MLB trade deadline digest:

Wes Welker: Franchise Tag Unlikely
Update: The Patriots are not planning to put the franchise tag on Welker, reports.

Recommendation: If the Patriots were to franchise Welker like they did last year, he would cost them $11.4 million in 2013. Sources indicate that will not happen. The 31-year-old turned down a fully guaranteed two-year, $16 million deal from New England last offseason, and instead of settling for a similar deal to stay with the Pats, Welker may seek a bigger payday elsewhere.

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