UPDATE: The deal is official. The Astros will also receive slot #76 in the 2015-2016 international pool as part of the trade.
7:33 p.m. ET: Carlos Gomez was nearly dealt to the Mets last night before the deal fell apart, but it didn’t take long for the Brewers to find a new suitor. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Astros have agreed to acquire Gomez and right-hander Mike Fiers from the Brewers. By the way, Heyman hears that Gomez has already passed the Astros’ medical review.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Milwaukee will receive outfielders Brett Phillips, Domingo Santana, right-hander Adrian Houser, and left-hander Josh Hader.
After acquiring left-hander Scott Kazmir from the Athletics last week, it’s clear that the Astros are all in. Gomez has seen a dip in production at the plate this year, but he’s still one of the best defensive center fielders in the game and is under contract for $9 million next season. Fiers, 30, has posted a 3.89 ERA over 21 starts this season and should make for another solid addition to Houston’s rotation. He’s not arbitration-eligible for the first time until after the 2016 season, so this move isn’t just about this season.
The Mets reportedly backed out of the trade for Gomez last night due to concerns about his hip, but there was a report out of Milwaukee this morning which stated that the deal broke down primarily because of financial issues. That looks pretty accurate at the moment.
It wasn’t too long ago that we were talking about the White Sox as sellers, but they have gone 16-8 this month and sit at 49-50 on the year, just 2 1/2 games back in what is shaping up to be a compelling Wild Card race in the American League. With that in mind, they are on the lookout for a bat:
Bob Nightengale of USA Today also hears that the White Sox are looking for a bat and have inquired about Cespedes.
Big things were expected out of Chicago’s offense this season after the splashy additions of Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche, but the club currently ranks 27th in the majors in runs scored. Cabrera has turned things on of late, but LaRoche has really struggled outside of a productive May and could be at risk for losing at-bats if the White Sox make a deal. Avisail Garcia, who has a .658 OPS against right-handed pitching, could also be vulnerable. Cespedes and Upton are both due to be free agents this winter, but they could really move the needle for a contender.
Angels slugger Mike Trout is back in tonight’s lineup against the Astros after missing two games with left wrist inflammation.
Trout injured his wrist while attempting to make a diving catch on Sunday, but an MRI revealed no structural damage. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the 23-year-old was cleared to return after he hit off a tee without any issues. He’s starting in center field tonight as the Angels attempt to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Astros. The team is currently one game back of Houston in the AL West.
Trout leads the majors with 31 home runs and owns a .315/.405/.632 batting line over 97 games.
UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Tigers will receive prospect infielder-outfielder JaCoby Jones in return.
6:11 p.m. ET: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates and Tigers have agreed to a deal. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that medicals still need to be reviewed before the trade becomes official.
The Tigers will receive one minor leaguer in return, according to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi.
6:09 p.m. ET: After dealing ace David Price to the Blue Jays earlier today, the Tigers are now close to moving their closer. According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, the Pirates are nearing a deal to acquire Joakim Soria.
Soria, an impending free agent, has posted a 2.85 ERA and 36/11 K/BB ratio over 41 innings this season. The 31-year-old has been very solid since taking over the closer role in Detroit, going 23-for-26 in save chances.
The Pirates already have an All-Star closer in Mark Melancon, so Soria would presumably function in a set-up capacity. Pittsburgh’s bullpen is currently fourth in the majors with a 2.71 ERA, but they are about to get even better.
The Blue Jays have pulled off a stunner, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that that they have acquired five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies. Jose Reyes and a package of minor leaguers are headed back to Colorado while LaTroy Hawkins is also being sent to Toronto. No word yet on the financial details involved.
While many expected the Blue Jays to make a big splash for a pitcher, they apparently decided to strengthen what was already the best offense in the majors. After coming back from hip surgery, Tulowitzki has managed to stay healthy this season while batting .300/.348/.471 with 12 home runs and 53 RBI over 87 games. It was reported over the weekend that the Mets inquired on Tulowitzki only to find that the Rockies weren’t motivated to move their face of the franchise, but the Blue Jays obviously changed their thinking on the matter.
Tulowitzki receives a $2 million assignment bonus for being traded and is owed $100 million through 2020. His contract also includes a $15 million club option for 2021. He was only permitted to be traded once during his contract, so he now has a full no-trade clause.
Reyes would appear to be a strange fit for the Rockies, who have prospect Trevor Story at Triple-A and should be focused on rebuilding as opposed to acquiring players on the wrong side of 30 years old. Unless getting out from Tulowitzki’s contract was a major motivation behind the deal. For what it’s worth, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi hears that Reyes is likely to be flipped to another team. Either way, this is the second time Reyes has been traded since signing his six-year, $106 million deal with the Marlins in December of 2011. The 32-year-old still has two years at $22 million remaining on the deal and a $22 million club option or $4 million buyout for 2018.
UPDATE, 1:37 a.m. ET: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that right-hander Miguel Castro is one of the prospects headed to Colorado, confirming buzz from FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi.
UPDATE: The Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliot reported that the Rockies are also getting right-hander Jeff Hoffman, the Jays’ first-round pick in 2014. So at least the Rockies are coming away with two of Toronto’s best young arms.