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Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is set for 4 p.m. on Monday, a month later than usual due to the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season.
We’ve already seen a number of deals go down in recent weeks – including a flurry on Sunday – but now teams around the league only have a few more hours to decide how they want to attack the final month of the season.
With eight playoff spots in each league, almost everybody is in contention and it will be fascinating to watch who decides to buy and sell on Monday.
Keep it here all day for updates and analysis from around the league:
San Diego Padres get: RHP Mike Clevinger, OF Greg Allen, player to be named later
Cleveland Indians get: OF Josh Naylor, C Austin Hedges, RHP Cal Quantrill, INF Gabriel Arias, LHP Joey Cantillo, INF Owen Miller
Instant analysis: The Padres’ wheeling and dealing continued into deadline day, with the team finally landing an elite starting pitcher. The rotation was an issue and the addition of Clevinger may make the Padres the second-best team in the National League.
Cleveland gets a nice haul here, including three of the Padres’ top prospects in Arias, Cantillo and Miller. Naylor should immediately slot into left field for the Indians, whose outfield is batting an AL-worst .186.
Padres make another deal
San Diego Padres get: C/INF Austin Nola, RHP Austin Adams, RHP Dan Altavilla
Seattle Mariners get: C Luis Torrens, INF Ty France, OF Taylor Trammell, RHP Andres Muñoz
Instant analysis: San Diego is really going for it, swinging this seven-player deal after acquiring first baseman Mitch Moreland, reliever Trevor Rosenthal and catcher Jason Castro in separate deals over the weekend. Nola is hitting .306 with a .903 OPS and should take on a super-utility role with the Padres having played six different positions last season for Seattle.
The Mariners did well in this one by landing Trammell, MLB.com’s No. 60 prospect.