Trade Deadline Wrap-up

A handful of Wednesday afternoon moves capped off the non-waiver trade deadline. I don’t have much time to break down the three major moves made today, so I’m relying on the analysis of some local journalists to do my work for me. Here are today’s big trades.

Bud Norris to the Orioles


Baltimore added another arm by acquiring starter Bud Norris from Houston for outfielder L.J. Hoes, left-handed pitching prospect Josh Hader and a Competitive Balance Draft pick

Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA and 13 quality starts in his 21 starts this season. He is not just a rental player. He will be under the team’s control through the 2015 season. He is Baltimore’s third pitching acquisition in the month of July. The Orioles had already traded for starter Scott Feldman and reliever Francisco Rodriguez.

Tomorrow will be an interesting day for Norris. He is expected to start against his former teammates in the Oriole’s series finale against Houston.

Ian Kennedy to the Padres


How bad has Ian Kennedy’s season been? So bad the Diamondbacks were willing to trade him to a division rival.

Arizona dealt the right hander to San Diego for reliever Joe Thatcher, Class AA reliever Matt Stites and a compensatory-round draft pick.

Kennedy, 21-4 two seasons ago, is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts and hasn’t won a game in two months. He is expected to get his first Padre start against the Yankees, the team that drafted him and gave him his start.

This trade is an interesting one because it features a couple of players coveted by a couple of general managers.

Kennedy was the first player current Padres GM Josh Byrnes ever traded for, acquiring the left hander from the Yankees in 2009 when GM for the Diamondbacks.

Kevin Towers, now the GM of the Diamondbacks, had previously acquired Thatcher when serving as GM of the Padres.

Kennedy, 28, will be under team control through 2015. San Diego hopes he benefits from pitching in the friendly confines of spacious Petco Park.

Justin Maxwell to the Royals


The Kansas City Royals added some depth for what they hope to be a playoff run.

The Royals acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros for minor league pitcher Kyle Smith.

As a right-handed batter, Maxwell will likely platoon with David Lough, who has been a big spark for KC, in the outfield. Maxwell is hitting just .214 with two homers and eight RBIs in 40 games this season, but he’s hitting .302 against left-handed pitchers.

He is a cheap platoon option, as well. He is set to make just $492,500 this season, and will be under the team’s control through 2016.

About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

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