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Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is set for 4 p.m. on Monday, a month later than usual due to the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season.
We’ve already seen a number of deals go down in recent weeks – including a flurry on Sunday – but now teams around the league only have a few more hours to decide how they want to attack the final month of the season.
With eight playoff spots in each league, almost everybody is in contention and it will be fascinating to watch who decides to buy and sell on Monday.
Keep it here all day for updates and analysis from around the league:
Jays add to new-look rotation
Blue Jays get: RHP Ross Stripling
Dodgers get: Two players to be named
Instant analysis: After having a potential trade with the Angels fall through this spring, the Dodgers got this one to work. An All-Star in 2018, Stripling has spit time between the starting rotation and the bullpen over his five seasons in L.A. He’s made seven starts in 2020 with a 5.61 ERA. Along with Taijuan Walker and Robbie Ray, Stripling becomes the third starting pitcher the Jays have acquired in the past week.
D’backs deal another veteran
Cincinnati Reds get: RHP Archie Bradley and cash
Diamondbacks get: INF/OF Josh VanMeter, OF Stuart Fairchild
Instant analysis: Arizona ends a frenzied trade deadline as the biggest seller, parting ways with its former closer. Bradley, 28, converted six of seven save chances with a 4.50 ERA while averaging more than 10 strikeouts per nine innings. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 draft gives the Reds a solid 1-2 punch at the back of the bullpen to go along with Raisel Iglesias.
VanMeter played five different positions for the Reds in 2019, but has shuttled back and forth to the team’s alternate camp this season. One reason: He has just two hits in 34 at-bats (.059). Fairchild was a second-round pick in 2017 who has shown excellent plate discipline and some power potential in the minors.
Frazier returns to New York
Mets get: 1B/3B Todd Frazier, C Robinson Chirinos
Rangers get: Players to be named later
Instant analysis: Fan favorite Frazier, who hit 39 homers in 2018-19 for the Mets, is back after a 31-game stint in Texas. He should see time at third base or designated hitter. Chirinos, 36, gives the Mets an experienced veteran to share duties with Wilson Ramos behind the plate He’s averaged 17 home runs over the past three seasons, but he’s hitting just .119 in 42 at-bats this year.
Mets bolster bullpen
Mets get: RHP Miguel Castro
Orioles get: Player to be named
Instant analysis: The occasional struggles of closer Edwin Diaz have had a ripple effect on the Mets bullpen, especially with setup man Seth Lugo now part of the starting rotation. The hard-throwing Castro (97.7 mph average fastball) has struck out 24 batters in 15 2/3 innings (a career-best 13.8 K/9 rate).
Reds pick up Angel for outfield
Reds get: OF Brian Goodwin
Angels get: LHP Packy Naughton, plus a player to be named later or cash
Instant analysis: Goodwin became expendable in Anaheim as top prospect Jo Adell has begun to see more at-bats. He helps the Reds address a sudden lack of outfield depth following Phillip Ervin’s release and Nick Senzel’s undisclosed injury. He’s a solid fielder who’s hit .242/.330/.463 with the Angels.
Naughton, 24, posted a 3.32 ERA over 157 innings at Class AA and High-A last season.
Maybin moves to Chicago
Cubs get: OF Cameron Maybin
Tigers get: SS Zack Short
Instant analysis: The veteran outfielder joins his ninth different organization and will serve primarily as outfield depth for the Cubs. Maybin enjoyed a resurgence last season with the Yankees, but was hitting just .244/.311/.415 with one homer and two RBI in 41 at-bats with the Tigers. Short, 25, hit .211 last season in 41 games at Class AAA.
Padres pad bullpen depth
Padres get: RHP Taylor Williams
Mariners get: Player to be named
Instant analysis: Why not just get ALL the Mariners? After executing a seven-player deal earlier in the day, the two teams completed one more trade just before the clock expired. Williams, 29, unexpectedly became the M’s closer earlier this season, converting all six of his save chances despite a 5.93 ERA.
Kevin Pillar to Colorado
Colorado Rockies get: OF Kevin Pillar
Boston Red Sox get: Player to be named later, international slot money
Instant analysis: Pillar’s bat has come alive the past two seasons and should get an even bigger boost playing at Coors Field. He should step right into the starting job in center field for the Rockies, an incredibly important position with the vast outfield at their home ballpark.
Phillies bullpen rebuild continues
Philadelphia Phillies get: RHP David Phelps
Instant analysis: Philadelphia acquired Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree in recent weeks and the 33-year-old Phelps (2.85 ERA in 171 games since 2016) should provide another reliable arm for the late innings.
Cubs add pair of southpaws
Chicago Cubs get: LHP Andrew Chafin, LHP Josh Osich
Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox get: Players to be named later
Instant analysis: The Cubs bullpen has been an issue for years now, exacerbated by Craig Kimbrel’s awful start to the season. They pick up a pair of southpaws in separate deals.
Chafin has struggled this year (8.10 ERA in 11 games) but had been one of the most consistent relievers in baseball, posting a 3.46 ERA across 225 games from 2017-2019. Osich, 31, gets plenty of strikeouts (11.5 K.9) and ground balls, but he’s given up six home runs in just 15 2/3 innings with the Red Sox.
Blue Jays get Villar from Marlins
Toronto Blue Jays get: INF Jonathan Villar
Miami Marlins get: OF Griffin Conine
Instant analysis: The left side of the infield has been an issue for Toronto with shortstop Bo Bichette sidelined, so adding the versatile and speedy Villar makes a lot of sense. Villar, 29, has played some third base in his career and could move there when Bichette returns.
With second baseman Isan Diaz opting back in to the 2020 season, Villar became expendable for Miami. If Conine’s name sounds familiar, he’s the son of former Marlin Jeff Conine.
Marlins add Starling Marte
Miami Marlins get: OF Starling Marte
Arizona Diamondbacks get: LHP Caleb Smith, RHP Humberto Mejia, player to be named later
Instant analysis: The Marlins are in the thick of the postseason race (just like everybody else) so it makes sense that they would add an impact hitter. Having said that, Marte has a $12.5 million team option for 2021 that would seem to go against everything the club has done in recent years.
Meanwhile, Arizona gets a couple of nice arms in return who can slot immediately into the rotation.
Blue Jays land Robbie Ray
Toronto Blue Jays get: LHP Robbie Ray
Arizona Diamondbacks get: LHP Travis Bergen
Instant analysis: Days after acquiring Taijuan Walker, Toronto further bolstered its rotation with a trade for Ray. The 28-year-old lefty has always struggled with control – leading the majors with 31 walks in 31 innings this year – but has electric stuff and racks up strikeouts at a high rate. His 2020 has been miserable so far (1-4, 7.84 ERA in seven starts) but Toronto is taking a high-upside risk here.
Ray, a free agent after the season, joins a rotation featuring Hyun Jin Ryu, Tanner Roark, Walker and Chase Anderson – with top prospect Nate Pearson expected to return from injury some time in the near future.
A’s add another arm in Mike Minor
Oakland Athletics get: LHP Mike Minor
Texas Rangers get: Two players to be named later
Instant analysis: Minor, an All-Star in 2019, has struggled this season (0-5, 5.60 ERA) but turned in six shutout innings against the Dodgers his last time out. Oakland’s rotation has been up and down so far, and hasn’t getting the expected production from Frankie Montas or Mike Fiers. It’s a low-risk, high-reward move for the Athletics, who have the second-best record in the American League.
Texas should have dealt Minor last season when his value was at its peak.
San Diego Padres get: RHP Mike Clevinger, OF Greg Allen, player to be named later
Cleveland Indians get: OF Josh Naylor, C Austin Hedges, RHP Cal Quantrill, INF Gabriel Arias, LHP Joey Cantillo, INF Owen Miller
Instant analysis: The Padres’ wheeling and dealing continued into deadline day, with the team finally landing an elite starting pitcher. The rotation was an issue and the addition of Clevinger may make the Padres the second-best team in the National League.
Cleveland gets a nice haul here, including three of the Padres’ top prospects in Arias, Cantillo and Miller. Naylor should immediately slot into left field for the Indians, whose outfield is batting an AL-worst .186.
Padres make another deal
San Diego Padres get: C/INF Austin Nola, RHP Austin Adams, RHP Dan Altavilla
Seattle Mariners get: C Luis Torrens, INF Ty France, OF Taylor Trammell, RHP Andres Muñoz
Instant analysis: San Diego is really going for it, swinging this seven-player deal after acquiring first baseman Mitch Moreland, reliever Trevor Rosenthal and catcher Jason Castro in separate deals over the weekend. Nola is hitting .306 with a .903 OPS and should take on a super-utility role with the Padres having played six different positions last season for Seattle.
The Mariners did well in this one by landing Trammell, MLB.com’s No. 60 prospect.