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 Posted: Mon Jul 31st, 2017 12:36 am
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When a regular #walkoff homer just won’t do ...https://t.co/NxZfvOQFSs #PapaSlam pic.twitter.com/UjZ2p60vRQ

— MLB (@MLB) July 30, 2017
Have yourself a week, Steve Pearce.

The Toronto Blue Jays left fielder mashed his second walk-off grand slam of the past four days Sunday when he took Los Angeles Angels hurler Bud Norris deep to left-center field to put the icing on a seven-run Toronto comeback in the ninth inning. Pearce also pulled off the same trick Thursday when he helped Toronto sweep the Oakland Athletics with his bases-loaded, 10th-inning slam.

According to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi, Pearce's game-winning blast against the Angels marked the largest ninth-inning comeback in Blue Jays history. He's also just the third player in MLB history to smack multiple walk-off grand slams in a season, joining Cy Williams in 1926 and Jim Presley in 1986.

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Jonathan Lucroy is on the move for the second time in as many seasons.

The Colorado Rockies acquired the veteran backstop from the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later, the teams announced.

Lucroy did not play in Texas' 10-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, in which teammate Adrian Beltre notched the 3,000th hit of his major-league career.

The backstop is currently in the midst of the worst statistical season of his eight-year career. The 31-year-old Lucroy is slashing .242/.297/.338 in 77 games this season with four home runs.

"This is an opportunity for Robinson Chirinos and Brett Nicholas to play more, and for us to add young talent to the organization," general manager Jon Daniels told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. "We wish Jonathan and his family well in Colorado and thank him for his work here with us."

Earlier this month, Lucroy foreshadowed the Rangers would eventually deal him when he referred to himself as "expendable" thanks to the improved play of Chirinos.

Lucroy, who is earning $5.25 million in 2017, will become a free agent for the first time in his career this offseason.

Texas acquired Lucroy and reliever Jeremy Jeffress at the 2016 trade deadline from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for top prospect Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz, and Ryan Cordell.

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Just furious that the Yankees have once again thrown in the towel on their prospects to go for it this year.  They trade their only big-time pitching prospect James Karprelian, along with OF prospect Dustin Fowler and Jorge Mateo to the A's for Sonny Gray, who will MAYBE settle in as a #3 starter.  It's not like he's fucking Kershaw.  Absolutely ridiculous, and the Yankees still aren't winning the WS this year. 



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I"m honestly surprised the Royals are in the mix at this point.

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srossi wrote: Just furious that the Yankees have once again thrown in the towel on their prospects to go for it this year.  They trade their only big-time pitching prospect James Karprelian, along with OF prospect Dustin Fowler and Jorge Mateo to the A's for Sonny Gray, who will MAYBE settle in as a #3 starter.  It's not like he's fucking Kershaw.  Absolutely ridiculous, and the Yankees still aren't winning the WS this year. 
I never understood the fuss over Gray. At best he's a number 3 in a rotation. The Yanks overpaid.

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The Chicago Cubs have bolstered their big-league core for their run at a repeat.

Chicago finalized a deal with the Detroit Tigers Sunday night to acquire highly coveted left-hander Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila in exchange for top prospect Jeimer Candelario, 18-year-old shortstop Isaac Paredes, and either a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

All players involved in the deal have been informed, per ESPN's Jesse Rogers.

Wilson has been a wanted man this month, with a variety of teams - including the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers - chasing his services. The 29-year-old is in the midst of a career season, owning a 2.68 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 13 saves in 40 1/3 innings this year. He inherited the Tigers' closing job in May and has performed well in his first opportunity to work the ninth inning.

Avila provides the Cubs with a capable veteran backup catcher that they've been missing since Miguel Montero was designated for assignment earlier this year; he can also provide a solid bat off the bench in pinch-hitting situations.

The 30-year-old Avila is in the midst of his best season since his Silver Slugger-winning campaign in 2011, hitting .271/.392/.472 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs. But he's struggled mightily in July, posting a meager .422 OPS this month with zero extra-base hits.

Avila's father is Tigers general manager Al Avila. According to Morosi's research, this is the first time a GM has traded his own son to another major-league club since 1968.

Wilson is earning $2.7 million this season and has another year of arbitration eligibility remaining in 2018. Alex Avila, who returned to the Tigers following a one-season stint with the White Sox on a $2-million deal this past offseason, will be a free agent in the winter.

Candelario, the Cubs' No. 1 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has appeared in 16 major-league games over the past two seasons. He's a natural third baseman who also plays first base, but in Chicago he's blocked at both corner-infield positions long term by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.

The 23-year-old switch-hitter owns a .266/.361/.507 slash line with 12 home runs at Triple-A Iowa this season.

Paredes, who was signed by the Cubs out of Mexico for $800,000 in 2015, is ranked as the Cubs' 10th-best prospect by MLB Pipeline. In 380 plate appearances this year for Single-A South Bend, the 18-year-old is hitting .261/.341/.399 with seven homers, 25 doubles, and 29 walks.

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The Toronto Blue Jays traded left-hander Francisco Liriano and cash to the Houston Astros on Monday in exchange for outfielder Nori Aoki and minor-league outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, the clubs announced.

Liriano, an impending free agent, has been inconsistent this season, posting a 5.88 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 74 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings. He has been better of late, however, producing a 4.09 ERA over his last two starts, while holding opponents to a .179/.238/.256 slash line.

Despite Liriano making all of his 18 appearances as a starter this season, the Astros are expected to use him out of the bullpen.

The 33-year-old made four appearances as a reliever last year and will likely be deployed against left-handed hitters out of the pen. In 63 plate appearances against Liriano this season, lefties are hitting just .230/.254/.361 with one home run and 17 strikeouts.

Aoki is hitting .272/.323/.371 with two home runs, 12 doubles, and five stolen bases in 71 games. The 35-year-old is earning $5.5 million this season, and is arbitration eligible for the fourth and final time this winter.

Hernandez appeared in 42 games with the Astros over the last two seasons, hitting .230/.304/.420 with four home runs, seven doubles, and 28 strikeouts. The 24-year-old was Houston's No. 9 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, and has hit .279/.369/.485 with 12 home runs, 20 doubles, and 12 stolen bases in 79 games at Triple-A this season.

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One year after being dealt in the Jonathan Lucroy deal, right-hander Jeremy Jeffress is reportedly returning to Milwaukee.

The Brewers reacquired the reliever from the Texas Rangers for minor-league pitching prospect Tayler Scott, the club announced.

The hope for Milwaukee would be that Jeffress, who's under team control until 2020, finds his 2014-2016 form in his last stint with the Brewers. In 158 games with the club, he combined to a 2.38 ERA with 27 saves and 135 strikeouts.

After being acquired by the Rangers last season at the deadline, he pitched well out of the bullpen for the club down the stretch. This year, though, he took a significant step back, performing to a 5.31 ERA with 19 walks and 29 strikeouts in 39 games.

Scott, the minor-league reliever going to Texas, has pitched to a 2.34 ERA with 63 strikeouts in Double-A this year.

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Unable to complete deal for Zach Britton, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked elsewhere and found the left-handed reliever they coveted.

The club acquired southpaw Tony Watson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for prospects Angel German and Oneil Cruz, the Pirates announced.

The Dodgers were long linked to Britton, the coveted Baltimore Orioles closer, with Watson considered as a viable fall-back option.

In Watson, the Dodgers get a talented left-handed reliever to pair with fellow southpaw Luis Avilan for the back end of their bullpen. Watson, who pitched as both a setup man and closer during his tenure with the Pirates, is most likely to serve in the former role behind stud reliever Kenley Jansen.

The 32-year-old spent his entire seven-year career with the Pirates organization. He's been one of the most durable relievers in baseball during that time, appearing in more than 65 games out of the bullpen since 2011.

In 47 games this season, Watson has pitched to a 3.66 ERA with 35 strikeouts and has converted 10 saves. The veteran will be a free agent at season's end.

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With the ushering in of a new Mr. 3000, MLB has announced that Adrian Beltre will share his American League Player of the Week honors with James Paxton.

Aside from collecting the 3,000th hit of his career, and building an already-impressive Hall of Fame case, Beltre posted an unbelievable .478/.500/.739 slash line.

Not to be outdone, Paxton made two starts this past week, striking out 18 batters over 13 shutout innings - a stretch that knocked his ERA down from 3.05 to 2.68 and continues to propel the Seattle Mariners into wild-card contention.

On the National League side, Manuel Margot of the San Diego Padres was a big part of the team's winning stretch last week. Over 28 plate appearances, Margot slashed .500/.500/.964 with three home runs and a stolen base.

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The Toronto Blue Jays traded right-handed reliever Joe Smith to the Cleveland Indians on Monday for left-hander Thomas Pannone and second baseman Samad Taylor, the clubs announced.

Smith has enjoyed a strong season with the Blue Jays, posting a 3.28 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings.

The 33-year-old, who was also traded at last year's deadline, previously spent five seasons in Cleveland from 2009-13.

Pannone, 23, posted a 1.96 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 120 strikeouts across 110 innings between Single and Double-A this season.

Taylor, 19, is hitting .300/.328/.467 with four home runs, six doubles, and 24 strikeouts in 28 games with Class-A Mahoning Valley.

Neither Pannone or Taylor were ranked within the Indians' top-30 prospects.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have added to their bullpen by acquiring David Hernandez from the Los Angeles Angels, the clubs announced.

In exchange, the Angels will receive right-handed pitching prospect Luis Madero, who has a 8.24 ERA and 4.79 FIP in 19 2/3 innings at Low-A.

Hernandez is returning to the Diamondbacks where he spent five seasons of his career between 2011-2015.

The right-handed Hernandez is on an expiring deal worth the league minimum and posted a 2.23 ERA and 1.85 FIP over 36 1/3 innings with the Angels this season. The 32-year-old is posting the highest strikeout rate of his career since 2011.

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In the waning moments before the trade deadline, the Cincinnati Reds sent Tony Cingrani to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the club announced.

In exchange, the Reds received Scott Van Slyke and Hendrik Clementina.

The left-handed Cingrani has a 5.40 ERA and 7.01 FIP in 23 1/3 innings this season and joins fellow southpaw Tony Watson as Dodgers additions right up against the deadline to help bolster their bullpen.

The 31-year-old Van Slyke has put together a .122/.250/.293 slash line in 48 big-league plate appearances in 2017, though the outfielder has spent the majority of the season in Triple-A.

Clementina, a 20-year-old catching prospect, slashed .370/.439/.554 in 24 rookie-ball games this season.

Up until the last minutes of Monday's trade deadline, the Dodgers appeared to be the frontrunners to acquire elite left-handed reliever Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles. However, the Orioles held on to Britton, which led the Dodgers to pick up both Watson and Cingrani on less expensive deals.

The 28-year-old Cingrani was considered the third-best prospect in the Reds' system prior to the 2013 season, according to Baseball America, but failed to acclimate as a starter and has worked exclusively out of the bullpen for the past two seasons.

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The Washington Nationals have added yet another arm to an already improved bullpen.

The club acquired right-handed reliever and 2017 All-Star Brandon Kintzler from the Minnesota Twins for pitching prospect Tyler Watson, the Twins announced.

Additionally, the Twins will receive an unknown amount of international pool money in the deal, according to Chris Cotillo's SB Nation.

The 32-year-old Kintzler, who's slated to become a free agent at season's end, has enjoyed a breakout campaign so far in 2017. In 44 games, he's pitched to a 2.84 ERA and converted 27 saves this year - second-most in the American League.

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The Baltimore Orioles added more talent to their active roster Monday, acquiring infielder Tim Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays minutes before the non-waiver trade deadline in exchange for minor-league right-hander Tobias Myers, the clubs announced.

Beckham, the first overall selection in the 2008 draft, has appeared in a career-high 87 games this season, putting up a .721 OPS with 12 homers while spending considerable time at both shortstop and second base. In parts of four seasons in the majors, the versatile 27-year-old has hit .247/.299/.421 (96 OPS+) with 26 homers and 24 doubles in 238 games.

Myers, meanwhile, has impressed in his first full season as a professional, putting up a 3.94 ERA with a 5.83 strikeout-to-walk ratio over seven starts with Aberdeen of the Low-A New York Pennsylvania League.

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