MLB trade deadline blog

BY foxsports • July 31, 2013 keeps you up to speed at the MLB trade deadline.
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Last-minute news


• The Pittsburgh Pirates are quiet.

• I'm also told the St. Louis Cardinals’ pursuit of Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro has slowed because the teams unable to agree on price, according to a source. The deal appears doubtful.

• Nothing is percolating with the Rangers, a source confirms.

• I'm hearing that the New York Yankees have nothing of consequence in the works.

• The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired catcher Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later, according to multiple reports.

— Ken Rosenthal


Will Giants keep Lopez?


An official from one team interested in reliever Javier Lopez says the San Francisco Giants have not lowered asking price. The Giants will not move Lopez unless they are overwhelmed in final 15 minutes before the deadline, according to a source.

— Ken Rosenthal


O's adding a pitcher


The Balitmore Orioles have agreed to acquire pitcher Bud Norris from Houston Astros for outfielder L.J. Hoes and another piece.

The deal is being finalized now. The teams are haggling over the potential third piece in the deal. It could be Hoes, a draft pick and a third piece to the Astros.

The Arizona Diamondbacks also were in on Norris after trading Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres, according to a source.

— Ken Rosenthal


Rangers play small ball


The Texas Rangers are still working on deals, described as “mostly small,” according to sources. They are not trying to re-acquire Michael Young.

— Ken Rosenthal


Royals add outfielder


The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Kyle Smith, the team announced Wednesday.

Maxwell, 29, was batting .241 in 40 games for the Astros this season.

Smith, 20, was the Royals’ fourth-round selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. He was 5-4 this season with a 2.85 ERA in 19 starts at Class A Wilmington.


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Angels likely to hang on to Kendrick


The Los Angeles Angels are likely to keep second baseman Howie Kendrick, according to sources. The Angels can’t find the right match for a starting pitcher but could revisit a deal in the offseason.

— Ken Rosenthal


Movement on Norris accelerates


Within the last hour there has finally been movement on Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris. The Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks have all been in touch with the Astros, sources say.

— Ken Rosenthal


Kennedy stays in NL West with trade to Padres


Right-handed starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has been traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the San Diego Padres.

The Diamondbacks get LHP Joe Thatcher, RHP Matt Stites (Double-A) and a compensation-round draft pick.

The Padres “probably will not” move RHP Luke Gregerson now, according to a source.

— Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi


Young expands options


Source confirms that Philadelphia Phillies infielder Michael Young will now accept a trade to the New York Yankees, as reported by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

But I'm hearing, as did ESPN's Buster Olney, that the Yankees, as of 2:15 p.m. ET, had not been told that Young would accept trade to them.

Is it possible that Young’s supposed willingness to go to the Yankees is a ploy to draw the RedSox into talks?

Anything is possible in the final two hours, but a source says Young has told the Phillies he would waive his no-trade clause to the Yankees and that it's not a leverage play. His interest in the Yankees is sincere.

— Ken Rosenthal


Yankees continue search for 3B


The New York Yankees are not getting far in their search for a third baseman, according to sources. The Miami Marlins still expect interest in Placido Polanco, but the Yankees cool to idea so far.

— Ken Rosenthal




Ian Kennedy in demand


Sources confirm that the San Diego Padres are in active discussions to acquire starting pitcher Ian Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks, as others have reported.

But the Los Angeles Angels still believe they have shot at acquiring Kennedy, a source says.

— Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi


Rangers not done yet?


The Rangers are aggressively pursuing offensive upgrades, according to one rival executive.

Texas has inquired about Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, a source confirms a report from Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. A deal does not appear likely at this point.

Virtually all Rangers players are available, including the newly acquired Matt Garza.

The Rangers are exploring multiple avenues. It's not unusual for them to make creative proposals.

— Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi


This Bud's not for you


The Atlanta Braves are not seeking a deal for Houston Astros starter Bud Norris and never have been, according to sources.

— Ken Rosenthal




Conflicting info on Cardinals' plans


Sources are now saying the Cards are looking for catcher with Yadier Molina on the DL. A source previously said the club thought it would be OK without making a move.

Molina, who has been battling discomfort in his right knee for weeks, left the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates with what the team called a right knee strain.

— Ken Rosenthal


Source: Young now willing to waive no-trade


On Tuesday, Philadelphia Phillies infielder Michael Young said he would only waive his no-trade clause for a deal that sent him back to the Texas Rangers, according to sources.

As deadline approaches on Wednesday a source says that Young is now willing to waive the clause and be traded to the Red Sox.


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Source: Cardinals aren’t shopping for a catcher


The St. Louis Cardinals are expected to lose catcher Yadier Molina to the disabled list, but a source says they do not plan to pursue a catcher in a trade. Molina, who has been battling discomfort in his right knee for weeks, left the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates with what the team called a right knee strain.

— Ken Rosenthal

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Source: Cubs expect to move either DeJesus or Schierholtz


David DeJesus might be the more likely of the two to go; Nate Schierholtz fits vs. righthanded pitchers in 2014. The Pirates are in on both of these Cubs outfielders.

— Ken Rosenthal

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Peavy goes to Red Sox in 3-team deal


And that's why baseball's biggest trade of the season came together.

The Red Sox acquired Jake Peavy from the White Sox in a blockbuster three-team deal on Tuesday night that also sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers. Read more


A's get 3B Callaspo from Angels


Oakland General Manager Billy Beane was looking to shore up his infield, both offensively and defensively.

He got what he was looking for in Alberto Callaspo.

The Athletics acquired Callaspo from AL West rival Los Angeles Angels for infield prospect Grant Green on Tuesday night.

"We needed some infield help, particularly somebody who could help swing it from the right side," Beane said. "Just a little bit of a hedge at every position and help from the right side against left-handed pitching."

Callaspo was removed from the Angels game against the Texas Rangers after the fourth inning on Tuesday night. Green was a late scratch from Triple-A Sacramento's lineup. Read more


Indians acquire Rzepczynski from Cards


The St. Louis Cardinals announced Tuesday that they traded LHP Marc Rzepczynski to the Cleveland Indians for minor league shortstop Juan Herrera.

Rzepczynski has a 7.84 ERA in 11 appearances for the Cardinals this season. He had been optioned to Triple-A Memphis earlier Tuesday.

Herrera, 20, was batting .275 in 39 games this season for Mahoning Valley of the New York-Penn League (A).

Sources: Young will only approve trade to Texas


Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro isn't confident of trading either left-hander Cliff Lee or third baseman Michael Young before the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET.

Amaro said on MLB Network Tuesday that there was "very little chance" that the Phillies would trade Lee and "pretty remote" that they would trade Young.

Young, who has a full no-trade clause, only will approve a trade to the Rangers, sources say.

He spent the first 11 years of his major league career with the Rangers until signing as a free agent last offseason with the Phillies.

On Tuesday, the Phillies promoted Cody Asche, their top 3B prospect, which, in theory, could force Young to the bench.

The Phillies could use that as leverage, but they like Young and what he means to the lineup and the clubhouse. It's doubtful the Phillies would force a confrontation with Young; it's not their style and they already have clubhouse issues. Besides, they also could use Young at first base.

On Monday, veteran closer Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract in November 2011, vented his frustration with the Phillies after the team extended its skid to eight games.

"I definitely didn't come here for this," Papelbon told

— Ken Rosenthal

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Rangers willing to listen on anyone


For the past several years, the Texas Rangers’ approach to the trade deadline has been the same: buy, buy, and buy some more, using prospects from one of the top farm systems in baseball.

This season, it’s a little more complicated.

Yes, they’ve already acquired Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs. But they’re only 9-15 this month and have fallen six games behind Oakland in the American League West. Now major-league sources tell that the Rangers are willing to listen to offers for “anyone” on their roster, including shortstop Elvis Andrus.

That’s a potentially significant development, since Andrus signed an eight-year, $120 million contract extension at the beginning of the regular season. With Andrus, second baseman Ian Kinsler and shortstop/second baseman Jurickson Profar, the Rangers have a surplus of middle infielders.

The Rangers also must prepare for the possibility that All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz will be suspended because of his reported link to the Biogenesis investigation.

More than anything, the Rangers’ willingness to consider such a broad range of proposals suggests they view this year’s deadline as an opportunity to reshape their roster rather than focus on incremental upgrades for the pennant race.

Earlier, the Rangers surprised many in the industry by making closer Joe Nathan available. They also checked in with the Atlanta Braves on catcher Brian McCann, a free-agent-to-be who might be of interest to them for next season.

— Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal

Dodgers acquire Wilson


The Dodgers have signed free-agent reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year deal. Read more.


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Sources: Rangers trying to acquire a bat


The Texas Rangers keep downplaying their expectations for the non-waiver deadline. But according to major-league sources, they keep trying to do something big.

Specifically, with right fielder Nelson Cruz facing possible suspension, the Rangers are trying to acquire a hitter who is better than the top two known to be available, the Chicago White Sox's Alex Rios and San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence, sources said.

The Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton would fit that description. The Rangers have asked about him again in recent days, only to be told — again — that Stanton would not be moved, sources said.

Either the Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion or Jose Bautista also would make sense for the Rangers. But the Jays, sources said, will not trade either unless they get comparable major-league talent in return.

One possibility, particularly with the Rangers willing to move closer Joe Nathan, would be a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for one of their outfielders, either Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford.

The Dodgers, however, are still without Matt Kemp, who is on the disabled list for the third time for this season. The recent injury troubles of both Kemp and Crawford likely would make the team reluctant to trade an outfielder in the middle of a pennant race.

For the Rangers, the idea of moving Nathan might be better in theory than in practice. The Rangers are indeed deep in late-inning relievers, making it possible for them to deal from strength. But teams that need closers generally are contenders, and such clubs rarely wish to subtract from their major-league club in trades.

One source with knowledge of the Rangers' discussions said it was "very unlikely" that the team would make a major acquisition before the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. The source said the club was struggling to negotiate even smaller deals.

— Ken Rosenthal

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Rays acquire reliever Crain


The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jesse Crain. The sides will negotiate a cash/player combo going to Chicago over the next several weeks. Read More

— Ken Rosenthal


Talks stall for White Sox pitcher Peavy


The Chicago White Sox are telling teams that they might not trade starting pitcher Jake Peavy, though it remains to be seen if they are just posturing for a better deal.

Among the teams interested in Peavy are the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland Athletics, who have already moved on to other pursuits. The A's will dangle some of players they would have traded for Peavy in an effort to get bullpen help and a middle infielder.

Chicago's desire to get a quality return for Peavy remains the most significant obstacle to a deal. Talks have stalled for now, but anything can happen in the next couple of days.

— Ken Rosenthal


Sox in talks for multiple pitchers


The Boston Red Sox remain engaged in talks for multiple pitchers, including Philadelphia Phillies starter Cliff Lee and Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy, according to sources.

Lee is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 20 starts, while Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts.

— Jon Paul Morosi


Indians lose out on Downs, still in market for lefty specialist


The Cleveland Indians, according to major-league sources, were one of the finalists for left-handed reliever Scott Downs, who on Monday was traded from the Los Angeles Angels to the Atlanta Braves.

The Indians also are looking at San Diego Padres lefty Joe Thatcher and virtually every other left-handed specialist on the trade market, sources say.

Other than that, though, the Indians are fairly quiet. In something of an upset, they are not actively seeking starting pitching, in part due to a shortage on the market, in part due to their newfound depth.

The Indians are coming off back-to-back shutouts of the Texas Rangers in games started by right-handers Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez. Though they rank only 10th in the American League in rotation ERA, their starters’ ERA in the past 16 games is just 1.75.

Equally comforting, from the Indians’ perspective: They’ve got three alternatives at Triple A – right-handers Danny Salazar, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer – if something goes awry with one of the major-league starters.

Salazar was especially impressive in his start Sunday, allowing just three hits in five scoreless innings, striking out 11, walking one – and touching 99 mph, according to a source.

— Ken Rosenthal


Source: Dodgers, Phillies quiet on a Lee deal


The Dodgers and Phillies have not discussed a trade involving pitcher Cliff Lee recently, according to a source.

— Jon Paul Morosi


Braves, Angels swap pitchers


The Braves have acquired left-handed pitcher Scott Downs from the Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher Cory Rasmus.

This is a strong add to the bullpen by Atlanta, which has been looking for lefty reliever since Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters went down with injuries. Read more

— Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi


Rangers interested in Braves' McCann


Don't be surprised if you see Brian McCann at the winter meetings this December donning a Texas Rangers cap and jersey as a free-agent signee.

The Rangers' search for offensive help is so extensive, they recently contacted the Atlanta Braves about a trade for McCann, according to major-league sources.

The Braves, leading the NL East by 8.5 games, had no interest in trading their starting catcher, who will be a free agent at the end of the season.

The Rangers' inquiry, however, was at least their second on McCann since the end of last season -- and their current catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, also is eligible for free agency this winter.

Texas seemingly has asked on virtually every hitter in the game, available and not available. They call the Miami Marlins about right fielder Giancarlo Stanton "every week," sources say. They also recently scouted the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, according to And as their interest in McCann shows, they are even checking with other contenders about potential free agents.

McCann, batting .284 with a .884 OPS, is expected to be out of the Braves' price range as a free agent.

— Ken Rosenthal


Tigers add reliever Veras


Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski makes his first move of trade-deadline season.

Now Tigers fans will have to wait to see if it's his last.

The Tigers acquired veteran reliever Jose Veras from the Astros on Monday in exchange for minor-league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.

Veras, 32, has been serving as Houston's closer this season, picking up 19 saves in 42 games. He has a 2.93 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 43 innings this season. He's allowed 29 hits and 14 walks. Read more