Posted July 31, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

Red Sox, Athletics, and Tigers Big Winners At Today’s MLB Trade Deadline

July 31 is like a small holiday in the world of Major League Baseball. It is the day that marks the non-waiver trade deadline. I will be updating you with the latest moves and analysis from what looks to be a wild day in the world of baseball.

Boston Red Sox trade pitcher Jon Lester, outfielder Jonny Gomes & $1 million for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a draft pick.

All I can say is WOW! This is a blockbuster trade by the definition of the word. There has been speculation for the past month about Lester possibly getting traded after the Red Sox made an offer for an extension he considered to be very low. He is scheduled to be a free agent next season so Boston will have a chance to resign the ace in the offseason.

Meanwhile, Yoenis Cespedes is one of the better young outfielders in baseball today. He is only 28 years old, carries a great power bat, and has made some AMAZING plays in the outfield. Looks like Boston may have found a future replacement for David Ortiz in the future.

The Oakland Athletics are going for it all, and now have a powerful pitching staff of Lester, Jeff Smardzija, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, and Jesse Chavez. Nice.

Oakland Athletics trade pitcher Tommy Milone to Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld

Tommy Milone was stuck in AAA after the Athletics beefed up their rotation. He has been pitching quite well and can help the Minnesota Twins rotation.

Fuld played for Oakland earlier this season and was claimed on waivers. He is expected to platoon with the newly acquired Johnny Gomes to take place of Cespedes.

Boston Red Sox trade pitcher John Lackey minor leaguer Corey Littrell and cash to St. Louis Cardinals for pitching prospect Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig

The Red Sox have just completed their second trade of the day, this time parting ways with another very good pitcher in John Lackey. Boston is building towards winning next season, and this trade gives them the tools to do so. With Allen Craig, the Red Sox have yet another outfielder that can give potentially give them a big boost next season. He has been struggling this season hitting only .237 with 7 home runs. Last season he hit .315 with 13 home runs. He is still only 30 years old and will be under contract for a little more than three more years. Kelly won’t be great, but can help fill some spots in the rotation for the near future.

Cardinals get some much needed pitching help in the deal. Lackey is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA this season. After trading for pitcher Justin Masterson earlier this week, the team has helped overhaul their rotation in preparation for their run to the postseason. If Michael Wacha can come back healthy that will definitely be a tough pitching rotation in the National League.

Arizona Diamondbacks have traded Gerardo Parra to Milwaukee Brewers for minor leaguers Mitch Haniger and Anthony Banda

Parra is a young, good defensive outfielder having won a gold glove in right field twice. He will bring good defense to the Brewers outfield which is already crowded with the likes of Khris Davis, Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun already out there.

The minor leaguers received from the Brewers could possibly help the Diamondbacks in a couple years, but isn’t expected to make a huge impact.

San Diego Padres trade outfielder Chris Denorfia to Seattle Mariners for outfielder Abraham Almonte and minor league pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen.

Good trade for the Seattle Mariners. Not a big impact bat, but will help against left hand pitching.

Cleveland Indians trade Asdrubal Cabrera & Cash To The Washington Nationals For Minor League infielder Zach Walters

With Ryan Zimmerman out for an extended period of time the Nationals got a potentially impact bat in Asdrubal Cabrera. Although he played short stop for the Indians, he will most likely play second base in Washington. He has hit .246 with 9 home runs this season.

Boston Red Sox trade Andrew Miller to Baltimore Orioles For minor league prospect Eduardo Rodriguez 

The first place Baltimore Orioles just got much STRONGER with this trade of Andrew Miller. In a rare trade between rivals Miller is a powerful left handed reliever which has pitched to a 2.34 ERA this season and owns a .150 batting average against left handed hitters.

Eduardo Rodriguez is another good arm to put in the Red Sox system as he was ranked the #65 prospect at the beginning of the season.

Boston Red Sox trade short stop Stephen Drew to New York Yankees for third baseman Kelly Johnson

The Yankees acquire a new infielder in Stephen Drew who has been struggling lately for third baseman Kelly Johnson who was recently injured. Johnson became more expendable with the acquisition of Chase Headley just last week.

Drew has been disappointing since signing with the Red Sox in the middle of this season hitting .176 with 4 home runs and 11 rbi’s/

Tampa Bay Rays trade starting pitcher David Price To Detroit Tigers In a Three-Team trade with Austin Jackson going to Seattle Mariners & pitchers Drew Smyly, prospect Willy Adames & infielder Nick Franklin to Rays

This is the blockbuster trade of all blockbuster on this day.

Detroit Tigers match the earlier trade of Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester with a big name pitcher of themselves in David Price. A rotation of Price, Verlander, and Scherzer? I’m afraid.

Austin Jackson is a great outfielder and good hitter and will shine in Seattle in my opinion.

With Drew Smyly and Nick Franklin the Rays have a couple more pieces to add to a potential run next season.

Arizona Diamondbacks trade Martin Prado to New York Yankees for prospect Peter O’ Brien and a Player to be named Later

Yankees need offense. While acquiring Drew earlier today, Prado will give them some good help although I am not sure what position he will play. He has experience as a utility infielder, so he may play right field.

Miami Marlins acquire pitcher Jarred Cosart & Enrique Hernandez For Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick & Pick

The Miami Marlins are looking to secure the National League East with a good pitcher in Cosart.

Chicago Cubs trade James Russell and infielder Emilio Bonifacio to Atlanta Braves for minor league catcher Victor Caratini & cash

The Braves are looking to fight, and with Russell on their team they get a pitcher with a 3.51 ERA he will fit right in the rotation, and can help them down the stretch.

Bonifacio meanwhile can do just about anything, and will definitely help them as a utility player.