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Trade Deadline Tracker

by Drew Silva
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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Welcome to the MLB Trade Deadline Tracker. Follow along as we relay every blurbed rumor and transaction that goes down before the clock strikes 4 p.m. ET.

 

4:00 p.m. ET


Dodgers acquired RHP Yu Darvish from the Rangers in exchange for INF Willie Calhoun, RHP AJ Alexy, and INF Brendon Davis.

 

The Dodgers snuck the move in just before the deadline came, landing another high-upside arm to pair with Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood come playoff time (assuming Kershaw returns from his back injury with no issues). An impending free agent, Darvish holds a 4.01 ERA and 148/45 K/BB ratio over 137 innings this season.

 

 

Astros acquired LHP Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays for OFs Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez.

 

The move is now official. Liriano has struggled with a 5.88 ERA over 18 starts this season, but the Astros are planning to use him as a reliever down the stretch. It's worth a shot, as the veteran southpaw has held left-handed batters to a .230/.254/.361 batting line this season.

 

 

Dodgers acquired LHP Tony Cingrani from the Reds in exchange for INF/OF Scott Van Slyke and C/INF Hendrik Clementina.

 

Cingrani has had issue with the home run ball this season, but he boasts a 24/6 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings. He'll give the Dodgers another left relief arm and is under team control through 2019.

 
 
 
Nationals acquired RHP Brandon Kintzler from the Twins for LHP Tyler Watson and $500,000 in international spending money.

 

After acquiring Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Athletics earlier this month, the Nationals saved one more move for Monday's trade deadline. Kintzler isn't a strikeout pitcher (5.4 K/9) this season, but he owns a 2.99 ERA over the last two seasons and does a good job keeping the ball on the ground. He was the closer with the Twins, but it's unclear how the Nationals plan to deploy him. He's set to become a free agent this winter. Taylor Rogers or Matt Belisle could slide into ninth-inning duties with Minnesota. 

 
 
Dodgers acquired LHP Tony Watson from the Pirates in exchange for RHP Angel German and INF Oneil Cruz.

 

Watson lost his closer job earlier this season in Pittsburgh, but he's been a quality reliever for years and will upgrade the Dodgers' setup situation. The left-hander is an impending free agent.

 
 
 
Pirates acquired RHP Joaquin Benoit and cash considerations from the Phillies in exchange for RHP Seth McGarry.

 

He throws with a different arm, but Benoit will essentially slide into a setup role vacated by Tony Watson. The veteran righty holds a 4.07 ERA and 43/16 K/BB ratio over 42 innings this season.

 

 

Brewers acquired RHP Jeremy Jeffress from the Rangers for RHP Tayler Scott.

 

The deal is now official. Jeffress' tenure with the Rangers didn't go according to plan, as he posted a 4.67 ERA in 51 appearances and was also arrested for a DWI, but the Brewers are hoping that the reunion can get him back on track as a late-inning option.

 
 
 
Orioles acquired INF Tim Beckham from the Rays for RHP Tobias Myers.

 

This deal is more about the future for the O's, who sit four games under .500 at the 2017 trade deadline. Beckham, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, carries three more years of contractual control at age 27. He has batted .259/.314/.407 with a career-high 12 home runs and five stolen bases in 87 games this season. Look for him to get regular starts at shortstop in Baltimore while J.J. Hardy recovers from a fractured wrist.

 

 

Indians acquired RHP Joe Smith from the Blue Jays for LHP Thomas Pannone and INF Samad Taylor.

 

Smith gives the Tribe another reliable bullpen weapon for the stretch run and postseason. The 32-year-old impending free agent had posted a 3.28 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 51/10 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings this summer for the Blue Jays. He pitched for Cleveland from 2009-2013.

 

 

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres have decided to hold Brad Hand.

 

There's an argument to be made that Hand's value will never be higher, but the Padres didn't find an acceptable offer and will revisit things down the road. Hand, who owns a 2.00 ERA and 70/14 K/BB ratio over 54 innings this season, is under team control through 2019.



3:40 p.m. ET

 

Diamondbacks acquired RHP David Hernandez from the Angels for RHP Luis Madero.

 

Hernandez will slide into a setup role with his old club after posting a cool 2.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 37/8 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings this season out of the Angels' bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander is scheduled to become a free agent in November, so he'll likely be a rental for the Wild Card-hunting Diamondbacks.

 

 

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers are closing in on a deal for Pirates reliever Tony Watson.

 

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is done, pending medicals. This presumably means that the Dodgers were unable or unwilling to meet the lofty asking price for Zach Britton or Brad Hand. Watson won't make the impact that those guys would, but he's still capable of being a useful bridge to the ninth inning.



3:30 p.m. ET

 

Yankees acquired RHP Sonny Gray and $1.5 million in international spending money from the Athletics for OF Dustin Fowler, INF/OF Jorge Mateo, and RHP James Kaprielian.

 

This one had been in the works for a while and is now officially done. Gray, 27, is under contract through the 2019 season and has registered a cool 3.43 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 94/30 K/BB ratio over 97 innings this year. Fowler and Kaprielian are both done for the year due to major injuries, but they're highly-thought-of prospects and will eventually inject new life into the Athletics' minor league system. Mateo, a consensus top-100 prospect leading into 2017, will presumably join up with the Double-A affiliate of the A's.

 

 

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM reports that the Diamondbacks are talking to the Tigers about shortstop Jose Iglesias.

 

The Diamondbacks already acquired Adam Rosales from the Athletics for some middle infield depth on Monday, but clearly they are aiming higher with Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed injured. Iglesias, a skilled defender, is batting .265/.298/.367 over 86 games this season. He's under team control for one more year.



3:20 p.m. ET

 

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Justin Verlander won't be traded before Monday's deadline.

 

Things were already trending in that direction, so this just confirms it. Given Verlander's underwhelming year and his sizable remaining contract, a trade was always a longshot. The Tigers could revisit the idea in August or during the offseason.



3:15 p.m. ET

 

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians have acquired Joe Smith from the Blue Jays.

 

It's a homecoming of sorts for Smith, who worked out of the Indians bullpen from 2009-2013.  The impending free agent right-hander had registered a 3.28 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 51/10 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings this season for Toronto.  Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports says the Blue Jays will get two lower-level minor leaguers in return.



3:00 p.m. ET

 

Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees will acquire right-hander Sonny Gray from the Yankees.

 

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo, and James Kaprielian are headed back to Oakland. The two sides have been haggling over the pieces involved -- with Estevan Florial being mentioned prominently in recent days -- but most expected that the Yankees would eventually land their man. Gray has bounced back this season with a 3.43 ERA over 16 starts. This move isn't just about this season, as he's under team control for two additional seasons.



2:55 p.m. ET

 

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees and A's "have had some movement but aren't quite there yet" on a Sonny Gray trade.

 

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier that multiple teams remain in the hunt on Gray, but Heyman calls the Yankees the "favorite" to ultimately acquire the 27-year-old right-hander. Gray has posted a 3.43 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 94/30 K/BB ratio across 97 innings this season for Oakland. He is under control through 2019.

 

 

Orioles acquired RHP Yefry Ramirez from the Yankees in exchange for international bonus pool money.

 

Yet another international bonus pool money deal for the Orioles. Ramirez, 23, has a 3.41 ERA and 91/38 K/BB ratio in 92 1/3 innings over 18 starts in Double-A this year.



2:30 p.m. ET

 

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays will acquire Teoscar Hernandez from the Astros in the Francisco Liriano deal.

 

So the Blue Jays will receive Hernandez and Nori Aoki in the deal. Hernandez, 24, is batting .279/.369/.485 with 12 homers and 12 steals over 79 games this season at Triple-A. He was blocked in the majors in Houston, but he could have a chance to thrive in Toronto.

 

 

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Royals are in talks with the Blue Jays to acquire another starting pitcher.

 

Nightengale suggests that it could be Marco Estrada or J.A. Happ, and Chris Cotillo of SB Nation says Kansas City has been talking about Estrada "for weeks." Estrada, a 34-year-old impending free agent, owns a rough 5.43 ERA in 114 1/3 innings this season with Toronto. Happ, who's under contract through 2019, holds a 4.15 ERA in 78 frames.



2:05 p.m. ET

 

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Brewers have acquired Jeremy Jeffress from the Rangers.

 

Or, we should say reacquire. Of course, the Brewers flipped Jeffress to the Rangers in the Jonathan Lucroy trade just one year ago. The 29-year-old has scuffled with a 5.31 ERA over 39 appearances this season, but the Brewers are hoping for a return to form. He's just a year removed from a 2.33 ERA and still carries two more years of team control. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rangers will acquire right-hander Tayler Scott in return.



2:00 p.m. ET


Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Astros will trade Nori Aoki and a minor leaguer to the Blue Jays in the Francisco Liriano deal.

 

The move signifies that Derek Fisher should stick around with the Astros for the remainder of the season. As for Aoki, he comes with another year of team control. The 35-year-old is batting .272/.323/.371 across 71 games this season.

 

 

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Blue Jays reliever Joe Smith is a target for the Indians.

 

Smith spent five seasons with the Indians from 2009-2013 and it sounds like a reunion could be in order. The veteran setup man holds a 3.28 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 51/10 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings this season with Toronto. He is scheduled to become a free agent in November.

 

 

According to AJ Cassevell of MLB.com, four teams are still in on Padres reliever Brad Hand.

 

It's unclear which teams are in the mix, but his situation could depend on what happens with some of the other notable relievers, including Zach Britton. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports mentions the Nationals as one possibility. The Padres are aiming high with Hand and could keep him around if their asking price isn't met. The southpaw is under team control through 2019.



1:50 p.m. ET

 

Diamondbacks acquired INF Adam Rosales from the Athletics for RHP Jeferson Mejia.

 

The Diamondbacks were in serious need of infield depth with Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed injured and Ketel Marte away from the team, so Rosales fills a need. The 34-year-old was batting .234/.273/.346 with four homers and 27 RBI over 71 games with Oakland.



1:35 p.m. ET

 

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Astros have acquired left-hander Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays, pending a physical.

 

Davidi hears that an outfielder will likely be coming back to the Astros. Liriano has struggled with a 5.88 ERA over 18 starts this season, but the Astros are hoping he'll have better luck in relief. The southpaw has held left-handed batters to a .615 OPS this season.

 

 

A baseball executive told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that the Astros are close to acquiring Zach Britton from the Orioles.

 

And another source confirmed to Rosenthal that talks between the two clubs have grown "serious," though the Dodgers are also still involved here too.  Britton, 29, owns a dominant 1.54 ERA over his last 228 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season, though he's struggled with injuries and a bit of ineffectiveness this year.  The late-inning lefty is under contract through 2018 via salary arbitration.



1:15 p.m. ET


FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros are talking to the Blue Jays about Francisco Liriano.

 

Liriano has had a pretty terrible year, posting a 5.88 ERA over 18 starts, but Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that interested teams have been looking at him more as a reliever than a starter. If the Astros were to acquire him, he would be used in relief.



1:10 p.m. ET

 

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports writes that "it's getting increasingly harder" to see the Dodgers pulling off a trade for Yu Darvish.

 

Passan reports that the two sides just aren't matching up despite plenty of discussions. The Dodgers are reluctant to include top prospects Walker Buehler or Alex Verdugo and unless they budge, this appears unlikely to come together by Monday's deadline. Stay tuned.



1:00 p.m. ET


According to ESPN's Buster Olney, there is "speculation within the industry" that Lance Lynn might fit best with the Indians.

 

It's unclear at this point -- just three hours from the trade deadline -- whether the Cardinals consider themselves buyers or sellers. If they do decide to sell, Lynn would be their biggest trade chip. An impending free agent, the 30-year-old right-hander has registered a 3.20 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 110/46 K/BB ratio over 126 2/3 innings this season for St. Louis.

 

 

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Mets don't expect to trade Asdrubal Cabrera before Monday's deadline.

 

This backs up what was reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Mets are certainly trying, but there aren't many contenders out there with a clear need for infield help. The outlook could change at some point in August. It's worth noting that Cabrera's contract includes an $8.5 million club option for 2018, with a $2.5 million buyout.


 

12:35 p.m. ET

 

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Angels are marketing Bud Norris and David Hernandez and are expected to move them by Monday's trade deadline.

 

The timing isn't the best in regard to Norris, who has struggled of late. Still, he's had a surprisingly strong season on the whole, putting up a 3.89 ERA over 44 appearances. Hernandez owns a 2.23 ERA over 38 appearances with the Angels.



12:00 p.m. ET

 

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that a Sonny Gray-to-the-Yankees trade is "gaining traction."

 

The Athletics understandably want a major haul for a pitcher who is under team control through 2019. There appears to some debate on the names involved, but the chances are a deal appear to be more likely than not as the 4 p.m. deadline approaches.

 

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins "have fielded a lot of calls" on Brandon Kintzler.

 

Kintzler is a fit for just about every contending team as a bullpen rental.  The 32-year-old impending free agent has registered a 2.78 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 45 1/3 innings this season while racking up 28 saves.  There's known to be serious interest from the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Rockies, and Rays.



11:45 a.m. ET

 

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Marlins continue to field offers on Dan Straily.

 

However, Feinsand hears that the offers haven't been sufficient enough to suggest that something will get done by Monday's deadline. There's a chance something could be revisited during the offseason. Straily, who is under team control through 2020, owns a 3.79 ERA and 111/35 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings this season.

 

 

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are reluctant to part with left-hander Alex Claudio.

 

The thought is that Claudio could sweeten a package involving Yu Darvish, but the Rangers aren't high on parting with him in any deal. The southpaw isn't a hard-thrower, but he owns a 2.38 ERA and 33/10 K/BB ratio over 53 innings. He's under team control for four more years.



11:30 a.m. ET


Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Tigers are not involved in active trade talks regarding Justin Verlander.

 

It's not a big surprise. While Verlander was excellent in his most recent start, he hasn't had a particularly good years and is still owed $60 million through 2019. He also has a full no-trade clause, so there are way too many sticking points to getting a deal done. Barring something unexpected, he should still be with the Tigers by the end of the day.



11:00 a.m. ET

 

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Red Sox are "getting closer" to acquiring Addison Reed from the Mets.

 

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports confirms the report and adds that only medicals stand in the way of the deal being official. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that relief prospects Jamie Callahan, Gerson Bautista, and Stephen Nogosek are headed to New York. Reed should be a great addition to Boston's bullpen. The impending free agent owns a 2.20 ERA with 9.9 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 128 appearances over the past two seasons.

 
 
 
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are "pushing hard" for Orioles reliever Zach Britton.

 

Hoynes adds that the Indians are in the mix for Rangers ace Yu Darvish, but only if the price comes down. The Indians were linked to Addison Reed in a previous report, so clearly there's something to them looking to improve their already excellent bullpen. The difference between Britton and Reed is that Britton is under team control for next year, so the Indians would have to part with more in the way of talent. The Dodgers and Astros are among the other clubs who have been linked to Britton.



10:00 a.m. ET

 

Cubs acquired LHP Justin Wilson, and C Alex Avila from the Tigers for INFs Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes, and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

 

The deal was reported Sunday and it's now official. Wilson owns a 2.68 ERA with 13 saves and a 55/16 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings this season. The southpaw has functioned as Detroit's closer over the past couple of months, but he'll move into a set-up role in Chicago down the stretch. He's under team control through 2018 and could be a potential closer option next year.

 

 

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Yankees and Athletics are "close enough to get over the hump" on a Sonny Gray trade by Monday's deadline.

 

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Sunday afternoon that talks appeared to be at a standstill, but there's still optimism that something will get done. The Yankees acquired left-hander Jaime Garcia from the Twins over the weekend, but they still want someone to put near the top of their rotation for the stretch run. The resurgent Gray would certainly qualify.

 

 

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers and Dodgers are at an impasse in talks regarding Yu Darvish.

 

The Dodgers have been the favorites for Darvish all along, but Heyman suggests that they are getting cold feet about the prospects required to pull off such a deal. Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo are surely being discussed here. The Rangers are reportedly talking to other teams (including the Indians), but a compromise is still possible before Monday's deadline.

 

 

Drew Silva

Drew Silva is a longtime baseball writer and editor for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on Twitter.