Padres acquire Jason Castro from Angels

Editor’s note: From now until the MLB trade deadline on Aug. 31, we’ll be recapping the done deals. Come back often to see which teams are going all in.

The San Diego Padres ran their weekend trade tally to four on Sunday — including two for catchers. First, they acquired veteran catcher Jason Castro from the Los Angeles Angels, then they made a move to get late-blooming upstart catcher Austin Nola from the Seattle Mariners in what will reportedly be a seven-player deal.

Nola, 30, brings more versatility to San Diego’s lineup. Primarily, he’s a catcher, but he can also play first, second and third base. The brother of Phillies ace Aaron Nola, he’s off to a hot start this season, hitting .306/.373/.531 with five homers and 19 RBIs.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the Nola trade. The Padres will reportedly be sending outfield prospect Taylor Trammell, acquired in last season’s Trevor Bauer-Yasiel Puig blockbuster, to the Mariners as part of the return.

The full deal, per multiple reports, will also bring bullpen reinforcements to San Diego in the form of Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla. Young pitcher Andrés Muñoz, corner infielder Ty France and catcher Luis Torrens would join Trammell in heading to Seattle.

The San Diego trade spree began on Saturday when the Padres — currently sitting securely in postseason position in second place in the NL West — added reliever Trevor Rosenthal in a deal with the Kansas City Royals. Earlier on Sunday, first baseman Mitch Moreland was acquired from the Boston Red Sox.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported the Castro trade. According to MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell, the Angels will receive right-handed reliever Gerardo Reyes.

Entering Sunday, Castro had played in 18 games with the Angels, batting .192/.323/.385 with two homers and six RBIs. The 33-year-old was signed to a one-year deal before the season. Last season, he hit 13 home runs for Minnesota.

Rockies add veteran to bullpen mix

The Colorado Rockies are always searching for bullpen help. On Sunday, they found some after swinging a deal for Baltimore Orioles reliever Mychal Givens.

The Orioles will receive infield prospects Tyler Nevn and Terrin Vavra, along with a player to be named later.

Both prospects are the sons of former players. Nevin’s dad, Phil Nevin, is currently the third base coach for the New York Yankees. Vavra’s dad, Joe Vavra is the Detroit Tigers hitting coach.

Givens is expected to fill a key role in Colorado’s bullpen, perhaps even as closer. The Rockies have been forced to rework the bullpen after the failed signings of Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee and Wade Davis.

The 30-year-old right-hander has a 1.38 ERA through 12 appearances this season.

Padres acquire veteran slugger Mitch Moreland

The San Diego Padres stayed busy Sunday, completing a trade for Boston Red Sox slugger Mitch Moreland.

MLB insider Robert Murray was the first to report the trade. The Red Sox will receive outfielder Jeisson Rosario and third baseman Hudson Potts.

Moreland, 34, figures to serve as San Diego’s full-time designated hitter for the stretch run. The Padres have been interchanging Greg Garcia, Ty France and Josh Naylor in the role, to decent results. Moreland, though, provides a steady option with a proven history of production.

The veteran is off to a hot start this season. Through 22 games, he’s hitting .328/.430/.746 with eight homers and 21 RBIs. He’ll join a lineup that is currently locked in thanks to Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers.

Cubs acquire DH Jose Martinez

The Chicago Cubs added depth to their lineup, acquiring designated hitter Jose Martinez from the Tampa Bay Rays for two players to be named later.

Martinez, 32, is hitting .239/.329/.388 in 2020. Of more interest to the Cubs, he’s a .319/.392/.554 career hitter against left-handed pitching. That should make him an effective platoon option for manager David Ross.

The Rays had acquired Martinez from the St. Louis Cardinals during the offseason.

The Kansas City Royals traded veteran reliever Trevor Rosenthal to the San Diego Padres. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Braves add left-handed starter

The Atlanta Braves acquired left-handed starter Tommy Milone from the Baltimore Orioles, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported Sunday.

Atlanta has since confirmed the deal.

Baltimore will receive two players to be named later.

Milone, 33, is having his best season since 2015. He’s posted a 3.99 ERA in 29 1/3 innings. He was named Baltimore’s opening day starter this season, and has already been named Atlanta’s starter for Sunday’s night game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Aug. 29: Padres add Trevor Rosenthal to bullpen

The San Diego Padres bulked up their bullpen Saturday, completing a trade for Kansas City Royals reliever Trevor Rosenthal.

Kansas City will receive top outfield prospect Edward Olivares and a player to be named later. ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report the trade.

Rosenthal’s resurgence has been one of the best stories in MLB this season. He had been a successful reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals, recording 121 saves and 3.46 ERA between 2012-17. Unfortunately, he was sidelined by Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2017 season.

Rosenthal struggled upon his return last season. In 22 appearances between the Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers, he posted a 13.50 ERA with 26 walks in 15 innings. This season, Rosenthal has bounced back with a 3.29 ERA in 14 appearances.

He will immediately fill a key role in San Diego’s bullpen. Closer Kirby Yates will likely miss the remainder of the season after undergoing elbow surgery.

Veteran Tommy La Stella is headed to the Oakland A’s. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Aug. 28: A’s make deal with division rival Angels

The Oakland Athletics pulled off a surprising trade with a division rival Friday night.

Veteran infielder Tommy La Stella was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels will receive utility player Franklin Barreto.

La Stella, 31, hasn’t developed into the star player many envisioned he would during his prospect days, however, he has carved out a productive role as a part-time player during prior stints with the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs.

Since joining the Angels last season, La Stella has slashed .289/.353/.483 with 20 home runs. He earned his first All-Star selection last season.

La Stella will continue filling a part-time role for the first-place A’s. The Angels, on the other hand, are clearly ready to sell after beginning the season 10-22.

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