Having already acquired Jon Lester earlier in the day, the Athletics did not need Tommy Milone. The A’s and the Twins agreed to a deal to send Milone to the Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld.
Milone was being shopped to numerous teams but finally managed to find a home in the Twin Cities. Milone is 6–3 this season with a 3.55 ERA and 61 strikeouts. Heading west is the outfielder Fuld who has already made an appearance on the A’s roster this season. Between Minnesota and Oakland, Fuld is hitting .263/.356/.366 with 21 RBI.
The Diamondbacks were willing to sell the entire season and picked the right day to do it. One of Arizona’s two trades saw outfielder Gerardo Parra going to the Brewers for two minor league prospects.
Parra has six home runs and 30 RBI this season in 104 games with the Diamondbacks. As Arizona moves into a different direction, Parra gets to help the Brewers in the NL Central division race. Milwaukee’s acquisitions are still young. Haniger has shown power in Double-A with 10 home runs this season, while the 20-year-old Banda is still pitching his way through Single-A ball.
The Mariners get an outfielder, but it was not the outfielder everyone expected. Seattle passes on Marlon Byrd and receives Chris Denorfia from the Padres for Abraham Almonte and Stephen Kohlscheen.
Denorfia is only hitting a meager .242/.293/.319 with 16 RBI and 10 doubles this year and is expected to platoon in right field with James Jones. Almonte goes to the Padres to try and revive his .198 average along with the pitching prospect Kohlscheen, who has not seen the majors in his career.
In one of the more even trades of the day, the Nationals received infield help acquiring Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians for Zach Walters. The Nationals definitely needed the infield help after Ryan Zimmerman injured his hamstring.
Cabrera is coming to Washington with a .246/.305/.386 line and 40 RBI. His struggles at the plate and the rise of Francisco Lindor pushed him out of Cleveland real quick. Better yet, the Nationals did have a big league-ready prospect to trade in Walters, which made this trade one of the most even trades of the day.
The Red Sox were really pushing the last piece of their trading puzzle hard and reliever Andrew Miller ended up staying within the division after the Orioles acquired him at the deadline.
Miller is going to Baltimore with a very nice 2.34 ERA and a 1.69 FIP going along with a ridiculous 14.7 K/9. Miller solidifies the Orioles’ bullpen, which may need help down the stretch. Boston nabs a Top 100 prospect in Eduardo Rodriguez.
Rodriguez has pitched in the Orioles’ organization since he was 17, and with a few more years of work he could really turn into a valuable prospect.
New York Yankees get: Stephen Drew
Boston Red Sox get: Kelly Johnson
Another eve- keel trade was made Thursday when the Yankees and Red Sox agreed to a trade for the first time since 1997. New York acquired shortstop Stephen Drew and the Red Sox received Kelly Johnson.
Drew is going to move to second base for the first time in his career, but he definitely can help the battered Yankees infield, especially after New York designated Brian Roberts for assignment right after the trade.
Boston will get backup help with Kelly Johnson, who has not been that great for the Yankees.
New York Yankees get: Martin Prado
Arizona Diamondbacks get: Pete O’Brien, cash/PTBNL
New York received another infielder to add to its deluxe package Thursday. Adding Martin Prado was a smart fit for the Yankees because he can play third base, a position which was left open when New York dealt Johnson to Boston.
In return, Arizona received catcher Pete O’Brien, whom the Yankees did not need with their surplus of catchers in the farm system. O’Brien has slugged 23 home runs and driven in 51 RBI this season in Double-A Trenton. He batted .321 earlier in the year with high Single-A Tampa.
The market for outfielder Emilio Bonifacio grew hotter as the day wore on. Teams were gunning for him already and when the deadline hit, the Cubs were seen trading him to the Braves, along with James Russell, for minor league catcher Victor Caratini.
Bonifacio adds depth to the Braves' roster as he could potentially see time in the outfield for the struggling B.J. Upton. For now, Russell will be used as a middle reliever, but he could see some spot starts as the stretch run nears for the Braves.
The Marlins made a very nice trade, picking up Jarred Cosart from the Astros to bolster the rotation for a playoff push. Cosart comes with Enrique Hernandez and Austin Wates. Both will probably see time with the Marlins this season at some point.
Houston adds a lot of depth to its roster, getting a good defensive outfielder in Jake Marisnick and a future third baseman in Colin Moran. Marisnick is not roadblocked by franchise players anymore and will have room to grow, while Moran could potentially see time at third base by the middle of next season.