The Astros jumped into battle on a busy Friday for Trade Hunters, gaining Ryan Pressly from the minors for minor leaguers Jorge Alcala and Gilberto Celestino. Pressly will remain under the control of the team in 2019 and will be admitted to arbitration.
Pressly, 29, has a 3.40 ERA this season with 69 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings. As is often the case with the Astros jugs, Pressly has achieved very high speeds in recent years with its breaking ball. Houston really likes pitchers with this innate ability to turn the baseball. Pressly is expected to host Chris Devenski and Hector Rondon in manager A.J. Late Late-Inning Mix
Alcala, a right-handed, and Celestino, an outfielder, were ranked # 1
Celestino, 19, is currently in the short season of Class A and meets. 317 / .383 / .476 with eight doubles and four home runs in 33 games. MLB.com says he makes comparisons with Albert Almora and has a "handy stroke spraying line drives on all fields". Pretty good prey for the twins. The Astros also get a pretty good sub-radar help.
Now let us dive into further rumors from Friday while we work towards the 31st No-Waiver Trade Deadline.if you want to catch up, and you can .
Brewers, Orioles in "Serious Discussions"
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic "the Brewers and Orioles" are involved in serious discussions about a possible trade.
The nature of said "serious discussions" is unknown. The Brewers and Orioles have been linked at various points in recent weeks, with Milwaukee reportedly showing interest in second baseman Jonathan Schoop and right-handers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. All three players are under control of the team after 2018.
The Brewers definitely need midfield help and another start pitcher, especially after the elbow injury of Brent Suter and the recent setback by Zach Davies. The Orioles have already traded Manny Machado and Zach Britton, and there's no point stopping there. If you want to tear it down, tear it all .
Already this week, the Brewers have added veteran Joakim Soria as a bullpen depth. They came on Friday with the third best record of the National League at 59-46. They are 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central. Meanwhile, the O's have baseball's worst record at 29-74.
Cubs, Rangers Complete Hamel's Deal
On Friday, the Cubs and Rangers announced the trade that sends experienced left Cole Hamels to Chicago for Eddie Butler, right-handed Rollie Lacy, and a later-named player , In addition, the boys pay 4-5 million of Hamels' remaining salary..
Phillies picks up Cabrera
The Mets have delivered the infielder Asdrubal Cabrera for a minor league pitcher. You can read more.
D-Backs Land Escobar
The Diamondbacks have taken Infielder Eduardo Escobar from the Twins..
Indians, Phillips interested in Gallo
The Indians and Phillies are among the teams that express interest in Rangerslayer Joey Gallo, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News . Grant says that no trade is imminent and Texas "probably needs to be overwhelmed to trade Gallo" who will not get a free agency until the off-season 2022-23.
Gallo, 24, has blundered 25 homeruns in 99 games this season, though all of this power comes with many strikeouts (138) and a low strike average (.190). Both Cleveland and the Phillies were able to use an outfield racket and Gallo, a natural third baseman, has moved into a full-time left fielder this season. He also played a real field.
Mariners receive Tuivalala from Cardinals
The Mariners acquired right-handed Sam Tuivailala from the Cardinals in exchange for right-hander Seth Elledge in one of the day's deals.  Tüvalalala, 25, has pitched to a 3.69 ERA / 109 ERA + and a 2.36 K / BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings for the Cardinals this season. For his career, he has an ERA + of 114 in 98 2/3 innings. Tuivailala leans mainly on a sinker and fastball, both of which sit in the mid-90s, and a hard slider. He may only get a free agency after the 2022 season.
As for Elledge, 22, the former fourth grader has an ERA of 1.99 and a K / BB ratio of 4.17 in 50 minor league Relief performances. This season he has worked in the High Class A California League.
For the disappointing Cardinals, the question arises whether this relatively minor trade in the coming days suggests a deeper sell-off.
Jose Martinez suits Amis?
On Thursday, the Yankees lost Aaron Judge for at least three weeks. Given that the Yankees are playing at a 104-win pace, the loss of one player – even one as excellent as the referee's – should not stop for a month or so. However, the Americans are trying to run down the Red Sox in the AL East, avoiding playing in the "knockout" wild card game. Therefore, the judge's absence becomes more significant.
So, would GM Brian Cashman search the market for a potential plug-in? Buster Olney has a name to think about …
Martinez, who has just turned 30, beats .295 / .358 / .464 (123 OPS +) this season, and for his career he has an OPS + of 129 in 699 record appearances. He can meet, and he is only entitled to a free agency after the 2022 season. What he can not really do is field. He is one of the worst defensive baseball first graders, and though he may be less in danger in an outfield, the Cardinals already have a crowded outfield. Since Martinez performs so badly on the St. Louis list, they can move him before the deadline, even if they do not commit to a full sell-off.
The question for the Yankees is how Martinez would fit in after Richter's return. He would, of course, be a capable bank bat, and perhaps they could tolerate his defense on the first base enough to make him the non-primary half of a first base train with Greg Bird. For the time being, though …
Clint Frazier, the apparent substitute for Judge under normal circumstances, has died from a concussion since mid-July.
Twins sponsored the Gibson
30-year-old right-hander Kyle Gibson was a pleasant surprise for the Twins this season, having scored a career-best ERA of 3.42 so far, and can continue on a career path. best K / BB ratio of 2.52. Given that the twins in AL Central have little hope and given the demand for rotation at this time of year, the twins might like to make a nice return for organizational zeal. However …  #Twins drew so much interest in RHP Kyle Gibson as in any of their players. But would have to be "blown off" to trade him, source says. Gibson, 22nd overall point 2009 design, after all, pitcher MIN is commemorated. Ranks 12th in AL with 3.42 ERA, another year of control.
– Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2018
As Rosenthal points out, Gibson did not until the 2019 season, so the twins – probably hoping to fight in the next season – have a reason to keep him. For now they have not been made to change these plans.
Braves fishing for Beltre?
Here's this compelling nugget from MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan:
The Rangers are unlikely to finish before Tuesday's trade deadline. The clubs are asking for their relaxers and the Braves have become a long-term opportunity to acquire third baseman Adrian Beltre. The Braves need a right-handed and experienced leadership to lead a young team. Beltre made sure he met Johan Camargo during the time on the third base.
The Rangers are reportedly unwilling to trade Beltre and could even explore an expansion with the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer. The Braves, however, need an upgrade in the hot corner, and Beltre is offensive and defensively solid. On the other hand, Camargo has been stronger from the right so far so Beltre is not ideal as a right-hander.
The Cardinals have made a number of roster changes on Friday, and the main reason is their decision to appoint helper Greg Holland for deployment. This means that Holland is not in the 40-headed list of Cardinals and they now have seven days to trade it or set it to irrevocable exceptions.
Given the dreadful Holland this season (7.92 ERA allowed in 32 appearances, six unearned runs), as many walks as strikeouts) and the balance of $ 14 million owed, a waiver seems unlikely. Rather, the Cardinals will probably trade him while they take considerable money in hand and get in return nothing valuable back.
Jon Heyman tweets that he has heard that several teams are interested in Holland. Holland has in its recent past (2017 among the Rockies) the predominance in its past and usefulness, and maybe some teams see a way in which it can make its contribution. However, it will be surprising when Holland concludes meaningful innings for a quarreling team in 2018.
A is not finished yet
The Athletics could try to add more parts as we make our way to the 31st of July.
On the outfielder front, Shin-Soo Choo left-handed thumpers from the Rangers, Jay Bruce from the Mets (he's on the DL, making him more likely to be a target during the August Waiver Period), Derek Dietrich of the Marlins and Curtis Granderson of the Blue Jays.
Pressly a chip for twins?
Here's Ken Rosenthal about the rising deadline of right-handed Ryan Pressly from Twins …
Over parts of six major league seasons, Pressly owns an ERA + of 112, and in the past two years, he has made significant progress on the command – and control levels. He throws 96 with a hard slider and a pitch curveball. The twins are basically quarrelsome, which means they should be open to overturning people like Pressly.