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Rays “keeping in touch” with free agent closer Craig Kimbrel

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With seven MLB All-Star appearances, two Reliever of the Year awards, and a World Series under his belt, it’s a shock that veteran closer Craig Kimbrel hasn’t found a home yet a month-and-a-half into the 2019 MLB season. But it appears a team’s interest is heating up.

According to reports, the first-place Tampa Bay Rays remain interested in signing Kimbrel, and the two sides have been “keeping in touch” as the season progresses.

The 30-year old has put up incredible numbers throughout his career. Through nine seasons and 542 regular season games split between the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox, Kimbrel has posted a combined 31-19 record, 1.91 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 90.7 save percentage to go along with the rest of his accolades.

Adding Kimbrel to the fold would add extra firepower to an already potent Rays bullpen, which ranks third in the MLB with a 3.21 ERA through 39 games.

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Diamondbacks looking to trade outfielder Adam Jones

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Adam Jones could have a new home by the end of the month.

According to a report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks are shopping veteran outfielder Adam Jones, and could move him before the upcoming MLB Trade Deadline despite being in the thick of things for an NL Wild Card spot.

Jones, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Diamondbacks in March after 11 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, has posted a .268 batting average, .757 OPS, 13 homers and 44 RBI in 86 games this season.

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Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be out at least six more weeks with lat strain, right shoulder inflammation

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The New York Yankees are going to have to wait a little while longer before their ace returns to the rotation.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the media on Friday that All-Star right hander Luis Severino will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks before he’s able to return to the lineup.

The 25-year old Dominican has yet to throw a pitch this season after being sustaining rotator cuff inflammation in his right shoulder during Spring Training, and later being diagnosed with a Grade 2 lat strain in April.

Severino, who is in the first season of a four-year, $40 million contract extension, has posted a 41-25 record, 3.51 ERA, and 1.15 WHIP over a span of 518 innings ptiched and four seasons with the franchise.

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Pirates asking a lot from Dodgers in Felipe Vazquez trade talks

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If the Los Angeles Dodgers want to take Felipe Vazquez off the Pittsburgh Pirates’ hands, it’s going to cost them quite a bit.

According to sources, the Pirates are asking for two of the Dodgers’ top four prospects as a starting point in trade talks for the veteran closer.

The two-time MLB All-Star has posted a 2-1 record, 2.11 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and converted 20 of 21 save opportunities in 35 games and 38.1 innings pitched so far this season.

He is currently in the second season of a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract extension that include a pair of $10 million club options in 2022 and 2023.

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