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Today is August 31, the deadline to acquire any player via a waiver deal and still have him eligible for postseason play. Recent history shows us that some notable names and do change teams.
Exactly two years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins, and the Los Angeles Dodgers picked up Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies. It was five years ago that the Rangers obtained Jeff Francoeur, and six years ago saw the Dodgers land Jim Thome.
The New York Mets beat the deadline by a day by acquiring reliever Addison Reed from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league right-handers Matt Koch and Miller Diaz. Reed is expected to take over the seventh-inning role in front of set-up man Tyler Clippard and closer Jeurys Familia.
Speaking of the Mets’ bullpen, manager Terry Collins has ruled out the possibility of using rookie left-hander Steven Matz out of the bullpen in the postseason. Matz, on the disabled list with a lat strain, is scheduled to make his final rehab start Monday before rejoining the big league club. “To ask him to do something he hasn’t done before -- to try to go warm up fast, get ready in a hurry -- I’m not sure it’s fair to him,” Collins said.
Here are more rumors from around the majors as August draws to a close:
Boston Red Sox: The bitter rivalry with the New York Yankees will not prevent the teams from possibly doing business in the offseason. Newly installed president of operations Dave Dombrowski has not ruled out discussing trades with the Yankees, even if members of the past regime referred to the Bronx Bombers as the Evil Empire. “You’re always open to making any trades you think will better your club,” Dombrowski told the Boston Herald. “If you’re trading within your own division, I’ve always been open to it. But some people aren’t.” The clubs did make a deal last summer, with shortstop Stephen Drew going to New York for Kelly Johnson.
Martin Prado: Teams have called about the versatile Prado, but the Miami Marlins insist he is not available and the team likely will stand pat at today’s deadline, reports MLB.com’s Joe Frisaso. A career .289 hitter, Prado is signed for next season at $11 million, with the Yankees picking up $8 million of that tab.
Salvador Perez: The Kansas City Royals are looking to add a backup catcher for the playoffs in case something happens to Perez, but will balk at spending too much money, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo says the Royals already have passed on the Braves’ A.J. Pierzynski.
Baltimore Orioles: Executive VP Dan Duquette said Saturday he was still having trade talks with other teams, but manager Buck Showalter says he has been given no indication any deal is on the horizon, says Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
Terry Francona: Multiple reports say Mark Shapiro, who has spent the past five years overseeing the Indians organization, is leaving Cleveland to become president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays. Shapiro’s departure is not expected to impact the role of Francona, claims MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. Francona can opt out of his deal as manager if either Shapiro or Antonetti leave the organization, but Francona said he had no plans of using that leverage.
Tim Lincecum: The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, who last pitched in late June, is still experiencing hip and back discomfort, and acknowledged to Andrew Baggarly that he may have thrown his last pitch of the season. A free agent this winter, Lincecum's tenure with the Giants may be over.