In case you had to work and couldn’t endlessly refresh Twitter and MLB Trade Rumors, we’ve compiled every non-Giants trade made in the 24 hours leading up to the deadline. What was shaping up to be the slowest deadline in recent memory saw a flurry of activity in the final minutes before the the clock struck 1 p.m.
Chris Martin to Braves
The Braves bolstered their ‘pen with the Coldplay guy. After spending the two seasons in Japan, Martin has pitched well for the Rangers. He has a gaudy 10.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 38 innings. A free agent at the end of the year, Martin has struggled with the long ball, but he’ll be one of the better options for high leverage innings in Atlanta.
Going to Texas is starting pitching prospect Kolby Allard. Allard made his major league debut last season, but failed to stick. In his second season at Triple-A, he’s seen his strikeout totals, and like Martin, has struggled to keep the ball in the yard. Allard is expected to get a call-up to join the Rangers by season’s end.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds, sources familiar with the deal tells ESPN. He will move as part of a three-team deal with the San Diego Padres, according to sources.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
Ooh, boy. There’s a lot of talent moving in each direction with this one. I wrote about this trade in more detail at Beyond the Box Score, but I’ll give a run down on each team.
The Reds gave up Yasiel Puig, who is a free agent at the end of the year, and Taylor Trammell, their top outfield prospect. In return, they’re receiving Trevor Bauer who has one more year of arbitration eligibility left. Tanner Roark and Alex Wood are both free agents at the end of the year, so Cincinnati needed someone to join Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray.
Taylor Trammell is the sole return for the Padres which has some people scratching their heads. Trammell is MLB Pipeline’s #30 prospect, but he’s having a down year in Double-A. His stock has fallen a bit, but he still has the potential to be a star.
Cleveland is coming away with a massive haul. They’re getting Puig from the Reds and Franmil Reyes from the Padres. The outfield and designated hitter positions were massive weaknesses for Cleveland, and these were filled in one trade. Reyes is under control through 2024, so he gives them a longterm solution at DH and right field.
San Diego also sent Logan Allen to Cleveland. Allen enters Cleveland’s farm system as their 3rd overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline, and he should be ready to join the rotation sometime in 2020.
Cleveland also acquired Scott Moss from the Reds and Victor Nova from the Padres. Moss is a left-handed starter who enters Cleveland’s farm system rankings at #17. He has a 3.44 ERA in 102 innings at Double-A this year. Victor Nova is a third baseman who was hitting well in the AZL.
Nate Jones to Rangers
Jones is out for the remainder of the season, but he is under contract through 2021. Jones has had a hard time staying on the field, so the White Sox also had to send over international slot compensation and cash considerations. Still, Jones is good pitcher when healthy. He owns a 3.12 ERA over 291 1⁄3 career innings.
Heading to Chicago are Joe Jarneski and Ray Castro, a pair of right-handed pitchers in rookie ball.
Jesús Aguilar to Rays
First baseman Jesus Aguilar has been traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Tampa Bay Rays, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
The Rays have been looking for a right-handed bat and they’ve settled on sudden reclamation project Jesús Aguilar. After an All-Star season, Aguilar is hitting just .225/.320/.374 this year, but he’s been the victim of some poor batted ball luck. He’s walking more and striking out less, but his BABIP is just .264, and his xwOBA of .342 is just 16 points lower than what it was in 2018. Aguilar isn’t arbitration eligible until 2020.
The Brewers receive right-handed starter Jake Faria. Faria has played parts of the last three seasons at the major league level, but he owns a 4.18 ERA and 4.60 FIP through 161 2⁄3 innings. He boasts impressive strikeout numbers in Triple-A, but he hasn’t fully transferred those to the bigs. Faria will be a rotation option for Milwaukee and perhaps down the stretch.
Catcher Martín Maldonado has been traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Houston Astros, league sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
For the second time this season, Martin Maldonado has been traded. For the second time in two years, Martin Maldonado has been traded to the Houston Astros. Maldonado is an offensively limited defensive wunderkind behind the dish. Chicago originally acquired him to provide a stopgap while Willson Contreras was on the injured list.
The Cubs are picking up Tony Kemp who was designated for assignment by Houston last week. A utility player, Kemp has split his time between the outfield and second base. At the plate, Kemp is hitting .227/.308/.417. Kemp himself might be a stopgap until Ben Zobrist returns from a personal matter, but he could also push out Albert Almora. In that case, Jason Heyward would move to center field.
Daniel Hudson to Nationals
Daniel Hudson has been traded to the Washington Nationals, per source.#BlueJays— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) July 31, 2019
The Nationals’ Achilles heel this year has been their bullpen, and Daniel Hudson was the first of many pieces acquired Wednesday to alleviate that. Hudson’s fastball sits in the mid-90s and possesses 91st percentile spin. Hudson’s command issues have plagued him this year, but he has a history of success, boasting a career 3.92 career ERA over 10 seasons.
The Nationals are sending right-handed pitcher Kyle Johnston to the Blue Jays. In 20 starts at High-A this year, Johnston owns a 4.03 ERA.
Roenis Elías to Nationals
Elías is another competent addition to a beleaguered Nationals bullpen. Elías cracked the big leagues as a starter in 2014, but he couldn’t stick. In the last two seasons in Seattle, he’s been mostly effective though this year he’s shown some wild reverse platoon splits. Lefties have a .419 wOBA against him.
Seattle picks up Elvis Alvarado and Taylor Guilbeau. Guilbeau is a left-handed reliever who recently made it to Triple-A. MLB Pipeline ranked him as the Nationals 15th best prospect. Alvarado is a converted outfielder who is trying to pitch his way out of the Gulf Coast League.
Tanner Roark to A’s
Tanner Roark learned of his trade in an @arbys parking lot. He wanted a beef and cheddar (and curly fries). He was driving to Atlanta, where he lives in the off-season. @JonHeyman approves. He will not be driving to Oakland— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) July 31, 2019
Oakland acquired more starting pitching depth with Tanner Roark. Roark has been a capable innings eater, throwing at least 180 innings in each of the past three seasons. This year, he has a 4.24 ERA and a 4.20 FIP in 110 1⁄3 innings. Roark could bump Daniel Mengden or even Homer Bailey out of the rotation.
The Reds receive 21-year-old outfielder Jameson Hannah. Hannah was the A’s 10th best prospect according to FanGraphs which has him a 45 FV. He hasn’t hit for power at either Low-A or High-A, but he has plus speed.
Hunter Strickland to Nationals
Here come the Nationals again: Hunter Strickland is headed there from the Seattle Mariners, source confirms to ESPN. Third reliever of the day after Daniel Hudson and Roenis Elias.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
Because the baseball gods are gracious, Hunter Strickland is now in the same division as Bryce Harper. Strickland, as we all know, throws in the upper-90s, but isn’t very good. Still, he’s a much better option for the Nationals whose relievers collectively have a 5.99 ERA.
Going back to Seattle is lefty Aaron Fletcher, a Double-A reliever whose strikeout numbers made a big jump this year.
Corey Dickerson to Phillies
Outfielder Corey Dickerson has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, source tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
Corey Dickerson will replace Andrew McCutchen for the second straight year in a trade sets up a Dickerson v. Dickerson matchup in Philadelphia Wednesday night. The Phillies have been in need of outfield help since losing McCutchen for the year and while Odúbel Herrera is serving his suspension. Dickerson has missed time with injury himself this year, but he’s been effective when he’s on the field. He’s hitting .317/.376/.556 in 141 plate appearances.
Dickerson might be the best hitter to move this deadline and all the Phillies had to give up for him is a player to be named later and international bonus money.
Zac Gallen to Diamondbacks; Jazz Chisholm to Marlins
Jazz Chisholm will go to Marlins from D-backs in Zac Gallen deal, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 31, 2019
In a prospect-for-prospect swap, the Diamondbacks dealt away Jazz Chisholm to acquire the Marlins’ Zac Gallen. Chisholm, a 21-year-old shortstop, is a top-100 prospect according to FanGraphs and MLB Pipeline. In Double-A this year, Chisholm has hit .204/.305/.427 with a ton of strikeouts.
Gallen, who came to Miami in the Marcell Ozuna trade, has limited major league experience, but he has been effective there. In seven starts this season, he has a 2.72 ERA, 3.58 FIP, and a 28.5 strikeout percentage. Before the season, Gallen was forecast to be a back-end starter, but an increase in velocity has him trending upward.
Jedd Gyorko to Dodgers
With the injuries to David Freese, Chris Taylor, and Kiké Hernández, the Dodgers acquired another hurt infielder in Jedd Gyorko. According to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers can wait until September to reinstate Gyorko and add him to the 40-man roster. Gyorko was having the worst year of his career before going on the injured list as he was hitting .196/.274/.304 in 62 plate appearances. Gyorko has a $13 million team option for 2020. The Dodgers will also receive international bonus pool money and cash considerations.
Going back to St. Louis are Tony Cingrani and Jeffry Abreu. Cingrani is out for the year with a torn labrum and will become a free agent at season’s end. Jeffry Abreu is a 19-year-old right-handed pitcher who has struck out 24 batters in 19 1⁄3 innings in rookie ball.
Shane Greene to Braves
One of Mark Melancon’s new teammates, Greene is vastly outperforming his FIP his year. With a 1.18 ERA and a 28.5 strikeout percentage, there’s a lot to like. He’s also benefited from a .178 BABIP and an 85.2 percent left-on-base mark. Still, he represents a solid upgrade over what was the worst bullpen in the majors by fWAR.
Heading to Detroit are Joey Wentz and Travis Demeritte. Wentz, a left-handed starter, was the Braves #6 prospect according to FanGraphs, and he has struggled in Double-A. Demeritte, a second baseman and outfielder was the Braves #29, and he has a .398 wOBA in Triple-A.
John Ryan Murphy to Braves
The Braves picked up John Ryan Murphy as a defensive back-up. Murphy has a 68 wRC+ through 69 plate appearances this year, but he’s an excellent framer. The Diamondbacks gave him up for cash considerations.
Joe Biagini and Aaron Sanchez to Astros
Breaking: Source informs that Joe Biagini has been dealt to Astros.— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) July 31, 2019
The Astros picked up some more bullpen depth to make up for the recent injury to Ryan Pressly. Biagini’s slider and his changeup have been his best pitches this year, and his strikeout rates have jumped. Aaron Sanchez would have preferred to go some place where he could remain a starter, but he likely won’t get that opportunity in Houston. Sanchez has had a rough year and has lost a tick on his fastball, so it will be interesting to see how Houston’s player development staff weaponizes him.
The Blue Jays acquired Derek Fisher who was the Astros’ #7 prospect according to FanGraphs. Fisher has spent parts of three seasons at the major league level, but hasn’t put it together.
Trevor Richards and Nick Anderson to Rays
Trevor Richards and Nick Anderson are headed to the Tampa Bay Rays for Ryne Stanek and Jesus Sanchez, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
The Marlins dealt another controllable starter in Trevor Richards. The former indy leaguer works with a fastball in the low-90s and his changeup has been effective. Heading with Richards to Tampa is Nick Anderson, a reliever with a 14.22 K/9 in 43 2⁄3 innings this year.
In exchange, the Rays are sending over Ryne Stanek and Jesús Sánchez. Stanek has been effective as one of the Rays’ openers the past two seasons, and he enters arbitration eligibility next year. Sánchez was the Rays’ #3 prospect according to FanGraphs and recently earned a promotion to Triple-A where he has struggled in limited time.
Nicholas Castellanos to Cubs
Source: The Cubs are sending 2017 first-round pick Alex Lange to the Tigers in the Nicholas Castellanos deal. Pitching prospect Paul Richan is also packaged in the trade, according to @CraigMish.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) July 31, 2019
The Cubs chose Castellanos to bolster their outfield which has sagged with dreadful production from Albert Almora Jr. Castellanos’s glove has improved, but he’ll still be the biggest clankmitt in an outfield that sees Kyle Schwarber in left. Castellanos, a free agent at season’s end, has a modest 106 wRC+ this year.
Alex Lange and Paul Richan are headed to Detroit. Lange was the Cubs’ #21 prospect according to FanGraphs, and he has a 3.92 ERA in seven starts at Double-A. His fastball tops out at 92 and his curveball and his changeup are his best pitches. Paul Richan is a right-handed starter at High-A with good command.
Adam Kolarek to Dodgers
The Dodgers chose left-handed reliever (and part-time first baseman) Adam Kolarek to reinforce a bullpen that has suffered with a mortal Kenley Jansen and disastrous Joe Kelly. The Dodgers were looking for a lefty to fill out a righty-heavy ‘pen. Kolarek is 30 years old, but doesn’t become a free agent until 2025.
The Rays acquire 22-year-old outfielder Niko Hulsizer. Hulsizer is an unranked prospect, but he has hit well in High-A this year.
Mike Leake to Diamondbacks
#DBacks acquire Mike Leake, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2019
#ForeverGiant Mike Leake waived his full no-trade clause to join the Arizona Diamondbacks. Leake is under contract through 2020 with a mutual option for 2021. Leake is owed $30 million over the course of his remaining deal, but according to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7, the Diamondbacks are only taking on $6 million.
In return, Seattle is receiving Jose Caballero, a 22-year-old infielder with so-so numbers at High-A.
Zack Greinke to Astros
Zack Greinke is finally out of the NL West following a blockbuster trade between the Diamondbacks and Astros. Greinke is under contract through 2021, and he’s owed about $77 million. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Astros are taking on $53 million.
Heading to Arizona are right-handed pitchers Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas. Martin made five starts for the Astros this year, but he issued 12 walks and gave up 8 homers in 19 1⁄3 innings. MartinStill, he was the Astro’s #5 prospect according to FanGraphs which has him at a 50 FV.
Martin also rates Bukauskas at 50 FV. He’s struggled a bit with command in Double-A, but his slider is 70-grade pitch and he can hit 98 mph with the fastball.
Seth Beer and Joshua Rojas are also headed to Arizona. There were rumors the Giants were interested in Rojas, and why wouldn’t they be? He’s listed as a second baseman, but he’s played six different positions in the last two seasons. Across Double-A and Triple-A this year, he’s hit 20 home runs and stolen 32 bases.
Seth Beer is a first-round pick from the 2018 draft who was called up to Double-A this year where all he’s done is mash. He has 16 homers in 280 plate appearances while maintaining modest strikeout numbers.
Carl Edwards Jr. to Padres
Cubs also traded Carl Edwards Jr. to the Padres, per source— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) July 31, 2019
Carl Edwards Jr. has excellent strikeout numbers through his career, and he’s been able to live with Moronta-esque walk rates until now. This season, he hasn’t managed to stick on the Cubs’ major league roster and he is now going to San Diego along with international bonus pool money.
In return, the Cubs are receiving Brad Wieck, another reliever with absurd strikeout numbers. This year, he’s struggled with the long ball. He’s given up nine dingers in 24 2⁄3 innings.
Dan Straily to Phillies
Matt Klentak said the Phillies acquired RHP Dan Straily from the Orioles for cash. He will go to Triple-A.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) July 31, 2019
The Phillies triple-downed on their strategy of picking up starters who haven’t been good. Expect Dan Straily to throw a complete game shutout against the Giants when the Phillies visit San Francisco next week.