After weeks of rumors, reports and rampant speculation, just a few hours remain until the 2023 MLB trade deadline at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 1. We’ve seen a ton of movement already: The Los Angeles Angels went all the way in, keeping Shohei Ohtani and trading for Chicago White Sox righty Lucas Giolito; the New York Mets went all the way out, sending closer David Robertson to the Miami Marlins, Max Scherzer to the Texas Rangers and outfielder Mark Canha to the Milwaukee Brewers. The St. Louis Cardinals began their expected sell-off by sending closer Jordan Hicks and lefty Jordan Montgomery to the Toronto Blue Jays and Rangers, respectively. And Monday saw two more big deals, with the Tampa Bay Rays sending top prospect Kyle Manzardo to the Cleveland Guardians for starter Aaron Civale and the streaking Chicago Cubs announcing themselves as buyers by acquiring third basman Jeimer Candelario from the Washington Nationals.
Despite all that, though, this deadline season is nowhere near finished. With Scherzer, Robertson and Canha already out the door, all eyes now turn to Mets righty Justin Verlander as the best available arm left on the market. Verlander’s contract (and full no-trade clause) make him tricky to move, but the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers — as well as at least one dreaded mystery team — are believed to be making a run at the future Hall of Famer. Plus, there are plenty of other sellers who still have major pieces to move, from the Cardinals (RHP Jack Flaherty, SS Paul DeJong and OF Dylan Carlson) to the Detroit Tigers (starters Michael Lorenzen and Eduardo Rodriguez).
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles lead their divisions and boast two of the deepest farm systems in all of baseball. The Cincinnati Reds have a stockpile of young talent themselves as they look to capture an unlikely NL Central title. And what about the New York Yankees? Surely Brian Cashman and Co. can’t go full teardown, but will they look to make incremental moves for this year or try and deal pending free agents like Harrison Bader and Wandy Peralta?
That’s a lot to keep track of, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ll be tracking every deal on deadline day, with real-time reactions to each move.
MLB Trade Deadline live updates
6:23 p.m. ET — The Padres have been searching for months for a reliable bridge to closer Josh Hader, and they hope they just found one on the trade market: Hard-throwing Royals righty Scott Barlow.
The San Diego Padres are acquiring right-handed reliever Scott Barlow from the Kansas City Royals, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2023
6:20 p.m. ET — Man, what a turn for the Dodgers. After missing out on Justin Verlander and Eduardo Rodriguez, L.A. turned to plan C, Kansas City Royals lefty Ryan Yarbrough. Yarbrough’s actually pitched well of late, and he’ll give the Dodgers another badly-needed rotation option:
6:18 p.m. ET — The Boston Red Sox got a single move in under the gun, acquiring infielder Luis Urias from the Milwaukee Brewers. Urias had looked like a promising young player over his first few MLB seasons, but struggled mightily at the plate after returning from a hamstring injury this year and was demoted to Triple-A.
The Boston Red Sox are acquiring infielder Luis Urias from the Milwaukee Brewers, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2023
6:10 p.m. ET — The Marlins wrapped up a surprisingly busy trade deadline with a flourish, sending out one first baseman (Garrett Cooper) to the Padres for lefty Ryan Weathers while acquiring another (Josh Bell) from the Guardians for infielder Jean Segura.
Garrett Cooper & Sean Reynolds to The Padres for Ryan Weathers. Deal done.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) August 1, 2023
The Miami Marlins are acquiring first baseman Josh Bell from the Cleveland Guardians for infielder Jean Segura and infield prospect Kahlil Watson, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2023
6:01 p.m. ET — Just before the gun, the Orioles finally got their starter, acquiring Cardinals righty Jack Flaherty for prospects Cesar Prieto and Drew Pom. Baltimore’s stockpile of young assets remains largely intact, while Flaherty has been pitching better of late and still has some upside as he enters free agency this winter.
The Baltimore Orioles are finalizing a deal for right-hander Jack Flaherty from the St. Louis Cardinals, sources told ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2023
5:57 p.m. ET — Hey, the Yankees have a pulse! In all seriousness, it was never likely that New York would make a splash at the deadline — they can’t sell, but they also don’t have much reason to aggressively buy — and rather than trade away pending free agents like Harrison Bader, they instead opted for a marginal move for White Sox reliever Keynan Middleton.
The New York Yankees are acquiring right-handed reliever Keynan Middleton from the Chicago White Sox, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2023
5:47 p.m. ET — After almost a full hour of silence, we got ourselves a flurry of activity in the waning moments before 6 p.m. ET, starting with the final piece of the Mets’ fire sale: Outfielder Tommy Pham is headed to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pham has had a very nice year at the plate and gives a right-handed look for a D-backs outfield that features lefties Corbin Carroll, Alek Thomas and Jake McCarthy. 17-year-old shortstop Jeremy Rodriguez is headed to Queens.
The Mets traded Tommy Pham to the Diamondbacks for Jeremy Rodriguez— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 1, 2023
4:51 p.m. ET — The latest deadline shocker comes in the form of a deal that didn’t happen: Apparently the Los Angeles Dodgers had reached an agreement on a trade involving Detroit Tigers starter Eduardo Rodriguez, but the lefty invoked his no-trade clause to block the deal — in what is quite possibly the first instance of someone declining an opportunity to move from Detroit to L.A. in recorded history.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers had a trade in place for left-handed starter Eduardo Rodriguez, but Rodriguez invoked his 10-team no-trade clause that included the Dodgers and the deal is now dead, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2023
4:44 p.m. ET — The Miami Marlins have entered the chat, acquiring slugging third baseman Jake Burger from the Chicago White Sox. Of all the players Chicago figured to send packing today, not many had Burger — with a 115 OPS+ and under team control through 2028 — on their bingo cards. But Miami made it worth the Sox’ while, sending promising pitching prospect Jake Eder to the South Side in return for some much-needed oomph in their infield.
The Miami Marlins are acquiring Jake Burger from the Chicago White Sox per sources.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) August 1, 2023
4:10 p.m. ET — Just a day after acquiring closer Paul Sewald from the Seattle Mariners, the Arizona Diamondbacks have dealt another of their best relievers ... to the team they’re currently in a dogfight with for an NL Wild Card spot. Even more confusingly, Milwaukee is sending back Peter Strzelecki, a 28-year-old reliever who’s pitched to a 4.54 ERA so far this season. Color me confused.
The Diamondbacks return from the Brewers for Andrew Chafin is Peter Strezlecki a young bullpen arm— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) August 1, 2023
3:33 p.m. ET — The starting pitching market remains red-hot. Most thought the Philadelphia Phillies would be in on a reliever ahead of the deadline, but instead GM Dave Dombrowski has struck a deal with his old team, acquiring righty Michael Lorenzen from the Detroit Tigers. Promising young infield prospect Hao-Yu Lee is headed to Detroit.
Can confirm Tigers are sending RHP Michael Lorenzen to Philly for IF Hao-Yu Lee, Phillies' No. 5 prospect. Dave Dombrowski making a Trade Deadline deal with Detroit is a plot twist.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 1, 2023
2:45 p.m. ET — With just over three hours left until the deadline, we have our first real blockbuster of the day. After speculation ramped up on Monday evening, the Mets have reportedly dealt Justin Verlander back to his former team, the Houston Astros:
Houston is sending two outfield prospects, including top-100 player Drew Gilbert, to New York.
1:27 p.m. ET — Now we’re heating up. For the second time in less than a week, the Toronto Blue Jays have turned to the St. Louis Cardinals for help in the wake of a potentially critical injury. First it was Jordan Hicks as a Jordan Romano replacement, and now the Jays have acquired Paul DeJong to fill in at shortstop for Bo Bichette.
1:07 p.m. ET — With some strong play to start the second half, the underachieving San Diego Padres staved off talk of being sellers at the deadline, but everyone wondered just how aggressively GM A.J. Preller would be as a buyer. The answer, at least so far: moderately? San Diego has acquired lefty Rich Hill and first baseman Ji-Man Choi from the Pittsburgh Pirates, addressing needs for rotation depth and a more reliable DH option.
The San Diego Padres are finalizing a trade to acquire left-handed starter Rich Hill and first baseman Ji-Man Choi from the Pittsburgh Pirates, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2023
12:51 p.m. ET — The Atlanta Braves continue to import Colorado Rockies relievers this deadline season. First it was righty Pierce Johnson two weeks ago, and now the two teams have reportedly reached agreement on a deal to send lefty Brad Hand to Atlanta.
Trade: The Atlanta Braves are acquiring left-hander Brad Hand from the Colorado Rockies, according to a source familiar with the deal. Alec Barger goes to the Rockies.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) August 1, 2023
With Max Fried and Kyle Wright on the mend, bullpen depth is just about the only area of need for the MLB-leading Atlanta Braves at the deadline, and Hand — a three-time All-Star with a 4.54 ERA and 10.3 K/9 this season despite the Coors Field effect — gives them another left-handed option. Barger is a hard-throwing reliever who’s currently in Double-A.