Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals are acquiring pitchers Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill from the Padres in exchange for Matt Strahm, Travis Wood, and Esteury Ruiz. Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal.
Maurer, 27, has saved 20 games for the Padres this year despite a 5.72 ERA. He carries with him a 38/8 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. The right-hander is arbitration-eligible going into the next two seasons and can become a free agent after the 2019 season.
Buchter, 30, owns a 3.05 ERA with a 47/18 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings of relief work this season with the Padres. He’ll be under team control through 2021.
Cahill, 29, has posted a 3.69 ERA with a 72/24 K/BB ratio in 61 innings across 11 starts. He can become a free agent after the season.
Strahm, 25, put up a 5.45 ERA with a 37/22 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He underwent season-ending knee surgery on July 7 and will miss the rest of the season.
Wood, 30, has a 6.91 ERA with a 29/20 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. Given his experience out of both the starting rotation and the bullpen, he can pitch in a swingman role. The lefty is under contract next year for $6.5 million. Wood has a mutual option for 2019 worth $8 million with a $1 million buyout.
Ruiz, 18, signed with the Royals as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in July 2015. This season, in rookie ball, he hit .419/.440/.779 in 91 plate appearances. Ruiz has played both second base and shortstop.
Last Thursday, it was reported that the Twins and Braves had struck a deal involving starter Jaime Garcia. The deal hit a snag, but it’s now official, the Twins announced on Monday. The Twins get Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker, as well as cash considerations. The Braves receive minor league pitcher Huascar Ynoa.
Garcia, 31, has a 4.30 ERA and an 85/41 K/BB ratio over 113 innings this season. He started on Friday against the Dodgers and wound up hitting a grand slam while also tossing seven innings of three-run ball.
Recker, 33, has played in only six games in the majors this season, registering just one single in seven plate appearances. With Triple-A Gwinnett, he batted .223/.301/.381 in 156 trips to the dish.
Ynoa, 19, signed with the Twins for $800,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2014. This year, with the Twins’ rookie ball team in Elizabethton, the right-hander gave up 16 runs (15 earned) on 28 hits and 14 walks with 23 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings. Ynoa was the Twins’ No. 22 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins are assuming the remainder of Garcia’s salary (about $4.55 million) and $200,000 of Recker’s $300,000 salary. The Braves are sending $100,000 to the Twins.
At the trade deadline, relief pitching is the name of the game and one of the names clearly available is Pat Neshek. Today Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Nationals, Dodgers, and Red Sox are among the clubs who are closely scouting the Phillies reliever. Last week Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers and Rays were involved as well.
Neshek is an impending free agent, so he may come cheaper than Justin Wilson or some of the other bullpen arms available right now. The All-Star is 36 and is posting a fantastic season, featuring a 1.12 ERA and 45/5 K/BB ratio over 40.1 innings this season.