The "sense" is that Ben Zobrist will not be traded before Thursday's deadline, the New York Post's Joel Sherman reports.
Tampa Bay is furiously working the phones to consummate a David Price deal, and taking Zobrist off the table with 30 minutes to go until the deadline should simplify the process for them a bit. Since we have nothing else to add, here's some trivia to stump your friends at the bar tonight: Zobrist was acquired from the Astros back in 2006 along with Mitch Talbot for Aubrey Huff. His price tag has gone up in the interim.
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, a three-team trade is being pieced together involving David Price.
Topkin suspects that the Mariners and Tigers are joining the Rays in this deal. Stay tuned for the details.
Indians acquired SS Zach Walters from the Nationals for SS Asdrubal Cabrera.
The 24-year-old infielder, a switch-hitter like Cabrera, batted .234 with three home runs and six RBI across 40 games over the last two seasons in the bigs. No doubt the Indians are intrigued by his minor league numbers. Walters has 45 homers, a .516 slugging percentage, and an .820 OPS across 887 plate appearances over the past three seasons at Triple-A. Those power numbers are nothing to scoff at, even as he never produced anything like them in the low minors. Cleveland will attempt to close the holes in his swing that announce themselves more prominently against lethal major league hurlers.
Yankees released INF Scott Sizemore.
Sizemore had an underwhelming .272/.332/.424 batting line in 268 plate appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. But the 29-year-old infielder should be able to find a new minor league contract rather quickly.
Nationals acquired SS Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians for SS Zach Walters.
The two-time All-Star has regressed to a .246/.305/.386 slash line, but he's still just 28 and owns a career .270/.331/.410 line. The price was right for Washington, which leveraged Cleveland's fear of allowing Cabrera to walk for nothing at season's end. With Ryan Zimmerman on the shelf with a severe hamstring strain, Cabrera should be able to pick up at-bats backing up Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond.
Marlon Byrd is in the Phillies' lineup on Thursday.
Which is a strong indication that he will not be traded by Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. Byrd is under contract through 2015 (with a vesting option for 2016) so the Phillies weren't going to deal him without getting something fairly significant in return.
Red Sox acquired LHP Eduardo Rodriguez from the Orioles for LHP Andrew Miller.
Ben Cherington continues to have an outstanding day. Boston held out for a top prospect in Miller negotiations, and they finally got one from a rival. Rodriguez was recently ranked by MLB.com as Baltimore's No. 3 prospect. "Initially more of a command-and-control lefty, Rodriguez has grown into his lanky frame and has seen his velocity jump as a result," the site's scouting report reads. "He now throws his fastball in the low 90s, with good sink and movement. Rodriguez pairs his fastball with a hard changeup and a tight slider, both of which grade out as above-average offerings." Rodriguez projects as a middle-of-the rotation starter.
Orioles acquired LHP Andrew Miller from the Red Sox for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez.
It's likely that Boston didn't want to ship Miller to a division rival, but there wasn't a lot they could do when Dan Duquette put Rodriguez on the table. This is a steep price, but Baltimore absolutely had to bulk up its bullpen for the stretch run, and they weren't going to do better than Miller. The left-hander boasts a 2.34 ERA and 69/13 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings this year and now teams with Zach Britton and Brian Matusz to give Baltimore an elite trio of southpaw relievers.