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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Alex Anthopoulos and the Toronto Blue Jays aren't done dealing yet.
As reported by MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, outfielder Ben Revere is going from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Blue Jays, joining Troy Tulowitzki, LaTroy Hawkins, David Price and Mark Lowe as Anthopoulos' trade acquisitions this week.
That's an ace, an All-Star shortstop, two bullpen arms and now a starting left fielder for those of you keeping track.
The Phillies will be receiving right-handers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado from Toronto for Revere.
With his .298/.334/.374 slash line and 24 steals, Revere will fit perfectly near the bottom of the Blue Jays' all-powerful lineup. He also gives them a left-handed bat to provide some balance on a roster stacked with righties.Fri, Jul 317:07 PM EDTKansas City at TorontoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Coming into Friday, the Minnesota Twins were one of five teams that hadn't made a trade this week. Considering they're currently a wild-card team and the rest of the American League is racing to catch them, the Twins needed to do something .
Their first move is in the books: They've acquired relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The return for the Rays is two minor leaguers. SB Nation's Chris Cotillo is reporting they're pitchers Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia.Fri, Jul 318:10 PM EDTSeattle at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
David Price hasn't even arrived in Toronto yet and isn't expected to make his first start for the Blue Jays until Monday, but he's already faced his first challenge with his new team.
Price encountered some car troubles on the drive up to the city from Detroit on Friday, delaying his arrival by a couple hours.
According to Price's Twitter account, his back tire blew out and he was having difficulty finding a replacement. After some time passed, a tow truck showed up to take his sports car, which he has apparently named Jenny, and he had to hitch a ride all the way to Toronto.
Sweet tire blew out on my way to the six... waiting on #AAA with bubble guts is always fun!! To trust or not to trust 🚶🏾💨?!
Uncccllleeeeee...no one has tires to fit the back of my car so my presence in the 6 is gonna be delayed another couple hours...unreal!
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
With the aces already off the market, a lot of attention will be paid to relief pitching on MLB trade-deadline day.
While we wait to see if the bigger names, such as Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel get moved, the Toronto Blue Jays got in on the action and acquired Mark Lowe in a trade with the Seattle Mariners.
The Jays are giving up three minor leaguers: Nick Wells, Jacob Brentz and Rob Rasmussen. None of them are considered a high-level prospect.
Lowe isn't the biggest name in the relief-pitching world, but he's enjoying a revival this season in Seattle. And his numbers show he should help what's been a shaky bullpen in Toronto. The 32-year-old veteran has a 1.00 ERA in 34 appearances this season, giving up just four earned runs in 36 innings while working the seventh or eighth inning for the Mariners. His strikeout-per-nine-innings rate is a wowing 11.8. The Blue Jays will take that.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
We've reached the home stretch of the MLB Trade Deadline. 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.
Check out our daily digest for all of Thursday's action you might have missed. Since we're getting closer to the deadline, The Stew's writers will be chatting live with users, answering questions and giving analysis as the news and rumors roll in.
The Twitter tracker gives you every bit of info from the Yahoo Sports crew and the industry's top reporters. So keep an eye on it for up-to-the-second news.
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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The St. Louis Cardinals certainly buy into the old baseball adage that you can never have too much pitching, even when you have the best record in baseball.
Reliever Jonathan Broxton was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Cardinals on Friday, just a week after the Cards made a deal with the Miami Marlins to bring in former closer Steve Cishek. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick was the first to report that Broxton was on his way to St. Louis.
The 31-year-old right-hander is not the same dominant force he was during his prime with the Dodgers. Broxton has a 5.89 ERA in 36 2/3 innings as a set-up man for Milwaukee this season, but he has been pitching better of late with seven consecutive scoreless appearances.
With St. Louis he'll be just another late-inning option, given how deep their bullpen already is.Fri, Jul 318:10 PM EDTChi Cubs at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Baltimore Orioles continue to hang around the playoff picture in the American League and they believe they're good enough to stay in the mix that they've made a move on trade deadline day.
Outfielder Gerardo Parra is heading to Baltimore, with the Orioles sending pitching prospect Zach Davies to Milwaukee to get it done.
Compared to what the Toronto Blue Jays have done this week adding Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, the Parra deal won't bring the same level of excitement, but he definitely fits Baltimore's needs. Both teams are six games back of the New York Yankees in the AL East standings and two games out of the second wild-card spot.Fri, Jul 317:05 PM EDTDetroit at BaltimorePreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
You know that old paradox about when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?
Well, it looks like we finally have answer to that question: they take batting practice and crush baseballs together.
With the Los Angeles Angels in Houston for a series this week, reigning American League MVP Mike Trout spent some time on the field pregame Thursday with Houston Texans stud J.J. Watt.
Too much awesome. pic.twitter.com/wOcg3isEr8
Watt stopped by Minute Maid Park before Texans training camp kicks off Friday and reportedly hit at least seven home runs into the Crawford Boxes. It is absolutely no surprise to hear that he's a dead-pull hitter.
Even for Trout, who is widely recognized as the best player in baseball and has already accomplished so much in the big leagues, it was a thrill to meet an NFL superstar like Watt.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
It's officially Major League Baseball's trade-deadline day. Many of the big names of trade season are off the board already. That includes Cole Hamels, David Price, Johnny Cueto and Carlos Gomez. But lots of talent is still on the market too — Yoenis Cespedes, Carlos Gonzalez, Yovani Gallardo, almost any of the San Diego Padres.
Likewise, there are a number of teams who would still use a boost heading into the postseason run. The Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals have been the most active traders so far, but plenty of teams still could use a boost heading into their attempts at making the postseason. Making the right move could be the difference between October and early vacations. With that, the Big League Stew crew is here to pick five teams that most need to strike a deal to improve themselves before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.Fri, Jul 317:10 PM EDTSan Diego at MiamiPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 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 Carlos Gomez trade wasn't the biggest thing to happen to the Houston Astros on Thursday. The club also celebrated a 3-0 win over the division-rival Los Angeles Angels.
The win was significant for a number of reasons. Not only did the Astros complete the sweep of Los Angeles, but they did so on a walk-off home run.
With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Jose Alvarez was brought on to take things into extras. It didn't work out for him. Alvarez sandwiched a walk between two outs before he was lifted from the game for Fernando Salas.
Salas promptly gave up a single, putting men on first and second for Jason Castro. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Castro belted a three-run walk-off home run out to right center field.
After the game, Castro said the dinger was probably the biggest hit of his career.Fri, Jul 318:10 PM EDTArizona at HoustonPreview Game