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Red Sox the latest team to target Blue Jays closer Ken Giles

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It’s no secret that the struggling Boston Red Sox could use some bullpen help, or any type of pitching help really. As the trade deadline quickly approaches, they are apparently looking north of the border to secure a reliable arm.

According to reports, the team has expressed interest in a number of reliable relievers, most notable Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles.

The 28-year old, who was initially acquired by Toronto in a trade that shipped controversial right-hander Roberto Osuna to Houston back on July 30, 2018, has turned his career around and excelled in his first full season with the Blue Jays.

In 33 games and 33.0 innings pitched this season, Giles has posted a 1-2 record, 1.64 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and has converted 14 of his 15 save opportunities.

The Red Sox will have other suitors to compete with, considering he is one of the more valuable bullpen arms rumoured to be on the trade market. They also have their eyes on Padres’ ninth-inning stopper Kirby Yates in case they can’t get a deal with the Blue Jays done.

The MLB Trade Deadline is on July 31st.

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MUST SEE: Randal Grichuk robs Mike Trout of extra bases with incredible diving catch!

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The Toronto Blue Jays may have lost, but at least they made it entertaining!

Case in point: this incredible catch by Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk to keep the game tied heading into the bottom of the ninth.

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Blue Jays sign GM Ross Atkins to five-year extension

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The Toronto Blue Jays have locked their general manager up long-term.

The team announced on Wednesday that they have inked Ross Atkins to a five-year contract extension.

“Simply put, Ross makes the Blue Jays better” said team president and CEO Mark Shapiro said in a statement.

“I’m extremely pleased that he will continue leading our baseball operations group during this exciting era…as we continue to move closer to building a sustainable contender for years to come.”

Atkins, 47, has been with the organization since December 2015. During his time, the Blue Jays have made the postseason twice, and have going through a successful rebuild.

“Coming to Toronto with my family has enriched our lives in countless ways and having the opportunity to remain a Blue Jay is something I do not take for granted” said Atkins.

“I cannot wait to continue our pursuit to bring World Series Championships back to Canada and celebrate with our fans when that day comes.”

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Extension talks between Anthony Rizzo and Chicago Cubs have stalled

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Anthony Rizzo’s future with the Chicago Cubs remains up in the air. And if you’re a fan of the team, you can’t be too confident about it after today.

According to reports, talks about a possible contract extension between the club and their All-Star first baseman have reached an impasse, meaning nothing will be done prior to opening day. This likely means Rizzo will play out the final season of his seven-year, $41 million contract extension and test unrestricted free agency this offseason.

The 31-year old, who has been with the Cubs since 2012 and won a World Series with them back in 2016, has posted a combined .274 batting average, .866 OPS, 228 homers and 744 RBI over a span of nine seasons and 1265 games with the franchise.

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