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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
You look at the Philadelphia Phillies roster and then their place in the standings and it would seem pretty obvious. The Phillies should have been sellers Thursday, the day of MLB's non-waiver trade deadline.
The San Diego Padres have been selling for weeks, and they actually have a better record than the Phils. The Cleveland Indians were selling. The Tampa Bay Rays were (sort of) selling. And they're both within sniffing distance of the playoffs. That goes to show there was value to be had and opportunistic teams weren't going to stand there and do nothing.
It was value, apparently, the Phillies either weren't interested in or, if you listen to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., weren't being offered. Because the Phillies did nothing on trade deadline day.Fri, Aug 14:05 PM PDTPhiladelphia at WashingtonPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Right-hander Phil Hughes of the Minnesota Twins evidently saw something nobody else at Kauffman Stadium did Wednesday night. As slugger Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals took a big swing and pulled a pitch to left-center for a double, Hughes reacted as though Perez had lined the ball back through the middle.
Hughes flinched and reached to his left, snapping his glove shut in an effort to catch something that wasn't there. Hughes continued to turn his body toward center field, perhaps to see if anyone on the Twins infield could catch up to Perez's BB. But they all had turned around to watch the ball short-hop the fence in left-center, before setting up for a relay throw from the outfield.
"But what about the line drive up the middle?" Hughes might have been saying to himself?
It was bi-ZARRE.
Perez's double tied the score, and Kansas City won 3-2. That's all secondary, though, to Hughes and the invisible liner (via @AaronGleenman on Twitter):
Hughes eventually caught on, but so did teammates like Glen Perkins:
- David Brown at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Detroit, trying to stand on its feet after decades of decay, is an easy target for pot shots. Crime, urban blight, whatever, Detroit is low-hanging fruit when it comes to rusty jokes. Someone running the Twitter account for the Fox TV station in Tampa Bay thought it would be funny Thursday afternoon to give David Price an idea of what he was in for after being traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Detroit Tigers. He or she used Detroit's problems to marginalize Price's new surroundings.
Even though the tweet already has been deleted and apologized for, this is what it described to Fox 13's 40,000 followers plus others: It compares a white sandy beach of Tampa Bay (presumably) with a condemned block in Detroit (presumably). The captions read: "Take some comfort, Rays fans," along with "Good luck, David."Fri, Aug 14:08 PM PDTColorado at DetroitPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Major League Baseball's 4 p.m. ET deadline for non-waiver trades has passed and it was quite a ride. It was one of the best trade-deadline days in years, with aces moving, contenders getting better and a large number of major leaguers – not just prospects – swapping teams.
It was a lot to follow, especially in that final 45 minutes or so. We thought you, our wonderful reader, might be well served if The Stew collected every trade and put it in one single list.
Here you are. Enjoy ... while we exhale some more.
DAVID PRICE GOES TO THE TIGERS IN A THREE-TEAM SWAP It happened. David Price finally got traded. He's a member of the Detroit Tigers now, joining Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez in what soon might be renamed Cy Young City. The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners were also part of the deal, with the Rays getting pitcher Drew Smyly and shortstop Willy Adames from Detroit, plus infielder Nick Franklin from the Mariners. Seattle added outfielder Austin Jackson for their part in the deal. [More]
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs 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.Fri, Aug 14:10 PM PDTNY Yankees at BostonPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew8 hrs 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 Stew9 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.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 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 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.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 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.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 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 MelvinFri, Aug 15:15 PM PDTMilwaukee at St. LouisPreview Game