MLB rumors roundup for July 31


It's finally here.

The trade deadline is upon us (Friday at 4 p.m.), and plenty of teams are still in the hunt to add the final pieces they need to make a push toward to the postseason.

So far, several of the biggest names on the market have already found a new home. For a complete look at all the deals that have gone on this month, check out our trade deadline tracker.

Here are some of the bigger deals that took place and top rumors that made their way around the league on Friday.

  • San Diego Padres: San Diego was expected to make noise but instead elected to stand pat at the deadline (outside of a minor trade for Cleveland Indians left-handed reliever Mark Rzepczynski). Despite the Padres being 7 1/2 games back in the wild-card standings, general manager A.J. Preller didn't want to sell off his best players because he still thinks the team can reach the postseason, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweets, citing a source. So Tyson Ross, Craig Kimbrel, Joaquin Benoit, Ian Kennedy, Justin Upton and all the other players rumored to be on the block will remain in San Diego until further notice. That isn't to say there was little interest in them, however. Six clubs engaged San Diego in talks for Kimbrel, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted. And although a front-runner never emerged for Ross, the Boston Red Sox (Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com tweet, citing a source) and Chicago Cubs (Nightengale tweet) were said to be heavily interested in the 28-year-old. If the Padres fall further out of postseason contention in August, they could still look to pass right-hander James Shields and his big-money contract through waivers in order to make a trade, Buster Olney of ESPN.com tweets.

  • Yoenis Cespedes: The Detroit Tigers traded Cespedes to the New York Mets for two minor league pitchers. The deal didn't include Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, who was expected to be sent to the Milwaukee Brewers in the Carlos Gomez deal that fell through Wednesday night and rumored to be a part of a potential deal for Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce that seemed to have traction Friday morning, as Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com tweeted. Talks regarding Bruce eventually "lost momentum," Crasnick tweeted, as the Reds appeared to have second thoughts about the Mets' trade package.

  • Aroldis Chapman: Speaking of the Reds, the team also elected not to trade their left-handed closer at the deadline. The Arizona Diamondbacks had a proposed deal on the table for Chapman Thursday night, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported, but the two teams were unable to find common ground on a trade. Chapman was "aggressively" pursued by five teams, including the New York Yankees, Nightengale tweeted.

  • Yovani Gallardo: The Texas Rangers elected to hold onto Gallardo instead of dealing him. As many as five teams were interested in the right-hander, Heyman reported. However, the Rangers apparently didn't like any of the offers they received and decided to keep the 29-year-old, which Crasnick tweeted as a possibility on Thursday.

  • Dan Haren: The Miami Marlins traded Haren to the Cubs for two minor leaguers. Chicago had been known to be looking for starting pitching at the deadline, and Haren gives them a veteran presence to add to their rotation. The 34-year-old has a 3.42 ERA in 21 starts this season.

  • Gerardo Parra: The Milwaukee Brewers traded Parra to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league pitcher Zach Davies. The O's were said to have liked Parra a lot, so it appears they got their guy on deadline day. The 28-year-old is in the midst of a career year, hitting .328 with nine home runs in 100 games with Milwaukee.

  • Ben Revere: The Philadelphia Phillies traded Revere to the Toronto Blue Jays for two minor league pitchers. Revere could be a leadoff option for the Blue Jays, who have batted newly-acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki there the past two games. Revere has hit .298 this season and has 24 stolen bases.

  • Mark Lowe: The Seattle Mariners traded Lowe to the Blue Jays for three minor leaguers.

  • Kevin Jepsen: The Tampa Bay Rays traded Jepsen to the Minnesota Twins for two minor league pitchers.

  • Jonathan Broxton: The Brewers traded Broxton to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league outfielder Malik Collymore.

  • Tommy Hunter: The Baltimore Orioles traded Hunter to the Cubs for outfielder Junior Lake.