Looking back at the past five years of Trade Deadline deals, how much did they make a difference?
The Indians’ offense looked lost for most of Friday night against A’s right-hander Kendall Graveman. A defensive miscue by Oakland, followed by a handful of key hits, helped Cleveland turn things around in a hurry in a 5-3 comeback win at Progressive Field.
The battle for first place in the American League East is officially on after Toronto pulled within a half-game of the Orioles on Friday night. The Blue Jays inched even closer to the top spot in the division after a 6-5 victory over Baltimore at Rogers Centre.
Jon Lester got plenty of offensive support and didn’t need Aroldis Chapman’s 100-mph help on Friday. Jason Heyward smacked a much-needed two-run homer, David Ross added a solo shot and Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run double to power a 14-hit onslaught and lead the Cubs to a 12-1 Interleague victory over the Mariners at Wrigley Field.
The Rangers, looking for an impact starting pitcher through the trade market, have White Sox left-hander Chris Sale and Rays right-hander Chris Archer at the top of their wish list before Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline.
12:29pm: Yesterday, Milwaukee asked teams with interest to make offers of a certain “minimum standard,” Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (Twitter links). It’s not entirely clear whether the request was for best and final offers, but Rosenthal adds that discussions are still taking place. Among several teams to put their chips on the table are the Mets, per the report. With the Brewers still evaluating their options, multiple teams remain in the hunt. 11:27am: Jonathan Lucroy is one of the most talked-about names on the trade market right now, and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick adds some context to the complications in working out a deal, reporting the eight teams to which Lucroy can block a trade (Twitter link). Lucroy can block trades to the Twins, Angels, Athletics, Padres, Mariners, Nationals and, most interestingly, the Indians and Tigers. Both of the two latter teams have been connected to Lucroy in trade rumors this week, though both Crasnick and his colleague Jayson Stark were told this morning that the Tigers are no longer in the picture (links to Twitter).
While Astros rookie infielder Alex Bregman is in Detroit for his first Major League road trip, his father Sam is back home in New Mexico preparing to defend a high-profile trial case, his mother Jackie is driving some of his belongings back from Corpus Christi, Texas, where he had spent some time earlier this season in Double-A before his much-anticipated call-up, and his younger brother A.J. is in Lubbock to pitch in a Premier Baseball tournament.
Ichiro Suzuki is now just two hits away from 3,000 career hits.
A big homage to Big Papi.