One of the most enjoyable aspects of the trade deadline is the feeling that anything can happen, given this is an “event” in which all 30 teams participate and represents the last in-season chance to make major changes without the annoyance of waiver rules.
Most trades aren’t highway robberies cheap mlb jerseys for one side or the other, but are simply matches of needs between two teams with differing goals. It’s much harder to imagine a fair trade than an unreasonable one, so when concocting a possible trade including all 30 teams at once, I tried not to include any “my washed-up veterans for your young superstar” type — and would each team in fact close the deal? Of course not, but I’ve tried to include something for everyone.
Detroit Tigers receive: RHP Max Povse, DH Dan Vogelbach, CF Braden Bishop, 3B Joe Rizzo.
The Tigers have made a lot of noise about expecting teams to pick up Verlander’s entire contract and landing an impressive package of prospects.
CLEVELAND — Bradley Zimmer isn’t playing like someone who wasn’t called up from the minors until May 16.
In fact, the rookie center fielder is a big reason why the Cleveland Indians are playing their best baseball of the season.
Zimmer hit a home run on the game’s second pitch and drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning double and Cleveland matched a season high with their sixth straight win, 10-4 over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Zimmer’s two-out double off the wall in left-center against Ricky Nolasco (4-12) broke a 2-all tie.
“It’s a great feeling, obviously for me, but for the team and momentum moving forward it’s even bigger,” Zimmer said.
Zimmer hit a grand slam and crashed into the wall for a game-saving catch in the 10th inning of Tuesday’s 11-7 win. Batting .281 with seven homers, and 12 stolen bases, Zimmer has contributed in every category with his 6-foot-5 frame.
“Physically it’s impressive to see a big guy going to get balls like that and his speed on the bases,” Indians right fielder Austin Jackson said. “His baseball instincts are what really stand out. He’s been able to catch some balls I thought he had no business catching.”
Bryan Shaw (4-4) retired the last two hitters in the seventh and recorded an out in the eighth to earn the win.
Cleveland, which is a season-high nine games over .500, put the game away with a seven-run eighth.
The Angels rallied from a 7-0 deficit Tuesday, but lost on Edwin Encarnacion’s grand slam in the 11th.
“We want to win, obviously, but the game just got away from us,” center fielder Mike Trout said. “We fought back last night, but couldn’t finish the job, either.”
Luis Valbuena’s second-inning double tied the game. Yan Gomes’ two-out single put Cleveland ahead in the fourth, but Valbuena tied with a seventh-inning home run.
The Indians had 17 hits, including three by Carlos Santana. Gomes and Erik Gonzalez each had two RBI.
Carlos Carrasco allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Nolasco, who gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings, cheap jerseys mlb has two wins in his last 16 starts and has allowed a major league-high 27 homers.
Jackson singled in the seventh. He appeared to steal second and take third on a wild throw by catcher Martin Maldonado, but Gonzalez was called for interference. Jackson was sent back to first but scored on Zimmer’s double.
“He won that battle, and that was the end of the day for me,” Nolasco said.
Andrelton Simmons had two singles and was hit by a pitch, but his streak of reaching base in eight straight plate appearances ended with a sixth-inning groundout.
I KNOW THAT GUY
Jackson was known as a center fielder who ran down everything when he reached the majors in 2010 with the Tigers. He now plays alongside Zimmer and sees a little of himself in his teammate.
“I was telling him he reminds me of this guy who used to play with Detroit,” Jackson joked. “Some center fielder. I don’t remember his name. He looks a lot like that guy, a lot bigger though.”
Nolasco remained in the game after taking Francisco Lindor’s grounder off his backside in the third and retired Michael Brantley to end the inning.
Both teams made roster moves after using six relievers Tuesday. The Indians recalled right-hander Shawn Armstrong from Triple-A Columbus and optioned outfielder Abraham Almonte.
The Angels optioned left-hander Jose Alvarez to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled right-hander Brook Pounders.
Indians: Manager Terry Francona says 2B Jason Kipnis (strained right hamstring) is ahead of OF Lonnie Chisenhall (strained right calf) as both players return from injuries. Kipnis might begin a minor league rehab assignment in a few days.
Angels: RHP JC Ramirez gave up an earned run over six innings to beat Boston on July 22. He faced the Indians four times in 2016, twice apiece with the Reds and Angels.
Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer picked up his eighth win of the season on July 21, allowing three runs in six innings against Toronto. He is 3-0 in his career against the Angels.
DETROIT — The Kansas City Royals don’t play the Detroit Tigers again until September.
That might be the one thing that keeps them from making a postseason run.
The Royals extended their winning streak to eight games with a 16-2 rout of the Tigers on Wednesday night. Five of the eight wins have come against the Tigers, who they have outscored 40-10 in the last four games, including a 16-4 win on July 20.
“We feel good right now,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It is great that we have an off day tomorrow, but the way we are playing, you kind of wish maybe we could have an off day three or four days from now.”
The winning streak is Kansas City’s longest since a nine-game run from Aug. 14-23 last season.
“Our offense is giving us so much right now,” Yost said. “They just keep plugging away.”
Detroit has lost six of eight as trade rumors swirl around several key players.
“That can’t matter unless you actually get traded,” Justin Upton said. “We all know how this game works, so it is pretty unprofessional if that’s hindering anyone’s performance.”
Eric Hosmer matched a career high with five hits, including his first grand slam. He had six RBI and scored four runs.
“We had a lot of guys who started out rough this year, including me, but now we’re in a good place,” he said.
Hosmer entered with 117 homers but had not hit one with the bases loaded until he connected off Warwick Saupold in a nine-run seventh inning.
“I think the last grand slam I hit might have been in high school,” he said. “I’m glad to finally get one up here.”
Bruce Rondon was ejected with one out in the ninth after hitting Mike Moustakas on the back with a pitch, which caused both benches to empty. Rondon declined to speak to the media after the game.
“I think he was trying to hit me,” said Moustakas, who took a couple of steps toward the mound before stopping. “I don’t really understand what happened, but I got hit. I’ve been hit before. It’s not a big deal.”
Utilityman Andrew Romine entered in his third big league pitching appearance and faced five batters, allowing a walk, RBI single, sacrifice fly, hit batter and fly out.
“You never want to do that, because you are risking a guy’s career,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “Unfortunately, Romie has had to do that before, so he knows not to try to do too much.”
Ian Kennedy (4-6) improved to 3-0 in his last six starts, allowing one run and three hits in six innings.
Anibal Sanchez (2-1) had his worst start since returning in mid-June from a month-long demotion to the minor leagues. He allowed four runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
“They just did a great job of hitting,” he said. “Every time they made contact, it wholesale jerseys found a hole, and I wasn’t able to stop them.”
Hosmer reached on an infield single in the second, stole second and scored when Alcides Escobar singled on a 66 mph changeup. Kansas City made it 4-0 in the third on run-scoring singles by Jorge Bonifacio, Hosmer and Brandon Moss.
Jose Iglesias doubled in Detroit’s first run in the fifth, and Moustakas’ RBI single off Chad Bell sparked the big inning. Hosmer homered on a changeup, a drive over the out-of-town scoreboard, for a 13-1 lead.
Royals: C Salvador Perez did not play, a day after leaving a game with right-side tightness in his ribs. “Could he have started tonight? Yeah,” Yost said. “In fact, he fought me about it, but with a day off tomorrow, we can give him two full days of rest.”
Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (left groin) had a second MRI on an injury that has sidelined him since the All-Star break. The test showed no further damage. He received a cortisone shot and will rest for several days.
Romine has played every position except catcher this season. Ausmus said this week he might let Romine catch an inning on the last day of the season if the Tigers have been eliminated. With a ninth-inning single, Romine became the second player in Comerica Park history to get a hit and pitch in the same game. Shane Halter had four hits on Oct. 1, 2000, a game in which he played all nine positions.
Royals: LHP Jason Vargas (12-4, 3.08 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday’s series opener at Boston, which opens with LHP David Price (5-3, 3.82).
Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (6-8, 5.81) is slated to start at home Friday against Houston.
DETROIT — The Kansas City Royals are playing with confidence right now in the late innings.
Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive homers in the 12th, and the Royals won their sixth straight game, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Six of Kansas City’s last eight victories have come in the team’s final at-bat, and on this night, the bullpen held off Detroit long enough for the Royals to break through.
“You knew if we could just keep getting good relief pitching to give us an opportunity, that we’d find a way,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said.
Hours after the Royals helped their pitching staff by acquiring Trevor Cahill and two relievers in a trade with San Diego, Kansas City outlasted the Tigers to stay 1 1/2 games behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central. Jorge Bonifacio also homered for the Royals, who won despite squandering a 3-0 lead in the sixth.
Jakob Junis (3-2), one of seven relievers used by Kansas City, pitched a hitless 11th for the win. Kelvin Herrera finished for his 20th save in 23 chances.
Drew VerHagen (0-1) took the loss, allowing the homers to Perez and Moustakas in his third inning of work.
Perez put the Royals up 4-3 with his 20th homer of the year, a line drive that stayed inside the foul pole in left field, to lead off the 12th. Moustakas followed with a drive to right for his 29th home run of 2017.
“VerHagen could have thrown 100 pitches if we needed him, and we were so short in the bullpen that we didn’t have many other options,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. “I thought he did a very good job, except for hanging two breaking balls. You can’t do that to hitters like Perez and Moustakas.”
Amid ongoing speculation he could be traded soon, Justin Verlander allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for Detroit. He struck out nine and walked two.
Kansas City starter Jason Hammel allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Kansas City scored first when Bonifacio came home on a wild pitch in the fourth. Moustakas added a sacrifice fly later that inning to make it 2-0.
Bonifacio led off the sixth with his 14th home run, but Detroit scored three runs in the bottom of the inning. cheap jerseys Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI single, and Alex Avila lined a two-out, two-run single to left-center off reliever Scott Alexander. It was Avila’s third hit all season off a left-hander.
Verlander made his 373rd start for the Tigers, moving into a tie with Hal Newhouser for fifth on the franchise’s career list. The right-hander’s uncertain future meant this may have been his final appearance in Detroit.
“These last two starts have been the first time I’ve pitched in front of this many scouts since college,” he said.
He received a standing ovation from fans behind the dugout when he came off the field after the top of the seventh.
“It was very nice, and I felt it, I heard it, and these fans have been nothing but stellar to me my entire career. And hopefully they can say the same about me,” Verlander said. “I guess there might be a fleeting moment where you say, `This might be the last time.’ But it’s very fleeting. It’s, `I appreciate it, but we’ve got to score a run here. We’ve got to win a game.”
The Royals announced their trade with San Diego about 40 minutes before the first pitch. They received Cahill and relievers Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter.
“They’re going to be welcome with open arms,” Hammel said. “We’re trying to do something special here, and I know that the front office is trying to help out this team.”
PHILADELPHIA — As Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow looks for ways to upgrade his pitching staff at Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, he reminds himself daily that he is operating from a position of strength.
“We’re not going to overpay dramatically, because we’re not in a situation where we have to,” Luhnow told ESPN at Citizens Bank Park. “We have a pretty good team, and if we can improve it without giving up too much of our future, we will.” The Astros entered Wednesday’s series finale against the Phillies with a 67-33 record and a 17-game lead over the second-place Seattle Mariners in the American League West. They’ve been fueled by an offense that leads the majors in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases and OPS.
Houston’s pitching also has been effective, with a lot less national acclaim. The Astros rank first among the 30 MLB clubs with 1,018 strikeouts, and they’re second cheap mlb jerseys authentic in batting average against (.234) and ERA (3.98). Staff ace Dallas Keuchel will return from a neck injury on Friday and join Collin McHugh and Lance McCullers Jr. in the rotation for a three-game road series against the Detroit Tigers.
Houston has been mentioned in speculation as a potential landing spot for Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray, the two most coveted starters available in advance of Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline. If the Astros add a starter, it most likely will be someone who is accomplished enough to slot in with Keuchel and McCullers at the beginning of a playoff series.
Luhnow also has the postseason in mind as he scours the relief market. The Astros have been scouting Tigers left-hander Justin Wilson, San Diego Padres lefty Brad Hand and several other options.
Houston manager A.J. Hinch has received a lot of mileage out of his middle- and back end-of-the-rotation starters. Mike Fiers went 6-3 with a 2.51 ERA over a span of 12 starts entering Wednesday’s outing against the Phillies. Brad Peacock has struck out 97 batters in 71⅓ innings as a starter and reliever. And Charlie Morton threw seven innings of three-hit, shutout ball in a 5-0 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday.
One of those three pitchers will have to shift to the bullpen now that McHugh and Keuchel are back from the disabled list. Peacock, the most versatile member of the group, appears to be the leading candidate to pitch in relief.
Luhnow made it clear the Astros are aiming high in their deadline discussions with teams.
“I think if we are going to acquire a starting pitcher, that person is going to have to be a clear upgrade to the group [we have], and that’s a very small list of pitchers,” Luhnow said. “To a certain extent, that makes things a little bit easier.
“Right now, the rotation is healthy. Whoever we get, we’re not acquiring them to help us win the division. We’re acquiring them to help us in the postseason. It’s a very advantageous position to be able to focus on that exclusively. That’s what we’re doing.”