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Tigers land Price in 3-way deal with M’s, Rays

Just when it looked like Thursday’s Non-Waiver Trade Deadline was going to come and go without Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers making significant noise, they made perhaps the biggest splash of all.

The Tigers worked out a three-way agreement with the Rays and Mariners that brings four-time All-Star and 2012 Cy Young Award winner David Price to Detroit.

Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson — who was removed in the middle of the seventh inning from Detroit’s game against Chicago — headed to Seattle, and Nick Franklin went to Tampa Bay. Tigers lefty Drew Smyly and 18-year-old shortstop prospect Willy Adames (ranked No. 3 in the Tigers system) went to Tampa Bay in the deal.

The Tigers are eyeing the World Series and have given themselves considerable means to get there with July trades for Joakim Soria and now Price. The ace is owed $14 million this year, is under arbitration control next season and will be a free agent after the 2015 season.

Price has spent his entire seven-year career in Tampa Bay, where he’s amassed 82 wins in 175 appearances (170 starts). He owns a career 3.18 ERA and is 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA this season.

Jackson, who played five seasons with the Tigers and finished second in the 2010 Rookie of the Year voting, is a career .277 hitter with a .270 average in 99 games this season. Smyly has split time between the bullpen and rotation in his Tigers career, but pitched well as a starter this season (6-9, 3.77 ERA).

In 119 games with the Mariners, Franklin has hit .214 with 12 homers and 47 RBIs.

– Joey Nowak

Cabrera to Nationals

The Nationals have made a significant move to bolster their infield by landing Asdrubal Cabrera in a trade with the Indians.

The Indians will be sending cash along with Cabrera, and will be receiving infielder Zach Walters in the deal.

Cabrera, being paid $10 million in the final year of his contract with the Tribe, was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012. He’s appeared in 97 games this season, batting .246 with nine homers and 40 RBIs.

He has played only shortstop (aside from the occasional DH day) with Cleveland since 2009, when he last saw time at second base. The Nationals certainly have a bounty of infielders with All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman (though currently injured and playing some outfield lately).

Walters has appeared in just 40 MLB games in the last two years (32 this season), batting .234, but  has a .965 OPS with Triple-A Syracuse this year.

– Joey Nowak

Reports: Lackey to Cardinals

The Red Sox are well on their way to dealing away a large chunk of their starting rotation Thursday, now reportedly trading John Lackey to the Cardinals just hours after Jon Lester was dealt to Oakland.’s Jon Heyman had the news first, and Peter Gammons reported the Red Sox would receive Allen Craig and Joe Kelly in the deal.

Lackey, 35, has pitched 12 years in the Majors — eight for the Angels and the last four for the Red Sox — compiling a 149-114 record and a 4.02 ERA. He was an All-Star in 2007.

Boston has now traded away three of its starters who pitched in the World Series last year — Lester, Lackey and Jake Peavy.

– Joey Nowak

A’s not done yet: Milone dealt for Fuld

Billy Beane pulled off the biggest trade of the Deadline day (so far) but he wasn’t finished with the Jon Lester/Yoenis Cespedes deal. 

Shortly after that news broke,‘s Ken Rosenthal tweeted that lefty Tommy Milone was heading to Minnesota in a deal, and FOX‘s Jon Morosi reported it was for outfielder Sam Fuld.‘s Rhett Bollinger confirmed the deal.

Milone, 27, has spent the last three seasons with the A’s. In 75 games with Oakland (73 starts), he’s 31-22 with a 3.84 ERA. He’s 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA this season, in 16 starts spanning 96 1/3 innings.

Fuld, who played in seven games for the A’s earlier this season before being selected off waivers on April 20 by the Twins, is batting ,263 with 21 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and 20 runs scored this year.

– Joey Nowak

Red Sox, A’s swap All-Stars: Lester for Cespedes in blockbuster

One of the most talked-about names on this year’s trade market has reportedly been dealt, but the exchange piece comes as a bit of a surprise. 

A’s general manager Billy Beane seems to have pulled off another blockbuster deal and acquired more starting pitching for the stretch run by trading power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Boston for ace left-hander Jon Lester and veteran Jonny Gomes

WEEI‘s Alex Speier first reported the pieces of the deal on Thursday, and Yahoo!‘s Jeff Passan tweeted that Boston would be sending cash to Oakland and receiving the second pick in the competitive balance Comp B round.

After already dealing for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel this summer, the A’s continue to bolster their pitching staff and position themselves for a playoff run with the acquisition of Lester, a 10-game winner already this year and a three-time All-Star. He’ll be a free agent at the end of this season.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, land an elite power hitter in Cespedes — the two-time defending Home Run Derby champ who, at 28, has hit 23-plus homers in his first two full seasons and has already belted 17 this year. He was an All-Star for the first time this season.

Gomes, 33, has been in Boston since the 2013 season after spending 2012 with the A’s.

– Joey Nowak

While You Were Sleeping: 7/30 A.M. Trade Roundup

  • With Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, Jon Lester appears to be in the final hours of his Red Sox tenure after the left-hander was scratched from Wednesday night’s start against the Blue Jays at Fenway. On Wednesday,’s Gordon Edes Red Sox reported that Dodgers, Cardinals, Pirates, Blue Jays, Orioles and A’s  were in the running for the 30-year-old Lester. Right-hander Brandon Workman will get the start in Lester’s place for Boston on Wednesday. Lester is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA in 21 starts with 149 strikeouts this season.
  • With Jaime Garcia out for the season and Michael Wacha currently on the disabled list, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak has his sights set on bolstering St. Louis’ rotation.  Starting pitchers Lester, Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, Cole Hamels, Ian Kennedy, Justin Masterson and David Price are among the names that could be targeted in a deal by St. Louis. CBSSports and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman cited the Dodgers and Cardinals as the front-runners to land both Price and Lester
  • Speaking of Price, the Rays ace had some fun with fans on Twitter on Wednesday morning. 
  • Although Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been linked to trade rumors,’s Mark Saxon tweeted that the club wasn’t close to any blockbuster deals on Tuesday. According to Saxon, a deal sending Lester to L.A. is unlikely, especially if the asking price is Joc Pederson, who is ranked No. 19 on’s Top 100 Prospect list and who is the third ranked player on the Dodgers’ Top 20 Prospect list. The left-handed-hitting 22-year-old Pederson is hitting .319 with 23 homers, 56 RBIs and 25 stolen bases over 92 sames for Triple-A Albuquerque this season.
  • Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that Pederson was also sought after by Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. in a deal for left-hander Cole Hamels, however the asking price of Pederson along with SS prospect Corey Seager and LHP prospect Julio Urias was quickly shot down by Los Angeles and GM Ned Colletti.
  • Heyman reported on Tuesday night that the Rockies will not deal 41-year-old right-hander LaTroy Hawkins. Colorado had reportedly discussed a deals with Pittsburgh and other teams for Hawkins, who is 2-2 with a 2.92 ERA in 38 appearances with 17 saves in 18 tries this season over 37 IP.

– Matt Weber and Joey Nowak

Report: Sox, Lester holding off talks until offseason

if Jon Lester is going to remain in Boston next year, we won’t know it until the season is over. 

According to a report from the Boston Herald on Thursday, the Red Sox and their ace southpaw have decided to stall any talks of a contract extension until the offseason. Lester, 10-7 with a 2.50 ERA this season, is expected to be highly sought-after on the free agent market this year. 

“I’m not going to discuss Jon’s situation out of respect for both Jon and (general manager) Ben (Cherington) other than to say that both sides have put further discussion off until after the season,” principal owner John Henry wrote in an e-mail to the Herald. “It’s clear that both Jon and our organization would like to see Jon back next year if possible.”

Lester had previously said he did not want extension talks to be a distraction to the team during the season. He was an All-Star this season for the third time in his career.

– Joey Nowak

Report: Royals eyeing OF Alex Rios

If the Royals are looking to buy before the Trade Deadline in an attempt to keep up with the Tigers in the AL Central, they could be looking to bolster their outfield,‘s Jon Heyman is reporting. 

Heyman wrote Monday that Kansas City is looking to add to its offense by trading for Rangers outfielder Alex Rios, who for five years played for the division rival White Sox. 

Rios has appeared in 96 games this season for the Rangers — after being dealt from Chicago to Texas on August 9 last year — batting .302 with four homers, 42 RBIs and eight triples. His .765 OPS this year is 78 points higher than Kansas City’s team OPS (.687), which is second-to-last in the American League.

The Rangers are paying Rios $12.5 million this season and hold a $13.5 million club option on the 33-year-old for 2015.

– Joey Nowak


Burnett signs with Phillies

Shortly after the news broke that Cole Hamels will not be available to start the season, the Phillies brought in some rotation help. The team has signed right-hander A.J. Burnett to a one-year deal, a source told‘s Todd Zolecki. 

It’s a blow to the Pirates rotation that helped lead the club last season to its first postseason berth since 1992, with Burnett expected for much of the offseason to return to Pittsburgh if he did not retire. But in the last couple weeks he had reportedly re-opened his free agency, and now lands with a different NL club.

Because the Pirates did not make him a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer, they will not receive a compensatory draft pick.‘s Ken Rosenthal reported the deal is worth $16 million.

– Joey Nowak

Mets sign Valverde to minor league deal

The Mets have signed former Tigers closer Jose Valverde to a minor league deal with an invite to Major League Spring Training. 

The 35-year-old right-hander has spent 11 seasons in the majors (with Arizona, Houston and Detroit) and was an All-Star in 2007, 2010 and 2011. He has 286 career saves and converted 49 in a row in 2011, becoming the third pitcher in MLB history to be perfect in all his save opportunities while closing 40 or more games. 

He appeared in 20 games for the Tigers last season and saved nine games after signing a minor league deal on April 4. He was released on August 7.

– Joey Nowak


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