A World Series winner may not be crowned until November. But for clubs seeking to hoist the commissioner’s trophy, precious minutes remain to find the players to get them there.
Major League Baseball’s trade deadline strikes at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, and while Thursday’s preamble brought several lightning strikes – most notably Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, fitted for Dodger blue – the final hours should bring a flurry of trades. Sure, most of them will be minor – who doesn’t need a veteran relief pitcher? – but a handful of franchise icons figure to change addresses, too.
Keep it locked on this tracker for all the latest updates as reports trickle in, up to 4 p.m. and probably a few minutes after, too. All times ET:
Brewers add Daniel Norris to bullpen
Milwaukee, boasting three outstanding starters and a shutdown closer in Josh Hader, added a versatile depth piece to its staff by acquiring lefty Daniel Norris from the Detroit Tigers.
Norris has a 5.89 ERA for the Tigers but a 3.78 FIP, and may benefit from a better defensive group behind him in Milwaukee. He is a free agent after this season.
Detroit received high Class A right-hander Reese Olson from Milwaukee.
Braves remake outfield with Rosario, Duvall trades
With Ronald Acuña Jr. out for the season with a knee injury but the Braves just four games out of first place in the NL East, Atlanta struck for a pair of short-term outfield fixes, acquiring Eddie Rosario from Cleveland and old friend Adam Duvall from Miami.
The Braves dealt Pablo Sandoval to Cleveland and catcher Alex Jackson to Miami for Duvall, who hit 16 homers in 57 games for Atlanta in 2020. He’s hit 22 more for the Marlins this season, albeit with a .229 batting average and league-average .755 OPS.
Who’s on the clock? The Twins
Now that Max Scherzer is on his way to the Dodgers, one team holds a significant amount of cards for the remainder of this deadline – the Minnesota Twins.
They played one early on, dealing Jose Berríos to the Toronto Blue Jays. for two significant prospects. And with Berríos off the market, teams may find themselves scrambling for a mid-range pitching prize: Michael Pineda. The former Yankee has recovered from a bout of elbow inflammation and has consistently pitched to a 1.18 WHIP over the course of his career. Several playoff contenders could do worse than anoint him their No. 2 starter.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB trade deadline rumors, live updates: Twins holding lots of cards