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Major League Baseball's 4 p.m. ET deadline for non-waiver trades has passed and it was quite a ride. It was one of the best trade-deadline days in years, with aces moving, contenders getting better and a large number of major leaguers – not just prospects – swapping teams.
It was a lot to follow, especially in that final 45 minutes or so. We thought you, our wonderful reader, might be well served if The Stew collected every trade and put it in one single list.
Here you are. Enjoy ... while we exhale some more.
DAVID PRICE GOES TO THE TIGERS IN A THREE-TEAM SWAP It happened. David Price finally got traded. He's a member of the Detroit Tigers now, joining Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez in what soon might be renamed Cy Young City. The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners were also part of the deal, with the Rays getting pitcher Drew Smyly and shortstop Willy Adames from Detroit, plus infielder Nick Franklin from the Mariners. Seattle added outfielder Austin Jackson for their part in the deal. [More]LiveSeattle4 - 1ClevelandFollow Game
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Stephen Drew is headed to the New York Yankees where he'll shift to second base and backup the retiring Derek Jeter at shortstop for the rest of the season. But that's not even the most interesting part of the trade the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox struck Thursday shortly before MLB's non-waiver trade deadline.
The Yankees and the Red Sox, baseball's biggest rivals, made a trade together. That's headline material, regardless of the players involved.
That hasn't happened since 1997, when the Red Sox sent Randy Brown and Mike Stanley to New York for Tony Armas and Jim Mecir. Both the Red Sox and the Yankees had traded with every other team in MLB since then, but not each other, according to some wonderful digging by the folks at Cut4.
The Yankees send utilityman Kelly Johnson to the Red Sox, who were the biggest dealers on trade-deadline day. Johnson for Drew ranks low on the list of Boston trades, but the rarity of a Red Sox-Yankees swap makes it much more interesting.Fri, Aug 14:10 PM PDTNY Yankees at BostonPreview Game
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The Washington Nationals added Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians in a trade Thursday afternoon, as the Nats continue to shuffle their infield.
Cabrera played shortstop for the Indians, but figures to see time at second base for Washington, which currently leads the NL East by a game and a half over the Atlanta Braves. He's in the last year of a three-year, $21 million contract, so it's a quick late-season rental for the Nats as they race toward October.
The Nats gave up Zach Walters, a 24-year-old shortstop who got a brief appearance in the big leagues this season, but only hit .205 in 43 plate appearances. He's not a "top prospect," but a young player with many years of team control left. He hit .300 in Triple-A this season with 15 homers and 48 RBIs.LivePhiladelphia0 - 0WashingtonFollow Game
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The Boston Red Sox continue to be the busiest team on MLB's trade deadline day, this time sending reliever Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.
Miller was quite the hot commodity in the hours leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET. The Detroit Tigers were reportedly close to landing Miller, but those talks fell apart and Miller flew to Baltimore instead. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick first reported Miller was going to Baltimore, while Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan first reported the return for Boston.
Source: Orioles LHP prospect Eduardo Rodriguez going to Boston for Andrew Miller.
A tall, 29-year-old lefty, Miller was sought out by many teams who needed bullpen help. He has a 2.34 ERA in 42.1 innings so far this season, with 69 strikeouts against 13 walks. He's a free agent after this season, so it's a quick rental for the Orioles, who are trying to hold on to first place in the AL East.LiveLA Angels0 - 0BaltimoreFollow Game
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Gerardo Parra, the Gold Glove outfielder, is headed to the Milwaukee Brewers where he'll join Carlos Gomez to form one of the best defensive outfield duos in MLB.
The Brewers struck a trade Thursday afternoon to acquire Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks for two prospects: outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda. Haniger is the big get here for Arizona; he's 23 and was the Brewers' No. 3 prospect
It's not a high-profile move for the Brewers — Parra isn't a great hitter — but between Parra's defense and left-handed bat, Milwaukee is convinced he's a good addition to their first-place team. Especially as the NL Central gets more competitive.
"The addition of Parra gives us a veteran player who helps to balance our lineup and also brings Gold Glove defense." - GM Doug Melvin
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It's hard to blame the people in the Oakland Athletics promotions department for this, but there's a pretty awkward giveaway scheduled for Saturday. The A's are giving the first 10,000 fans through the gates a free T-shirt of just-departed slugger Yoenis Cespedes.
Instead of a day celebrating the two-time reigning Home Run Derby champ, it'll be like a wake. Cespedes was a popular player, and many A's fans are sad to see him go, despite getting ace Jon Lester from the Red Sox in return. Lester, by the way, will be making his first A's start on Saturday.
The A's promotions team couldn't have foreseen, when they were penciling their giveaways on the calendar before the season, that Cespedes wouldn't be around in August. But baseball is surprising, especially in late July.
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Welcome to The Stew's annual trade deadline deal tracker, which is already off to a blockbuster start thanks to Billy Beane. Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes are headed from the Boston Red Sox to the Oakland A's in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes. Beane and the A's are clearly all in with that pitching rotation, but they paid a big price in giving up Cespedes' bat for the stretch run. Read more about the trade from Jeff Passan and Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.
How will the other contenders respond as we approach the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline? There are a few other big names said to be available, the question is whether a contender can swing a deal to acquire David Price, John Lackey, Alex Rios, Matt Kemp or any of the others who have been gossiped about the past few weeks. We'll find out soon.
The ticker below gathers all the latest info from the industry's top reporters (newest news is at the bottom). Want some human interaction? The Stew crew will be here to chat at 2 p.m. ET.
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Jordy Mercer of the Pittsburgh Pirates launched a fourth-inning homer Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants, and the home-run ball played a mean game of fan abuse.
If you watch the video above, the whole thing happens so quickly that you'll probably just find yourself wondering — like our friend @GGGiants — why left fielder Michael Morse was jumping. His arms aren't that long.
To get the full story of this Giants fan abuse, we need to examine this Vine version of the play made by Marc Normandin of SB Nation:
The ball strikes the fan in the chin, which surely couldn't have felt good. Oh well, at least she still has her beer to drown her sorrows ... wait! The ball took out the beer too?! Yep, it ricocheted right into the cup and destroyed it.
Somebody obviously didn't love that baseball enough as a kid. That's no way to treat a person.Thu, Jul 316:40 PM PDTPittsburgh at ArizonaPreview Game
By all accounts, Eric Chavez is a great guy. He was also a great ballplayer before injuries derailed his career, causing him to play just 212 games between 2007 and 2011.
Chavez, 36, announced his retirement Wednesday after 17 seasons in the big leagues, and he did so with one final classy gesture. He left $1 million on the table, which the Arizona Diamondbacks would have owed him had he just sat on the disabled list the rest of the season.
He played 44 games for the D-backs in 2014 until a knee injury sidelined him. Chavez was due the rest of the $3.5 million contract he signed in the offseason, but he told CBS Sports' Jon Heyman that his conscience wouldn't let him take the money and not play.
The Boston Red Sox have traded another pitcher — just not the one every baseball fan is waiting to hear about.
The Red Sox sent Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday for a player to be named later, ending Doubront's unhappy stint in the Boston bullpen. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi first reported a deal was close. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported it was done.
Source: Red Sox have traded Felix Doubront to the Cubs. @jonmorosi had it close.
As @alexspeier said, Doubront goes to the Cubs for a PTBNL that will BN after the Rule 5 draft.
Doubront — 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA — was increasingly unhappy about his role in Boston to the point of speaking out publicly last weekend, telling MassLive.com: