Trade Deadline Live Blog

So we saw the Jake Peavy trade last night, perhaps facilitated some by the latest wave of Biogenesis suspension rumors. Are there any more relatively big names to be dealt? Who got the better package for their ace - the Cubs with Matt Garza, or the White Sox with Peavy?

I am not a believer in Jose Iglesias - at least, in his bat. I thought that the Red Sox did well to flip him while he still had more value, especially with Peavy signed through 2014.

Do the Cardinals add anyone today? Losing Yadier Molina is a huge blow. How about the freefalling Reds?

Apparently the Phillies aren't going to sell. See Jonah Keri's recent The 30 column (always an excellent read) for more on why this may be logical for them.

Who else can the Angels sell off today? It doesn't help that Ernesto Frieri's value has plummeted in the last 10 days.


By: Vermonster
On: 7/31/2013 7:27:00 AM
What is the aftermath of the Red Sox trade? Does Holt play every day?
By: Erickson
On: 7/31/2013 7:35:00 AM
I think Holt is only a stopgap. I think Middlebrooks gets another chance, and I would be surprised if the Red Sox pull a Manny Machado with Bogaerts - he's been playing third base at Pawtucket.
By: k30kittles
On: 7/31/2013 7:50:00 AM
I've been a big Avisail Garcia fan for a bit. Surprised the White Sox didn't bring him right up. He's too big to not have some power. Just needs ABs at the top level.

Really hoping the Pirates sit tight today. No reason to make a move just for moves sake. If they can get away with moving some of their "B" minor league talent, then it makes some sense. That "B" talent is as good as most team's "A" talent.
By: rceisner
On: 7/31/2013 8:19:00 AM
Have to wonder if the White Sox could have gotten a bigger prospect haul from the Red Sox if they ate any of the $20ish million left on his contract.
By: k30kittles
On: 7/31/2013 9:01:00 AM
Wow....Jayson Stark "Can't believe all the teams who say they have virtually nothing going. Exec:"I think this goes down in history as deadest deadline day ever"
By: Erickson
On: 7/31/2013 9:05:00 AM
There aren't that many sellers out there. The Royals have said they're not selling, so no Ervin Santana. The Phillies are a key team as well. Maybe Michael Young goes, but nobody big like Cliff Lee or Chase Utley. I think it's a mistake to not at least explore what Utley could bring.
By: Erickson
On: 7/31/2013 9:05:00 AM
Oh, and if the Twins don't trade Justin Morneau, it's a pretty big failure.
By: djbrown
On: 7/31/2013 10:10:00 AM
Is Utley a 10-and-5 guy yet?
By: Erickson
On: 7/31/2013 10:48:00 AM
I think Utley is just short - IIRC, he will gain that status in August at some point. Need to verify that.
By: nshlain
On: 7/31/2013 10:53:00 AM
While itís perfectly fine to have doubts about Jose Iglesiasí bat, I think the Detroit Tigers did very well in this deal. The Boston Red Sox helped their team the most with the addition of Jake Peavy, who isnít a rental thanks to the deal he signed with the White Sox last winter. Anyway, even when Iglesias eventually regresses from the .330/.376/.409 line which has been fueled by a .376 BABIP, he still has the tools to be one of the best defensive shortstops of his generation. His updated ZiPS projection has him for a .309/.353/.376 line and if he can even approximate that heíll be an upgrade for the Tigers next year given 140+ games of his stellar defense.

Acquiring Iglesias for Avisail Garcia is well worth it for Detroit because this team had no shortstop of the future and the organization is loaded with outfielders. I wrote plenty about Garcia in my House of Shlain column today, but Iíll just say here that heís a bit of a risky prospect who found himself stuck behind too many other outfielders. Iglesias, on the other hand, immediately becomes the Tigers best option at shortstop going forward and at just 23-years-old he wonít be a free agent until 2019. Iím sure the Tigers pitching staff, which has the fourth highest ground ball rate in baseball, is overjoyed to have him aboard.
By: djbrown
On: 7/31/2013 11:10:00 AM
Service time for Utley was 9.027 entering the year per baseball-reference, so it would appear he's still just short. An article on from earlier in the summer mentioned they'd kick in during August as well.
By: Erickson
On: 7/31/2013 11:13:00 AM
Good stuff Nick. How do you feel about the three prospects the White Sox got from the Red Sox?
By: Erickson
On: 7/31/2013 11:14:00 AM
Looks like the Ian Kennedy deal is done - Kennedy to SD for Joe Thatcher, Matt Stites and a draft pick.
By: nshlain
On: 7/31/2013 12:27:00 PM
I think Garcia has more potential than anyone the White Sox got from Boston. Francellis Montas can hit 100 mph, but it remains to be seen if he has the arsenal to be an effective starter. J.B. Wendelken is just a relief arm and shortstop Cleuluis Rondon is more known for his glove than his bat. If the White Sox are going to look back on this trade fondly I'd bet it'll be because Garcia panned out as the regular right fielder.
By: nshlain
On: 7/31/2013 12:45:00 PM
Royals RHP Kyle Smith, a fourth round pick from 2011, is going to the Astros in exchange for outfielder Justin Maxwell. Smith is more of a command pitcher than a pure stuff guy but his numbers this season are impressive. In High-A, he has a 2.85 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 104 innings. 96 strikeouts, 29 walks.
By: Erickson
On: 7/31/2013 1:02:00 PM
For the price of Justin Maxwell, I like the Smith pickup. Then again, I like most of what Houston has done lately.
By: Erickson
On: 7/31/2013 1:09:00 PM
Jeez, what a snooze of a day. I don't think I've ever seen a trade deadline day where only three trades happened.
By: nshlain
On: 7/31/2013 1:09:00 PM
I agree, it's a nice pickup. Definitely worth a shot for just Maxwell.

I thought Houston might steal the Rays move of dangling a starter, seeing which teams are interested, and then waiting until the offseason to strike a deal, but they also did well to get L.J. Hoes from Baltimore for Bud Norris. Hoes was hitting .302/.406/.403 in the International League. Hoes has a great eye at the plate as he's walked more times than he's struck out this year (58-56). He's a guy who can play right away for them and replace Maxwell in the outfield.
By: nshlain
On: 7/31/2013 1:11:00 PM
Multiple GMs have said in the past few days that the deadline should be moved back a few weeks because there aren't enough sellers at this time. No matter what you think about the wild card, there'd be more teams considering themselves as sellers in two weeks.
By: nshlain
On: 7/31/2013 1:14:00 PM
At the same time, kinda baffling teams like the Mariners, Twins, Phillies, and Giants weren't selling.
By: Kyle McKeown
On: 7/31/2013 1:31:00 PM
Great comments Nick.
By: airjan23
On: 7/31/2013 1:38:00 PM
Nick, great comments. As someone who has Garcia in the RW Staff League, I hope he pans out. Think there will be a lot of pre-August 31 trading as more team fade from Wild Card contention. One early rumor is Josh Willingham, if he is healthy, to Texas.
By: Erik Siegrist
On: 7/31/2013 3:41:00 PM
I now feel much better about blowing most of my remaining FAAB budget on Soriano in my home AL-only league. Garza went for $40 this week to the team in sixth place trying to make a late run, I'm in second and got Soriano for $32, and the other teams in the top four are stuck with FAAB budgets of $62, $100 (!!!) and $75 respectively. That couldn't have worked out much better.
By: Erickson
On: 7/31/2013 5:51:00 PM
Erik, that's crazy. How could they not bid aggressively on Garza? Who better did they expect to come over?
By: Erik Siegrist
On: 8/1/2013 4:11:00 AM
I have no idea. I had $32 bids on both of them (on a remaining budget of $37) just to price enforce as best I could, and was shocked that I got either one. The $100 guy is notorious for not spending anything (but he's got both Trout and Machado, and hit on guys like Loney, to keep him afloat) but I don't know what the other two teams were thinking.

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