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This year, a massive move in the trading market could be in the cards, if the rumored names ever budge. Cubs players Anthony Rizzo, Javy Baez and Kris Bryant; Max Scherzer and Trea Turner of the Nationals; and Twins outfielder Byron Buxton and Max Kepler are all potential commercial targets before Friday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.
FAGAN: Blue Jays set to celebrate return to Toronto with big trades
The first successful deal of the commercial season was struck between the Yankees and Rangers on July 29, with New York adding another bomber to its lineup, acquiring slugger Joey Gallo for a set of leads.
Sporting News will follow the latest updates, rumors, deals and more below, mixed with quick analysis on reported and closed deals.
MLB Trade Deadline Agreements
Nationals send Daniel Hudson to Padres
The Nationals continue to demolish their roster the day before the trade deadline. Daniel Hudson, the reliever who won Washington’s 2019 World Series victory final, has been dispatched to San Diego.
Hudson struggled in 2020 but was turned off in 2021, rising to a career-low 2.20 ERA with an FIP of 2.50 in 32 2/3 innings. He eliminates hitters with a career-high 37.8% and walking hitters with a rate of 5.5%. The Nationals received in return right-hander Mason Thompson 6-7 and shortstop Jordy Barley, adding to their growing ranks of prospects.
Red Sox acquire Kyle Schwarber from Nationals
Boston adds an off-field power bat and Washington adds another prospect in the middle of their fire sale.
The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a deal to acquire Kyle Schwarber from the Washington Nationals, according to people familiar with the matter.
– Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) July 30, 2021
The Nats recover Aldo Ramírez, an RHP. This is their sixth potential addition today. Also: Keibert Ruiz (C), Josiah Gray (RHP), Gerardo Carrillo (RHP), Donovan Casey (OF) & Riley Adams (C).@dougherty_jesse 1st on Ramirez.
– Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) July 30, 2021
Schwarber won’t be ready to make his Sox debut until early August due to a hamstring injury, but when he returns he will add weight to an attack that is the second in the season. American League in points scored.
Dodgers blockbuster Max Scherzer and Trea Turner
BREAKING: The Los Angeles Dodgers are making significant progress on a deal that would send them star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals for a return loaded with prospects, sources told ESPN.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2021
Full return for #nationals Max Scherzer-Trea Turner’s deal with the Dodgers is wide receiver Keibert Ruiz, RHP Josiah Gray and Gerardo Carrillo, and OF Donovan Casey, a source confirms
– Maria Torres (@ maria_torres3) July 30, 2021
At first it looked like Scherzer could be directed to the Padres nationals. Now another team from NL West will land the three-time Cy Young Award winner – and five-tool shortstop Turner, to boot. The blockbuster deadline so far, this trade makes the reigning World Series champions an even bigger favorite to repeat.
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Anthony Rizzo heads to the Yankees
The New York Yankees announced today that they have acquired INF Anthony Rizzo and cash consideration from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-handed minor league pitcher Alexander Vizcaíno and outfielder Kevin Alcántara.
– Yankees Public Relations Department (@YankeesPR) July 30, 2021
The Yankees add another powerful left-handed stick and solve their first basic problems. Rizzo’s .792 OPS ranks third among New York’s skilled hitters, behind only Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
Sailors bring another closer
The Seattle Mariners are finalizing a deal to acquire reliever Diego Castillo from the Tampa Bay Rays, sources told ESPN. The deal is pending medical examination.
There is Kendall Graveman’s replacement. The sailors go out and make movements. The rays trade from a deep pitch core.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 29, 2021
Mariners players were upset when the team parted ways with Kendall Graveman, but Jerry Dipoto is back with more moves. Diego Castillo had a 1.66 ERA last year and a 2.72 rating this season as one of the best relievers in the game. He has a strikeout rate of 29.2 percent.
Dodgers add Royals’ Danny Duffy
Before grabbing Scherzer and Turner, LA made another deal for pitching, acquiring southpaw Duffy and money from Kansas City for a player to be named.
We traded LHP Danny Duffy and money to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a player who will be named later.
– Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 29, 2021
Duffy is a deep pickup, and his LA debut is on hold for at least a few weeks because he’s on IL with a forearm issue.
José Berrios arouses the interest of several teams
The possibility of the twins swapping RHP Jose Berríos is increasing, sources tell me and @DanHayesMLB. The market exceeded Twins’ expectations; team now has offers in hand. Almost all of the candidates have registered. SD, TOR, LAD, TB, NYY among those with varying levels of interest.
– Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 29, 2021
Several teams, including the Yankees, Blue Jays, Padres, Rays and Dodgers, are considering trading for Twins ace Jose Berrios. Berrios is a guy at the top of the rotation and is in squad control for the 2022 season.
Kyle Schwarber’s market is growing
It is increasingly believed that Kyle Schwarber is traded as of today. Listen to this #Yankees are interested. Schwarber currently on IL with a hamstring injury. #RedSox, #Blue jays also believed interested.
– Joël Sherman (@ Joelsherman1) July 29, 2021
With the Nats in sell mode, it looks like left-wing bat Kyle Schwarber could be on the move. Schwarber was scorching hot in June before landing on IL with a hamstring problem in July.
Blue Jays get Nationals pen help
Blue Jays acquire LHP Brad Hand from Nationals for Triple-A C Riley Adams, per source. @dougherty_jesse was the first with the news.
– Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 29, 2021
Analysis: The Blue Jays were said to be sellers just a few weeks ago, but they’re adding relievers to the box with Hand. The closest veteran isn’t having the best year, but maybe a change of scenery will help.
Yankees, Rangers finalize deal for Joey Gallo
Analysis: A good exchange for both parties. Gallo is clearly the centerpiece, and he’s giving New York a left-handed power bat, which the team have sorely missed this year. It also gives the Yankees good defensive flexibility to play multiple locations in the infield and outfield.
On the flip side, Texas gets back a good group of four prospects, including infielder Ezequiel Duran, a promising 22-year-old with attacking ability.