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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
All-Star outfielder Justin Upton can be had if the price is right. The San Diego Padres have made that very clear with the trade deadline looming on Friday afternoon. He could even be had by the New York Mets if they were so inclined to take the plunge and take on the remainder of his $14.5 million salary.
That doesn't seem likely as of Thursday evening, and even if it did, it would be far too late to overturn the second significant gut punch Mets fans have received since Wednesday night.
With the rains pouring down on Citi Field on Thursday afternoon, the Mets were one out from victory when the umpires were forced to the call for a delay. When play resumed 45 minutes later, the Mets were still that one out away from victory, and closer Jeurys Familia was still the man on the hill. Then the chaos began. After a pair of singles from Derek Norris and Matt Kemp, Justin Upton launched a three-run home run that stunned the crowd and gave San Diego an 8-7 lead.Fri, Jul 317:10 PM EDTSan Diego at MiamiPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The Houston Astros are World Series contenders. It would have been crazy to read that sentence four months ago, but things have changed drastically in that period.
With the team's offseason additions, there was no doubt the club would be better. Still, few were willing to project a division title for a team that had lost 416 in the last four seasons.
Those people, myself included, look foolish now. The Astros jumped out to a strong start, quieted some doubters. There may have been some question about whether the team could sustain their success, but the addition of Scott Kazmir confirmed that Houston was ready to compete.
Thursday's trade for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers takes that decree a step further. Houston isn't just looking to stay in the race, they are looking to win the World Series.
#Astros officially acquire OF Carlos Gomez, RHP Mike Fiers and slot #76 in the 2015-16 international pool from the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first acquisition of the trade deadline Thursday, picking up reliever Joakim Soria from the Detroit Tigers.
The #Tigers today have acquired SS JaCoby Jones from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for RHP Joakim Soria.
The Pirates bullpen may not have been the team's biggest area of need, but grabbing Soria is a clear upgrade for a team that has been on fire over the past month or so. By traditional numbers, the Pirates' pen actually rates well. The team's relievers have compiled a 2.71 ERA, which ranks fourth in the game.
The advanced stats tell a slightly different story. The team's 3.59 FIP puts them in the middle of the pack. Looking at some of the peripherals of the players currently in the team's pen, you can see why that's the case.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
While many people in Toronto were happy that the Blue Jays made another big move and traded for ace David Price from the Detroit Tigers, the happiest guy might have been sitting in a classroom in North Carolina.
Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is recovering from an ACL tear suffered in spring training and working toward his degree at Duke University while he's away from the baseball field. Even though he's not with the Jays, Stroman is still very much a cheerleader for his squad and the news that Price was coming aboard had Stroman quite stoked.
So stoked, in fact, that he couldn't contain himself while in class. He had to tweet about it. Here's the play-by-play from his perspective:Fri, Jul 317:07 PM EDTKansas City at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
There's a lot of pressure involved in running a baseball team. When things are bad, fans are quick to let you hear about it. Every move is scrutinized, and every observer is quick to share their opinion. Front office members probably hear the phrase, "if I were running the team ..." pretty often.
Having to listen to that stuff is probably frustrating, but most front offices are capable of dealing with fan dissatisfaction internally. The Miami Marlins are not one of those front offices.
#Marlins' Mike Hill: “I would hope our fans are educated enough to see what we’re doing here.”
That's Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill, telling fans he hopes they are smart enough to understand the moves the Marlins are making.
The quote is incredibly condescending to fans, not to mention confusing. Does anyone actually know what the hell the Marlins are doing these days?
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Somebody get Dustin Ackley a razor, he's been traded to the New York Yankees.
Ackley, the very-much-bearded Seattle Mariners outfielder, will be headed to the Bronx in a three-player deal that Ackley confirmed himself to reporters Thursday outside the Mariners clubhouse.
Seattle is getting 23-year-old outfielder Ramon Flores and 25-year-old pitcher Jose Ramirez from the Yanks. Jack Curry of the YES Network was first to report the trade.
The Yankees famously don't allow beards, so Ackley needs to shave before he reports to the team (lots have done it, Dustin, join the club). But the Yanks do like left-handed bats, so they're hoping that Ackley can turn himself around on their short porch.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
When you're moving 13 players between three teams, things take a little longer. So that's why it took more than 24 hours to wrinkle out all the details in a wild three-way trade between the Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves. The upshot: It's a done deal, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, with the Dodgers adding seven players in the swap.
This whole thing started Wednesday morning, with the news that the Marlins were sending starting pitcher Mat Latos and outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse to L.A. along with a draft pick for a prospect. And it grew from there. Soon, we heard the Braves were involved. We heard medical records needed to be checked out. It got big, confusing and — like most trades this time of year — pretty fun.Fri, Jul 317:05 PM EDTAtlanta at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Trading for David Price is far from the first blockbuster deal that Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has pulled off in his six years running the team. It's not even the first one this week, after the Blue Jays stunned the baseball world Tuesday by getting Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies.
But it's by far the riskiest move he's ever made.
Toronto agreed Thursday to send pitching prospects Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to the Detroit Tigers to acquire Price. If you needed any more proof that the Blue Jays are all-in and eager to break their 22-year playoff drought, there you have it.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
As if Troy Tulowitzki's monster debut with the Toronto Blue Jays wasn't enough, we can only hope Colorado Rockies fans still upset by the trade weren't watching Jeopardy on Wednesday night.
Because sometimes when the trivia isn't about Victorian Era literature or 18th century European rulers, sports answers will be weaved into the game show and in this case, be there to crush the spirit of Colorado baseball fans.
Jeopardy answer tonight... pic.twitter.com/Sq3qoJS7an
Of course, "this team" is the Colorado Rockies, and as of Tuesday, Tulowitzki no longer plays for them. Ouch.
Jeopardy is taped weeks in advance, so at the time it was the right response and answering correctly netted contestant Jonathan Marcus a cool $600 in Jeopardy money. It's a comical coincidence though that it aired the same night Tulowitzki put on a Blue Jays uniform for the first time, just a day after the deal was made official.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Entering the Los Angeles Dodgers' game with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night, Yasiel Puig only had two hits in his previous 24 at-bats. But then things took a good turn: He had two hits, including a homer and three RBIs asthe Dodgers thumped Oakland 10-7.
There were a few factors that could have motivated Puig to step his game up. He's been the subject of trade rumorswith the deadline approaching, yet he doesn't want the Dodgers to deal him. It was his bobblehead night Wednesday. And his mom was there to throw out the first pitch. Always nice to make mama proud.