The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired all-star ace Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Dodgers will send infielder Willie Calhoun, plus more to the Rangers.
The Dodgers have been in the mix to acquire Darvish for a while. With the addition of Darvish, the Dodgers arguably have the best rotation in baseball which features all-stars Alex Wood and Clayton Kershaw. Darvish is a free agent at the season's end, and will most likely opt into the open market.
Darvish, 30, has been lights out mostly all season, except for last week when he allowed 10 earned runs against the Marlins. He picked up his four all-star nod this year since joining the league from Japan in 2012. He is 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA this season in 22 starts. He also is fourth amongst American League starters for the most strikeouts this season with 148.
Calhoun, 22, is ranked as the Dodgers' #4 prospect according to MLB.com. He has played all year in AAA and has put up big time numbers. He has hit 23 HRs and 67 RBIs with a batting average of .298 in 373 at-bats. Calhoun is big league ready but sending him to Texas is a questionable move, because the positions he plays in the infield are currently occupied by Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, and Rougned Odor at the big league level.
The Rangers will also receive prospects AJ Alexy and Brendon Davis.
The New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics have agreed to a blockbuster trade that will send all-star pitcher Sonny Gray to the Bronx in exchange for OF's Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler, and pitcher James Kaprielian, per Yes' Jack Curry and Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan.
The Yankees have been trying to acquire Sonny Gray for the past two weeks and they have finally landed their guy. GM Billy Beane of the Athletics wanted the sensational Estevan Florial and Mateo in exchange for Gray but it appears the two sides reached an agreement with Fowler and Mateo instead.
Gray, 27, has pitched stellar all season. He is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA this year. Gray has three more seasons of control left on his contract before he is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. With Pineda and maybe Tanaka hitting the free agent market after the season, the Yankees will look up to Gray to lead their rotaton.
Mateo, 22, made the conversion to center field after playing shortstop for most of his pro career. In High-A and AA this year, Mateo has slashed a line of .258/.318/.438 with 8 HRs and 37 RBIs. Entering the season, MLB.com had him ranked as #47 on their prospect ranking list.
Fowler, 22, has appeared in only one major league game in his career and it came this season. Before he can bat for the first time in his career, he dove into a wall to make a catch in right field and ruptured his right patella tendon. He will not be playing again this year, as he recovers from surgery. While he spent some time in AAA this year, he batted .293 with 13 HRs and 47 RBIs. Fowler has the capability to play all three outfield positions.
Kaprielian, 23, is recovering from tommy John surgery. He is expected to be ready before spring training next season. The righty pitcher has only reached High-A.
The Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a trade that will send lefty Francisco Liriano to Toronto, per Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.
The Blue Jays have been in talks with multiple contenders regarding shipping out Francisco Liriano and some of their veteran players. According to Bob Nightengale of ESPN, the Astros plan to utilize Liriano as a reliever.
Liriano, 33, will likely be a rental for the Astros, as he is set to become a free agent after the season. The lefty has started 18 games for the Jays and has an ugly 5.88 ERA. Liriano will likely become a lefty specialist for the Astros' pen because lefties are hitting .230 off of him this year.
In return for Liriano, the Blue Jays will acquire veteran outfielder Nori Aoki and a minor league player
The Boston Red Sox are set to acquire reliever Addison Reed from the New York Mets in exchange for three pitching prospects, per Yahoo!'s Tim Brown.
The Red Sox have been in the market for a while now to acquire a set-up man and they believe that Reed is the player they need to fulfill that role. Reed will likely handle the eighth-inning role, with closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning slot.
Reed, 28, has pitched like a lockdown reliever all year. He has a record of 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 48 relief appearances. He has been the Mets' closer since Jeurys Familia was placed on the disabled list earlier this season. He has 19 saves this year. Also, he has an incredible 1.1 BB/9 ratio this season in 49 innings.
Reliever Gerson Bautista will head to the Mets organization. The Red Sox's #28 ranked prospect has a 3-2 record with an ERA of 5.16 in High-A this year. The 22-year-old's best pitch is his fastball which can reach the upper 90's and it's rated a 70 on the 20-80 scale.
Reliever Jaime Callahan will join Bautista in the Mets' organization as well. The 22-year-old righty is ranked as the Red Sox's #23 prospects. Callahan has pitched in AAA for a good chunk of the season. He is considered to be major league ready and his ETA is 2017.
In 22 relief appearances in AAA, he is 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA.
The third prospect heading to the Big Apple is Stephen Nogosek. The #18 best prospect in Boston's system is also a relief pitcher. The 22-year-old righty has pitched mostly in High-A this year. In 13 relief appearances he is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA.
The Colorado Rockies have acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The Rockies have been looking for catching help for a while now. Acquiring Lucroy solves their issue. Lucroy is a better catcher offensively than their current catchers, Ryan Hanigan and Tony Wolters.
The Rockies find themselves 60-45 this evening and hold possession of a wildcard spot. They have a six game lead over the Chicago Cubs. Barring any last minute shenanigans, the Rockies have a solid chance to reach the postseason. Adding Lucroy will only put them in a positive direction.
Lucroy, 31, has only played for the Rangers since they acquired him last year at the trade deadline. With the Rangers in sell mode, packaging Lucroy to Denver is a smart move, since he is a free agent after the season. Lucroy this year is batting .242 with 4 HRs and 27 RBIs.
The Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a trade that will send outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Midwest and pitchers AJ Puckett, Andre Davis to the Windy City.
Cabrera, 32, is putting together a nice season for himself. He is batting .295 with 13 HRs and 56 RBIs. The Whitesox have been in sell mode for a while now. They have the best farm system in baseball and it's somehow getting better.
Puckett, 22, is the Royals' #13 ranked prospect in their system. In High-A this year, he owns a 9-7 record with a 3.90 ERA.
Davis, 23, has played all year in Low-A in the Royals' system. He owns a 5-4 record and an ERA of 4.83.
The Whitesox will be taking the majority of Cabrera's contract for the rest of the season
The New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a trade that will send Jaime Garcia to the Bronx and minor leaguers, Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns will head to the Twins, according to Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan.
Garcia, was acquired by the Twins last week from the Atlanta Braves. After the Twins' downfall this past week, instead of being deadline buyers, they are sellers. The Twins seemingly will make a profit out of Garcia. They traded minor leaguer Huascar Ynoa last week to Atlanta, who is an unranked prospect. This week they will acquire the Yankees' #22 prospect and a major league ready starter.
Garcia, 31, is 5-7 this season with a 4.29 ERA in 119.2 innings with Atlanta and Minnesota. The southpaw has given a lot of free passes this season. He is averaging 3.3 walks per nine innings, which is the second highest BB/9 ratio of his career. As long as he provides the Yankees with at least six solid innings a start, he should be fine in the Bronx. Garcia is considered to be a rental and will hit free agency after the season.
Switching organizations with Garcia, is Zack Littell. The 21-year-old right handed starter has pitched in High-A and AA this year. He has a record of 14-1 and a 1.87 ERA this season. Littell was originally in the Seattle Mariners' organization until he traded to the Yankees this past offseason. Littell moved up the ladder quickly this season and he has a chance to impact the Twins' rotation as early as next year.
The Twins will also acquire Dietrich Enns. The 26-year-old lefty has pitched all season in AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre. He has pitched well in seven starts with a 1-1 record and 2.29 ERA. Enns will most likely head to AAA with the Twins, but he may have a chance to prove he is major league material at some point during the season.
The Minnesota Twins have acquired left-hander Jaime Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker from the Atlanta Braves. In return the Braves will receive minor league pitcher Huascar Ynoa.
The Twins were originally supposed to acquire Garcia last week but due to medical concerns with Nick Burdi, who the Braves were scheduled to acquire, the trade fell apart. Burdi, who is one of the Twins' top prospects, had Tommy John surgery in May.
Garcia, 31, joined the Braves in the offseason, after the St. Louis Cardinals dealt him to Atlanta. The southpaw will most likely be a rental for the Twins, as he is set to be a free agent after the season. Garcia owns a 4.30 ERA this season in 18 starts.
The Twins could use Garcia in their rotation. They are 49-48 at the moment and sit a game out of a wildcard spot. They also are 2.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians for the lead in the American League Central division.
The Seattle Mariners have acquired late-inning reliever David Phelps from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league outfielder Brayan Hernandez and pitchers Brandon Miller, Lukas Shiraldi, and Pablo Lopez.
The Mariners are currently 48-48 and sit 1.5 games behind the Yankees for the second wildcard seed. Their closer, Edwin Diaz, has pitched fairly well as of recently. Earlier in the season, he was not pitching like many had expected he would. Phelps will most likely be Diaz's set up man and will most likely be used in the eighth inning.
Phelps, 30, has a 3.45 ERA this season in 47 innings for the Marlins. He is 2-4 this season with 51 strikeouts. His best pitch is his mid-90's fastball. Phelps is a strike thrower, as 63% of his pitches this season, have been called strikes. The Mariners will get a controllable arm in Phelps. He does not hit free agency until after the 2018 season.
The Marlins have been looking to restablish their farm system for a while now. With this trade, they will acquire three of the Mariners' top 22 prospects, according to MLB.com. Brayan Hernandez has the most upside of the four heading to Miami. The 19-year-old is a high-risk prospect.
The New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox are close to agreeing to a blockbuster trade that will send infielder Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Big Apple. The White Sox will add veteran reliever Tyler Clippard, prospects Blake Rutherford and Ian Clarkin. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score was first to report the deal was close.
Todd Frazier, 31, will most likely start over Chase Headley at the third base position for the Yankees. The two-time all-star is not having his best season this year. He is batting .207 with 16 HRs and 44 RBIs. Frazier is most likely a rental for the Yankees, as he will be a free agent at the season's end.
Robertson, 32, is a former Yankee. He will join a dominant bullpen featuring flame throwers Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances. It is unclear what Robertson's role will be, but it is safe to assume he will have a late inning position. This year Robertson has a 2.70 ERA and 13 saves.
Kahnle, 27, is having his best season of his four year career. He owns an ERA of 2.50 this season. Multiple teams were interested in him because of his dominant numbers out of the bullpen and the fact that he will not be a free agent until after the 2020 season.
Rutherford, 20, is currently playing low-A baseball. Many scouts and reporters claim the young outfielder is "prized" and could be a superstar in the future with the White Sox. In 274 at-bats in Low-A Charleston, Rutherford has a batting average of .281, with 2 HRs, 30 RBIs, and 20 doubles.
Clarkin, 22, is currently pitching for the High-A Tampa Yankees. In 13 starts this year, Clarkin has 2.69 ERA and a 4-4 win-loss record.
Clippard, 32, is not having a pretty season with the Yankees this year. The veteran reliever has posted a 4.95 ERA, with a 1-5 record in 40 relief appearances. The White Sox will probably use Clippard as their closer or set up man, now that Robertson and Kahnle are swapping sides with him.