Relive the hour-by-hour madness of MLB's 2014 Trade Deadline with this wild timeline
Hope you didn't blink before 4:30 p.m. EST on the afternoon of Thursday, July 31, 2014 because, if you did, chances are you missed a major trade somewhere in Major League Baseball. The Red Sox, Tigers, Rays, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Cubs, Padres, Astros, Marlins, Red Sox, Athletics, Indians and Red Sox were all involved in a flurry of trades as the non-waiver trade deadline came and went.
Luckily for the rest of us, the Internet is forever and all of the drama that unfolded on Thursday afternoon can be organized into chronological order, complete with typos, errant speculation and valuable timestaps. Relive all of the thrill and agony of MLB's 2014 trade deadline with our handy Twitter timeline.
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Trying to confirm, but hearing Lester and Gomes might be moving for Cespedes— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 31, 2014
lester appears to be headed west. looks like a's may be the team.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2014
Source: Jon Lester has been traded.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014
That got everyone's attention, including David Ortiz:
Wishing my man Jon Lester all the best, Red Sox Nation and the Large Father will miss you! pic.twitter.com/7uWpXw8XnH— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) July 31, 2014
And Sonny Gray:
Well I am awake.— Sonny Gray (@SonnyGray2) July 31, 2014
Lester expressed his excitement:
As did Josh Reddick:
Our rotation...http://t.co/TwtggocO2Z— Josh Reddick (@joshreddick16) July 31, 2014
Billy Beane kept things moving 20 minutes later, dealing southpaw Tommy Milone to the Twins for Sam Fuld:
A's make Milone-Fuld trade official. Milone is traded, as he wished, and A's now have a likeable LF platoon: Gomes and Fuld- Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) July 31, 2014
Milone was 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA in his last 11 starts for Oakland, while Fuld has batted .358 in July. He's also very strong on the defensive side of the ball:
Another solid pickup for Bean and Co.
Now, back to the Red Sox, who were far from done for the day. GM Ben Cherington lit up the interwebs again by trading John Lackey, a Minor Leaguer and cash to the Cardinals for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig:
Confirmed: Cards get Lackey; Kelly, Craig to Boston. Players all finding out now as they arrive for day game.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 31, 2014
Sox get Kelly, Craig for Lackey— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 31, 2014
Yadier Molina was sad to lose his two teammates:
Sad to see two great players, two great team mates and two great guys leave. Wish you guys the best! hermanos !!!— Yadier Molina (@Yadimolina04) July 31, 2014
Probably because he won't be treated to this image every day:
And then the Brewers and D-backs got involved in the mix. Outfielder Mitch Haniger was sent to Arizona for Gerardo Parra:
Parra traded to Milwaukee— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) July 31, 2014
Parra was looking forward to his time in Milwaukee:
I am looking forward to supporting the Milwaukee @Brewers and their great organization and especially their loyal fans— gerardo parra (@88_gparra) August 1, 2014
Haniger is a top prospect in the Brewers system and Parra, a two-time Gold Glove winner, has the second-most outfield assists since 2009. An example of said assists:
The Mariners and Padres also wanted in on some action. Seattle traded right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen and outfielder Abraham Almonte for Chris Denorfia:
chris denorfia is going to the mariners— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2014
Confirmed: #Mariners gave up OF Abraham Almonte and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen in exchange for Padres' Chris Denorfia.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) July 31, 2014
Denorfia should add some solid protection for Cano down the stretch:
How's everyone doing so far?
Holy trade deadline!!!! #insane— Victor Black (@Vic_Black_2) July 31, 2014
Let's go back to the National League: The Nationals acquired Indians shorstop Asdrubal Cabrera, sending infielder Zach Walters to Cleveland:
Cabrera to the Nationals. More soon...— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 31, 2014
Cabrera seemed a bit lonely sitting outside the clubhouse, but he'll get a warm welcome once he gets to D.C.
Oh, it's been a couple hours already? Time for Boston to make another move. This time they gave up top-notch reliever Andrew Miller to the Orioles for lefty Eduardo Rodriguez:
Andrew Miller is being traded to #orioles, says source.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 31, 2014
Andrew Miller has been traded to BAL. First reported by @jcrasnick. Minor league pitcher coming in return— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) July 31, 2014
Miller should be a strong addition for Baltimore. He's compiled a 2.34 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings this season.
Ahem ... hold on to your horseheads, ladies and gents. We have another blockbuster ...
Just before the deadline, the Tigers acquired David Price, the Mariners got Austin Jackson and the Rays picked up Nick Franklin, Drew Smyly and Willy Adames.
Source: #Tigers get Price.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
mariners got austin jackson and send franklin to tampa. thats all of seattle's involvement.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2014
Longo was sad to lose his longtime teammate.
All I can say is...Thank you @DAVIDprice14 for all the wins and memories. Your character is unmatched.— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) July 31, 2014
And Price, who seemed unsure that he could've even been traded earlier in the day:
paid his respects to only big league team he's known:
wow...what a day!! Rays fans THANK YOU!! Great Chapter of my life just ended...ready to start a new one with the Tigers!! Thanks again— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) July 31, 2014
Nick Franklin thanked M's fans for their support:
I've enjoyed every part of my time with the M's. The teammates I met & the relationships I've built. Excited 4 a new chapter. #TampaBayRays— Nick Franklin (@Frazoo6) July 31, 2014
Austin Jackson, who got the news mid-game, left to a standing ovation from the Tigers faithful:
And, of course, a trade deadline couldn't pass without the Yankees making some moves. New York acquired Stephen Drew from the Red Sox (yes, the Red Sox again) for Kelly Johnson:
Hearing Steven Drew to the Yankees— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2014
Confirmed: Stephen Drew for Kelly Johnson— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 31, 2014
Soon after, the Bombers traded away Minor Leaguer Peter O'Brien to the D-backs for Martin Prado:
Drew will apparently play second base, while Prado should see time in the outfield:
Stephen Drew will play 2B for the Yankees. Martin Prado will see time in the outfield.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 31, 2014
Although it was past 4 p.m. EST, a couple more deals came through the wires. Houston sent youngsters Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Wates to the Marlins for Jake Marisnik, Colin Moran and Francis Martes.
Cosart to Marlins— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) July 31, 2014
Source: Marisnick one if players going to Astros. Hernandez, Cosart gone— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) July 31, 2014
Source: #Marlins are sending Collin Moran and Jake Marisnick and a comp pick to Astros according to source.— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 31, 2014
The Marlins were probably glad that they wouldn't have to face Cosart's curveball again this season:
Finally, a few minutes later, the Braves acquired Emilio Bonifacio and reliever James Russell from the Cubs in exchange for Victor Caratini:
Source: Russell and Bonifacio to Atlanta.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) July 31, 2014
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 31, 2014
Confirmed: The #Braves have acquired Emilio Bonafacio and LHP James Russell from the Cubs.
Like Jackson, James Russell had to leave his team midgame:
It's safe to say, the 2014 trade deadline was one of the wildest of all-time. Now let's see how all these players perform over the final few months.