I’ll be live updating the trades that happen in the MLB leading up to the trade deadline while also summarizing the deals for each side. Should be an active deadline, so keep up!
The Houston Astros receive SP Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for SP Daniel Mengden and C Jacob Nottingham
Hinch: “Great message to everybody…we’re bringing in one of the best pitchers on the market to a good team that is trying to get better”
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) July 23, 2015
Astros Manager AJ Hinch pretty much explains why the Astros completed the trade, they need pitching help for now. In a tough division like the AL West, the Astros knew they had to make a move; and they made a wise one. The Astros have a great farm system, but they have a good enough one to keep developing other players at the expense of two of them. The Athletics needed this move as well, sacrificing a likely expensive player for a return on two prospects who should produce in the next year or so. Good move for both sides, the Astros prepare for now, while the Athletics prepare for the future.
The Pittsburgh Pirates receive 3B Aramis Ramirez and Cash Considerations from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for SP Yhonathan Barrios
The Pirates made possibly one of the best deals so far this year, by sending off an inconsistent pitching prospect to the Brewers for Aramis Ramirez. The Pirates have had huge injuries to utility man Josh Harrison and SS Jordy Mercer. Because of this, they were forced to make a move and boy did they. Ramirez brings solid veteran leadership and a good bat to the Pirates that they need. Also lets not forget, Mercer and Harrison both can play multiple positions, so the depth of this team will be incredible around playoff time. On the other side of things, the Brewers took a chance that could pay off. Barrios is only 23 years old, so if he can develop better command, the Brewers could could have struck gold.
The Chicago White Sox receive Cash Considerations from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for 3B Conor Gillaspie
This trade was more of just a fill in trade for the Angels, who will be without 3B David Freese for a few weeks. Gillaspie was scheduled to be released by the White Sox, who just swapped him to the Angels for the cash. Gillaspie showed some promise last year hitting .282, but that seems to have just been a flaw as now he’s back to hitting his career normal of .237.
The St. Louis Cardinals receive P Steve Cishek from the Miami Marlins in exchange for P Kyle Barraclough
In the volatile world of relievers, worth noting: Steve Cishek is on a roll, having allowed an ER in one of 13 outings since June 14.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 24, 2015
Like the Atlanta Braves, The Cardinals have been known to get pitchers back on track; and this should be no different. Marlins closer Steve Cishek has had a very impressive last two years in Miami, compiling a 2.73 ERA and 73 saves. This year however, he started off bad which resulted in the promotion of AJ Ramos to closer. Well just as Cishek is starting to find it, the Marlins move him to a contender. I expect the Cardinals to use Cishek as a 7th or 8th inning guy, just like they did with Pat Neshek last year. Now on the other hand, the Marlins didn’t come out of this deal empty handed. Barraclough is a young, hard thrower who was just moved to a reliever. So if he can find his groove, the Marlins could have one of the best bullpens in the MLB with Carter Capps, Barraclough and Ramos.
The New York Mets receive INF/OF Kelly Johnson, 3B Juan Uribe and Cash Considerations from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for P’s John Gant and Robert Whalen.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 24, 2015
It seems like the Mets and Braves may have read my article yesterday, because they hit the nail on the head with this one. The Mets are still in contention for the playoffs, so they made a move with the Braves who rightfully so, should sell on everyone. The Mets needed some depth hitting wise, so they acquired Johnson and Uribe to fill those voids. Johnson can play about three positions and adds great power against right handed pitching, while Uribe is a great defender and a good bat to put towards the bottom of their lineup. The Braves on the other hand, aren’t very close to contention with the team they have and believed it would be fitting to bring back a nice return on their one year player rentals. Whalen was the the main return in this deal, putting up excellent groundball numbers in the minors. His numbers compare heavily to Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, so did the Braves strike gold? Only time will tell on this deal, but it looks like a win-win for both clubs.
Johnny Cueto will be going to the Kansas City Royals, waiting on the teams to confirm.
Royals SP John Lamb rumored to be included in the deal. Lamb is a former top prospect with good upside at the age of 25, posting a 9-1 record so far in AAA with a 2.67 ERA.
Sources: Brandon Finnegan’s name has been in talks with Reds. Unclear if he’s in final deal, which @Ken_Rosenthal says is done.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 26, 2015
SP Brandon Finnegan is also being rumored to be involved in the deal, which would be a huge gain for the Reds. Finnegan gained popularity last year after becoming the first person in MLB history to throw in the College World Series and Major League World Series in the same year. If the Reds gained Finnegan in the deal, that would be a major win for Cincinnati. More to come as I hear it.
Price says Cueto has not been trade. “Absolutely no movement.” #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) July 26, 2015
In the craziness that is the Trade Deadline, now we are hearing that Cueto hasn’t been moved. Reds manager Bryan Price is saying that Cueto isn’t traded and he doesn’t know a thing about it. Stay tuned for more.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 26, 2015
The Kansas City Royals receive Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for P’s John Lamb, Cody Reed and Brandon Finnegan
Interesting trade indeed for the Royals here, as they definitely got their ace; but was it too much? Cueto is currently in the last year of his contract, which could make this deal an F for the Royals. If Cueto can’t be retained, then the Royals would have lost one of their top pitching prospects along with two others who have a bright future for a half year rental. Only time will tell for the Royals, but the Reds came out of this trade on top. Essentially out of the playoff race, they gave up a pitcher they most likely won’t resign for some solid future assets. We can expect to see Lamb and Finnegan up this year, with Reed possibly right behind them. Reds fans keep your heads up, your future staff looks bright.
The Los Angeles Angels receive OF Shane Victorino and Cash Considerations from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for INF Josh Rutledge
Shane Victorino, 34, was hitting .245 with a .324 OBP for the Red Sox. Only played 33 games this year.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) July 27, 2015
This trade seems to work out for both teams, as they both address small needs they need filled. The Angels need some depth on their bench, while the Red Sox need some help while Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt are banged up. Victorian has proven to be a solid player, but age has been catching up with him more and more each year. I expect the Red Sox to take the loss on Victorino and pay out the rest of his salary. This does open up some playing time potentially for Rusney Castillo. Castillo has yet to live up to his large contract he received last year, so now may be the time.
The New York Mets receive P Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for P Casey Meisner
— John Hickey (@JHickey3) July 27, 2015
Another trade goes down that benefits both teams, as the Athletics receive a high upside minor league pitcher. The Mets gain much needed bullpen help in Clippard, who has been great throughout his career as a setup man. This will be a great bridge in their bullpen to closer Jeuryus Familia. Meisner has been nothing but consistent through his minor league career and is currently in Single A. He’s 10-4 so far with a 2.35 ERA and will provide for some great pitching depth in Oakland’s system.
BREAKING: Troy Tulowitzki on the way to Toronto
BREAKING: Tulo traded to #BlueJays.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2015
Troy Tulowitzki is allegedly on the move up north to Toronto for SS Jose Reyes. Ken Rosenthal is saying the two clubs are swapping shortstops with the Rockies also sending P LaTroy Hawkins. Also being reported is that some minor leaguers are going to Colorado as well, which hasn’t been reported yet. When I find out the exact players, I will report it.
Will be interesting to hear Tulo’s reaction. As others have mentioned, he might not be enthusiastic about playing on turf in Toronto.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2015
The story just keeps on developing with rumors of Tulowitzki not wanting to be in Toronto. Rosenthal has a very valid point. Tull has had injury problems in the past, so will playing on turf affect that?
miguel castro, only 20, started year in big with jays. big arm, big potential. he goes with reyes to rox. #tulo
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 28, 2015
More minor leaguers to be named, but the first one named is P Miguel Castro. Castro is only 20 and was able to start the year with the Blue Jays. He struggled a lit bit and was sent back down to AAA where he’s been. Castro provides a huge upside along with a young age, we could see him at full potential around age 23. Great first game for the Rockies to acquire.
reyes seems like candidate to be flipped. padres, mets have ss need. but with $56M to go thru ’17, no bargain.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 28, 2015
As Jon Heyman is reporting, Reyes will most likely be moved again soon. The Rockies have a great young shortstop in Trevor Story, who has been having a great year at AAA. Story is only 22 and has great upside, so it would make a lot of sense for Colorado to move Reyes for some more pitching. A return to the Mets seems likely for Reyes, and could be a huge win for Colorado.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2015
As the deal keeps unfolding, it’s looking more and more like a win for Colorado. The Rockies will also be receiving P Jeff Hoffman from Toronto, a highly regarded starting pitcher. Hoffman was a first round pick last year and has already made it to AA, where he’s made two starts. Hoffman will be a possible rotation candidate next year, alongside other Rockies prospects Jon Gray and Miguel Castro. The Rockies could have something brewing for the future.
The Toronto Blue Jays receive SS Troy Tulowitzki and P LaTroy Hawkins from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for P’s Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco
The last person finally added in the trade is the Blue Jays young pitching prospect, Jesus Tinoco. Tinoco was signed out of Venezuela two years ago and has made it up to A. Tinoco has some upside, but nothing over the top. He’s a very good throw in for the deal for Colorado. As time goes on, it’s becoming more and more clear that Colorado handled this situation terribly.
Hey guys, Remember when Jeff Bridich said the media was making up rumors about Tulo being traded! He got us. #Rockies
— Derek Kessinger (@DerekinDenver) July 28, 2015
GM Jeff Bridich has stated multiple times this year that Tulowitzki was not being moved, so what changed? Not only did he not consult him before the trade, he traded him during a game and ordered him to be taken out of the game for an unknown reason. Obviously we are waiting on an interview from Tulowitzki himself, and until then we won’t know anymore then we do now. Stay tuned for more deadline deals.
The Kansas City Royals receive INF/OF Ben Zobrist and Cash Considerations from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for P’s Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea
The Zobrist rumors have been in circulation since last week, but the team that came on top was an unsuspected one. The Royals made a push for Zobrist and were able to acquire him for two minor league pitching prospects.
Dayton Moore says Zobrist will take over in left field. #Royals
— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) July 28, 2015
Zobrist will man left field for the Royals while Alex Gordon is hurt, but this could be huge for October. Zobrist has played 2B a lot in his career, so we can expect to see him move there in the postseason when Gordon is back. This adds more depth to this already great Royals club, who are now obviously playoff favorites. Now the Royals are also flirting with disaster, as Zobrist’s contract ends this season. So did they move a solid pitching prospect for rental? Time will also have to tell with this, as Manaea is a great talent. He has moved up from Low-A to AA already, and he has proven to be one of the most accurate minor league prospects in all of baseball. He’s averaged about 1 walk per 9 this season and has just arrived in AA. We should expect to see him up in September and fighting for a rotation spot next season. Brooks a former high upside guy, who should make a good bullpen arm. He throws hard and will be utilized by Oakland soon.
Jonathan Papelbon has been traded the Washington Nationals
The entire deal hasn’t been fully announced yet, but it seems that Papelbon will be going to Washington for some pitching prospects.
Source: the Phillies will receive Double-A right-hander Nick Pivetta for Jonathan Papelbon.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) July 28, 2015
The Washington Nationals receive P Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for P Nick Pivetta
Minor League pitching prospect Pivetta will be on his way to Philadelphia it seems as being reported by some Phillies writers. Pivetta has been great throughout Single-A, compiling a 7-4 record with a 2.29 ERA. He has just made it up to AA, where despite his recent struggles still has tremendous upside. The Phillies are attempting to build around their other top prospects, Aaron Nola and JP Crawford. The Phillies do already have a tremendous talent in Ken Giles. With Giles stepping up as closer and the Phillies gaining a prospect, this looks like one of the best trades of the deadline.
The Los Angeles Angels receive OF David DeJesus from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for P Eduar Lopez
In one of the smaller trades so far, the Angels received OF David DeJesus for a young international pitching prospect. DeJesus will just provide some bench help for the club as the race for the postseason continues. Lopez has shown some promise in Rookie ball, but is mainly just an attempt to strike gold for the Rays here.
The Los Angeles Angels receive OF David Murphy from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for INF Eric Stamets
In another small move, the Angels again acquired some more bench help in David Murphy. Murphy has had a decent year so far with the Tribe, especially against lefties. I don’t understand this trade to much from the Indians side of things, as they already have a promising young star in the making with Francisco Lindor. So acquiring another shortstop prospect is interesting, yet puzzling.
The Los Angeles Dodgers receive P Matt Latos and 1B Michael Morse from the Miami Marlins in exchange for 3 Minor Leaguers
It looks like the Dodgers are getting their number 3 starter, as they have acquired Matt Latos. This is an interesting trade for the Dodgers, as we can all but assume they are out of the running for Cole Hamels. Latos is a solid back end of the rotation guy, and may find some success in Los Angeles. He has improved heavily as the season has gone on, so the Dodgers may be onto something. They also are receiving Michael Morse in the deal. Morse will provide for some solid bench depth who can play about 3 positions.
#Marlins will trade Latos, Morse and Comp. Balance pick to Dodgers for 3 minor-league players. Dodgers will take on all of Morse’s salary.
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 29, 2015
As we see above, this was most likely the main reason the trade went down. The Marlins we able to find a suitor for the rest of Morse’s salary, which should free up a good bit of money. When the minor leaguers are announced, I’ll have some more on that.
July 29th Update
Well tonight has been a crazy night for the MLB. No trade is OFFICIALLY finalized, but we can discuss every event anyway.
As I reported above, the first speculation of the day came from the Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The rumored deal was then shot down when the players were seen in the clubhouse going about their normal routine. It was then learned that the deal had fallen apart, only to be rekindled about two hours later. The Atlanta Braves have allegedly jumped in on the deal, sending away P’s Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and 2B Jose Peraza to the Dodgers for 2B Hector Olivera. Wow. Words can’t describe that deal because there are NONE. This trade would make zero sense for Atlanta and I can’t see it being true. The Dodgers would also get Latos, while the Braves would get back Morse as well; while the Marlins would get a heavy load of prospects. If this trade gets confirmed, I will have more on it.
Also hitting the rumor mill was a trade sending Milwaukee Brewers CF Carlos Gomez to the New York Mets for P Zach Wheeler and INF Wilmer Flores. This trade had the potential to be huge for the Mets, as acquiring Gomez would have skyrocketed their offense. Sadly, the trade fell apart due to the possibility of injury with Gomez. The Mets were scared off by his hip injury history, which caused them to back out. This did show that the Brewers are willing to move Gomez, so the potential for a move could come tomorrow.
Now lets get to the actual trades
The Texas Rangers receive P’s Cole Hamels & Jake Diekman from the Philadelphia Phillies for P’s Matt Harrison, Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff, Alec Asher & C Jorge Alfaro & OF Nick Williams
http://t.co/G4OEmmWoEY ranks Thompson, Williams and Alfaro the 60th, 64th and 69th best prospects in baseball.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) July 30, 2015
So, thats a lot of players right? The Phillies made the move that everyone has been waiting for by trading starting pitcher Cole Hamels. It was obvious that he was being moved, but the Phillies were waiting for the right price; and boy did they get it. They were able to grab some of the Rangers best prospects, including Jorge Alfaro, Jake Thompson & Nick Williams. They all have tremendous upside & should provide some great depth in their organization. All of the prospects they received in the deal are at the top of the Rangers system, so it’s not like they were robbed of Hamels. For the Rangers, this isn’t a terrible deal. They still retained their top 3 prospects including Joey Gallo, while receiving Hamels for the next 4 years. Camels could be a great starting point for the Rangers to work in the offseason to build a solid team next season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates receive P Joe Blanton from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Cash Considerations
In one of the smaller deals of the night, the Pirates received some bullpen help in Joe Blanton. The veteran reliever should provide for some experience and long relief help for the Pirates.
The St. Louis Cardinals receive 1B/OF Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for P Rob Kaminsky
With the Cardinals recent injury struggles, it’s no surprise that went out & added a veteran bat. The Cardinals acquired Brandon Moss from the Indians, who will be able to man some outfield spots & first base. Moss has struggled this year at the plate, but in recent memory he has been a very good power bat. Now the only problem with the deal is who they gave up to get him. The Cardinals gave up prospect Rob Kaminsky, a 2014 1st Round pick who is doing great in the minors. He’s moved all the way up to Single-A, where he has a 6-5 record with a 2.04 ERA. He is a high upside guy, who they Indians will definitely use in the near future. With Moss’ struggles at the plate, the Indians really came out on top with this deal.
The Toronto Blue Jays receive P David Price from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for P’s Daniel Norris, Jairo Labourt & Matt Boyd
In the blockbuster of the trade deadline, the Blue Jays got their ace. After acquiring Troy Tulowitzki, the Blue Jays turn around about 35 hours later & grab a former Cy Young Award winner in David Price. Price is having another great year and is expected to be a huge add for the Jays, as they deeply are in need of consistent production from their pitchers. Price has posted a 9-4 record this year so far with the Tigers & a 2.53 ERA. Price gives the Jays a legitimate number 1 starter for the playoffs & beyond. The only possible roadblock with this deal is Price’s contract, which ends at the end of this season. The Tigers got some great prospects in return though, particularly Daniel Norris. Norris is ranked 25th in all of baseball, and provides the Tigers with a huge minor league arm. Matt Boyd & Jairo Labourt are also top left handed arms for the Tigers to use, so this trade wasn’t too much of a loss. For the Tigers, they addressed that Price may not be back next year, so they adjusted accordingly. More moves to keep, I’ll keep updating.
Three Team Deal:
Los Angeles Dodgers Receive:
P’s Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan & Matt Latos
1B Michael Morse & 2B Jose Peraza
Atlanta Braves Receive:
P’s Paco Rodriguez & Zachary Bird
2B/3B Hector Olivera & a Draft Pick
Miami Marlins Receive:
P’s Jake Brigham, Victor Araujo & Kevin Guzman
Well, I described this blockbuster last night & it finally has gone down. We can start off easy by saying that for Miami, this was strictly a salary dump. The Marlins go Morse & Latos off the books & in return, received some Single-A pitchers with a small chance of extreme impact. Now the Braves have me confused, so let me elaborate what I think they may be doing.
Olivera was heavily wanted by many teams coming out of Cuba, which made him a necessity. He was an MVP in Cuba who has incredible attributes and potential, but the only downside is age & injury history. The Braves were outbid by the Dodgers, who were able to sign him. Fast forward to last night when the Braves are presented with the opportunity to have him again. This peaked their interest, so they price was Jose Peraza & Alex Wood. Johnson & Avilan were expected to be moved, plus with the return of Rodriguez from the Dodgers, no real loss there.
I also assume the Braves grew tired of Peraza, who’s play hasn’t really gone over the edge. Him being traded doesn’t upset many people, but Wood does. Wood has been very solid in his career, plus he has good upside. The Braves trust in their farm system, so you can’t knock John Hart for believing in his team. The Dodgers don’t really lose much, except money. They were responsible for paying Olivera’s signing bonus plus the contracts of Morse & Latos. This deal will help them out tremendously for the postseason, as it seems they have their rotation for October.
The Houston Astros receive CF Carlos Gomez & P Mike Fiers from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for OF’s Brett Phillips & Domingo Santana as well as P’s Josh Hader & Adrian Houser
I wasn’t expecting the Astros to get another bat, but it looks like they did. The Astros went out & shipped off some good prospects for Carlos Gomez & Mike Fiers. As this deal unfolds, I think it’s clear that both teams came out pretty good on this deal. But what needs to be noted is how deep the Astros farm system actually is. Aside from the fact that their potential outfield will look like Gomez, Springer & Tucker; keep in mind that they do have Alex Bregman, Mark Appel, Daz Cameron & Tony Kemp waiting in the background. They really didn’t suffer that much of a hit, granted they are losing a great talent in Phillips. Phillips has hit wherever he has gone, including AA right now. He’s hitting a solid .321 right now with a .372 OBP. He should be coming up soon for the Brewers as they go into rebuilding mode. The Astros could possibly compile a dangerous first 4 of Altuve, Correa, Gomez & Gattis. Move over American League, the Astros are real competitors.
The Pittsburgh Pirates receive P Joakim Soria from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for INF JaCoby Jones
The Pittsburgh Pirates were able to receive some bullpen help for the playoff push, as they acquired Tigers closer Joakim Soria. Now it looks like Melancon has the closers role for the Pirates, but Soria should partner well with Tony Watson as a solid bridge to Melancon. In return, the Tigers received prospect JaCoby Jones, who plays 2nd base but can play pretty much anywhere on the infield. Jones has put together some solid numbers in the minors & has now moved up to AA.
The San Francisco Giants receive P Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for INF Adam Duvall & P Keury Mella
The Giants got some much needed rotation help tonight, as they were able to acquire Mike Leake from the Reds. Leake provides for some consistent games for the Giants as they chase the Dodgers for the NL West lead. The Giants always find a way to get it done it seems, so this is always a dangerous team. The Reds did get back a very high upside player in Mella though. Ella is the Giants top prospect, and is also having a load of success in Single-A. Mella is almost 22 & should see some playing time with the big club as next year approaches.
The Baltimore Orioles receive OF Gerardo Para from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for P Zack Davies
The Orioles needed some outfield help for the postseason push, and they received. Para has the best OBP in the league & should provide some solid production at the top of their lineup. The Brewers received starting pitcher Zack Davies, who has been a great underdog story. Davies was a late 24th round pick who has developed at a great pace, already AAA. This year he has a 2.84 ERA with 7.2 K/9. He’s been compared to Kris Medlen because of size, and we could possibly see him this year.
The Toronto Blue Jays receive OF Ben Revere from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for P’s Alberto Tirado & Jimmy Cordero
While the rest of AL East relatively remains dormant, the Blue Jays just keep making major moves. A Day after receiving Price, the Blue Jays added a solid piece to the top of their lineup in Ben Revere. Revere will make for a great addition to a lineup that includes that Donaldson, Tulowitzki, Bautista & Encarnacion. This will improve Philadelphia as well, getting back two young relief pitchers. Cordero’s fastball registers as fast as 103, so he is a great addition for Philadelphia.
The Chicago Cubs receive P Dan Haren from the Miami Marlins in exhange for SS Elliot Soto & P Ivan Pineyro
We saw this one coming, as the Cubs really needed to add a back end starter in their rotation. The Cubs added Dan Haren, who has been having a very solid year. Karen will bring a good veteran presence, and should be a great postseason number 3 starter. The Marlins added a decent pitching prospect in Pineyro, who just has some control issues. He’s about to turn 24 and could possibly see some bullpen time in Miami.
The New York Mets receive OF Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for P’s Michael Fulmer & Luis Cessa
In one of the more even trades of the day, the Mets received their big bat in Cespedes. The Tigers had Cespedes under contract for only have a season, so I guess they decided to get back some good prospects for their rental. Fulmer is one of the better of the Met’s prospects, having a great season in AA. Fuller is only 22 & has complied a 6-2 record with a 1.88 ERA. He should see the field relatively soon, as the Tigers are building a great young staff. Cesepedes should add a great bat to the middle of the Mets lineup, but we can expect his power numbers to dip.