Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the entire Rangers “inner circle of front office personnel” was on hand to watch Edinson Volquez start for the Royals against the Rangers on Sunday. Volquez went six innings, giving up a lone run on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Volquez, 33, is earning $9.5 million this season and can become a free agent after the season if his team chooses to buy him out for $3 million instead of picking up their end of his $10 million mutual option for 2017. GM Jon Daniels said he was hoping the club would be able to avoid considering rentals, but as the club has dealt with injuries, the strength of the starting rotation has become a concern.
Update... Mets GM Sandy Alderson called an unspecified trade rumor "dead on arrival" on Monday afternoon. Previous Reports... The New York Mets are in the mix for Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and have shown interest in two Brewers relievers, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. The Mets, according to Ackert, would have to package a blue-chip prospect along with catcher Travis d'Arnaud for apotential deal. The Brewers rejected a Lucroy-for-d'Arnaud deal straight up, according to Ackert. Lucroy, 30, is hitting .301 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs, and was selected to his second All-Star Game earlier this month. The Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers are also rumored