ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies, according to multiple Major League sources, in a trade that is expected to be announced on Thursday. Neither club confirmed the deal.
In return the Rangers sent pitcher Matt Harrison and five prospects to the Phillies: catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams and pitchers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff.
Concern over outfielder's hip cited in breakdown of trade
By Anthony DiComo and Adam McCalvy
NEW YORK -- Just before an airplane full of Brewers lifted off from San Francisco International Airport late Wednesday, Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez was told that he had been traded to the Mets. Within hours the deal had shattered, and the night descended into a swirl of speculation.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell informed Gomez of a deal that -- pending medical approval -- would have sent him to New York in exchange for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores, who teared up upon learning of the trade during the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Padres. Several hours later, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson broke the news that "there is no trade."
Ten takeaways from the most dizzying day of deals (and non-deals) in recent memory.
1. What a bizarre few hours for the Mets. One minute, they're on the verge of completing a deal with the Brewers for center fielder Carlos Gomez, a fiery, productive player who would have been a nice upgrade. And, suddenly, it was off the table, the Mets apparently stepping away over concerns about Gomez's right hip. But the other part of this story -- attention, Mets fans -- is that general manager Sandy Alderson has shifted directions and is willing to trade prospects for a better shot at making the playoffs in 2015. Right-hander Zack Wheeler, recovering from Tommy John surgery, would have joined Wilmer Flores in going to the Brewers if the Gomez deal had been finalized. Now where do the Mets look for offense? Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes? Padres slugger Justin Upton?
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' pending acquisition of starting pitcher Mat Latos and outfielder Michael Morse from the Marlins has expanded into multiple trades involving three teams, 12 players and a Draft pick.
If completed, the Dodgers would receive Latos and Morse from the Marlins and starting pitcher Alex Wood, closer Jim Johnson, reliever Luis Avilan and infielder Jose Peraza from the Braves. Miami would get Minor League pitchers Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman from Los Angeles, while Atlanta would get a competitive-balance Draft pick from the Marlins; from the Dodgers, the Braves would get recent Cuban signee Hector Olivera and injured reliever Paco Rodriguez, all according to Major League sources.
TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki apparently has a thing for making positive first impressions, because he didn't waste any time showing his teammates and the city of Toronto just how good he can be.
Tulowitzki went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, three RBIs and three runs to lead the Blue Jays to an 8-2 victory over the Phillies in his American League debut Wednesday. Not bad for a guy who less than 36 hours prior had been left stunned by a shocking trade away from the only Major League franchise he had ever known.
HOUSTON -- The Astros moved into sole possession of first place in the American League West for the first time since before the All-Star break, beating the Angels, 6-3, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, behind a terrific outing from rookie Lance McCullers.
McCullers (5-3) gave up a run in the second inning before getting into a groove and setting down 15 of the final 17 batters he faced. In the meantime, the Astros chipped away, taking a 2-1 lead in the fifth on RBIs by Colby Rasmus and Jose Altuve. Preston Tucker would then homer in the sixth, and Jon Singleton blasted his first of the year in the seventh to make it 4-1.
MIAMI -- Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper offered his Babe Ruth impression on Wednesday night, hitting two Ruthian clouts in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins. Harper went 3-for-4 with the two homers, which were his National League-leading 28th and 29th of the season.
After striking out in the first inning on a fastball against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler, Harper made adjustments in the later innings and became a monster at the plate.
Holliday's injury may influence Cardinals' activity as Deadline approaches
By Andrew Simon and William Boor
It appears the Texas Rangers are on the verge of winning the Cole Hamels sweepstakes in advance of Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
According to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers and Phillies have agreed to a deal that would send the ace left-hander to Texas for a group of prospects, including three of the Rangers' top six prospects, as ranked by MLBPipeline.com. The Rangers have been one of several teams linked to Hamels and are not on Hamels' no-trade list, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Neither club has confirmed the deal.
Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
#TBT: The 5 biggest Deadline blockbusters
By Anthony Castrovince
The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline was instituted in 1986. For the six decades prior, the Deadline was June 15. So the history of the Deadline, as we know it, is relatively short. But that doesn't mean it lacks dramatic deals.
Some Deadline deals are overrated. Some are understated. Some move the needle immediately and some are only appreciated with the beneficial lens of retrospect.
The Phillies have waited and waited and waited to get the best deal possible for Cole Hamels, one that could help restock an organization thin on talent in the Majors and Minors. They finally did so Wednesday, consummating an eight-player deal with the Rangers.
Though neither club confirmed the trade, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan and Todd Zolecki have reported that Philadelphia will send Hamels, Jake Diekman and $9.5 million in cash to Texas for Matt Harrison and five prospects: right-handers Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher, outfielder Nick Williams and catcher Jorge Alfaro.
LOS ANGELES -- Detroit pitcher David Price remains the Dodgers' top target and the team's pending trade with Atlanta might help make it happen before Friday afternoon's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Young left-handed starter Alex Wood, one of the players the Dodgers are expected to receive from the Braves, has long attracted the attention of the Tigers, who have tried to trade for him in the past, according to a baseball source. Wood could be flipped to Detroit as the key part of a package to obtain Price.
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates picked up veteran right-hander Joe Blanton late Wednesday night, acquiring him from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.
Blanton, 34, is expected to join the Pirates before Thursday night's series opener against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Pittsburgh will make a corresponding move after Blanton officially joins the roster.
BOSTON -- For the third straight night, the White Sox used a quick-strike attack as they pushed their winning streak to seven games with a 9-2 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81 ERA) was the Boston starter who got rocked early this time, giving up six runs in the first three innings. Chicago starter Jose Quintana meanwhile gave up just two runs over 6 1/3 frames to notch his sixth win.
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers responded to the A's four-run seventh with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and two more runs in the eighth, doing most of their damage with two outs, to earn a 10-7 victory and snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night.
A's reliever Fernando Rodriguez walked two of his four batters to begin the seventh, putting runners at first and second for Adrian Gonzalez, who notched an RBI double off lefty Drew Pomeranz. Yasmani Grandal's ensuing dribbler down the third-base line led to another run, and Kiké Hernandez put the Dodgers on top, 7-6, with a two-run double. Yasiel Puig, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth, drove in Hernandez with a single off Dan Otero to cap the rally.
ST. PETERSBURG -- The weeks-long debate on the fate of the Tigers' postseason chase is over. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed that they'll look at trading their pending free agents heading into Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
"We look at it more as rebooting going into next year," Dombrowski said on his way out of Tropicana Field following Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Rays.
CHICAGO -- Jon Lester doesn't forget July 31. It's his son Hudson's birthday. It's also the day Lester was traded from the Red Sox, which had been the only team he'd played for, to the Athletics a year ago.
"Last year made for an interesting birthday," Lester said after a dominant performance in the Cubs' 3-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES -- At times such as this, ignorance truly can be bliss for a ballplayer with a job to do. As trade winds swirled all day around the Dodgers, Yasiel Puig was focused on mom, bobbleheads and, finally, pitches landing in his happy zone.
Rumors that he could be on the block with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming on Friday at 1 p.m. PT never reached him, Puig insisted in the afterglow of a 10-7 victory on Wednesday night that gave the Dodgers an Interleague split with the Athletics.
NEW YORK -- His eyes still red and watery after the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Padres on Tuesday, infielder Wilmer Flores stood, stunned, in a clubhouse that remains his home.
Flores learned during the game that a deal was in place to send him and Zack Wheeler to the Brewers in exchange for Carlos Gomez, only to find out afterward that there was no trade. A source confirmed that the Mets nixed the deal due to medical concern over Gomez's right hip -- leaving Flores in a wildly emotional state both during and after the game.
By Brittany Ghiroli and Connor Smolensky
BALTIMORE-- Orioles Opening Day starter Chris Tillman continued his dominant second half, pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore completed the sweep with a 2-0 win over Atlanta Wednesday night.
The O's, winners of their last five, recorded their first three-game series sweep since June 26-28 against Cleveland as they find themselves 51-49, just one game out for the second spot in the American League Wild Card.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ehire Adrianza's two-run single was the biggest hit in a five-run, seventh-inning outburst Wednesday for the San Francisco Giants, who bested the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-0, at AT&T Park.
The Giants, who concluded a 5-1 homestand, shattered a scoreless tie as Matt Duffy singled and came home on Hunter Pence's double off Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers (5-9) to begin the seventh. Brandon Belt singled, Brandon Crawford launched a sacrifice fly and Hector Sanchez doubled before Adrianza, replacing injured second baseman Joe Panik, grounded his hit to right. That hastened San Francisco's 13th win in its last 15 games.
Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Key things to watch for in today's games
By Spencer Fordin
The Royals may have the best record in the American League, but they'll have to go through Toronto and the Majors' highest-scoring offense this weekend. Both teams have been active on the trade front, with Kansas City acquiring Johnny Cueto and Toronto landing Troy Tulowitzki.
Both players will be in action this series, with Cueto scheduled to start on Friday. In Thursday's 7:07 p.m. ET opener, Kansas City will start Danny Duffy, who has logged a 2.15 ERA in six starts since returning from the disabled list. The Blue Jays will counter with Marco Estrada, who has gone 7-6 with a 3.55 ERA in 21 appearances between the bullpen and rotation. Estrada posted a 0.84 ERA in six relief appearances, and he's managed a 3.17 ERA in 10 appearances at home.
Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
'Jeopardy!' did not expect Tulowitzki to be traded
By Ben Cosman |
In a word, Troy Tulowitzki's Blue Jays debut was … gangbusters. The shortstop introduced himself to his new fans by going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs. And yet, during his Drake-worthy performance at Rogers Centre, "Jeopardy!" aired a clue that was just a tad outdated.
NEW YORK -- Catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who has appeared in only 19 games this season due to multiple injuries, is ready to come off the disabled list.
The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reported that d'Arnaud traveled to New York after going 1-for-5 for Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday, catching nine innings for a second straight night. The Mets hoped to activate d'Arnaud prior to Friday's series opener against the Nationals, and that remains likely.
MIAMI -- A day after agreeing to a trade to the Nationals, new Washington closer Jonathan Papelbon said he felt free and is starting a new life with his new team. As he put it, he gave up $2 million to win and be at a place where he is happy.
Papelbon is having one of his most productive seasons, going 17-for-17 in save opportunities with a 1.59 ERA with the Phillies. The veteran said he is having a great season because he has learned how to pitch. He no longer can blow hitters away like he did during his days with the Red Sox, but he said he has learned "how to read swings" and throw fewer pitches per inning. Papelbon is one of the few players on the Nationals with World Series experience.
ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis went six strong innings and the Rangers strung together 11 hits, 10 of which were singles, on the way to defeating the Yankees, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.
Lewis allowed two runs and got the win to snap the Rangers' three-game losing streak. Masahiro Tanaka exited after allowing four runs in six innings as the Yankees had their four-game winning streak snapped.
HOUSTON -- Though much of the Astros' defensive acclaim has shifted to rookie shortstop Carlos Correa, veteran second baseman Jose Altuve -- Correa's mentor -- stole some thunder Wednesday night.
Ranging to his right, Altuve dove for C.J. Cron's slow roller behind second base, secured the ball and fired a throw across his body, as he was falling down, to record the first out of the seventh inning and preserve rookie Lance McCullers' impressive outing.
BOSTON -- White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera stands as a pretty solid representation of the team's 2015 season.
By the end of June, many people thought neither Cabrera nor the White Sox had a chance to come near their lofty preseason expectations. By the end of July, there aren't enough superlatives to cover the work of either side as the White Sox winning streak extended to seven games with a 9-2 victory vs. the Red Sox on Wednesday -- and Cabrera continued to knock the ball all over Fenway Park.