It’s (probably) safe to say the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline and all of its madness has come and gone for the day — and what a day it was.
This was one of the craziest trade deadlines in recent memory, with two of the game’s elite left-handed starting pitchers — Jon Lester and David Price — being dealt in potentially league-altering blockbusters.
Get caught up with all of the day’s action in the live blog below. You also can check out NESN.com’s MLB trade deadline page, as well as NESN.com/RedSox, for more news, opinion and analysis as we start to pick up the pieces after an insane day of baseball moves.
6:29 p.m.: Closing the book on some deals, as details come out after the deadline.
The Cubs received Single-A catcher Victor Caratini in the deal with the Braves.
The Marlins sent three prospects and a 2015 competitive balance pick to the Astros for Jarred Cosart, utility man Kiké Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates.
The Diamondbacks received minor league catcher Peter O’Brien, the Yankees’ ninth-ranked prospect, and a player to be named or cash in the Martin Prado trade.
The Indians received utility infielder Zach Walters from the Nationals in the Asdrubal Cabrera trade.
4:27 p.m.: The Cubs and Braves also made a deal before the deadline. The Cubs will send reliever James Russell and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio to Atlanta. It’s still unknown what’s heading to Chicago.
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4:22 p.m.: The Red Sox have made the Stephen Drew trade official. It’s the first time since 1997 that the Red Sox and Yankees have made a trade with each other.
4:19 p.m.: Here are some of the financials on the reported Stephen Drew trade, from CSNNE’s Sean McAdam.
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4:16 p.m.: The Yankees also made another deal before the buzzer, reportedly acquiring infielder Martin Prado from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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4:13 p.m.: As expected, things aren’t done just yet. The Houston Astros reportedly traded pitcher Jarred Cosart to the Miami Marlins. It’s unclear what they’re getting in return.
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4:01 p.m.: The 4 p.m. ET trade deadline has come and gone, which means teams are done dealing for the day. If some trades were made just moments before the deadline, we should hear about them soon.
3:58 p.m.: The Rays also might be getting a pitcher as part of the David Price deal.
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3:55 p.m.: More on the reported return in a three-team David Price trade.
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3:54 p.m.: The deal sending David Price to Detroit will be a three-team trade, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
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3:49 p.m.: David Price reportedly is set to join the Detroit Tigers, per FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
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3:48 p.m.: This day is the weirdest. In the rarest of rarities, the Red Sox and Yankees have made a trade with each other. The Red Sox reportedly will send Stephen Drew to New York in exchange for Kelly Johnson.
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3:37 p.m.: The David Price talks might be heating up with just minutes left before the deadline.
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3:30 p.m.: Thirty minutes left. This is something worth keeping an eye on leading up to the final minutes.
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3:22 p.m.: The Red Sox have made the Andrew Miller trade official, per a team press release.
3:13 p.m.: Then again, on David Price …
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3:11 p.m.: The New York Yankees actually might be making a run at David Price.
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3:06 p.m.: The Red Sox’s pitching fire sale is continuing, and Andrew Miller is the next to go. The left-hander has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles, according to multiple reports. The Red Sox reportedly will receive Double-A pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez in return.
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3:02 p.m.: Asdrubal Cabrera is on the move. Multiple reports have the Cleveland Indians sending the infielder to the Washington Nationals.
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3 p.m.: Are the New York Yankees of all teams in on David Price?
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2:58 p.m.: As we approach the final hour leading up to the deadline, here’s MLBTradeRumors.com’s roundup of the David Price rumors. He’s obviously the biggest domino yet to fall, assuming it does fall, which certainly isn’t a given.
2:35 p.m.: The Tigers sound like they’re trying to add pitching depth in the rotation and/or the bullpen. In fact, they made a push for John Lackey, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
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2:25 p.m.: Bristol, Conn., native Chris Denorfia reportedly has been traded from the Padres to the Mariners for outfielder Abraham Almonte and minor league pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen.
Denorfia, an outfielder who played his college ball at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., is hitting .242 with one homer and 16 RBIs this season.
2:10 p.m.: The Yankees have claimed pitcher Esmil Rogers off waivers from the Blue Jays, according to Jack Curry of YES.
Rogers, who was designated for assignment earlier this week, posted a 6.97 ERA in 16 relief appearances with Toronto this season.
1:59 p.m.: The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a trade.
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1:46 p.m.: Is David Price’s tenure in Tampa Bay over? Joel Sherman seems to think so.
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1:42 p.m.: The A’s might not be done dealing just yet.
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12:55 p.m.: Multiple reports have the Red Sox getting a potentially tremendous return for John Lackey.
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12:40 p.m.: The Red Sox have made another trade, according to reports. Boston is sending John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals, according to multiple reports.
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12:36 p.m.: It’s official. Jon Lester is heading to Oakland, and Yoenis Cespedes is on his way to Boston. The Red Sox just announced the deal.
12:12 p.m.: Connecticut native and Wheaton College alum Chris Denorfia might be traded before the deadline.
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It wouldn’t be a huge splash for anyone, but the 34-year-old could help off the bench.
12:03 p.m.: Teams always are looking for left-handed relief help, and the Red Sox have arguably the best on the market. There’s reportedly plenty of interest in Andrew Miller.
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11:42 a.m.: The Kansas City Royals apparently want a pitcher, as they’re reportedly in on or at least interested in a handful of arms.
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11:40 a.m.: The Red Sox likely aren’t done, which is no surprise. Here’s a tidbit on left-handed reliever Andrew Miller.
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11:38 a.m.: The A’s will get Sam Fuld back from the Minnesota Twins in the Tommy Milone trade.
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10:55 a.m.: Just like that, it sounds as if the A’s have made another move, this according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
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10:35 a.m.: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal just pointed out that the A’s might not be done just yet.
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Milone reportedly asked for a trade after being demoted despite pitching well. He was sent down after the Jeff Samardzija deal was made.
10:15 a.m.: Here’s more on the reported Red Sox-A’s trade that sends Jon Lester to Oakland and brings Yoenis Cespedes to Boston.
9:55 a.m.: Here are some more details on the blockbuster deal between the Red Sox and A’s, per Yahoo’s Jeff Passan.
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9:45 a.m.: Jon Lester has a new team, and it sounds like he’s headed to the Oakland Athletics. It’s a blockbuster, too. According to multiple reports, Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes are heading to Oakland in exchange for A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
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9:05 a.m.: The Oakland A’s already made a big splash this trade season when they acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs for some high-level prospects. Could they also be gearing up for a run at Jon Lester? ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick thinks it makes some sense.
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8:50 a.m.: Do the Yankees have something up their sleeves? It doesn’t sound like it, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.
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8:18 a.m.: From late, late Wednesday night on the Jon Lester front:
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How much interest the Dodgers have at this point really is unknown. MLB insider Peter Gammons just said on WEEI radio in Boston that the Dodgers are out on Lester and might be turning their attention elsewhere.
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But … that can always change in a hurry.
8:05 a.m.: Here’s a quick roundup of everything going on as we reset from Wednesday into Thursday.
— Here are NESN.com Red Sox beat writer Ricky Doyle’s trade deadline notes from Wednesday night.
— Orioles general manager Dan Duquette downplayed any sort of Jon Lester rumors.
— A look at how the Red Sox’s trade on Wednesday — sending Felix Doubront to the Cubs virtually for nothing — could benefit both teams.
— Elsewhere across the Internet, Sports on Earth has a look at some of the biggest deadline deals in the last 20 years.
8 a.m.: The Major League Baseball trade deadline is upon us, and it sure feels like a lot is about to happen.
The non-waiver deadline is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, and if Wednesday was any indication, it’ll be a pretty hectic day. The biggest name traded Wednesday was Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson, who was shipped to the St. Louis Cardinals, but there was no shortage of rumors throughout the day and into the night.
A lot of those rumors centered around Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester. The big left-hander is in the final year of his contract, and both sides have broken off talks on a long-term contract extension. The Red Sox also are out of contention, so the logical move seems to be to trade Lester. The southpaw was scratched from his Wednesday night start against the Toronto Blue Jays with trade rumors swirling. One team that started to pop up in connection to Lester on Wednesday afternoon was the Baltimore Orioles. Nothing came of that, but we’ll have to see if the seeds were planted for a potential Thursday deal.
Lester is far from the only Red Sox player who could be on the move. Starting pitcher John Lackey had his name come up in rumors, as has Boston relievers such as Andrew Miller and Koji Uehara. Boston manager John Farrell stressed Wednesday that any sort of “rebuild” would be geared toward competing right away in 2015, so it will be interesting to see what the club does not only Thursday but into the offseason, especially if they’re able to secure a haul of prospects before the deadline.
Ben Cherington won’t be the only GM burning up the phone lines. There’s likely to be plenty of talk in Tampa Bay, where the Rays have a big decision to make about left-handed ace David Price. The All-Star made his regular turn Wednesday, and the Rays likely still see themselves in contention. However, there were reports Wednesday that indicated the Rays still would be interested in trading Price if they found the right deal. Of course, the right deal could be a king’s ransom, but a lot of attention certainly will be paid to what the Rays do Thursday.
Be sure to follow along all day right here as we’ll be live-blogging updates throughout the day.