Waiver Deadline Roundup: Yanks, Brewers Reload

There was a wave of activity leading up to Friday’s midnight waiver deadline. Any player who was traded before the deadline is eligible to play in the postseason for their new team.

The day started off with the news, first reported by Buster Olney of ESPN, that Andrew McCutchen was traded to the Yankees, with prospects Abiatal Avelino and Juan De Paula heading to San Francisco.

The Rockies acquired backstop Drew Butera from the Royals for minor league hurler, left-hander Jerry Vasto.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported mid-day that Nationals setup man Ryan Madson was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league reliever Andrew Istler.

Oakland traded for right-handed pitcher Cory Gearrin, sending two minor league pitchers, Abdiel Mendoza and Teodoro Ortega, to Texas in return.

Milwaukee acquired left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno from the White Sox for MiLB outfielder Bryan Connell and right-hander Johan Dominguez (first reported by Rosenthal, The Athletic).

Later in the day, the Brew Crew traded for left-hander Gio Gonzalez, sending prospects KJ Harrison, Gilbert Lara, and $250,000 in international bonus pool money to Washington in exchange for the veteran hurler.

The Brewers weren’t done there.

About an hour before the deadline, Milwaukee agreed to a deal to send outfield prospect Demi Orimoloye to the Blue Jays in exchange for former Met, Curtis Granderson (first reported by Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca).

Just days after being activated from the 60-day disabled list, third baseman Josh Donaldson was traded from the Blue Jays to the Cleveland Indians (Jeff Passan, Yahoo). The Jays will get a player to be named later “with some value” (Shi Davidi, Sportsnet.ca), and salary relief.

As per Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Dodgers solidified their infield and bench with the acquiring of former World Series hero David Freese from the Pirates. Pittsburgh will receive infielder Jesus Valdez from the Dodgers.

In the final deal of the night, the New York Yankees acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations and a player to be named later.

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