4:28 p.m.: Max Stassi is leaving the Astros.
4:21 p.m.: The Giants’ busy day continues.
4:19 p.m.: The trades continue to trickle in with a couple of notable reliever deals.
4:13 p.m.: It took all day and 13 minutes past the deadline, but we have our first “Wow” of the day — Zack Greinke is reportedly going to the Houston Astros.
4:11 p.m.: The Cubs look like they’ve landed a bat.
4:10 p.m.: The deals are still trickling in, and the Astros are getting a veteran arm that they could ultimately use in the bullpen.
4:08 p.m.: The Diamondbacks are getting a veteran pitcher and Arizona State product.
4:01 p.m.: The Dodgers aren’t getting a potentially season-changing piece from the Pirates, and the deadline has come and gone.
3:56 p.m.: The staredown continues.
3:49 p.m.: As we near the 10-minute warning, the Yankees are reportedly looking at a division rival.
3:47 p.m.: Doesn’t look like the Red Sox are going to do anything today.
3:40 p.m.: The Braves are going for it, too.
3:30 p.m.: The Yankees are going the bullpen route, apparently.
3:18 p.m.: The Dodgers making a depth deal.
3:12 p.m.: The Atlanta Braves are getting one of the best available relievers, landing Shane Greene from the Tigers.
2:46 p.m.: The Rays are also sniffing around on Zack Wheeler.
2:44 p.m.: The Yankees are turning over stones when it comes to finding starting pitching.
2:36 p.m.: Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The Nationals are acquiring a reliever.
2:29 p.m.: The Brewers are the latest team to find some bullpen help, plucking Drew Pomeranz from the San Francisco Giants.
2:23 p.m.: Things are starting to happen.
But maybe not what you might have expected.
2:01 p.m.: And there goes another reliever.
1:58 p.m.: One reliever domino falls, as the Nationals beef up their bullpen.
1:54 p.m.: Perhaps it’s no surprise that literally minutes after reports indicating the Yankees are sniffing around on relievers surfaces, we learn that one of their starting-pitching options is now a dead end.
1:51 p.m.: We’ve all assumed the Yankees would add pitching — presumably starting pitching — before the deadline, but if that doesn’t get done, improving their already-dynamite bullpen could be a good backup plan. They certainly are familiar with Toronto’s Ken Giles.
1:40 p.m.: Good point here by Mark Feinsand on the reported asking price for relievers.
1:29 p.m.: The Mets could actually hold onto Edwin Diaz after the closer was the subject of rumors for the last week or so.
1:11 p.m.: Nothing doing on the Matthew Boyd front — for now.
12:55 p.m.: Veteran catcher Martin Maldonado is heading back to the Houston Astros.
12:33 p.m.: The Rays might be without ace Blake Snell for the next month or so, but they’re not packing in the season. In fact, they’ve added to their roster by acquiring Jesus Aguilar.
12:11 p.m.: Quick update on the Red Sox, via Boston Sports Journal’s Sean McAdam.
12:08 p.m.: Given how things have shaken out, it seems like Madison Bumgarner could be the biggest name moved before the trade deadline. But that’s far from a sure thing.
12:01 p.m.: Things are really starting to heat up.
11:59 a.m.: Noah Syndergaard isn’t likely to be on the move before 4 p.m., but his teammate doesn’t seem long for New York.
11:50 a.m.: The Houston Astros are very well positioned to win their second World Series in three years, and they could take a big step toward that goal if they’re able to add a front-line starter before the deadline.
11:21 a.m.: Whit Merrifield would make a lot of sense for the Cubs, but don’t hold your breath.
11:20 a.m.: So much for that. Noah Syndergaard is staying put, according to Joel Sherman.
11 a.m.: The San Francisco Giants have been wrestling for weeks now with whether they’d sell at the deadline, and it sounds like they’re at least willing to listen to offers on their pitchers. Madison Bumgarner obviously is the name that sticks out, but San Francisco also has plenty of valuable bullpen chips headlined by Will Smith.
Meanwhile, the Mets’ reported asking price for Noah Syndergaard remains high, as it probably should.
10:10 a.m.: Keep an eye on the Washington Nationals, who might be poised to add to the bullpen, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
9:40 a.m.: Edwin Diaz blew a save Tuesday night, and his ERA for the season is now above 5.00 — is that going to scare away some potential suitors? It sounds as if the Red Sox have their concerns.
8:25 a.m.: This certainly would fit into the Red Sox’s reported strategy of taking a look at lesser-name relief pitchers.
The Arizona Diamondbacks southpaw has been just OK this season, but he does have intriguing strikeout numbers, averaging 11 punchouts per nine innings.
8:15 a.m.: The Padres have been tied to the Mets and Noah Syndergaard for a while now, but it sounds like there might not be much going on there.
7:30 a.m. ET: Tuesday was a wild day in Major League Baseball.
Most of the day was spent tracking trade rumors that ultimately didn’t amount to much of anything. But as Tuesday neared its end, the fireworks went off in a big way.
Most notably, the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians completed a three-team trade that saw Trevor Bauer head to Cincinnati and landed Yasiel Puig in Cleveland. Just as that trade was being completed, the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates were involved in a nasty brawl with Puig in the middle of things.
The baseball world now turns its full attention to Wednesday’s trade deadline, though. The prevailing thought among baseball insiders seems to be it could be a relatively quiet day with little in the way of star power. That’s probably even truer after two of the biggest names — Bauer and Marcus Stroman — have already been dealt. The most intriguing player potentially on the market, of course, is San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, as the Giants will have a tough decision to make regarding the impending free agent. And what will the New York Mets do? After acquiring Stroman, the Mets could wind up dealing a pitcher like Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler ahead of Wednesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.
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