Yet another wild trade season is nearing its culmination with Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The summer sweepstakes kicked into full gear during the All-Star break, when superstar shortstop Manny Machado was dealt to the Dodgers for five prospects, around whom the rebuilding Orioles can build a nucleus. The floodgates opened in the immediate aftermath.
Brad Hand and Adam Cimber shifted from San Diego to Cleveland, where the Indians hope they can inject life into what's been a beleaguered bullpen. The Yankees, who've been on a collision course with the Red Sox for supremacy in the American League East, addressed needs in their starting rotation by acquiring left-hander J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays and beefing up their already elite bullpen with the acquisition of two-time All-Star Zach Britton from the Orioles. And the A's, who have abruptly surged into the AL pennant race, added former Mets closer Jeurys Familia.
There is a lot to catch up on, and with that in mind, here is a recap of every deal that has been struck involving big leaguers this Deadline season since Machado was dealt.
July 26: Yankees acquire J.A. Happ from Blue Jays
While the Yankees were in hot pursuit of Machado before he went to the Dodgers, one of the club's biggest needs was in its starting rotation, and that need was addressed Thursday with the addition of Happ. The 35-year-old left-hander had a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts for Toronto this season. From 2016-17 with the Blue Jays, he posted a 3.33 ERA over 57 starts. More >
July 26: Brewers acquire Joakim Soria from White Sox
With the Brewers falling just short of the postseason in 2017 and making another run at the National League Central title this year, general manager David Stearns bolstered the club's already strong bullpen with the addition of Soria. The 34-year-old right-hander had a 2.56 ERA with 16 saves in 40 appearances for Chicago, including a 0.74 ERA in his last 25 appearances. More >
July 26: Astros acquire Martin Maldonado from Angels
The Astros added catching depth with Maldonado, who won a Gold Glove with the Angels last season. The addition addresses Houston's backup-catcher situation behind Max Stassi, with regular starter Brian McCann expected to be out until September due to right knee surgery. More >
July 26: Rockies acquire Seunghwan Oh from Blue Jays
Colorado's bullpen -- into which the franchise invested $106 million last offseason by signing Wade Davis and Bryan Shaw, as well as re-signing Jake McGee -- has the NL's highest ERA this season, at 5.26. As the Rockies remain firmly in the hunt in the NL West, they added Oh, who is having a resurgent season in 2018 -- he posted a 2.68 ERA in 48 appearances for the Blue Jays this season. More >
July 26: Braves acquire Jonny Venters from Rays
A former Braves reliever headed back to Atlanta after being dealt by the Rays, Venters reunited with the organization that drafted him back in 2003. Venters was part of a dominant Braves bullpen from 2010-12, along with Craig Kimbrel and Eric O'Flaherty. Venters missed five seasons while undergoing what he calls "3 1/2" Tommy John surgeries. But he made his comeback this season at age 33, posting a 3.86 ERA in 22 appearances for Tampa Bay. More >
July 25: D-backs acquire Matt Andriese from Rays
Andriese joined former Rays Steven Souza Jr. and Brad Boxberger in Arizona, and he will look to help Boxberger and the D-backs' bullpen in a bunched up and wide open NL West. Andriese can help particularly against left-handed hitters, who are hitting .174 against him this season. More >
July 25: Red Sox acquire Nathan Eovaldi from Rays
The Red Sox have one of the most dominant starting pitchers in the game in Chris Sale to head their rotation, and behind him a pair of former Cy Young Award winners in David Price and Rick Porcello. But beyond that, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez are on the DL, and Drew Pomeranz struggled in his return from the DL on Tuesday. Eovaldi was considered one of the best options on a relatively thin starting-pitching trade market, and Boston snapped him up. More >
July 24: Yankees acquire Zach Britton from Orioles
The Yankees already had arguably the best bullpen in baseball, with Aroldis Chapman closing, and Dellin Betances and David Robertson dominating in the late innings. But New York made that relief corps even better with the addition of Britton, who is two seasons removed from one of the greatest reliever seasons in history (0.54 ERA, 47 saves for Baltimore in 2016). More >
July 22: Royals acquire Brian Goodwin from Nationals
As they continue their rebuild, the Royals added Goodwin, a 27-year-old outfielder who was the 34th overall selection in the 2011 Draft. He hit .246/.315/.464 with 16 home runs in 144 games over three seasons for Washington. More >
July 21: Athletics acquire Jeurys Familia from Mets
The A's, who have been red hot over the past several weeks and one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season, bolstered their bullpen with Familia, who posted a 2.88 ERA with 17 saves in 40 appearances for the Mets. As Oakland suddenly finds itself in the thick of the AL Wild Card race, bullpen depth will likely play a key role in whether the franchise reaches the postseason for the first time since 2014. More >
July 19: Cubs acquire Jesse Chavez from Rangers
The Cubs were after bullpen versatility when they acquired Chavez, who posted a 3.51 ERA in 30 appearances for Texas prior to being dealt to Chicago. The veteran right-hander, who turns 35 in August, could fill the role Mike Montgomery played last season, since Montgomery has been used primarily as a starter this season due to rotation injuries. More >
July 19: Indians acquire Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from Padres
Entering the 2018 season, the bullpen had been one of the Indians' greatest strengths. But things haven't gone according to plan; with left-hander Andrew Miller on the disabled list and the departure of Bryan Shaw in free agency, Cleveland's bullpen ERA is 5.19, among the highest in baseball. The addition of Hand and Cimber should help, particularly with Hand being one of the best left-handed relievers in the game over the past three seasons. More >
July 18: Dodgers acquire Machado from Orioles
The rumors regarding Machado started swirling as early as last December, when the Orioles reportedly made him available during the Winter Meetings. And in the seven ensuing months, at least 10 clubs were linked to the now four-time All-Star. More >