4:02 p.m.: No more deals for the Red Sox, per The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier.
4:01 p.m.: The 4 p.m. deadline has come and gone, and now we wait to see if anything trickles in after the buzzer.
3:53 p.m.: The Red Sox are in the process of completing yet another deal, once again for a player to be named later, per multiple reports. This trade has lefty reliever Josh Osich on his way to the North Side of Chicago.
3:37 p.m.: The Red Sox are making a move, according to multiple reports and first reported by Mark Feinsand.
3:28 p.m.: There are a couple of smaller pitcher deals getting completed at the moment.
3:13 p.m.: Here’s the reported return on that Marlins-Diamondbacks trade centered around Starling Marte.
2:59 p.m.: Just as we get set to hit the final hour, things have very much picked up. It sounds like Starling Marte is headed from the Diamondbacks to the Marlins.
The Marlins, presumably in a different deal, are reportedly sending Jonathan Villar to the Blue Jays.
2:50 p.m.: It’s been a quiet day for the Red Sox, but that might be about to change.
2:15 p.m.: The Blue Jays are hanging around this season, and it looks like they’re convinced they contend, as they’ve reportedly made a move to acquire left-hander Robbie Ray from Arizona.
Ray is kind of in a similar situation to Mike Minor, who was traded to Oakland earlier in the day. It’s been a brutal season thus far for Ray, who has a 1-4 record with a 7.84 ERA in seven starts. He is, however, three years removed from contending for the National League Cy Young Award, and he’s still posting strong strikeout numbers, punching out 12 batters per nine innings. Control has been a major issue, as Ray’s averaging a walk per inning this season.
1:05 p.m.: This should go without saying, but: Don’t forget about the Yankees.
12:40 p.m.: The Oakland A’s have been one of the best teams in baseball this season, and they’re in the process of trying to bolster their rotation by adding a divisional rival.
Oakland and Texas reportedly have agreed to a deal that will send left-hander Mike Minor to the A’s.
Minor was awesome last year, going 14-10 with a 3.59 ERA and striking out 200 while finishing eighth in Cy Young Award voting. However, he stinks this year, as evidenced by an 0-5 record and 5.60 ERA. His FIP indicates he’s maybe been a little bit unlucky, and this move represents the ultimate change of scenery, as pitching in Oakland’s enormous ballpark might help him turn around his season. If not, it doesn’t sound like the A’s parted with much to get him.
12:15 p.m.: We’re under four hours until the deadline, and we’re waiting to see how the dominoes fall after the Mike Clevinger deal.
In the meantime, here’s our take on that deal:
11:22 a.m.: Here’s the reported return on the Mike Clevinger-to-San Diego deal.
It appears Cleveland also is getting outfielder Josh Naylor.
11:19 a.m.: The San Diego Padres are all in, as they are the winners of the Mike Clevinger sweepstakes, according to Robert Murray.
10:24 a.m.: Cleveland pitcher Mike Clevinger might be the biggest name to move on deadline day.
Here’s where things stand at the moment, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Clevinger would be a big get for any team, but he’d be especially impactful for a Yankees team that already has a terrific bullpen and bona fide ace in Gerrit Cole.
Then again, if the Padres were to land the right-hander, that would be huge for a team that’s already putting itself in a position to make a run down the stretch.
9:03 a.m.: The Minnesota Twins are struggling right now, but adding a pitcher could be the shot in the arm they need.
The Twins are reportedly poking around in the starter market, and a reunion with Lance Lynn could be in the cards.
As Jon Morosi mentions, the Twins have lost five in a row, but they still have one of the better rosters in the American League. Despite their scuffling, they sit just a game and a half out of first place in the Central.
8:42 a.m.: We mentioned it in the intro, but the thing that makes this trade deadline so potentially fascinating is how many teams seemingly believe they still have a chance to make the playoffs and go on a run.
MLB.com on Monday morning posted a trade deadline primer in which it pointed out these are the only teams really in a true position to sell at the deadline:
These teams, writes Jon Feinsand, could “go either way.”
We’ve already seen some activity from teams like the Red Sox, Mariners and Orioles, but there are plenty of pieces to move on those other teams, too.
8 a.m. ET: There was some question whether the 2020 MLB trade deadline might come and go without much action. If this past weekend was any indication, however, Monday might be a wild day.
Despite the pandemic, its economic fallout and the general oddity of a 60-game season, there was plenty of action this weekend, highlighted by the San Diego Padres making a handful of moves. Given MLB’s updated playoff format for this season, the majority of the sport remains in postseason contention, and it’s easier for teams to convince themselves to make a move to put them over the top.
We’ll have all the latest news and rumors right here throughout the day.