with Mike Foltynewicz at the top of the rotation as they look to secure a playoff spot this season.When the dust settles, that trade could wind up being the most impactful deal of the 2018 deadline.Video Highlights of the WeekLongest Home Run:Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs (481 feet)Javier Baez continues to be must-see TV every time he steps onto a baseball diamond.He's having a breakout season that has seen him go from valuable super-utility player on a Chicago Cubs team that's loaded with young talent to arguably the most indispensable player on the roster and an NL MVP candidate.The 25-year-old ranks among the NL leaders in batting average (.296, 11th), slugging percentage (.575, third), OPS (.903, T-eighth), hits (142, T-10th), doubles (34, fifth), home runs (28, eighth), RBI (97, first), runs (79, 11th), steals (21, T-seventh) and total bases (276, first).He can now add to that list the second-longest home run of the season鈥攁 481-foot bomb Thursday off Cincinnati Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani."I didn't feel it off the bat http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-lorenzo-cain-jersey , really," Baez told reporters. "I think that was one of my dreams, to hit a ball like that with the wind blowing out. Finally, we got it. I think this is game No. 7 that the wind is blowing out here in Chicago. We've been crushing balls here since April and they don't go anywhere with the wind blowing straight in. It feels great to hit a ball that good." Best Defensive Play:Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta BravesWith his five-game home run streak still fresh in our memories, Ronald Acuna Jr. continues to make an impact for the contending Atlanta Braves that belies his age.The 20-year-old phenom is hitting .290/.358/.570 with 21 doubles, 21 home runs and 11 steals in 14 attempts, putting him among the front-runners for NL Rookie of the Year honors, despite the fact that he didn't debut until the end of April and then missed a full month with a knee injury.On top of his tremendous offensive prowess, he's also given the Braves a boost with his glove, tallying 4 DRSwhile showing the instincts, range and closing speed that made him a center fielder in the minors.All that was on full display on this play, as he came flying out of his post in left field to rob Starlin Castro of what looked like a sure hit with an impressive diving, tumbling catch.He's a five-tool talent, and while he's made his presence felt, there's a good chance he's only scratching the surface of his long-term potential.Sit back and enjoy the show, Braves fans.Must-See Upcoming MatchupOakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros (Monday-Wednesday)Gerrit ColeLindsey Wasson/Getty ImagesThis matchup has been highlighted more than once in this section so far this season, and it continues to be perhaps the most compelling in-division battle of the year.The reigning World Series champions against the upstart, small-market team that has blown past expectations to emerge as a bona fide contender. What's not to like?The Astros still hold a 10-6 lead in the season series, but Oakland has taken five of the last seven, including three of four last time they met in Houston at the beginning of July.It will be Gerrit Cole (11-5, 2.73 ERA, 1.01 WHIP), Charlie Morton (13-3, 3.05 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) and Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.54 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) on the mound for the Astros, while the A's will counter with the rejuvenated veteran trio of Brett Anderson (3-3, 3.47 ERA, 1.19 WHIP), Edwin Jackson (4-3, 2.97 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) and Trevor Cahill (5-3, 3.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP).Houston will enter the series with a slim 1.5-game lead in the AL West standings, so the division is on the line at Minute Maid Park.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted.

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