The July 31st non-waiver trade deadline is officially one week away. And as that date approaches, we should see a flurry of moves being made.
But several deals have already been struck, many flying well below the national sports radar. I wanted to take a little space to just refresh everyone’s memory as to some of the guys who have recently changed locations during the course of this season already. If I’ve left anyone out, please let me know.
So far it’s been a real pitchers market. No real blockbusters have come down, but those types of moves usually just get in under the July 31st gun.
The Baltimore Orioles acquired the right-handed reliever from Milwaukee in exchange for third base prospect Nick Delmonico. The Orioles get some much needed back-of-the-bullpen help while the Brewers get a versatile and highly regarded infield prospect they with whom they hope to continue building for the future.
The Texas Rangers acquired the right-handed starter from the Chicago Cubs for RHPs C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm, INF Mike Olt, and a player to be named later. Texas has been in the market for a starter for some time, with four starters currently on the disabled list. In exchange, the Cubs got to stockpile by handpicking several Ranger prospects.
The Boston Red Sox acquired the veteran left-handed reliever from the Chicago White Sox for INF Brandon Jacobs and cash. Boston has suffered a rash of bullpen injuries and set backs, and Thornton offers set-up experience. Jacobs shined in Low-A, but has struggled against advanced pitching.
The Washington Nationals acquired the reserve outfielder from the Chicago Cubs for RHP Ivan Pineyro and a player to be named later. Hairston will bring some pop and some veteran leadership to a Washington club that has struggled in the face of lofty expectations. Pineyro, 21, has combined to go 6-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 15 Single-A starts.
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired the right-handed starter, along with international signing bonus slot No. 96, from the Miami Marlins for RHP Steven Ames, RHP Josh Wall and RHP Angel Sanchez. The Dodgers were forced by injuries to add to their starting staff, and picked up arguably the prize of all of this year’s trade targets for a slew of prospects.
The Baltimore Orioles acquired the right-handed starter, along with catcher Steve Clevenger, from the Chicago Cubs for RHPs Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. So far Feldman has pleased with three quality starts in four Oriole appearances. Arrieta is a prospect that has been on the verge for a couple of seasons now, while Strop is a big-league ready reliever.
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired the right-handed reliever from the Chicago Cubs for RHP Matt Guerrier. Los Angeles hopes it can fix the much maligned former Cubs closer. Guerrier, like Marmol, was recently designated for assignment by his former club, and hopes for a fresh start in Chicago.
The Los Angeles Angels acquired the young outfielder from the New York Mets for OF Kyle Johnson. Cowgill is an energetic player with great potential, but has yet to put it all together at the Major League level. Johnson, 23, was hitting .310 with two homers, 30 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 68 games with Class-A Burlington in the Midwest League.