-- The MLB trade deadline is nearing, and speculation is heating up across baseball. Here is what our writers are hearing today:
Jesse Rogers' take: In fact, there is no indication that a real rumor exists, only reports that the Yankees would want slugger Kyle Schwarber in a deal for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller. Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations, was emphatic about looking forward to seeing Schwarber in a Cubs uniform next spring training.
Katie Strang's take: With today's dismissal of longtime Twins general manager Terry Ryan, interim GM Rob Antony takes the helm for the organization at an interesting time -- two weeks prior to the trade deadline. As for what he was told by ownership? "Do whatever it takes," Antony said, noting he was not instructed to cut payroll or shed players. "I don't have any constraints."
Marchand's take: At Triple-A Iowa, the 23-year-old left-handed hitter has a .956 OPS. The Yankees do have first baseman Greg Bird returning from shoulder surgery next year to replace Mark Teixeira, but one scout said that Vogelbach is better than Bird and reasoned that Vogelbach -- who, like Bird, probably can't play the outfield -- might be a DH, but he may rake enough to make it worth it.
David Schoenfield's take: It wouldn't make sense for the Rays to sell low on Archer, who has struggled with fastball command and home runs (he has given up 20 already, after allowing 19 last season) while posting a 4.68 ERA. His contract runs through 2021, when a team option would pay him just $11 million; that's the kind of player the Rays need to keep, not deal.