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, the chances are you missed some notable news and rumors.A host of transactions went down. Cincinnati Reds slugger Adam Duvall is now an Atlanta Brave. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim second baseman Ian Kinsler joined the Boston Red Sox, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and The Athletic. Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was traded to the Houston Astros, and Minnesota Twins starter Lance Lynn headed east to join the New York Yankees.All of that news doesn't include the trade rumors that flew in on Monday. Here's a look at the latest surrounding some big names.Bryce HarperPer Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post,the Washington Nationals haven't closed the door on trading superstar right fielder Bryce Harper prior to the non-waiver trade deadline of Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET:Chelsea Janes chelsea_janesSo I now get the sense from people around the team that as of mid-afternoon, Nationals had not ruled out trading Harper. Unclear if that means they鈥檙e just doing due diligence on offers or soliciting them. Makes they would do the former, at least to some extent. bYIuPG86LVChelsea Janes chelsea_janesThe gap between picking up the phone just in case and actively negotiating is wide, and I don鈥檛 have any confirmation they鈥檝e bridged that. But it still seems (at least for now) that everything is on the table, which is informative in itself. YNDhdcdIR9Marc Feinsand of MLB.com reported that Harper was "available":Mark Feinsand FeinsandAccording to a source, the Nationals are making it known to other teams that Bryce Harper is indeed available.Rosenthal also noted similar sentiments to Janes and Feinsand, and quoted an executive's take on the matter:Ken Rosenthal Ken_RosenthalSources confirm: #Nationals sending 鈥渇eelers鈥?out on Bryce Harper. 鈥淚鈥檇 be shocked if they do it,鈥?one rival exec says. 鈥淭hey鈥檙e seeing if someone wants to go crazy.鈥?First with the news that Harper was available: chelsea_janes and Feinsand.Finally,Jon Morosi of Fox Sports and the MLB Network named one team in talks regarding a Harper deal:"The [Cleveland] Indians and Nationals have communicated recently regarding a possibleBryce Harpertrade, sources told MLB.com on Monday, but the discussions have yet to gather momentum."Harper is set to become a free agent after the year is over, and it's possible the Nats look to move the six-time All-Star so they don't risk losing him for nothing in the offseason.Furthermore Kyle Hendricks Jersey
, the Nats are 52-52 and in third place in the National League East. While Harper makes the team better, it's possible that Washington, which has lost in the National League Division Series four times this decade, could move the superstar in exchange for a package it can't refuse.Or the Nats can simply buckle down, push for the playoffs and hope to re-sign Harper in the offseason.Regardless, Washington needs to make a decision quickly. Andrew McCutchenAndrew McCutchen's stay in San Francisco may not last long, as it looks like numerous teams are interested in the 2013 National League MVP.Per Jon Morosi, three teams could be in the mix:Jon Morosi jonmorosiSources: #Yankees, #Phillies, #Indians have shown interest in Andrew McCutchen, as #SFGiants consider deals involving their pending free agents. MLB MLBNetworkMcCutchen spent the first nine years of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the Giants in January this year. He's had a decent year at the dish, hitting 10 home runs alongside 43 RBI and a .760 OPS.He hasn't fared particularly well in the field during his career (-6.1 defensive WAR, per Baseball Reference), but teams would largely be getting him for his bat and remarkable durability (since his first full season in 2010, McCutchen has never missed more than 16 games).San Francisco is below .500 and looking up at three teams in the NL West http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-mike-montgomery-jersey
, so it might look to trade away some veterans for prospects that could help re-stock a farm system that Joel Reuter of Bleacher Report ranked just 26th in June.On the opposite side of a deal, the Cleveland Indians make the most sense out of the teams mentioned. The Tribe have a big need for an outfielder given the litany of injuries Cleveland outfielders have suffered during this season, so McCutchen could lock down a spot as the team enters the stretch run.Chris ArcherThe No. 1 starting pitcher left on the trading block is the Tampa Bay Rays' Chris Archer. While a host of teams are after him, it's unclear as to whether Tampa will deal him at this time.Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Timeshas the latest:"Chris Archer has been and will be the main topic of conversation, with the Rays sorting through interest from around a dozen teams and now asking for final offers, which they could spend all night reviewing."The Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, Padres and Yankees are considered the most interested teams and would seem to have the young talent to match up. Other teams that have been mentioned include the A's, Astros, Brewers, Phillies and Pirates."The 29-year-old Archer has a career 3.45 xFIP and 25.7 percent strikeout rate, per FanGraphs, so it's easy to see why he's so coveted. At his best, Archer can be a staff ace that anchors a rotation.Given how many teams could be involved Ian Happ Jersey
, this looks like a situation where the Rays could say deal or no deal in the final hour. It's also possible a team presses the panic button and gives Tampa Bay an offer it can't refuse. Some playoff contenders have had starting-pitching struggles this year, such as the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs.The market to deal Archer is clearly there, but given his skill set plus the fact that he is under team control through 2021, it would likely take a sizable haul to land him. Count Boston Red Sox owner John Henry among those who believe spending more money aids in building a winning team.According to ESPN.com's David Schoenfield, Henry suggested as much Monday:"I think the Baltimore payroll was double what the Tampa payroll was last year. Close to double. There is a correlation, I'm sure there is a correlation, but it's not as perfect. It's very difficult to predict things in baseball, to predict player performance. Spending more money helps."That may seem obvious, but it flew in the face of what MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said previously, as he opined, "I reject the notion that payroll is a good measure for how much a team is trying or how successful that team is going to be."There has been no shortage of debate regarding the importance of spending, since the top available free agents, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, remain unsigned at the start of spring training.Spending yielded mixed results in 2018. The Red Sox won the World Series with the top payroll at over$227 million, and the Los Angeles Dodgers won their second consecutive National League pennant with the third-highest payroll at a shade under $200 million.The Chicago Cubs (fourth) Jose Quintana Jersey
, New York Yankees (sixth) and Houston Astros (ninth) all made the playoffs.Half the teams in the top 10 did not reach the postseason, though, as the San Francisco Giants (second), Washington Nationals (fifth), Los Angeles Angels (seventh), St. Louis Cardinals (eighth) and Seattle Mariners (10th) all fell short.Meanwhile, the Oakland Athletics reached the playoffs with the league's third-lowest payroll.Selectivity in free agency played a huge role in the Red Sox's World Series win. Like Harper and Machado this year, slugger J.D. Martinez went unsigned into spring training in 2018. Boston picked him up, and he had a huge year with a .330 batting average, 43 home runs and 130 RBI.The Red Sox are once again set to enter the season with MLB's highest payroll, while the Cubs, Yankees and Dodgers are the next three in line. All four of those teams are expected to make the playoffs.Spending may not be the only indicator of team success, but the Red Sox have shown over the past 15 years that allocating big money wisely can go a long way toward building championship-winning clubs.