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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew28 mins 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.Thu, Jul 307:05 PM EDTAtlanta at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew43 mins 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.
There's no questioning Price's pedigree. He's been one of the best pitchers in the game for years and is proving that again this year, posting a 2.53 ERA in 21 starts to go with a 9-4 record.Thu, Jul 307:07 PM EDTKansas City at TorontoPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew2 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.Thu, Jul 307:15 PM EDTColorado at St. LouisPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 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.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
It didn't take long for the St. Louis Cardinals to strike a deal for outfield depth after Matt Holliday reinjured his right quad Wednesday night.
The Cardinals are bringing in Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians and sending back top pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky. SN Nation's Chris Cotillo first reported St. Louis' interest in Moss and the trade details were confirmed Thursday morning by MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.
Moss, 31, has struggled at the plate this season, hitting just .217/.288/.407 in 94 games. However, the Cardinals are hoping he can recapture the form he found in Oakland where he hit .254/.340/.504 between 2012 and 2014. He'll likely see time in the outfield and at first base, where Mark Reynolds has been playing in place of the injured Matt Adams. At the very least, he can be an impact bat off the bench with home run power, having hit 15 this season with Cleveland. Moss is eligible for arbitration this offseason and will become a free agent following the 2016 season.Thu, Jul 3010:05 PM EDTCleveland at OaklandPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
MLB trade deadline week keep rolling on. Clubs can complete non-waiver trades until 4 p.m. ET Friday, and as the seconds tick toward that deadline, there will be no shortage of news and rumors.
On Wednesday, the action picked up a notch with Cole Hamels getting shipped to the Rangers, Carlos Gomez nearly going to the Mets, and the Marlins, Dodgers and Braves working toward a potential 12-player deal. You can read more details about those and find all of the hot rumors heading into Thursday in our daily digest
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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
The Toronto Blue Jays stunned the baseball world when they acquired All-Star Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
On Wednesday, shock turned to awe, as Tulowitzki put on an offensive display that reinforced his position as baseball's top all around shortstop.
With cheers raining down at every mention of his name, Tulowitzki whipped the 27,060 in attendance at Rogers Centre into a frenzy in the third inning with a blistering two-run homer off Philadelphia's Jerome Williams. The home run actually snapped an 0-for-21 streak for Tulowitzki at the plate, which was the longest hitless stretch of his career.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The Stew's Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. If you missed any of Wednesday's action, we're here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits.
DONE DEAL: Cole Hamels is headed to the Texas Rangers in a blockbuster eight-player deal. The Phillies will receive Matt Harrison and five prospects. [Jeff Passan]
DECISION MADE: The Tigers are "rebooting," and will try to trade anyone whose contract is expiring. That includes David Price and Yoenis Cespedes. [ Detroit Free Press ]
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Wednesday was quite an interesting day for the Miami Marlins.
It started with reports that the team was back to its salary-shedding ways, sending pitcher Mat Latos and and top bench hitter Mike Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a trio of minor leaguers. However, as the day went on, that trade struggled to cross the finish line as all players involved remained put when Wednesday's action began.
According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, that deal has now morphed into a three-team involving the Atlanta Braves. However, based on the sounds playing over the Marlins Park sound system during Washington Nationals batting practice, perhaps there was some concern that the Marlins.had.... well, we'll let you draw your own conclusions.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Despite mounting evidence that a rebuild was exactly what the Philadelphia Phillies needed, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had remained hesitant to go all-in until this past winter. That hesitance — which many say was rooted in stubbornness — may have cost the Phillies potentially significant returns on players like Cliff Lee, who's now injured, and Chase Utley, whose value has decreased.
As the old saying goes though, better late than never.
Following back-to-back 89 loss seasons over the past two seasons, Amaro changed course and officially began the rebuilding process by trading Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers in December. The process picked up again this week with the trade of Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals. Now he's taken perhaps the big step in the process by unloading his hottest commodity, veteran left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels, to the Texas Rangers.