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MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 8/1/23

Trade deadline bonanza

Stay updated on everything baseball with our morning MLB News & Moments articles. We’ve got you covered to keep you in the know. 

The Trade deadline is today at 6 PM ET.

 

Today’s Headlines

 

Paul Sewald traded to the Diamondbacks

Since signing with Seattle on a minor league deal back in 2021, Seawald transformed into one of baseball’s best relievers with a combined 2.88 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 35% K rate over the past three seasons. The former Met has converted 21 of 24 save opportunities this year and should provide an instant impact for a D-Backs bullpen that has struggled to find an effective closer. Sewald won’t be a free agent until after the 2024 season.

The Mariners received infielder Josh Rojas and prospects Dominic Canzone, and Ryan Bliss. After posting a 1.065 OPS in 71 games with Triple-A Reno, Canzone got called up and was hitting .237 with a .661 OPS through his first 15 games with the D-Backs. Bliss, an infielder, posted a 1.007 OPS through 68 games in Double-A this season prior to being promoted to Triple-A.

The Diamondbacks also acquired Jace Peterson from the A’s in exchange for RHP Chad Patrick.

The Mariners, meanwhile, are also fielding calls for Teoscar Hernández

 

Rays get Aaron Civale

Civale owned a terrific 2.34 ERA and 1.04 WHIP through his first 13 starts and will provide some much-needed depth to the Rays’ rotation. He’s under team control through 2025. The Rays later optioned Taj Bradley

The Guardians received 1B Kyle Manzardo, who was ranked as the Rays’ fourth prospect. He had a .783 OPS through 73 games with Triple-A Durham.

 

Cubs acquire Jeimer Candelario

The Cubs secured their lineup with the acquisition of switch-hitting third baseman Jeimer Candelario who is hitting .258 with a .823 OPS. He is also just three away from tying his career season-high in home runs (19). After last night’s 6-5 loss to the Reds, the Cubs are four games back in the loss column in the NL Central.

The Nationals received SS Kevin Made, and LHP DJ Herz, the Cubs’ 14th and 16th-ranked prospects via Pipeline, for Candelario.

The Cubs also added RHP Jose Cuas from the Royals in exchange for OF Nelson Velázquez.

 

Mets trade Mark Canha to the Brewers

The Mets continued to sell by dealing the veteran outfielder to the Brewers in exchange for RHP Justin Jarvis. The Mets agreed to cover the majority of Canha’s salary this season. The veteran outfielder has a $11.5 M option and a $2 M buyout for next season that the Brewers will be on the tab for.

The Mets are also fielding calls for Tommy Pham

 

Cubs promote Pete Crow-Armstrong to Triple-A Iowa

The lefty-hitting outfielder posted a .938 OPS in Double-A before getting promoted.


 

Justin Verlander

He’s one of the big names that could be dealt before the deadline. Verlander has a full no-trade clause but according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the general feeling is that he’d be willing to waive his NTC for a move back to Houston.

The 40-year-old reigning Cy Young winner is owed $43.3 M guaranteed next season and has a $35 M option for 2025 that would become guaranteed if he throws 140 innings next season while also finishing the year healthy.

 

The Tigers

Eduardo Rodriguez and Michael Lorenzen remain likely trade candidates. E-Rod is on a five-year deal but has an opt-out at the end of the season. Lorenzen is an impeding free agent.

 

Best Moments from Yesterday 

 

Michael Harris II robs Ohtani

OK, in fairness, this ball probably hits the top of the wall, but, still, it’s a pretty nice catch.


 

Austin Hays saves the day

The battle of the birds came down to the wire last night with the Orioles guarding a 4-2 lead in the ninth. Félix Bautista put the tying runs on base with a pair of walks to Alejandro Kirk and Kevin Kiermaier but was picked up on a terrific catch from Austin Hays that robbed Whit Merrifield of a hit.

 

Super Cal

Cal Raleigh gave the Mariners the lead and may have also taken a piece of Nick Pivetta’s soul with his second home run of the night.

 

Injuries and Transactions

 

Bo Bichette left last night’s game with right knee discomfort.

The Giants acquired outfielder AJ Pollock from the Mariners.

Justin Turner left last night’s game with a left heel contusion.

The D-Backs called up OF Kyle Lewis

Thairo Estrada is set to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday.

Hunter Greene is scheduled to make a minor league start this Saturday and is targeting an August 20th return.

 

Articles You Should Read

 

8 ideal player-team fits for Deadline day.– David Adler, MLB.com.

What took so long? MLB execs discuss ‘weird,’ slow-developing hitters market. – Jayson Stark, The Athletic

 

Fantasy Baseball

 

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Week 18

Prospect List: Top 100 Dynasty Baseball Prospects 3.0

Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

Ryan Amore

Writer for PL, artist, DFS enthusiast, and occasional Yankee fan. Once won a GPP with Henderson Alvarez. A proprietor of the Ketel Marte Fan Club. Appreciates walks but only of the base on ball variety.

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