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Trade Deadline: Dodgers land Darvish; Gray to Yanks

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July 31, 2017 at 7:13 pm.

Jul 16, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) delvers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Photo Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 16, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) delvers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Photo Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Yu Darvish is on the move, after all.

Minutes after Darvish posted a picture of himself standing next to his Rangers locker on Twitter, Texas traded the four-time All-Star to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.

The Japanese-born right-hander posted a caption of “10min!!!” with his Twitter selfie, a reference to Monday’s impending 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline.

Texas received outfielder Willie Calhoun, right-hander A.J. Alexy and infielder Brendon Davis in exchange for Darvish.

Darvish, 30, bolsters a red-hot Dodgers squad that boasts the best record in the majors (74-31) and is currently without injured ace Clayton Kershaw (back). Darvish is 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA and 148 strikeouts through 22 starts this season.

–Sonny Gray is joining the Yankees after the former All-Star right-hander was traded to New York by the Oakland Athletics.

The Athletics acquired outfielder Dustin Fowler, right-hander James Kaprielian and infielder/outfielder Jorge Mateo in the deal. The Yankees also acquired $1.5 million in international bonus money.

Gray, 27, went 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 16 starts with Oakland this season. He won 14 games in back-to-back seasons with the A’s in 2014 and 2015, with his 14-7 record, 2.73 ERA and 169 strikeouts earning him his lone All-Star selection in 2015.

New York also traded right-hander Yefry Ramirez to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for international bonus pool money.

–The Chicago Cubs acquired Detroit Tigers closer Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila in exchange for minor league infielders Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes.

The Cubs also will send Detroit a player to be named or cash as part of the trade that was finalized Monday morning.

Wilson, who turns 30 next month, is 3-4 and has a 2.68 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings during 41 appearances for the Tigers this season.

Avila, 30, is batting .274 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs. He has played all but one of his nine major league seasons in Detroit and is the son of Tigers general manager Al Avila.

–Francisco Liriano is joining the Astros after the Toronto Blue Jays dealt the former All-Star left-hander for Houston outfielders Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez.

Liriano, 33, is 6-5 with a 5.88 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 18 starts for the Blue Jays this season. He reportedly will join the Astros on Tuesday.

The move comes at a good time for Houston after the team placed right-hander Lance McCullers (7-3, 3.92 ERA) on the 10-day disabled list with back discomfort on Monday.

–Brandon Kintzler is headed to the nation’s capital after the Washington Nationals acquired the All-Star closer from the Minnesota Twins.

The Twins received left-handed reliever Tyler Watson and $500,000 in international bonus pool money in exchange for Kintzler.

Kintzler, who will turn 33 on Tuesday, is in the midst of a career year, going 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA and a career-high 28 saves in 45 appearances with Minnesota, giving him his first career All-Star selection in the American League.

–The Boston Red Sox completed a trade with the New York Mets to acquire right-handed closer Addison Reed.

Reed was dealt for minor league right-handers Jamie Callahan (Triple-A), Gerson Bautista (Class A), and Steve Nogosek (Class A). He will be a free agent after the season.

Reed, 28, is 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA and 19 saves in 21 opportunities over 49 innings in 48 appearances this season. Reed would be expected to return to a setup role behind Red Sox right-handed closer Craig Kimbrel.

–The Pittsburgh Pirates traded former closer Tony Watson and acquired reliever Joaquin Benoit in separate deadline.

Pittsburgh shipped Watson to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for two minor leaguers, infielder Oneil Cruz and right-hander Angel German. The Pirates then swung a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, bringing in Benoit in exchange for minor league right-hander Seth McGarry.

Watson, 32, who will become a free agent after the season, was 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA in his seventh season — all with Pittsburgh. Benoit, who turned 40 last week, appeared in 44 games with the Phillies, compiling a 4-1 record with a 4.07 ERA and two saves. He is 58-47 with a 3.80 ERA in 16 seasons.

–The Baltimore Orioles acquired infielder Tim Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays received minor league right-hander Tobias Myers in exchange for Beckham, who is hitting .259 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs in 87 games this year.

Beckham was the top overall selection by Tampa Bay in the 2008 amateur draft but saw his playing time dwindle after the Rays acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the Miami Marlins.

–The Cleveland Indians boosted their bullpen with the addition of right-hander Joe Smith in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Smith was traded for minor league left-hander Thomas Pannone and shortstop Samad Taylor. The 33-year-old and 11-year MLB veteran went 3-0 with a 3.28 ERA in 38 relief appearances with the Blue Jays this season.

Pannone, 23, is 8-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 19 starts with Double-A Akron in 2017. Taylor, 19, is batting .300 with four homers and 19 RBIs in 28 games with Class A Mahoning this season.

–The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired right-hander David Hernandez from the Los Angeles Angels for minor league pitcher Luis Madero.

The 32-year-old Hernandez posted a 1-0 record with one save, a 2.23 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 38 relief appearances (36 1/3 innings) with the Angels.

Madero began his 2017 with Missoula in the Pioneer League before being promoted to Class A Hillsboro in the Northwest League on July 14. The 20-year-old right-hander has a 1-1 record with an 8.24 ERA in four starts with Hillsboro.

–The Oakland Athletics traded infielder Adam Rosales to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league right-hander Jeferson Mejia.

Rosales, 34, was batting .234 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 71 games with Oakland this season.

Mejia, 22, began the season at Class A Kane County of the Midwest League and was 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA in 18 relief appearances before being transferred to Hillsboro of the short-season Class Northwest League, where he made three relief appearances.

–In addition to acquiring Yu Darvish and Tony Watson, the Dodgers landed veteran left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani in a deal with the Cincinnati Reds.

The 28-year-old Cingrani was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 25 relief apperances with Cincinnati before the trade.

Texas also made another lesser deal, shipping right-hander Jeremy Jeffress to the Milwaukee Brewers for right-hander Tayler Scott.

 

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