MLB trade rumors: Sorting out the market for starting pitchers – Sporting News

Two weeks from Monday marks the non-waiver trade deadline, and the Cubs jumped the market for starting pitching by acquiring Jose Quintana from the cross-town White Sox.

That took what many assessed as the top target off the market.

With the clock ticking to July 31, here’s a quick look at three tiers of starting pitchers out there:

Three top targets

Sonny Gray, A’s. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that “once Quintana went off the board, Oakland’s Sonny Gray stepped from the on-deck trade circle to the plate,” and the surprising Brewers, according to multiple reports, have showed the most interest in the 27-year-old right-hander. He broke out in 2015, when he was 14-7 with a 2.73 ERA and an All-Star but has been bothered by injuries. A plus: He can’t be a free agent until after the 2019 season and is making only $3.6 million this year.

Gerrit Cole, Pirates. GM Neal Huntington hasn’t had “a real conversation about Gerrit, and I don’t see us doing so,” he told Peter Gammons (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). The right-hander, 26, is under club control for two more seasons. Huntington told Gammons that “to go move Cole and [Andrew] McCutchen and throw up a white flag is a bad message to the players.” Posturing for a better deal maybe?

Michael Fulmer, Tigers. Sure, GM Al Alvila would prefer to deal Justin Verlander (or Jordan Zimmermann) over Fulmer, 24, who is 10-6 with a 3.06 ERA. But “I think Al is being forced to listen,” an unidentified NL executive told the Boston Globe. “The Tigers could get a huge haul for Fulmer, but they’re trying to get their payroll down and get younger. Trading Fulmer is not necessarily the way to do it.”

Three 2017 rentals

Yu Darvish, Rangers. Here’s what he said at the All-Star Game: “Liking Texas

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