Update (4:35 p.m.): With only minutes to go before hitting the trade deadline, the New York Mets pulled off the last big deal of the year. The Mets picked up slugger Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers for pitching prospects Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. Original story is below.
The Major League Baseball trade deadline is today at 4 p.m. And over the last few weeks, teams have been rushing to nab players to help them compete for a playoff spot — or move guys to other teams to free up salary for a rebuild.
With only hours to go before teams can no longer make trades, some big swaps are bound to happen before the clock strikes 4. But some pretty big trades have already been made, with the biggest coming in the last few days.
Here are a few of the high-profile trades that have reshaped teams heading into the stretch.
On Saturday, more than 2,400 walkers and runners crossed "Home Plate" at Fenway Park. They were part of the sixth annual Run to Home Base charity event.
The 9K run/2 mile walk raised $1.1 million dollars for the Home Base Program, which is supported by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Home Base helps veterans and their families heal from post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries. It’s a growing public health problem as more and more servicemen and women return from battlefields like Iraq and Afghanistan.
On Sunday, four baseball legends took their rightful place at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. This year’s four inductees are Pedro Martinez, the Expos’ and Red Sox’ ace who won the pitching Triple Crown in 1999; John Smoltz, the Braves’ starter and reliever who teamed with fellow Hall of Famers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux to form historically great rotations in the ‘90s; Craig Biggio, the Astros’ legendary second baseman; and Randy Johnson, the “Big Unit,” who was the most dominant pitcher in baseball for a decade with the Mariners and Diamondbacks, among other teams.
With another spectacular Hall of Fame class in the books, it’s time to see who will be inducted in the next five years, starting with players who are currently eligible but have not yet made the cut.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman have a new moniker - Hall of Famer.
Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday and basked in the spotlight one more time with at least 40,000 fans cheering from the sun-drenched field beyond.
For Martinez, the last to speak, the moment was magical as scores in the crowd waved Dominican flags for one of their own. Martinez, who also delivered part of his speech in Spanish, and former Giants great Juan Marichal, elected in 1983, are the only Hall of Famers from the Caribbean nation.
At the end of the ceremony, Martinez beckoned Marichal to the stage and they held their flag high, one last emotional gesture as the crowd roared.
"We waited 32 years for another Dominican," said Martinez, who wore a patch honoring his nation's flag on one shoulder and another honoring the United States on the other. "I hope all Dominicans remember this. I don't think the Dominican Republic will have a better image than me and Marichal on Father's Day (in the Dominican Republic) to be up there."
All 30 Major League Baseball teams are back in action today after the four-day All-Star break. The second half of the season will fly by as teams make their push for the postseason, respectability, or trying to land a key player by the July 31 trade deadline.
Here are 10 key storylines to watch for as the regular season begins to wind down.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout led off with a homer and scored two runs in a 6-3 American League win in last night’s MLB All-Star Game at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. The win gives the AL home-field advantage in the World Series.
Trout’s leadoff blast off of cross-town rival and NL starter Zach Greinke was the first such round-tripper since 1989, when Bo Jackson hit a leadoff bomb for Kansas City. It also helped earn him MVP honors for the second straight year. He joins greats Gary Carter, Steve Garvey, Willie Mays, and Cal Ripken Jr. as the only men to win the award twice.
Monday marked the annual All-Star Media Day – the day when the best in the world at swinging a wooden stick and throwing a cork ball are confined to a hotel ballroom and interrogated ruthlessly.
That may be a bit of an exaggeration. But it was a good day to ask questions and have them answered insightfully.
Many questions revolved around the two starting pitchers for the game, Zach Greinke of the Dodgers and Dallas Keuchel of the Astros. “[Greinke’s] pitching unbelievably right now,” said Nationals ace Max Scherzer, who is ineligible for the All-Star Game. “When he gets locked in like this, watch out.”