The Boston Red Sox have officially struck a deal to land righty Nathan Eovaldi from the Tampa Bay Rays, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported (via Twitter). Young lefty Jalen Beeks will go to Tampa Bay in return, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link).
The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired right-hander Matt Andriese from the Tampa Bay Rays, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter link). Robert Murray, also of The Athletic, was the first to report that Tampa and Arizona had a trade in place. The Rays will receive two minor leaguers in return — catcher Michael Perez (as per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times) and righty Brian Shaffer (as Rosenthal was the first to report).
The Philadelphia Phillies’ list of trade targets includes Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Minnesota Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar, Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman reports. Indeed, MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi lists the Phillies and Indians as “two of the most serious contenders” to acquire Jones before the trade deadline.
The Toronto Blue Jays are pushing to trade pitcher J.A Happ, as well as relievers John Axford and Tyler Clippard. Joel Sherman, New York Post
The Toronto Blue Jays “appear close” to striking a deal to send lefty J.A. Happ to a contender, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Possible home for Happ could be the New York Yankees or the Chicago Cubs.
The Pittsburgh Pirates may now be looking into making some roster improvements. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Pirates have “legitimate interest” in Texas Rangers closer Keone Kela.
The Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves have engaged the Cincinnati Reds in trade talks regarding relievers, Raisel Iglesias, David Hernandez, Amir Garrett and Jared Hughes from Jon Paul Morosi, MLB.com
The San Diego Padres have checked in on New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard as a possibility in their search for a starter, from Dennis Lin, The Athletic
The Houston Astros aren’t expected to make too much noise at the deadline — they just don’t have much in the way of roster holes to fill. And, as a result, they aren’t likely to move any of their top prospects, per Jayson Stark of The Athletic.
The Baltimore O’s have no such urgency to move Kevin Gausman. The 27-year-old starter has two more seasons of arbitration eligibility before he can enter free agency following the 2020 campaign. The Orioles also view him as “a front-end of the rotation type of starter” according to ESPN’s Buster Olney,