The Phillies continue to search for a pitcher.Philadelphia has “investigated the possibility of trading for” Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke, according to a report from NBC Sports Philadelphia. MLB trade rumors: Phillies have been ‘in contact with every team that has pitching available’ MLB trade rumors: Rangers ‘likely’ to move Mike Minor; Phillies, Brewers interested in starter The 35-year-old right-hander holds a 10-4 record with a 2.95 ERA in 20 starts so far this season. He has struck out 114 and walked just 16 in 128 innings pitched.Greinke, a six-time All-Star, signed a massive six-year, $206.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks in December 2015. He has also pitched for the Royals, Brewers, Angels and Dodgers over his 16-year career. Related News The 37th pitcher to reach 2,500 career strikeouts.#TipOfTheCap , Zack Greinke. pic.twitter.com/6bE9e07PzC— MLB (@MLB) May 22, 2019The Diamondbacks entered play Thursday with a 49-47 record. They trail the Dodgers by 13 1/2 games in the National League West and are just a 1/2-game out of the second wild-card spot.The Phillies, meanwhile, came into the season with high expectations, however, they’ve been inconsistent so far.Philadelphia has reportedly been “in contact with every team that has pitching available,” but president Andy MacPhail said the team might not be willing to trade top prospects for frontline players. “Hard for us to make the judgment now that we’re one trade away from the World Series,” MacPhail told reporters last week, via MLB.com. “We don’t believe that. I don’t believe that. So, as a result, you’re going to have to be more judicious with your playing talent. It doesn’t mean you can’t make a different type of deal, doesn’t mean you can’t make a deal where a component is taking on somebody’s salary.”The Phillies have been linked to the Rangers’ Mike Minor, Tigers ace Matthew Boyd and Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner, as well. Giants’ Madison Bumgarner discusses trade rumors: ‘I feel like I’ve done a good job of blocking it out’
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican lawmakers are moving forward with bills to limit or even eliminate abortions despite recent court rulings that struck down previous abortion restrictions.A Senate subcommittee last week approved a bill that would ban virtually all abortions by declaring a human being’s life begins at conception, and that such a person is due all rights and protections of the state and federal constitutions. Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen calls it an extreme and dangerous bill.Other abortion bills approved last week would elevate the prison sentences for anyone convicted of terminating a human pregnancy and deny federal funds administered by the state for sex education programs conducted by any organization that performs abortions.A constitutional amendment that declares no right to an abortion in the Iowa Constitution also remains on the legislative agenda.Some Republicans, including Gov. Kim Reynolds, vowed last week to seek an abortion ban despite court defeats.