Mets land a slugger in Cespedes from Tigers

New York gets needed bat for pitching prospects Fulmer, Cessa

Mets land a slugger in Cespedes from Tigers

NEW YORK -- Two days after their first attempt to acquire an impact outfielder evaporated, the Mets beat Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline by making a deal with the Tigers for Yoenis Cespedes.

Detroit received two Minor Leaguers, right-handers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa, in the deal.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

5 teams that made underrated Deadline deals

5 teams that made underrated Deadline deals

We love it when big names change teams. We weigh the impact and declare winners and losers. We never let the losing side forget. Here's the funny thing about headline-grabbing Trade Deadline deals. Sometimes -- actually more than sometimes -- they're not the ones that have the most impact.

Remember 2014? Jon Lester changed teams. So did David Price, John Lackey and Yoenis Cespedes. Later, we would look back and see that a much smaller trade mattered more -- Baltimore's acquisition of lefty reliever Andrew Miller.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cueto's KC debut tops what to watch today

Cueto's KC debut tops what to watch today

Johnny Cueto made 213 starts as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

Now, he'll get his first chance to wear Royal blue.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

List of every MLB Trade Deadline deal

List of every MLB Trade Deadline deal

The Deadline kicked off with Scott Kazmir getting traded on July 23, and here's a list of everything that has happened since then.

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Mets land Yoenis Cespedes
The Mets added the biggest bat on the market, sending right-hander Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to Detroit, both of whom are ranked among New York's top 16 prospects per MLB Pipeline. More »

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Price has car trouble en route to Toronto

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Price has car trouble en route to Toronto

David Price was traded to the Blue Jays on Thursday, and while he was excited about playing for his new team, he wasn't in too much of a rush to hit the road:

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Cubs boost rotation in deal for Haren

Cubs boost rotation in deal for Haren

MILWAUKEE -- The Cubs, keen on adding another starting pitcher, have acquired right-hander Dan Haren from the Marlins for Minor League infielder Ellis Soto and right-hander Ivan Pineyro.

The Cubs, who also received cash in the deal, began the day in third place in the National League Wild Card race, and they have had a revolving door in the fifth-starter spot. Haren would provide some depth. He's 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA in 21 starts with the Marlins, striking out 88 over 129 innings.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Today's starting lineups: July 31

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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Busy Blue Jays add speedy outfielder Revere

Busy Blue Jays add speedy outfielder Revere

TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos acquired what he hopes becomes the final piece of the puzzle by trading for Phillies outfielder Ben Revere on Friday afternoon.

Toronto got Revere and cash considerations from Philly in exchange for right-handed Minor League pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Deals not done: A guide to waiver trades

The non-waiver Trade Deadline is considered the height of summer transaction season, but trades do not stop on July 31. However, in order to deal a player on its 40-man roster after that date, a team must go through the waiver system.

Just last season, Adam Dunn (White Sox to A's), Alejandro De Aza (White Sox to Orioles) and Jonathan Broxton (Reds to Brewers) were among the players dealt during August. And back on Aug. 25, 2012, the Dodgers and Red Sox pulled off the massive nine-player trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Los Angeles.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fred Zinkie

13 fantasy takeaways from Deadline deals

13 fantasy takeaways from Deadline deals

The 2015 non-waiver Trade Deadline was as wild as any in recent memory. The fantasy fallout was tremendous, and here are the biggest takeaways from the past week's flurry of activity.

1. Cueto set to excel in American League
Don't let the move to the DH league scare you away. Johnny Cueto -- who makes his Royals debut Friday night against the Blue Jays -- relocates from homer-happy Great American Ball Park to Kauffman Stadium, and he will benefit from the support of arguably the best defensive unit and best bullpen in baseball. John Lamb -- one of the three southpaws headed to Cincinnati in the trade -- has a 2.81 ERA in Triple-A this year and is a sleeper pickup.

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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.

Orioles add Parra in deal with Brewers

Outfielder swinging hot bat, headed toward free agency

Orioles add Parra in deal with Brewers

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Brewers for right-handed pitching prospect Zach Davies hours before today's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The swap represents a departure from Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin's high asking price as the Brewers were said to be looking for multiple prospects for Parra in the days leading up to the Deadline.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins add to bullpen by getting Jepsen from Rays

Twins add to bullpen by getting Jepsen from Rays

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins received much-needed relief help before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, as they agreed to acquire right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen from the Rays for two Minor Leaguers.

The Twins sent pitchers Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia to Tampa Bay. Hu was ranked Minnesota's No. 20 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays win bidding for prized lefty Price

Tigers to receive package of prospects, including Toronto's No. 1-ranked Norris

Blue Jays win bidding for prized lefty Price

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays became instant contenders in the American League after they pulled off yet another blockbuster trade on Thursday afternoon by acquiring former AL Cy Young Award winner David Price from the Tigers.

Toronto sent left-handed prospects Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to the Tigers as part of the deal. It's the second major move this week after the Blue Jays acquired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies on Tuesday.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros add Gomez, Fiers from Brewers

Astros add Gomez, Fiers from Brewers

HOUSTON -- The Astros landed the right-handed bat and starting pitcher they coveted Thursday, striking a deal with the Brewers for outfielder Carlos Gomez and right-hander Mike Fiers in exchange for four prospects -- outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, right-hander Adrian Houser and left-hander Josh Hader.

Gomez, 29, is a right-handed-hitting center fielder who was batting .262 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 74 games for the Brewers. He's a career .260 hitter with 99 homers and 387 RBIs in a nine-year career with the Mets (2007), Twins ('08-09) and Brewers ('09-15).

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants acquire righty Leake from Reds

San Francisco sends No. 1 prospect Mella, Duvall to Cincinnati in exchange

Giants acquire righty Leake from Reds

ARLINGTON -- Bent on improving their starting rotation, the Giants obtained right-hander Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds late Thursday night for two Minor Leaguers, right-hander Keury Mella and infielder Adam Duvall.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans tried fruitlessly to acquire Cole Hamels from Philadelphia or David Price from Detroit, All-Star left-handers who were considered the two premier starters among the pitchers considered available before Friday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline. Evans said that Hamels waived his no-trade clause to make a deal involving San Francisco possible, but the Phillies reached a tentative agreement with the Rangers instead. The Giants lacked the Major League-ready starters the Tigers wanted in exchange for Price, who went to the Blue Jays for three Minor League left-handers.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards reinforce 'pen with Broxton acquisition

St. Louis gets reliever from Brewers for Minor League outfielder Collymore

Cards reinforce 'pen with Broxton acquisition

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals continued to fortify their bullpen before Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline by acquiring veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Brewers. St. Louis, which sent Minor League outfielder Malik Collymore to Milwaukee, will also receive cash considerations as part of the deal.

Broxton, 31, is 1-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 40 games out of the bullpen for the Brewers. He is 36-32 with a 3.25 ERA lifetime with four clubs, and he reported to Spring Training as the front-runner to be Milwaukee's closer, but slipped into a setup role when the club re-signed Francisco Rodriguez. Broxton has since slipped further, into lower-leverage appearances.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The Blue Jays' new playoff odds

The Blue Jays' new playoff odds

There are two ways to look at the pair of jaw-dropping non-waiver Trade Deadline deals that brought the Blue Jays two of baseball's biggest stars in Troy Tulowitzki and David Price. Either the Blue Jays are a much better team than their 52-51 record would make it seem -- their run differential of plus-100 heading into Thursday night was the second best in all of baseball, after all -- and circumstances demand they go all-in this year, or they're the frustrating group that's suffered three losing months out of four and is just a game up on the fourth-place Tampa Bay Rays.

How you feel about the decision to mortgage some of the future in an attempt to win now is without question colored by what you think the Blue Jays' chances actually are of making 2015 a memorable year. Clearly, Toronto management feels it's the former, because they've cashed in six players, including highly touted pitching prospects Daniel Norris and Jeff Hoffman, to try to end the longest playoff drought in North American team sports. (Norris and Hoffman were each born in 1993, the last time Toronto saw postseason baseball.)

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers, Phillies complete Hamels deal

Texas also gets Diekman, sends Harrison and prospects to Philly

Rangers, Phillies complete Hamels deal

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies for left-hander Matt Harrison and five prospects. The trade, agreed upon earlier this week, was finalized and announced on Friday.

In return for Hamels and Diekman, the Rangers sent Harrison, catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams and pitchers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff to Philadelphia.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hug it out: In-game trades a part of the game

Flores situation brings back memories of dugout goodbyes

Hug it out: In-game trades a part of the game

With all the chatter about transactions before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, it's easy to forget there is a human element to all of this. Come late July every year, players get uprooted, leaving behind their teammates and cities to join a new ballclub at a moment's notice.

That has led to some strange scenes over the years, perhaps none stranger than what we saw on Wednesday night involving Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores. When word of an impending trade reached him, cameras caught Flores tearing up on the field -- only for the trade to fall through, leaving Flores with the Mets after all.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Deadline countdown: Last-minute predictions

Deadline countdown: Last-minute predictions

In the quiet period leading up to this last week of July, we heard a lot of chatter about Major League Baseball possibly moving the non-waiver Trade Deadline to mid-August to account for the increased parity brought about by having two Wild Card teams per league and the logjam it causes on the trade market.

Haven't heard that talk much this week, have you?

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Anthony Castrovince is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

10 moments from July that show that baseball is great

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10 moments from July that show that baseball is great

By the time you read this, the Trade Deadline will be nearly upon us. Madness, having begun to creep into the corners of the baseball universe with David Price, Cole Hamels and Carlos Gomez just some of the names that have already been moved, will be widespread across the league as teams realize they only have a few short hours left to make their moves. It's an exciting day, one filled with baseball chatter filling our Twitter feeds and our holosuites. 

But that doesn't mean the 30 days before were any less wonderful, any less perfect. These, my friends, are the 10 best moments from the month that was. 

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Blue Jays boost bullpen, deal for Lowe

Blue Jays boost bullpen, deal for Lowe

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' made another move to solidify their bullpen on Friday afternoon by acquiring right-hander Mark Lowe from the Mariners in exchange for Minor Leaguers.

Left-hander Nick Wells is the primary piece going to Seattle, while lefties Jacob Brentz and Rob Rasmussen also were included in the deal that was officially announced approximately two hours before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In series of moves, Yanks designate Jones

In series of moves, Yanks designate Jones

Amidst a series of moves on Friday afternoon, the Yankees designated first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones for assignment.

New York also reinstated outfielder Slade Heathcott from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted left-hander Chris Capuano to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pirates acquire Soria from Tigers

Bucs bolster bullpen with righty, who was also on Cardinals' wish-list

Pirates acquire Soria from Tigers

CINCINNATI -- The National League Central race still has 10 weeks to go. But the Pirates have already beaten out the Cardinals on one count: Joakim Soria.

Swinging their second deal of the day to solidify the bullpen, the Bucs on Thursday acquired the Tigers' closer -- who had been also on the wish-list of the Cardinals, looking to bolster their own bullpen even after last week's acquisition of Steve Cishek from the Marlins.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kazmir gem, Castro HR cap Astros' sweep

Kazmir gem, Castro HR cap Astros' sweep

HOUSTON -- Jason Castro, who came into his ninth-inning at-bat with six hits with runners in scoring position this season, blasted a three-run walk-off home run to complete the Astros' sweep of the Angels with a 3-0 win Thursday night, giving Houston a two-game lead in the American League West.

Castro turned on Fernando Salas' 1-2 pitch to dispatch it into the right-field seats for the Astros' second walk-off home run of the season. Salas entered the game with two outs in relief of Jose Alvarez and surrendered a single to Marwin Gonzalez before Castro ended the game.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs integral in Hinch finding way to dugout

Astros manager was on front-office track until unexpected offer in Arizona

D-backs integral in Hinch finding way to dugout

HOUSTON -- The calculated, cerebral facets of running an organization -- building a roster, mingling in a front office -- appeal to Astros manager A.J. Hinch, a Stanford graduate with a psychology degree. In fact, after seven years as a big league backstop, he sought to become a general manager.

Until a 2009 lunch date with then-D-backs GM Josh Byrnes that led to Hinch becoming the team's manager, he was on that trajectory.

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Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillips makes MLB history with career night

Second baseman homers twice, notches career-high seven RBIs

Phillips makes MLB history with career night

CINCINNATI -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips set a Major League record that had never been touched since 1920 on Thursday night -- and he didn't need the entire nine innings to do it.

Phillips went 4-for-5 to help lead the Reds to a 15-5 victory over the Pirates at Great American Ball Park on Thursday. With the incredible night, Phillips became the first player since MLB began keeping track of RBIs in 1920 to record two home runs, two stolen bases, four hits and seven RBIs in a single game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

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Robert Bondy is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Tigers' Norris jumps to top of fantasy prospects list

Left-hander soars in rankings after landing in Detroit in Price deal

Tigers' Norris jumps to top of fantasy prospects list

Every week, the MLBPipeline.com crew will rank the top 10 fantasy baseball prospects in the Minor Leagues. These rankings are based solely on expected 2015 fantasy production in the Major Leagues, in contrast to the MLBPipeline Top 100 Prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

The frenzied trading activity that began with the Scott Kazmir deal last Thursday will continue until the non-waiver Trade Deadline comes at 4 p.m. ET Friday. The avalanche of transactions not only will have an effect on the present hopes of some clubs and the future dreams of others, but also on fantasy teams.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Upton hits clutch HR after trade fakeout

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Upton hits clutch HR after trade fakeout

Not content to give the entire baseball world just one Trade Deadline headfake, Justin Upton and the Padres were back at it again on Thursday. But this time, rather than being pulled from the game, Upton decided to confound the #HugWatch movement completely -- giving out fake hugs to his teammates in the dugout, just for kicks. 

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