Trade Deadline Recap from Around the Majors

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After the dust settled from today’s trade deadline, 16 moves were made involving 44 players.

The Mets made their big move, acquiring outfielder Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds for second baseman Dilson Herrera and left handed pitching prospect Max Wotell. Through 97 games, the 29-year old outfielder has 25 home runs and a National League leading 80 runs batted in.

The Texas Rangers made arguably the biggest splashes of the trade deadline, agreeing on a deal with the Brewers to receive All Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy and reliever Jeremy Jeffress.  In exchange, the Brewers got outfielder Lewis Brinson and pitcher Luis Ortiz, the second and third ranked prospects in the Rangers’ system respectively.  Notably absent from the transaction was Joey Gallo, the Rangers’ top prospect who was rumored to be necessary to complete any major deal.

The Rangers also struck a deal with the Yankees to acquire outfielder/DH Carlos Beltran in exchange for pitcher Dillon Tate, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft in addition to two other pitching prospects.

The San Francisco Giants were busy today as well, completing two deals. Earlier this afternoon, the Giants received reliever Will Smith from the Brewers in exchange for backup catcher Andrew Susac and pitching prospect Phil Bickford.

The Giants also traded for Rays pitcher Matt Moore, sending infielder Matt Duffy, minor league shortstop Lucius Fox and pitcher Michael Santos back to Tampa Bay.

The rest of today’s deadline trades are below

Boston Red Sox acquire reliever Fernando Abad from the Minnesota Twins for minor league pitcher Pat Light.

Los Angeles Dodgers receive outfielder Josh Reddick and starter Rich Hill from the Oakland Athletics for pitching prospects Grant Holmes, Jharel Cotton, and Frankie Montas.

San Diego Padres return prospect Luis Castillo to the Miami Marlins for pitcher Colin Rea. (Rea was injured in his first start for Miami after being traded on Friday.)

Cleveland Indians pick up outfielder Brandon Guyer from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor leaguers Nathan Lukes and Jhonleider Salinas.

Toronto Blue Jays receive Francisco Liriano from the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Drew Hutchison.

Chicago Cubs bolster their bullpen by picking up Joe Smith from the Los Angeles Angels for minor league pitcher Jesus Castillo.

Baltimore Orioles acquire infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher Jonah Heim.

Los Angeles Dodgers swap relievers with the Toronto Blue Jays, taking in Jesse Chavez while sending Mike Bolsinger to Toronto.

Houston Astros receive reliever Lupe Chavez from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander Scott Feldman.

Pittsburgh Pirates complete Yankees’ firesale, picking up Ivan Nova for players to be named later.

New York Mets acquire lefty Jon Niese in exchange for reliever Antonio Bastardo. (Yes, you may laugh all you want.)

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