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Astros deal Maxwell (Royals) and Norris (Orioles)

The Astros made two last-minute deals before Wednesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, shipping outfielder Justin Maxwell to the Royals and starting pitcher Bud Norris to the Orioles.

From the O’s — in a deal first reported by FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and confirmed by MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli — the Astros will receive outfielder L.J. Hoes, a Compensation Round A Pick and minor league left-handed Josh Hader. From the Royals, the Astros will receive minor league right-hander Kyle Smith.

Norris was one of the biggest names floating around the last two days, as he was scratched from his Tuesday start in preparation for a deal. He is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 games (all starts) this season. Hoes, who was slated to play left field for the Orioles on Wednesday night (against the Astros), has appeared in three Major League games over the last two seasons.

Maxwell was hitting .241 with two homers and four home runs in 40 games, but missed two months of the season with a fractured hand. The 29-year-old outfielder led the Astros with 18 home runs last year after being acquired off waivers from the Nationals.

Smith, 20, was the Royals’ fourth-round pick in the 2011 Draft. He is 5-4 this year with a 2.85 ERA in 19 starts with Class-A Wilmington.

That Comp A pick is currently the 33rd pick next year, but subject to change with free agent signings.

– Joey Nowak

Report: Astros’ Maxwell traded to Royals

The Astros have traded outfielder Justin Maxwell to the Royals, according to a Tweet by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Maxwell was hitting .241 with two homers and four home runs in 40 games, but missed two months of the season with a fractured hand. The 29-year-old outfielder led the Astros with 18 home runs last year after being acquired off waivers from the Nationals.

– Brian McTaggart

Howie Kendrick staying put? …

With one hour and 25 minutes left before the 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline, it looked like Howie Kendrick will not be switching teams.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com first reported that the Angels are “likely to keep Kendrick” because they can’t find the right match for a starting pitcher, and a source familiar with the team’s thinking echoed that sentiment to MLB.com, saying it “appears” the veteran second baseman will stay put for the time being.

Kendrick’s agent, Larry Reynolds, said at 11:44 a.m. PT that he has not heard a word from the Angels about a potential trade or waiving his no-trade clause (Kendrick’s deal allows him to block a trade to 12 teams in 2013).

But (and this is worth repeating often) things change very quickly this time of year, and the Angels are definitely interested in using Kendrick as a chip to attain cost-controlled starting pitching. The Dodgers, Royals and Blue Jays were linked to Kendrick by ESPN’s Jim Bowden on Wednesday.

If not now, they’ll likely try again in the offseason.

– Alden Gonzalez

D-backs trade Kennedy to Padres

The Padres have acquired starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, who won 21 games just two years ago, according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert previously reported that Arizona was nearing an intra-division exchange that  included Kennedy and San Diego’s southpaw reliever Joe Thatcher.

The D-backs will receive Thatcher, Double-A Pitcher Matt Stites and a compensatory Draft pick.

In 21 starts this season, Kennedy is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA. Thatcher has logged a 2.10 ERA in 50 appearances for the Padres.

Arizona has a bit of depth in its starting rotation, with Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill both expected to soon rejoin the big league club. Kennedy had been previously linked to the Angels, in addition to the Padres.

The D-backs trail the Dodgers by 3 1/2 games in the National League West. San Diego stands 8 1/2 games back.

–Zack Meisel

D-backs close to dealing Kennedy

Arizona is nearing a deal with the Padres that would involve starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, who won 21 games just two years ago. According to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, the intra-division exchange would include San Diego’s southpaw reliever Joe Thatcher.

In 21 starts this season, Kennedy is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA. Thatcher has logged a 2.10 ERA in 50 appearances for the Padres.

Arizona has a bit of depth in its starting rotation, with Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill both expected to soon rejoin the big league club. Kennedy had been previously linked to the Angels, in addition to the Padres.

The D-backs trail the Dodgers by 3 1/2 games in the National League West. San Diego stands 8 1/2 games back.

–Zack Meisel

Tigers might not be finished dealing yet

The Tigers filled a huge void in right-handed relief with Astros closer Jose Veras, a move that paid dividends Tuesday night. They prepared for the possibility of a Jhonny Peralta suspension by trading for slick-fielding Jose Iglesias. And they still might not be done yet.

The buzz among teams Wednesday continued to include the Tigers checking on more relief help. They’ve been pursuing lefty relief options in recent days, including San Francisco’s Javier Lopez, and there are plenty of other southpaws potentially available. They could also add a right-hander for relief depth, though not necessarily a big-name setup reliever like they’ve been pursuing the last few weeks.

Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported Wednesday that the Tigers had been in touch with the Blue Jays on relievers. Toronto has veteran lefty Darren Oliver, who turns 43 this October, as well as All-Star setup lefty Brett Cecil and right-hander Steve Delabar.

Team president/general manager Dombrowski indicated late Tuesday night after the Iglesias deal that he was not expecting anything, but didn’t rule out pursuing another swap. The big question Dombrowski posed Sunday was whether the lofty demands teams had for relief pitching going into the week would drop at the deadline. If someone’s price drops, the Tigers could well make another move.

Jason Beck

Mariners emerging as possible deadline dealers

As the clock ticks toward today’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, the Mariners are beginning to emerge as a team looking to make a move or two.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Orioles are actively pursuing both outfielder Michael Morse and lefty reliever Oliver Perez in a possible package deal.

Several media outlets, including Jon Heyman of CBSSports.Com, are saying the Oroles are interested in getting southpaw starter Joe Saunders back. Heyman also says the Mariners are talking to the Rays about Morse, who just came off the disabled list yesterday after missing five weeks with a strained quad.

But Connolly says the Orioles aren’t interested in Saunders, who pitched last night for Seattle in its 8-2 loss to the Red Sox and talked afterward about the looming trade deadline.

Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com says the Mariners are talking to teams about Perez and closer Tom Wilhelmsen.

In other words, the rumor mill is buzzing and clearly Jack Zduriencik is at least shopping to see what he can get for some of his players as the deadline approaches and the Mariners sit at 50-56 and 8 1/2 games out of a Wild-Card berth on July 31.

-Greg Johns

Norris drawing lots of interest as deadline nears

Astros pitcher Bud Norris continues to get interest from the Giants and Pirates with teams like the D-backs and Rangers also in the mix, MLB Network’s Peter Gammons reported on Twitter.

A source told MLB.com on Tuesday the D-backs, Orioles and Pirates were three of the teams showing the most interest in him.

Norris, 28, is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts and is on pace to throw 200 innings for the first time in his career. Norris is making $3 million this year in his first year of arbitration and would certainly be attractive to a team considering he’s under club control for two more seasons.

– Brian McTaggart

Alberto Callaspo going to the A’s for Green …

The Angels have traded third baseman Alberto Callaspo to the A’s in exchange for Minor League infielder Grant Green, sources confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday night.

Callaspo is expected to play second base for the A’s, who have Josh Donaldson at third. He was pulled from Tuesday’s game at Rangers Ballpark in the top of the sixth, and at about the same time, infielder Chris Nelson was pulled from a game in Triple-A Salt Lake. It looks like he’ll be taking Callaspo’s place on the 25-man roster.

This trade could set up another deal, as Green can play both middle-infield positions — he’s played mostly shortstop in the Minor Leagues — and Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick have been heavily discussed over the last couple of days.

Green, 25, made his Major League debut for Oakland this year, ultimately appearing in five games and going 0-for-15. He isn’t considered a very good defender, but he posted a .325/.379/.500 slash line in 87 games for the A’s Triple-A affiliate. He, too, was removed from the game on Tuesday night.

Callaspo is signed through next year, making $4.875 million in 2014.

– Alden Gonzalez

Dombrowski: We’re not looking for a bat

Not even a shortstop, it appears.

As reports pick up about potential suspensions Major League Baseball has planned for players involved in the Biogenesis investigation, Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski is avoiding comment, saying Tuesday that it’s a Major League Baseball matter. Even a question about whether the team has made contingency plans in the event of a suspension was a question Dombrowski didn’t want to touch.

When asked about what depth the Tigers might have in the middle infield if they needed a shortstop in a pinch, Dombrowski listed his internal options.

“We have depth in the infield,” Dombrowski said. “Argenis Diaz is an outstanding defensive shortstop. He can really pick the ball at short. [Danny] Worth is playing second base; we know he can play shortstop. [Ramon] Santiago can go over there and play.

“You’re not going to get the offense from any of them that you would get [from Peralta] on a regular basis. So we have some depth in that regard.”

Both Diaz and Worth have spent the season at Triple-A Toledo. Worth has spent several stints in Detroit as a reserve, while Diaz has been in Toledo since 2011.

The option not listed there was Hernan Perez, the rookie who has filled in at second base the last couple weeks with Omar Infante on the disabled list. Perez has played nearly as many minor-league games at shortstop as he has at second base, including 27 at Erie this season before fellow prospect Eugenio Suarez was promoted.

“Can Perez go over there? That’s a good question that I don’t really know the answer,” Dombrowski said. “He’s played primarily second base this year. He’s played shortstop in the past. We switched him over to second. I think he’s going to be an outstanding defensive second baseman, all-around second baseman.

“Is he a shortstop for the future? I don’t really know that answer. Could he be? Maybe.”

At this point, internal options are the only options the Tigers have. As Wednesday afternoon’s nonwaiver Trade Deadline approaches, Dombrowski all but ruled out a trade for a fill-in. The Tigers are not pursuing a deal for a position player of any kind, it appears.

“We’re not looking for a bat,” Dombrowski said. “Again, if somebody drops something on your lap that you’re not anticipating being there, which happens sometimes in the last 24 hours … you never can tell what happens. But we’re not aggressively seeking that.”

They’re not looking for a bat. They already have a glove.

Jason Beck

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