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3:35 PM ET, July 31, 2014


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Tim Dierkes / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cardinals Acquire Lackey; Kelly, Craig To Boston  —  In their second blockbuster trade of the day, the Red Sox sent veteran starting pitcher John Lackey to the Cardinals along with minor leaguer Corey Littrell and about $1.75MM in cash in exchange for young starter Joe Kelly and outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
A's Acquire Lester, Gomes; Cespedes To Boston  —  11:35am: The teams have announced the trade.  Nightengale tweets the exact figure that will be heading to Oakland: $650K.  —  10:09am: Dave Cameron of Fangraphs reports another wrinkle in the trade: Cespedes' contract calls for him to be non-tendered …
Andy McCulloughthe / Kansas City Star:
Looking to bolster pitching, Royals consider John Lackey of Red Sox, Bartolo Colon of Mets at trade deadline  —  ›  —  ‹  —  As his baseball operations department foraged for solutions to improving the Royals' roster, general manager Dayton Moore sought to diminish expectations heading …
Athletics trade LHP Milone to Twins for OF Fuld  —  The Sports Network  —  The Oakland Athletics continued to wheel and deal on Thursday, as they shipped lefty Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld.  —  This, of course, comes on the heels of Oakland acquiring lefty Jon Lester …
Alex Speier / Full Count:
Red Sox send Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes to A's for Yoenis Cespedes  —  Jon Lester appears likely to front the Athletics rotation into the postseason.  (AP)  —  According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox have sent Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Athletics in exchange for power hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Jayson Stark / ESPN:
Don't rule out a David Price trade  —  As the hours ticked down to the trade deadline Thursday morning, a fascinating topic was circulating big league front offices that had nothing to do with the A's and Red Sox:  —  “Don't be surprised,” said an executive of one team, “if you see David Price get traded today.”
Tim Dierkes / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers Acquire Gerardo Parra  —  The Brewers officially acquired two-time Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks today for minor leaguers Mitch Haniger and Anthony Banda.  —  Parra, 27, is hitting .259/.305/.362 in 440 plate appearances this year, playing mostly right field for Arizona.
Kristie Ackert / NY Daily News:
Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda power Mets in 11-2 blowout over Phillies  —  With a three-run home run from Murphy, a two-run shot from Duda and a five-run seventh inning, the Mets clinched their second straight series against the Phillies and gave the win to Zack Wheeler, who is 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA over his last six starts.
Discussion: Metsblog and ESPN
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda homer in Mets' rout of Phillies
Discussion: Metsblog
Chris Haft /
Giants part ways with Uggla, Colvin  —  Struggling second baseman hitless in four games; outfielder batted .223  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Clearing roster room for what could be multiple player moves before Thursday's Trade Deadline, the Giants released second baseman Dan Uggla and outfielder Tyler Colvin …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:   Giants Weighing Options With Dan Uggla, Option Tyler Colvin
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mariners Acquire Chris Denorfia  —  The Mariners have acquired Chris Denorfia from the Padres in exchange for outfielder Abraham Almonte and minor league right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen, the teams announced.  —  Denorfia, 34, is hitting just .242/.293/.319 this season …
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Nationals Acquire Asdrubal Cabrera  —  2:08pm: Hoynes tweets that the Indians are receiving infielder Zach Walters in the deal.  ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that Cleveland is sending cash to the Nats as well.  —  2:01pm:'s Jordan Bastian reports that the Nats have acquired Cabrera (Twitter link).
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Jon Heyman /
The Royals, Giants, Mariners and to a lesser degree the Reds and Indians are in on Rangers outfielder Alex Rios, one of the better hitters on the market.  —  The Yankees do not seem to be heavily involved at this point.  —  Rios is perhaps the best all-around outfielder on the market, though his power is down a bit.
Blake Schuster / Chicago Tribune:
Struggles deepen for Cubs' Jackson  —  While Chicago Cubs backup catcher John Baker was fist-pumping his way back to the dugout after recording the first - and likely only - victory of his major league pitching career, starter Edwin Jackson was sitting back in the clubhouse amazed that he let his club get into this mess.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Cubs' Arrieta gets the ball in finale with Rockies  —  The Sports Network  —  It's been an eventful 12 months for Jake Arrieta.  —  He's gone from traded pitcher to No. 3 starter to staff ace for the Chicago Cubs, and will make his final start prior to the 2014 trade deadline on Thursday afternoon …
Discussion: Purple Row
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cardinals Acquire Justin Masterson  —  The Cardinals have bolstered their starting rotation depth by acquiring Justin Masterson from the Indians in exchange for top outfield prospect James Ramsey.  Both teams have officially announced the deal.  Right-hander Michael Wacha has been moved …
Cards deal for Masterson to bolster pitching
Discussion: U.S.S. Mariner and ESPN
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