Rumor roundup: Activity high as 4 ET Deadline nears
By Paul Casella and Austin Laymance
Today's non-waiver Trade Deadline is fast approaching, and if Thursday's blockbuster deals were any indication, the final hours leading up to 4 p.m. ET should be thrilling.
MLB Network will air live coverage of Trade Deadline throughout the day. To get you prepared for what figures to be a wild day in baseball, here's a look at the top rumors circulating around the league:
Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @paul_casella. Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Yanks reportedly eyeing Kimbrel, Chapman
By Bryan Hoch
CHICAGO -- The Yankees identified a blueprint worth following last October when they watched the Royals win an American League pennant on the strength of a lockdown bullpen. It is a model they hoped to emulate, and largely that plan has succeeded so far.
As Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, the Yankees are said to be weighing the appeal of adding Padres closer Craig Kimbrel to a late-inning mix that already features a pair of premium arms in Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances.
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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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).
Tigers to receive package of prospects, including Toronto's No. 1-ranked Norris
By Gregor Chisholm
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.
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.
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.)
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies could make one more move before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Sources confirmed a FOXSports.com report that the Phillies and Orioles are discussing a deal for outfielder Ben Revere. Those sources said the O's remain interested in Revere, even after they acquired Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra for righty Zach Davies.
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Rangers, Phillies complete Hamels deal
Texas also gets Diekman, sends Harrison and prospects to Philly
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.
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers traded reliever Jonathan Broxton and cash to the Cardinals on Friday morning.
The Brewers received 20-year-old outfielder Malik Collymore in the swap, marking the second time in three years that the Brewers have sent relief help to the Cardinals at midseason. In August 2013, Milwaukee traded John Axford to St. Louis.
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.
Anthony Castrovince is a columnist for MLB.com. 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
By AJ Cassavell
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.
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.
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.
10 moments from July that show that baseball is great
By Michael Clair |
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.
Second baseman homers twice, notches career-high seven RBIs
By Robert Bondy
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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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.
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
By Chris Landers |
Not content to give the entire baseball world just oneTrade 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.
BALTIMORE -- For the second time in a year, David Price stood in front of reporters and talked about being traded away at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. This time, however, he at least wasn't caught by surprise.
The hints at the Tigers selling by July 31 had been coming long before Thursday's trade that sent Price to the Blue Jays for Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt. The official heads-up came Wednesday afternoon as they headed out of Tropicana Field, Price's old home park. By the time Price filed into Camden Yards, he was no longer a Tiger.
ST. LOUIS -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez's loud bat is drowning what little noise there is leading up to today's 2 p.m. MT non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The Angels have made their big move for outfield bats, the Mets reportedly are pushing for Reds right fielder Jay Bruce and the Cardinals added left-handed-hitting help by trading with the Indians for Brandon Moss on Thursday. The only known rumor, reported by CBS Sports on Thursday, involves the Orioles, who have pitching prospects the Rockies may covet.
By Jenifer Langosch and Thomas Harding
ST. LOUIS -- In a game that featured six lead changes, the Cardinals snagged the final one, stunning the Rockies with a three-run ninth to steal a 9-8 win at Busch Stadium on Thursday night. Greg Garcia, who had been called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, gave the Cardinals their seventh walk-off win of the year by drawing a bases-loaded walk.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario and Aaron Hicks combined for six hits, five runs and four RBIs to help the Twins snap a four-game losing streak with a 9-5 win over the Mariners on Thursday night at Target Field.
Rosario fell a single short of the cycle, as he was robbed of a hit in the eighth on a leaping catch from Mariners shortstop Brad Miller, but still had three hits, including a three-run blast as part of a five-run first inning. Hicks registered his fifth straight multi-hit game by going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk, and is hitting .365 over his last 22 games since coming off the disabled list.
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton hit a single through the right side with two outs in the ninth off reliever Andrew Miller to bring home Leonys Martin with the winning run in the Rangers' 7-6 walk-off victory over the Yankees on Thursday night.
Hamilton, who had a three-run home run in the first inning, was mobbed at first base after the Rangers celebrated their second straight win over the Yankees.
HOUSTON -- The day ended for the Houston Astros with one of those electrifying moments that makes the whole incredible ride feel magical. If things work out a certain way for this team, players and coaches might look back on Thursday and see it as another sign that something special is happening.
Catcher Jason Castro's three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning delivered a 3-0 victory that completed a three-game sweep of the Angels. With the sweep, the Astros -- a team that averaged 104 losses the past four seasons -- are 58-45 and leading the American League West over the Angels by two games.