MLB Trade Rumors: Hottest News and Speculation Surrounding the Deadline
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Keep it here for complete 2013 MLB trade deadline rumors, news and commentary.
July 29-30 Trades
Jose Veras to the Detroit Tigers for OF Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.
Scott Downs to the Atlanta Braves for RHP Cory Rasmus.
Jesse Crain to the Tampa Bay Rays for future considerations.
Marc Rzepczynski to the Cleveland Indians for SS Juan Herrera.
Alberto Callaspo to the Oakland Athletics for 2B Grant Green.
Jake Peavy and Brayan Villarreal to the Boston Red Sox; OF Avisail Garcia, 2B/SS Cleuluis Rondon, RHP Francellis Montas and RHP Jeffrey Wendelken to the Chicago White Sox; SS/3B Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers.
July 31 Trades
Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres for LHP Joe Thatcher, RHP Matt Stites and a compensation-round draft pick.
Justin Maxwell to the Kansas City Royals for RHP Kyle Smith.
Bud Norris to the Baltimore Orioles for OF L.J. Hoes, LHP Josh Hader and a compensation-round draft pick.
Drew Butera to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later.
Other Impact Deals
Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers for 3B Mike Olt, RHP Justin Grimm, RHP C.J. Edwards and a player to be named later.
Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles for 3B Nick Delmonico.
Alfonso Soriano to the New York Yankees for RHP Corey Black.
In closing, we need to push the non-waiver trade deadline into August.
If Major League Baseball is going to keep its structure of 10 playoff spots, it needs to provide teams with extra time to decide whether to buy or sell.
The Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals are three such clubs who had very desirable players to offer contenders. They were reluctant to pull the trigger on anything because, despite sub-.500 records, they don't feel certain that the 2013 season is a lost cause.
As this trade deadline approached, many speculated that the Biogenesis mess would suppress player movement.
However, there's nothing to suggest that teams were confused.
Look at the Detroit Tigers. They acquired a legitimate shortstop in Jose Iglesias, even though Jhonny Peralta has solidified the position for them. That's likely because they've been informed that he'll be unavailable to them down the stretch.
In another example, the Texas Rangers passed on opportunities to acquire another hitter. They presumably did so with the knowledge that outfielder Nelson Cruz will appeal any impending suspension, which would delay the process until the offseason.
Take this opportunity to check out Joel Reuter's grades for every July trade. It's already updated to include today's transactions.
Watch out for August trades.
Several contenders will inevitably contact the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs (among others) next month to patch holes, even if it means going through the waiver process.
The official Twitter account of the Baltimore Orioles announces the specifics of the Bud Norris trade, plus whose rotation spot he'll take:
The Astros will receive OF L.J. Hoes, LHP Josh Hader, and Baltimore’s 2014 Draft Competitive Balance Pick-Round A, Selection #2.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) July 31, 2013
RHP Jason Hammel has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 29th, with a right flexor mass strain.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) July 31, 2013
Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports expresses a popular sentiment:
One AL exec described this as a “strange” deadline. I agree. Time to move it back to 8/10 or 8/15 to encourage more deals.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2013
This year, in particular, the Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals did not have time to decide whether they were buyers or sellers.
Drew Butera, who turns 30 next week, will probably supplant Tim Federowicz as the second-string catcher on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He's a lifetime .182/.230/.263 batter, but a strong defender behind the plate, having gunned down 33 percent of would-be base-stealers since 2010.
L.A. will give up a player to be named later in the trade, Jon Heyman tweets.
I told you it wasn't over yet...look at this blockbuster from the Dodgers!
Dodgers acquire catcher Drew Butera from Twins.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 31, 2013
I'm told at least one trade was completed before the deadline. Stay tuned— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 31, 2013
And ... No deals from the Rangers.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2013
The #Cubs are done for the month with no last minute trades— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2013
Inactivity from the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs comes as a shock.
The Rangers were often reported to be "desperate" for another bat. Chicago had several obvious trade candidates, like Kevin Gregg, James Russell and Nate Schierholtz.
It's 4:00 p.m. ET, but announcements always roll in after the trade deadline passes.
We're not done yet.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that the St. Louis Cardinals will not acquire Dioner Navarro. They didn't want to meet Chicago's asking price.
Not many other catching options available.
Only a few minutes to go until the non-waiver trade deadline and prominent players like Javier Lopez and Michael Young haven't gone anywhere.
The Yankees are not getting traction in talks on Young at the moment.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2013
Tigers not getting Javier Lopez #confirmed— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 31, 2013
Tigers "never tried" on Javier Lopez according to #source— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 31, 2013
O's get Bud Norris— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 31, 2013
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweets that outfielder L.J. Hoes is headed to the Houston Astros in exchange, along with one other player. The 23-year-old will probably fill the roster spot of the recently departed Justin Maxwell.
Meanwhile, Bud Norris figures to stick in the Baltimore Orioles' starting rotation. The question is whether Jason Hammel or Scott Feldman get bumped to the 'pen.
On the MLB Network, Joel Sherman of the New York Post says New York Mets officials would be "shocked" if the team reached an agreement to trade Marlon Byrd.
Contrary to the belief earlier today that the St. Louis Cardinals wouldn't pursue a catcher, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the team is in discussions with the Chicago Cubs about Dioner Navarro.
The second-stringer has put up strong offensive numbers in limited playing time this season (.881 OPS in 162 PA).
After shipping Joe Thatcher away in the Ian Kennedy trade, the San Diego Padres seemed unlikely to move fellow reliever Luke Gregerson.
Not so fast, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports:
Are Padres done? Teams still calling on Gregerson. More likely to be moved in offseason, but chance could happen today.— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) July 31, 2013
The already-thin starting pitching market has even fewer options following the Jake Peavy and Ian Kennedy trades.
We're hearing that interest is building for both Bud Norris and—to a much lesser extent—Phil Hughes.
Confirmation on the Ian Kennedy trade from ESPN's Jim Bowden.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Ian Kennedy deal is done:
padres get kennedy in deal from dbacks— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2013
The San Diego Padres will get a few shots at contending with Kennedy, as he's eligible for arbitration in both 2014 and 2015. Based on MLB service time, the 28-year-old is due a raise on his $4.265 million salary.
The Arizona Diamondbacks weren't eager to pay him because they have pitching prospect Archie Bradley closing in on a promotion.
Matt Reynolds was a very effective lefty reliever for Arizona, but an elbow injury has kept him out since early June. Joe Thatcher can slide into his role.
Details from Bob Nightengale of USA Today on what an Ian Kennedy trade might entail:
The 31-year-old Thatcher is under team control through 2014. He boasts a 2.10 earned run average this summer with a sparkling 7.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
From what I gather, the following players have at least a 50 percent chance of being traded by 4 p.m. ET:
- Third baseman Michael Young to the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees.
- Right-hander Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres or Los Angeles Angels.
- Outfielder Mike Morse to the Tampa Bay Rays or elsewhere.
Told Dbacks and Padres are "closing in" on an Ian Kennedy trade.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) July 31, 2013
So, what's up with Michael Young?
At this hour, no Phillies-Red Sox talks on Michael Young— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 31, 2013
Of any Philadelphia Phillies player, the 36-year-old is closest to being moved.
Ruben Amaro Jr. has about two hours to come to an agreement with a contender and secure Young's approval.
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