The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline has come and gone, but the transaction wire could stay hot ahead of Aug. 31. That date is important because clubs acquiring new players via trade must have those players on their 40-man roster by then in order for that player (or players) to be eligible for its postseason roster. Teams can acquire players after Sept. 1, but those players would not be eligible to play with that team in the playoffs.
Throughout August, it's not uncommon for high-profile players to be placed on waivers. In fact, most clubs will place a sizable portion of their Major League roster on waivers to gauge interest for their talent ahead of the offseason.
When a waiver claim is placed, the player's original club has three options:
• Work out a standard trade with the claiming club within 48 hours
• Allow the player -- and all money remaining on his contract -- to go to the claiming club with no return
• Pull the player back off waivers
A player who is pulled back off waivers can be placed on trade waivers a second time, but at that point the waiver request becomes irrevocable. If a player passes through waivers unclaimed, he can then be traded to any club, free of restriction (though all 40-man-roster players in the trade must clear waivers before being dealt).
• Glossary: Trade Waivers & Aug. 31 'Deadline'
With that in mind, here is the latest trade buzz:
Bruce could be odd man out of Mets' outfield
Aug. 13: Jay Bruce is a name to monitor this month as the Mets could look to deal from their outfield surplus. Trading Bruce would open up time at the corners for Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo.
Bruce is nearing a return from a right hip injury that's sidelined him since June 17. Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggested Monday that Bruce could be dealt if he show's he's healthy before the end of the month, pointing to the Giants, Mariners, Rockies, Indians and Tigers as potential trade partners for the Mets.
Bruce has a five-team no-trade clause of the Orioles, Mariners, Rays, Blue Jays and A's, per Sherman, and two years, $28 million remaining on his contract after this season. He's batting .212/.292/.613 with three homers and 17 RBIs through 62 games this season.
Marlins remain open to trading more veterans
Aug. 13: While the Marlins have traded Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, Cameron Maybin, Brad Ziegler and Justin Bour in less than nine months, they might not be done dealing.
According to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the Marlins remain open to moving some veterans before Aug. 31, with infielder/outfielder Derek Dietrich, second baseman Starlin Castro and right-hander Dan Straily among the most likely candidates to be dealt.
Dietrich could draw more suitors than the other two, as he has considerable experience at three positions (2B, 3B, LF), owns a 116 OPS+ over the past four seasons and is controllable through 2020. Per Jackson, the Cubs and Indians inquired about the 29-year-old during July.
Meanwhile, Jackson writes that "no team expressed serious interest" in Castro, who is owed nearly $12 million in '19 and has a team option for $16 million with a $1 million buyout for '20, before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. And though the A's discussed a Straily trade with the Marlins last month, Oakland has since acquired Mike Fiers from the Tigers.
The 29-year-old Straily has two more seasons of arbitration eligibility remaining after this one before he can become a free agent, which helps his trade value. But teams may be hesitant to give up notable prospects for a pitcher who has recorded a lifetime 4.27 ERA with a 4.81 FIP (4.42 ERA, 5.40 FIP in '18).
Phillies land Bour from Marlins
Aug. 10: The Phillies acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash considerations from the Marlins on Friday in exchange for Minor League left-handed pitcher McKenzie Mills. Bour joins Carlos Santana and Rhys Hoskins in the Phillies' first-base corps, while adding a solid left-handed bat off the bench.
Bour is slashing .227/.347/.412 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs this season -- a decline in power from the first baseman's .536 slugging percentage in 2017. But with 69 walks in 447 plate appearances this season (ranked 10th-best in MLB), he's still a nice addition off the bench.
The 30-year-old Bour is arbitration eligible for two more years before hitting free agency in 2021.
Mills was acquired by Philadelphia in the July 2017 trade that sent infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick to the Nationals. The 22-year-old southpaw is 2-5 with a 3.51 ERA, 85 strikeouts and 33 walks in 20 games (16 starts) and 89 2/3 innings for Class A Clearwater.
Video: Phillies make move for Bour to bolster lineup
Will Dodgers look to trade market to bolster injury-plagued bullpen?
Aug. 10: With Kenley Jansen expected to miss about a month after being hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat Thursday, the Dodgers are now without their closer in addition to relievers Tony Cingrani, Josh Fields, Yimi Garcia, Erik Goeddel and Daniel Hudson.
In the midst of a heated race with the D-backs and Rockies in the National League West, Los Angeles may look to swing an August trade for some bullpen help.
The problem? There might not be many attractive options available.
Sergio Romo, Jim Johnson and Tyler Clippard pitch for AL teams, meaning the Dodgers will be one of the last clubs that has a chance to claim them, based on the waiver-priority rules. Those hurlers might not even make it out of the AL before being claimed, as was the case with Fernando Rodney, who was traded to the A's on Thursday after being snagged off waivers from the Twins.
As for NL relievers, pitchers such as Bud Norris, Kirby Yates, Craig Stammen, Jared Hughes and David Hernandez also have a good chance of being claimed before the Dodgers have the opportunity to grab them.
Tigers southpaw Francisco Liriano reportedly cleared waivers already, but he's unlikely to draw interest as anything more than a lefty specialist. Liriano has held same-sided hitters to a .567 OPS since the outset of 2017, but right-handed batters have posted an .849 mark against him in that time.
A's acquire Rodney from Twins
Aug. 9: The A's continued adding to their pitching staff Thursday, acquiring reliever Fernando Rodney from the Twins in exchange for pitching prospect Dakota Chalmers.
Following recent trades for relievers Jeurys Familia and Shawn Kelley as well as starter Mike Fiers, Oakland added another bullpen piece in Rodney. As Minnesota's closer, the 41-year-old posted a 3.09 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP with 25 saves and a 10.3 K/9 rate. Rodney, who is earning $4.25 million this year, has a team option for the same salary next year with a $250,000 buyout.
Chalmers, 21, has been on the Minor League disabled list since April 24. He did not appear in MLB Pipeline's rankings of Oakland's top 30 prospects. Currently in Class A, the righty has gone 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP with a 10.2 K/9 rate across four Minor League seasons.
Despite seeing their starting rotation decimated by injuries, the A's have been surprise contenders this year and currently hold one of the AL's two Wild Card spots along with the Yankees. Oakland has been especially active after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, acquiring three pitchers in the last five days. The Twins, meanwhile, have continued to sell after dealing several players, including Brian Dozier, Eduardo Escobar and Lance Lynn, prior to the Deadline. The A's clearly believe they are not a fluke, however, and have positioned themselves for a postseason run over the season's final two months.
Video: Justice on Athletics acquiring Rodney from Twins
Which team has the best chance of landing Donaldson?
Aug. 9: Although Josh Donaldson hasn't played since May 28 due to a left calf strain and is part of a Blue Jays club that is well out of playoff contention, the third baseman still has a chance to influence the postseason picture and even swing the 2018 World Series title.
If Donaldson can return from the disabled list this month and prove to be even a fraction of the player he was from 2015-17, he should be an attractive trade target before Aug. 31.
MLB Network insider Jon Heyman broke down the market for Donaldson in an article for Fancred Sports, listing the Indians, Cardinals, Braves, Cubs and Red Sox as potential landing spots for the impending free agent.
Heyman pegged Cleveland as the most likely of the five, as the Indians can move American League MVP Award candidate Jose Ramirez to second base and shift Jason Kipnis to the outfield to help out a group that has been decimated by injuries and just lost recent acquisition Leonys Martin to the disabled list with a "non-baseball condition."
While the Indians entered Thursday having scored the third-most runs in the Majors, their offense is extremely top-heavy. Adding another bat will give them a greater chance of defeating the likes of the Red Sox, Astros and Yankees and emerging as the AL champion.
Out of those five clubs, Cleveland will also have the first chance to claim Donaldson off waivers, as waiver priority is determined by reverse standings (worst to best record) in the player's league, followed by reverse standings in the other league.
Daniels: Beltre trade 'unlikely,' but Rangers still listening to offers
Aug. 7: While the Rangers will continue to field offers for Adrian Beltre, president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels indicated Monday that the third baseman is probably not going anywhere before Aug. 31.
"I don't think it's likely," Daniels said on MLB Network Radio. "We'll handle it the same way we've handled it the whole time with Adrian, which is direct communication."
Beltre, 39, is set to hit free agency after this season, but he has expressed interest in finishing his career with the Rangers. And with 10-and-5 rights, the veteran has veto power over any deal.
With that being a factor, Daniels explained the Rangers' process in July was to present Beltre with any team that was interested in acquiring him before opening trade discussions, rather than negotiating with a specific club and then approaching Beltre about accepting a trade once a deal was reached. Per Daniels, the club will maintain that approach this month.
"If it's something that's good for all parties involved, then we would entertain it," Daniels said. "And if it's not, then we'd be thrilled with him finishing his year out with us."
The Rangers would be able to pursue a trade with any of the other 29 clubs only if Beltre clears waivers. But given his no-trade rights and contract -- he's owed the remainder of his $18 million salary for this season -- he has a good chance of going unclaimed.
Iglesias, Liriano, Zimmermann reportedly pass through waivers unclaimed
Aug. 7: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, left-hander Francisco Liriano and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann have all cleared revocable waivers, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. As a result, they can now be dealt to any of the other 29 MLB clubs.
Iglesias and Liriano are both impending free agents who are unlikely to draw interest from non-contending teams, limiting the number of potential suitors.
Iglesias has hit .267 with four homers and a .697 OPS for Detroit this season. The 28-year-old is similar to Adeiny Hechavarria, another glove-first shortstop and free-agent-to-be. Hechavarria was dealt from the Rays to the Pirates for Class A right-hander Matt Seelinger on Monday.
Liriano has made 17 of his 18 appearances as a starter this season, but he could be an attractive trade target as a reliever. The southpaw has limited same-sided batters to a .441 OPS this year while allowing right-handed hitters to post an .819 OPS.
Liriano also opened 2017 as a starter, making his first 18 appearances as a member of the Blue Jays' rotation, but he moved to the bullpen after being acquired by the Astros in July and went on to win a World Series title with the club.
Zimmermann, meanwhile, is still owed $50 million over '19-20 as well as the remainder of his $24 million salary for this season. He's having a solid campaign (4.31 ERA, 1.23 WHIP), but the Tigers would likely need to eat a large chunk of his salary to move him. The club would also need the 32-year-old to waive his no-trade clause, which he was given for the first three years of the five-year deal he signed prior to the '16 season.
Brewers still looking to trade for starting pitcher?
Aug. 6: The Brewers were one of MLB's busiest teams before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and general manager David Stearns doesn't appear to be done. Milwaukee claimed right-hander Jordan Lyles off waivers from the Padres on Tuesday, and Stearns remains focused on adding a starting pitcher, per MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.
McCalvy considers the Reds' Matt Harvey a potential match if the right-hander clears waivers and mentions the Twins' Ervin Santana and the White Sox James Shields as additional possibilities.
Harvey's name was floated in numerous trade rumors before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, with the Brewers among the clubs that reportedly discussed trading for him, but the impending free agent ultimately wasn't dealt.
Although Harvey, 29, has pitched better overall since he was traded from the Mets to the Reds for Devin Mesoraco on May 8, he has struggled lately. In his past three starts, Harvey has allowed 15 earned runs on 19 hits (including six homers) and four walks over 12 2/3 innings.
The Brewers, who entered Monday one game back of the Cubs in the National League Central and holding the top NL Wild Card spot, are currently without their top three starters. Jimmy Nelson is nearly one year removed from the right-shoulder surgery that ended his 2017 campaign, though he did throw a bullpen session that included offspeed pitches on Tuesday. Zach Davies has dealt with numerous setbacks in his attempted return from right rotator cuff inflammation. And Brent Suter was lost to the season due to Tommy John surgery last month. More >