Here’s a roundup of AL Central activity in the last few days before this afternoon’s trade deadline.
- The first-place Royals bought heavily at the deadline, pulling off one of the biggest trades of the season when they acquired Johnny Cueto from the Reds for lefties Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. They followed that up with a second big move, acquiring infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist from the A’s for pitchers Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks. The Royals also shipped pitcher Joe Blanton to the Pirates for cash considerations.
- The 50-52 Tigers, meanwhile, went the opposite direction, ultimately selling heavily rather than pursuing hopes of a Wild Card berth. They traded ace David Price to Toronto and got lefties Daniel Norris, Jairo Labourt and Matt Boyd in return, then sent Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets for a pair of righties, Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. Along the way, they shipped closer Joakim Soria to the Pirates for infield prospect JaCoby Jones.
- The Indians reportedly discussed trading Carlos Carrasco with several teams, but didn’t make a move of that magnitude. They got a good pitching prospect, Rob Kaminsky, from the Cardinals in return for Brandon Moss. They also dealt outfielder David Murphy to the Angels for infield prospect Eric Stamets, and they traded lefty Marc Rzepczynski to the Padres for outfielder Abraham Almonte. In a minor move, they also acquired lefty Jayson Aquino from the Pirates for cash considerations.
- The Twins had a relatively uneventful deadline, with their biggest move being the acquisition of reliever Kevin Jepsen from the Rays for pitchers Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia. They’re also set to designate reliever Caleb Thielbar for assignment.
- The White Sox had one of the quietest deadlines of any team despite their recent surge, with GM Rick Hahn feeling frustrated that they weren’t able to make a significant move. Ultimately, the only deal they made involving a remotely well known player was shipping infielder Conor Gillaspie to the Angels for cash.