Here’s a roundup of activity from around the AL East, covering the last few days before this afternoon’s trade deadline.
- The win-now Blue Jays made by far the biggest splash in the division, making not one but two blockbuster deals. They acquired star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies for shortstop Jose Reyes and prospects Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco, then swung a deal with Detroit for ace David Price, giving up top prospect Daniel Norris and two other lefties, Jairo Labourt and Matt Boyd. They got outfielder Ben Revere from the Phillies for pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado, and righty reliever Mark Lowe from the Mariners for pitcher Rob Rasmussen and minor leaguers Jake Brentz and Nick Wells. Finally, they traded lefty Felix Doubront to the Athletics for cash.
- The Orioles acquired improved their outfield, getting Gerardo Parra as a rental from the Brewers for pitching prospect Zach Davies. They also got outfielder Junior Lake from the Cubs for reliever Tommy Hunter. They also designated Chris Parmelee and Bud Norris for assignment.
- The first-place Yankees were connected to top relievers like Craig Kimbrel of the Padres, but weren’t able to swing a trade for bullpen help. Instead, they bolstered their outfield depth by acquiring Dustin Ackley from the Mariners for outfielder Ramon Flores and pitcher Jose Ramirez. They also designated Chris Capuano and Garrett Jones for assignment, later outrighting Capuano. They also announced that they would promote top pitching prospect Luis Severino.
- The Red Sox showed at least some interest in big-name arms like Carlos Carrasco and Tyson Ross, but ultimately didn’t have a very eventful deadline. They traded Shane Victorino to the Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge, and they acquired reliever Ryan Cook from the Athletics, They also designated Daniel Nava and Jemile Weeks for assignment and claimed reliever Jean Machi from the Giants.
- The 51-52 Rays made moves to deal a couple of veterans, although they don’t look massively different than they did last week. They traded reliever Kevin Jepsen to the Twins for pitchers Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia, and also dealt outfielder David DeJesus to the Angels for pitcher Eduar Lopez. They also lost catcher Bobby Wilson via a waiver claim by the Rangers.