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2014 Trade Deadline Tracker

Jul 31, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

We’ll be covering all of the action here up through Thursday’s 4 p.m. EDT deadline.


 

Tigers acquired LHP David Price from the Rays, sending LHP Drew Smyly and SS Willy Adames to the Rays and OF Austin Jackson to the Mariners. Mariners send INF Nick Franklin to the Rays.

With names like Oscar Taveras and Joc Pederson getting tossed around — plus Addison Russell earlier — this looks like a light return for Price on the surface. Smyly, though, is an established lefty with a very good arm, still four years away from free agency. He’s striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings this year, and he makes next to nothing. That’s a really valuable piece for Tampa Bay. Also, Franklin-to-the-Rays long seemed destined and finally happened, though since it didn’t come in conjunction with a Ben Zobrist deal, there’s not an obvious role for Franklin right now. He’s the Rays’ new long-term second baseman, though. Adames is notable, too, as one of the top two position player talents left in the Detroit system. He was hitting .269/.346/.428 as an 18-year-old in the Midwest League.

The Mariners look like a clear winner here, getting the legitimate starting center fielder they’ve needed since Franklin Gutierrez‘s body fell apart. Franklin will be a solid long-term regular, but he simply didn’t fit on a team with Robinson Cano. The Mariners offense looks much more legitimate with Jackson in center and leading off and Michael Saunders (once healthy) and Chris Denorfia platooning in right. Plus, they’ll get to keep Jackson next year.

Then there are the Tigers, who held serve with the A’s following the Jon Lester acquisition. A rotation of Max Scherzer, Price, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez has to terrify potential postseason foes. They also get Price for 2015, giving them an ace in case Scherzer departs in free agency, which seems increasingly likely now. However, losing Jackson is a big blow. Rajai Davis, who doesn’t hit righties and who isn’t as good defensively as his speed suggests, simply isn’t an adequate replacement as a primary center fielder. Maybe the Tigers will be able to find an alternative next month.

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Athletics acquired LHP Jon Lester, OF Jonny Gomes and cash from Red Sox for OF Yoenis Cespedes and competitive balance draft pick.

Feeling they were unlikely to re-sign Cespedes beyond 2015 anyway, the A’s decided to take their chances on a beast of a playoff rotation featuring Lester, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Jeff Samardzija. They’ll hope to cover Cespedes’s production by asking even more of their three-headed catching monster of Derek Norris, Stephen Vogt and John Jaso, with Vogt often starting in the outfield against righties and Jaso being used as a DH.

The Red Sox couldn’t seem to pry away an elite prospect like Oscar Taveras or Kevin Gausman for Lester, so they settled for one year of a middle-of-the-order bat. Cespedes can pull off the spectacular, but has regressed as a player since his excellent rookie season in 2012. The Red Sox will hope the change of scenery helps; plus, Cespedes could certainly learn something by watching David Ortiz‘s at-bats. That Cespedes is a free agent after 2015 probably led to the draft pick being included; that pick will come between the second and third rounds of next year’s draft.

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Cardinals acquired RHP John Lackey and LHP Corey Littrell from the Red Sox for 1B/OF Allen Craig and RHP Joe Kelly.

The Red Sox again set their eyes on 2015 even as they sell. Craig should bounce back offensively, but he’s basically been a right-handed doppelganger for Daniel Nava the last two years and the Red Sox still have Shane Victorino, plus Mookie Betts threatening to break through to go along with Cespedes and likely Gold Glove center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Also, Craig is owed $27.5 million through 2017 (with an option for 2018), though that’s not a bad thing if he does resume hitting. In Kelly, the Red Sox are getting a guy who has been a success despite mediocre peripherals, including a career strikeout rate of 5.5 batters per nine innings as a starter (the MLB average is now over 7.0 for starters). Kelly will join the rotation, but he’s probably going to be a reliever in the long haul.

Lackey gets plugged into a Cardinals rotation that also includes Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, the newly acquired Justin Masterson and Shelby Miller, with Michael Wacha hopefully back for the final month. A big key to his trade value was his odd $500,000 option for next year, the result of a clause in his contract with Boston that was invoked after he missed a season due to Tommy John surgery. Even though Lackey isn’t going to want to pitch for half a million dollars next year, that’s huge leverage in terms of getting a modest extension done with him. Littrell, a 2013 fifth-round pick, wasn’t viewed as one of Boston’s top 15 or 20 prospects.

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Marlins acquire RHP Jarred Cosart, INF-OF Kike Hernandez and OF Austin Wates from Astros for OF Jake Marisnick, 3B Colin Moran, RHP Francis Martes and a competitive balance draft pick.

A fascinating deal, given all of the young talent involved. Cosart was going to be expensive to acquire, as he’s 24 with a huge arm, no current durability concerns and a decent major league record. It seems like the Astros looked at his peripherals and figured he wouldn’t break through, while the Marlins looked at his stuff and thought it could still happen. Though this isn’t just Cosart for the Marlins; Hernandez’s breakthrough year makes him look like a quality role player at least (he’s just turning 23 this month and he’s hitting .284/.348/.420 in the majors). Wates, 25, is an advanced outfield prospect and a potentially useful bench piece. He was hitting .299/.396/.381 with 31 steals in 74 games in Triple-A.

The Astros get back Marisnick, a key piece in the Jose Reyes-Josh Johnson-Mark Buehrle deal a year and a half ago, and Moran, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft. Marisnick has power, speed and a history of putting up good, but not great, minor league numbers. He’s certainly skilled enough to make it as a major league regular, though I’ve long been rather skeptical of his chances. Moran was considered the most advanced position prospect in last year’s draft, but he’s drawn largely poor reviews from scouts since debuting. I still think he’s going to be a major league third baseman, but he’s not going to move nearly as quickly as it looked like he would initially. Martes, 18, has a 5.18 ERA in 33 innings in the Rookie Gulf Coast League.

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Yankees acquire INF-OF Martin Prado from Diamondbacks for 1B/OF Peter O’Brien.

Reports had the Diamondbacks preferring to move Aaron Hill‘s slightly more expensive deal, but in the end, they were just happy to shed Prado’s contract. That four-year, $40 million contract was signed a year and a half ago, one week after Prado was acquired in the Justin Upton trade. Prado had held up his end of the bargain so far, but he wasn’t going to get any more valuable in the back half of the deal. O’Brien offers them power, but no position. He’s a poor man’s Mark Trumbo, and he doesn’t currently project as a major league regular.

The Yankees will make Prado their primary right fielder, and he should be an upgrade over Ichiro Suzuki there. Next year, he gives them an Alex Rodriguez alternative at third base, depending on what happens there. He’s still an option at second base, too, but probably not on a full-time basis. He lengthens the Yankees lineup, and it’s another case of the Yankees getting an incremental improvement without really sacrificing anything.

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Nationals acquired SS Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians for SS Zach Walters.

With Ryan Zimmerman sidelined into September, if he returns at all this year, the Nationals wanted a legitimate starting option in the infield and got one. Cabrera is a well below average shortstop, but he has experience at second and he should be just fine there once he gets used to it again. To get him without giving up a likely regular is a smart pickup, even if he is just a two-month rental.

Walters has long been a solid prospect with good pop for a middle infielder, but he’s not great defensively at shortstop and he’s always struck out a whole lot, limiting his ability to hit for average. He projects as a role player, rather than a starting shortstop, though as a stopgap, he wouldn’t be bad. Fortunately, the Indians can turn right to Francisco Lindor to replace Cabrera and likely be better off because of it. The top prospect will be a big improvement defensively on Cabrera, and while he’s not ready to excel offensively in the majors, he should hold his own.

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Orioles acquired LHP Andrew Miller from the Red Sox for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez.

The Orioles paid quite a price for the best left-handed reliever available. Miller has been awfully good, and those his command still wavers at time, he can be a force against righties as well as lefties. He has an awesome 69/13 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings this year. Miller is a free agent at season’s end.

The 21-year-old Rodriguez hasn’t gotten as much hype as Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman or Hunter Harvey yet, but he’s probably one of the 25 or so best pitching prospects in the minors, even with his 4.79 ERA in Double-A this year. Since the Red Sox have plenty of polished arms ahead of him, he shouldn’t be a factor in the majors until late 2015 at the easliest.

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Brewers acquired OF Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks for OF Mitch Hanigar and LHP Anthony Banda.

Speculation had the Brewers in on starters and relievers, maybe even a first baseman. Instead, they went and got an outfielder to complement Khris Davis in left field. Davis has been a solid regular, but much of his damage comes against left-handed pitching: he’s at .232/.288/.435 against righties, plus he’s not nearly the defender that Parra is. Also, this gives the Brewers much better protection in case a starting outfielder goes down; they were really hurting when they lost Ryan Braun for a spell earlier this season. Parra is also under control for next, though he’ll make $6 million-$7 million in arbitration.

In Hanigar, the Diamondbacks get one of the best prospects in a weak farm system. The 23-year-old was hitting .255/.316/.416 with 10 homers in 243 at-bats in Double-A this year. He has the power potential to make it as a starting right-fielder if his contact skills improve. Banda, 20, was 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA and an 83/38 K/BB ratio in 83 2/3 innings in low-A ball. With Parra gone, the Diamondbacks will have room to play David Peralta regularly in right field for the rest of the year.

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Braves acquire INF-OF Emilio Bonifacio, LHP James Russell and cash from the Cubs for C Victor Caratini.

On the surface, this may not seem like much. Bonifacio, though, gives the Braves a legitimate alternative in center field and at second base, both areas of need. No longer do the Braves have to force B.J. Upton into the leadoff spot (though that they had to in the first place was just another Fredi Gonzalez quirk). And Russell, while a frequent punching bag in the Cubs pen over the years, has dominated lefties this year when used correctly, limiting them to a .103/.243/.121 line in 58 at-bats. The Braves needed someone like him.

The price was significant. Caratini was a second-round pick last year, and he’s hit .283/.377/.415 in 523 at-bats since being drafted. He’s still raw behind the plate — he was mostly a third baseman in junior college — and how he develops there will have a drastic effect on his stock as a prospect. There’s a lot to like about his bat, though.

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Yankees acquire SS Stephen Drew from the Red Sox for INF Kelly Johnson.

It’s the first deal between the two rivals since the Red Sox traded Mike Stanley to the Yankees for Tony Armas Jr. and Jim Mecir way back in 1997. The Red Sox needed to dump Drew to put Xander Bogaerts back at shortstop, especially now that there’s no longer any outfield room for Brock Holt. Johnson will be a bit player for the Red Sox. They’ll save a little money now and a little more if they can move Johnson in a waiver deal.

The Yankees figure to give Drew a crash course at second base in the hopes that he’ll be an upgrade over Brian Roberts, who has already been designated for assignment to open up a spot Both Drew and Johnson are free agents at season’s end, so there’s no risk for either team here.

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Mariners acquired OF Chris Denorfia from the Padres for OF Abraham Almonte and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen.

The Mariners needed a righty outfield bat to go along with lefties Michael Saunders, Dustin Ackley, James Jones and Endy Chavez, and they got a nice one in Denorfia, even if he hasn’t done much so far this year (.242/.293/.319 in 248 at-bats). He’ll certainly start against southpaws, and if he gets hot, he can break into the lineup against righties as well. He is a free agent at season’s end.

Almonte was the Mariners’ Opening Day center fielder and leadoff hitter, though he wasn’t very well suited for the latter role. After hitting .198/.248/.292 in 106 major league at-bats, he’s come in at .267/.333/.390 in Triple-A, a far cry from last year’s .314/.403/.491 line for the same team. He’s still tallented enough to become at least a quality part-timer; he’s a switch-hitter and an excellent defensive corner outfielder, so he won’t need to hit all that well to be useful. Kohlscheen is a minor league reliever with limited upside.

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Athletics acquired OF Sam Fuld from the Twins for LHP Tommy Milone.

The Twins got Fuld by claiming him off waivers from the A’s earlier this year, so they definitely turned a profit here. Still, Milone is an outlier pitcher with his lack of velocity and his big flyball rate. He goes to another good ballpark for his style of pitching, but he loses the excellent outfield defense that drove down his ERAs in Oakland. He’s probably a fifth starter for Minnesota.

In Fuld, the A’s reacquire a 32-year-old bench player having a fluke offensive year; he’s at .263/.356/.366 in 164 AB right now after entering 2014 with a career .234/.314/.330 line. He’ll see significant time for now with Coco Crisp hurting and Craig Gentry on the DL, but he should end the year as more of a bit player.

  1. NatsLady - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    • nbjays - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Ya pays yer money and ya takes yer chances…

    • aarontzach - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Don’t worry, he’ll be on the Quadruple-A Minnesota Twins in no time!

  2. pisano - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    The only thing Gomes will do in Oakland is increase their K totals.

  3. chip56 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I am kinda curious who is going to hit for Oakland besides Donaldson and Moss. They upgraded the best rotation in baseball but went from Cespedes to Fuld/Gomes?? Of course, there’s still plenty of time left in the day – they could trade for a legitimate bat.

    • curtislburt - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      OAKLAND NEEDS TO GO OUT AND GET A BAT OR 2 HITTERS, TO GO DEEP INTO THE PLAYOFFS. THEY ARE LIKE THE BULLS OF BASKETBALL NOW, CANNOT SCORE ENOUGH TO WIN.

    • timmmah10 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      They must like Vogt’s bat to continue being strong from here on out… I don’t see him finishing the season batting .350…

      Interesting trade, I assume the A’s are going to make another move… maybe an upgrade over Callaspo/Sogard at 2nd or Asdrubal to move Lowrie to 2B?

      Can’t say the A’s are sitting on their hands…

    • mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      They’re starting to remind me of the teams Bright Billy built his reputation on, the “Big Three” pitchers that fell into his lap plus a lineup that just…couldn’t…get…that…one…hit…in the playoffs. Their “a walk is the same as a hit” fixation made them a playoff fixture, but never good enough to make the WS.

      That said, their current lineup, even minus Cespedes, is a bit better than those of the early 2000s. One more bat couldn’t hurt, though.

  4. moogro - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Can you please not have your videos not auto-start and auto-play the next video? Or at least note when there is a video embedded in a link so that opening multiple tabs doesn’t inundate you with all these videos playing. This is very lame and not user-friendly web design.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      If you use Firefox you can block all videos from loading unless you give them permission.

      It’s glorious.

      • timmmah10 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        My favorite is when a site posts a 10 second video with a 15 second ad before it…

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Yep. Plus, @TF, as a good liberal, FF is made by a nonprofit, not Google, Microslob, or Apple on Safari.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        @SocraticGadfly (BTW, you have to put a full name after the @ symbol for it to show up in WordPress notifications….I got notice of this one because you replied to my post….but I have to put yours in since I can’t reply to your post….GI JOOOOOEE!!)

        I’d use a browser made by Idi Amin if it ran properly and didn’t display ads or popups.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        @tfbuckfutter Let’s try that, then. (I have WP notifications turned off and my blog is on Blogger, anyway.) That said, gotcha.

        I use AdBlock for the obvious, Ghostery so all these sites can’t dump tracking cookies on me, and HTTPS for everything for security. (And, EFF has its own cookie-controller, which I have yet to try.)

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        @SocraticGadfly

        Ditto on Ad Block + Ghostery (even though that one is a bit problematic for some sites, and often disappears from my app list when I want to disable it briefly to read comments on some sites) and I also set Flash to ask for permission. I will look into HTTPS. I’m not familiar with it (I generally only familiarize myself with programs that solve a problem I am having).

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        @tfbuckfutter … It’s from EFF, so you can trust it. https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        I love going on someone’s computer and opening Internet Explorer and getting 40 tool bars and having to wait 4 minutes before I can even just go to one site to check something.

        How do people live like that?

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        “Everything I’ve read said Firefox isn’t very good.”
        “I just tried to open YouTube and your computer caught on fire.”

    • moogro - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Yes, I’ve had to do that. But this is the only site I use that forces me to use a flash blocker.

  5. dcbear90 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Cards get Lackey

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      ….and again get an established major leaguer instead of prospects. Obviously, the Sox don’t believe this “rebuilding” process will be a very long one.

  6. chip56 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Joe Kelly, Allen Craig, Cespedes and two great prospects for Peavy, Lester and Lackey is a fantastic haul for Boston.

  7. ejheim62 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    so the Brewers and especially the Cards make moves. The Pirates HAVE to almost make one now. The simply have to get a starter, and some bench help. This is gonna get interesting.

  8. moogro - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Can you please not have your videos not auto-start and auto-play the next video? Or at least note when there is a video embedded in a link so that opening multiple tabs doesn’t inundate you with all these videos playing. This is very lame and not user-friendly web design.

  9. phillysports1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Ruin are you there ?

  10. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    The Yankees finally made a splash. They claimed Esmil Rogers off waivers from the Jays.

    • mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      The balance of power is now permanently altered in their favor.

      • chinahand11 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Yes, let us all throw our hats into the ring, the Yanks are back. What a claim!

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Another splash for the Yankees. They got J. D. Drew. I assume that they will use him at second base.

      • irishmanknowsall - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        I thought it was brother Stephen from Red Sox they got.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        My bad.

  11. NatsLady - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Whom does that leave?

    • mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Baltimore, for decent prospect LHP Eduardo Rodriguez.

  12. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    The Indians were finally able to dump Cabrera. The Jays did not want him, so he was traded to the Expos instead.

    • mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Expos?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:30 AM

        Think about it.

  13. nightrain42 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    And once again…the Pirates do nothing. Way to let the fan base down.

    • 6superbowls - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Nutting just raking in the money. Did nothing in the off season except dump salary and raise ticket prices. Not making a trade deadline move wasn’t much of a surprise.

  14. thegreatstoneface - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    DD!!!!! um. are we bringing SeaBass back to play CF, now?

    • xjokerz - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      whats wrong with Davis in Center Field?

      Jd Martinez in Left

      Raji in Center

      Hunter in Right.

      Raji is better defensively / offensively at this point.

      • mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Sometimes I think Jackson’s reputation comes mostly from his being such a touted prospect of the Holy Yankees years ago. He’s never been that bad, nor that good.

        Not that Davis is that great a defensive CF, but he may do the job.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        “Raji is better defensively / offensively at this point.”

        Uuuuuhhhhhhh…

  15. yahmule - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    And the Rockies do nothing! There was some interest in Hawkins, de la Rosa and Cuddyer and they sit on their hands. Truly amazing.

    • xjokerz - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      i wish the Rockies would have traded the TIgers Tulo..BEFORE he got injured

  16. gloccamorra - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    What about the Phillies and Rangers trades?

    • gloccamorra - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      …and the Mets! Where are the Mets??

      • mazblast - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        Reds and Pirates, too.

  17. SocraticGadfly - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Disagree w/Matthew on the Rays trade.

    Adames is a class-A SS far away from MLB play. Decent power and good walk rate for a SS at his level, but a horrendous K rate.

    And, googling various Tigers fan and sports writer/blogger blogs?

    None of them has Adames as a top 10 or even top 20 on the prospects list. So, unless Andrew Friedman has eyes twice as good as the allegedly legendary ones of Dombrowski, you can officially jump off the cliff now.

  18. denny65 - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Jack? Jack Z? Well done, my man; well done!

    Here’s hoping Franklin does well in St. Petersburg, but let’s not hold our breath. Jack, you were masterful to get something in return for him.

    Now, we’re not letting you off the hook for your disastrous acquisition of LoMo and Hart. If you’ll just DFA both of them to clear some roster spots all of Seattle will be happy.

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