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Trade Deadline Megathread: (I'M) DONE.

TIMES UP! PENCILS DOWN! Check here for all Trades, Rumors, and Speculation about all things across the league!



(As of 6:00 PM [EST] on August 1st, 2023)

Afternoon Trades:

3:03 PM - Jeff Passan (ESPN): "Full trade, per ESPN sources: Astros receive: RHP Justin Verlander. Mets receive: OF Drew Gilbert and OF Ryan Clifford. Deal is done." (Tweet)

3:34 PM - Alex Coffey (TheAthletic): "Can confirm that the Michael Lorenzen deal is done, pending medicals. Full deal is Lorenzen for prospect Hao-Yu Lee. @jonmorosi was first." (Tweet)

3:43 PM - Robert Murray (MLB): "Trade: The Seattle Mariners are acquiring Eduard Bazardo from the Baltimore Orioles for Logan Rinehart, according to a source familiar with the deal." (Tweet)

4:09 PM - Ken Rostenthal (TheAthletic): "Brewers get LH reliever Andrew Chafin from Diamondbacks, source tells @TheAthletic." (Tweet)

4:21 PM - John Gambadoro: "The Diamondbacks return from the Brewers for Andrew Chafin is Peter Strezlecki a young bullpen arm" (Tweet)

4:41 PM - Craig Mish (MLB): "The Miami Marlins are acquiring Jake Burger from the Chicago White Sox per sources." (Tweet)

"The White Sox will receive Marlins pitching prospect Jake Eder in the deal per sources." (Tweet)

5:14 PM - James Fegan: "Hearing White Sox getting Luis Patiño from the Rays for cash. But otherwise I’m taking this deadline off." (Tweet)

5:29 PM - Mark Feinsand (MLB): "The Rangers are acquiring C Austin Hedges from the Pirates, per source." (Tweet)

Mark Feinsand: "Pittsburgh will receive international bonus pool money from the Rangers in exchange for Hedges, per source. Jonah Heim's injury left a need behind the plate for Texas." (Tweet)

5:46 PM - Rays PR (Literally the Rays): "The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired C Alex Jackson from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for RHP Evan McKendry." (Tweet)

5:47 PM - Andy Martino (SNY): "The Mets have traded Tommy Pham to Arizona" (Tweet)

5:57 PM - Jeff Passan (ESPN): "The New York Yankees are acquiring right-handed reliever Keynan Middleton from the Chicago White Sox, sources tell ESPN." (Tweet)

6:00 PM - Jon Morosi (MLB): "Jack Flaherty trade to Baltimore has been finalized, source confirms. Credit to @JeffPassan for his initial report." (Tweet)

Jeff Passan (ESPN): "Cardinals are receiving infielder Cesar Prieto and left-hander Drew Rom from the Orioles in the trade for Jack Flaherty, which is now done." (Tweet)

6:02 PM - Will Sammon: "Mets have traded reliever Dominic Leone to the Angels, league source tells @TheAthletic" (Tweet)



12:16 PM - Eric Treuden (Blue Jays): "Source: Teams are continuing to approach the #BlueJays about trades involving both Zach Thompson and Hagen Danner. Same report as a few days ago, "wouldn't be at all surprised to see Thompson moved" and the general consensus is same on Danner. Something to keep an eye on here." (Tweet)

12:56 PM - Jon Morosi (MLB): "Sources: The Twins are among the teams to inquire to the Mariners about Teoscar Hernandez and Ty France. Minnesota wants to add right-handed hitting." (Tweet)

1:17 PM - Jon Heyman (MLB): "The White Sox don’t generally designate anyone as completely untouchable but word is the package it would take to land Dylan Cease is understandably enormous, to the point rival teams predict he stays on the South Side" (Tweet)

1:20 PM - Jon Morosi (MLB): "Trade Deadline update: The DBacks are among the teams that have discussed Michael Lorenzen with the Tigers." (Tweet)

1:31 PM - Ken Rosenthal (TheAthletic): "ERod possible for Dodgers, source tells @TheAthletic. First mentioned: @ByJackHarris, @JonHeyman." (Tweet)

1:40 PM - Mark Feinsand (MLB): "The Royals, who have already traded Aroldis Chapman, Jose Ruas and Nicky Lopez, are talking to teams about RHP Scott Barlow, LHP Ryan Yarbrough, RHP Taylor Clarke and OF Edward Oliveras, per sources." (Tweet)

1:49 PM - Mike Mayer (New York Mets): "Mets are getting late interest in José Quintana. The market for starting pitching is great for sellers. Quintana is under contract for the 2024 season." (Tweet)

1:59 PM - Mike Rodriguez (MLB): "SOURCE: The #BaltimoreOrioles are considering right-hander #DylanCease Conversation getting Hot. #WhiteSox." (Tweet)

2:24 PM - Andy Martino (SNY): "Padres and Giants out on Verlander. Oh yeah Giants were in for a sec" (Tweet)

2:25 PM - Jon Heyman (MLB): "Teams are calling on Cardinals OF Dylan Carlson (and other STL outfielders) but they are unlikely to move him unless they get a young MLB starting pitcher back." (Tweet)

2:39 PM - Joel Sherman (NY Post): "Royals entertained offers for Salvador Perez. Not completely dead, but very unlikely he is moved. Marlins had interest so did non-contending White Sox, owing to relationship with mgr Pedro Grifol and team control thru 2025 with 2026 club option." (Tweet)

2:52 PM - Darius Glover: "Orioles have made an offer for Dylan Cease Jack Curry says." (Tweet)

3:03 PM - Jon Morosi (MLB): "With Justin Verlander heading back to Houston, Michael Lorenzen becomes a focal point of the pitching market. Suitors for Lorenzen include Reds, DBacks, Orioles, Braves, and Marlins." (Tweet)

3:19 PM - Bruce Levine: "Cubs in LHP bullpen market. Mets have former Cub Brooks Raley available. Looks like Mets will make this move." (Tweet)

3:25 PM - Jon Morosi (MLB): "Tigers are close to trading Michael Lorenzen to the Phillies. Infield prospect Hao-Yu Lee is part of the proposed return heading to Detroit." (Tweet)

3:27 PM - Buster Olney (ESPN): "The Braves have been involved in the starting pitching market, but now there is skepticism they will land a SP. Fried, Wright due back." (Tweet)

3:30 PM - Jon Heyman (MLB): "Mets still working on deals after Verlander deal. Pham, Raley being discussed. Narvaez also could go." (Tweet)

3:46 PM - Michael Cerami: "Source: The Chicago Cubs are planning to remove Trey Mancini from the roster. Couldn't immediately tell if that was release or DFA. Will work to find out." (Tweet)

3:49 PM - Bob Nightengale (USA Today): "The New York #Mets are sending the #Astros about $54 million in the Justin Verlander trade, one executive said, if Verlander's $35 million option in 2025 becomes vested. Verlander is owed about $93 million, meaning the #Astros would pay Verlander about $29 million for 2 1/3 years" (Tweet)

4:00 PM - Jon Morosi (MLB): "Joey Bart has been mentioned in the Giants trade talks. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 Draft could be moved in the next 2 hours." (Tweet)

4:18 PM - Mark Feinsand (MLB): "The Pirates will be trading C Austin Hedges in the next 90 minutes or so, per source, but the destination is not yet known as four or five teams continue to talk to Pittsburgh. For teams seeking catching help, there aren't a ton of options on this market." (Tweet)

4:36 PM - Daniel Greenberg: "The Chicago Cubs say that they have designated Trey Mancini for assignment." (Tweet)

4:41 PM - Jon Heyman (MLB): "Salvador Perez would consider waiving his no-trade for the right contender. At different points, the Marlins and Padres checked on Perez, and also the White Sox according to @Joelsherman1" (Tweet)

5:47 PM - Chris Cotillo (MassLive): "Kolten Wong DFA’d by Mariners and Red Sox may be trying to trade for him, sources say." (Tweet)

5:48 PM - Joel Sherman (NY Post): "There are still executives who believe the White Sox could trade Dylan Cease. Many teams have collateral to get him, but perhaps the Orioles are best positioned. We will know in less than 15 minutes." (Tweet)

5:50 PM - Ken Rosenthal (TheAthletic): "Orioles close to acquiring Jack Flaherty from Cardinals, source tells @TheAthletic." (Tweet)


Yankees Rumors:

1:00 PM - Brendan Kuty (TheAthletic): "As of now, I'm told the Yankees are still intending to buy as they still search for OF help, and that it's highly unlikely they part with either King or Holmes in buy/sell at the same time situation. The goal is to give themselves a chance to stay in the race w/ Judge back." (Tweet)

2:00 PM - Jon Heyman (MLB): "Harrison Bader is drawing trade interest. Uncertain whether the Yankees are serious about dealing him. @Joelsherman1 reported NYY may consider dealing their top rentals, and Bader is one with value." (Tweet)

2:17 PM - Jack Currey (YES): "I would describe the Yankees as cautious buyers in a dwindling and less-than-impressive trade market. They are also listening to teams who have interest in their players with expiring contracts. Tune in to YES at 2:30 for our trade deadline special." (Tweet)

2:35 PM - Jon Heyman (MLB): "The Blue Jays checked in on Isiah Kiner-Falefa, but with DeJong acquired, presumably IKF no longer fits. Jays sought SS depth with star Bo Bichette out (Bichette is not expected out too long)" (Tweet)

3:11 PM - Max Goodman (NJ): "Harrison Bader is not in the #Yankees’ starting lineup today. The trade deadline is less than three hours away…" (Tweet)

4:00 PM - Katie Sharp: "As of 4pm ET, the Yankees are the only team that hasn't been involved in a trade at this year's trade deadline" (Tweet)

4:55 PM - Joel Sherman (NY Post): "One of the teams that has been asking on Margot is the Yankees." (Tweet)


Afternoon Discussion:

On The Baltimore Orioles:

The Baltimore Orioles are going for the rumor market. It's an interesting thing seeing the Orioles so heavily involved in trade rumors and with the biggest names that could be on the market. Seeing Justin Verlander or Dylan Cease on the Orioles would be a huge move for them, and not just for this season. I'm wondering how those conversations are going in terms of money and prospects because they could deal a lot.

On Brad Hand:

Brad Hand has been moving around a lot in recent years, and with his trade to the Atlanta Braves from earlier today, he is set to become the first player to play on all 5 teams in the NL East (Braves, Marlins, Nationals, Phillies, Mets). Just a fun little note and a good player to remember for the Immaculate Grid going forward. (Like Kelly Johnson and Steve Pierce with the AL East.)

On The St. Louis Cardinals:

It appears that the St. Louis Cardinals are trying to do a move like the Yankees circa-2016 in selling off short-term assets to acquire some good prospects while keeping the team open to going for a run in 2024 while the likes of Arenado, Goldschmidt, and more. I'd be shocked to see them without a major move in dishing away an outfielder. Maybe the Twins could be an option with them needing some right-handed hitters.

On Justin Verlander:

Wow. He's back to the Astros just a few months after leaving them. That was quick. A great return back by the New York Mets. What an amazing deal this turned out for the Mets in the course of a few days by trading away players on deals with a lot of money left. So what they are eating a lot of money? Steve Cohen doesn't care because the team will still be profitable. The Yankees could learn a lesson here (i.e. Giancarlo Stanton). The Astros with Verlander are coming to the Bronx on Thursday. What a reunion that will be...

On Harrison Bader:

He's not in the line-up today after taking batting practice earlier. Could be big signs that the Yankees are willing to trade from players they're going to lose soon anyway. He's a fine player who will get an okay return, but he's not a cornerstone outfielder for a championship club. If the Yankees want to be serious about contending moving forward, it's time for them to move on from Bader for good.

On the Yankees (as of 4PM):

The worst thing to do is to do nothing at all. I'm firmly on the "sell" train, but if they don't do anything at the trade deadline, not only am I going to feel like I wasted a day doing this (at least I've been doing home renovation in the meanwhile), but I'm also going to be annoyed because they would show how incompetent the front office is.

On Keynan Middleton:

HAHAHAHAHAHA. You've got to be kidding me. A rental reliever who had an ERA+ under 90 in 2020, 2021, and 2022? This year he has a 111 ERA+, fine. But this was not the move. I can't wait to see what Cashman got fleeced for. No third baseman on this team. No left fielder. No 3rd guy in the rotation that you can actually trust. This front office is a joke.


Aug 02, 2023

If this isn't rock bottom..... I don't want to see what is coming!


Philip Cashier
Philip Cashier
Aug 01, 2023

My take: if you a NYY who's a FA after the season, no contending team wants you.


Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Aug 01, 2023

It's time for Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman to meet the media to explain this disaster and actually own it.

They didn't buy.

They didn't sell.

They did prove that they are a joke.

Incompetence. Plain and simple.

Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Aug 01, 2023
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I just heard that Steve Cohen is going to talk to the Mets players directly.


Great job out of him today.


Aug 01, 2023

Keenyan thats a season changer.

Aug 01, 2023
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Aug 01, 2023

Its 7 minutes to the trade deadline. Do you know where your GM is?

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