Hello everyone! It’s Trade Deadline Eve, so expect a lot of activity today. Before that, we have to catch you up on what happened yesterday.
In Mariners news...
- You’re telling me Jerry Dipoto spent valuable deadline time doing this?! (I’m joking, obviously)
Sources indicated that Mariners have signed right-hander Asher Wojciechowski to a minor league contract and have him report to Tacoma. He was DFA'd by the Yankees a week ago, cleared waivers and elected free agency over being outrighted.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 29, 2021
Depth sign for Tacoma's rotation
- Ryan Divish at The Seattle Times notes that Jerry Dipoto remains very active in trade discussions after making two this week already.
- The Mariners are in on some of the higher-end trade candidates, too.
Sources: The #Mariners have pursued a trade for #Twins ace José Berríos this week, although a deal is not close as of this hour. Minnesota is asking for a prospect package that includes a top young starter, likely Emerson Hancock or George Kirby. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 29, 2021
- Abraham Toro made history before he homered in yesterday’s game.
Abraham Toro homered for the Astros against the Mariners on Monday.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 28, 2021
He was traded to Seattle on Tuesday and proceeded to homer for the Mariners AGAINST the Astros.
He's the first player in MLB history to homer for and against a single team on consecutive days.
h/t @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/cZnOF5lVD7
- Dan Szymborski of Fangraphs broke down the Tyler Anderson trade.
Around the league...
- The big news yesterday was that the Yankees are in agreement with the Rangers on a trade package for Joey Gallo. This helps Seattle in the immediate sense that they are gearing up to play Texas, but harms them in that their closest trailer in the Wild Card race just got a lot better.
- Oh no, you’re going to encourage them!
Chad Green says the bullpen found out about the Joey Gallo trade because a fan was screaming about it for 10 minutes— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 29, 2021
Green says the relievers had a brief conversation with the fan about the details of the trade pic.twitter.com/bwNfinADrP
- Speaking of the Rangers, they agreed to a deal with the No. 2 overall pick.
Jack Leiter, the No. 2 pick in the draft, is in agreement with the Texas Rangers on a deal that will pay him more than $7.9 million, sources tell ESPN. That’s the highest bonus for a pitcher since draft rules changed a decade ago and just shy of the $8M Gerrit Cole got in 2011.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2021
- The A’s also got better, but at a steep cost as they acquired outfielder Starling Marte for top pitching prospect Jesús Luzardo.
- The Twins and Tigers played in an absolutely wild game yesterday. The Tigers won 17-14.
The Minnesota Twins are the first team in MLB history to outhomer their opponent by 7 and lose.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 28, 2021
The Detroit Tigers are the first team in MLB history to be outhomered by 7 and win. pic.twitter.com/fyJx6gLodG
- The Reds acquired yet another reliever.
The Reds are finalizing a deal to acquire RHP Mychal Givens from the Rockies, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 28, 2021
- The Astros also continue to bolster their bullpen.
The Marlins will receive OF Bryan De La Cruz, currently with 12 HR and an .880 OPS in 66 games Triple-A, from the Astros in exchange for Yimi Garcia, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 28, 2021
- The Nationals and Phillies were forced to postpone yesterday’s game as the Nats deal with the biggest COVID-19 outbreak of the season to this point: 12 players/coaches.
- If you’re like me and assumed he had already been traded to the White Sox, you’ll be surprised to hear that the Brewers have acquired Eduardo Escobar from Arizona.
- Pfizer has announced that they’ve had positive results in a trial for a third booster vaccine that provides extra protection against the Delta Variant.