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New York Mets star Yoenis Cespedes is likely headed right back to the disabled list Nolan Arenado Jersey , according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.The left fielder is reportedly "leaning toward season-ending surgery." That would presumably fix the calcification in both his heels, an injury he first discussed Friday. Per Steve Gelbs of SNY, the recovery time is eight to 10 months.Cespedes missed over two months with what was described as a hip injury and then sat out after playing just one game.He met with a foot specialist Monday, perAnthony DiComoof MLB.com, and it's clear the injury will require more attention.Considering the Mets are far out of contention with a 40-57 record entering Tuesday, there doesn't seem to be any reason to force Cespedes onto the field. That he is owed $58.5 million over the next two seasons only creates more reason for caution.If the injury requires almost a year of recovery, it's better to get it repaired sooner rather than later.The 32-year-old had been struggling, and his .262 batting average is by far his lowest in four years. He does have nine home runs and 29 RBI in just 38 games, but it wasn't enough to help the Mets much.Though he created some excitement in his return to the field Friday, finishing 2-for-4 with a home run against the New York Yankees, it seems that was just a cameo.Cespedes and the organization will hope the pending procedure can solve the problem and keep him on the field. The Los Angeles Dodgers already landed the player most expectto be the biggest prize of the 2018trade season when they acquired Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles for a package of five prospects.Bob Nightengale ofUSA Todayreported immediately following the Machado trade that the team was now pursuing "a reliever to help out closer Kenley Jansen Charlie Blackmon Jersey ," and they've since checked in with a number of different teams.While the bullpen looks like the most likely spot for another addition, there have also been some rumblings of another superstar bat heading out west as well.Ahead, you'll find all the latest from the Dodgers rumor mill.Interested in Shane GreeneBrian Davidson/Getty ImagesThe Dodgers already have one of baseball's best closers in Jansen, but that hasn't stopped them from showing interest in Detroit Tigers closer Shane Greene.Earlier this month, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Presswrote: "The Dodgers were eying Shane Greene closely before his injury and have had scouts watching him in recent days. Greene won鈥檛 be looked at as a closer but rather a solid back-end piece whocan slot in the back of a bullpen somewhere."Greene enjoyed a breakout 2017 season in his first full year in the bullpen, posting a 2.66 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.7 K/9 with nine saves and 14 holds in 71 appearances.His ERA has climbed to 4.09 this season, as he's been more susceptible to the long ball (0.8 to 1.4 HR/9), but he's made impressive strides in terms of his overall command (4.5 to 2.3 BB/9), and it appears he's moved past the bout of shoulder inflammation that sidelined him earlier this month.The 29-year-old is under team control through the 2020 season, and he's making a team-friendly $1.95 million this season http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-jake-mcgee-jersey , which is not insignificant for a Dodgers team dealing with luxury-tax implications.He won't come cheap because of that control, but the Dodgers have the prospect depth to swing a deal without parting with their top-tier young talent. Pursuing Texas Rangers RelieversKeone KelaGregory Shamus/Getty ImagesThe Dodgers are also keeping an eye on the Texas Rangers stable of bullpen arms in their search for relief help.Evan Grant of theDallas Morning Newswrote: "According to three sources, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been scouting the Rangers' relief quartet of Keone Kela, Jose Leclerc, Alex Claudio and Jake Diekman closely in the last week."Here's a look at how that group has performed so far this season:Kela:38 G, 24/25 SV, 3.44 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 10.8 K/9Leclerc:40 G, 14 HLD, 2.33 ERA Trevor Story Jersey , 1.01 WHIP, 12.3 K/9Claudio:43 G, 11 HLD, 4.53 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 4.9 K/9Diekman:46 G, 14 HLD, 3.79 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 10.9 K/9Diekman is the most readily available of the group as a free-agent-to-be, and he's all but certain to be moved somewhere before the deadline passes.Meanwhile Ian Desmond Jersey , interest in Kela was described as "persistent" by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, who listed the Atlanta Braves alongside the Dodgers at the two teams most aggressive in their pursuit of the hard-throwing righty who is controllable through the 2021 season.A packaged deal for Diekman and either Kela or Leclerc could be the answer to the Dodgers shoring up their pen for the stretch run. A Blockbuster Deal for Bryce Harper?Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesWhile there's a good chance the Dodgers will settle for a bullpen addition or two and call it good at the deadline, there is a more substantial rumor floating around out there as well:Michael J. Duarte michaeljduarteMultiple sources have told me that the #Dodgers have checked in on availability of Bryce Harper. #Nats are still undecided on if they want to sell, but if they do, LA is a likely destination.This would be a game-changing move for a team that already added one rental superstar in Machado, but it's unclear at this point if the Nationals would even entertain the idea of moving Harper, even with free agency looming and the team in the midst of a disappointing season.From the Dodgers' end, Yasiel Puig was activated from the disabled list over the weekend and returned to the starting lineup in right field. While he hasn't matched last year's production, he has a solid 115 OPS+ with 12 home runs and 38 RBI.Would Los Angeles consider giving up guys like Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo for two-plus months of Harper?It's a question that is worth asking with the team apparently at least sniffing around the Nationals superstar.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, unless otherwise noted.

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