Storylines: Trade deadline passes with flurry of moves
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Here are the stories from Thursday, July 31.
- The Athletics acquired Jon Lester and Jonny Gomesfrom the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported that Lester had been traded to an unknown club, while Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com first connected the A's and Lester earlier this week. Passan also reported that Oakland is also sending a competitive balance draft pick to the Red Sox in the trade, and Boston is sending $1.8 million to Oakland. The A's landed the second pick in Comp Round B in last week's lottery. The A's willl pay $650,000 of Cespedes' salary. Dave Cameron of Fangraphs reported another wrinkle in the trade: Cespedes' contract calls for him to be non-tendered at the end of his deal (if he is not first extended) in order to assure him early free agency, and he therefore is ineligible to receive a qualifying offer following the 2015 season.
- In their second blockbuster trade of the day, the Red Sox sent veteran starting pitcher John Lackey to the Cardinals along with minor leaguer Corey Littrell and about $1.75 million in cash in exchange for young starter Joe Kelly and outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig. The deal is now official. The Red Sox continue to focus on players that can help them win in the near future, having traded Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes for Yoenis Cespedes yesterday. The Cardinals further bolster their rotation, having acquired Justin Masterson from the Indians on Wednesday.
- The Tigers officially agreed to acquire David Price from the Rays, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The deal was a three-way trade between the Tigers, Rays, and Mariners. Tigers center fielderAustin Jackson went to the Mariners, with Nick Franklin (from Seattle) and Drew Smyly (from Detroit) heading to Tampa in the blockbuster. Minor league shortstop Willy Adames also went to Tampa from Detroit in the deal, per a tweet from Rosenthal.
- The Nationals officially announced the acquisition of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians in exchange for infielder Zach Walters and cash considerations. The Indians will pay the entirety of the $3.33 million remaining on Cabrera's deal, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, who said that Cleveland is very high on Walters. It was also reported that Cabrera will play second base for the Nationals.
- Left fielder Corey Dickerson was removed from Thursday night's series finale with the Mariners due to left knee discomfort. Dickerson came up limping in the second inning after misplaying what wound up being a Kendrys Morales double off the left-field wall. He briefly met with trainers before finishing out the frame, but was later replaced by Aviles in the top of the third. Dickerson is considered day-to-day.
- With Walters stationed in the Minors for the time being, right-handed reliever Austin Adams was recalled from Columbus on Thursday to fill Cabrera's vacated roster spot. This marked Adams' second stint with the Indians this season after allowing four runs across two appearances with the club earlier this month.
- Outfielder Michael Bourn, who has been on the disabled list since July 6 with a strained left hamstring, took part in some light running on the field on Thursday. He will progress to running the bases as he begins to feel more comfortable on the leg and is expected to eventually go on a rehab assignment, though when that would take place remains uncertain.
News and Notes:
- The Twins officially acquired lefty Tommy Milone from the A's in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld, the teams announced.
- The Brewers officially acquired two-time Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks for minor leaguers Mitch Haniger and Anthony Banda.
- The Mariners acquired Chris Denorfia from the Padres in exchange for outfielder Abraham Almonte and minor league right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen, the teams announced.
- The Orioles issued an announcement of the 1-for-1 swap of lefties. Baltimore acquired Red Sox relieverAndrew Miller, as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com first reported. In return, Boston picked up left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com first reported that a young arm was included in the deal.
- The Yankees acquired Stephen Drew from the Red Sox, ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes reported. WEEI's Alex Speier reported that New York sent Kelly Johnson to Boston. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com tweeted that the Yankees will pay nearly all of the nearly $5 million that remains on Drew's deal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted that Drew will play second base for the Yankees. The Yankees will designate Brian Roberts for assignment to create space for Stephen Drew, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reported.
- The Yankees also acquired infielder Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. The D'Backs received catching prospect Peter O'Brien and a player to be named later or cash considerations and did not contribute cash to the deal, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert. The Yankees officially announced the deal.
- The Marlins announced a multi-player trade with the Astros that brought starter Jarred Cosart, shortstopEnrique Hernandez, and outfielder Austin Wates to Miami in exchange for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, pitcher Francis Martes, and the Marlins' 2015 compensation pick.
- The Braves acquired left-hander James Russell and utilityman Emilio Bonifacio from the Cubs, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Peter Gammons tweeted that Chicago received Victor Caratini from Atlanta. ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reported that the Cubs sent about $1 million to Atlanta as well.
- The Twins signed catcher Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension with a third-year vesting option, according to director of communications Dustin Morse. The vesting option, like his annual salary, is for $6 million and can be triggered based on plate appearances in 2016.
- Matt Cain and the Giants are weighing whether the righty will undergo a procedure on his right elbow to clean up bone chips and other debris, Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reported. Tommy Johnsurgery is not on the table, Baggarly said. If Cain has the procedure now, he would likely be out for the rest of the year, but would be expected to be ready for a standard ramp-up to the 2015 season.
- Cliff Lee walked off the mound during his start against the Nationals yesterday, indicating that he was dealing with elbow discomfort. The veteran experienced the same injury that just cost him two months — a flexor pronator strain — according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. It seems likely that Lee is headed for another DL stint, and at this point it would not be surprising to learn that he will miss the rest of the season. Needless to say, barring a fortunate turn, it seems that Lee will not be an August trade target.
It was fun. This is good for baseball and its future.
I hope the could move the trade deadline into August. If MLB did that, I think by that tine there would be more sellers which could lead to more trade action. If that does happens we could have this type of trade action on yearly basis.