MLB trade rumors: Latest news, buzz around potential deadline deals
Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline (Friday, July 31 at 4 p.m. ET) has passed. Did your team make a needed upgrade or score a big player before the final bell? Check out our list of news, rumors and buzz to relive a frantic day of deals and negotiating. For a quick list of every trade made before the deadline, check out our full trade tracker.
• The Padres did not make the wave of trade deadline moves they were expected to because general manager A.J. Preller believes his team can reach the postseason, reports Rosenthal. San Diego is eight games out of first place in the NL West and 7 1/2 games out of the second Wild Card spot. The Padres also did not feel any pressure from team ownership to offload contracts for a lighter payroll, reports ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
• The Padres talked to six teams on Friday who were interested in Craig Kimbrel, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Red Sox, Yankees and Astros were all vying to acquire the Padres closer, according to reports. The Yankees were reportedly willing to include top prospect Jorge Mateo in a deal for Kimbrel as well as take Jedd Gyorko, reports Heyman.
• The Indians did not trade pitcher Carlos Carrasco, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, even though a “slew of teams” were reportedly interested in him. The Cubs, Dodgers and Red Sox inquired about the righthander. Carrasco will not be a free agent until 2019.
• The Indians asked the Dodgers about trading pitcher Alex Wood as part of a larger deal, reports Rosenthal.
• The Rangers ended up keeping pitcher Yovani Gallardo, CBS's Jon Heyman reports. The Dodgers, Blue Jays and Cubs were considered the “big three” involved in talks for Gallardo, Heyman reports. The Rangers are four games out of the second AL Wild Card spot.
• The Marlins have traded pitcher Dan Haren to the Cubs, reports Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. The Cubs will send pitcher Ivan Pineyro and shortstop Elliot Soto to Miami, reports Baseball America's J.J. Cooper.
• The Phillies have officially traded Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman and $9.5 million to the Rangers in exchange for pitcher Matt Harrison and five minor leaguers, Philadelphia announced Friday. Hamels will start for the Rangers on Saturday, Stark reports.
• Teams continued to check in with the White Sox about the availability of Jeff Samardzija, reports Heyman. But with Chicago sitting 3 1/2 games back of the second AL Wild Card spot, Samardzija was not dealt.