Good morning, Athletics Nation!
The 2020 MLB trade deadline is officially in the books, and it was a fun one. There were worries that it might be boring and quiet in such a weird, abbreviated season, but there ended up being plenty of successful connections between buyers and sellers.
The moves got started last week, and there were many more over the weekend. Monday brought the final round before its 1 p.m. cutoff, and it was packed with tons of deals. For original sources and more details, scroll through MLB Trade Rumors.
- Blue Jays acquire LHP Robbie Ray from D’Backs (for LHP Travis Bergen)
- Blue Jays acquire RHP Ross Stripling from Dodgers (for two PTBNLs)
- Blue Jays acquire IF Jonathan Villar from Marlins (for a PTBNL) (it will be prospect Griffin Conine, son of Jeff Conine aka Mr. Marlin!)
- Cubs acquire LHP Andrew Chafin (currently injured) from D’Backs (for a PTBNL)
- Cubs acquire LHP Josh Osich from Red Sox (for a PTBNL)
- Cubs acquire OF Cameron Maybin from Tigers (for a prospect)
- Giants acquire LHP Anthony Banda from Rays (for cash)
- Marlins acquire OF Starling Marte from D’Backs (for LHP Caleb Smith, RHP Humberto Mejia, and a PTBNL)
- Mets acquire RHP Miguel Castro from Orioles (for a prospect and a PTBNL)
- Mets acquire C Robinson Chirinos from Rangers (for a PTBNL)
- Mets acquire 3B Todd Frazier from Rangers (for a PTBNL)
- Padres acquire RHP Taylor Williams from Mariners (for a PTBNL)
- Phillies acquire RHP David Phelps from Brewers (for three PTBNLs)
- Reds acquire RHP Archie Bradley from D’Backs (for UT Josh VanMeter and a prospect)
- Reds acquire OF Brian Goodwin from Angels (for a prospect and maybe another PTBNL)
- Rockies acquire OF Kevin Pillar from Red Sox (for a PTBNL)
The Padres pulled off yet another swap, after making five by Monday morning. The Blue Jays were also busy, adding two more pitchers to their previous acquisition of Taijuan Walker, plus a hitter on top. The Mets added some vets, and the Reds netted a popular target on Athletics Nation in the reliever Bradley. The Marlins sold and bought, though Marte can also help them in 2021. Arizona sold everything that wasn’t bolted down.
The fourth-place Giants didn’t trade away any impending free agents, despite being below .500 and currently out of the expanded postseason field. It’s the second straight year they’ve decided not to sell for, I dunno, reasons?
As for the Oakland A’s, their final haul included infielder Tommy La Stella and lefty pitcher Mike Minor, with the latter coming Monday morning. Minor’s 2020 stats look underwhelming after his 2019 All-Star campaign, but a lot of that is small-sample noise and he’s really pitched more like a No. 3 starter.
And that’s a wrap! It was a surprisingly fun deadline, and a productive one for the A’s in particular, even if there were no superstar splashes. Remember, the last time Oakland made a superstar splash at the deadline (in 2014) it turned out to be one of the worst memories in franchise history.
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6 shutout innings against the Dodgers, our most likely World Series opponent
Forst points to Minor’s last start and says that the team doesn’t see any reason he can’t get back to performing as he did last year.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2020
Minor was an elite reliever as recently as 2017
Forst says Minor’s exact role to be determined but Minor told him he is up for anything, including pitching in relief. With multiple doubleheaders, he certainly will be getting starts.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2020
Part 1 (welcome, Christopher!)
Chad Pinder tells me Christopher James Pinder, 7.8 lbs and 20.5”, arrived at 5:18 a.m. this morning and Pinder and his wife, Taylor, are overjoyed.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 29, 2020
“Momma is healthy, baby is healthy! Just beyond happy!” Congratulations to the Pinders on the birth of their first child.
... and Part 2
A’s reinstate Chad Pinder from the paternity list for whenever they play next and Seth Brown returns to the taxi squad/alternate site.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2020
What a relief! Not a strained oblique (which could have easily been season-ending)
Forst says Semien told him there's a "little less discomfort today." Forst added: "the thought is that cooling down between games of a doubleheader & trying to warm up again is what irritated it more than in past yrs." Says Semien is trying to take advantage of downtime to heal— Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey) August 31, 2020
Addition by opponent’s subtraction (and same goes for the catcher Chirinos)
Four fewer times for the A's to see Todd Frazier this season is a deadline win. Felt like he had a big hit in every game they played against him this season. https://t.co/YA8hmZmgRQ— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) August 31, 2020
And then Melissa won the internet for the day