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2013 MLB Trade Deadline Live Blog

07/31/2013 11:49 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and even before the rush of the final hours, several big names have already been moved in the last 10 days – including Alfonso Soriano, who was acquired by the Yankees last Friday.

Keep tabs on all of the moves in the final 72 hours below in our YESNetwork.com Trade Deadline live blog, and see who ends up with a new home for August and September:

JULY 31
5:30 p.m.: It’s been 90 minutes and nothing else has come across, so it’s safe to assume that deadline day has come and gone with just four deals in the usually-busy final flurry. Of course, with Jake Peavy, Alfonso Soriano, and a couple of the better relief pieces already having gone earlier, that’s perhaps to have been expected, as it was a seller’s market all the way.

Now, the attention turns to the waivers process, which, as last year’s mega-deal between Boston and the Dodgers proved, can help one or both teams tremendously. It will be an interesting one for sure, as teams lower in the standings will often claim guys they have no interest in whatsoever just to block competitors.

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4:30 p.m.: Here are the particulars on the Butera deal: LA gets the 29-year-old backstop, who had a .229-2-10 line in 26 games at Triple-A Rochester and was 0-for-3 in two games with the Twins this season, while Minnesota gets a player to be named later.

Not an earth-shattering deal by any means, but effective enough; the Dodgers, who just added John baker off waivers from San Diego last week, get another veteran catcher to stash at Triple-A, while the Twins open up a 40-man roster spot and save themselves a few dollars.

4:00 p.m.: That's the bell, and it looks like only one other minor deal was completed, with the Dodgers acquiring catcher Drew Butera from Minnesota. Things could still trickle in over the next hour, but for now, it looks like a very quiet deadline day.

3:40 p.m.: As Ken Rosenthal first broke, Bud Norris is switching dugouts tonight.

ORIOLES get: RHSP Bud Norris and an international pool bonus slot
ASTROS get: Two Minor Leaguers – OF L.J. Hoes and LHP Josh Hader – and a Competitive Balance Round A draft pick in 2014

ANALYSIS: Norris, 28, was the highest-paid Astro at $3 million this season, and he was 6-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 21 starts. He’s a young horse, having made 27 or more starts in each of the previous three years, and is under club control until 2015. He’s also the second newcomer to the Orioles’ rotation this month, joining Scott Feldman, who was acquired from the Cubs a couple weeks back.

Houston’s haul includes 23-year-old Hoes, the Orioles’ No. 6 prospect entering 2013 according to Baseball America, and Hader, who was No. 19 on that list despite being drafted just last year.

Hoes, who made his Major league debut last year and made his lone MLB appearance with the club this past Sunday, was hitting .304 with 40 RBI in 99 games at Triple-A Norfolk, while Hader – who was the team’s 19th round pick last year – was 3-6 with a 2.65 ERA in 17 starts (85 innings) at Class-A Delmarva.

As for the peripherals, the pick Houston gets will be the second selection in Comp Round A, a slot the Orioles won in this year’s lottery, while the bonus slot they get in return is No. 91, which is valued at $213,000. As a side note, while the exact number of the balance pick won’t be known for another 10 months or so, this past year, the second pick in Comp Round A was No. 35 overall, which carried a slot bonus value of almost $1.59 million.

3:13 p.m.: Justin Maxwell, who many may remember as that guy that raked for the Yankees last spring before being one of the last cuts, is headed from Houston to Kansas City.

ROYALS get: OF Justin Maxwell
ASTROS get: Minor League RHSP Kyle Smith

ANALYSIS: The 29-year-old Maxwell, who was with the Yankees in Spring Training in 2012, is hitting .241 in 151 plate appearances this season after posting a .229-18-53 as a near-everyday player last season. This could be a steal for KC, as the right-handed Maxwell hits lefties well, can play all three outfield positions, and is only entering the first of his three arbitration years, and he will likely platoon in right field with lefty David Lough (.291-4-23 in 58 games) while filling in elsewhere as needed.

Houston picks up another low-Minors prospect in 20-year-old Smith, who was ranked prior to the season by Baseball America as KC's No. 12 prospect and was 5-4 with a 2.85 ERA and 8.3 K/9 rate in 19 starts (104.1 innings) at Class-A Advanced Wilmington.

3:03 p.m.: Less than an hour to go, and Ian Kennedy is the only transaction so far. However, the Astros have scratched LHP Erik Bedard from his scheduled start against Baltimore and replaced him with rookie lefty Brett Oberholtzer, so much like last night when they scratched Bud Norris, let speculation begin that Bedard is in his final hours as an Astro.

2:24 p.m.: It’s official: Ian Kennedy is a Padre.

PADRES get: RHP Ian Kennedy
DIAMONDBACKS get: LHRP Joe Thatcher, Minor League RHRP Matt Stites, and a Competitive Balance Round B draft pick in 2014

ANALYSIS: Kennedy has had a down season (3-8, 5.23 in 21 starts) but would fit well in PETCO Park, and he's under team control for two more arbitration years, so he’s a good get. He’ll replace Jason Marquis straight up this year and could sit atop the Padres' rotation with Eric Stults and Andrew Cashner next year if Edinson Volquez leaves as a free agent and/or Clayton Richard isn’t retained.

Meanwhile, the D-Backs, who were looking for bullpen help and will have a surplus of starters once Trevor Cahill and Brandon McCarthy are activated, get a quality lefty for now in the 31-year-old Thatcher (3-1, 2.10 in 30 IP over 50 games), and a top prospect for later in Stites (2-2, 2.08, 14 saves at Double-A San Antonio), as well as a Top 100 pick in the 2014 Draft.

2:00 p.m.: Kelly Shoppach has reportedly opted out of his Minor League deal with the Nationals, another non-trade that could have a big deadline impact. Shoppach hit .196 with the Mariners before being released in mid-June and was 7-for-40 at Triple-A Syracuse, so his numbers this year aren’t whopping – but, he is a veteran backstop who could make multiple teams’ lives easier for the next couple months.

The Cardinals, for one, just saw Yadier Molina go down with a knee injury on Tuesday, while the potential short-term addition of Shoppach could allow the Mets to trade John Buck for a future piece and still have a veteran mentor if and when Travis d’Arnaud is activated. The Yankees could even be in play, although with Austin Romine hitting .333 over the last month, it seems unlikely.

1:30 p.m.: One note worth mentioning, especially since the Yankees are in Los Angeles: while it’s not a trade per se, the Dodgers’ inking of Brian Wilson for the remainder of the season is just as good as a deadline deal. Sure, “The Beard” hasn’t pitched in a live game in almost 16 months, but if and when he’s ready to go after a “rehab assignment” in the Minors, he adds another power arm to an already loaded pen that has three ex-closers on the Major League roster, one more in Triple-A in Javy Guerra, and now 10 legitimate, quality Major League arms to fill seven slots – which, of course, also means they could trade one of those arms and maybe another piece to acquire an upgrade at either second or third base (which, to be honest, they may not even need) or a quality bench player.

1:00 p.m.: With 180 minutes to go, still a quiet day. A few notes:
-Justin Morneau seems more likely to be an August waiver trade, says Mike berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, but the Twins would consider paying a good chunk of his remaining salary for the right return.
-The Mariners are listening to several offers on Michael Morse, says Peter Gammons of MLB Network.
-FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal Tweeted that Lance Berkman may retire and forfeit the $4.4 million remaining on his 2013 contract, which could open up Texas to make another big acquisition.

12:01 p.m.: We're now within four hours of the trade deadline, and thought is that last night's Jake Peavy deal could pave the way (pun intended) for more big dominoes to fall. The White Sox could also be looking to move outfielder Alex Rios, Philly's Michael Young is heavily rumored to be heading back to Texas but is now reported to have agreed to waive his no-trade clause for a deal to Boston as well, and Bud Norris being scratched from his start last night for Houston has fueled speculation that he's going to be dealt sometime today.

As of this morning, there are 10 teams in the playoffs (theoretically) and six more within a half-dozen games of either a division lead or a wild card spot, so anything can (and probably will) happen.

JULY 30
RED SOX get: RHP Jake Peavy, RHRP Brayan Villarreal
TIGERS get: SS/3B Jose Iglesias
WHITE SOX get: OF Avisail Garcia and three Minor Leaguers: SS Cleuluis Rondon, RHSP Francellis Montas, and RHRP JB Wendelken

ANALYSIS: The biggest name so far to be moved, Peavy changes Sox after going 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA on the South Side this year. The 2007 NL Cy Young winner won 36 games in parts of five seasons in Chicago and will add another “ace” to solidify the rotation spot vacated by Clay Buchholz, who is out indefinitely with a neck issue. Boston also gets a bullpen piece from Detroit in Villarreal, who has spent most of this season at Triple-A Toledo and will likely be assigned to Pawtucket for the time being.

The White Sox get a nice haul back for Peavy, acquiring top prospect Garcia – who hit .374 with five homers in 23 games at Toledo and .241 in 20 games with the Tigers – from Detroit and three low-level Minor Leaguers from the Red Sox; 19-year-old Rondon was hitting .276 in 37 games at Short-Season Class-A Lowell, 20-year-old Montas was 2-9 with a 5.70 ERA in 18 starts at Class-A Greenville, and 20-year-old Wendelken was 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 10 saves in 27 appearances out of Greenville’s bullpen. Those three won’t help immediately, but Garcia’s acquisition could make the ChiSox more comfortable dealing Alex Rios, a move that has been much rumored over the last week.

Detroit, meanwhile, gives up two players to acquire Iglesias, who is hitting .330 with 19 RBI in 63 total MLB games this season but has hit just .205 in July after a very hot start. It may seem like a lot to give up for an “overachieving” semi-utility player, but the acquisition could end up being huge for the Central-leading Tigers, as third baseman Miguel Cabrera leave Tuesday’s game with another hip ailment and shortstop Jhonny Peralta is one of the names rumored to be implicated in the ongoing Biogenesis saga.

ATHLETICS get: 3B Alberto Callaspo
ANGELS get: 2B Grant Green

ANALYSIS: With their second trade in two days – and this one to a division rival, no less – the Angels appear to be in sell mode, at least of their non-star, fringe parts.

Callaspo is hitting .252 with five homers and 36 RBI in 83 games this season, and while he has exclusively played the hot corner in his tenure with Anaheim, he does have experience at second base, shortstop, and in the outfield from his days in Kansas City and Arizona, and will likely play second and/or fill a utility role in Oakland.

Green, 25, was drafted No. 13 overall by the A’s in 2009 and made his MLB debut earlier this month. He was hitless in five games (15 at-bats) with one RBI in the Majors, but had posted a .325-11-50 line in 87 games at Triple-A Sacramento and was selected to the Pacific Coast League squad for the Triple-A All-Star Game.

INDIANS get: LHRP Marc Rzepczynski
CARDINALS get: Minor League SS Juan Herrera

ANALYSIS: Interesting to see a major contender give up a piece like Rzepczynski – especially to another team on the verge of a race – but the lefty was optioned to Triple-A Memphis after a dismal April and was just optioned back there after returning for two appearances over the last week.

Although he has a 7.84 ERA in the Majors this year, Rzepczynski has been a quality lefty specialist for the Cards over the last few seasons and was especially clutch in the 2011 World Series, allowing just two baserunners and striking out four in 2.2 innings over four appearances.

In return, they get Herrera, a 20-year-old Dominican who was hitting .275 at Short-Season Class-A Mahoning Valley this summer and has a .286 average over 138 career games in Rookie or Short-Season Class-A ball.

JULY 29
RAYS get: RHRP Jesse Crain
WHITE SOX get: Future cash considerations or a player to be named later

ANALYSIS: While this move won’t help the Rays for another couple weeks, they get a solid set-up arm in the 32-year-old Crain, who was named an All-Star this season after going 2-3 with a 0.74 ERA, 19 holds, and 46 strikeouts over 36.2 innings (38 appearances) in the first half.

He is currently on the DL with a shoulder injury, but should return soon – and even better for the Rays, the Chicago Tribune reported that as a condition of the deal being “complicated” because of Crain’s injury, the Sox will continue to pay his salary until he returns.

BRAVES get: LHRP Scott Downs
L.A. ANGELS get: Minor League RHRP Cory Rasmus

ANALYSIS: He saw his team lose both Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty this season, but Braves GM Frank Wren shored up the southpaw side of his relief corps with the 37-year-old Downs, who was 2-3 with a 1.84 ERA in 43 games with the Angels and had a streak of 29 scoreless appearances snapped in his final appearance with the Halos on Saturday.

In return the Angels get Rasmus, who made three appearances with the Braves this season but has spent most of the year at Triple-A; the younger brother of Blue Jays outfielder Colby served as the closer at Gwinnett, going 3-1 with a 1.72 ERA and 14 saves and striking out 48 in 36.2 innings over 37 appearances.

TIGERS get: RHRP Jose Veras
ASTROS get: Minor League OF Danry Vazquez and a player to be named later

ANALYSIS: The Tigers load up their bullpen for the stretch run with the 32-year-old Veras, who had a 2.93 ERA and 19 saves for the Astros this season but will likely team with lefty Drew Smyly to set up current Detroit closer Joaquin Benoit.

In return the Astros get 19-year-old Vazquez, who was ranked by Baseball America as the Tigers’ No. 6 overall prospect heading into 2013. Vazquez hit .281 at Class-A West Michigan, and according to Astros owner Jeff Luhnow, he “adds to an already formidable group of prospects at the A-ball level.”

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