MLB Trade Deadline Tracker: Justin Verlander Back To Astros
The MLB trade deadline is Tuesday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. ET. The Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers are making some of the biggest moves to position themselves for a playoff run. Find updated World Series odds and price movement below. The biggest move so far on trade deadline day is Mets starting pitcher Justin Verlander being traded to the Astros, the team he won the World Series with last season.
The MLB trade deadline forces teams to declare their run at the postseason, or their intent to build for the future. The Los Angeles Angels announced their intent to push for the postseason after refusing to trade Shoehi Ohtani and instead acquire a couple pieces. The Texas Rangers pushed their chips to the middle with the acquisition of Max Scherzer, Aroldis Chapman, and Jordan Montgomery. Teams like the Cleveland Guardians and St. Louis Cardinals positioned themselves for the future by selling off some of their starting pieces.
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Arizona Diamondbacks Trades
The Diamondbacks are tied with the Marlins and Brewers on trade deadline day for the final Wild Card spot in the NL.
- The Mets fire sale continues. Tommy Pham is headed to Arizona, Jon Morosi reports. New York gets Minor League infielder Jeremy Rodriguez, Joel Sherman reports. Pham, 35, is hitting .268/.348/.472 this season. Pham will be a free agent after the season.
- Closer Paul Sewald (2.93 ERA, 21 saves) is headed to the Diamondbacks from the Mariners.
Baltimore Orioles Trades
The Orioles hold the best record in the American League at the trade deadline and lead the AL East by 1.5 games (but three in the loss column).
- Baltimore is close to adding starting pitcher Jack Flaherty, Ken Rosenthal reports. The Cardinals RHP has a 7-6 record this season, with a 4.43 ERA over 20 starts. After a rough May and June, Flaherty righted the ship with a 3-1 record in July and 3.03 ERA.
Chicago Cubs TRADES
The Cubs are 3.5 games out of the final wild card position in the NL on Tuesday. They are also five games behind the Reds for the NL Central division lead.
- The Cubs added third baseman Jeimer Candelario (.258/.342/.481, 16 HR) from the Nationals.
Cincinnati Reds Trades
The Reds currently lead the NL Central division by 1.5 games over the Brewers.
- Reds trade for lefty relief pitcher Sam Moll (0-3, 4.54 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) from the Oakland Athletics.
Houston Astros Trades
The Astros are a half game out in the AL West behind the Rangers but also sit in the second Wild Card spot with a 4.5 game cushion for a playoff position.
- Blockbuster! Mets starting pitcher Justin Verlander (6-5, 3.15 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) is headed back to Houston after signing with the Mets as a free agent this past offseason. The 40-year-old was traded for two minor leaguers, including Astros No. 1 prospect Drew Gilbert. The Mets agreeing to pay a significant portion of the $93 million still owed to Verlander through 2025, Bob Nightengale reports. Astros World Series futures went from +850 before the move to a best available price of .
- The Astros landed reliever Kendall Graveman (3.40 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 8 saves) from the White Sox in exchange for a Triple-A catcher.
Los Angeles Angels Trades
The Angels are buyers at the trade deadline and are now only three games out of the final AL Wild Card spot having gone 7-3 in their last 10 games.
- L.A. traded for power hitter CJ Cron (.258/.301/.469, 11 HR) from the Rockies.
- The Angels acquired starting pitcher Lucas Giolito (6-6, 3.79 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 131 Ks in 121 IP) from the White Sox. The deal cost L.A. its No. 2 and No. 3 prospects. Giolito lost his first start with the Halos, going 5.1 IP and allowing 3 runs, while striking out five in Toronto.
Los Angeles Dodgers Trades
The Dodgers lead the NL West division by 2.5 games over the Giants.
- The Dodgers were pursuing starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez from the Tigers, but Rodriguez invoked his no-trade clause, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. LA pivoted after that rejection and landed Royals LHP Ryan Yarbrough, according to MLB.com. He has posted a 2.19 ERA in four July starts. His 4.24 ERA overall is inflated by relief appearances. As a starter, he has a 3.08 ERA. The Dodgers have control of Yarbrough in 2024 as well.
- The Dodgers traded for starting pitcher Lance Lynn (6-9, 6.47 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) and reliever Joe Kelly (4.91 ERA, 1.33 WHIP), who played with L.A. from 2019-21.
- The Dodgers landed Guardians shortstop Amed Rosario (.265/.309/.374) in a trade that sent pitcher Noah Syndergaard to Cleveland.
Miami Marlins Trades
The Marlins are within striking distance in the NL Wild Card chase. Miami is in a three-way tie on Trade Deadline day with Arizona and Milwaukee for the final spot.
- Miami is going for it! Another move brings Jake Burger to the Marlins from the White Sox. He’s a power hitter, slashing .214/.279/.527 with 25 HR in 88 games this season. Miami gives up AA pitcher Jake Eder, the No. 4 prospect in the system by MLB.com. Eder has a sub-2.00 ERA with 99 Ks in 71.1 IP in 2021 AA ball. However, he has a 4.12 ERA across A and AA Minor League games this year.
- Another hitter for the Marlins, as Guardians first baseman Josh Bell (.233/.318/.383, 11 HR) is headed to South Florida. Miami sends back Jean Segura and 2021 first-round pick IF Kahlil Watson. Bell is having a down year after posting an .877 OPS in Washington last season prior to being traded to San Diego. He’s in the first year of a two-year, $33 million contract.
- The Marlins acquired reliever David Robertson (4-2, 2.00 ERA, 0.98 WHIP) from the Mets.
- The Marlins traded for relief pitcher Jorge Lopez (4-2, 5.09 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) from the Twins by sending reliever Dylan Floro (3-5, 4.39 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)
Milwakee Brewers TRades
Milwaukee is in a three-way tie on Trade Deadline day with Miami and Arizona for the final NL Wild Card spot. The Brew Crew could also catch the Reds in the NL Central, only 1.5 games back there.
Milwaukee traded for outfielder Mark Canha (.245/.343/.381, 6 HR), landing him from the Mets.
The Brewers added Pirates first baseman Carlos Santana (.233/.320/.413, 13 HR), now his sixth-career team.
New York Yankees Trades
The Yankees are in last place in the AL East race but sit only 3.5 games out of the AL Wild Card on August 1.
- The Yankees had a quiet trade deadline but did acquire reliever Keynan Middleton from the White Sox for Minor League RHP Juan Carela, a prospect outside the organization’s top-20 rankings. Middleton has a 3.96 ERA but had an 8.64 ERA in July.
Philadelphia Phillies Trades
The Phillies are 11 games out of first place in the NL East but occupy the second Wild Card spot in the NL on deadline day. The Fightins are four games clear in the loss column for a playoff spot.
- The Tigers are trading right-handed starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen (5-7, 3.58 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) to the Phillies. He’s approaching a career high in innings pitched, a mark he set as a rookie in 2015. It would be his first sub-4.00 ERA campaign since 2019. Lorenzen is also sporting a sub-4.00 FIP. Jon Morosi reports infield prospect Hao-Yu Lee is part of the compensation going to Detroit.
San Diego Padres Trades
The Padres are 8.5 games out of the NL West division lead and five games back in the NL Wild Card.
The Padres and Pirates agreed to a trade that will send left-handed starting pitcher Rich Hill and first baseman Ji Man Choi to San Diego. Hill has a 4.76 ERA in 22 starts. Choi has a .731 OPS in only 23 games after returning from an Achilles injury.
San Francisco Giants Trades
The Giants trail the Dodgers by 2.5 games in the NL West; however, they are currently the top NL Wild Card team, which would come with home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They hold a one-game lead over the Phillies there and are four games up in the loss column for a Wild Card berth.
- The Giants bolster their lineup by acquiring outfielder AJ Pollack (.173/.225/.323, 5 HR) from the Mariners.
Texas Rangers Trades
The Rangers lead the AL West on trade deadline day but are only up one game in the loss column over the defending World Series champion Astros.
- The Rangers added starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (6-9, 3.42 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) from the Cardinals.
- The Rangers traded for three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (9-4, 4.01 ERA, 1.19 WHIP).
- The Rangers kicked off trade season by landing closer Aroldis Chapman (2.65 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 3 saves) from the Royals.
Tampa Bay Rays Trades
Tampa Bay is three games back in the loss column in the AL East division chase, trying to catch the Orioles. However, the Rays are the top AL Wild Card team, with a six-loss cushion in that column for a playoff spot, as of deadline day.
- The Rays landed RHP Aaron Civale (5-2, 2.34 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) from the Guardians in exchange for a prospect.
Toronto Blue Jays Trades
The Blue Jays currently hold the final AL Wild Card spot, with a 2.5-game lead over division rival Boston.
- After Bo Bichette left Monday’s game with a knee injury, the Blue Jays trade for Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong in exchange for Minor League reliever Matt Svanson. DeJong is hitting .233 with a .710 OPS.
- The Blue Jays traded for 105 mph reliever Jordan Hicks (3.67 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 8 saves) from the Cardinals.
How World Series odds are changing
The World Series odds will change throughout the course of the 2023 season. Here is where they stand.
|Team||World Series Odds March 23||Post-Trade Deadline August 2||World Series Odds |
|World Series Odds September 26|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+850||+500||+400||+400|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1900||+800||+750||+950|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+1300||+1600||+3000||+1600|
|San Francisco Giants||+6000||+2500||+4500||+100000|
|San Diego Padres||+950||+4500||+20000||+100000|
|New York Yankees||+750||+5000||+80000||—|
|Boston Red Sox||+6000||+7000||+30000||—|
|Los Angeles Angels||+4500||+7500||+100000||—|
|New York Mets||+950||+13000||+80000||—|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+1600||+60000||+100000||—|
|Chicago White Sox||+4000||+100000||+100000||—|
|Kansas City Royals||+20000||+100000||—||—|