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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
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
- David Brown at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Before dealing for right-hander Justin Masterson on Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals were thought to be in the market for Jon Lester or another top-tier starting pitcher. Or possibly even some help on offense. Instead, with Lester going to the Athletics, and strong hitters appearing to a cost a premium amount, the Cardinals went after Boston's second-best starter, John Lackey.
Peter Gammons was the first to report that Lackey is heading to St. Louis for slugger Allen Craig and right-hander Joe Kelly. Lackey, 35, has been terrific for Boston since returning from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery, posting a 3.55 ERA with 277 strikeouts in 326 2/3 innings in 2013 and 2014. He's also been tested in the playoffs, posting a 3.03 ERA in 104 career innings, including a 2.57 ERA in the 2013 World Series.
Lackey gives the Cardinals a great supplement to Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn, especially with Michael Wacha questionable for the rest of the season, and Masterson a bit of a project.Thu, Jul 3112:40 PM PDTSt. Louis at San DiegoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
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.
- David Brown at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
With the trading deadline counting down Thursday, the MLB Network briefly fell for a fake story published on Twitter about the Tampa Bay Rays trading David Price and Ben Zobrist to the Detroit Tigers. The worst part: Ken Rosenthal, the reporter being used in the fake tweet, was in the studio as host Matt Yallof read the bogus trade on the air.
There's a line in "Anchorman" befitting of this moment: "Ron Burgundy will read anything that is put on that teleprompter. Anything!"
As the network went to commercial, the tweet was dismissed as fake, and the real Ken Rosenthal (who also reports for Fox Sports), took to Twitter to stop the disinformation from spreading:
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
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Allow us to take this very brief break from staring at the computer and/or television waiting for any kind of trade deadline news — we might even settle for what Jon Lester had for dinner — to bring you a special video presentation on Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre.
It's not a career retrospective, because Beltre's still going strong in his 17th big league season. It's not a top ten countdown of his greatest defensive plays, because that would obviously require much longer than the 23 seconds allotted. It's not even a video of Beltre and his son taking batting practice at Globe Life Park, although we wouldn't complain about that either.
No, this video is actually a history lesson on just how little Adrian Beltre appreciates having his head touched by anyone, whether it be a teammate, an opponent or basically any human being walking the face of the earth.
He does not like it. He may harm you if you try, so it's necessary that you watch this video for these three important reasons:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
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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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Don't let the final images on Wednesday night fool you. Matt Kemp is still a Dodger despite having his jersey ripped off by teammates following the game. That's just how baseball teams celebrate these days, and Kemp gave them plenty of reason with his 10th inning walkoff single that downed the Atlanta Braves 3-2.
The game-winner was Kemp's third hit of the game. He homered leading off the second, singled in the sixth and walked for good measure in the eighth. Kemp also had three hits in Tuesday's win over the Braves — including two home runs and four RBIs — and is hitting .486 (17-for-35) over his last nine games. Needless to say, he's locked in, and the Dodgers will be quite content to hold on and hope for a lot more down the stretch.
- David Brown at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
He could have been joking — and kudos, if so — but it appeared Wednesday afternoon as if left-hander David Price thought the trade deadline had come and gone already. Price's name has been featured prominently in rumors for months, though the Tampa Bay Rays might be inclined to keep him for the pennant race and deal him in the offseason, instead of by 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Regardless, the topic has been constant and, perhaps, Price is looking forward to not having to answer questions about it. So, after the Rays fell 5-0 to the Brewers at Tropicana Field with Price pitching, someone asked:
Reporter: "Considering the trade deadline, do you have plans tomorrow to do something fun, to get away from it?"
Price: "No, I didn’t; I thought it ended today at 4. So… oh, is it [tomorrow]? All right. Well, that’s fine. Um… No. I’m playing golf. And I put my phone in my bag when I play, so… I won’t even know, honestly."
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Despite trading Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians still have a legitimate ace on their roster. His name is Corey Kluber, and he continued to cement his ace status with a dominant and historic outing against the Seattle Mariners.
The 28-year-old right-hander needed only 85 pitches to throw his first career complete-game shutout, and that incredible efficiency put him in elite company.
Corey Kluber threw an 85-pitch shutout tonight against Seattle. Only the seventh blanking on 85 or fewer pitches since turn of millennium.
The previous six: Aaron Cook (81), Jeff Karstens (83), Aaron Cook (79), Rich Harden (81), Roy Halladay (83), Jon Lieber (78). Cook twice!
More amazing, Kluber faced one batter over the minimum in nine complete innings for his second consecutive start, which actually rewrote the MLB history books.
Corey Kluber 1st pitcher in MLB history to face 28 batters or fewer in back-to-back starts of at least 9 IP.Thu, Jul 314:05 PM PDTSeattle at ClevelandPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
It's only natural that Manny Machado drew comparisons to Brooks Robinson upon debuting with the Baltimore Orioles as a third baseman. What's impressive though is that he's actually doing his part to live up to the lofty expectations that go along with such comparisons, especially on the defensive side.
A little over a year ago, Machado really caught our attention with an amazing play at Yankee Stadium that looked like it came directly from Robinson's classic highlight reel. With his momentum taking him away from the field, Machado flagged a ground ball down and gathered himself to make a strong and accurate throw from deep into foul territory.Thu, Jul 314:05 PM PDTLA Angels at BaltimorePreview Game