Editor’s note: From now until the MLB trade deadline on Aug. 31, we’ll be recapping the done deals. Come back often to see which teams are going all in.
Reds trade for D-backs closer Archie Bradley
Utilityman Josh VanMeter and outfield prospect Stuart Fairchild are headed to Arizona, per John Gambadoro of 98.7 Arizona Sports.
Bradley, 28, was drafted by Arizona in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft. He has since developed into one of the steadier late-inning relievers in MLB. This season, Bradley has a 4.22 ERA across 10 appearances. For his career, Bradley has a 3.96 ERA and a 9.03 strikeout-per-ratio to go along with 28 saves.
The Reds bullpen could use the reinforcements. Closer Rasiel Iglesias has struggled this season, posting a 5.59 ERA in 10 games. Michael Lorenzen and Nate Jones have also disappointed, creating a need for a reliable late-inning reliever.
Red Sox trade Kevin Pillar to Rockies
The Boston Red Sox have shipped outfielder Kevin Pillar to the Colorado Rockies, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. Pillar, 31, was signed by the Red Sox in the offseason but only played 30 games in Boston.
The Rockies are acquiring Kevin Pillar and cash from the Red Sox in exchange for a PTBNL and 2019-20 international slot money, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) August 31, 2020
Pillar is hitting .274/.325/.470 with four homers and 13 RBIs this season, since the Red Sox brought him in after trading Mookie Betts. Now, he’s on the move again — his fourth team in two seasons. He started 2019 with the Blue Jays, but was traded to the Giants, where he put up good numbers. When the Giants non-tendered Pillar, the Red Sox signed him to a one-year deal.
The Rockies, meanwhile, are trying to keep themselves in an NL playoff spot. They might not be able to keep up with the San Diego Padres. At 17-17, the Rockies hold the top NL wild-card spot if the season ended today.
Pillar recently made headlines when he apologized for his comments after the Red Sox decided not to play a game last week in protest to the Jacob Blake shooting.
Cameron Maybin goes to Cubs
Outfielder Cameron Maybin has been traded from Detroit to the Chicago Cubs, source tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 31, 2020
Maybin, 33, is joining his ninth team, coming over from the Detroit Tigers. This year, he’s hitting .244 while platooning for the Tigers. He should fit the same role with the Cubs.
Mets bring back Todd Frazier, add two others
The New York Mets added three players at the last minute of the trade deadline Monday — one of them being a familiar face.
Mets with a couple of buzzer beaters, getting third baseman Todd Frazier and catcher Robinson Chirinos from the Rangers and reliever Miguel Castro from the Orioles.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 31, 2020
The Mets are 15-19, not currently in line for an NL playoff berth, but with fighting distance with various other teams.
Reds trade for Brian Goodwin
The Reds have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Los Angeles Angels, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Goodwin, a 29-year-old lefty, is hitting .242 with four homers and 17 RBIs for the Angels.
For the Reds, it’s a second move toward getting a playoff spot in the NL in addition to the trade for Bradley. Goodwin is under team control until 2023.
Reds get Brian Goodwin from Angels, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2020
Blue Jays acquire Jonathan Villar
If the San Diego Padres are MLB’s busiest deadline team, the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t far behind. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, veteran Jonathan Villar is headed to Toronto in a trade with the Miami Marlins.
Blue Jays get Villar, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2020
Villar, 29, is hitting .272/.328/.360 this season with two homers, nine RBIs and a league-leading nine stolen bases. He will help fill the void left by Bo Bichette, who is currently nursing a knee injury.
The Jays would be a wild-card team if the playoffs were to start today. They’ve been adding arms to an injury-riddled staff, including a trade last week for Taijuan Walker from the Mariners and another deal for Robbie Ray of the D-backs on Monday.
As for the Marlins, they too would be a wild-card team as of today. This isn’t the beginning of them selling, as they’ve also reportedly completed a big trade.
Marlins pull off trade for Starling Marte
Here is that trade. According to Marlins’ report Craig Mish, former All-Star Starling Marte is heading to Miami in a deal with the Arizona Diamondacks.
Marlins are close to acquiring Outfielder Starling Marte from the Arizona Diamondbacks per sources.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) August 31, 2020
Marte, 31, is hitting .311 this season with two homers and 14 RBIs. He’s a career .288/.342/.451 hitter who will help bolster an outfield that hasn’t provided much production in 2020.
As for Arizona, they are clearly going into sell mode after unloading Robbie Ray earlier in the day. The D-backs entered deadline day with the third worst record in the National League at 14-21. They had much higher expectations after acquiring Marte from the Pittsburgh Pirates in January and signing Madison Bumgarner in free agency.
Other deadline deals
Here’s a quick look at some other deadline deals that won’t make a big splash, but will help contenders fill needs.
The Chicago Cubs acquired two lefty relievers: Andrew Chafin from the Arizona Diamondbacks and Josh Osich from the Boston Red Sox.
Andrew Chafin traded to Cubs— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 31, 2020
Cubs get Osich for PTBNL from Red Sox— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 31, 2020
The Philadelphia Philles added veteran reliever David Phelps in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Phillies getting David Phelps from Brewers, sources tell me and @MattGelb.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2020
Blue Jays trade for D-backs pitcher Robbie Ray
Robbie Ray is headed to the Toronto Blue Jays, as the Jays try to gear up for a postseason run. The 28-year-old lefty has been traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Blue Jays confirmed Monday. The trade was originally reported by Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun.
Ray has shown great strikeout prowess over six seasons with the D-backs, but been wildly inconsistent elsewhere. He’s 1-4 this year with a 7.84 ERA. He’s still averaging 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings, which is great, but also leads the league in walks and runs allowed.
Despite adding Madison Bumgarner and Starling Marte in the offseason, the D-backs have struggled mightily. They’re 14-21, worst in the NL West.
Athletics acquire veteran starter
The Oakland Athletics made the first non-Padres trade of Monday, acquiring veteran lefty starter Mike Minor from the Texas Rangers for two players to be named later.
The Oakland A's have acquired left-hander Mike Minor from the Texas Rangers for two players to be named later, sources tell ESPN. A's needed rotation help and get it with a trade for Minor, who's a free agent after this season.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 31, 2020
Minor, who’s in his third season with the Texas, has struggled in 2020. He’s currently 0-5 with a 5.60 ERA, but he did pitch brilliantly in his final Rangers start on Friday, tossing six shutout innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With three of their five starters currently sporting an ERA over 4.70 (and two above 5.50), the A’s have been looking for some rotation help. Minor is a gamble, but he has the potential to give Oakland a little more consistency — especially if he ends up looking like the pitcher who dominated the Dodgers last week. If not, he’ll be a free agent after this season, and he only cost the A’s two players they haven’t even identified yet.
Padres add Mike Clevinger in fifth trade of the deadline
The Padres stayed busy Monday, landing what could be the biggest name of the deadline — Mike Clevinger of the Cleveland Indians. Clevinger has ace-level stuff on the mound, but had fallen out of favor in Cleveland after violating the league’s coronavirus protocols.
The trade ended up being a nine-player deal, which sent the Indians back a package headlined by Cal Quantrill and Josh Naylor.
The complete Padres-Indians trade, per @Feinsand:— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) August 31, 2020
Clevinger, 29, was 13-4 last season with a 2.71 ERA. This year, he has a 3.18 ERA in four starts. He gives the Padres a top-of-the-rotation arm and is under team control until 2023.
Padres complete fourth trade of weekend
The San Diego Padres ran their weekend trade tally to four on Sunday — including two for catchers. First, they acquired veteran catcher Jason Castro from the Los Angeles Angels, then they made a move to get late-blooming upstart catcher Austin Nola from the Seattle Mariners in what will reportedly be a seven-player deal.
Nola, 30, brings more versatility to San Diego's lineup. Primarily, he's a catcher, but he can also play first, second and third base. The brother of Phillies ace Aaron Nola, he's off to a hot start this season, hitting .306/.373/.531 with five homers and 19 RBIs.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the Nola trade. The Padres will reportedly be sending outfield prospect Taylor Trammell, acquired in last season’s Trevor Bauer-Yasiel Puig blockbuster, to the Mariners as part of the return.
Outfield prospect Taylor Trammell is headed to Seattle in the deal that will send Austin Nola to the Padres, sources tell ESPN. This is a seven-player trade, per sources.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 31, 2020
The full deal, per multiple reports, will also bring bullpen reinforcements to San Diego in the form of Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla. Young pitcher Andrés Muñoz, corner infielder Ty France and catcher Luis Torrens would join Trammell in heading to Seattle.
Source: Dan Altavilla is headed to SD as well— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) August 31, 2020
Ty France, Taylor Trammell, Luis Torrens, Andres Munoz
Austin Nola, Austin Adams, Altavilla
The San Diego trade spree began on Saturday when the Padres — currently sitting securely in postseason position in second place in the NL West — added reliever Trevor Rosenthal in a deal with the Kansas City Royals. Earlier on Sunday, first baseman Mitch Moreland was acquired from the Boston Red Sox.
Sources: The Padres are trading for catcher Jason Castro, sending righty reliever Gerardo Reyes to the Angels in return. Deal is pending medicals.— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) August 30, 2020
Entering Sunday, Castro had played in 18 games with the Angels, batting .192/.323/.385 with two homers and six RBIs. The 33-year-old was signed to a one-year deal before the season. Last season, he hit 13 home runs for Minnesota.
Rockies add veteran to bullpen mix
The Colorado Rockies are always searching for bullpen help. On Sunday, they found some after swinging a deal for Baltimore Orioles reliever Mychal Givens.
The Orioles will receive infield prospects Tyler Nevn and Terrin Vavra, along with a player to be named later.
We have acquired INF Tyler Nevin, INF Terrin Vavra, and a player to be named later from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for RHP Mychal Givens.— Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles) August 30, 2020
Both prospects are the sons of former players. Nevin’s dad, Phil Nevin, is currently the third base coach for the New York Yankees. Vavra’s dad, Joe Vavra is the Detroit Tigers hitting coach.
Givens is expected to fill a key role in Colorado’s bullpen, perhaps even as closer. The Rockies have been forced to rework the bullpen after the failed signings of Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee and Wade Davis.
The 30-year-old right-hander has a 1.38 ERA through 12 appearances this season.
Padres acquire veteran slugger Mitch Moreland
The San Diego Padres stayed busy Sunday, completing a trade for Boston Red Sox slugger Mitch Moreland.
MLB insider Robert Murray was the first to report the trade. The Red Sox will receive outfielder Jeisson Rosario and third baseman Hudson Potts.
Moreland, 34, figures to serve as San Diego’s full-time designated hitter for the stretch run. The Padres have been interchanging Greg Garcia, Ty France and Josh Naylor in the role, to decent results. Moreland, though, provides a steady option with a proven history of production.
The veteran is off to a hot start this season. Through 22 games, he's hitting .328/.430/.746 with eight homers and 21 RBIs. He'll join a lineup that is currently locked in thanks to Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers.
Cubs acquire DH Jose Martinez
The Chicago Cubs added depth to their lineup, acquiring designated hitter Jose Martinez from the Tampa Bay Rays for two players to be named later.
Designated hitter Jose Martinez has been traded to the Chicago Cubs, sources tell ESPN. Two PTBNLs headed back to Tampa Bay. The Cubs get a lefty masher and the Rays now may get to give more ABs to Randy Arozarena, whom they acquired with Martinez in a trade this offseason.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 30, 2020
Martinez, 32, is hitting .239/.329/.388 in 2020. Of more interest to the Cubs, he's a .319/.392/.554 career hitter against left-handed pitching. That should make him an effective platoon option for manager David Ross.
The Rays had acquired Martinez from the St. Louis Cardinals during the offseason.
Braves add left-handed starter
The Atlanta Braves acquired left-handed starter Tommy Milone from the Baltimore Orioles, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported Sunday.
Atlanta has since confirmed the deal.
Baltimore will receive two players to be named later.
Milone, 33, is having his best season since 2015. He’s posted a 3.99 ERA in 29 1/3 innings. He was named Baltimore’s opening day starter this season, and has already been named Atlanta’s starter for Sunday’s night game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
In light of virus concerns, Braves chartered a flight for Tommy Milone, Buffalo to Philadelphia. He'll start for them tonight. "If he had flown commercially I can't tell you he'd be starting tonight," GM Alex Anthopoulos said.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) August 30, 2020
Aug. 29: Padres add Trevor Rosenthal to bullpen
The San Diego Padres bulked up their bullpen Saturday, completing a trade for Kansas City Royals reliever Trevor Rosenthal.
Kansas City will receive top outfield prospect Edward Olivares and a player to be named later. ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report the trade.
The San Diego Padres are in agreement on a deal to acquire reliever Trevor Rosenthal from Kansas City, sources tell ESPN. Arguably the best reliever on the market is headed to the Padres, whose beleaguered bullpen will get a huge boost from a revitalized Rosenthal.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 29, 2020
Rosenthal’s resurgence has been one of the best stories in MLB this season. He had been a successful reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals, recording 121 saves and 3.46 ERA between 2012-17. Unfortunately, he was sidelined by Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2017 season.
Rosenthal struggled upon his return last season. In 22 appearances between the Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers, he posted a 13.50 ERA with 26 walks in 15 innings. This season, Rosenthal has bounced back with a 3.29 ERA in 14 appearances.
He will immediately fill a key role in San Diego's bullpen. Closer Kirby Yates will likely miss the remainder of the season after undergoing elbow surgery.
Aug. 28: A's make deal with division rival Angels
The Oakland Athletics pulled off a surprising trade with a division rival Friday night.
Veteran infielder Tommy La Stella was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels will receive utility player Franklin Barreto.
La Stella, 31, hasn’t developed into the star player many envisioned he would during his prospect days, however, he has carved out a productive role as a part-time player during prior stints with the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs.
Since joining the Angels last season, La Stella has slashed .289/.353/.483 with 20 home runs. He earned his first All-Star selection last season.
La Stella will continue filling a part-time role for the first-place A’s. The Angels, on the other hand, are clearly ready to sell after beginning the season 10-22.
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