MLB trade notebook: Pirates add Archer

July 31, 2018

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-hander Chris Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays before Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

Pittsburgh sent outfielder Austin Meadows and right-hander Tyler Glasnow and a player to be named later to Tampa Bay.

Archer, 29, has three years and $24 million remaining on his contract after this season, with the final two years being club options worth $8.25 million apiece.

The two-time All-Star is 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts this season, which would mark his third straight season with an increase in ERA since posting a 3.23 figure in 2015. Despite a career record of 54-68, Archer has an ERA of 3.69 in 177 starts across seven seasons in the majors.

–The Baltimore Orioles traded second baseman Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder Jonathan Villar and minor leaguers Luis Ortiz and Jean Carmona.

Schoop, 26, has been an Orioles mainstay over the past six seasons. After his first All-Star appearance in 2017, Schoop has slumped to a .244 batting average this year while still providing 17 homers and 40 RBIs in 85 games.

Villar, 27, is hitting .261 with six homers, 22 RBIs and 14 stolen bases this year. He has been on the disabled list since July 15 with a right thumb injury, but he just finished a rehab assignment and will join the Orioles.

–The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired slugging second baseman Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins for Logan Forsythe and minor-leaguers Luke Raley and Devin Smeltzer.

Dozier, 31, is making $9 million in the final season of the four-year, $20 million extension he signed with the Twins in 2015. He told the Star Tribune in an interview back in March that he expected to become a free agent after the season.

Dozier was been bargain for the Twins over his seven seasons. An All-Star in 2015, he broke out to hit a career-best 42 home runs and 99 RBIs in 2016. He followed that up with a solid 2017 campaign, hitting .271 with 34 home runs and 93 RBIs and winning his first Gold Glove.

–The Philadelphia Phillies acquired veteran catcher Wilson Ramos in a trade with the Rays for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Ramos, who turns 31 next month, is currently on the disabled list recovering from a strained hamstring he suffered on July 14 shortly before the All-Star break. The injury prevented him from starting his first All-Star Game and appearing in his second in the past three seasons.

According to NBC Sports Philadelphia, Ramos was slated to catch a live bullpen session over the weekend but that Tampa Bay’s staff believes Ramos remains a few weeks from a healthy return. He is hitting .297 with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs in 78 games this season.

–The Chicago Cubs acquired reliever Brandon Kintzler from the Nationals just before the non-waiver deadline. Washington received right-handed pitching prospect Jhon Romero in the deal.

Kintzler becomes the latest pitcher to join the Cubs this month, along with recent acquisitions Jesse Chavez and Cole Hamel. With Brandon Morrow on the disabled list, Kintzler adds another arm to the bullpen. He will turn 34 on Wednesday.

Kintzler is a nine-year veteran with a career 15-16 record and 3.30 ERA. He’s mostly been used in middle relief, though he did have 28 saves for Minnesota in 2017.

–The Atlanta Braves acquired right-handers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day from Baltimore in exchange for four prospects and international bonus money.

The Orioles will receive right-hander Evan Phillips, corner infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion, catcher Brett Cumberland and lefty Bruce Zimmerman. Baltimore will also receive $2.5 million in international bonus funds.

Gausman, 27, is 5-8 with a 4.43 ERA in 21 starts this season. O’Day, 35, was moved to the 60-day disabled list at the end of June and is expected to miss the rest of the season due to left hamstring surgery.

–The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired a pair of relief pitchers, nabbing Brad Ziegler from the Miami Marlins and Jake Diekman from the Texas Rangers.

The Marlins received minor league reliever Tommy Eveld in return for Ziegler, a right-hander with a sidewinding throwing motion. The Rangers received minor league pitcher Wei-Chieh Huang in return for Diekman, a lefty.

Both Ziegler and Diekman are scheduled to hit free agency after this season.

–The Seattle Mariners acquired center fielder Cameron Maybin from the Miami Marlins. The Mariners sent minor league infielder Bryson Brigman and international slot money to Miami in return.

Maybin, 31, is batting .251 with three homers, 20 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 99 games this season, his second stint with the Marlins after playing for them from 2008-10.

He is set to hit free agency at season’s end after making $3.25 million in 2018.

–The Dodgers added right-handed reliever John Axford from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league right-hander Corey Copping.

Axford, 35, is 4-1 this season with a 4.41 ERA in 45 appearances (one start) with Toronto. He has struck out 50 and walked 20 in 51 innings. The 10-year veteran owns a 3.78 ERA with 144 saves, including an NL-high 46 in 2011 with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Dodgers will be Axford’s eighth big league team.

–The St. Louis Cardinals — still within striking distance of the postseason — were sellers rather than buyers hours before the non-waiver trade deadline, sending outfielder Tommy Pham to Tampa Bay.

In return, the Cardinals will receive minor leaguers Justin Williams, Genesis Cabrera and Roel Ramirez, as well as international slot money.

Pham, 30, had a breakout season in 2017, batting .306 with 23 home runs and 73 RBIs. This season, his average has dipped to .248. He has 14 home runs and 41 RBIs, and his slugging percentage (.399) is on pace for a career low.

–The Cleveland Indians acquired outfielder Leonys Martin from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for a pair of prospects.

Cleveland will send right-hander Kyle Dowdy and infielder Willi Castro to Detroit.

Martin, 30, is batting .251 with nine homers and 29 RBIs in 78 games this season, his first with the Tigers after he signed as a free agent in December. He is scheduled to hit free agency at the end of the season, after making $1.75 million in 2018.

–The St. Louis Cardinals sent minor league outfielder Oscar Mercado to the Cleveland Indians in return for minor league outfielders Conner Capel and Jhon Torres. The closest to the majors of the trio is Mercado, 23, who hit .285 with eight homers, 42 RBIs and 31 stolen bases in 100 games for Triple-A Memphis this year.

–The Chicago White Sox acquired left-hander Hunter Schryver from the Rays in exchange for international signing bonus pool money. Schryver, 23, is 1-3 with a 2.40 over 31 appearances (one start) for two teams in Class-A this year.

–Field Level Media

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