Today is August 2nd, which means that we will officially reach the MLB trade deadline at 6 p.m. tonight. As expected, there was a flurry of trades across the league yesterday, and some more big names are likely going to be on the move today.
The Red Sox have made a number of moves already, parting ways with longtime catcher Christian Vázquez and LHP Jake Diekman in separate deals yesterday, and acquiring outfielder Tommy Pham from the Reds.
Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom is likely not done making moves, as DH J.D. Martinez has been a popular name on the trade market. RHP Nathan Eovaldi, who threw 6.1 strong innings last night, is also a candidate to be moved in the next few hours.
Martinez, Eovaldi stay put
Chaim Bloom did not wind up moving J.D. Martinez or Nathan Eovaldi as many thought he might. The Red Sox acquired Eric Hosmer in their only move on Tuesday, and wound up as mostly buyers now that the dust has settled. Despite giving up Christian Vázquez and Jake Diekman, the Red Sox acquired Hosmer, OF Tommy Pham and C Reese McGuire to provide help at the major league level.
Braves trade for Raisel Iglesias
In the day’s last deal, the Atlanta Braves acquired Angels closer Raisel Iglesias. Iglesias had worked to a 4.04 ERA with 16 saves in 39 appearances for Los Angeles this season. He will now likely move to a set-up role with the Braves.
The Angels received RHP Jesse Chavez and LHP Tucker Davidson in return. Chavez, 38, has now been traded 10 times in his career. Davidson has seen some time in the majors over the last three seasons, posting a 5.11 ERA over nine career appearances (eight starts).
Whit Merrifield goes to Toronto
In another surprising move, the Toronto Blue Jays picked up INF/OF Whit Merrifield from the Kansas City Royals. Merrifield, 33, is a two-time All Star and, though his numbers are down a bit this year, has been a consistent contributor throughout his career. He did recently miss the Royals’ series in Toronto due to his vaccination status, so presumably that will change now that he is a member of the Blue Jays.
Toronto sends INF prospect Samad Taylor and RHP Max Castillo to Kansas City in the deal. Castillo debuted this season, and has posted a 3.05 ERA across 20.2 innings.
The Cardinals acquire Jordan Montgomery
Somewhat unexpectedly, the Cardinals made a move to acquire LHP Jordan Montgomery from the Yankees, sending OF Harrison Bader to New York in return.
Montgomery, in his sixth season in the majors, had spent his entire major league career with the Yankees. In 114.2 innings across 21 starts this year, he has posted a 3.69 ERA with 97 strikeouts.
The Yankees received Harrison Bader in the deal. Bader, a speedy outfielder also in his sixth season, won a Gold Glove last season and will provide some outfield depth for the current World Series favorites.
Noah Syndergaard is traded to Philadelphia
The Los Angeles Angels did wind up moving Noah Syndergaard, sending him to the Phillies in exchange for former No. 1 overall pick OF Mickey Moniak and OF prospect Jadiel Sanchez.
Syndergaard, though not as dominant as he was early in his career, will provide help in the starting rotation to a Phillies club fighting for a playoff spot.
Moniak was taken with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, but has struggled to catch on with Philadelphia, hitting just .129 in 93 at-bats across parts of three seasons.
The Angels also sent OF Brandon Marsh to Philly for catching prospect Logan O’Hoppe in a separate deal.
The Padres add Brandon Drury
The Padres made yet another move to improve their lineup, acquiring INF Brandon Drury from the Reds for SS Victor Acosta, the No. 6 prospect in Cincinnati’s organization according to MLB Pipeline.
Drury, 29, is in the midst of a breakout season, already having hit a career high 20 home runs to go along with a .274 batting average. He will provide more power to a lineup that got significantly stronger today with the addition of Juan Soto and Josh Bell.
David Robertson heads to the Phillies
Cubs reliever David Robertson was traded to the Phillies in a move that will strengthen Philadelphia’s struggling bullpen. Robertson, 37, has been in the majors since 2008, and was having a strong first season in Chicago. He had posted a 2.23 ERA with 14 saves in 40.1 innings.
Going back to Chicago is RHP Ben Brown, who was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the Phillies’ system, according to Baseball America.
Minnesota acquires Tyler Mahle from Reds
The Twins made a move to pick up a starter, sending three minor leaguers to the Reds for RHP Tyler Mahle. In 19 starts this season, Mahle has 4.40 ERA with 114 strikeouts over 104.1 innings.
In return, the Reds received prospects INF Spencer Steer, 3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and LHP Steven Hajjar.
Joey Gallo is traded to the Dodgers
Per SI’s Pat Ragazzo, Yankees OF Joey Gallo has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gallo had struggled mightily in the time he spent with the Yankees, hitting just .159 with 25 home runs and 46 RBI across parts of two seasons. However, the Dodgers have decided to take a chance on him in hopes he can return to the 40+ home run hitter he was with the Texas Rangers.
The Dodgers sent RHP Clayton Beeter to the Yankees in return.
Eric Hosmer is headed to Boston
After Eric Hosmer rejected a move to Washington as part of the Juan Soto deal, it seems the Padres have found a new home for him. Hosmer has been traded to the Boston Red Sox, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jeff Sanders.
Hosmer won a World Series with the Royals in 2015 and was an All-Star in 2016. While his power numbers have dipped over the past seasons, he should be a contributor to a team in desperate need of help at first base.
The return for the veteran first baseman is not yet known.
Blue Jays add a pair of relievers
The Blue Jays are getting right-handed relievers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop from the Marlins, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported. Bass has a 1.41 ERA in 45 appearances this season while Pop has a 3.60 ERA over 18 appearances.
The Marlins will get shortstop Jordan Groshans, who was ranked 74th in MLB.com’s top 100 prospects entering the season.
Juan Soto will go to the Padres
The big deal is done.
Juan Soto, along with Josh Bell, will be going to the Padres in a trade that sends several players back to the Nationals, according to multiple reports. Washington will get back two of San Diego’s top prospects, OF James Wood and OF Robert Hassell III, pitching prospect Jarlin Susana along with young shortstop C.J. Abrams and pitcher MacKenzie Gore.
Eric Hosmer’s going to the Nationals in the deal, too.
Padres emerge as favorite for Juan Soto
Nationals star outfielder Juan Soto is the top prize on the market ahead of the trade deadline. It appears the Padres are the frontrunners to get him, should he get traded.
Orioles ship their closer to the Twins
In Tuesday’s first move, the Minnesota Twins acquired All-Star RHP Jorge López from Baltimore in exchange for four prospects.
After struggling for years to catch on in the majors, López had excelled as Baltimore’s closer this season, working to a 1.68 ERA while picking up 19 saves.
Minnesota sent RHPs Yennier Cano and Juan Nuñez and LHPs Cade Povich and Juan Rojas to Baltimore in the deal.
Between this trade and shipping Trey Mancini to the Astros, the Orioles, who are just in front of the Red Sox in the standings, appear to be punting on a playoff push in 2022.
Here’s a list of notable trades so far:
Andrew Benintendi to the Yankees
The Kansas City Royals traded OF Andrew Benintendi to the Yankees last week, as New York aims to strengthen its roster in anticipation of a World Series run. Benintendi, who played for the Red Sox from 2016-2020, is hitting .311 with 3 home runs and 41 RBI this year.
In return, the Yankees sent prospects RHP Chandler Champlain, LHP T.J. Sikkema, and RHP Beck Way to Kansas City.
Luis Castillo to the Mariners
In the deadline’s first blockbuster, the Seattle Mariners acquired All-Star RHP Luis Castillo from the Reds in exchange for three of their top five prospects.
The Mariners gave up their top prospect, SS Noelvi Marte, as well as No. 3 prospect SS Edwin Arroyo, No. 5 prospect RHP Levi Stoudt, and RHP Andrew Moore for Castillo, who has worked to a 2.86 ERA with 90 strikeouts through 85 innings this year.
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David Peralta to the Rays
Amidst injuries to outfielders Kevin Kiermaier and Manuel Margot, the Rays made a move to add some help to their outfield, picking up veteran OF David Peralta from the Diamondbacks in exchange for catching prospect Christian Cerda. Peralta, 34, is hitting .248 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI this season.
Scott Effross to the Yankees
The Yankees bolstered their bullpen on Monday, trading for Cubs RHP Scott Effross, who has pitched well in his first full year in the majors, compiling a 2.66 ERA in 47 appearances and striking out 50 through 44 innings.
The Cubs received the Yankees No. 7 prospect RHP Hayden Wesneski in return.
Josh Hader to the Padres
In a somewhat surprising move, the San Diego Padres acquired Brewers closer Josh Hader in exchange for four players, including their closer Taylor Rogers and RHP Dinelson Lamet.
Hader, one of the game’s most dominant closers and current saves leader with 29, has struggled of late, posting a 9.45 ERA over his last 15 appearances covering 13.1 innings. However, Hader’s track record shows that San Diego acquired a top option to secure the back of their bullpen.
The Padres sent LHP Taylor Rogers, who incidentally is second in the MLB with 28 saves, as well as RHP Dinelson Lamet, OF prospect Esteury Ruiz (who has seen some time in the majors this year), and LHP prospect Robert Gasser to Milwaukee.
Frankie Montas to the Yankees
The Yankees continued to add to their roster, getting RHPs Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino from the Oakland A’s. Montas, along with Luis Castillo, was one of the top starters on the market and has put together a solid season with a 3.18 ERA and 109 strikeouts across 104.1 innings.
Trivino, who had been acting as the A’s closer, has struggled this year, with a 6.47 ERA through 32 innings. He was much better last season, however, picking up 22 saves and recording a 3.18 ERA in 73.2 innings.
The Yankees sent four players to Oakland in the trade – LHP JP Sears, who has tossed 22 innings for the club this year, No. 5 prospect LHP Ken Waldichuk, RHP prospect Luis Medina, and 2B prospect Cooper Bowman.
Trey Mancini to the Astros
The Orioles traded 2021 AL Comeback Player of the Year OF/1B Trey Mancini to the Astros in a three-team deal including the Tampa Bay Rays. Mancini, who missed the 2020 season while battling cancer, has been a solid contributor for years in Baltimore, and has hit .268 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI this year.
As part of the deal, Houston also acquired RHP prospect Jayden Murray from Tampa. RHP prospect Seth Johnson went from Tampa to Baltimore, and another RHP prospect, Chayce McDermott, went from Houston to Baltimore. The Astros also sent OF Jose Siri, who has seen time in the majors over the last two seasons, to the Rays.
Christian Vázquez to the Astros
Just prior to the Red Sox’ game in Houston last night, longtime catcher Christian Vázquez was traded to the Astros. Vázquez had been in the Red Sox system his entire career, and was with the big league club since 2014. He has been having the best offensive season of his career this year, hitting .282 with 8 home runs and 42 RBI.
In return, the Red Sox acquired Houston’s No. 29 and 30 prospects, IF/OF Enmanuel Valdez and OF Wilyer Abreu.
Tommy Pham to the Red Sox
The Red Sox also made an interesting move to acquire veteran OF Tommy Pham from the Reds. Pham, 34, has spent nine years in the majors, and is hitting .238, with 11 home runs and 39 RBI this year.
Cincinnati will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations in return from Boston.
Jake Diekman to the White Sox
The Red Sox parted ways with LHP reliever Jake Diekman, sending him to the White Sox for C Reese McGuire. Control issues were the theme of Diekman’s lone season with Boston, as he walked 30 in 38.1 innings for the Red Sox this year.
McGuire has spent parts of five seasons in the majors, and will provide help in filling the void left by the trade of Christian Vázquez. In 151 at-bats this year, McGuire is hitting .225 with 0 home runs and 10 RBI.
José Quintana to the Cardinals
The Cardinals made a move to bolster their starting pitching, acquiring LHP José Quintana and RHP Chris Stratton from the Pirates. Quintana, a 2016 All-Star, has had somewhat of a resurgence this year, compiling a 3.50 ERA and 89 strikeouts over 103 innings.
The Pirates received RHP Johan Oviedo, who has pitched in parts of three seasons for the Cardinals, appearing as a starter and out of the bullpen. INF prospect Malcolm Nuñez was also included in the deal.
Jake Odorizzi to the Braves
The Astros and Braves swapped veterans, as Houston sent RHP Jake Odorizzi to Atlanta for left-handed reliever Will Smith.
Odorizzi, an 11-year veteran, can be a solid addition to Atlanta’s rotation, as he has put together a 3.75 ERA in 12 starts this year.
Smith, who has served as a closer in the past, will provide more depth to the back end of Houston’s bullpen. He had worked to a 4.38 ERA in a set-up role with Atlanta this year.
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