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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
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.
- David Brown at Big League Stew1 hr ago
The most surreal moment of the trading deadline Thursday — not counting the MLB Network or Jim Bowden falling for fake transactions — happened at Comerica Park after it became known the Detroit Tigers were trading for ace left-hander David Price in a blockbuster three-way deal.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Tigers pulled outfielder Austin Jackson from their game against the White Sox, with manager Brad Ausmus literally waving Jackson off the field after a 2-2 pitch by Joakim Soria to Gordon Beckham with one out.
- David Brown at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
As of Thursday afternoon, left-hander Tommy Milone might be saying to himself, "Be careful what you wish for." Because he sure got it.
With the non-waiver trade deadline ticking down Thursday, the Oakland Athletics traded Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld. The deal came about 10 days after Milone asked the A's to trade him because they had sent him back to the minor leagues.
Sounds great for Milone, right? With top-tier left-hander Jon Lester coming to Oakland in another deal, there was little chance that the A's were going to get Milone any more starts this season. So he's better off elsewhere. Except:
Tommy Milone being assigned to Rochester for the time being, a Twins source says. Kennys Vargas will be in Kansas City tonight.Thu, Jul 315:10 PM PDTMinnesota at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
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 in 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.Thu, Jul 314:05 PM PDTPhiladelphia at WashingtonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
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.Thu, Jul 314:05 PM PDTLA Angels at BaltimorePreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs 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 Stew3 hrs 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.LiveSt. Louis6 - 2San DiegoFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 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 Stew5 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 Stew13 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: