Thursday will be remembered as arguably the busiest trade deadline day in the history of the game. And oh what a day it was.
It all started with the Red Sox dealing Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes and a competitive balance (Round B) pick in next year’s draft and ended with David Price being dealt to the Tigers in a three-team deal with the Mariners. The Mariners acquired Austin Jackson in the three-team blockbuster that saw Drew Smyly, Nick Franklin and Willy Adames end up in Tampa.
The Cardinals landed John Lackey and Corey Littrell for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig. And Boston acquired Eduardo Rodriquez from the Orioles for Andrew Miller.
The Marlins and Astros pulled off a six-player deal that sent Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernadez and Austin Wates to Miami for Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick, Frank Martes and a competitive balance draft pick to Houston.
The Yankees acquired Stephen Drew from the Red Sox and Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks. New York sent Kelly Johnson to Boston and catching prospect Peter O’Brien to Arizona in the two deals.
The Indians cleared a path for Francisco Lindor by sending Asdrubal Cabrera to the Nationals for Zach Walters. The Mariners traded Abraham Almonte to San Diego for Chris Denorfia. Gerardo Parra was traded from Arizona to Milwaukee for Mitch Haniger and Anthony Banda. Oakland acquired Sam Fuld from the Twins for Tommy Milone.
And the Cubs sent James Russell, Emilio Bonifacio and roughly $1 million to the Braves for catching prospect Victor Caratini.
The Cubs ended up making two deals leading up to the deadline and three during the month, plus sending Darwin Barney to the Dodgers for RHP Jonathan Martinez. LHP Felix Doubront was acquired from the Red Sox for a PTBNL or cash Wednesday. But the big deal was done on July 4 when the Cubs sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and a player to be named later.
According to Baseball America, the Cubs acquired three of the top eight prospects dealt in July: Addison Russell (1), Billy McKinney (2) and Victor Caratini (8).
Jed Hoyer indicated Thursday that the Cubs might be done and the Sun-Times reported deals for Edwin Jackson, Nate Schierholtz and Carlos Villanueva could be made during August. All three players will clear waivers.
Jed Hoyer said players will start going on waivers Friday and the team will be prepared to make deals if anything presents itself.
The Cubs are expected to make two roster moves prior to Friday’s game, and one of those moves could be adding Chris Valaika to the roster. Reports are suggesting the Cubs will add Valaika to the 40-man roster and call him up to the big leagues.
Chris Valaika has played all over the field for Iowa this season and has hit .278/.344/.423 with 21 doubles, 10 home runs and a .768 OPS. Valaika is a right handed hitter that can play first, second, shortstop and third base.
The Cubs have not announced the roster move.
Arismendy Alcantara and Chris Coghlan
Arismendy Alcantara and Chris Coghlan gave back to the community this week and showed there is more to baseball than is what played between the lines.
Arismendy Alcantara and Clark joined the Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley for a stop at the Hendry D. Lloyd Elementary School. Students participated in warm-up drills and split into groups for different activities, which included wiffle ball at-bats with Arismendy Alcantara and Clark.
Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley visits are part of the Cubs Charities’ 100 Gifts of Service, which represents a yearlong program featuring Cubs players and associates engaging in community service in celebration of Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday season.
This Day In Cubstory
1987 – Andre Dawson went 3-for-4 with three home runs and five RBI in Cubs 5-3 victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field. It was Dawson’s fifth multi-homer game of the season on his way to being named National League MVP.
1983 – Joe Carter collected his first big league hit off Steve Carlton. The Cubs lost 2-1 to the Phillies at the Vet.
1983 – Cubs released Junior Kennedy
1967 – Cubs purchased Don Young from the Cardinals
1963 – Ellis Burton hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a Cubs 12-11 win over the Giants at Wrigley Field. Cubs scored six runs in the eighth inning to tie the game and Ron Santo doubled and scored the game winner on a Jimmy Schaffer single
1947 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Bob Kelly
1939 – Bill Nicholson hit a homer off Kirby Higbe in the fifth inning in his Cubs debut. The Cubs topped the Phillies 6-2.
1927 – Hack Wilson hit safely in his 26th consecutive game. Wilson singled and tripled in a Cubs 6-5 win over the Phillies at Wrigley. Wilson’s streak ended the next day.
1905 – Frank Chance is named (elected) Cubs manager. The Cubs won four pennants and two World Series titles with Chance at the helm.
1894 – Bill Dahlen collected three hits, scored three runs and drove in three runs in a 26-8 win over St. Louis at West Side Grounds. Dahlen extended his hitting streak to 38 games. Dahlen hit safely in 42 straight before his streak ended on August 7.