The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline is officially upon us as of 4:00pm today. The activity promises to be fast and furious with some big names like Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez, Matt Garza, Justin Upton, Ryan Dempster, and Hunter Pence among others popping up in rumors. We will be updating throughout the day as deals start flying in.
But before we can get there, there were a slew of moves made overnight on Monday that need a bit of recapping.
- The Pirates and Blue Jays both played the sell high card as Pittsburgh sent right-handed reliver Brad Lincoln to Toronto for outfielder Travis Snider. Lincoln was converted to a reliever after a miserable run as a starter and has posted a 0.50 ERA out of the pen, with a 4-2 record and 2.73 ERA overall. Snider was recently recalled and was hitting .250 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI in the 10 games since his recall. Snider has always shown promise in the minors, but has yet to truly translate it in the majors.
- In a separate deal, Toronto also traded outfielder Eric Thames to Seattle for reliever Steve Delabar. Delabar was 2-1 with a 4.17 ERA out of the Mariners's bullpen. Thames had been demoted to the minors earlier this year and has fallen behind Anthony Gose on the team depth charts. These two moves for Toronto are more about 2013 than 2012.
- The Texas Rangers added catcher Geovanny Soto in a deal with the Cubs, sending Chicago minor-league pitcher Jacob Brigham. Soto was the 2008 National League Rookie of the Year, but has struggled since. We're still not sure how this addresses Texas's pitching issues, but Jon Daniels must have a plan...right?!
- The Cubs were pretty Monday night. They also sent lefty Paul Maholm and utility-outfielder Reed Johnson to Atlanta right-handers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman. This is quite the steal for as Vizcaino is solid prospect despite missing 2012 with Tommy John surgery, ranking second in the organization prior to the season according to FanGraphs. He'll profile as a future closer.