- The San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza and cash from the Boston Red Sox, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported. The Red Sox received minor league lefty Luis Ysla in return. De Aza should help account for the recent injury to Hunter Pence, who has been on the DL since August 18 due to an oblique injury. De Aza posted a solid .831 OPS (122 OPS+) in 178 plate appearances this year.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers also acquired outfielder Chris Heisey from the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto announced. A player to be named or cash was sent back to the Jays.
Three trades were finalized in the final hours of the August waiver trading/playoff eligibility deadline...
The Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM Seattle reported Monday.
In return for Jackson, the Mariners reportedly received a player to be named later and $211,100 in international signing bonus money. The deal has since been announced by Chicago.
The 28-year-old Jackson is a free agent at the end of the season. He is having a solid year, hitting .272/.312/.387/.699 (98 OPS+) with eight homers and 38 runs batted in over 448 plate appearances. Jackson is currently heating up, posting a .837 OPS over the last 28 days, making him a good August trade candidate.
Jackson reportedly cleared waivers earlier in the month and drew interest from the Rangers and Orioles, with the latter team apparently trying to get a deal done with the Mariners before the Cubs got him.
For the Cubs, Jackson represents more good right-handed hitting outfield help off the bench. With Jorge Soler on the DL, the Cubs decided to grab another righty outfielder. Matt Szczur and Chris Denorfia are also right-handed hitting outfield depth in Chicago.
The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Atlanta Braves, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported.
The Braves sent cash along with Gomes and received minor league infielder Luis Valenzuela to complete the deal, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported.
Gomes is well-respected as a good clubhouse veteran and an extremely good hitter against left-handed pitching. As the Royals are almost all but American League Central champions, Gomes is surely a move for the postseason, as he is a player who could be a valuable addition both on- and off-the-field.
One other benefit to acquiring Gomes is that he comes with postseason experience. While the Royals, fresh off their AL Championship run, do have that, Gomes is a World Series champion (2013 Red Sox) and has played in the postseason in four different years.
The 34-year-old Gomes is hitting just .223/.327/.368 (93 OPS+) this year, but he is hitting for an .878 OPS against left-handers. Gomes was signed to a one-year, $4 million deal this offseason with a vesting option for 2016.
The Royals are continuing to put finishing touches on their roster for the rest of the season and into the postseason and Gomes represents a possible addition that could go a long way, even if it isn't on the stat sheet.
The New York Mets are continuing to make finishing touches on their roster before the August 31 waiver trade deadline hits.
On Saturday, they acquired right-hander Addison Reed from the Diamondbacks, Adam Rubin of ESPN.com first reported. In return for the reliever, the Diamondbacks received two minor-league right-handers, Miller Diaz and Matt Koch, reported Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
The 26-year-old Reed has had an up-and-down career, first looking like one of the most promising closers in the American League with the White Sox before losing that role with the Diamondbacks earlier this year.
This season, Reed is 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA (3.12 FIP) in 40 2/3 innings pitched, saving three games in five opportunities. He lost the role of closer earlier this year after posting a 7.20 ERA through 11 games, going two-for-four in save opportunities.
Since the All-Star Break, however, Reed has been exceptional. He's made 13 appearances out of the bullpen since the Midsummer Classic, pitching 16 1/3 innings and allowing just three earned runs, not to mention a solid 14 to 3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
For the Mets, Reed can serve as a multi-year addition if they'd like him to be. Reed will be second-time arbitration-eligible next offseason if New York decides to tender him a contract. He is therefore under team control through the 2017 season.
On the year, Mets relievers have posted a 3.15 ERA, good for sixth in baseball. However, their 3.83 xFIP (15th in the league) suggests that they could be better.
The Toronto Blue Jays will hire Mark Shapiro to become president of baseball operations, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported.
Shapiro's hiring will be announced early this week, per Heyman, who notes that it could come as soon as Monday.
Shapiro is currently serving as the Cleveland Indians' president of baseball operations and is widely regarded as one of the top baseball executives in the game.
He has been in the Indians organization since 1991 and served as their GM from November 1, 2001 to October 3, 2010, when he was promoted to president.
During that time as GM, Shapiro won the Sporting News Executive of the Year award twice, in 2005 and 2007, leading the Indians to the American League Central Division crown the latter year.
According to Heyman, the Shapiro and the Blue Jays plan on keeping Alex Anthopoulos as general manager. He has built the team towards their current run, where they are leading the American League East and pose as threats to win the World Series.
Shapiro's exact starting date with the Blue Jays is not known. He will be replacing Paul Beeston, who is planning on retiring at the end of the year.