The MLB trade deadline is today at 4pm ET, and you can expect to see a flurry of moves across the league. On Friday morning, the Miami Marlins jumped into the fray adding Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea in a blockbuster seven player deal. Teams competing with the Marlins for a playoff spot are sure to look to improve their rosters, and we will keep you updated here when relevant news breaks.
Washington Nationals (61-44, 1st NL Central)
The Nationals have already begun to improve their roster, acquiring closer Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
.@Nationals acquire RHP Mark Melancon from @Pirates for LHPs Felipe Rivero, Taylor Hearn. #MLBOnTheMove pic.twitter.com/14kJRB60Wu— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) July 30, 2016
Los Angeles Dodgers (59-46, 1st NL Wild Card)
The Dodgers have been linked to a number of players, as expected from a team with a top tier farm system that is competing for a playoff spot. They may look to add another pitcher, due to their unlucky rash of injuries at the position Just take a look at these names on the disabled list: Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-jin Ryu, Brett Anderson, and Alex Wood.
In fact, Marlins' fans and Dodgers' fans understand each other's plights quite well. Bud Norris, acquired by the Dodgers from the Atlanta Braves on July 1st, left his start last night with an injury. A recently acquired pitcher that leaves due to an injury... sound familiar?
Dodgers pursue Archer, Moore and Bruce as trade deadline approaches https://t.co/XCzAP0Y3fE— L.A. Times Sports (@latimessports) July 31, 2016
More starting pitching rumors centering around the Dodgers:
#Dodgers and #Rays remain in trade talks, with Tampa Bay starters the focus, as I just reported on @MLBNetwork. @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 1, 2016
Names of interest in @whitesox Sale/Quintana talks w/@Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias, 1B-OF Clay Bellinger, OF Alex Verdugo, 2B Willie Calhoun.— Phil Rogers (@philgrogers) August 1, 2016
JUST IN: the #Dodgers reportedly acquire Josh Reddick and Rich Hill from the #Athletics.— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 1, 2016
(via @Ken_Rosenthal) pic.twitter.com/lrP6Y543r6
Sources: Frankie Montas, Grant Holmes and Jharel Cotton going to #Athletics. @Jeffpassan first on Montas.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 1, 2016
The Dodgers acquired RHP Jesse Chavez and cash considerations from the @BlueJays in exchange for RHP Mike Bolsinger.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 1, 2016
St. Louis Cardinals (56-49, 3rd NL Wild Card)
Like the Nationals, the Cardinals have already made a deal to acquire some help for their bullpen. They added lefty Zach Duke from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for outfielder Charlie Tilson.
Cardinals have acquired Zach Duke from the White Sox: https://t.co/ZSmqRXH5dJ— MLB Daily Dish (@mlbdailydish) July 31, 2016
New York Mets (54-50, 4th NL Wild Card)
The Mets are looking for a help at number of key positions, including catcher, outfield, and relief pitcher. Most notably, they have been linked to Jay Bruce.
So the Mets are reportedly now the favorites for Jay Bruce. https://t.co/ta9Z5SrN56— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) August 1, 2016
The Mets are on the verge of finishing a deal for Jay Bruce.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 1, 2016
They have also been linked to Los Angeles Angels reliever Joe Smith:
Could #Angels Joe Smith be solution to #Mets bullpen needs? https://t.co/8Lu2agU6lD pic.twitter.com/iNBJ0Yc7yn— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) July 30, 2016
Mets are showing interest in Tampa Bay Rays' Steve Pearce:
#Mets among clubs to show interest in #Rays INF/OF Steve Pearce. @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 1, 2016
The Mets get Bruce:
Welcome to New York, Jay Bruce! We've acquired Jay Bruce from Cincinnati for Dilson Herrera and Max Wotell. #Mets pic.twitter.com/FD2XN3NQDB— New York Mets (@Mets) August 1, 2016
Jon Niese is returning to the Mets
Report: Jon Niese has been traded back to the @Mets pic.twitter.com/GjOJx0tDWA— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) August 1, 2016
Other Major Updates:
The San Francisco Giants have added a reliever, but paid a hefty price.
Bickford and Susac for Will Smith. Deal is done.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) August 1, 2016
The Giants also pried away Matt Moore from the Rays in a last minute deal:
Can confirm, as many others have, that Matt Duffy is going to Tampa in the Moore deal. Surprising.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) August 1, 2016
Despite receiving some solid pieces, the Giants traded away a lot of talent:
The Giants traded three of their top five prospects + Matt Duffy today for Will Smith and Matt Moore. Huh.— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) August 1, 2016
Keep checking back for more updates as the day progresses!