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We're fast approaching the 4 p.m. ET MLB trade deadline , and things about to get nuclear.We've already seen a bunch of notable deals go down involving players such as Manny Machado, Zach Britton, J.A. Happ and Mike Moustakas, but the fun won't stop there.We will be getting rumors up until the last minute, so it's time to examine some of the ones we have at the moment.Could we see any more major players get moved? Have the biggest splashes already been made?Let's start with a rumor buzzing around one of the best players in the entire league.Harper the Subject of RumorsIt should be prefaced that this is highly unlikely, but Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has made his way into the rumor mill.Perhaps the rumors began when Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said it would take "something extreme," according to Joel Sherman of New York Post, to lure Harper away from D.C.Jon Heyman ofFancredhas dispelled some of those rumors, by stating the Nationals want to lock him up for the long term, they're in striking distance of the NL East and the team is mostly back to being healthy:Jon Heyman JonHeymanRivals believe there鈥檚 almost no chance nats will market/trade Bryce Harper in 28-hour window that exists. 1. They want to sign him long-term. 2. They are within striking distance of 2 young teams. 3. They have team mostly back together (except Strasburg).However, even with that stance, the Nationals have reportedly had discussions with the Cleveland Indians about Harper, according to Jon Paul Morosiof the 25-year-old would be revolutionary for their team heading into the postseason.The 2018 season hasn't been kind to Harper, who is batting just .220 despite his 25 home runs.He also has the exact amount of strikeouts he had in 2016 right now in 44 fewer games and 18 more than in 2017 in eight fewer games.On the open market, he will still net a monstrous contract despite this poor season, but that is one of the main reasons there are any rumors about him.That, and the fact he's in the final year of his deal, and there's real potential he could walk after this season.It would be unbelievable to see Harper get dealt. The trade package in return would deplete whichever farm system the team that receives him would have, such as the Indians'.Granderson Back to Yankees?With players such as outfielder Aaron Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez on the disabled list, the New York Yankees could look to add to their squad.The Yankees are looking for an extra hitter who playsthe outfield, according to Heyman Rhys Hoskins Jersey , who also noted Toronto Blue Jays outfielder and former Yankee Curtis Granderson could be an option:Jon Heyman JonHeymanYankees looking for an extra hitter/OF with judge (and Sanchez and Frazier) out. Probably prefer a righty hitter. But the grandy man cgrand3 could be a potential fit.At 37, Granderson doesn't have a whole lot left in the tank. He has double-digit home runs (10), but his batting average is just .233 over 294 plate appearances.Granted, he would be a cheap asset to acquire and would be back on a familiar team, so perhaps he can be the Band-Aid fix they're seeking.Granderson isn't a player a team in 2018 should rely on, but he should do just fine for a few weeks while they get healthy.He'd be cheap and would handle the role the Yankees are looking to fill. Nats Not Done with RealmutoIt seems the Nationals have their eyes on Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.According to Craig Mish, a national sports radio host on SiriusXM, Marlins chief executive Derek Jeter would have the final call on whether to deal the 27-year-old:Craig Mish CraigMishFrom my understanding the Marlins amp;amp; Nationals discussions on Realmuto did not get to the point where ownership would need to sign off on the final deal (or veto it.) If they do progress, on Miamis side the one with the final call is Marlins CEO Derek Jeter.Heyman added that Nationals outfielder Victor Robles and shortstop Carter Kieboom could be considered for trading for the league's best catcher:Jon Heyman JonHeymannats and marlins havent closed door on Realmuto, so there could still be talks until Tuesday. last we heard, nats would consider including Robles or possibly kieboom, and marlins sought both for baseballs best catcher.Realmuto is an elite player in the big leagues, batting .311 with over a dozen home runs.As mentioned already, Washington is nipping at the heels of the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, and adding Realmuto would help its cause immeasurably.However, it sounds like they would need to trade two of their top prospects for a guy the Marlins are working out a long-term extension with.It's not totally impossible this deal goes down. At the end of the day, will the Nationals meet the Marlins' asking price to the point where they can't say no? Or do they hold on to their prospects and plan for a life without Harper after 2018?This could be a monumental decision that could heavily impact the Nationals organization.Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference DETROIT (AP) — This time, the Kansas City Royals had enough hitting and pitching.Ian Kennedy pitched three-run ball into the eighth inning, and the Royals stopped a five-game slide by holding off the Detroit Tigers for a 4-3 win on Friday night.Alex Gordon had three hits for the Royals, who hit four homers in 11-8 loss in the series opener. Rosell Herrera had two hits and drove in a run.“We made a couple mistakes on 0-2 pitches, and they cost us runs ,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Other than that, our pitching was fantastic.”The sloppy Tigers committed three errors while losing for the eighth time in 11 games.“We just played terrible baseball,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We made errors and we made bad decisions.”Kennedy (3-8) won his second straight start, permitting two earned runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out six and walked none.“I’ve been executing in the last three games — that’s literally the only thing that has changed,” Kennedy said. “I’m throwing good pitches, and in meaningful spots, I’m throwing strikes.”Wily Peralta worked a shaky ninth for his 12th save. Ronny Rodriguez led off with an infield single, but James McCann bunted into a 1-6 forceout at second.“Wily’s more athletic than he looks,” Yost said. “He bounded off the mound and made a great throw to second.”Jeimer Candelario then drew a pinch-hit walk before Peralta struck out Dawel Lugo and Jim Adduci.Detroit left-hander Francisco Liriano (5-11) was charged with four runs, one earned, and six hits in six innings. He has a 1.88 ERA in his last four starts.Kansas City jumped in front on Detroit’s first defensive mistake. With one out in the first, Adalberto Mondesi singled and took off on a 1-1 pitch to Gordon.Gordon looped a single to shallow left, and Mondesi took a big turn at third and kept going when rookie Christin Stewart lobbed the ball into second.“I kept my head up on the play, and I’m always looking to make a play,” Mondesi said. “When I saw he was going to make the short throw, I went hard.”Stewart, a hitting prospect not known for solid defense, was making his 12th major league appearance.“That will be a learning experience for the kid,” Gardenhire said. “He’s got to be quicker getting to the ball, and he’s got to get rid of it. If he makes a faster play and hits the cut-off man, everything is fine.”Gordon added an RBI single in the third Tommy Hunter Jersey , and the Royals scored two more runs in the fourth, aided by errors by first baseman Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stewart.“We’re going to be working on defense a lot in spring training,” Gardenhire said. “We’ll have our whole group together and we’re going to improve some of these things.”Rodriguez homered in the fifth for the Tigers, and Nicholas Castellanos doubled home a run in the sixth.Kennedy left after Pete Kozma reached on an error, and Castellanos made it 4-3 with a two-out double off Kevin McCarthy. Victor Martinez, playing in his next-to-last major league game, grounded out to first to end the inning.Martinez received an ovation before the at-bat.“I wish I could have gotten a hit there for the fans,” he said. “They are like a family to me. Families fight, and there have been some times when they let us know we weren’t playing well, but they are always here for us.”TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: With INFs Niko Goodrum (quad) and Candelario (back) still bothered by injuries, Harold Castro was promoted from Triple-A Toledo. Castro hadn’t arrived by game time, and the Tigers ended up with Saltalamacchia playing first base for the first time since 2016.ETIQUETTE QUESTIONIn the eighth inning, McCarthy rode in on the Comerica Park bullpen cart and didn’t know what to do at the end of the ride.“I had never done that before, so I wasn’t sure if I should tip the driver,” he said.ONE MORE GAME FOR MARTINEZMartinez announced before Friday’s game he will finish his 16-season career on Saturday against the Royals. Martinez will sit out Sunday’s series finale and accompany the team on its final road trip without playing.“I feel like I owe it to the fans to have my final at-bats here,” said Martinez, who will be honored in a pregame ceremony.UP NEXTThe teams play the third game of their series on Saturday night, with Detroit’s Jordan Zimmermann (7-8, 4.41 ERA) facing Jakob Junis (8-12, 4.42 ERA).

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