Welcome, baseball fans of all teams, to BoSox Injection’s MLB Trade Deadline live blog!
From 8:00 AM to the deadline at 4:00 PM, we’ll be here, breaking down the latest trades around baseball in this post’s comments section. Just minutes after the trades are announced, BoSox Injection writers will be here to tell you their opinions on the trade. Please follow along and join in the commenting; tell us what you think about the trade from your perspective.
This is an exciting day for all kinds of baseball fans and there’s no better place to follow today’s transactions than on the BoSox Injection live blog!
Here we go…
4:25: Well, it looks like the trade rumors are finally dying down a half hour after the deadline. It’s been a lot of fun reporting these trades for everybody and I hope that you’ll continue to follow BoSox Injection as we analyze these moves in the coming days. Thanks everybody and I’m out!
4:14: Astros’ starter Jarred Cosart is saying his goodbyes in front of Minute Maid Park. It looks like he’s on the move.
4:09: If all the Rays are getting is Smyly and Franklin, this trade is a huge win for the Tigers.
4:00: Scratch that. Smyly is off to Tampa Bay.
3:58: Both Jackson and Smyly are headed to Seattle in the trade. The Rays will get Nick Franklin. You’ve got to imagine the Rays will be getting something pretty significant from one or both of them in addition to this.
3:54: David Price is headed to Detroit. I’ll post more when there are additional details.
3:47: Apparently, Stephen Drew to New York is a done deal. No news on what the return will be but I can’t imagine much. However, it’s a useful trade in that it allows Bogaerts to return to shortstop and see what Middlebrooks can contribute down the line.
3:46: Gordon Edes: “Hearing Stephen Drew to the Yankees.” Wow, if this is true, I can’t remember the last time the Sox and Yankees made a trade.
3:35: There’s talk of a three-team deal in which David Price would be the headliner. The major contenders for Price look like Tigers, Mariners, and Pirates but Tigers appear to be the frontrunner right now.
3:16: Scott Lauber reports that the Red Sox are done making trades today. However, that does not necessarily mean that the fire sale won’t continue up until the Waiver Trade Deadline.
3:06: According to Jordan Bastian, that “unknown team” dealing for Cabrera is the Washington Nationals.
3:05: It looks like Andrew Miller is headed to Baltimore. Supposedly, the Red Sox will be receiving a minor league pitcher in return.
3:02: Asdrubal Cabrera has been traded to an unknown team according to Paul Hoynes.
2:54: Jon Morosi reporting the Andrew Miller to Detroit deal, which was expected earlier today, has fallen apart.
2:27: Been hesitating to report, because it hardly seems like “news,” but I guess Chris Denorfia is headed to Seattle. Wee!
1:56: Even reporters can get faked out. Marlon Byrd not yet a Yankee.
Take a fake tweet and make it your own! pic.twitter.com/nxGOyOp2ck
— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) July 31, 2014
Byrd had a renaissance after .606 OPS and 1 HR in 34 games with Red Sox in 2012, has gone on to 24 HR and .847 OPS in 2013 and .795 OPS and 20 HR in 2014 1:45: Jon Lester‘s Twitter account chimed in with a trade reaction.
1:41 One fan was not so happy with the Cardinals GM for the Lackey trade
John Mozeliak I am going to find you, and I am going to murder you
— sydney (@sydneysteed) July 31, 2014
1:34 Ken Rosenthal also reporting Yankees trying to get outfield help. Josh Willingham, Chris Denorfia, and ex-Sox OF Marlon Byrd all possibilities 1:29: Ken Rosenthal reporting via source that Andrew Miller may soon be a Tiger. 1:16 Alex Speier of WEEI reporting a minor leaguer is also going to St. Louis 1:06 Allen Craig has 90 plus RBI the last two seasons, and received MVP votes each of the last 2 years. 12:55: Michael Silverman wonders aloud: https://twitter.com/MikeSilvermanBB/status/494888435660767232 Thinking about Craig’s contract: he’s locked up through 2017 with a team option for ’18. He makes $5.5 million next, $9 million in ’16 and $11 million in ’17. If he can hit anywhere close to his former self, that’s a good deal. Three and a half years younger than Victorino. 12:50: Reports rolling in that Allen Craig and Joe Kelly are the haul for John Lackey. Craig and Clay Buchholz could probably have a good conversation on injuries, but he’s a productive bat and Kelly is a young arm. Peter Gammons broke it. 12:47: Lackey isn’t going to LA – how about Andrew Miller? https://twitter.com/LA_SportsHub/status/494886123370315778 12:40: Heyman credits Gordon Edes for the scoop. Says the Sox can expect a minor league outfielder and pitcher in return for Lackey. I wonder who… 12:37: Jon Heyman “reporting,” i.e. mashing buttons furiously, that John Lackey has joined the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cards getting lackey — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2014
12:35: The Bow Tie is reporting it’s not the Dodgers. Lackey to the Cards?
Source: #Dodgers not getting Lackey.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
12:30: Gordon Edes drops this bomb –
Sox close to deal for Lackey with NL team. Either Cardinals or Dodgers — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2014
12:25: Buster Olney hinting at an Asdrubal Cabrera deal. Stay tuned…
Growing confidence that Asdrubal Cabrera is traded by Cleveland.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2014
12:20: Peter Abraham saying there’s a 70 percent chance Lackey goes. Bob Nightengale says there’s a competitive market for Andrew Miller, but the Red Sox have high expectations.
12:05: Maureen Mullen with some observations from the Lester/Cespedes deal on Twitter:
Bradley and Cespedes lead all ML OF’s with 12 assists. — Maureen Mullen (@MaureenaMullen) July 31, 2014
Gomes has been to postseason in 3 of last 4 seasons. Can probably add another now. — Maureen Mullen (@MaureenaMullen) July 31, 2014
- 11:46: The David Price trade rumors are gaining steam.
Source: David Price trade talks intensifying following the Jon Lester deal. Chances of Price trade have increased in last 12 hours.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2014
The Rays have been playing well, but maybe they’re deciding it’s too late. We’ll see once 4:00 pm rolls around.
- 11:18: Interesting tweet from NESN’s Tom Caron.
Source w/ #RedSox told me team wanted to deal Lester to "team we didn't think could re-sign him." Said Sox will make offer this off-season.
— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) July 31, 2014
He also added that the team is “looking for immediate help, not prospects.” And that “any additional deals will be [made with the] same goal.” Just in case you were having some doubts.
10:53: We’ve got another deal. According to Ken Rosenthal, the A’s have dealt Tommy Milone to the Twins. Reports are saying the Twins are sending back OF Sam Fuld, who will most likely platoon with Jonny Gomes in left field.
- 10:50: Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Rangers have been aggressively trying to move Alex Rios. Teams like the Giants and Mariners could benefit from another outfield bat.
- 10:36: This may not be the last we hear from the A’s today.
#Athletics source: "We may not be finished."
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 31, 2014
Keep an eye on Marlon Byrd as a potential target to fill the hole left by Cespedes.
10:00: Good trade for both teams. It allows Oakland to assemble a ridiculously good playoff rotation (Gray, Lester, Kazmir, Samardjiza) and gives Boston a very powerful outfielder for this year and 2015.
- 9:50: Apparently the team is the A’s. According to Alex Speier, it could be Lester and Jonny Gomes for Yoenis Cespedes and others.
- 9:40: Jon Lester has been traded to an unknown team according to Jeff Passan. Apparently this team is on the west coast– likely either Dodgers or Athletics in that case.
- 9:20: It’s still looking likely that both Jon Lester and John Lackey will be traded in the coming hours. The Royals, Indians, Dodgers, and Marlins (though it no longer appears a deal will be completed) have displayed interest in Lackey and the Pirates have displayed interest in both pitchers. The frontrunners for Lester are the Orioles, Dodgers, and Pirates with the Athletics coming in as a dark horse contender.