MLB trade rumors roundup: Updates on Rangers’ Joey Gallo, Pirates’ Adam Frazier, Nationals’ Max Scherzer

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The MLB trade deadline is a week from Friday. That leaves little time for general managers to wheel and deal. Here’s a quick rundown on some trade targets who have been linked to the New York Yankees.

Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo: MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports Gallo is expected to “stay put.” Per MLB.com:

“Gallo’s made it clear he wants to stay,” Heyman said on Tuesday’s episode of the Big Time Baseball podcast. “Texas is a team that’s got the money, and he’s got a year to go before he’s a free agent. Players in that position are usually more likely to stay than go. Never going to say never, but I would say it’s more likely, even though [Kyle] Gibson’s got a year to go as well, that they end up trading Gibson and holding onto Gallo.”

The 27-year-old Gallo is a two-time All-Star. He’s fourth in the American League this season with 24 home runs.

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Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier: Heyman expects Frazier to be traded before the July 30 deadline.

Heyman put the chances at “90% or more” in Tuesday’s episode of the Big Time Baseball podcast. Frazier is controllable through 2022, so Pittsburgh could wait to deal him, but Heyman expects the rebuilding club to capitalize on the infielder’s career year at age 29.

Frazier started for the National League last week in the All-Star Game. He’s fourth in MLB this season with a .326 batting average.

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer: MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand and Jon Morosi think the Nationals will trade the three-time Cy Young Award winner.

Morosi: Oh, I could definitely see Scherzer being moved.

Feinsand: Plus, the Nats can always sign Scherzer back as a free agent, a la (Aroldis) Chapman and the Yankees. Why not get a good piece or two that can help in 2022 and bring back Scherzer? If the Nationals make him available, that will cause a frenzy, both among the Nats’ fan base and among the front offices of pitching-needy contenders.

Scherzer started for the National League last week in the All-Star game. He’s fourth in MLB this season with 142 strikeouts.

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