MLB trade deadline tracker 2018: Every main transaction before July 31

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The non-waiver trade deadline in Major League Baseball is 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31. Here is a look at all the deals as they happen, including details and analysis.

Venters comes home

Braves get: Jonny Venters
Rays get: $500,000 international bonus slot space

Atlanta is just 2½ games back in the NL East, and their choice for a bullpen boost is a neat story as well. Venters has a 3.86 ERA in 22 games with Tampa Bay, mostly as a lefty specialist with just 14 innings. But what is remarkable about Venters is that he overcame a stunning three Tommy John surgeries and is pitching in the majors for the first time since 2012. Way back when was with the Braves, who drafted him in 2003. Now, Venters is back where it all began.

Hamels is back in the NL

Cubs get: Cole Hamels
Rangers get: Minor leaguers and cash

Chicago has the best record in the National League, but with Yu Darvish still on the disabled list and Tyler Chatwood with nearly as many walks as innings pitched the Cubs needed an extra starting pitcher. They get that in Hamels, who pitched for the Phillies from 2006-15. The veteran left-hander this year has a 4.72 ERA with the Rangers, which can be split into two sections — a 3.41 ERA through his first 15 starts, and 10.23 in his last five outings.

Hamels has just under $8 million remaining in salary for 2018, then a $20 million club option for next year with a $6 million buyout. Texas sent cash in the deal.

Yanks add another pitcher, this time a starter

Yankees get: J.A. Happ
Blue Jays get: IF Brandon Drury, OF Billy McKinney

As daunting as it sounds to face their dominant bullpen for the bulk of innings, the Yankees did also need starting pitching. They got in in Happ, the 35-year-old veteran with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts and a career-best 27.4% strikeout rate.

Soria to bother you

Brewers get: Joakim Soria
White Sox get: LHP Kodi Medeiros, RHP Wilber Perez

Milwaukee was 2½ games back in the NL Central, and needed some reinforcements for a bullpen that had a 4.46 ERA since the start of June. Enter Soria, the free agent to be who had a 2.56 ERA and 16 saves in Chicago, with 49 strikeouts and 10 walks in 38⅔ innings.

Backstop help in Houston

Astros get: Martin Maldonado
Angels get: LHP Patrick Sandoval, future considerations

The defending champion Astros don’t have many weaknesses, but with Brian McCann on the disabled list Houston could use some catching depth. Maldonado gives them that, especially defensively.

Rox relief

Rockies get: Seungwhan Oh
Blue Jays get: 1B Chad Spanberger, 2B Forrest Wall

Colorado was busy in the offseason in the bullpen aisle of the market, committing a total of $106 million in free agent contracts for relievers. What that got them was a 5.26 bullpen ERA that’s worst in the National League. Oh, the former Cardinal, has a 2.68 ERA this season with 55 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 47 innings.


Boston keeps up in AL East arms race

Red Sox get: Nathan Eovaldi
Rays get: LHP Jalen Beeks

The Red Sox own the best record in baseball, but were looking to bolster their rotation. Unless the Mets make one of Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard available, Eovaldi is one of the top starters on the market. Back after missing nearly two full years, Eovaldi has a 4.26 ERA in 10 starts, but also 53 strikeouts against only eight walks in 57 innings.


Tampa Bay Rays v Minnesota Twins

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D-backs add pitching

Diamondbacks get: Matt Andriese
Rays get: C Michael Perez, RHP Brian Shaffer

It was a busy dealing day for Tampa Bay, who sent right-handed pitcher Andriese to Arizona. He has a 4.07 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 59⅔ innings mostly in relief for the Rays.


Bronx bullpen gets even stronger

Yankees get: Zach Britton
Orioles get: RHP Cody Caroll, RHP Dillon Tate, LHP Josh Rogers

Baltimore traded their second high-priced star in a week, with Britton looking more like his former self in recent weeks after Achilles surgery cost him the first two months of the season. The sinker specialist joins a Yankees bullpen that already boasted the best ERA (2.76) and strikeout rate (31.6%) in baseball, and second-best FIP (3.03).


Oakland finds relief

Athletics get: Jeurys Familia
Mets get: RHP Bobby Wahl, 3B Will Toffey, $1 million in international bonus pool slot money

New York is headed nowhere and Familia is a free agent, so dealing him was a no-brainer. The only question was whether the Mets got enough in return for their closer.


Cleveland bolsters bullpen

Indians get: Brad Hand, Adam Cimber
Padres get: C Francisco Mejia


Pittsburgh Pirates v Cleveland Indians

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Hand has been on the rumor mill for years, especially with a team-friendly contract (making $3.5 million this season, with $14.5 million guaranteed remaining over two years, plus an option). Cleveland relievers had a 5.28 ERA before the All-Star break, second-worst in the American League. But with Hand and Cimber added to Cody Allen and a potentially healthy Andrew Miller, Terry Francona will have more weapons at his disposal come October.

Chicago adds pitching depth

Cubs get: Jesse Sanchez
Rangers get: LHP Tyler Thomas

From Bleed Cubbie Blue:

The Cubs added reliever Jesse Chavez on the back-end of a relatively inexpensive contract in exchange for Tyler Thomas. Even if all the incentives are met, the Cubs will only be out about $1.5 million on his contract. If he pitches well, he should be worth it, if only limiting the number of times the Des Moines Variations relievers pitch in key spots.


LA gets another Manny

Dodgers get: Manny Machado
Orioles get: Yusniel Diaz, Breyvic Valera, Dean Kremer, Rylan Bannon, Zach Pop

The worst-kept secret of the All-Star Game, the Machado rumors gained steam on Monday before the game, waiting until after Machado took a selfie during the midsummer classic with future teammate Matt Kemp at second base. Machado was the biggest midseason trade, a deal that is unlikely to be topped.





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