Showing posts with label MLB Trades. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MLB Trades. Show all posts

Monday, December 6, 2010

Olney: Diamondbacks trade Mark Reynolds to Orioles

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Diamondbacks have traded Mark Reynolds to the Orioles for minor league pitchers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio.

Reynolds is a strikeout machine, averaging 221 per season in his four-year career, but his power will be a welcomed addition to the Baltimore lineup, joining Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Report: Dodgers acquire Jim Thome and Jon Garland

Jon Heyman is reporting that the Dodgers have acquired both Jim Thome and Jon Garland in separate deals. The trades apparently were completed before the midnight deadline to make players eligible for postseason rosters. Word wasn't available as to what the Dodgers would give up in exchange for each player.

Garland's name began flying around early Monday evening, with rumors that the Rockies and Yankees were both interested in the pitcher who had just cleared waivers. The Dodgers came in late and got the job done. Garland has had an up-and-down year, but has pitched well since the All-Star break. He is 4-3 in that time but hasn't allowed more than five runs in any of his ten starts since July 11.

The addition of Thome is a bit more surprising. He will likely be used as late-inning power. Thome hasn't played first base since 2007, when he played only one game there for the White Sox. He played only three games at first in 2006. In 2005, Thome's last season with the Phillies, he played in only 52 games at first base.

The acquisitions of Thome and Garland certainly make the Dodgers a scarier team as they head down the stretch. With some run support, Garland could be a key piece for Los Angeles while Thome gives them some pop.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Angels acquire Scott Kazmir from Rays after all

The on-again, off-again trade of Scott Kazmir to the Angels is on-again. Several outlets are reporting that the swap has been agreed upon and the Rays will receive the aforementioned minor leaguers Alexander Torres and Matthew Sweeney, as well as another player to be named.

Updating my previous post, Kazmir was not claimed at all during the waiver process and therefore was allowed to be traded to any team. Many clubs were afraid of claiming the Rays' pitcher and then having to pay him. Kazmir is in the first year of a three-year, $28.5 million contract.

Report: Angels close to acquiring Scott Kazmir in trade with Rays

This one is shocking on all sorts of levels. MLB.com is reporting that the Angels and Rays are close to a deal that would send Scott Kazmir to the Halos in exchange for two minor leaguers, pitcher Alexander Torres and third baseman Matthew Sweeney. The deal could be announced later today.

I'm shocked that Scott Kazmir would get this far down the waiver wire to be claimed by the Angels. That means the Red Sox did not put in a claim for Kazmir since they would have been higher on the waiver wire than Los Angeles of Anaheim. Boston is desperate for pitching help right now.

I'm also surprised because the Rays are only 3.5 games out of first place in the wild card race. Kazmir, though, has certainly underperformed in his Tampa Bay career and he is 8-7 with a 5.92 ERA this year, so I guess it makes sense to try to get something for him.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Report: Red Sox finalize deal to acquire Billy Wagner from the Mets

Just minutes before the deadline, Billy Wagner has agreed to waive his no-trade clause and will be sent to the Boston Red Sox. Boston claimed Wagner off waivers from the Mets and had until 1:30pm today to complete a deal for the former closer who will be used a setup man for Jonathan Papelbon.

Wagner had originally balked at the deal, asking the Red Sox to agree to decline his option for next year because Wagner wants to be a closer. Boston didn't want to give up control of Wagner but apparently has agreed to do just that in order to acquire bullpen help for their chase of the AL Wild Card.

Or, perhaps, the Red Sox have made an agreement with Wagner that they will pick up his option for next year and then trade him. Some rumors have also suggested that Papelbon could be the one dealt, with Wagner then holding a seat for Daniel Bard, Boston's closer of the future.

ESPN's Buster Olney says the deal is "all but done." WFAN reports that the Mets will receive two players to be named later in exchange for Wagner.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Report: Padres trade Jake Peavy to the White Sox... again

MLB Insider Jon Heyman is reporting that the Padres have agreed to trade Jake Peavy to the White Sox for a package of minor league prospects once again. Peavy must agree to waive his no-trade clause, which was the hold up in the previous attempt at trading Peavy to Chicago.

The prospects headed to San Diego are pitchers Clayton Richard, Adam Russell, Aaron Poreda and Dexter Carter.

Peavy is currently on the disabled list with an ankle injury but both teams agreed to let the deal go through even with the pitcher on the DL. The recent prognosis, though, has Peavy coming back sooner rather than later.

If Peavy accepts the trade, which Heyman says he will, the White Sox will have done a great job in keeping up with the rest of the AL Central. The Tigers today added Jarrod Washburn and the Twins acquired Orlando Cabrera.

Marlins get Nick Johnson in last minute deal with Nationals

The Marlins have pulled off the trade for Nick Johnson just before the buzzer went off on the 4pm trading deadline. The Nationals will pay the remaining $1.8 million on Johnson's salary and receive Double A lefty Aaron Thompson in return, according to FOX Sports.com.

The deal looked imminent this morning and then cooled off in the afternoon, with executives saying at 3:30 that Johnson wasn't going anywhere. The deal got done, though, and Johnson will provide some offense and play a Gold Glove first base for the remainder of the year for Florida. He is a free agent at the end of the season.

Red Sox acquisition of Casey Kotchman makes no sense

The Red Sox had too many first basemen after they acquired Victor Martinez from the Indians, so they needed to trade away Adam LaRoche to clear up that logjam. So what did they do?

They traded LaRoche to the Braves for another first baseman in Casey Kotchman.

This move really makes absolutely no sense, but everyone will say it's great because Theo Epstein can do no wrong in the media. Kotchman is a major league starting first baseman that will now be second off the bench at first base for the Red Sox, if he's even on the big club. He may even be sent to the minor leagues along with newly acquired Chris Duncan.

This will be LaRoche's second stint with the Braves. He was traded by Atlanta to the Pittsburgh in 2007 in the deal that brought the Braves reliever Mike Gonzalez.

Reds acquire Scott Rolen from Jays, pending waiving of no-trade clause

The long rumored trade of Scott Rolen from Toronto to Cincinnati looks to be completed with the only step left being for Rolen to waive his no-trade clause. Jon Heyman, speaking on MLB Network, says Rolen will likely agree to the deal since he is from Indiana.

Rolen is having on of the best years of his career offensively. Though the Reds are 9.5 games out of first place in the NL Central, Rolen is under contract for next season so this is more of a future trade than one for right now.

The Blue Jays will receive third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and pitchers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart in the deal.

Update, 4:25pm: Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi says that Scott Rolen has approved the trade and that Rolen even asked for the trade for "personal reasons," according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

Report: Indians agree to trade Victor Martinez to the Red Sox

Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal are both reporting that the Indians will trade catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez to the Red Sox. What the Red Sox will give up is uncertain at this point, but rumors are that pitcher Clay Buchholz is not involved in the deal.

The addition of Martinez will allow Boston to rest Mike Lowell and his surgically repaired hip while moving Kevin Youkilis to the hot corner while V-Mart plays first. Martinez could also relieve Jason Varitek behind the plate and could DH on days David Ortiz needs a rest.

Early rumors had Boston and Cleveland trying to bring a third team into the mix, mostly because the Red Sox recently acquired first baseman Adam LaRoche and he now wouldn't be needed. The Red Sox will now probably try to make a separate deal to rid themselves of LaRoche.

Update, 2:43pm: MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo is reporting that pitchers Nick Hagadone, Bryan Price and Justin Masterson will be headed to Cleveland in exchange for Victor Martinez.

Update, 3:30pm: Jon Heyman just said the deal is confirmed and finished.

Twins trade for Orlando Cabrera, bolster offense and middle infield

The Minnesota Twins completed a trade today for shortstop Orlando Cabrera, sending minor league infielder Tyler Ladendorf to the A's. The Twins will also receive cash considerations from Oakland.

Minnesota enters Friday's action trailing the Tigers by two games for the AL Central lead. Detroit added Jarrod Washburn today in a trade with Seattle.

Cabrera will provide some needed pop to Minnesota's lineup and will improve their defense up the middle. He is currently batting .280 with four home runs and 41 RBI along with 11 stolen bases.

This will be The O.C.'s sixth major league team, after stints with the Expos, Red Sox, Angels, White Sox and A's.

Tigers acquire Jarrod Washburn from Mariners for two players

MLB Network is reporting that the Mariners have sent Jarrod Washburn to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for pitchers Lucas French and Mauricio Robles. French is a left hander that has seen time in the majors and will probably be added right to Seattle's rotation. Robles, also a lefty, has spent four seasons in the minor leagues.

Washburn had been mostly rumored to be headed to the Yankees, but New York was not willing to part with the prospects Seattle was seeking, like pitchers Joba Chamberlain Phil Hughes, catcher Jesus Montero and outfielder Austin Jackson.

MLB trade deadline buzz: Marlins, Yankees, Twins trying to make moves

- Jon Heyman says via Twitter that the Marlins are seriously considering a trade with the Nationals to land first baseman Nick Johnson. Florida is very much alive in the NL East, but perhaps more likely the wild card race. Acquiring Johnson would add a good hitter and a great glove.

- The trade talk between the Yankees and Mariners for pitcher Jarrod Washburn looks like it will go down to the wire. The Yankees are wisely unwilling to part with any of their top prospects and young major leaguers, which has slowed negotiations.

- The Twins have entered the race to acquire A's shortstop Orlando Cabrera, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.com. The teams began talking on Thursday and plan to go all the way until the Friday 4pm deadline on this one. The Red Sox are also among the teams interested in Cabrera, a member of their 2004 World Series team.

- The Mets and Indians have apparently spoken about Victor Martinez, but a deal seems unlikely since the Mets don't want to part with their somewhat overrated prospects. V-Mart would be a great fit for the Mets since they need a first baseman and their catchers are putrid, but it really doesn't make sense for New York to acquire anyone since the team is so far out of the division and wild card races.

Report: Red Sox working on three-way deal to acquire Victor Martinez

ESPN's Jayson Stark is reporting that the Red Sox are discussing a three-way deal with the Indians and some unknown third team that would send catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez to Boston, pitcher and ugliest player in history Clay Buchholz to Cleveland and a bunch of prospects all over the place. Recently acquired first baseman Adam LaRoche would be shipped out of Boston, probably to that mysterious third team, to make room for Martinez on the roster.

The Red Sox had been in hot pursuit of Roy Halladay and Adrian Gonzalez but apparently negotiations with the Blue Jays and Padres, respectively, didn't go very far.

Landing Martinez would be a major help for the Red Sox. It would allow them to rest Mike Lowell on occasion and move Kevin Youkilis to third base while playing Victor Martinez at first. V-Mart could also give Jason Varitek a few days off per week behind the plate since, let's face it, Varitek is a horrible offensive player.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dodgers acquire closer George Sherrill from Orioles

As rumored earlier today, the Dodgers have acquired Orioles closer George Sherrill in exchange for two minor leaguers, according to The Baltimore Sun and several other sources.

Those players are rumored to be switch-hitting third baseman Josh Bell, 22, and pitcher Steve Johnson, 21. Johnson is a Baltimore native whose father, Dave, played for the Orioles and is currently a broadcaster for MASN, which covers the team.

Sherrill will be used as a setup man for Jonathan Broxton in Los Angeles. Jim Johnson is the likely candidate to take over as closer for the Orioles.

Thursday MLB trade talk roundup

No matter how many times the Blue Jays say a trade for Roy Halladay is unlikely, the media keeps telling us teams are in "intense negotiations" for the stud pitcher. The Phillies already passed on Halladay, leaving the Dodgers and Red Sox as the only "real" suitors. Here's the latest scoop.

- Jon Heyman says the Dodgers were interested in Halladay but have given up due to the Blue Jays high demands. Jays GM JP Ricciardi is right to ask for a king's ransom for one of the best pitchers in baseball, which makes me believe even more that the Yahoo Sports reported trade the Red Sox offered the birds was not true since it was an awful offer.

- It looks like the Dodgers are moving on and have turned their attention to Orioles closer George Sherrill. He would be a nice setup man for Jonathan Broxton, but many other teams are interested in Sherrill's services.

- Ken Rosenthal and Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.com are hearing whispers of the Padres shopping starting pitcher Kevin Correia to teams, as well as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and closer Heath Bell. The Brewers are apparently interested in Correia.

- The Marlins are after Heath Bell right now, looking for a closer to help in their pursuit of a playoff berth. The trade may not happen, though, since the Padres reportedly want young pitcher Andrew Miller back from Florida in any deal.

- The Indians are expected to deal catcher Victor Martinez before the trade deadline, although there is really no evidence of this. The infamous "rival executives" think it's likely, so who really knows. The Red Sox are interested since V-Mart could play first base and spell the horrid Jason Varitek behind the plate from time to time.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Report: Phillies acquire Cliff Lee from Indians

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.com is reporting that the Phillies have indeed acquired reigning AL Cy Young award winner Cliff Lee from the Indians along with outfielder Ben Francisco in exchange for four minor leaguers. Those players are Single A pitcher Jason Knapp and Triple A pitcher Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson.

The trade is pending a review of medical records and does not involve any cash considerations.

If this reported deal is true the Phillies will have improved their pitching staff without giving up any of their key prospects, especially those that were desired by the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay.

Mariners acquire SS Jack Wilson and P Ian Snell from Pirates

Apparently the Mariners aren't ready to become sellers just yet.

ESPN is reporting that Seattle has acquired shortstop Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell from the Pirates in exchange for first baseman Jeff Clement, shortstop Ronny Cedeno, and Single A pitchers Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock.

The Mariners enter the day 7.5 games out of the NL West lead and trailing the Red Sox by 6.5 in the Wild Card race.

Phillies about to acquire Cliff Lee from the Indians?

After weeks of trying to land Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays, the Phillies have reportedly turned their sights to former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. Those rumors heated up even more when three Indians scouts were in Lehigh Valley - the home of the Phillies' Triple A club - to watch an 11am game this morning.

Carlos Carrasco was scratched from his start in that game without an explanation from the club. He has been rumored to be included in a potential deal for Lee. His surprise scratch could mean a deal is about to go down.

The Phillies could trade for Lee without giving up any of the coveted prospects Jays GM JP Ricciardi has been seeking in exchange for Halladay. Toronto has asked for Kyle Drabek, Philadelphia's top young arm, and JA Happ, another young pitcher who has performed well in the Major Leagues this year.

Lee seems like a good enough alternative to Roy Halladay for the Phils, but certainly isn't worth giving away the farm to get. Aside from his Cy Young performance last year, Lee's career is one full of ineptitude and mediocrity. He would help push an already good team like the Phillies over the edge, though, in their pursuit of a second straight World Series title.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Braves trying to shake things up in the NL East

Earlier today the Braves released 300-game-winner Tom Glavine, a move to rid themselves of a pitcher whose fastball was registering in the low 80's. Glavine had just done well in his last rehab outing, but the Braves felt it would be better to have a young pitcher in the rotation.

That wasn't their only move of the day.

Later in the day Atlanta acquired 2008 All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth from the Pirates in exchange for three prospects. McLouth is hitting .256 with nine home runs and 34 RBI this season and brings a Gold Glove to the Atlanta outfield. He is also a stolen base threat.

The NL East is wide open right now. The Phillies are strong, but the Mets have suffered from injuries and poor play and the Marlins have stumbled after coming out of the gate 11-1. The Braves now have some more offense to try to contend with.