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Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Well, that was a fun week. While the final day before the 4 p.m. ET MLB trade deadline may not have been quite as exciting as last year’s (though the Mets hit a nice buzzer-beater), there were plenty of exciting rumors flying around. Besides, the week leading up to July 31 was as busy as in recent years, resulting in nearly anything seeming possible. So which teams made the...
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The longest home runs for the week ending July 30th

Trade deadline, schmade deadline. LET’S WATCH SOME DINGERS! 1. Lucas Duda vs James Shields, 462 feet (July 28th) This thing was just TANKED by Duda. This is what happens when James Shields hangs a fastball on a warm night in New York. 2. Troy Tulowitzki vs Jerome Williams, 460 feet (July 29th) I don’t think there was a better thing that could have happened to Troy Tulowitzki...
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Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers

The New York Mets couldn’t get a trade done for Carlos Gomez. They didn’t get one done for Jay Bruce. But they DID end up picking up a legitimate power bat in the outfield – Yoenis Cespedes. Source says Cespedes has been dealt to the Mets . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) July 31, 2015   New York did NOT deal Zack Wheeler to the Tigers in the Cespedes deal. They...
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Cubs get Dan Haren from Marlins, still chasing bigger-name starters

Three years ago, the Cubs thought they had a deal for Dan Haren. But a trade with the Angels involving Carlos Marmol cratered at the last minute and the veteran starter’s option was declined, leaving him free to sign with the Nationals as a free agent. Now, under a new administration at Wrigley Field, Haren is again getting an opportunity to pitch for the Cubs and has a chance...
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Ben Revere is being shipped to the Blue Jays

The Philadelphia Phillies have moved another player following the trade of Cole Hamels to the Rangers earlier this week. Outfielder Ben Revere is getting dealt to another busy team this week – the Toronto Blue Jays. Ben Revere will be traded to Blue Jays. @JSalisburyCSN first had Totonto's interest in Revere. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) July 31, 2015 The 27-year old Revere...
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Brewers deal Jonathan Broxton to Cardinals

The Milwaukee Brewers have made their third trade of the last….oh, 16 hours or so, sending reliever Jonathan Broxton to the St. Louis Cardinals. RHP Jonathan Broxton has been traded to St. Louis for minor league OF Malik Collymore, who will be assigned to Rookie @helenabrewers. — Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 31, 2015 Broxton has an ugly 5.89 ERA this season, but his...
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Orioles nearing deal to acquire Gerardo Parra from Brewers

A year after being dealt from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Milwaukee Brewers, it looks like Gerardo Parra will be on the move again. The Baltimore Orioles are closing in on a deal for the outfielder, who has played all three positions this season for the Brewers. Source: #Orioles closing in on #Brewers’ Parra. Deal expected to be Parra for RHP Zack Davies, straight up. —...
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Jay Bruce and the Mets appear to be a likely match

The New York Mets still want an outfielder after their deal for Carlos Gomez fell apart (for whatever reason), and the name they’ve been tied to today is Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds. Via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports… The Mets and Reds continue to talk about star outfielder Jay Bruce, who seems like the Mets’ likeliest outfield option now. The teams have discussed recovering...
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Yankees, Astros reportedly both pursuing Craig Kimbrel

San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel could be on the move for the second time in four months. The Padres haven’t made any trades this July, yet are reportedly in discussions with multiple teams about multiple players, including Kimbrel. The teams hottest on Kimbrel? The AL East leading Yankees and AL West leading Astros. The Padres spoke overnight with both the New York Yankees...
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Giants strengthen rotation, add Mike Leake

The Giants addressed a major need last night, acquiring starting pitcher Mike Leake from the Reds for two minor leaguers. Leake, a free agent at the end of the season, has been on a roll lately and greatly increased his trade value in the process. He’s posted a 1.24 ERA over 36 innings this month, compiling a 4-1 record in the process. He was probably the top prize left in the...
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Astros swoop in on Carlos Gomez, add Mike Fiers for four prospects

Looks like Carlos Gomez will be traded after all, as the Houston Astros opened up their very deep well of top-flight prospects to complete a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for Gomez and starter Mike Fiers. Going to Milwaukee in the deal are outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana along with pitchers Josh Hader and Adrian Houser. Jon Heyman first reported the trade with Ken...
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Tigers’ reboot continues, Joakim Soria traded to Pirates

One day after the Detroit Tigers accepted reality regarding their non-existent postseason chances and made the decision to “reboot” their roster, general manager Dave Dombrowski hasn’t wasted any time in moving two of his pending free agents. Hours after David Price was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit traded another top trade piece to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Closer...
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Yankees get Dustin Ackley from Mariners for two minor leaguers

The Seattle Mariners didn’t figure to make too much noise before Friday’s trade deadline. But the team did finally cut loose a top draft pick that just never developed into the star he was projected to be. Dustin Ackley was traded to the New York Yankees on Thursday in exchange for two minor leaguers. The 27-year-old was Seattle’s No. 1 draft pick (selected second overall)...
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Pat Murphy says he pulled Justin Upton, Tyson Ross to mess with us

Padres interim manager Pat Murphy doesn’t appear to be worried over whether or not he could be promoted to the permanent gig in the San Diego dugout. If he was, would he pull the stunt he claims to have perpetrated on baseball media and fandom Wednesday night? #Padres int manager Pat Murphy said he pulled Upton and Kemp late to get them off their feet “and give you guys something...
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Will the San Francisco Giants end up standing pat?

Madison Bumgarner is one of the best postseason pitchers of all time, but he can’t pitch in every playoff game. To their credit, the Giants seem acutely aware of this fact and have tried to improve the starting pitchers who follow him. They were involved in the bidding for Jon Lester last winter and reportedly offered him more money than the Cubs. They checked in on Max Scherzer...
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Blue Jays get their ace, agree to acquire David Price from Tigers

It’s all happening for the Toronto Blue Jays. Mere days after acquiring Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies, the Jays have made their big splash for a starting pitcher, acquiring David Price from the Detroit Tigers. david price is going to toronto. norris is going back in deal. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 30, 2015 The 29-year old Price is a free agent at the end...
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The Cardinals acquire Brandon Moss; Still need another bat

Earlier today is was reported the St. Louis Cardinals acquired first baseman and outfielder Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league left handed pitcher Rob Kaminsky. The move helps shore up one position of need. But with the unfortunate injury to  Matt Holliday another bat may still be required. Rob Kaminsky is a ranked 4th on FanGraphs’ preseason...
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Braves nearing trade to send Alex Wood, Jim Johnson to Dodgers

The Atlanta Braves have interjected themselves into the previously reported three-way trade between the Dodgers and Marlins, and are arguably giving up more value than either the Marlins or Dodgers. Atlanta will be sending starting pitcher Alex Wood, relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, and prospect Jose Peraza to the Dodgers, picking up the competitive balance draft pick the...
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Cardinals’ Matt Holliday re-injures quad, return to DL likely

Heading toward Friday’s trade deadline, getting a starting pitcher seemed to be the focus for the St. Louis Cardinals. But now, acquiring an outfielder might become more of a priority. Matt Holliday, who just returned from the disabled list, suffered a strained quad muscle running to first base during Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to the Reds. He grabbed his leg in pain before reaching...
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Mets, Brewers trade for Carlos Gomez falls apart

Earlier tonight, news began to break about a trade between the Mets and Brewers that would send Carlos Gomez from Milwaukee to New York. Hell, we even wrote about it, and we generally don’t do that until something is official. Naturally…this trade fell apart over concerns about some of the medicals involved. Sandy Alderson says that the trade for Carlos Gomez "will not transpire...
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Cole Hamels is getting traded to the Texas Rangers

The trade has seemingly years in the making, but it’s finally happening – the Philadelphia Phillies are trading Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers. sources: hamels is going to the rangers. @sullivan_rangers was first in — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 30, 2015 FInal deal and its a doozy: Matt Harrison, Alec Asher, Jerad Eickhoff, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro & Jake...
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WATCH: Tulo hits first home run with Blue Jays

Troy Tulowitzki didn’t waste any time endearing himself to Toronto fans in his debut with the Blue Jays. (Although the Rogers Centre crowd was already welcoming, judging from the ovation he received before his first at-bat.) After striking out in his initial plate appearance, Tulowitzki did not miss the opportunity Phillies pitcher Jerome Williams teed up, leaving an 88 mph...
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The Marlins are playing fart noises during Nationals batting practice

So, it’s come to this in Miami – the Marlins went from giving the Washington Nationals no background music during batting practice on Wednesday to giving them fart sounds. Yes, fart sounds. Marlins giving Nats the silent treatment for BP, so Harper brought out Gio's giant speaker to put next to the cage. — Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 29, 2015 Nationals played elevator...
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Tigers 'rebooting,' make David Price available in trade

The question about whether or not the Detroit Tigers are buyers or sellers has reportedly been answered – they’re selling. Specifically, they’re “rebooting” and listening on some of their impending free agents, including both David Price and Yoenis Cespedes. Dombrowski confirms: Tigers are “rebooting,” will listen on trades for pending free agents. — Jason Beck...
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Andrew McCutchen hit a ridiculous Little League homer

During Thursday’s Twins-Pirates game at Target Field, Andrew McCutchen hit one of the damnedest Little League home runs we can remember seeing. How was this scored? Good question! To the MLB.com box score we go… Andrew McCutchen singles on a line drive to right fielder Eddie Rosario. Travis Ishikawa scores. Jaff Decker scores. Andrew McCutchen scores. Throwing error by right...
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