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12:15 AM ET, July 23, 2021

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Mark Feinsand / MLB.com:
Execs expecting a ‘frenzy’ at the Deadline  —  Every year, as the calendar approaches the final days of July, teams around the Majors begin to feel the heat with regards to the Trade Deadline.  —  We're a little more than a week away, so we spoke with a half-dozen front-office executives …
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB trade deadline - Who could rock the next 10 days?  Plus biggest stars available and teams looking to add  —  The calls started Monday.  For weeks, teams have danced around the looming July 30 trade deadline — the ones looking to add not wanting to jump the market …
Rob Bradford / Audacy:
Chaim Bloom explains how Chris Sale will impact Red Sox approach to trade deadline  —  Chris Sale is close to coming back to the major leagues.  Chaim Bloom said as much when appearing on the Greg Hill Show Thursday morning.  —  But that doesn't mean the Red Sox' Chief Baseball Officer …
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ESPN:
2021 MLB trade deadline tracker, rumors, news, analysis and latest buzz  —  The 2021 MLB trade deadline is approaching fast, with front offices weighing their biggest needs before 4 p.m. ET on July 30 arrives.  —  Will the Chicago Cubs deal away some of their best-known players …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Brent Zwerneman / Houston Chronicle:
Exclusive: Texas, Oklahoma reach out to SEC about joining conference  —  HOOVER, Ala. — A decade after major conference realignment shook up college football, big changes might again be on the horizon.  —  Texas and Oklahoma of the Big 12 have reached out to the Southeastern Conference …
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
Injured Royals starter Danny Duffy piques Giants' interest, sources say  —  LOS ANGELES — With baseball's trade deadline a week from Friday, the Giants might have one unusual option: trading for a player who is currently on the injured list.  —  The team has expressed interest …
Marc Berman / New York Post:
Knicks' Reggie Bullock drawing interest from Celtics, 76ers  —  In coach Tom Thibodeau's words, the Knicks are looking at July 29's draft for “wings and shooters.”  —  They have one in their midst who performed admirably during their 41-31 season.  But they could lose him to a division rival …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Oakland approves new ballpark term sheet; A's say ‘not effective path forward’  —  Oakland City Council members voted 6-1 in favor of a nonbinding term sheet for the Oakland Athletics' proposed waterfront ballpark Tuesday, but the session ended with confusion as to whether negotiations between the city and the team would continue.
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Matt Kawahara / San Francisco Chronicle:
Agent Scott Boras among those awaiting A's stadium resolution
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Dave Roberts upset as Los Angeles fans boo Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen following blown save  —  Kenley Jansen served up the go-ahead home run to Wilmer Flores in Wednesday's ninth inning, blowing his second consecutive save in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-2 loss to the first-place San Francisco Giants …
Miami Herald:
A look at how contract talks between Marlins, Marte unfolded and ended with no extension  —  The Miami Marlins and outfielder Starling Marte, after two weeks of back and forth discussion, were unable to agree to a contract extension.  —  What happened?  Here's the rundown:
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Marcus Stroman and Jeurys Familia combine for 1-hit shutout against Reds  —  CINCINNATI — The Mets finally got a taste of what it's like to have dominant performances from both sides of the ball.  —  Marcus Stroman held Cincinnati to one hit over eight shutout innings and the offense crushed three home runs …
Discussion: Newsday and New York Post
ESPN:
Tampa Bay Rays acquire slugger Nelson Cruz in four-player trade with Minnesota Twins  —  MLB, Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins  —  The Tampa Bay Rays acquired slugger Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in a four-player trade.  —  The Twins received minor league pitchers Joe Ryan …
 
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