As the Friday non-waiver deadline draws nearer, more and more teams are snapping up MLB players by the minute. Here is a rundown of the latest updates regarding the trades.
The St. Louis Cardinals welcomed Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday in exchange for Minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky. This makes Moss the second one from the Indians to join the team with David Murphy as the first. Meanwhile, David Price said goodbye to the Detroit Tigers and joined the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for left-handers Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt. The trade marks another milestone for the Blue Jays. Earlier reports disclosed that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies joined the Toronto team as well, making his debut in a match that saw the Blue Jays win against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. Following this season, however, ESPN reports that Price aims to work as a free agent.
MLB top team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, strengthened their pitching staff through utilizing their 13-player deal with the Atlanta Braves which saw the departure of Mat Latos from the Miami Marlins and Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from the latter. Infielder Jose Pereza was also welcomed by the Dodgers on Thursday; while Atlanta took in veteran Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez and minor league pitcher Zachary Bird.
As for the New York Yankees, a forearm strain prompted them to move starting player Michael Pineda to the disabled list. In what appears to be the first attempt of the Yankees to participate in the trading block, Dustin Ackley exits the Seattle Mariners and enters the New York clubhouse. In exchange, the Yankees bid goodbye to outfielder Ramon Flores and pitcher Jose Ramirez. Ironically, the New York team opted to acquire a player famously known for his facial hair. With the "no-beard" policy of the Yankees, Ackley will not only sport a new uniform but also a new look in the next days.
Meanwhile, Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers recently came out of a messy deal with the New York Mets, with the latter backing out from the trade even after seemingly reaching an agreement with the former. All hope is not loss, however, as the centerfielder found a new home in the Houston Astros. Moments when the news broke regarding the collapse of the deal between the Mets and the Brewers, the Astros swooped in and offered a deal to acquire Gomez in exchange for four prospects, namely, Brett Phillips, Domingo Santana, Josh Hader and Adrian Houser. Apart from Gomez, the Brewers also traded pitcher Mike Fiers.