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NEW YORK (AP) — In a lopsided win , this was not the kind of big hit the New York Yankees hoped to see.Didi Gregorius hurt his left heel in a collision at first base during a 10-2 romp over Toronto on Sunday, an injury that could sideline the star shortstop for a while.“It’s something that we’ll monitor over the next 24 hours, could potentially be a DL thing,” said manager Aaron Boone, who Gregorius had a “pretty bad bruise.”The Yankees, with the second-best record in the majors behind AL East-leading Boston, already have sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez on the disabled list. Gregorius is batting .270 with 22 home runs and 74 RBIs, and has 48 extra-base hits this season.Boone said rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres could fill in at short if Gregorius is out for an extended time.Gregorius, who was hitting cleanup, was hurt while beating out an infield hit in a six-run first, an inning capped by Greg Bird’s grand slam.Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis fielded Gregorius’ grounder and made an off-balance throw that first baseman Kendrys Morales fielded on one hop. Morales was in the baseline and Gregorius tumbled over him.Gregorius remained in the game for the moment, but was lifted prior to the start of the top of the third.J.A. Happ stayed unbeaten with New York by topping his former Toronto teammates and Greg Bird hit a grand slam during a six-run first inning.Happ (14-6) faced the Blue Jays for the first time since they traded him to the Yankees on July 26. The 35-year-old lefty has won all four of his starts for New York.“It was strange, I think I can admit that,” Happ said. “I think I probably prefer not knowing the opposition the way that I know those guys.”Happ allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight. Randal Grichuk hit a solo homer in the first.Blue Jays manager John Gibbons joked that his former pitcher had no idea about his club’s offensive approach there.“I guess Happ hadn’t been paying attention while he was here because we swing 3-0 a lot and Grich got him,” he said.Rookie Miguel Andujar drove in two runs and backup infielder Ronald Torreyes, who replaced Gregorius, added three hits as the Yankees finished off a three-game sweep.The Yankees’ first six batters each reached base against Ryan Borucki (2-3).Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton walked and Andujar hit a tying single. Gregorius followed with his hit and Torres reached on an infield single, setting up Bird’s slam into the right field stands. Borucki got the next two batters out before he was replaced.Happ allowed a leadoff homer to Morales in the sixth.The Yankees scored four more runs in the sixth, with Gibbons getting ejected for arguing a call at first base.HOMECOMINGThe Yankees start a series Monday night at Miami, where Stanton played his first eight years in the majors. Stanton led the majors with 59 home runs last season and was the NL MVP. This will be his first game at Marlins Park since being traded to the Yankees in December. And by the way, he is just one home run shy of his 300th.“It’s going to be weird for sure walking in, going to the visitors’ side,” Stanton said. “But I am looking forward to it. It’s a big part of my life, my time down there. It will be a cool experience.”TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (right middle finger blister) was put on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 16. … LHP Thomas Pannone was called up from Triple-A Buffalo. He is scheduled to start Wednesday against Baltimore , but pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. … Purchased the contract of RHP Justin Shafer from Buffalo. He pitched one scoreless inning in his big league debut. … LHP Luis Santos was optioned to Buffalo. … RHP Aaron Sanchez was moved to the 60-day disabled list.Yankees: C Austin Romine, who took a hard foul tip to his mask on Saturday, was held out of the game. He said he did not have a concussion. . After the game, Judge said he participated in some baseball activities earlier in the day. He is still experiencing pain in his right fractured wrist.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (6-9, 4.87 ERA) will be on the mound Monday night to start the first game of three at home against Baltimore.Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-4, 4.03) starts the opener a two-game set at Miami. Tanaka lost his last start against Tampa Bay on Thursday, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out six. Sticking with the Cubs, we've got the mother of all "say whaaat?" rumors, and it's centered on superstar third baseman Kris Bryant.According to's Buster Olney, the Cubbies "are willing to discuss trade proposals for almost all of the players on their roster," including Bryant, per sources.Bryant, Olney notes, had shoulder issues and underwent two disabled list stints in 2018. Concurrently, he hit .272 with 13 home runs in 102 games.He's also into his arbitration years, meaning he'll get progressively more expensive before he hits free agency after the 2021 season.All that stipulated, it's difficult, if not impossible, to imagine that Chicago would trade the 2016 NL MVP, especially after a down year when his value might be depressed.Executive Theo Epstein didn't slam the door on a Bryant trade, but he came close.At the general managers meetings, Epstein said the Cubs had no "untouchable" players on the roster, per Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.He later clarified those remarks."I answered a general question about whether we have untouchables," Epstein said, per Sullivan. "Like most every organization, we will listen to anything Ryan Zimmerman Jersey , but that's just an operating philosophy.We are lucky to have some impact players, and we are looking to add to them, not subtract."The Hamels extension bears that out. This one stinks from a mile away.B.S. Meter: HighRumor: The Yankees Are Seeking Trades for Corey Kluber and Other Top SPs3 of 9Charlie Riedel/Associated PressAccording to Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees hope to add two starting pitchers this winter even after they re-upped veteran lefty CC Sabathia.New York, Heyman adds, met with the Cleveland Indians about Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber at the GM meetings. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, they also spoke to Seattle about James Paxton.Any of those arms would be a significant upgrade for the Yankees, whose starting pitchers fizzled in their Division Series loss to the Boston Red Sox. Kluber, in particular, would give them a bona fide ace to pair with the mercurial Luis Severino.Adding a top-level pitcher via trade would cost the Yankees multiple high-end prospects. They could look to free agency instead; Heyman name-dropped left-handers Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ as possible FA targets.The Yanks have the minor league chips to swing a major trade or two, however, and are active on the wheeling-and-dealing front. This one makes sense.B.S. Meter: LowRumor: The Diamondbacks Might Move Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke4 of 9David Zalubowski/Associated PressThe Arizona Diamondbacks are coming off a disappointing season in which they sank to third place in the National League West and missed the playoffs.They could consider drastic measures, Heyman reports, including trading All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and ace Zack Greinke.Hang on.The Diamondbacks are one year removed from a postseason appearance. Goldschmidt is the face of the franchise and is signed for an affordable $14.5 million in 2019. Yes, he'd fetch a massive prospect haul in his contract year, but it's nearly impossible to imagine him in another uniform.To move Greinke, an unnamed executive told Heyman, Arizona could have to take on a third of the $105 million he's still owed. Greinke remains a productive pitcher; swallowing that much money just to get rid of him would be a bad look for the Diamondbacks.Anything is possible, but both players will begin the 2019 season in the desert.B.S. Meter: HighRumor: The Mets Could Make a Play for J.T. Realmuto5 of 9Keith Srakocic/Associated PressJ.T. Realmuto is coming off an excellent season with the lowly Miami Marlins and has expressed a desire, through his agent, to be traded.Mike Puma of the New York Post indicated the New York Mets are likely to engage the Marlins about Realmuto.They have a need behind the plate, but they also have a shallow farm system. Puma speculated they could offer a young outfielder such as Brandon Nimmo or Michael Conforto, but that might not be enough.The Mets are coming off a losing season and should be looking toward a rebuild. Realmuto makes far more sense for contenders such as the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, to whom he's also been linked, per thePost's JoelSherman.B.S. Meter: HighRumor: The Giants Will Trade Madison Bumgarner6 of 9Ben Margot/Associated PressRumors about the San Francisco Giants' willingness to deal ace Madison Bumgarner have been percolating since last season at the July 31 trade deadline.New president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi did nothing to quash them."Everything has to be on the table," hetold reportersNov. 7 , addressing a potential Bumgarner swap.Bay Area fans would surely be heartbroken if their ace and postseason hero rode out of town on his trusty steed. But their contending window appears to be closing鈥攊f it's not already closed鈥攖hey have a weak farm system and Bumgarner is entering his contract year.The 6'4", 242-pound lefty could fetch multiple top prospects from an array of contenders, even coming off an injury-marred season (notably a broken left pinky).There's a decent chance the Giants will keep MadBum at least until the 2019 deadline and try to make noise in the NL West, but his value will be lower as a half-season rental.B.S. Meter: Moderate/LowRumor: Yasiel Puig Could Be on the Trading Block, and the Dodgers Like Harper7 of 9David J. Phillip/Associated PressThis rumor dates back to last season, but it only recently came to light and could have repercussions this winter.The Dodgers, perJorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, tried to acquire Bryce Harper from the Washington Nationals prior to 2018's non-waiver trade deadline. Their offer, according to Castillo's sources? Yasiel Puig.The Nats didn't bite. But if the Dodgers were willing to deal Puig last summer, surely they'd listen to offers this offseason.Whether there would be any takers is another matter. Puig brings talent but also a checkered history. The other piece of this rumor, obviously, is that L.A. had and may still have serious interest in Harper.Renting him for a half-season is not the same as handing him the massive contract he'll command this winter. But the marriagemakes sense.B.S. Meter: ModerateThe Red Sox Might Sign a Top Japanese SP8 of 9Hamish Blair/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox's biggest need might be a closer if Craig Kimbrel exits via free agency. But the defending champs could also pursue a top Japanese starting pitcher.Yusei Kikuchi doesn't have nearly as much hype as Shohei Ohtani did last winter, but the 27-year-old owns a 2.81 ERA in eight seasons in Japan and could be a nice addition to the Sox rotation behind ace Chris Sale and left-hander David Price.Boston executive Dave Dombrowski said the Red Sox "have a pulse" for Kikuchi, who's expected to be posted soon, per's Rob Bradford.A source told Bradford the club's interest is "lukewarm," but that could change as the process unfolds.B.S. Meter: Moderate/LowThe White Sox Could Go After Bryce Harper and Manny Machado9 of 9Rob Carr/Getty ImagesHarper and fellow superstar free agent Manny Machado will be linked to every team with two nickels to rub together until they sign somewhere.Here's an interesting possible dark-horse suitor: the Chicago White Sox.As reported by MLB Network's Jon Morosi, Chicago could go after both Harper and Machado. It would be a huge course change for the ChiSox, who have been stockpiling young talent and grinding through a rebuild. But players of Harper and Machado's caliber could make them instantly competitive in the weak American League Central.Plus, as Morosi noted, the White Sox have the second-lowest committed payroll for 2019.It's highly improbable any team will land Harper andMachado. However, unlikely as it sounds at first, it makes some sense that the White Sox would get one or the other.B.S. Meter: ModerateAll stats courtesy of Baseball Reference.
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