The Mets look set to focus on the Cubs’ Willson Contreras at the trade deadline

WASHINGTON — Christian Vazquez’s respectable offensive ability, as well as his ability behind the plate, appealed to the Mets as they look for a potential upgrade at catcher. But Monday’s trade of Vazquez from Boston to Houston for two prospects may have signaled that the Mets are more interested in Willson Contreras. The Mets have … Read more

The Houston Astros acquire Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles in a three-team trade

The Houston Astros acquired first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday in a three-team trade that also involved the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to Mancini, the Astros received minor league right-hander Jayden Murray from the Rays, who are acquiring Jose Siri from Houston. The Orioles received minor league righties Seth Johnson … Read more

Rosenthal: What I’m hearing before the MLB trade deadline

This is AJ Preller’s world and the rest of the baseball industry just lives in it. OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But true to form, Preller is chasing a dizzying number of deals and seems almost certain to make at least one big move before Tuesday’s trade deadline at 6:00 PM ET. Will it be … Read more

The New York Yankees traded Scott Effross to the Chicago Cubs

12:49 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB InsiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” The New York Yankees acquired right-hander Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs in a trade for minor league right-hander Hayden Wesneski on Monday. Effross, 28, is a winger in the midst of … Read more