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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Baseball

Bryce Harper, wife start Instagram food account

Bryce Harper Kayla Varner

Bryce Harper and wife Kayla are stepping into a new area.

Harper’s wife announced in an Instagram story Thursday that the two are launching a food account on the social media service after receiving multiple requests to do so.

Their food account is called “HarpEats.” Their first post is sure to make any foodie salivate.

WELCOME to the pig life, y'all #HarpEats #theharpers

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In addition to sharing photos of each other and about baseball, both Harpers have demonstrated a tendency to post food pics on Instagram. Here are some they have shared over the past year.

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Sonny Gray reportedly of interest to Yankees

The New York Yankees are reportedly in the hunt for Oakland Athletics starter Sonny Gray.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees have been given a price tag for Gray, one of the most sought-after starters on the trade market.

It seems more likely than not that Gray will ultimately be traded. Another American League team sounds like it might be the frontrunner, but the Yankees, who are very much in need of another starting pitcher, are also in the mix.

The price on Gray will be high, as he will be under team control through 2019 and already has an established track record of success. Gray is 6-4 with a 3.66 ERA this season.

Twins, Braves reportedly finalizing Jaime Garcia trade

Jaime Garcia

The Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves are nearing a deal involving starting pitcher Jaime Garcia.

Reports all Thursday have said the two sides were talking about such a trade, and now Twins beat writer Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press says the deal is close to being finalized.

Garcia’s salary for 2017 is $12 million, and he has nearly $5 million left to be paid this season. The Twins have apparently agreed to pick up a good chunk of the remaining money he is owed.

The southpaw’s numbers this season are not very good — he has a 4.33 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 106 innings. But he did throw seven solid innings against the Diamondbacks last time out to break a streak of four straight starts of at least five runs allowed, which may have given Minnesota some hope of a turnaround.

The two sides are now reviewing medical reports, which could be a key point given Garcia’s history of shoulder problems. Garcia is the second starter the Twins have added this month as they also picked up Bartolo Colon in recent weeks. They have been looking to upgrade their rotation considering they are in the thick of the race in the weak AL Central.

Report: Josh Harrison on Red Sox radar

Another day, another potential savior at third base for the Boston Red Sox.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Thursday that Boston is interested in Josh Harrison, but the Pittsburgh Pirates’ asking price is said to be high.

Harrison, 30, is club-controlled through 2020 and was just selected to his second career All-Star team, both of which would help explain that price tag.

The Red Sox have a cast a wide net in their attempt to remedy their anemic third base situation, and Harrison, who can also play in the outfield, is one of the more versatile options potentially available on the market. He will likely cost them a rich haul of prospects though, but Boston almost has to make a move with the rest of the AL East rapidly breathing down their neck.

Astros reportedly viewed as ‘most motivated suitor’ for Zach Britton

Zach Britton

It sounds like the Houston Astros could be preparing to make a very big splash ahead of MLB’s trade deadline.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, rival evaluators reportedly see the Astros as the team most motivated to acquire closer Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles.

Any Britton trade would likely start with at least top prospects Francis Martes or Kyle Tucker, perhaps even both. The lefty reliever would command a huge return, both due to his impeccable performances and the fact that he is under team control through 2018. Houston will definitely face competition for him, but if they’re willing to pay up, it could only be a matter of time before a deal comes together.

Report: Astros ‘heating up’ Sonny Gray talks

The Houston Astros are reportedly stepping up their efforts to acquire Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported Thursday that Gray, one of the top starting pitchers available on the trade market, is the subject of escalating talks between the Astros and Athletics.

The Astros have long been linked to the 27-year-old, who has a 3.66 ERA in 15 starts for Oakland this season. Houston is seeking another starting pitcher, and Gray presents a young, controllable option who is just entering his prime and could provide a valuable secondary option to Dallas Keuchel.

Indians interested in acquiring Jay Bruce?

After acquiring Andrew Miller at last year’s trade deadline, the Cleveland Indians may be making a similar splash again this year.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Thursday, some believe the Indians could become interested in New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce.

The 30-year-old Bruce has had a strong 2017, hitting .266/.332/.529 with 24 home runs and 63 RBIs in 87 games. Though he is in the final year of his contract, Bruce is quite familiar with the state of Ohio, having played the first eight years of his career with the Cincinnati Reds.

Cleveland’s attention has recently seemed to be on trading for pitching. But at the same time, they’ve had a largely mediocre platoon of players rotating the reps in right field this season. The sub-.500 Mets have indicated at least some willingness to deal the three-time All-Star Bruce, and he would represent an immediate upgrade for the AL Central-leading Indians, especially at the plate.

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