Midnight eastern time will mark the end of the August revocable waiver trade period. While deals can still occur in September, organizations must form their eventual postseason rosters out of players on hand when the calendar flips tonight. We have already seen several notable players move today. Josh Donaldson is reportedly going to the Indians; Gio Gonzalez is said to be moving to the Brewers; Ryan Madson went to the Dodgers; and Andrew McCutchen is now a member of the Yankees.
There’s still time for dealing to be done, though — just under an hour and a half, in fact. We’ll use this post to track any late-breaking developments …
- The Dodgers are still looking to make a late strike for a right-handed hitter, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). It’s not entirely clear whether the team is trying to obtain a specific target or, rather, still working the lines on multiple options. Neither is it fully evident precisely what sort of player the Dodgers would be interested in, though an outfield-capable bat of some kind would seem to make the most sense given the recent travails of Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor.
- Mets lefty Jerry Blevins won’t be spending the final month of the season in a different uniform, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo (Twitter link). As had been hinted earlier today, the veteran reliever will rather surprisingly stay in Queens until his contract runs out at season’s end. He had cleared waivers, suggesting contenders weren’t interested in taking his entire salary, but still seemed like a fairly obvious target for organizations interested in boosting their matchup options for the final month of the season.
- Whether it means anything or not is hard to say, but Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press notes on Twitter that the Twins elected to hold second baseman Logan Forsythe out of the lineup today, “just in case.” There hasn’t been a lot of chatter surrounding the pending free agent, who was acquired as part of the salary swapping involved in the deal that sent Brian Dozier to Los Angeles in July. But Forsythe has gone on to post a .406 OBP in 106 plate appearances in Minnesota. While he’s not hitting for much power and hasn’t maintained his hot start, it’s certainly possible to imagine Forsythe fitting on some rosters — even, perhaps, that of his former team. And the Twins, surely, would be glad to save some further cash.