Report: Victor Martinez to Red Sox

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Oh-boy.

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Here’s the big one. According to a post on Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today says:

The Red Sox are about to acquire Victor Martinez from Indians.

– Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse confirms the Nightengale report citing a source that says a Martinez deal “looks good.”

In a post to Twitter, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Indians wanted a major-league ready pitcher in return for Martinez, “so gut is that Buchholz must be in this.”

– Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com
writes, “the Red Sox did not include either right-hander Clay Buchholz
nor right-hander Daniel Bard in the deal, according to a source.”

We’re slowly piecing this deal together, as Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports that LHP Nick Hagadone, a 2007 sandwich-pick, and RHP Justin Masterson would be part of the trade.

Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that the deal has been agreed to and that Buchholz is not in it.

Update: Nightengale, the original source, says the deal is done. Martinez is headed to Boston.

Oh-boy.

Here’s the big one. According to a post on Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today says:

The Red Sox are about to acquire Victor Martinez from Indians.

– Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse confirms the Nightengale report citing a source that says a Martinez deal “looks good.”

In a post to Twitter, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Indians wanted a major-league ready pitcher in return for Martinez, “so gut is that Buchholz must be in this.”

– Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com
writes, “the Red Sox did not include either right-hander Clay Buchholz
nor right-hander Daniel Bard in the deal, according to a source.”

We’re slowly piecing this deal together, as Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports that LHP Nick Hagadone, a 2007 sandwich-pick, and RHP Justin Masterson would be part of the trade.

Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that the deal has been agreed to and that Buchholz is not in it.

Update: Nightengale, the original source, says the deal is done. Martinez is headed to Boston.

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The Reds are on pace to break their own record for home runs allowed

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The Reds got shelled by the Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon, dropping the game 12-2. The pitching staff gave up four home runs, including two to Jake Lamb. Gregor Blanco and Ketel Marte also went yard.

That brings the Reds’ total on the season up to 166 through 95 games. That prorates to 283 over 162 games, which would shatter their own major league record for home runs allowed by a team in a season. Last year, the Reds’ pitching staff yielded 258 dingers.

After Thursday’s action, the Reds’ pitching has a major league worst 5.31 ERA, which is exactly in line with its major league worst 5.31 FIP. According to FanGraphs, the pitching staff is worth 0.2 Wins Above Replacement, which is by far the worst in baseball. The Twins’ staff is next-worst at 2.7 WAR. It’s been a rough year in Cincinnati.

Report: Twins close to acquiring Jaime Garcia from the Braves

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Update (7:33 PM ET): There’s a deal in place, per Jon Morosi. The Braves will be receiving a minor leaguer from the Twin, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports.

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The Twins are close to acquiring starter Jaime Garcia from the Braves, Ken Rosenthal reports.

Garcia, 31, is owed the remainder of his $12 million salary for 2017 and can become a free agent at season’s end. Through 17 starts with the Braves, the lefty has a 4.33 ERA with an 81/40 K/BB ratio in 106 innings.

The 48-46 Twins find themselves just a half-game behind the Indians for first place in the AL Central, so this is certainly an attempt to gear up for the stretch run.

Aaron Blair was scratched from his start with Triple-A Gwinnett, so he could be on his way up to the majors to fill Garcia’s spot in the Braves’ rotation.