The non-waiver trade deadline in Major League Baseball is 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31. Here is a look at all the deals as they happen, including details and analysis.
One more for the road
Cardinals get: Connor Capel, Jhon Torres
Indians get: Oscar Mercado
Saint Louis sent a productive, if limited AAA outfielder north to Cleveland in exchange for two younger, lesser talents. The Cardinals, already loaded enough in the outfield to unload Tommy Pham, pulled off a two-for-one in order to move a player whose ascent to the main club was already blocked. Mercado could see playing time for the Indians this September — especially if Michael Brantley’s injury woes flare up again.
Milwaukee completes its middle-infield overhaul
Brewers get: Jonathan Schoop
Orioles get: Luis Ortiz, Jean Carmona, Jonathan Villar
Milwaukee’s offense up the middle was a potentially fatal flaw in ‘18, along with a shaky starting rotation. The Brewers may not have added much help on the mound, so the team opted to boost its lineup with enough run creators to outscore any issues that lack of starters may spark up. 2017 All-Star Schoop will move to shortstop alongside Mike Moustakas at third and Travis Shaw at second. That gives Milwaukee 30+ home run power at all four positions. In return, Baltimore gets a useable replacement at second in Villar, along with top 10 prospect Ortiz and 18-year-old Dominican shortstop Carmona.
Oh, cool, Jake Diekman
Diamondbacks get: Jake Diekman
Rangers get: Wei-Chieh Huang
Diekman is a big lefty who has been quietly useful over his last four seasons in Arlington. He’ll bring that value to Arizona as the team’s second trade deadline bullpen acquisition, alongside Brad Ziegler. The Diamondbacks didn’t necessarily need Diekman — a lineup of Yoshihisa HIrano, Andrew Chafin, and Archie Bradley already made a challenging gauntlet in front of closer Brad Boxberger before Ziegler even showed up — but his addition shows how serious Arizona is about fending off the Dodgers for the NL West crown.
Atlanta gets an inning sponge
Braves get: Kevin Gausman, Darren O’Day
Orioles get: Evan Phillips, Jean Carlos Encarnación, Brett Cumberland, Bruce Zimmerman, international signing slots.
Gausman is the grilled chicken sandwich of MLB starters. He’s occasionally pretty good, but he’s mostly ...fine. He’ll give the Braves a ton of starts (he’s made 85 the past 2.5 seasons), a middle-of-the-road FIP (4.58 this summer), and give Atlanta some Anibal Sanchez regression insurance. O’Day hasn’t been able to return to his 2015 All-Star form, but remains a useful, high-strikeout righty out of the pen. In return, Baltimore gets a pair of top 30 prospects (Encarnacion, Cumberland) and a couple lottery tickets to go with their newfound international spending slots.
The Buccos buy back in
Pirates get: Chris Archer
Rays get: Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, and a player to be named later
Remember when the Pirates were sellers and moving toward a teardown? You probably do, because that was just last winter. But Pittsburgh’s recent 11-game winning streak has pushed it into the thick of the NL Wild Card race and that means the team needs an upgrade to a rotation where only Joe Musgrove has had more quality starts than regrettable ones this season. Archer hasn’t been great in 2018, but he’s given Tampa three straight seasons of 200+ innings of above average pitching. A change of scenery could do him well.
In exchange, the Rays pried some big names from the Pittsburgh system — although it’s unclear what their actual ceilings will be. Glasnow is a former top prospect with Brock Osweiler-ian height and a 7.39 ERA as an MLB starter. Meadows came into 2018 as the team’s No. 2 prospect despite a career hamstrung by injuries. He batted .292 in 49 games with the Pirates this season, but his path to starting time was blocked by the team’s already-stocked outfield.
Minnesota bids its large second baseman son farewell
Dodgers get: Brian Dozier
Twins get: Logan Forsythe, Devin Smeltzer, Luke Raley
Dozier has been the heart of the Twins’ lineup for the past four seasons, giving the team above-average pop from second base. While he’s slumped through the first half of 2018 — he’s batting just .223 — he also slumped in 2016 and 2017 before roaring to life and helping propel the Twins to an improbable AL Wild Card last fall. Minnesota will get a journeyman replacement for him in Forsythe (he’s 31 and batted .207 for the Dodgers this year) and a pair of AA prospects in Smeltzer and Raley. Neither is considered one of Los Angeles’s top 15 farmhands.
The Cubs no longer need to give Brian Duensing the ball, ever
Cubs get: Brandon Kintzler
Nationals get: Jhon Romero
The front end of Chicago’s bullpen has been a weakness this summer, as Duensing and Luke Farrell have given up 43 earned runs in 62.2 innings so far in 2018. Adding Kintzler to the mix gives the Cubs a sure-handed veteran righty with closing experience and the composure to put out fires in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. Romero didn’t make MLB.com’s top 30 prospect list for the Cubbies, but he’s struck out 57 batters in 44 single-A innings as a 23-year-old this summer.
The Phillies upgrade their backstop
Phillies get: Wilson Ramos
Rays get: cash and a player to be named later (or extra cash)
Ramos will provide some pop to a Philadelphia lineup that could use an upgrade from incumbent catcher Jorge Alfaro, but the 30-year-old won’t be able to contribute for a few more weeks. Ramos has been sidelined by a hamstring injury that’s kept him from the lineup since July 14. He’s having one of his best years at the plate, batting .297 with 14 home runs in 298 at-bats while providing adequate defense behind home plate. For their troubles, the Rays will get some cash and, uh, well, something else in return — it’s just not clear what yet.
The semi-fire sale continues
Diamondbacks get: Brad Ziegler
Marlins get: Tommy Eveld
While the Marlins didn’t go full fire sale this year (they’re almost certainly keeping J.T. Realmuto at this point), they did have pieces on the trade block. Ziegler has had a mixed year, currently putting up a 3.98 ERA with a -0.3 rWAR but some of that might also have to do with ... you know ... him playing for the Marlins. Ziegler has improved a bit in recent outings and the Diamondbacks needed a reliever to continue to fare well in the competitive NL West as they race LA and Colorado to the end of the line.
Outfield help at long last
Indians get: Leonys Martin
Tigers get: Willi Castro and Kyle Dowdy
The Indians have been looking for outfield help high and low and they finally found their man in the form of Tigers centerfielder Leonys Martin. Castro is a good shortstop prospect so the Tigers did at least help their rebuild at the deadline, and he was being blocked by Francisco Lindor in Cleveland anyway. They’re also getting Triple-A reliever Kyle Dowdy, and the Indians finally have defensive stability in a position that has been plaguing them all year. Martin is also under team control for another year, which is more of a bonus for Cleveland than a major reason they targeted him.
A down year but a good trade
Rays get: Tommy Pham and $500,000 of international slot bonus money
Cardinals get: Justin Williams, Genesis Cabrera, and Roel Ramirez
Pham is having a down season but has made it more than clear that he was not interested in re-signing with the Cardinals after his experiences in St. Louis. With Pham under team control for multiple seasons after this year and still only 30, the Rays get another piece for their rebuild and the Cardinals get multiple prospects for a player who they were never going to re-up after this contract and who is failing to match last year’s career season.
Red Sox get: Ian Kinsler and $1.8 million of Kinsler’s remaining salary
Angels get: Pitching prospects Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez
This is a move the Red Sox would have rather not had to make, because it means that they might not be as confident in Dustin Pedroia’s return as they have asserted publicly. The franchise’s star has been rehabbing his knee all season and other than a brief reappearance on the roster hasn’t played this year. While Boston has remained optimistic, this move gives them a major defensive upgrade at second base and moves Eduardo Nuñez and Brock Holt back to utility roles. Kinsler’s .239/.304/.406/.710 at the plate isn’t anything to write home about but that’s not what this trade was about and it’s a serviceable offensive acquisition.
Taking a target off the market
Pirates get: Keone Kela
Rangers get: Taylor Hearn and a PTBNL
Multiple teams could have used Kela in their bullpen, but the Pirates got him. With Pittsburgh seven games back in the NL Central but only 3.5 games back from the second Wild Card spot, them still making moves to improve rather than selling makes sense. Kela is on a cheap contract and is under team control until 2022, so he could easily be a reliable reliever in Pittsburgh for the next few years as they turn things around fully or a trade chip in a season or two if it doesn’t work out.
Adam Duvall? In this economy?
Braves get: Adam Duvall
Reds get: Lucas Sims, Matt Winsler, and Preston Tucker
This is one of those trades that would have been way more interesting three or four years ago, but it still makes sense for the Braves as this moves Ronald Acuña to center field while putting Duvall in left. That gives Atlanta the freedom to sit Ender Inciarte against lefties, and they didn’t even have to give up any prospects to do it. They got a decent offensive presence that makes sense strategically and opened up multiple roster spots while doing it, without even having to give up any of their major assets.
New York adds more pitching help
Yankees get: Lance Lynn and $2 million in cash considerations
Twins get: Tyler Austin and Luis Rijo
The Yankees spent most of their weekend and Monday swapping pitching in and out of their organization to get where they want to be in both their rotation and bullpen heading into the last two months of the regular season. Lynn will be a sixth rotation arm/swingman in a best case scenario (if this is the last starting pitching move they make before the deadline) and he’s in the middle of a terrible season with a 5.10 ERA and 4.73 FIP across 20 starts in 2018. There are hints that Lynn has turned a corner in his season and that’s clearly what New York is hoping here, but this is one trade that might backfire if their scouting didn’t predict this one correctly.
A Wild Card game preview in trade form?
Yankees get: $1.25 million in international slot bonus money
Mariners get: Adam Warren
On the surface this doesn’t make complete sense, as the Yankees could end up regretting sending some of their pitching depth to another contender who they could very well be facing in this year’s AL Wild Card game. But the international bonus money is the crux of the trade, and Warren’s performance hasn’t been stellar enough to keep him in New York. The Mariners need the relief help and New York is more than happy to take some of their bonus pool money off their hands.
Relief help, at a cost
Astros get: Roberto Osuna
Blue Jays get: Ken Giles, prospects David Paulino and Hector Perez
The Astros made the controversial and insulting decision to trade for Osuna, an alleged domestic abuser who is still awaiting trial and will be wrapping up a 75-game suspension on August 4th. Toronto decided that Osuna would not pitch for their organization again, yet still made the choice to trade him rather than releasing him outright and letting him find work again on his own. Neither side looks good with this trade, and now Osuna might be on a World Series contender deep into the postseason.
Bullpen help down south
Braves get: Brad Brach
Orioles get: $250,000 in international slot bonus money
Atlanta ranks 10th in the National League with a 4.25 bullpen ERA, so they add a veteran right-hander in Brach, who is struggling this season (4.85 ERA, opposing batters hitting .303/.375/.455) after five straight years with an ERA of 3.19 or lower. What is surprising is the Orioles adding bonus slot space to sign international players, a market they have mostly eschewed in recent years. Baltimore is rumored to be interested in highly-touted Cuban outfielder Victor Victor Mesa, per Emily Waldon of The Athletic.
Chasen the pennant
Cardinals get: LHP Chasen Shreve, RHP Giovanny Gallegos
Yankees get: 1B Luke Voit
Shreve has a 4.26 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 38 innings and was fourth on the team in appearances. But with the addition of Zach Britton Shreve was an extra piece and dealt for Volt, a 27-year-old who hit .299/.391/.500 in 67 games in Triple-A Memphis. Volt is 2-for-11 (.182) with a home run and two walks in his eight major league games in 2018.
Moose to Milwaukee
Brewers get: Mike Moustakas
Royals get: OF Brett Phillips, RHP Jorge Lopez
Moustakas is hitting .249/.309/.468 with 20 home runs this season after smashing a career-high 38 bombs in 2017. He joins a Milwaukee team two games back of Chicago in the NL Central and in the top wild card position.
The Brewers needed infield help with Jonathan Villar out, and the recent combination of Brad Miller and Hernan Perez not providing much offense at second base. With Moustakas earmarked for the hot corner, many have speculated that third baseman Travis Shaw could move to second.
What makes this deal a little more interesting is that Moustakas has a $15 million mutual option for 2019, with a $1 million buyout. After a rough free agent experience last winter, and with a loaded class potentially flooding the market, there is a reasonable chance this move could be more than a rental.
Houston, we have a reliever
Astros get: Ryan Pressly
Twins get: RHP Jorge Alcala, CF Gilberto Celestino
Pressly is a right-hander with a 3.40 ERA and a career-best 33.2% strikeout rate (69 strikeouts in 47⅔ innings), and he’s not a free agent until after 2019. The Twins get a pair of minor leaguers in return. Both Astros trades this week have been depth moves, adding a reliever in Pressly and catcher Martin Maldonado.
Philling an infield need
Phillies get: Asdrubal Cabrera
Mets get: RHP Franklyn Kilome
Philadelphia leads the NL East, but could use some infield help, especially with rookie Scott Kingery struggling mightily, hitting just .236/.278/.341. Cabrera isn’t going to wow anyone defensively but he can play second base, third base or shortstop if needed, and is hitting .277/.329/.488 with 18 home runs.
Hot corner help in the desert
Diamondbacks get: Eduardo Escobar
Twins get: RHP Jhoan Duran, OF Gabriel Maciel, OF Ernie De La Trinidad
Arizona is in the thick of two races, entering Friday just 1½ games back in the National League West and 2½ back of the top NL wild card spot. They add the switch-hitting Escobar, who leads the majors with 37 doubles while hitting .274/.338/.514 and playing both third base and shortstop. The Diamondbacks have struggled all season at third base, hitting just .219/.307/.359 as a group at the position, 29th in the majors in batting average, 28th in slugging, and 27th in OPS.
Escobar had an epic goodbye tweet to Twins fans:
THANK YOU Minnesota! I want to say thank you to my family, Twins front office, teammates, coaches, trainers and friends who day after day supported me and challenged me to be a better baseball player, a better person. Know that the Twins will always mean a lot to me. Wearing > pic.twitter.com/PGCdgbRj4Q— eduardo jose escobar (@escobarmaracay) July 27, 2018
Seattle adds an arm, St. Louis cleans house
Seattle is clinging to that second wild card spot in the American League, now just one game back of the surging A’s. The Mariners added to their bullpen, with Tuivailala a 25-year-old right-hander with a 3.69 ERA in 31 innings this season. For St. Louis this was clean-up day in the bullpen, with the Cardinals not only trading Tuivailala but also designating relievers Greg Holland and Tyler Lyons for assignment.
Venters comes home
Braves get: Jonny Venters
Rays get: $500,000 international bonus slot space
Atlanta is just 2½ games back in the NL East, and their choice for a bullpen boost is a neat story as well. Venters has a 3.86 ERA in 22 games with Tampa Bay, mostly as a lefty specialist with just 14 innings. But what is remarkable about Venters is that he overcame a stunning three Tommy John surgeries and is pitching in the majors for the first time since 2012. Way back when was with the Braves, who drafted him in 2003. Now, Venters is back where it all began.
Hamels is back in the NL
Cubs get: Cole Hamels, and cash
Rangers get: RHP Eddie Butler, RHP Rollie Lacy, a player to be named later
Chicago has the best record in the National League, but with Yu Darvish still on the disabled list and Tyler Chatwood with nearly as many walks as innings pitched the Cubs needed an extra starting pitcher. They get that in Hamels, who pitched for the Phillies from 2006-15. The veteran left-hander this year has a 4.72 ERA with the Rangers, which can be split into two sections — a 3.41 ERA through his first 15 starts, and 10.23 in his last five outings.
Hamels has just under $8 million remaining in salary for 2018, then a $20 million club option for next year with a $6 million buyout. Texas sent cash in the deal.
Yanks add another pitcher, this time a starter
As daunting as it sounds to face their dominant bullpen for the bulk of innings, the Yankees did also need starting pitching. They got in in Happ, the 35-year-old veteran with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts and a career-best 27.4% strikeout rate.
Soria to bother you
Milwaukee was 2½ games back in the NL Central, and needed some reinforcements for a bullpen that had a 4.46 ERA since the start of June. Enter Soria, the free agent to be who had a 2.56 ERA and 16 saves in Chicago, with 49 strikeouts and 10 walks in 38⅔ innings.
Backstop help in Houston
Astros get: Martin Maldonado
Angels get: LHP Patrick Sandoval, future considerations
The defending champion Astros don’t have many weaknesses, but with Brian McCann on the disabled list Houston could use some catching depth. Maldonado gives them that, especially defensively.
Rockies get: Seungwhan Oh
Blue Jays get: 1B Chad Spanberger, 2B Forrest Wall
Colorado was busy in the offseason in the bullpen aisle of the market, committing a total of $106 million in free agent contracts for relievers. What that got them was a 5.26 bullpen ERA that’s worst in the National League. Oh, the former Cardinal, has a 2.68 ERA this season with 55 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 47 innings.
Boston keeps up in AL East arms race
The Red Sox own the best record in baseball, but were looking to bolster their rotation. Unless the Mets make one of Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard available, Eovaldi is one of the top starters on the market. Back after missing nearly two full years, Eovaldi has a 4.26 ERA in 10 starts, but also 53 strikeouts against only eight walks in 57 innings.
D-backs add pitching
Diamondbacks get: Matt Andriese
Rays get: C Michael Perez, RHP Brian Shaffer
It was a busy dealing day for Tampa Bay, who sent right-handed pitcher Andriese to Arizona. He has a 4.07 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 59⅔ innings mostly in relief for the Rays.
Bronx bullpen gets even stronger
Yankees get: Zach Britton
Orioles get: RHP Cody Caroll, RHP Dillon Tate, LHP Josh Rogers
Baltimore traded their second high-priced star in a week, with Britton looking more like his former self in recent weeks after Achilles surgery cost him the first two months of the season. The sinker specialist joins a Yankees bullpen that already boasted the best ERA (2.76) and strikeout rate (31.6%) in baseball, and second-best FIP (3.03).
Oakland finds relief
Athletics get: Jeurys Familia
Mets get: RHP Bobby Wahl, 3B Will Toffey, $1 million in international bonus pool slot money
Cleveland bolsters bullpen
Hand has been on the rumor mill for years, especially with a team-friendly contract (making $3.5 million this season, with $14.5 million guaranteed remaining over two years, plus an option). Cleveland relievers had a 5.28 ERA before the All-Star break, second-worst in the American League. But with Hand and Cimber added to Cody Allen and a potentially healthy Andrew Miller, Terry Francona will have more weapons at his disposal come October.
Chicago adds pitching depth
From Bleed Cubbie Blue:
The Cubs added reliever Jesse Chavez on the back-end of a relatively inexpensive contract in exchange for Tyler Thomas. Even if all the incentives are met, the Cubs will only be out about $1.5 million on his contract. If he pitches well, he should be worth it, if only limiting the number of times the Des Moines Variations relievers pitch in key spots.
LA gets another Manny
Dodgers get: Manny Machado
Orioles get: Yusniel Diaz, Breyvic Valera, Dean Kremer, Rylan Bannon, Zach Pop
The worst-kept secret of the All-Star Game, the Machado rumors gained steam on Monday before the game, waiting until after Machado took a selfie during the midsummer classic with future teammate Matt Kemp at second base. Machado was the biggest midseason trade, a deal that is unlikely to be topped.