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MLB trade deadline tracker: Everything that went down before 4 p.m. ET

Reported by ESPN:

The 2021 MLB trade deadline has passed with a flurry of blockbuster trades in the 24 hours leading up to 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

Whether your favorite club added or subtracted — or stood somewhere in between — here’s our reaction to completed deals and what to know for every team.

Grades for every MLB trade deadline deal (ESPN+)


Completed trade tracker

Sources: Giants reach deal for Cubs’ Bryant | Grades


Sources: Yankees acquiring Heaney from Angels


Braves acquire slugger Soler from Royals


Cardinals acquire left-handers Lester, Happ in late deals


Phillies to acquire Gibson, Kennedy from Rangers


Sources: Mets finalizing trade with Cubs for Baez | Grades


Sources: White Sox reach deal for Cubs’ Kimbrel | Grades


Sources: Blue Jays to acquire Berrios from Twins | Grades


Sources: Brewers finalizing deal for Tigers’ Norris


Braves acquire Rosario in trade with Cleveland


Braves get Duvall from Marlins for Jackson


Schwarber to Red Sox as Nats’ deals continue | Grades


Dodgers land Scherzer and Turner | Grades


Yankees acquire Rizzo from Cubs | Grades


Dodgers add Duffy in trade with Royals | Grades


Blue Jays get closer Hand from Nationals | Grades


White Sox add Hernandez in trade with Cleveland | Grades


Yankees and Rangers complete Gallo blockbuster | Grades


A’s get Marte for Luzardo | Grades


Padres acquire All-Star Frazier from Pirates | Grades


Rays stay busy by trading Hill to Mets | Grades


Rays acquire Cruz from Twins for prospects | Grades


Cubs trade Pederson to Braves for 1B prospect


Braves acquire Vogt from D-backs for 1B prospect


MLB trade deadline buzz recap

July 30 updates

Kris Bryant headed to San Francisco: The San Francisco Giants are in agreement on a deal to acquire Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs, sources tell ESPN’s Jeff Passan.


Yankees make another deadline move


Phillies getting pair of pitchers from Rangers: Spencer Howard is going to the Rangers in the deal for Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy, sources tell ESPN. He’ll be joined by two other prospects going from Philadelphia to Texas. — Jeff Passan


Cubs and Mets closing in on Javier Baez blockbuster: Baez joins Craig Kimbrel and Anthony Rizzo in being dealt away by the Cubs at this deadline. Baez is expected to pair with Francisco Lindor to give the Mets one of MLB’s most exciting double-play combinations. Grading the trade


Cubs and White Sox finalizing Craig Kimbrel deal:Kimbrel is headed across town to the White Sox in a deal that netted the Cubs two intriguing young players. Grading the trade


Braves make under-the-radar outfield moves: Atlanta has completely remade its outfield. First it got Eddie Rosario from Cleveland and now it’s acquiring Adam Duvall from Miami for Alex Jackson. These aren’t splashes. The cost isn’t high. But the Braves are getting better. How will the NL East respond? — Jeff Passan

Twins and Blue Jays finalizing Berrios deal: Toronto added a two-time All-Star to its rotation, but gave up two top prospects to do so. Grading the deal


Why Rays could fit for a Trevor Story deal: The Rays acquired Nelson Cruz last week and have traded away Rich Hill and Diego Castillo, but they might not be done as they’re in on both Trevor Story and Kris Bryant. Story would be interesting as Wander Franco hasn’t really gotten it going at the plate (.220/.283/.349). He’s been solid in the field, but Story might be an upgrade at shortstop and the Jays can still use Franco at second or third. The Rays are also 27th in the majors in OPS against LHP. Cruz helps there, but bringing in another right-handed bat makes sense. And no team has a deeper farm system than the Rays to entice the Rockies, with the Rays likely looking to strike a deal with the Rockies including cash to pay down Story’s remaining salary. — David Schoenfield


Could the Nats deal another veteran? After trading away Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Kyle Schwarber and Brad Hand on Thursday, veteran catcher Yan Gomes could be next, according to reports. The Blue Jays and A’s are possibilities. The Blue Jays are 21st in the majors in catcher OPS, hitting .221/.288/.366, while the A’s rank 17th with a .679 OPS. Gomes is hitting .271/.323/.454 and has plenty of playoff experience. While he may back up Sean Murphy in Oakland, you could see him taking over the regular starting job in Toronto over Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire and Alejandro Kirk. — Schoenfield


Will Cubs make another big trade? After dealing Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees, the Cubs still have Craig Kimbrel and Kris Bryant entering Friday’s deadline. One possibility to watch: Zach Davies could be added in a combo deal with Kimbrel or Bryant. The Mets remain interested in making a trade with Chicago. — Jesse Rogers.


July 29 updates

Heaney, Iglesias on the move? Andrew Heaney pitched the first six innings against the Rockies on Wednesday, allowing three runs in a no-decision, and Raisel Iglesias recorded the last five outs to pick up his 21st save. It could mark their last appearances in an Angels uniform. Heaney and Iglesias are pending free agents and are seen as two of the Angels’ most attractive trade pieces, especially Iglesias, who has combined a 3.23 ERA with a 0.91 WHIP and an 8.88 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Angels, a game above .500, are given only a 6.6% chance of making the playoffs and are nowhere near healthy, with Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Jared Walsh all on the injured list. They might have no choice but to use Heaney and Iglesias to acquire more long-term pieces over these next 24-plus hours. — Alden Gonzalez


Can San Diego unload Hosmer’s contract? The Padres would love to find a taker for Eric Hosmer‘s contract, or at least part of it — he’s owed $59 million after this season through 2025 — but good luck. Hosmer has a 101 OPS+ since joining the Padres, including 102 this year, so he has been about a league-average hitter, which makes him below average for a first baseman. He’s also an awkward fit if the Padres continue to play Adam Frazier at second base and Jake Cronenworth at first, like they did Wednesday (and he’ll earn 10-and-5 rights after the 2022 season to veto any trade). The only chance of unloading Hosmer’s contract would be to include prospect collateral, but GM A.J. Preller has been creative in making deals. — David Schoenfield


Could the Mets be on the verge of something big? There’s an anticipation in the market of a big move by the Mets. Rival execs have said that 3B J.D. Davis is available in trades, with some speculating that this move would likely be tied to an addition of Kris Bryant. Other industry sources say Trevor Story fits the bill, which would eat into the playing time of Jonathan Villar and/or Luis Guillorme. There doesn’t appear to be any momentum to either of these major deals right now, but the next big deal for a position player has a good chance of involving the Mets. The Mets have a 78% chance of making the playoffs right now, per FanGraphs, so this would be aimed more toward reinforcements for the playoffs than at making it to the postseason. — Kiley McDaniel


Don’t forget about Gibson: For those teams that bail out on the Max Scherzer or Jose Berrios sweepstakes, Kyle Gibson remains a solid Plan B. The veteran right-hander added a new cutter this season, made the All-Star team and has a 2.87 ERA. He is coming off three poor starts in a row, however, allowing five runs to the Tigers, then eight runs to Detroit, then walking eight against the Astros. He is signed through 2022 (at a reasonable $7 million), and the Joey Gallo trade indicates the Rangers have kicked their compete window down the road. Gibson makes a lot of sense for the Mets or Giants (who have four starters hitting free agency after 2021). — Schoenfield


July 28 updates


July 27 updates

Why Mariners could go big at the deadline: The Seattle Mariners have been one of the biggest surprises of this season, with a 55-46 record despite a minus-49 run differential — and they intend to try to capitalize on that.

A source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said the Mariners, coming off an exhilarating come-from-behind win against the Houston Astros on Monday night, have inquired with practically every team about short-term players who could help them over these last two months and potentially get them into the postseason for the first time since 2001; Trevor Story has been heavily linked to them in other reports.

The organization believes it owes it to the city, given how it stuck behind the team through a lengthy rebuild under general manager Jerry Dipoto. The Mariners’ trajectory had them starting to become legitimate contenders by 2022, and they were expected to act among the more aggressive teams this coming offseason. But the organization is also trying to see how far it can take this in 2021 — within reason, of course. — Alden Gonzalez


Why the Braves are still looking to add: Atlanta is 49-51 and has lost Ronald Acuna Jr. and Mike Soroka to injury; Marcell Ozuna is out following an arrest on aggravated assault charges being examined under baseball’s domestic violence policy. But the Braves have made it clear to other teams that they will continue to be looking to add leading up to the trade deadline. The question now, following the acquisition of Joc Pederson and Stephen Vogt, is how aggressive they will be. The Braves expect more help is on the way, with starting pitcher Huascar Ynoa and Travis d’Arnaud nearing the conclusion of recovery from their respective injuries. — Buster Olney


Will the Padres make another big move? The San Diego Padres have been linked to practically all of the most coveted starting pitchers as the trade deadline approaches, a list that includes Max Scherzer, Jose Berrios, Jon Gray, Danny Duffy, Kyle Gibson and Kenta Maeda, among others. But Padres general manager A.J. Preller — speaking hours after his trade for All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier was made official — downplayed that pursuit on Monday.

“It’s gotta make sense,” Preller said, noting the presence of Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Joe Musgrove, Chris Paddack and Ryan Weathers. Preller said the team is “in a decent spot” with regard to absorbing the additional innings required coming off the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season.

“We’ll keep listening over the course of the next four days,” Preller said. “If there’s somebody out there that helps us kind of get over that hump, gives us a little bit more of an insurance policy, somebody who we feel like continues to help us play in the postseason, we’ll talk about it. But honestly, from our standpoint, [starting pitching is] something that I think we feel really good about over these last couple of months.”

The Padres added Darvish, Snell and Musgrove over the offseason and have seen Weathers emerge as a 21-year-old rookie. But Snell and Paddack in particular have underperformed, and the Padres’ starting rotation as a whole sports a 5.48 ERA in July. There’s also the added element of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants — two teams ahead of the Padres in the NL West — pursuing starting pitching this week. Preller dismissed the significance of that.

“I think you’re cognizant of the fact that, ‘Hey, there’s competition for these players,'” he said. “But I think we’re really focused mainly on what makes sense for us, and I think we’ve shown it. Some years we’ve been really aggressive at the deadline, some years we’ve stood pat and just hasn’t lined up for us. Ultimately I never get caught up in what other clubs are doing. I think that’s when you make mistakes.” — Alden Gonzalez

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Source:ESPN

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