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MLB trade deadline: MLB trade deadline: Cubs deal Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and other highlights

Michael Chavis struggles with the Red Sox this season, striking out 32 times in 82 plate appearances.
Michael Chavis struggles with the Red Sox this season, striking out 32 times in 82 plate appearances.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The MLB trade deadline has come and gone.

The first-place Red Sox made several moves, first adding slugger Kyle Schwarber from the Washington Nationals Thursday night in exchange for minor league righthander Aldo Ramirez. On Friday, they added some bullpen depth, acquiring Minnesota Twins reliever Hansel Robles for leaguer Alex Scherff.

In 45 games with the Twins this season, Robles had a 4.91 ERA and recorded 10 saves.

The Red Sox also parted ways with Michael Chavis, shipping the struggling infielder to Pittsburgh for reliever Austin Davis. In 31 games this season, Chavis batted .190 and had 32 strikeouts to go with one walk in 82 plate appearances.


Davis, 28, has appeared in 10 games with the Pirates this season and another 13 in the minors. Through just 9⅔ innings pitched, he holds a 5.59 ERA.

The Sox had plenty of company in the trade market. Only five teams in the American League are below .500, with five teams within five games of the last wild-card spot. That’s in addition to the three division leaders and two teams at the top of the wild-card standings.

Over in the National League, the Giants, Dodgers, and Padres are battling it out in the NL West, while also competing with the Brewers for the top seed for the playoffs. It should make for an active deadline day.

The Chicago Cubs were big sellers, parting with Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Craig Kimbrel.

Here’s how it unfolded.


Jon Lester headed to St. Louis — 4:07 p.m.

Max Scherzer wasn’t the only pitcher Washington parted with. The Nationals are shipping the former Red Sox ace to the Cardinals.

Giants acquiring Kris Bryant — 3:53p.m.

The Cubs continue to move players, sending third baseman Kris Bryant to the San Francisco Giants.

LHP Andrew Heaney going to the Yankees — 3:45p.m.

The Angels are sending Andrew Heaney and cash to the Yankees for a pair of minor leaguers.


Twins sending J.A. Happ to St. Louis — 3:11 p.m.

Minnesota dealt another starting pitcher, this time lefty J.A. Happ, to the Cardinals for LHP Evan Sisk and RHP John Gant.

Phillies add RHPs Gibson and Kennedy — 3 p.m.

The Rangers sent starter Kyle Gibson, reliever Ian Kennedy, and minor league lefty Hans Crouse to Philadelphia in exchange for pitcher Spencer Howard and two prospects.

Mets adding SS Javier Baez from Cubs — 2:51p.m.

The fire sale with the Cubs continues, as they agree to send shortstop Javier Baez and pitcher Trevor Williams to the Mets.

Josh Harrison, Yan Gomes headed to Oakland — 2:50p.m.

The Oakland A’s agreed on a deal for infielder Josh Harrison and catcher Yan Gomes from the Nationals, according to a report.

White Sox closing in on Craig Kimbrel — 2:20 p.m.

The Chicago White Sox are finalizing a deal to acquire closer Craig Kimbrel from the Chicago Cubs, according to multiple reports. The Cubs will receive second baseman Nick Madrigal and pitcher Codi Heuer in return.

Braves add Adam Duvall and Eddie Rosario — 1:16 p.m.

Atlanta acquired outfielder Adam Duvall from the Miami Marlins in exchange for catcher Alex Jackson. The Braves also shipped Pablo Sandoval to Cleveland to get outfielder Eddie Rosario.

José Berríos headed to Toronto — 12:29 p.m.

The Athletic is reporting that Twins ace José Berríos is being dealt to the Blue Jays for a pair of prospects — shortstop/outfielder Austin Martin and righthander Simeon Woods Richardson.

Rays add Shawn Armstrong from Baltimore — 12:25 p.m.

Orioles traded righthander Shawn Armstrong to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash on Friday.

What’s next for Red Sox after Schwarber deal? — 9:00 a.m.

It remains to be seen whether Schwarber represents the first of multiple deals, writes Alex Speier. The Sox have been talking to teams about both starting pitchers, their 4.43 ERA entering Thursday ranked 20th in the majors, and bullpen help.


▪ The Associated Press is reporting that the Scherzer deal is done — he’s headed to Los Angeles with shortstop Trea Turner.


The Mariners landed Diego Castillo from the Rays for reliever JT Chargois and a minor league infielder. Castillo likely will take over the closer role vacated when the Mariners traded Kendall Graveman to the Astros earlier in the week.

▪ Multiple reports indicate — as of late Thursday night — that Scherzer-to-the-Dodgers is as good as done.

▪ The Yankees have made it official when it comes to their deal for Rizzo.

▪ Hours after it appeared that righthander Max Scherzer was ticketed for the Padres, ESPN is reporting the Dodgers are now making significant progress on a deal that would land them Scherzer and shortstop Trea Turner for a prospect-laden return. The Dodgers also acquired lefty Danny Duffy from the Royals.

▪ The Yankees are in the final stages of putting together a deal to land first baseman Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs, according to multiple reports. The 31-year-old slugger has 14 homers and 40 RBI this season with Chicago.

▪ Already with an eight-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox acquired second baseman Cesar Hernandez from the Indians, and then got reliever Ryan Tepera from the Cubs.


▪ The Yankees reached a deal to get All-Star slugger Joey Gallo from the Rangers, giving New York a much-needed lefty power bat. They also got reliever Joely Rodríguez as part of the deal.

▪ In addition to Graveman, the Astros also landed righty reliever Yimi Garcia from the Marlins in exchange for outfielder Bryan De La Cruz and righthander Austin Pruitt.


▪ The Brewers got All-Star third baseman Eduardo Escobar from the Diamondbacks for two prospects

▪ The A’s acquired outfielder Starling Marte for lefthander Jesús Luzardo. Oakland, which trails the Astros in the AL West but lead the Mariners for the final wild-card spot, also traded for lefthanded reliever Andrew Chafin from the Chicago Cubs.

▪ The Reds are on the outside looking in for both the NL Central and the final wild-card spot, but signaled they are making a push after they added righthander Mychal Givens from the Rockies in exchange for two pitching prospects: righthanders Case Williams and Noah Davis. They also acquired relievers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson from the New York Yankees for a player to be named.

▪ The Pirates traded All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier to the Padres for three minor leaguers Monday. Infielder Tucupita Marcano, outfielder Jack Suwinski, and right-hander Michell Miliano are headed to Pittsburgh, which is sending approximately $1.4 million to the Padres in the deal.

▪ The Cleveland Indians claimed lefthander Alex Young off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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