The Houston Astros have acquired Baltimore Orioles first baseman and designated hitter Trey Mancini in a three-team trade that also involves the Tampa Bay Rays.
Mancini and Jayden Murray head to Houston, Jose Siri leaves the Astros to join the Rays, and the Orioles get prospects Seth Johnson and Chayce McDermott.
The 30-year-old Mancini had been with the Orioles organization since the start of his Major League career in 2016.
In 92 games this season in Baltimore, Mancini is batting .268 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs.
Due to Siri’s arrival in Tampa Bay, the Rays have assigned outfielder Brett Phillips for assignment. Despite his good defensive play, Phillips has never been able to hit the ball consistently in MLB. In 75 games, he has a .147 batting average.
In another trade, the Rays acquired left-handed reliever Garrett Cleavinger from the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league outfielder German Tapia.
The Rays said Monday that Cleavinger, who has spent most of the last three seasons in MLB with the Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies, will report to AAA farm club Durham. In an effort to make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Rays put the name of right-hander Luke Bard on waivers so they could reassign him to the minor leagues.
In 27 career games, Cleavinger, 27, is 2-5 with a 4.70 ERA.
The Astros also reportedly landed receiver Christian Vazquez from the Boston Red Sox.
The 31-year-old has spent his entire career in a Red Sox uniform. This season in 84 games, he has hit eight home runs and produced 42 runs. Vazquez has a .282 batting average.
In return for their starting catcher, the Sox receive minor league prospects Wilyer Abreu and Enmanuel Valdez.
Tommy Pham heads to Boston
The Red Sox have acquired 34-year-old Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham. In return, the Sox will transfer a player who will be named or more or an amount of money to the Reds.
In 91 games this season, he batted .238 in addition to hitting 11 home runs and driving in 39 runs.
Prior to joining the Reds this season, Pham played for the Cardinals, Rays and Padres.
Jose Quintana traded to the Cardinals
According to Jeff Passan, the St. Louis Cardinals have secured the services of left-handed Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher José Quintana as well as right-hander Chris Stratton. In return, the Cards sell right-hander Johan Oviedo and infielder Malcom Nunez.
After a tough season last year, when the 33-year-old veteran pitched just 63 innings with a 6.43 ERA, Quintana was having a good time in Pittsburgh.
With a 3-5 record, a 3.50 ERA and 89 strikeouts, he was the Pirates’ leading pitcher this season.
He will solidify the Cards rotation behind veterans Adam Wainwright and Miles Mikolas.
Adrianza, Grossman and Odorizzi traded to Atlanta
The Atlanta Braves announced Monday that they have acquired Washington Nationals infielder Ehire Adrianza for outfielder Trey Harris.
Tea #Braves today acquired INF Ehire Adrianza from the Washington Nationals in exchange for OF Trey Harris. The club also designated INF Robinson Canó for assignment.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 1, 2022
Adrianza returns to Atlanta after playing for the Braves last season. In 109 games with the team, he posted a .247 batting average, collecting 45 hits and five home runs.
The Braves will try to revive Adrianza who is having a tougher season since arriving in Washington. In 31 games in 2022, he is batting .179 and has 15 hits, including 13 singles.
For his part, Trey Harris is a 26-year-old outfielder who has played in the AA for the past two seasons for the Mississippi Braves.
Later in the evening on Monday, the Braves completed two more trades. They traded left-handed reliever Will Smith to the Astros for starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi. They then acquired veteran outfielder Robbie Grossman in exchange for minor league reliever Kris Anglin.
Atlanta also announced that 39-year-old veteran Robinson Cano has been named for summons. Prior to joining the Braves, Cano played for the New York Mets and San Diego Padres this season.
In 33 games in 2022, he had just 15 hits in 100 at-bats, hitting a home run and four RBIs. Unless another roster gives the two-time Gold Glove winner a chance, it looks like Cano’s days in Major League Baseball are numbered.