More than 30 players were exchanged prior to the 4 p.m. MLB trade deadline, with some surprises along the way.
The biggest move of the day came from the Texas Rangers, who secured two major bats. First, they acquired New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran for three minor league pitching prospects. (RELATED: Max Wildstein breaks down the trade, and the surprising haul the Yankees got in return.)
Their second major deal was for catcher Jonathan Lucroy (who had previously vetoed a trade to Cleveland) and reliever Jeremy Jeffress from the Milwaukee Brewers. Texas was able to hold-onto their top prospect Joey Gallo, and instead send prospects Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz and a player to be named. (RELATED: Hardball Scoop takes a look at what each team will be getting in the deal.)
Cleveland would fill the holes in their outfield by acquiring Brandon Guyer from the Rays for prospects Nathan Lukes and Jhonleider Salinas. They were unable to fill their need at catcher with Yan Gomes on the disabled list and Lucroy vetoing a trade last week. They were, however, able to add Andrew Miller to their bullpen earlier in the week for a package of their top prospects.
Despite people thinking this was not possible, the Cubs got even better. Chicago acquired relief pitcher Joe Smith from the Los Angeles Angels for minor league RHP Jesus Castillo. Los Angeles also made a move with the Minnesota Twins, sending starting pitcher Hector Santiago and pitching prospect Alan Busenitz from the Angels for starter Ricky Nolasco, prospect Alex Meyer, and cash considerations
Dodgers general manger Farhan Zaidi had a big day, acquiring starter Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for pitching prospects Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton. (RELATED: Oakland Clubhouse has all the details on the prospects coming over from the Dodgers.)
The New York Mets reacquired starter Jonathan Niese from the Pittsburgh Pirates, who in turn reacquire relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo. Pittsburgh also traded starter Francisco Liriano to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher Drew Hutchison. To replace Liriano and Niese in their starting rotation, the Pirates acquired New York Yankee starter Ivan Nova for two players to be named later.
The Mets also added an impact bat by acquiring Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds. While the original deal was nixed due to medical issues surrounding one of the prospects New York was sending, a deal did eventually get done. (RELATED: Read up on the trade at Hardball Scoop.)
The Blue Jays acquired starting pitcher Scott Feldman to bolster their pitching rotation from the Houston Astros for Guadalupe Chavez. Toronto is expected to move their top pitcher Aaron Sanchez from the starting rotation to protect his arm down the stretch.
The Giants received two pitchers Monday afternoon in separate deals. First, they acquired Will Smith from the Brewers in exchange for pitching prospect Phil Bickford and catching prospect Andrew Susac. As the clock was just about to strike 4 p.m. ET the Giants acquired Matt Moore from the Rays for infielder Matt Duffy, and prospects Lucius Fox and Michael Santos.
The strangest move of the day came out of Miami. After recently acquired reliever Colin Rea was pulled from his first start with an injury, Miami asserted that the San Diego Padres sent damaged goods. They were able to send Rea back to San Diego and receive Luis Castillo, who was a part of the original trade made last week. (RELATED: Marlins Mania has all the latest details on this puzzling situation in Miami.)
Multiple players who were expected to be moved ended up with no phone call. Philadelphia Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson was expected to be moved, but the asking price was reportedly too high. Philly will instead hope to tender Hellickson (who is expected to be one of the top free agent pitchers this winter) and receive a first-round compensation pick.
While the non-waiver trade deadline is over, teams can still place any player on waivers and have the ability to make a trade. If a team places a player on waivers and they are claimed, the claiming team has exclusive negotiating rights towards that player. The original team can either remove the player from waivers, release him, send him to the minors, or trade him to the claiming team. Moves like these are made to get a feeler on what the market is for a player, and are typically very hard to pull off due to the limitations.
If a player clears waivers, they can be traded to any team.