Well, that escalated quickly.
After a flurry of activity that took place late Wednesday night, the trade deadline is in full swing heading down the stretch.
To recap, the Texas Rangers agreed to a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies for left-handed ace Cole Hamels, sources told ESPN. And the Los Angeles Dodgers are close to finishing a three-team deal with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins that will net them two starters in Mat Latos and Alex Wood, two relievers in Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan and first baseman Michael Morse, sources told ESPN.com's Jim Bowden.
Of course, we can't forget the notable non-deal that took place as well. The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to a trade to send Carlos Gomez to the New York Mets for Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores, pending physicals. Those physicals, however, caused the deal to derail, as the Mets were reportedly concerned with what they saw regarding Gomez's hip.
All in all, it was a busy night that could serve as a precursor to two more hectic days of rumors and rumblings. With the deadline just over 24 hours away, let's take a look at some of the more interesting reports making rounds on Thursday.
David Price: The sweepstakes for the prized left-hander is officially underway. With the Detroit Tigers telling rivals that they are prepared to "reboot," as Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reported Wednesday, Price has instantly become the top name available on the market. The Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees were all in contact with the Tigers shortly after they told teams they were selling, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets. Throw the Houston Astros into that mix as well, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweets. If any team is able to pull off a deal for Price, they'll be adding a bona fide ace to the top of their rotation. Of course, the cost to do so will surely be steep. Until Friday's deadline, any rumors regarding a deal for Price will be worth monitoring closely.
UPDATE: The Tigers have agreed to trade Price to the Blue Jays for a package that includes top prospect Daniel Norris, according to ESPN and multiple reports (Heyman tweeted news of the deal first). In addition to Norris, the Tigers will receive fellow left-handers Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt in the deal.
Astros: Talks between Houston and the San Diego Padres regarding pitchers are "gaining steam," sources familiar with the situation told Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. Drellich also cites a source that says nothing is close to done yet, and the Astros are continuing to talk pitching with other teams. Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and closer Craig Kimbrel could all be of interest to the Astros, who are still looking to add to their staff despite trading for Scott Kazmir last week. The Astros appear to be more interested in Ross than they are in Cashner, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune tweets. Ross is drawing "intense interest" from many teams, Heyman tweets.
Yovani Gallardo: The Rangers right-hander has drawn interest from multiple teams, including the Dodgers, Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs, and is still likely to be dealt, Heyman reports. After trading five prospects to acquire Hamels, Texas could quickly help to replenish its farm system by flipping Gallardo. Gallardo is set to take the mound for the Rangers Thursday night, meaning a deal may come together quickly if a team steps up.
Julio Teheran: The Braves are listening to offers for their right-handed ace, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweets. Passan suggests, however, that Atlanta may only be fielding interest in Teheran in the hopes that a team will overpay for his services. Teheran certainly has significant value seeing as he is still just 24 years old and already has two superb seasons under his belt. There's also his team-friendly contract, which has him signed through at least 2020 for a relatively low amount of money ($32.4 million total). It's hard to imagine the Braves dealing him at this point.
St. Louis Cardinals: Regardless of the injury status of Matt Holliday, the Cardinals don't intend to add another outfielder after acquiring Brandon Moss in a trade with the Cleveland Indians Thursday morning, Bob Nightengale of USA today tweets. The Cardinals were believed to be looking for an upgrade at first base at the deadline, a mold Moss fits. However, Moss has primarily been a corner outfielder the last two years, giving St. Louis versatility to work with if Holliday's injury is serious.
Baltimore Orioles: Teams looking to make a deal with the Orioles keep asking for young players that are "deal breakers," Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com tweets. The list of players includes Manny Machado, Kevin Gausman and Jonathan Schoop, all of whom have been significant contributors in the major leagues in the last two years. The Orioles are believed to still be seeking corner outfield help, however, no deal appears to be close.
Nathan Karns: The Tampa Bay Rays are listening to offers for the right-hander, Passan tweets. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported the same in a tweet, noting the Rays are more likely to deal reliever Kevin Jepsen than Karns. Karns is in the midst of a breakout season for the Rays, posting a 3.37 ERA in 20 starts. Given his unexpected success and the fact that he isn't even arbitration eligible until 2018 (meaning he'll reach free agency in 2021), Tampa Bay could be looking to sell high on the 27-year-old. As for Jepsen, a 2.81 ERA out of the pen could make him a desirable target for teams looking to add relievers.
Yankees: New York has been quiet on the trade front so far, but that could soon change. Others in the industry sense the Yankees are poised to make moves, Rosenthal tweets. Now that the Blue Jays have added Price, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman's sense of urgency to make a move has likely increased. With the report that Michael Pineda was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday with forearm tightness, New York could very well be active in the starting pitching market over the next 24 hours.