Full details and grades for every trade (Updated)

It’s that time of the baseball year, MLB Trade SZN; Keep up with the latest deals in our MLB Trade Deadline tracker.

While the All-Star Break is technically the midway point of the baseball season, the second half of the year doesn’t really get started until the MLB Trade Deadline passes.

This year we had to wait a little longer for it to pass, as the winter lockout caused a delayed start to the year and pushed a few things back. But it’s a mere 48 hours that have been tacked on, and with that extra time comes some extra wiggle room for teams hoping to make a change that ends up mattering.

How it ends up mattering is where roads diverge.

Some teams, like the Yankees and Padres, are trying to make moves that hopefully result in a World Series. That’s the Fool’s Gold of every deadline buyer, as the rules are the same as they are in Highlander — There can only be one World Series winner.

That means the rest of the teams trying to make moves will do so in vain, although no one will know that until the dust of the season settles in November.

The flip side of that coin is the teams supplying the demand of World Series hopefuls. Teams like the Cubs and A’s are proverbially dumping fuel as their seasons crash and burn, hoping to turn their trade chips into winning lottery tickets in the form of young prospects who can help them win down the line.

It’s always chaos at the trade deadline, and it signals both the true beginning of the season’s second half and the start of the final push towards the postseason.

Note: All MLB trades after July 20th will be tracked here. Any deals previous to that date are not included and generally aren’t considered to be a part of the trade deadline frenzy.

MLB Trade Deadline Tracker (Updated August 1, 2022)

St. Louis Cardinals trade for Jose Quintana

Cardinals Get

P – Jose Quintana

Pirates Get

P – Malcom Nuñez

P – Johan Oviedo

Cardinals Grade: A
Pirates Grade: C+

Reds sent Tommy Pham to Boston

Red Sox Get

OF – Tommy Pham

Reds Get

INF/OF – Emmanuel Valdez

OF – Wilyer Abreu

Reds Grade: C
Red Sox Grade: C+

More trade details on Tommy Pham:

Boston turns to Southside to replace Christian Vázquez

Red Sox Get

C – Reese McGuire

White Sox Get

P – Jake Diekman

Red Sox Grade: C+
White Sox Grade: B+

The Red Sox kicked off a trio of trades by sending Christian Vázaquez to the Astros

Astros Get

C – Christian Vázquez

Red Sox Get

Minor Leaguer TBNL

Minor Leaguer TBNL

Astros Grade: B
Red Sox Grade: C- (Grade based on trading a starter for pennies after he called out the GM)

More trade details on Red Sox dealing Christian Vázquez:

New York Yankees give up a haul to A’s for Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino

Yankees Get

P – Frankie Montas

P – Lou Trivino

Athletics Get

P – JP Sears

P – Ken Waldichuk

P – Luis Medina

2B – Cooper Bowman

Yankees Grade: A-
A’s Grade: B+

More trade details on Yankees acquiring Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino:

Houston Astros land Trey Mancini from three-team trade

Astros Get

1B/DH – Trey Mancini (from BAL)

P – Jayden Murray (from TB)

Orioles Get

P – Seth Johnson (from TB)

P – Chayce McDermott (from HOU)

Get Rays

OF – Jose Siri (from HOU)

Astros Grade: B
Orioles Grade: C+
Rays Grade: C+

More trade details on Astros acquiring Trey Mancini:

Brewers send Josh Hader to Padres, get back massive haul

Padres Get

P – Josh Hader

Brewers Get

P – Taylor Rogers

P – Robert Gasser

P – Dinelson Lamet

OF – Esteury Ruiz

Padres Grade: B
Brewers Grade: B

More trade details on the Josh Hader to Padres deal

Cubs make another move, but it’s not a Willson Conteras trade

Yankees Get

P – Scott Effross

Cubs Get

P – Hayden Wesneski

Yankees Grade: B-
Cubs Grade

More trade details on the Yankees-Cubs swap:

Seattle Mariners jump-start pitching market with massive Luis Castillo deal

Mariners Get

P – Luis Castillo

Reds Get

SS – Noelvi Marte

P – Levi Stoudt

SS – Edwin Arroyo

P – Andrew Moore

Mariners Grade: A
Reds Grade: B

More trade details on Mariners acquiring Luis Castillo:

Despite vaccine drama, New York Yankees trade for Andrew Benintendi

Yankees Get

OF Andrew Benintendi

Royals Get

P – TJ Sikkema

P – Beck Way

P – Chandler Champlain

Yankees Grade: B-
Royal Grade: B

More trade details on Yankees trading for Andrew Benintendi:

One of the big sticking points with any Benintendi trade was his vaccine status, of which he was unvaccinated as of the Royals last trip to Toronto. Being that the Yankees and Blue Jays are in the same division, the line of thinking was that New York was out on a deal due to Benintendi’s vaccine status.

It appears that’s no longer an issue.

New York Mets acquired slugger Dan Vogelbach in the first big trade before the deadline

Mets Get

DH – Dan Vogelbach

Pirates Get

Cash considerations

Mets Grade: A+ (Mostly for value sent back, as this is essentially a midseason free agency signing)
Pirates Grade😀

More trade details on the Daniel Vogelbach deal:

What time is the MLB trade deadline?

This year’s MLB trade deadline is a little different than in the past. Trade will still work the same way and there will be a frenzy in the 11th hour, per usual, but it will all be happening a little later on the calendar.

Typically July 31st has served as the trade deadline in baseball. The last day of July acts as both the final chance for teams to make potentially World Series-winning changes to their rosters while also serving as the beginning of the home stretch towards the postseason.

Per the MLB’s official glossary:

Prior to the new CBA, the Trade Deadline almost always fell on July 31 at 4 pm ET. Prior to 2019, July 31 was referred to as the non-waiver trade deadline, and players could be traded after that date if they first cleared revocable trade waivers.

Pay very close attention to the emphasis put on ‘prior to the new CBA’ because things have since changed.

This year the MLB trade deadline will fall on August 2nd, with a brand new timestamp for when trades are no longer allowed. Rather than the 4 pm ET deadline, teams will have until 6 pm ET to agree to deals and send them to the league office for approval.

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