Tulo Toronto-bound; Rockies get Reyes

Reliever Hawkins heads to Blue Jays with five-time All-Star; prospects to Colorado

Tulo Toronto-bound; Rockies get Reyes

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays acquired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a stunning trade with the Rockies early Tuesday morning that sent Jose Reyes and a package of prospects to Colorado.

The Blue Jays also received reliever LaTroy Hawkins, while right-handers Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco are the prospects who went to the Rockies. Hoffman, the ninth overall pick in the 2014 Draft, was ranked by MLBPipeline.com as Toronto's No. 3 prospect and the No. 69 prospect in the game, while Castro was ranked No. 5 and Tinoco No. 29 in Toronto's system.

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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.

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Anthony Castrovince

Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nats discussing Papelbon trade with Phils

Nats discussing Papelbon trade with Phils

MIAMI -- The Nationals are making progress in trying to acquire Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, two baseball sources confirmed to MLB.com. The first to report that talks were heating up between the two clubs was FOXSports.com.

"It's serious," the source said of the discussions on Papelbon.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Top 5 trade destinations for Upton

Orioles perhaps best fit for slugging outfielder; Astros might make splash

Top 5 trade destinations for Upton

Left field can be the bus terminal of positions in the Major Leagues. That's certainly been the case for the Orioles this season, but it would take only one trade to end the shuffling of faces and upgrade the lineup.

The Padres' Justin Upton looks like the perfect piece for the Orioles, sort of like he did for the Angels, whose general manager, Bill Stoneman, acquired Shane Victorino instead. So with the non-waiver Trade Deadline arriving at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, it would seem Upton is there to be taken for Baltimore, which makes all the sense in the world.

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Rumor roundup: More waves after Tulo splash

Astros, Rangers, Giants make push for Hamels; Rox may move CarGo next

Rumor roundup: More waves after Tulo splash

The Blue Jays pulled off the biggest surprise of the Trade Deadline season late Monday night, when news surfaced of a deal with the Rockies for star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The trade, officially announced Tuesday morning, will bring Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto for shortstop Jose Reyes and three right-handed pitching prospects.

But there is plenty of time remaining for more bombshells to drop before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Deadline. Here is a look at the latest news and rumors.

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Bryant 'wakes up' Cubs with 1st walk-off HR

Rookie hits walk-off HR to beat Rockies Monday night

Bryant 'wakes up' Cubs with 1st walk-off HR

CHICAGO -- During Saturday's game against the Phillies' Cole Hamels, the Cubs' Kris Bryant hit two long fly balls that reached the warning track. Hamels finished with a no-hitter. But on Monday, Bryant's fortunes turned out a whole lot better.

The rookie belted a walk-off, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to power the Cubs to a 9-8 victory over the Rockies, who had scored four runs in the top of the inning.

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Jonathan Mayo

Hoffman leads Rockies' haul from Tulo trade

Club lands 3 right-handers who could have strong showing on top prospect list

Hoffman leads Rockies' haul from Tulo trade

Over the years, the Colorado Rockies have, at times, struggled to find pitching. On Monday night, by trading Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rockies added three top-prospect-type arms in their continued attempt to develop pitching from within. How long Jose Reyes is with Colorado appears up in the air, so let's focus on the young pitchers who are a part of the franchise's future.

Jeff Hoffman is at the top of the list. Hoffman was No. 3 on the Blue Jays' Top 30 at the time of the trade, and No. 69 on the Top 100. Hoffman immediately becomes the Rockies' second-best pitching prospect behind Jon Gray, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 Draft. The East Carolina star was the ninth overall selection of the 2014 Draft, but Hoffman was just getting back to the mound following his Tommy John surgery from May of last year.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominees announced

Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominees announced

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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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.

Dodgers open to Puig deal if return is right

Club's top prospects also coveted, but outfielder reportedly not untouchable

Dodgers open to Puig deal if return is right

Could Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig be on the move this week?

The Dodgers have let teams know that Puig could be acquired "in the right deal," USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reported Monday night. As MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported on Saturday, Puig has not been told by the Dodgers that he won't be traded. The club hasn't confirmed the most recent report.

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A-Rod 4th to homer in teens and 40s

Yankees slugger celebrates birthday with solo shot in the sixth

A-Rod 4th to homer in teens and 40s

ARLINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez celebrated his 40th birthday by doing what he has done more often than all but three players in the game's history: hitting a home run.

Rodriguez connected with a Matt Harrison offering in the sixth inning during Monday's 6-2 win and slugged it over the wall for an opposite-field solo homer, marking the Yankees slugger's 24th of the season and his fourth in his last two games.

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Paul Hagen

Looking ahead to the Hall's Class of 2016

Looking ahead to the Hall's Class of 2016

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- With the final cheers still ringing in the ears of the newest Hall of Famers -- Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz -- and the last fans filtering out of town after another successful Induction Weekend, speculation inevitably turns to who might receive baseball's ultimate honor next July.

With a group of first-time eligibles led by Ken Griffey Jr. and holdovers Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines all on the ballot again after receiving more than half the votes (but less than the required 75 percent) in last year's election, there's a chance the Class of 2016 could be impressive as well.

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

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Alyson Footer

How will Hall's Class of 2016 shape up?

Poll of media members would send Griffey, Bagwell, Piazza to Cooperstown

How will Hall's Class of 2016 shape up?

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Spirited debates about the Hall of Fame are as much a part of our everyday baseball-loving lives as 7:05 starts and rain delays. So we figure, with the recent conclusion of induction weekend, why not keep the conversation going?

Let's take a look ahead to next year's Hall of Fame class, which will consist of one first-ballot no-doubter and several others who may gain enough traction for entry in 2016. We polled dozen of reporters, experts and analysts from MLB.com and MLB Network -- some of whom do have voting privileges through the Baseball Writers' Association of America, and others who are non-voters but nonetheless experts -- to give us their hypothetical 2016 HOF class.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Emotional Victorino dealt to Angels

Boston receives infielder Rutledge, recalls outfield phenom Castillo

Emotional Victorino dealt to Angels

BOSTON -- Shane Victorino went from last place to first place in an instant on Monday. At some point soon, that will put a smile on his face.

But the emotional right fielder broke down in tears several times during a press conference that happened nearly five hours after he was traded from the Red Sox to the Angels. The Red Sox will pay $3.8 million of Victorino's remaining $4.9 million salary, and will get infielder Josh Rutledge from the Angels.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hawkins excited for next chapter with Blue Jays

Veteran reliever headed to 11th team as he plays in his final season

Hawkins excited for next chapter with Blue Jays

CHICAGO -- Right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins had boarded the Rockies' team bus after Monday night's 9-8 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field when Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich rang to inform him the team had agreed to trade him and star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays for shortstop Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects.

The deal was formally announced Tuesday morning.

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Alyson Footer

Infamous streak still follows former Met Young

Now coaching youngsters in Texas, retired righty is often reminded of tough stretch in career

Infamous streak still follows former Met Young

HOUSTON -- Even before the conversation starts, Anthony Young knows what the topic is.

Nineteen years have passed since Young last appeared in a Major League game, and he surely hadn't gained the kind of superstar status during his pitching career that might merit being approached for interviews this long after retirement. But considering he made history for something that might not be something he'd choose to be remembered for, Young's knowing grin is understandable.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Bryant comes through

Rookie's walk-off shot puts him in tie for most HRs by 1st-year Cubs player

Stats of the Day: Bryant comes through

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues Monday …

With the Cubs down a run and down to their final out in the ninth, Kris Bryant jacked a two-run homer to give Chicago a rousing 9-8 victory over Colorado. Bryant has 14 homers, 59 RBIs and a 125 OPS+ in his debut season. For all first-year Cubs players, Bryant is tied with Mandy Brooks (1925) for the most home runs; has the eighth-most RBIs, 29 behind co-leaders Bill Lange (1893) and Bill Everitt (1895); and currently has the third-highest OPS+ among those who qualified for the batting title. In 1880, Tom Burns posted a 135, and in 1918, Charlie Hollocher put up a 134.

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Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wieters' walk-off HR steals Markakis' thunder

Wieters' walk-off HR steals Markakis' thunder

BALTIMORE -- After watching his team squander a few late-inning opportunities on Monday night at Camden Yards, Matt Wieters opened the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run off Luis Avilan to give the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Braves.

"That was a pitch, in that situation, I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes," said Avilan, who allowed the homer on a 1-0 fastball. "I didn't want to fall behind that hitter and have to throw a fastball. I think it was a good pitch. It was just a little bit up. Tough things happen. Sometimes you're going to be good and sometimes you're going to be bad."

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Mark Bowman is a reporter and Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crawford's shot backs Heston to beat Brewers

Crawford's shot backs Heston to beat Brewers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Chris Heston threw seven solid frames as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, Monday night at AT&T Park.

Heston received the win for the third time in as many starts as he allowed two runs on five hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander helped the Giants win for the 12th time in 13 games and cut their National League West deficit behind the first-place Dodgers to a half-game.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. Oliver Macklin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hosmer's four RBIs push Royals past Indians

Hosmer's four RBIs push Royals past Indians

CLEVELAND -- The Royals started this three-game series with a bang, belting two homers, including a three-run shot by Eric Hosmer in the first inning as part of his four-RBI night, in a 9-4 victory over the Indians on Monday night at Progressive Field.

Indians rookie Cody Anderson struggled for a second consecutive outing, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings with two walks. The Royals were aggressive against the strike-throwing righty, with four of his eight hits allowed coming on the first pitch, including home runs by Hosmer and Omar Infante.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Werth, Zim to rejoin Nats tonight

Sources: Werth, Zim to rejoin Nats tonight

MIAMI -- The Nationals are expected to add two significant bats to their lineup when they face the Marlins on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman are expected to be activated from the disabled list, according to two baseball sources. The Nationals have not confirmed the news.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Tulo deal could help Blue Jays to next level

Tulo deal could help Blue Jays to next level

The focus for the Toronto Blue Jays as Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline nears is on strengthening their pitching staff.

Enter shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, acquired by the Blue Jays along with setup reliever LaTroy Hawkins, on Monday night in exchange for shortstop Jose Reyes and three Minor League players, right-handed pitchers Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco

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

Mets beef up relief, get Clippard from A's

Oakland closer gives Collins another option; New York still pursuing outfield help

Mets beef up relief, get Clippard from A's

NEW YORK -- Their search for an outfielder not yet fruitful, the Mets found a different way to upgrade their roster four days out from the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Mets acquired A's closer Tyler Clippard and cash on Monday in exchange for pitching prospect Casey Meisner, giving manager Terry Collins another established arm to team with Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell and Jenrry Mejia at the back of his bullpen.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees want Hamels, but top prospects off limits

Club reportedly inquires about ace's availability, but won't trade Severino, Judge, Mateo, Bird

Yankees want Hamels, but top prospects off limits

ARLINGTON -- The Yankees have inquired about the availability of Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, but they are unwilling to part with several of the organization's top prospects, according to multiple reports.

CBS Sports and FOX Sports have reported that the Yankees are telling teams that they have four untouchable players in their farm system: right-hander Luis Severino, outfielder Aaron Judge, shortstop Jorge Mateo and first baseman Greg Bird -- their top four prospects, according to MLB.com.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Duquette

5 Deadline deals that make sense

5 Deadline deals that make sense

For a period there, a silly thought popped in the heads of some. With so few deals being done, a slew of you pictured a summer without significant player traffic.

But then the Astros opened the Trade Deadline doors with a deal for Scott Kazmir. And before you fully processed that one, Aramis Ramirez was on his way to Pittsburgh. Then Johnny Cueto to the Royals happened. Congrats, Kansas City. You got yourselves an ace.

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Cards, Lynn ride Wong's slam to win vs. Reds

Cards, Lynn ride Wong's slam to win vs. Reds

ST. LOUIS -- With the Cardinals' third grand slam of the season, second baseman Kolten Wong powered his club to a 4-1 win on Monday to open a three-game series against the Reds at Busch Stadium.

A Jay Bruce sacrifice fly gave the Reds an early 1-0 lead against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, who entered the night averaging just 2.72 runs of support per game. Wong gave him more than that with one swing, helping the Cards capitalize in an inning they opened with consecutive hits off Reds starter Raisel Iglesias.

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Frustrated Gomez, Counsell get tossed

After outfielder's ejection, Brewers manager earns first career booting

Frustrated Gomez, Counsell get tossed

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and manager Craig Counsell were ejected during a ninth inning Monday with no runs but a heavy dose of drama in the waning moments of a 4-2 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park.

Gomez led off with a single under first baseman Brandon Belt's glove and attempted a steal of second base, despite the Brewers trailing by two runs. The initial call was safe, but the Giants challenged and won to the dismay of Gomez, who spiked his helmet and was ejected. When Counsell argued that the punishment did not fit the crime, he was ejected, too -- marking the first time in 17 years as a Major League player or manager that Counsell was sent to the showers.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Casali homers twice as Rays hold off Tigers

Casali homers twice as Rays hold off Tigers

ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali powered the Rays with two home runs to lead a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

Casali homered off Anibal Sanchez on the first pitch of the third inning to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Kevin Kiermaier added an RBI double in the fourth and Logan Forsythe singled home a run in the fifth to put the Rays up, 3-0.

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Martin robs Teixeira with leaping catch at wall

Rangers center fielder also throws out Yankees first baseman at the plate

Martin robs Teixeira with leaping catch at wall

ARLINGTON -- Leonys Martin raced back, found the wall, pushed off and snagged a deep fly ball off Mark Teixeira's bat just before it had a chance to go over the wall in left-center.

His stellar catch in the second inning was the most memorable play in the Rangers' 6-2 loss to the Yankees on Monday, though it didn't make up for a rocky outing from Matt Harrison and missed opportunities at the plate.

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CarGo's big night overshadowed by loss, Tulo deal

Outfielder goes 4-for-5 with two HRs in narrow defeat at Wrigley

CarGo's big night overshadowed by loss, Tulo deal

CHICAGO -- Before things went crazy at Wrigley Field on Monday night, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez went wild at Wrigley Field.

Gonzalez hit a pair of two-run homers and even put the Rockies up going into the bottom of the ninth, before the Cubs' Kris Bryant snatched the game away, 9-8, on a two-run homer off John Axford in the bottom of the ninth.

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