Who will stay, and who will go? SI.com's Cliff Corcoran writes that some of the New York Yankees’ top prospects could find themselves out of pinstripes when the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline arrives. Among those who might be traded: catcher Jesus Montero.
"The best hitting prospect in the game prior to Bryce Harper's arrival, Montero projects as a monster bat," Cocorcan writes. "But he has yet to convince anyone he'll remain a catcher, which makes him a poor fit for a Yankees team that has Mark Teixeira signed to play first base through 2016 and may ultimately need to turn the increasingly fragile Alex Rodriguez, signed through 2017, into a designated hitter."
But the Yanks won't be the only team that may start swapping. The San Francisco Giants could give up top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler as they look to build their offense and rest on the pitching laurels of Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. Among others who may be traded: catcher Yasmani Grandal (Cincinnati Reds), pitcher Robbie Erlin (Texas Rangers) and pitcher Dellin Betances (Yankees).
Must-watch game tonight:
Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins (8:10 p.m. ET) – The Tigers will look for their 10th consecutive victory over the Twins at Target Field.
By the numbers
12: Number of years caddie Steve Williams worked for Tiger Woods before their split was announced Wednesday.
15,404: Number of fans who turned out to greet U.S. women's national soccer team stars Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and others at Wednesday's match between South Florida's magicJack and the Western New York Flash.
12: Number of games in the Texas Rangers' latest winning streak, which ended Wednesday night in a 9-8 loss against the Los Angeles Angels.