MLB trade rumors: Cubs interested in Diamondbacks’ David Peralta

first_imgPeralta also has one year of arbitration remaining and, at 31 years old, he may not be in the team’s plans for the future. It may be time to sell him and get a pretty good package back, as he won’t be hitting the open market immediately after the season.Peralta is a career .292 hitter with a .347 on-base percentage. More importantly, he has hit .311 against righties in 1,753 career at-bats and the Cubs want some added depth against right-handed pitching.In addition, Jason Heyward has dealt with some injuries, so it would be good to add a left-handed bat that could spell him, as well.The Cubs go into the All-Star break with a half-game lead over the Brewers for first place in the National League Central.Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is considering all of the team’s options. The only question is whether Arizona decides to move Peralta.The Diamondbacks are currently second in the National League West at 46-45, but they are 1 1/2 games back of the second wild-card spot, and if the team goes on a losing streak after the All-Star break it very well could make some moves. Related News MLB trade rumors: Dodgers interested in Brad Hand, Ken Giles, several others The Cubs are looking to improve their outfield depth and they have their eye on one player in Arizona for help.Chicago is one of several teams interested in Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta, according to The Athletic. “I don’t think sitting on our hands is really a viable option,” Epstein said during an interview with 670 The Score. “We want to be in a position to have enough belief that we’re looking to aggressively add and sort of polish up what we think can be a championship team. If we’re not, that means this stretch of bad play has continued. And if this stretch of bad play continues, then certainly … a ton of changes are in order.”He continued: “Certainly between now and July 31, if we haven’t started to play better and even if we have in some areas … change to just change the environment might be called for, change as a catalyst. There are lots of different areas.” MLB trade rumors: Yankees, Red Sox looking to acquire Mets’ Zack Wheeler MLB trade rumors: Madison Bumgarner draws interest from four key teamslast_img read more

UPDATED: Police search for gunman after shots at War Memorial and Parliament Hill

first_imgThe Hill remains under lockdown amid reports there may be two to three shooters, according to a senior official locked in the Official Opposition Leaders’ office.Police say they are investigating “several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa.”The Langevin Block, home of the Prime Minister’s Office across the street from Parliament Hill, has now been evacuated and citizens are being moved back more than two blocks from the Parliamentary precinct.- Advertisement -Police herded bystanders off the street into a major office building and warned people to stay away from the windows.Conservative MP Bob Zimmer has tweeted that a gunman was shot and killed, but that report was not immediately verified by police.Two sources told The Canadian Press that Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons, shot an assailant.Advertisement Prime Minister Stephen Harper was rushed away from the building to an undisclosed location, officials in his office said.Ottawa police confirmed they had a call at 9:52 a.m. with a report of shots fired.At least one gunman reportedly ran towards Parliament Hill, which is currently under lockdown and surrounded by security.Cabinet minister Tony Clement tweeted that at least 30 shots were heard inside the building, where Conservative and Liberal MPs were holding their weekly caucus meetings.Advertisement Most of those MPs remain locked down in their caucus rooms.The NDP caucus was evacuated along with the Liberal Senate caucus.Karl Belanger, a senior aide to NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, says security told them to remain locked in the Opposition leader’s office as there may be two or three gunmen.A witness reported that a man drove up in a black vehicle, got out carrying a rifle and ran into the Centre Block _ the seat of the House of Commons under the Peace Tower.The vehicle, with no rear licence plate, parked directly in front of the Langevin Block.Advertisement “DND member is down,” one officer was overheard saying.Bronley was fairly certain the victim was one of the ceremonial guards at the War Memorial.Two people vigorously pumped the victim’s chest on the stairs of the War Memorial, until the victim was finally placed on a stretcher and ushered into an ambulance shortly after 10 a.m.The incident comes just two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over and one of them killed in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathiesBelow is more information from the Globe and Mail about the incidents. Witnesses report seeing a man dressed in black with a scarf wrapped around his face, carrying a double-barreled shotgunShots were fired in several different corridors inside the Centre Block, according to witnesses. Some people fled the building by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations.Chuck Bronley of Ottawa said he was near the memorial when he heard four shots and saw a man running away carrying what he said was a rifle.A tourist from the Netherlands was also nearby when he heard four shots, and saw an armed man with long, dark hair fleeing.Police were yelling at bystanders, shouting that there was still a shooter on the loose.Advertisementlast_img read more