MLB.com is tracking every deal made prior to the 2021 Trade Deadline on July 30.
July 23: Mets acquire LHP Rich Hill from Rays for RHP Tommy Hunter and C Matt Dyer
The Mets have addressed a clear area of need by acquiring Hill from the Rays. Hill, 41, has a 3.87 ERA across 19 starts for the Rays this season. The lefty has struggled of late, posting a 5.40 ERA and lasting more than five innings just once over his previous seven starts, but with the Mets currently missing Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, Noah Syndergaard and David Peterson due to injury, a move to bolster the rotation was seen as a top priority. Hill will be a free agent after this season.
Hunter, 35, hasn't allowed a run through eight innings this season, but a back injury has kept him sidelined since May. He hopes to return later this season. Dyer, a 23-year-old catching prospect, is hitting just .194 through 124 at-bats at Low-A St. Lucie, but seven of his 24 hits are home runs. More >
July 22: Rays acquire DH Nelson Cruz and RHP Calvin Faucher from Twins for RHP Joe Ryan and RHP Drew Strotman
The Rays made a big upgrade to their lineup as they seek to defend their AL East title by adding Cruz, a veteran slugger who continues to defy time by putting up huge numbers in his age-40 season -- entering play Thursday, Cruz was hitting .294/.370/.537 with 19 homers in 2021. Faucher, 25, posted a 4.64 ERA over four Minor League seasons in the Twins organization, though he struggled at Double-A Wichita this season, with a 7.04 ERA in 19 relief appearances.
In exchange, Minnesota picks up Tampa Bay's No. 10 and No. 17 prospects, per MLB Pipeline. Ryan, 25, made the jump from A-ball in 2019 to Triple-A this year, and owns a 3.63 ERA in 12 appearances (11 starts) at the Triple-A level so far. Strotman, 24, had similar success with Triple-A Durham this season, posting a 3.39 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts). More >
July 21: Dodgers acquire OF Billy McKinney from Mets for OF Carlos Rincon and cash
The Mets designated McKinney for assignment on July 16 to make room on the 40-man roster when they activated J.D. Davis from the 60-day IL. This is the second time McKinney has been traded this season and the fifth time in his career. He'll function as outfield depth for the Dodgers, who sent Rincon (a Minor League outfielder) and cash to the Mets to complete the trade. More >
July 16: Braves acquire C Stephen Vogt from D-backs for 1B Mason Berne
The catching position has been a carousel for the Braves this season. Vogt, who is earning $3.5 million in the second year of a two-year deal, became the seventh player to start a game behind the plate for the team after it acquired him from the D-backs for Berne, a Low-A first baseman. The Braves are the sixth team Vogt, 36, has played for in nine big league seasons. More >
July 15: Braves acquire OF Joc Pederson from Cubs for 1B Bryce Ball
Less than a week after losing superstar Ronald Acuña Jr. to a torn right ACL, the Braves shored up their outfield situation by picking up Pederson from the Cubs for Ball, a High-A first baseman. The Braves are on the hook for the prorated portion of Pederson's $4.5 million base salary in 2021. His deal also includes a $10 million mutual option with a $2.5 million buyout for 2022. More >