Tuesday's MLB trade news and views

— -- The MLB trade deadline is nearing, and speculation is heating up across baseball. Here is what our writers are hearing:

Trade Deadline Daily: July 18 

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Katie Strang's take: Tigers LF Justin Upton balked when asked about the importance of the next 12 games heading into this year's trade deadline. He seemed surprised at any suggestion that the Tigers might be sellers, noting the team's place within the division and wild card standings, and also expressed confidence in his club even if Detroit decides to stand pat.