Matt Holliday suspects that he’ll be playing again “soon,” but the Cardinals’ veteran left fielder could not specify a timeframe for his return while speaking to the media on Friday, two days after injuring his right quad for the second time this year.
Here’s a roundup of activity from around the AL East, covering the last few days before this afternoon’s trade deadline. The win-now Blue Jays made by far the biggest splash in the division, making not one but two blockbuster deals. They acquired star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies for shortstop Jose Reyes and prospects Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco, then swung a deal with Detroit for ace David Price, giving up top prospect Daniel Norris and two other lefties, Jairo Labourt and Matt Boyd. They got outfielder Ben Revere from the Phillies for pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado, and righty reliever Mark Lowe from the Mariners for pitcher Rob Rasmussen and minor leaguers Jake Brentz and Nick Wells. Finally, they traded lefty Felix Doubront to the Athletics for cash. The Orioles acquired improved their outfield, getting Gerardo Parra as a rental from the Brewers for pitching prospect Zach Davies.
Cole Hamels, in his final moments in Philadelphia before boarding a plane that would take him to a new team and a new start, recounted the memories.
The Cubs, keen on adding another starting pitcher, have acquired right-hander Dan Haren from the Marlins for two Minor Leaguers.
The Twins received much-needed relief help before Friday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, as they agreed to acquire right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen from the Rays for two Minor Leaguers.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch faces the D-backs as an opposing manager for the first time on Friday in the opener of a three-game set. He still has many connections with Arizona.
The Orioles will acquire outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Brewers for right-handed pitching prospect Zach Davies, numerous sources confirmed to MLB.com, a trade that comes hours before today’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. The deal is pending medicals and has not been confirmed by either club.
Today’s non-waiver Trade Deadline is fast approaching, and if Thursday’s blockbuster deals were any indication, the final hours leading up to 4 p.m. ET should be thrilling.
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