Trade Deadline Round-up: Yanks add Drew, PradoThe Yankees trade for Stephen Drew and Martin Prado before the deadline
The final eight hours before the 2014 MLB trade deadline yielded exactly a dozen deals, with a former Cy Young Award winner, two multiple-time World Series champions, and the two-time defending Home Run Derby champion among those on the move Thursday.
Here's a quick roundup of the bigger deals done during the run to the deadline, starting with the Yankees' moves:
NEW YORK YANKEES get: UTIL Martin Prado, SS Stephen Drew and cash considerations
ARIZONA gets: Minor-league UTIL Peter O'Brien and either a player to be named later or cash
BOSTON gets: UTIL Kelly Johnson
THE SKINNY: In separate moves, the Yankees get Prado from Arizona for O'Brien and a PTBNL or cash and get Drew and $500K from Boston for Johnson. In the Bronx, Drew (.176-4-11 in 39 games) will play second base, replacing Brian Roberts (who will be let go, according to GM Brian Cashman) and Prado (.270-5-42 in 103 games) will play right field, effectively replacing Ichiro for the time being as the everyday guy. Drew is a true "rental," but Prado is signed through 2016 at $11 million per year and can play first, second, and third in addition to the outfield, giving the Yankees a lot of flexibility going forward.
As for the other side, the Red Sox get a half-year of a utility bench player in Johnson (.219-6-22) and the Diamondbacks get one of the Yankees' more intriguing prospects in O'Brien, who has posted a .267-33-70 line between Class-A Advanced Tampa and Double-A Trenton but does not seem to have a set position.
OAKLAND gets: LHP Jon Lester, OF Jonny Gomes and cash considerations
BOSTON gets: OF Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 competitive balance draft pick
THE SKINNY: Oakland adds another ace for the short term with pending free-agent Lester, who was 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA in 21 starts with Boston and now slots into a strong top four with Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija, and Sonny Gray. The A's also replace their lost outfielder with Gomes, who is hitting just .234 with six homers and 34 RBI this year but is also a pending free agent and is noted as a great clubhouse guy - a trait they likely remember from the 2012 season he spent in Oakland.
Boston, meanwhile, bolsters its outfield for this year and next with Cespedes, who is hitting .256 with 17 homers and 67 RBI and will cost them about $14 million total through next season. The only potential hiccup here is that the two-time defending home run champ has a clause in his deal that says if he and his team don't strike a new deal by 10/31/15 or five days after his team's final game next season, he gets released, so the Sox will have to work on signing Cespdes immediately if they want more than a one-year look.
ST. LOUIS gets: RHP John Lackey, minor-league RHP Corey Littrell and cash considerations
BOSTON gets: 1B/OF Allen Craig and RHP Joe Kelly
THE SKINNY: One day after getting Justin Masterson, the Cards upgrade their rotation further by snagging Lackey (11-7, 3.60 ERA in 21 starts) from the Red Sox. Lackey is owed roughly $5 million (plus a $500K assignment bonus) this season, but his Tommy John surgery a couple years back triggered a clause in his contract stipulating that he has a team option for 2015 at the major-league minimum - and as Lackey has apparently told the Cards he intends to honor that, they will get a potential ace for barely a half-million dollars next season. They also get Littrell, a 22-year-old lefty who was Boston's fifth-round pick last year and was 5-5 with a 3.60 ERA in 18 starts at Class-A Advanced Salem this season.
The Sox, meanwhile, get a 26-year-old right-hander with four years of team control in Kelly and a powerful corner option in Craig, who is signed through 2017 with a team option for 2018 (at roughly $27.5 million guaranteed). Kelly has split this season between the majors (2-2, 4.37 ERA in seven starts) and Triple-A (no record, 2.61 ERA in three starts) and will slot into the back end of Boston's rotation, while Craig (.237-7-44) can play first base and either outfield corner.
DETROIT gets: LHP David Price
TAMPA BAY gets: SS Nick Franklin, LHP Drew Smyly and minor-league SS Willy Adames
SEATTLE gets: OF Austin Jackson
THE SKINNY: Detroit lands the other big pitching fish in Price, who was 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA in 23 starts and leads the AL in both strikeouts (189) and innings pitched (170 2/3). His acquisition gives Detroit the last three AL Cy Young winners in their rotation, and with one more year of arbitration eligibility for Price, they'll have at least two of those in 2015. The price for Price wasn't steep either, as they lose a back-end starter, a Low-A prospect, and their starting center fielder - who would be a bigger "loss" if Detroit didn't have Rajai Davis to slot into Austin Jackson's place in the outfield.
On the other sides, Seattle got some needed outfield help in Jackson (.270-4-32, nine steals, .727 OPS), who has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining, and while losing Price is a big blow to the surging Rays' hopes of another playoff berth this year, they've set themselves up well for the future, by getting a young rotation arm with four years of team control in Smyly (6-9, 3.77 in 20 games/17 starts), a much-needed middle infielder in Franklin (.294-9-27 at Triple-A Tacoma, .127 in limited MLB time), and a shortstop prospect in Adames (.269-6-50, .774 OPS at Class-A West Michigan).
HOUSTON gets: OF Jake Marisnick, RHP Francis Martes, IF Colin Moran, and a compensation pick
MIAMI gets: RHP Jarred Cosart, UTIL Enrique Hernandez and OF Austin Wates
THE SKINNY: This is a six-player deal involving a lot of young names, with the "prizes" seeing Miami add an immediate rotation arm in Cosart and the Astros getting a major-league ready outfielder in Marisnick and a former Top 10 pick in Moran.
Marisnick has struggled in limited MLB time over the last two seasons, but he hit .277 with 10 homers, 40 RBI, and 24 steals at Triple-A New Orleans this year. Moran, a Westchester County product who was the sixth overall pick in 2013, is a lefty-hitting third baseman who posted a .294-5-33 line with 21 doubles at Class-A Advanced Jupiter, and Martes is an 18-year-old righty who was 2-1 with a 4.97 ERA in seven games (five starts) in the GCL.
Beyond Cosart (9-7, 4.41 ERA in 20 starts), the Marlins also add a versatile bat in Hernandez, who has played just about every position over three levels and hit well everywhere (.284 in 28 MLB games, a .336-9-36 line between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City) and a former third-round pick in Wates, who has hit .299 with two homers, 30 RBI, and 31 steals at Triple-A.
OTHER TRADES MADE THURSDAY:
-Minnesota acquires LHP Tommy Milone (6-3, 3.55 ERA in 16 MLB starts/1-1, 6.43 in four starts for Triple-A Sacramento) from Oakland for OF Sam Fuld (.263-2-21, 13 steals in 60 games between Oakland and Minnesota)
-Washington acquires SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.246-9-40) and cash from Cleveland for IF Zach Walters (.300-15-48 in 60 games at Triple-A Syracuse/.205-3-5 in 32 MLB games)
-Baltimore acquires LHP Andrew Miller (3-5, 2.34 ERA, 0.898 WHIP in 42 1/3 innings) from Boston for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.79 ERA in 16 starts at Double-A Bowie)
-Seattle acquires OF Chris Denorfia (.242-1-16, 8 SB) from San Diego for OF Abraham Almonte (.198-1-8 in 27 MLB games/.267-6-31 in 72 games at Triple-A Tacoma) and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen (3-1, 2.70, 6 SV between Tacoma and Double-A Jackson)
-Milwaukee acquires OF Gerardo Parra (.259-6-30) from Arizona for OF Mitch Haniger (.255-10-34 at Double-A Huntsville) and LHP Anthony Banda (6-6, 3.66, 2 SV, 83 K over 83 2/3 IP in 20 games/14 starts at Class-A Wisconsin)
-Atlanta acquires LHP James Russell (0-2, 3.51 ERA, 1 SV in 44 appearances) and UTIL Emilio Bonifacio (.279-2-18, 14 SB) from the Chicago Cubs for C Victor Caratini (.279-5-42 at Class-A Rome)