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MLB trade rumors: Phillies have ‘investigated the possibility’ of dealing for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke

first_imgThe 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’last_img read more

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Andy Murray feeling ‘zero pain’ ahead of singles return in Cincinnati

first_imgMurray will face French veteran Richard Gasquet in the opening round after doubles appearances in Washington (Citi Open) and Montreal (Rogers Cup).”I have zero pain,” the former world number one said. “I’m not expecting to be moving as well as I used to but I still think I can probably move better than I am just now. But that will take time. I started playing singles again only a couple of weeks ago.”Obviously, when you’re playing at the highest level against the best players, they hit the ball big and it takes time to get used to that again. And there’s still some improvement to come from my hip operation.”Murray last played singles at the Australian Open, where he suggested retirement could be on the horizon before falling to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.Since having surgery in January, Murray has already won a doubles title — teaming up with Feliciano Lopez to claim victory at the Queen’s Club. @andy_murray has been pleased with his practice performances against top players.— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) August 11, 2019″Pain-wise, obviously, I don’t have pain in my hip,” Murray said. “Recovering from practices that I had? Fine, there were no issues later in the day with my hip.”And then performances in practices with top singles players. At some stage you have to take the step to try to play. My team felt like this was the right time to do that. That’s why I’m giving it a go.”Murray added: “It’s gonna be difficult but that’s just what you have to deal with. That’s the situation I’m in and I would have signed up for being in this position that I’m in right now six months ago. Absolutely.” Andy Murray said he has “zero pain” as the three-time grand slam champion prepares to make his singles return at the Cincinnati Masters.More than six months after undergoing a serious hip operation, Murray will make his singles comeback via the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati. If Murray’s comeback to the singles circuit does not go according to plan, the 32-year-old said he would be willing to drop down to ATP Challenger events.”If things don’t go well and I feel like it might take me a little longer to get up to this level, then that’s definitely an option,” he said. “That’s something I’d be fine with doing.”Ultimately, I’d like to be competing at this level. The quickest way to get up to speed is by being on the practice and match court with top players in my opinion.”last_img read more

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