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MLB trades will again become part of the lexicon as the hot stove heats up this winter. It started with a minor deal involving the Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics.
- Oakland Athletics receive: Abraham Toro
- Milwaukee Brewers receive: Chad Patrick
Toro, 26, was out of options for the Brewers and found himself as a non-tender candidate. The 26-year-old infielder is a career .211 hitter with a .636 OPS in stops with the Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners and Brewers. With Tony Kemp likely to leave the A’s this winter, it gives the small-market team another infield option.
As for Milwaukee, it acquires a 25-year-old minor league pitcher in Patrick. Despite putting up a 5.59 ERA in stops in Double-A and Triple-A last season, he also struck out 129 batters in 124 innings.
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San Diego Padres add potential future closer with Scott Barlow trade
- San Diego Padres receive: Scott Barlow
- Kansas City Royals receive: Henry Williams
A quick look at the numbers suggests Barlow isn’t what the Padres wanted at the deadline. His 5.35 ERA isn’t anything to write home about. But a deeper look into the situation provides more clarity.
With Josh Hader’s contract expiring this winter, Barlow also provides San Diego with a closer in 2024. The 30-year-old converted 13-of-16 save opportunities this season in Kansas City, with a 26.7 percent strikeout rate. For now, he helps a Padres’ bullpen that has a 4.19 ERA (18th in MLB) since June 1.
Henry Williams is a 21-year-old right-handed pitcher who ranks as the 10th-best prospect in San Diego’s farm system. Still down in A-ball, Williams is in his first year back from Tommy John surgery and may need some time to refine his skills before moving too far up the chain.
- San Diego Padres grade: A-
- Kansas City Royals grade: C+
New York Mets add pitching from Dodgers in last-second trade
- New York Mets receive: Phil Bickford, Adam Kolarek
- Los Angeles Dodgers receive: Cash
The Mets pull a 180 here and become buyers just before the deadline passes. Bickford was recently designated for assignment, but the former first-round pick did have a fantastic season in 2021. Maybe a change of scenery can do the 28-year-old reliever some good. Kolarek has pitched just 1.1 innings with the Dodgers so far this season, but the 34-year-old has had mixed success out of the bullpen in the past too.
- New York Mets grade: C+
- Los Angeles Dodgers grade: C
Josh Bell, Kahlil Watson trade places
- Miami Marlins receive: Josh Bell
- Cleveland Guardians receive: Kahlil Watson, Jean Segura
There was a time when Josh Bell was one of the most feared sluggers in MLB. He just hadn’t had that same success in Cleveland so far this season. With the Guardians fading yet still lurking in the playoff picture, they decided a change of scenery was best.
Bell heads to Miami, where his pop will be much appreciated. Having hit 11 home runs, holding steady with an OPS+ of 96, Bell should find a way into the Marlins’ lineup as a DH when he’s not manning first base.
Kahlil Watson was once a highly-touted prospect who was discussed as a potential No. 1 overall pick back in 2021. Still just 20 years old, the left-handed infielder runs like the wind and he has a strong arm that should allow him to stick at shortstop. The bigger question will be whether his bat can play at the MLB level. Still, it never hurts to take a flier on a former top prospect.
- Miami Marlins grade: C+
- Cleveland Guardians grade: B
Garrett Cooper heads to San Diego
- Miami Marlins receive: Ryan Weathers
- San Diego Padres receive: Garrett Cooper, Sean Reynolds
After becoming an All-Star for the first time in his MLB career a year ago, the Marlins have now shipped first baseman Garrett Cooper to San Diego instead. Cooper’s numbers have slightly tailed off from last season’s production, but his .723 OPS is still hovering around league average. A free agent at the end of the year, Cooper will help the Padres make a push for the playoffs.
Reynolds is a 25-year-old pitcher who’s viewed as the 21st-best prospect in the Marlins’ organization. Currently at the Triple-A level, Reynolds should get a look during September call-ups later this fall.
By giving up Cooper and Reynolds, the Marlins get a chance to see if the 23-year-old former seventh overall pick can find some success in the Majors. He’s struggled, with a 5.73 ERA across 143 innings with the Padres.
- Miami Marlins grade: C
- San Diego Padres receive: B
Baltimore Orioles get pitching help at deadline
Perhaps there was no bigger need heading into the trade deadline than the Baltimore Orioles had for starting pitching. Sitting in first place of the AL East, the Os rank eighth in the AL in ERA as a staff with 4.15. Even if an ace wasn’t available, even improving the depth was important if they hope to make any damage in the postseason.
- Baltimore Orioles receive: Jack Flaherty
- St. Louis Cardinals receive: Cesar Prieto, Drew Rom
Now we’ll see just how much a player like Flaherty can help Baltimore. The 27-year-old righty has an ERA of 4.43 across 20 starts this season, which would rank third-best among the starting rotation. Flaherty is set for free agency at the end of the season, but he also comes with valued playoff experience.
The Orioles part with their 16th and 18th-best prospects, according to MLB.com. Prieto is a 24-year-old infielder who’s at the Triple-A level and may be ready to contribute at second, third or shortstop in the near future.
Rom is a 23-year-old lefty who’s also in AAA. He uses a high spin rate on his fastball that sits in the low 90s to miss bats, but he also has a curveball and changeup available in his three-pitch arsenal. Rom should be able to see some innings out of the bullpen or as a back-end starter soon enough.
- Baltimore Orioles grade: B+
- St. Louis Cardinals grade: B
New York Mets’ firesale continues with Tommy Pham headed to Arizona
Welcome to 2023, where the Mets are trade deadline sellers, and the Diamondbacks are buyers. With Arizona currently holding down the second Wild Card spot in the NL playoff race, they’re adding more bats to the lineup on deadline day.
- Arizona Diamondbacks receive: Tommy Pham
- New York Mets receive: Jeremy Rodriguez
With many stars staying in place, Tommy Pham was one of the best bats available, and Arizona got him. The 35-year-old has primarily occupied left field in New York this season, but he’s enjoying a strong year at the place. Pham’s hitting .268/.348/.472/.820 with 10 HR, 36 RBI, and an OPS+ of 126.
He’ll provide an immediate boost to the Diamondbacks’ lineup and gets a chance to compete for a playoff spot instead of rotting away in the Big Apple. Pham is set for free agency at the end of the year, so a strong finish could set him up for another nice payday.
But everything comes at a price. In exchange for Pham, the Diamondbacks parted with 17-year-old prospect Jeremy Rodriguez, the team’s top international free agent signee this past offseason. Rodriguez is a shortstop with a smooth swing and a good eye for his age, but he’s years away from contributing.
- Arizona Diamondbacks grade: B
- New York Mets grade: A-
Texas Rangers add catching depth
The Rangers are in a neck-and-neck battle with the Astros for the AL West division lead. Instead of making major moves near the deadline, the Rangers just wanted to get some catching depth after Jonah Heim’s recent injury. With Heim set to miss at least a few weeks, now a fill-in has been found.
- Texas Rangers receive: Austin Hedges
- Pittsburgh Pirates receive: International bonus pool money
Austin Hedges won’t knock anyone’s socks off. He’s a defense-first catcher with a batting line of .180/.237/.230 with one home run in 187 plate appearances in Pittsburgh. But that’s why the Rangers didn’t have to part with a prospect for the platoon player.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old is set for free agency at the end of the year, so holding onto him made little sense for the Pirates. Getting anything in return while helping Hedges get to a competitive situation is a win all around.
- Texas Rangers grade: C+
- Pittsburgh Pirates grade: B
Miami Marlins pick up power bat
Miami headed into the MLB trade deadline with a 57-50 record and a clear contender for a playoff spot in the National League East. This led to the team making a big move before the deadline passed. Miami acquired power-hitting infielder Jake Burger from the Chicago White Sox for a prospect.
- Miami Marlins receive: Jake Burger
- Chicago White Sox receive: Jake Eder
Burger, 27, is currently tied for third in the American League with 25 home runs. His other metrics (.214 average, .279 OBP) are not great. He also boasts a 31.6% strikeout rate. But acquiring power was a necessity for a contending Marlins team.
In return, Chicago adds Miami’s No. 4 prospect, per MLB.com. Elder, 24, was pitching in Double-A before the trade. He was a fourth-round pick of the Marlins in the 2020 MLB Draft out of Vanderbilt. This is a nice haul for a rebuilding White Sox team.
- Miami Marlins grade: B-
- Chicago White Sox grade: A+
Milwaukee Brewers bolster bullpen with Andrew Chafin
Currently battling it out with the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central, Milwaukee made an under-the-radar move on deadline day. It picked up a solid veteran bullpen arm in that of Andrew Chafin from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- Milwaukee Brewers receive: Andrew Chafin
- Arizona Diamondbacks receive: Peter Strzelecki
Chaffin, 33, was a part-time closer for Arizona before being dealt to the Brewers. He’s in the midst of a down season (4.19 ERA, 1.43 WHIP). However, other measurables are more impressive. He’s averaging nearly 13 strikeouts per nine innings with opposing hitters boasting a .235 average against the lefty.
From Arizona’s perspective, this trade comes after it acquired closer Paul Sewald from the Seattle Mariners earlier in the week. That acquisition made Chafin expendable. In return, Arizona gets fellow reliever Peter Strzelecki. The 28-year-old has pitched to a 4.14 ERA and 1.18 WHIP this season.
- Milwaukee Brewers grade: B
- Arizona Diamondbacks grade: B+
Philadelphia Phillies enter arms race with Michael Lorenzen
The Philadelphia Phillies had been somewhat inactive ahead of MLB trade deadline day despite currently owning playoff positioning. That changed with Philadelphia acquiring All-Star starter Michael Lorenzen from the Detroit Tigers for a top prospect.
- Philadelphia Phillies receive: Michael Lorenzen
- Detroit Tigers receive: Hao-Yu Lee
A converted reliever, Lorenzen is in the midst of his best season as a starter. He has posted a 5-7 record with a 3.58 ERA and 1.11 WHIP thus far on the campaign. It led to the former Cincinnati Reds first-round pick being named a first-time All-Star. He now joins an already-solid Phillies rotation.
The headliner heading back to Detroit is the aforementioned Hao-Yu Lee. The 20-year-old second baseman has shown flashes in the minors after coming over from Taiwan. He’s hitting .279 with five homers, 29 RBI, 14 stolen bases and a .762 OPS in two lower-level minor league stops this season.
- Philadelphia Phillies grade: A-
- Detroit Tigers grade: B
New York Mets trade Justin Verlander to Houston Astros
The New York Mets completed their teardown ahead of the trade deadline, trading starting pitcher Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros.
- Houston Astros trade: OF Drew Gilbert, OF Ryan Clifford
- New York Mets trade: Justin Verlander
Verlander returns to Houston after leaving the team this winter in free agency. In order for the deal to happen, the 40-year-old waived his no-trade clause. Verlander is owed less than a third of his remaining $43.33 million salary for the current season and is under contract for $43.33 million next season. If he throws 140-plus innings in 2024, his $35 million option in 2025 kicks in.
After taking on north of $35 million of Max Scherzer’s remaining contract by moving him to the Texas Rangers over the weekend, New York is said to be picking up $54 of the remaining $93 million on Verlander’s contract. That figure is dependent on his 2025 option vesting.
Houston has addressed a rotation that became a weakness this summer after losing Lance McCullers Jr and Luis Garcia to season-ending injuries. Verlander will immediately slide in as the ace of the Astros’ rotation, addressing their biggest need before making a playoff push.
In exchange, the New York Mets are receiving outfielder Drew Gilbert. Entering the 2023 season, Gilbert was rated as the No. 1 prospect in the Astros’ farm system by MLB.com. In FanGraphs’ ranking of the top Astros prospects release in June, Gilbert rated as the third-best prospect in Houston’s system.
Gilbert, age 22, is a left-handed hitter who is projected to make his MLB debut in 2025. As a 22-year-old the 5-foot-9 outfielder has slashed .241/.342/.371 this season. He’s demonstrated excellent plate vision at the Double-A level, posting a 17.4 percent strikeout rate vs. a 12.5 percent walk rate. Gilbert immediately slots in as a top-10 prospect in the Mets’ system.
Outfielder Ryan Clifford ranked as Houston’s fifth-best prospect by FanGraphs in June. He turned 20 years old in July and has .271/.356/.547 with 16 home runs and a .903 OPS after being promoted to High-A after dominating at Low-A (.337/.488/.457) earlier this year.
- Houston Astros grade: A
- New York Mets grade: A-
St. Louis Cardinals trade Paul DeJong to Toronto Blue Jays
Following the Bo Bichette injury on Monday, the Toronto Blue Jays traded one of their top relief pitching prospects to the St. Louis Cardinals for infielder Daul DeJong and cash.
- St. Louis Cardinals trade: Paul DeJong, cash considerations
- Toronto Blue Jays trade: RHP Matt Svanson
Unfortunately for Toronto, this is a trade forced out of sudden necessity. Bo Bichette suffered a knee injury on Monday and there’s fear of a long-term absence. DeJong will fill in at shortstop for the time being. The 29-year-old has a .233/.297/.412 slash line this season with 13 home runs and a 96 wRC+. He provides some right-handed power and will add above-average defense at shortstop.
Matt Svanson is an intriguing addition to the Cardinals. The 24-year-old is a former 13th-round pick, taken with the 392nd pick in the 2021 MLB Draft by the Blue Jays. He is an outstanding reliever, responsible for a 1.23 ERA with a 31.3 percent strikeout rate, 0.95 WHIP and a .165 batting average allowed in 29.1 innings this season at High-A. There’s a chance he could debut for the Cardinals as a reliever in 2025.
- St. Louis Cardinals grade: A-
- Toronto Blue Jays grade: B-
San Diego Padres acquire Rich Hill, Ji-Man Choi from Pittsburgh Pirates
The San Diego Padres acted as buyers ahead of the deadline, acquiring starting pitcher Rich Hill and designated hitter Ji-Man Choi from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for three prospects.
- San Diego Padres receive: Rich Hill, Ji-Man Choi
- Pittsburgh Pirates receive: Jackson Wolf, Estuar Suarez, Alfonso Rivas
Hill, age 43, has a 4.76 ERA this season across 22 starts for Pittsburgh. The veteran southpaw doesn’t miss bats (19.6 percent strikeout rate) and has allowed a .269 batting average to opponents this season. However, he can function as a No. 5 starter for San Diego down the stretch and eat innings.
Choi, age 32, primarily plays first base and designated hitter. He’s been one of the least productive hitters in MLB this season, posting a .205/.224/.507 slash line n 76 plate appearances. In limited playing time, Choi has nearly twice as many strikeouts (27) as hits (25).
- San Diego Padres grade: C-
- Pittsburgh Pirates grade: C
Colorado Rockies trade Brad Hand to Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves strengthened their bullpen ahead of Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline, acquiring reliever Brad Hand from the Colorado Rockies.
- Colorado Rockies trade: Brad Hand
- Atlanta Braves trade: RHP Alec Barger
In a one-for-one swap, the Rockies trade one of their top relievers for pitching prospect Alec Barger. The 25-year-old righty has compiled a 3.29 ERA with a 29.3 percent strikeout rate for the Braves’ Double-A affiliate this season. While he’s held opponents to a .218 batting average allowed, Barger isn’t a top-30 prospect in the Braves system and command (12.8 percent walk rate) remains a critical issue.
For Atlanta, Hand is simply another left-handed option out of the bullpen. He has a 4.54 ERA this season, but posted a 2.80 ERA with 13 holds last season for the Philadelphia Phillies. Left-handed hitters have slashed .143/.276/.204 against Hand this year.
- Atlanta Braves grade: B
- Colorado Rockies grade: C
Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs make minor deal
Hours before the 2023 MLB trade deadline, the Tampa Bay Rays dealt minor-league pitcher Josh Roberson to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for two players and IFA money.
- Chicago Cubs trade: Manny Rodriguez, Adrian Sampson, IFA money
- Tampa Bay Rays trade: Josh Roberson
Josh Roberson, age 27, is rated as the 44th-best prospect in Tampa Bay’s farm system by FanGraphs. Standing at 6-foot-3, Roberson has a strong two-pitch mix with a quality fastball and an above-average slider. However, Roberson has a 4.50 ERA with a 13.2 percent walk rate with Triple-A Durham this season. Command has long been an issue for the 359th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, but he does offer upside as a reliever.
For the Rays, this deal brings in money that they can spend on international free agency. Neither Manny Rodriguez nor Adrian Sampson projects to make an impact in Tampa Bay. However, an organization with an outstanding track record in international scouting and player development can make the most out of that IFA money received from Chicago.
- Tampa Bay Rays grade: B+
- Chicago Cubs grade: C+
Arizona Diamondbacks nab utility man
Arizona traded away two position players ahead of the MLB trade deadline in order to create financial flexibility. The team then turned around and acquired infielder Jace Peterson from the Oakland Athletics for a minor league pitcher.
- Arizona Diamondbacks get: Jace Peterson
- Oakland Athletics get: Chad Patrick
Peterson, 33, has not necessarily been a major threat at the plate since breaking in with the San Diego Padres back in 2014. With Oakland this season, he’s posted a .221 average with six homers, 28 RBI and a .637 OPS.
In return, the A’s added Double-A pitcher Chad Patrick. The 24-year-old has posted a 9-9 record with a 4.26 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in parts of three minor league seasons. He struck out 90 batters in 91.2 inning in Double-A before the trade.
- Arizona Diamondbacks grade: C+
- Oakland Athletics grade: C+
Cincinnati Reds acquire Sam Moll from the Oakland Athletics
Cincinnati finds itself battling for the National League Central title and a surprise appearance in the playoffs. While not necessarily a needle-mover, acquiring a veteran reliever in Sam Moll was a savvy move. Moll, 31, is pitching to a 4.54 ERA and 1.41 WHIP on the season. However, the lefty has struck out 46 batters in 37.2 innings. He’s also holding lefties to a .197 average and .557 OPS.
- Cincinnai Reds acquire: Sam Moll
- Oakland Athletics acquire: Joe Boyle
In the midst of a deep rebuild, the A’s were able to acquire one of the Reds’ top-30 prospects in that of Joe Boyle. The 23-year-old right-handed pitcher has smoke (122 strikeouts in 84 Double-A innings this season). However, control is an issue (75 walks).
- Cincinnati Reds grade: B
- Oakland Athletics grade: B-
San Francisco Giants bring in two bats
San Francsico has not been as active when it comes to MLB trades this summer as most expected. In the grand scheme of things, acquiring Pollock and Mathias are not going to be game changers. In fact, Mathias was promptly optioned to Triple-A.
- San Francisco Giants acquire: AJ Pollock, Mark Mathias, cash
- Seattle Mariners acquire: Players to be named later or cash
A former All-Star with the Diamondbacks, Pollock was hitting .173 with five homers, 15 RBI and a .547 OPS at the time of the trade. Mathias, 28, is hitting a mere .231 with a .624 OPS in 52 MLB at-bats this season. From Seattle’s perspective, this move creates some financial flexibility to make another move.
- San Francisco Giants grade: C-
- Seattle Mariners grade: B+
Chicago Cubs add veteran arm in another trade
Winners of eight out of their past 10 games, the Cubs went from sellers to buyers in the matter of about a week. This now includes bringing in a reliever in that of the 29-year-old José Cuas. The righty is pitching to a 3-0 record with a 4.54 ERA and 1.61 WHIP on the season. Though, he’s also struck out 52 batters in 41.2 innings.
- Chicago Cubs acquire: José Cuas
- Kansas City Royals acquire: Nelson Velázquez
Kansas City picks up a former notable prospect in that of Velázquez in this deal. He was Chicago’s 15th-ranked prospect back in 2019. The outfielder was hitting .253 with 16 homers and 44 RBI in Triple-A Iowa this season. With the Cubs, he hit just .241 with three homers and six RBI in 32 at-bats.
- Chicago Cubs grade: B-
- Kansas City Royals grade: B
Chicago Cubs pick up Jeimer Candelario in trade with Washington Nationals
- Chicago Cubs receive: Jeimer Candelario
- Washington Nationals receive: LHP DJ Herz, SS Kevin Made
With many of the biggest stars staying in place, Candelario was one of the top bats on the trade market this summer. The Cubs are in the thick of the NL playoff race but could use a bit more pop in the everyday lineup as their offense ranks in the middle of the pack.
Candelario can handle third base, and his 16 home runs show he can provide a boost in the run department. Yet with the 29-year-old set for free agency at the end of the season, the Nationals cash in on his career year.
In exchange for trading Candelario, the Nats receive the Cubs’ 14th and 16th-ranked prospects in Made and Herz. Neither is above Double-A ball but could factor in when Washington is ready to compete again.
- Chicago Cubs grade: B+
- Washington Nationals grade: B+
Milwaukee Brewers add Mark Canha from New York Mets
- Milwaukee Brewers receive: Mark Canha
- New York Mets receive: RHP Justin Jarvis
Trying to stay afloat in the NL Central, the Brewers will now see if Mark Canha can provide a jolt to the lineup. The veteran infielder/outfielder has roughly a league-average OPS of .725 with six home runs and 29 RBI this season and is set for free agency after the season. The hope is for Canha to help bring more stability against right-handed pitching, who he’s managed to hit .255 against this season.
Jarvis was the Brewers’ 30th-ranked pitching prospect, but is already 23 and in Triple-A, meaning he may be a factor in the Major Leagues sooner than later. Instead of Canha finishing out the season on a squad set to miss the playoffs, the Mets are able to add a prospect before the 34-year-old walks as a free agent at the end of the year.
- Milwaukee Brewers grade: B
- New York Mets grade: B-
Arizona Diamondbacks get closer Paul Sewald from the Seattle Mariners
Currently one game out of the final wild card spot in the National League, Arizona added to the back end of its bullpen ahead of the MLB trade deadline. It acquired an impending free agent in Paul Sewald who has been great as Seattle’s closer this season (2.93 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 21 saves).
- Arizona Diamondbacks receive: Paul Sewald
- Seattle Mariners receive: Josh Rojas, Dominic Canzone, Ryan Bliss
Arizona had been going with a committee approach to close out games with Scott McGough (4.38 ERA, 1.15 WHIP), Miguel Castro (4.04 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) and Andrew Chafin (4.19 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) spearheading things.
As for Seattle, it trades away from a position of strength and potentially sets up further moves ahead of the deadline. Ryan Bliss is currently Arizona’s 29th-ranked prospect. The infielder hit .358 with 12 homers and 47 RBI in Double-A before struggling a bit in Triple-A (.196 average, .631 OPS). As for Rojas and Canzone, both ranked among Arizona’s top-30 prospects heading into last season. The two position players have seen limited action in the Majors this season.
- Arizona Diamondbacks grade: A-
- Seattle Mariners grade: B-
Tampa Bay Rays acquire Aaron Civale from the Cleveland Guardians
The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired a reinforcement in the starting rotation as they battle it out with the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East moving forward.
- Tampa Bay Rays acquire: Aaron Civale
- Cleveland Guardians acquire: Kyle Manzardo
Civale, 28, has been tremendous thus far this season. He’s pitching to a 5-2 record with a 2.34 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 3.55 FIP in 13 starts. Civale now joins a Rays rotation that has been solid this season outside of former top prospect Taj Bradley (5.67 ERA, 1.41 WHIP).
As for the Guardians, they acquire a top-60 prospect (per Baseball America). The first baseman hit .322 with 22 homers and 81 RBI in between Single-A and Double-A last season. He’s had a harder go at it in Triple-A this season (.238 average, .783 OPS). He projects as a power hitting first baseman who makes contact and boasts a strong strikeout-to-walk ratio.
- Tampa Bay Rays grade: A-
- Cleveland Guardians grade: A
Colorado Rockies trade C.J. Cron, Randal Grichuk to Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels bolstered their lineup for the remainder of the season, acquiring C.J. Cron and Randal Grichuk from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for two prospects.
- Colorado Rockies acquire: Mason Albright, Jake Madden
- Los Angeles Angels acquire: C.J. Crom, Randal Grichuk
In June, FanGraphs ranked Mason Albright as the 18th-best prospect in the Angels’ farm system. Albright, age 20, is a 6-foot southpaw who was drafted with the 351st pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. In 79.2 innings this season, he compiled a 3.62 ERA with a .248 batting average allowed and a 25.7 percent strikeout rate. He could develop into a back-end starter for Colorado.
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Madden, the No. 7 prospect in the Angels’ farm system (FanGraphs), is another pitching prospect for Colorado. Standing at 6-foot-6, the righty has struggled this year in his first season at A-ball (5.46 ERA, 12.9 percent walk rate). However, he was the 118th pick in the 2022 MLB Draft and there’s a potential for three solid pitches.
C.J. Cron and Randal Grichuk are both on expiring contracts. Grichuk has been outstanding this year, posting a 119 wRC+ with a .312/.367/.502 slash line. While he doesn’t hit for a lot of power, Grichuk adds significant depth to the Angels’ lineup. Cron adds another right-handed power bat to Los Angeles, providing the club with more protection around Shohei Ohtani.
- Los Angeles Angels grade: A-
- Colorado Rockies grade: B+
Kansas City Royals’ Nicky Lopez traded to Atlanta Braves
- Atlanta Braves receive: Nicky Lopez
- Kansas City Royals receive: Taylor Hearn
The Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves struck a small trade on Sunday, with Atlanta trading pitcher Taylor Hearn to Kansas City for infielder Nicky Lopez.
Hearn, a southpaw, was traded to Atlanta for cash considerations on July 24. One week later, he’ll join the Royals’ organization as pitching depth. He doesn’t project to have a long-term role in Kansas City with a career 5.11 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in the majors.
Nicky Lopez will be a defensive replacement and infield depth in Atlanta. In 67 games with the Royals, he slashed .210/.322/.280 with a 72 wRC+. However, Lopez boasts a 9th percentile Outs Above Average as a middle infielder.
- Atlanta Braves grade: C+
- Kansas City Royals grade: D+
Texas Rangers swing deal with Cardinals for Jordan Montgomery, Chris Stratton
A day after acquiring Max Scherzer, the Texas Rangers placed Nathan Eovaldi on the 15-day injured list then immediately traded for Jordan Montgomery and Chris Stratton.
- Texas Rangers acquire: Jordan Montgomery, Chris Stratton
- St. Louis Cardinals acquire: Thomas Saggese, Tekoah Roby, John King
Montgomery provides the Rangers with a high-end No. 3 starter. A free agent this winter, Montgomery posted a 3.42 ERA with a 21.2 percent strikeout rate and a 1.25 WHIP in 121 innings this season. He relies heavily on groundballs (44.4 percent), so Rangers’ infielders Marcus Semien and Corey Seager will see significant work when he’s on the mound. Stratton has a 4.36 ERA this season in 53.2 innings, but he has held opponents to a .227 batting average and posted a 26.7 percent strikeout rate.
From the Cardinals’ perspective, the primary motivation behind this deal is getting some value for Montgomery before he leaves in free agency. Right-handed pitcher Tekoah Roby (No. 11 prospect in Rangers’ farm system), infield prospect Thomas Saggesse (14th-best prospect in Rangers’ system) and John King provide the Cardinals with much-needed depth in the minor leagues. Roby and Saggessee could make their MLB debuts next season in St. Louis.
- Texas Rangers grade: A-
- St. Louis Cardinals grade: B
St. Louis Cardinals’ Jordan Hicks traded to Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays added to their bullpen before the MLB trade deadline, acquiring set-up man Jordan Hicks from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for two prospects.
- Toronto Blue Jays receive: Jordan Hicks
- St. Louis Cardinals receive: Sem Robberse, Adam Kloffenstein
Hicks posted a 3.67 ERA in St. Louis this season. Command remains an issue for the hard-throwing righty, evidenced by his 12.7 percent walk rate and 1.51 WHIP. However, Hicks has struck out 31.2 percent of batters faced this season and should be a reliable set-up man for the Blue Jays.
Right-handed pitcher Sem Robberse was ranked as the seventh-best prospect in the Blue Jays’ farm system this season. The 21-year-old starter is 6-foot-1 and projects to make his MLB debut by 2025. Adam Kloffenstein, not one of Toronto’s top-30 prospects, is also headed to St. Louis.
- Toronto Blue Jays grade: B-
- St. Louis Cardinals grade: B+
New York Mets trade Max Scherzer to Texas Rangers
The New York Mets officially became sellers at the 2023 MLB trade deadline, sending All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer to the Texas Rangers for prospect Luisangel Acuna.
- New York Mets receive: Luisangel Acuna
- Texas Rangers receive: Max Scherzer, $35-plus million in cash
New York is eating more than $35 million of Scherzer’s remaining contract. He’s owed less than $18 million for the remainder of the regular season, but holds a $43.333 million player option for 2024. Based on the fact this level of cash is being included, Scherzer is exercising his opt-in. The Rangers owe Scherzer just $22.5 million over the next two years.
The Rangers know Scherzer likely isn’t regaining his Cy Young form. MLB scouts noted all year and it was highlighted by Jayson Stark, Scherzer’s fastball spin rate is at a career-low, his fastball ride is at a three-year low and Scherzer’s fastball velocity is at its lowest point in nine years. However, a change of scenery paired with a competitive environment could help him be a front-line starter for the Rangers. Most importantly, Texas went into the deadline needing a starting pitcher and they acquired one.
New York can be relatively pleased with its return. The 2023 season was already a disaster, a team with World Series expectations became a seller. The Mets had to make the best out of a bad situation. Luisangel Acuna, the brother of Ronald Acuña Jr, was rated as the 56th-best prospect in MLB by FanGraphs entering the season and is second-best prospect in the Rangers’ system.
Standing at 5-foot-8, Luisangel Acuña projects to be a middle infielder in the big leagues. However, there’s a chance his athleticism could shift him to the outfield. This season with the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate, Acuña slashed .315/.377/.453 with 42 steals in 84 games.
- New York Mets grade: A
- Texas Rangers grade: B+
Kendall Graveman traded to Houston Astros
The Chicago White Sox continued their teardown, trading reliever Kendall Graveman to the Houston Astros for catching prospect Korey Lee.
- Houston Astros acquire: Kendall Graveman
- Chicago White Sox acquire: Korey Lee
Lee, rated as Houston’s fourth-best prospect by FanGraphs, was a relatively surprising first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. He exploded in 2022, hitting 25 home runs with 76 RBI and 12 steals in 104 games with the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate. Lee isn’t a top-100 prospect, but he’ll be a top-10 prospect in a fast-improving White Sox farm system and profiles as an everyday catcher in 2024.
For the Astros, Graveman provides them with a high-end reliever to set up closer Ryan Pressly. Across 44 innings this season, Graveman has a 3.48 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP and he’s held opponents to a .205 batting average. He’ll immediately take over in the 8th inning for Houston.
- Houston Astros grade: B-
- Chicago White Sox grade: A-
Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox swing Lance Lynn trade
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox made their second trade in a span of 48 hours, this time agreeing to a deal for Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly just as the Tampa Bay Rays seemed to be on the verge of acquiring Lynn.
- Los Angeles Dodgers receive: Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly
- Chicago White Sox receive: Nick Nastrini, Jordan Leasure, Trayce Thompson
Headlining the return for Chicago is top pitching prospect Nick Nastrini. Entering the season, Nastrinin was rated as the Dodgers’ eighth-best prospect (FanGraphs). A 6-foot-3 righty drafted with the 131st pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, Nastrinin has struck out 26.1 percent of the batters he’s faced this season at the Double-A level and has held opponents to a .232 batting average. Command (4.52 BB/9, 11.3 percent walk rate) remains an issue, but he has three above-average pitches that could turn him into a mid-rotation starter if he cleans up his command.
Leasure, 24 years old, projects as a reliever in the majors. This season for the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate, he holds a 3.09 ERA and has struck out 39.7 percent of batters with a .169 batting average allowed.
From the Dodgers’ perspective, Lynn adds an innings-eater to a rotation that needed more stability. While Lynn has struggled this season (6.47 ERA), he also compiled a 3.42 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 635-148 K-BB ratio across 571 innings from 2019-’22.
- Los Angeles Dodgers grade: B- (B+ if Lynn returns to form)
- Chicago White Sox grade: A-
New York Mets send David Robertson to the Marlins
- Miami Marlins receive: David Robertson
- New York Mets receive: Marco Vargas, Ronald Hernandez
We’re not ready to say that the struggling Mets are in fire sale mode. But it’s clear that the powers to be don’t believe contention will be the name of the game moving forward on the season.
New York dealt Robertson, a former All-Star closer, to the Marlins for two prospects. Its return includes the Marlins’ 18th-ranked prospect (Vargas) and 21st-ranked prospect (Hernandez). Not a bad return for a rental.
As for Miami, it had a need for a late-inning reliever as the team attempts to earn a spot in the playoffs. Robertson, 38, has been solid this season (2.05 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 14 saves).
- Miami Marlins grade: B-
- New York Mets grade: A
Carlos Santana traded to the Milwaukee Brewers
- Milwaukee Brewers receive: Carlos Santana
- Pittsburgh Pirates receive: Jhonny Severino
Santana, 37, is hitting a mere .235 with a .732 OPS in 94 games this season. Though, he has added 12 homers to the mix. With an ability to play first, catcher and the DH spot, he provides Milwaukee with a bit more power from the plate.
As for Severino, he is not among the Brewers’ top prospects. However, the 18-year-old Dominican Republic native was liked internally before the trade. He was hitting .250 with four homers and 10 RBI while boasting an .832 OPS in 12 games for Milwaukee’s Rookie Ball affiliate.
- Milwaukee Brewers grade: B+
- Pittsburgh Pirates grade: B
Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez traded to Los Angeles Angels
The Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels completed a trade late on Wednesday with the White Sox sending starting pitcher Lucas Giolito and reliever Reynaldo Lopez to the Angels for two prospects.
- Los Angeles Angels receive: Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo López
- Chicago White Sox receive: Ky Bush, Edgar Quero
From the White Sox’s perspective, this move was all about reloading the farm system. Chicago entered the season with one of the worst farm systems in MLB. Now, it parts ways with two players it didn’t plan to bring back for the 2024 season.
Ky Bush, a second-round pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, was one of the Angels’ top pitching prospects. The 6-foot-6 southpaw has struggled this year, posting a 5.88 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP at the Double-A level. However, he has struck out 29.7 percent of batters faced this year. If he develops, Bush profiles as a No. 4 starter.
Edgar Queto is another top prospect from the Angels’ system. The 20-year-old catcher delivered a breakout season in 2022 with the Angels’ A-Ball affiliate, posting a .312/.435/.530 slash line with 17 home runs and 12 steals. He’s struggled more this season in Double-A (.246/.386/.332), but still offers the profile of a future everyday catcher.
Giolito, a free agent at the end of the season, will be a mid-rotation starter for Los Angeles. He posted a 3.79 ERA with a .231 batting average allowed and a 1.22 WHIP this season in Chicago. Lopez, who is also on an expiring contract, has struck out 29.2 percent of batters faced this season but has a 1.31 WHIP with a 12.4 percent walk rate.
- Chicago White Sox grade: B
- Los Angeles Angels grade: B
Los Angeles Dodgers trade Syndergaard for Rosario
- Los Angeles Dodgers receive: Amed Rosario
- Cleveland Guardians receive: Noah Syndergaard
The Dodgers managed to shed the remainder of Syndergaard’s $13 million salary while adding a starting shortstop without having to give up a prospect. It seems like the heist of a century, but no one’s going to jail over this one. Rosario was once a highly-touted prospect who has had his inconsistent moments, but there’s hope he can be boosted by a strong atmosphere in LA. His work against left-handed pitching should help the Dodgers down the stretch, even if there are some ugly days in the field.
Meanwhile, the Guardians have enough pitchers and no clear replacement for Rosario, who was a key piece in the Francisco Lindor trade. Syndergaard is in the midst of a career-worst season and is set for free agency at the end of the year. This feels like an odd move.
- Los Angeles Dodgers grade: A-
- Cleveland Guardians grade: C-
Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins swap relief pitchers
This is an interesting move for both sides. Each team swaps experienced relievers who aren’t in the midst of their best seasons. The hope is that a change of scenery can do each other good
- Minnesota Twins receive: Dylan Floro
- Miami Marlins receive: Jorge Lopez
Floro is a 32-year-old former World Series winner who’s set to be a free agent this offseason. He’s never been an All-Star, but the veteran’s consistency as of late seemed to appeal to the Twins, who are looking for more reliable options out of the bullpen. His 4.54 ERA doesn’t excite either, but Floro’s Fielding Independent Pitching measure looks much better at 2.78.
Lopez is a 30-year-old former All-Star who’s arbitration eligible at the end of the year. The Twins added the former Baltimore Orioles closer at the deadline last year, but he never lived up to expectations or regained his previous form. Struggling with some mental issues, Lopez has had a tough season, with a 5.09 ERA and a FIP of 5.94. Going to Miami might be just what he needs to reset.
- Minnesota Twins grade: B
- Miami Marlins grade: B
Seattle Mariners trade for Trent Thornton from Toronto Blue Jays
The Mariners have witnessed their bullpen collapse at various points throughout the season. On Wednesday, they made a small acquisition aimed at bringing more stability to the pen.
- Seattle Mariners receive: Trent Thornton
- Toronto Blue Jays receive: Mason McCoy
Thornton is a 29-year-old reliever who has been mostly stuck in Triple-A so far this season for the Blue Jays, and that’s where he’ll report for the Mariners too. But there’s hope the five-year-pro can find a role eventually in Seattle. In just four games at the MLB level this season, Thornton has pitched well, to the tune of a 1.69 ERA, allowing one run in 5.1 IP.
In exchange for Thornton, the Mariners part with infielder Mason McCoy. He’s pretty much past prospect status at this point as a 28-year-old who has yet to make his MLB debut. The former sixth-round pick has a batting average of .260 in the minor leagues but has flashed double-digit home run potential in his last two seasons. We’ll see if being in a new atmosphere can eventually earn him a chance in the big leagues.
- Seattle Mariners grade: B
- Toronto Blue Jays grade: C-
Boston Red Sox trade Enrique Hernandez to Los Angeles Dodgers
Seeking more depth in the outfield, the Dodgers found their solution with a former World Series winner. Enrique Hernandez spent six seasons in L.A. in his first tenure but is now on an expiring contract. Yet, the Dodgers didn’t have to give up much for him either.
- Los Angeles Dodgers receive: Kike Hernandez
- Boston Red Sox receive: Nick Robertson, Justin Hagenman
Hernandez isn’t having a great season at the plate, but the Dodgers know what he offers as a versatile outfielder who can also play the infield in a pinch. Plus, they know he won’t be an issue in the locker room.
Meanwhile the Red Sox clear a bit off their payroll with Hernandez’s $10 million salary off the books. They also get to take a flier on two prospects who haven’t been able to find consistent success yet. Neither player made MLB.com’s top-30 prospect list, but a change of scenery could serve both pitchers well. Each is at the Triple-A level, but it remains to be seen whether the Sox will give them a chance in the big leagues.
- Los Angeles Dodgers grade: B
- Boston Red Sox grade: B+
Atlanta Braves acquire Pierce Johnson from Colorado Rockies
On Monday, the Atlanta Braves strengthened their bullpen by trading prospects Victor Vodnik and Tanner Gordon to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Pierce Johnson.
- Atlanta Braves receive: Pierce Johnson
- Colorado Rockies receive: Victor Vodnik, Tanner Gordon
Johnson, a 6-foot-2 righty, struggled out of the bullpen in Colorado. He posted a 6.00 ERA with a .288 batting average allowed and a 1.85 WHIP in 39 innings this year. However, Atlanta is likely hoping Johnson’s 30.9 percent strikeout rate and a move away from Coors Field are something to build from. While Johnson struggled in 2022 (5.02 ERA with San Diego Padres), he posted a combined 3.09 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 78.2 innings from 2020-’21.
Neither Vodnik nor Gordon were top-30 prospects in Atlanta’s farm system. Both figure to serve as organizational depth for the Rockies.
- Colorado Rockies grade: C+
- Atlanta Braves grade: C+
St. Louis Cardinals trade Genesis Cabrera to Toronto Blue Jays
After being designated for assignment by the St. Louis Cardinals on July 17, relief pitcher Genesis Cabrera was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on July 21 in a one-for-one player swap.
- St. Louis Cardinals receive: Sammy Hernandez
- Toronto Blue Jays receive: Genesis Cabrera
Cabrera was an excellent reliever for St. Louis from 2020-’21, posting a 3.41 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 10.6 K/9 across 92.1 innings. He struggled a bit in 2022 (4.63 ERA, 1.32 WHIP) before even further regression this season in St. Louis (5.06 ERA), 1.56 WHIP).
Toronto offers Cabrera a fresh start, with the change of scenery likely just what the 26-year-old reliever needed. With a new coaching staff, the Blue Jays hope Cabrera can function as a middle reliever moving forward. In exchange, St. Louis received catcher Sammy Hernandez. A 14th-round pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, the 19-year-old catcher slashed .192/.241/.317 with a 24.1 percent strikeout rate in 112 plate appearances with the Blue Jays’ Single-A affiliate this season.
- Toronto Blue Jays grade: B+
- St. Louis Cardinals grade: C+
Oakland Athletics trade Shintaro Fujinami to Baltimore Orioles
- Oakland Athletics trade: Shintaro Fujinami
- Baltimore Orioles trade: Easton Lucas
The Baltimore Orioles strengthened their bullpen before the MLB trade deadline, pulling in right-handed pitcher Shintaro Fujinami from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Easton Lucas.
Fujinami, age 29, signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with Oakland in January after he was posted by his Japanese team. In his first four appearances as a starter, Fujinami allowed 24 earned runs (14.4ERA) with a 12-12 K-BB ratio in 15 innings. Oakland moved him to the bullpen and after an acclimation period, he settled in nicely.
Baltimore is making a quality addition to its relief options. In his final 21.2 innings as a reliever with the Athletics, Fujinami posted a 3.32 ERA with a 22-6 K-BB ratio. He adds depth to an already strong back-end unit. As for the Athletics, this is primarily a salary dump. Lucas, turning 27 in September, is a reliever n the minors who has struggled at Triple-A (4.26 ERA) this year.
- Baltimore Orioles: A
- Oakland Athletics: C
New York Mets acquire Chris Flexen, Trevor Gott from Seattle Mariners
The struggling Mets added to their bullpen by picking up veteran pitcher Trevor Gott from Seattle. While New York did acquire Flexen in the deal, he was immediately designated for assignment. Flexen was a part of the deal in order for the Mariners to move off the remainder of his $3.9 million salary.
- New York Mets receive: RHP Trevor Gott, RHP Chris Flexen
- Seattle Mariners receive: LHP Zach Muckenhirn
In Gott, the Mets acquire a 30-year-old veteran who is pitching to a 4.03 ERA and 1.41 WHIP on the campaign. This represents his best performance since the righty was a member of the Los Angeles Angels back in 2015.
In return, Seattle picks up a 28-year-old lefty in Muckenhirn who put up a 6.00 ERA in three appearances with the Mets earlier in the season. As reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Seattle moved off Flexen and Gott to create some payroll flexibility. Because the Mariners made the move to help set up an acquisition at the MLB trade deadline, it boosted their grade here.
- New York Mets: B
- Seattle Mariners: B+
Aroldis Chapman heads to the Texas Rangers
- Kansas City Royals receive: LHP Cole Ragans, OF Roni Cabrera
- Texas Rangers receive: LHP Aroldis Chapman
The Kansas City Royals traded reliever Aroldis Chapman to the Texas Rangers on Friday in exchange for starting pitcher Cole Ragans and outfielder Roni Cabrera. As part of the deal, Ragans was optioned to Triple-A Omaha and Cabrera was assigned to the Royals Dominican Summer League Team.
After signing a one-year deal with Kansas City this offseason, Chapman reestablished himself as one of the hardest-throwing pitchers in baseball. Across 29.1 innings this season, Chapman recorded a 2.45 ERA and struck out 43.4 percent of batters faced.
Texas entered June 30 ranked 24th in bullpen ERA (4.37), with its relievers placing 16th in K-BB rate (14.6 percent) and 19th in strikeout rate (23.1 percent). Chapman is owed the remaining portion of his $3.75 million salary and will be a free agent in 2024.
Ragans, the 30th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, is in his age-25 season. The 6-foot-4 southpaw has compiled a 5.92 ERA with a 13.2 percent walk rate in 24.1 innings with Texas this season. Last year with the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, he posted a 3.32 ERA in 43.1 innings. Cabrera was signed out of the Dominican Republic in international free agency in January 2022. Neither are top-30 prospects in the Rangers’ system.
- Kansas City Royals: C
- Texas Rangers: B
Los Angeles Angels acquire Mike Moustakas from Colorado Rockies
- Los Angeles Angels get: Mike Moustakas
- Colorado Rockies get: Connor Van Scoyoc
A day after acquiring Eduardo Escobar from the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Angels made more MLB trade news by landing Colorado Rockies infielder Mike Moustakas. Primarily serving as a backup corner infielder this season in Colorado, Reynolds posted a respectable .270/.360/.435 slash line with a .795 OPF, 101 wRC+ and 17 RBI in 136 plate appearances. In Los Angeles, he’ll again function as infield depth for a team that just demoted Jared Walsh.
Connor Van Scoyoc, age 23, was an 11th-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. The 6-foot-6 righty has made 11 starts at the High-A Level this season for the Angels’ minor-league affiliate, recording a 2.76 ERA in 62 innings. Based on his age for the level and career struggles in the minors (4.4 ERA, 1.36 WHIP across 264 innings), he’ll likely function as minor-league pitching depth for the majority of his career.
- Colorado Rockies: C
- Los Angeles Angels: B-
New York Mets trade Eduardo Escobar to Los Angeles Angels
- Los Angeles Angels receive: Eduardo Escobar
- New York Mets receive: Landon Marceaux, Coleman Crow
The Los Angeles Angels placed Anthony Rendon on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist contusion on June 19, creating a need for depth at third base. So, Los Angeles dealt starting pitching prospect Coleman Crow and fellow pitching prospect Landon Marceaux to the Mets for Escobar. While neither were top prospects in the Angels’ farm system, it’s an overpay. Escobar posted a .236/.286/409 slash line in 120 plate appearances with the Mets this season.
Meanwhile, New York receives two intriguing young arms. When he’s not injured, Crow has posted a 1.88 ERA and 0.63 WHIP across 24 innings at the Double-A level this season. Marceaux isn’t as intriguing as a prospect, but he does provide New York with more pitching depth in the minors.
- New York Mets: A
- Los Angeles Angels: D+
When can MLB teams make trades?
Major League Baseball teams are allowed to make MLB trades all the way until the MLB trade deadline on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 6 PM EST. Once the trade deadline passes, MLB teams can’t make trades involving major-league players until the offseason.
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What is the biggest trade in MLB?
The biggest trade in MLB this season was the New York Mets trading infielder Eduardo Escobar to the Los Angeles Angels for pitching prospects Coleman Crow and Landon Marceaux. From April through June, a majority of the MLB trades are clubs swapping cash considerations for players that were about to be released or already designated for assignment. Stay tuned, our MLB trade tracker will be analyzing and grading every deal up to the 2023 MLB trade deadline.
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Who makes trades in MLB?
The president of baseball operations and general manager of a team are responsible for MLB trades. While there are a few coaches in the NBA and NFL who have the authority to make trades, only the front offices of clubs make trades in baseball.
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San Diego Padres acquire Juan Soto from Washington Nationals
- San Diego Padres acquire: Juan Soto, Josh Bell
- Washington Nationals acquire: James Wood, Robert Hassell, MacKenzie Gore, C.J. Abrams, Jarlin Susana, Luke Voit
Los Angeles Angels trade Raisel Iglesias to Atlanta Braves
- Atlanta Braves receive: Raisel Iglesias
- Los Angeles Angels receive: Tucker Davidson, Jesse Chavez
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Kansas City Royals trade Whit Merrifield to Toronto Blue Jays
- Toronto Blue Jays land: Whit Merrifield
- Kansas City Royals land: Samad Taylor, Max Castillo
New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals swap Jordan Montgomery, Harrison Bader
- New York Yankees acquire: Harrison Bader
- St. Louis Cardinals acquire: Jordan Montgomery
Philadelphia Phillis land Noah Syndergaard from Los Angeles Angels
- Philadelphia Phillies get: Noah Syndergaard
- Los Angeles Angels get: Jadiel Sanchez, Mickey Moniak
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Cincinnati Reds trade Tyler Mahle to Minnesota Twins
- Minnesota Twins receive: Tyler Mahle
- Cincinnati Reds receive: Spencer Steer, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Steven Hajjar
New York Yankees land Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas
- New York Yankees acquire: Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino
- Oakland A’s acquire: Ken Waldichuk, JP Sears, Luis Medina, Cooper Bowman
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Milwaukee Brewers trade Josh Hader to San Diego Padres
- San Diego Padres get: Josh Hader
- Milwaukee Brewers get: Robert Gasser, Esteury Ruiz, Taylor Rogers, Dinelson Lamet
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Chicago Cubs deal Scott Effrross to New York Yankees
- New York Yankees land: Scott Effross
- Chicago Cubs get: Hayden Wesneski
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- Seattle Mariners acquire: Luis Castillo
- Cincinnati Reds acquire: Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo, Levi Stoudt, Andrew Moore
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