HBT Trade Deadline Tracker

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We’re constantly updating the doings at the trade deadline with individual posts here at HBT, but for those only looking for the big picture, we offer this handy dandy list of the trades that have gone down.

The trades are listed in reverse chronological order and are identified by the key player in each deal. Links go to HardballTalk’s post reporting and/or analyzing the trade.

This list will be updated throughout the day, so be sure to bookmark it.

Erik Bedard

Three-team deal: Red Sox trade C Tim Federowicz, RHP Juan Rodriguez and RHP Stephen Fife to Dodgers and OF Chih Hsien Chiang to Mariners; Dodgers trade OF Trayvon Robinson to Mariners; Mariners trade LHP Erik Bedard and RHP Josh Fields to the Red Sox

Ryan Ludwick

Pirates trade player to be named later or cash to the Padres for OF Ryan Ludwick

Mike Adams

Rangers trade RHP Joe Wieland and LHP Robert Erlin to the Padres for RHP Mike Adams

Brad Ziegler

Diamondbacks trade 1B Brandon Allen and LHP Jordan Norberto to the Athletics for RHP Brad Ziegler

Michael Bourn

Braves trade OF Jordan Schafer, LHP Brett Oberholtzer, RHP Paul Clemens and RHP Juan Abreu to the Astros for OF Michael Bourn

Derrek Lee

Pirates trade 1B Aaron Baker to the Orioles for 1B Derrek Lee

Orlando Cabrera

Giants trade OF Thomas Neal to the Indians for INF Orlando Cabrera

Ubaldo Jimenez

Indians trade LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Alex White, RHP Joe Gardner and 1B Matt McBride to the Rockies for RHP Ubaldo Jimenez

Koji Uehara

Rangers trade 1b/3B Chris Davis and RHP Tommy Hunter to the Orioles for RHP Koji Uehara

Jason Marquis

Diamondbacks trade INF Zach Walters to the Nationals for RHP Jason Marquis

Mike Aviles

Red Sox trade INF Yamaico Navarro and RHP Kendal Volz to the Royals for INF Mike Aviles

Jerry Hairston Jr.

Brewers trade OF Erik Komatsu to the Nationals for INF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr.

Doug Fister/Charlie Furbush

Tigers trade LHP Charlie Furbush, OF Casper Wells, 3B Francisco Martinez and a player to be named later to the Mariners for RHP Doug Fister and RHP David Pauley

Rafael Furcal

Cardinals trade OF Alex Castellanos to the Dodgers for SS Rafael Furcal

Hunter Pence

Phillies trade RHP Jarred Cosart, 1B Jonathan Singleton, RHP Josh Zeid and a player to be named later to the Astros for OF Hunter Pence and cash

Carlos Beltran

Giants trade RHP Zack Wheeler to the Mets for OF Carlos Beltran and cash

Kosuke Fukudome

Indians trade OF Abner Abreu and RHP Carlton Smith to the Cubs for OF Kosuke Fukudome

Colby Rasmus/Edwin Jackson

Blue Jays trade RHP Edwin Jackson, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Octavio Dotel and OF Corey Patterson to the Cardinals for OF Colby Rasmus, LHP Trever Miller, RHP P.J. Walters and LHP Brian Tallet.  This trade occurred immediately after the White Sox traded Jackson and 3B/OF Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays for RHP Jason Frasor and RHP Zach Stewart

Felipe Lopez

Rays trade INF Felipe Lopez to the Brewers for cash considerations

Wil Nieves

Brewers trade C Wil Nieves to the Braves for cash considerations

Juan Rivera

Blue Jays trade OF Juan Rivera to the Dodgers for a player to be named later

Jonny Gomes

Nationals trade LHP Chris Manno and OF Bill Rhinehart to the Reds for OF Jonny Gomes

Jeff Keppinger

Giants traded RHP Henry Sosa and RHP Jason Stoffel to the Astros for INF Jeff Keppinger

Wilson Betemit

Tigers trade LHP Antonio Cruz and C Julio Rodriguez to the Royals for 3B Wilson Betemit

Francisco Rodriguez

Brewers trade player to be named later to Mets for RHP Francisco Rodriguez and cash

CC Sabathia won’t visit the White House if the Yankees win the World Series

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Over the past couple of days the subject of athlete activism, always present to some degree in American sports, but recently revived by Colin Kaepernick and a few other football players in the form of silent protests during the National Anthem, exploded into a headline dominating news story. Lighting the fuse: President Trump directly inserting himself into the controversy.

He did so during a speech on Friday night and during a series of tweets Saturday and continuing into this morning in which he urged NFL owners to “fire” or suspend players who do not stand for the national anthem. He also attempted to disinvite the NBA champion Golden State Warriors from their traditional White House visit because of their star player Stephen Curry’s public opposition to him, though Curry had already said he wouldn’t go.

As Ashley wrote last night, the silent anthem protests have now come to baseball, with A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell becoming the fist player to kneel during the National Anthem. Before that, at least one baseball executive, Orioles Vice President John P. Angelos, came out strongly on the side of players and against Trump. Joe Maddon said some less-than-enlightened words on the matter. Major League Baseball issued a statement on the matter. It was, not surprisingly, somewhat empty, taking something of a both-sides-have-good-points tack. It’s understandable, I suppose. I suspect Major League Baseball and its owners would prefer to not have to comment on this at all. The league does not do this sort of controversy well.

Ballplayers, however, will likely continue to speak up. The latest: Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who was asked yesterday whether he would visit the White House if the playoff-bound Yankees won the World Series. From the Daily News:

“Never. I just don’t believe in anything that is Trump. So there wouldn’t be any reason for me to go at all. I just think it’s stupid. I just think it’s dumb that he’s addressing players and stuff that he shouldn’t be. But it is what it is, and that’s the country we live in these days . . . I’m proud of the way that everybody has Steph’s back and just athletes in general these days, the way everybody has been stepping up has been great.”

Baseball players, as we’ve noted many times over the years, tend to be a more conservative bunch than football or basketball players. There are a lot more white players and a lot more players from southern, suburban and exurban areas. A significant number of racial-ethnic minority players were not born in the United States, so U.S. politics may not necessarily preoccupy them the way it may players from the United States. As such, political protest like we’ve seen in the NFL and NBA was never going to start in baseball in 2017.

But that does not mean that it was not going to come to baseball. Contrary to what so many fans seem to think, sports do not exist inside some bubble into which the real world does not intrude. Athletes are citizens just like you and me with social, political and personal concerns just like you and me. And, at the moment, a government official is demanding that they lose their jobs because he does not agree with their political views and the manner in which they are expressed. I suspect most of us would get upset by that if it happened to us. Certainly a lot of people I know on the conservative side of the political expression worried about government overreach and freedom of speech. At least before January of this year.

So I am not at all surprised that baseball players like Sabathia are beginning to speak out. He will not be the last. Others will join him. Others, as is their right, will push back and say they disagree with him. If and when people feel inspired to tell them to “stick to sports,” or “stay in their lane,” perhaps they should ask why the President of the United States decided not to do so himself. And ask why he thinks it’s appropriate for athletes to lose their jobs for their political views and why private entities like the NFL should be patriotic institutions rather than businesses which put on sporting events.

 

Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during National Anthem

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Athletics’ rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell did not stand for the National Anthem on Saturday night. He’s the first MLB player to do so and, like other professional athletes before him, used the moment to send a message — not just to shed light on the lack of racial equality in the United States, but to specifically protest President Donald Trump’s suggestion that NFL owners fire any of their players who elect to protest the anthem by sitting or kneeling.

“Bruce’s father is a proud military lifer. Anyone who knows Bruce or his parents is well aware that the Maxwells’ love and appreciation for our country is indisputable,” Maxwell’s agent, Matt Sosnick, relayed to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser on Friday. He continued:

Bruce has made it clear that he is taking a stand about what he perceives as racial injustices in this country, and his personal disappointment with President Trump’s response to a number of professional athletes’ totally peaceful, non-violent protests.

Bruce has shared with both me and his teammates that his feelings have nothing to do with a lack of patriotism or a hatred of any man, but rather everything to do with equality for men, women and children regardless of race or religion.

While Maxwell didn’t make his own statement to the media, he took to Instagram earlier in the day to express his frustration against the recent opposition to the protests, criticizing the President for endorsing “division of man and rights.”

Despite Trump’s profanity-laced directive to NFL owners on Friday, however, it’s clear the Athletics don’t share his sentiments. “The Oakland A’s pride ourselves on being inclusive,” the team said in a statement released after Maxwell’s demonstration. “We respect and support all of our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression.”

Whatever the fallout, kudos to Maxwell for taking a stand. He may be the first to do so in this particular arena, but he likely won’t be the last.