The New York Mets acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers minutes before the trade deadline, as Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com first reported.
In return, the Tigers received righties Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports first reported.
The Tigers, after selling David Price to the Blue Jays, opened their doors for all teams to take advantage of trades and dealt Joakim Soria and now Cespedes just after making the Price deal.
Detroit's selling strategy came as a surprise to many, but makes sense, as the team is 50-52 and is 3 1/2 games out of the closest playoff spot, all while being on a seemingly downward trend.
The Mets are a benefactor of the Tigers' selloff, as they got possibly the best hitter available on the market in Yoenis Cespedes. It was no secret that New York needed hitting, ranking second-to-last in runs per game this season.
The team acquired Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, while promoting Michael Conforto, in order to achieve their goal of getting offense. But, with the rumored acquisition of Carlos Gomez falling through, the team obviously knew they needed better.
Cespedes will be just that, even if he is only in the Big Apple for a short period of time. He is signed through this season before he becomes a free agent. This is the last year of his four-year, $36 million deal he signed with the Athletics out of Cuba.
When he joins the Mets, he'll slide right into the middle of the order. He's hitting .293/.323/.506 this season with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs over 427 plate appearances this year. He has averaged 22 homers and 81 RBIs per year over his career.
The Mets hope that Cespedes is the bat they need to make the playoffs this season. The team is three games out of the Nationals in the NL East and 4 1/2 out of the Giants in the NL Wild Card.
The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Ben Revere from the Philadelphia Phillies, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki first reported on Friday. The deal has since been announced.
In return for Revere, the Phillies received pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reported.
Revere's name has popped up in trade talks over the past few weeks, with his name being connected to the Angels and more recently the Orioles. In fact, the Orioles and Blue Jays appeared to be the two teams left in the running for Revere today.
Revere is going to play left field against right-handed pitching, which he hits very well. He adds speed to the Blue Jays lineup and could be their leadoff guy, especially with his hitting and stealing base skills.
The 27-year-old is signed through the 2017 season, being second-time arbitration-eligible next year. The Phillies will pay him the rest of his contract this season.
On the year, Revere is hitting .298/.334/.374 with a home run and 26 RBIs in 388 plate appearances this year. Revere has 24 stolen bases in 29 attempts. His defense has improved too, as Revere is worth three defensive runs saved, the first time he's been above average on DRS in his career.
The Chicago Cubs have acquired right-hander Dan Haren from the Miami Marlins, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times first reported on Friday. The deal has since been announced.
The Marlins received a duo of minor leaguers for Haren, shortstop Elliot Soto and right-hander Ivan Pineyro, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald initially reported this afternoon.
The 34-year-old Haren fills the Cubs' need for starting pitching. The team had shown interest in many options, from David Price and Cole Hamels to Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross. Ultimately, the team gets Haren, a serviceable righty to bolster the staff.
Haren is a 13-year MLB veteran, coming with some postseason experience. He won't carry the Cubs' staff, but he'll be an upgrade while serving as the fifth starter.
His name has appeared in trade talks over the past few weeks, especially considering that he is a free agent at the end of the year and the Marlins are out of contention.
On the season, Haren is 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA (4.57 FIP) in 21 starts. Over his 129 innings pitched, Haren has a 88 to 25 strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.52 K/BB).
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers, SB Nation blog Lookout Landing reports.
In return, the Orioles received Zach Davies, the blog reported. Both these reports were confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, with the team announcement coming later in the day.
The Orioles have been in the market for an outfielder, with the team getting below average production from their Opening Day right fielder, Delmon Young. Young is no longer with the team.
As a group, Orioles' outfielders rank 22nd in the MLB in fWAR and 27th in wRC+, causing them to show interest in Justin Upton, Carlos Gonzalez, and other options.
The 28-year-old Parra will be a welcome addition to the Orioles' outfield corps, especially on offense, where he is having a career year. Parra is hitting .328/.369/.517 this season, hitting nine homers and driving in 31 RBIs over 351 plate appearances.
The Orioles can use Parra to help shore up one of the few issues they had with their team. They hope his offensive production will help carry them to the playoffs.
The San Francisco Giants have acquired right-handed starter Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds, the two teams announced early Friday morning.
In return for Leake, the Reds received two prospects, right-hander Keury Mella and infielder Adam Duvall.
The 27-year-old Leake has not been the best Reds' pitcher to be involved in trade rumors, with Johnny Cueto being moved earlier this week, but he has received a lot of buzz recently, considering his price isn't huge and he is still a serviceable starter.
The Giants have needed pitching, especially starting pitching, to help them down the stretch run. They rank 24th in the Major Leagues in fWAR from their starters, including not so great FIP (3.97) and xFIP numbers (3.93).
Leake, a free agent at the end of the season, is 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA (3.88 FIP) in 21 starts this season. Over 136 2/3 innings pitched, Leake has worked to a 90 to 34 strikeout-to-walk ratio.