Padres acquired OF Abraham Almonte and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen from the Mariners for OF Chris Denorfia.
A classic case of using an asset that has lost value to your organization (Denorfia is likely to be retired by the time San Diego returns to the playoffs) to buy low on an intriguing asset. Not long ago, Almonte was batting leadoff in the Mariners' Opening Day lineup. After a couple good games, he looked completely lost at the plate, and was banished to the minors in early May. Almonte, a former Yankees' farmhand, hammered the ball to the tune of a .300/.394/.482 slash line in the minors last year, but he's yet to pick up the pieces this year. Even so, his acquisition is a low-cost, worthwhile gamble for the Padres.
Mariners acquired OF Chris Denorfia from the Padres for OF Abraham Almonte and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen.
Seattle had to do something to fortify an uninspiring outfield consisting of Endy Chavez, James Jones, and Dustin Ackley, and Denorfia will have to do. He never offered a ton with the bat, and provides even less now (.242/.293/.319), but is a good defender who the M's can comfortably slot into all three positions as needed.
Carlos Gonzalez (ankle, knee) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup on Thursday.
CarGo missed Wednesday's game with lingering soreness in his knee and ankle. They're manageable injuries. He is batting fifth for Colorado on Thursday in Chicago.
Pirates designated RHP Josh Wall for assignment.
Wall was given the boot off the Bucs' 40-man roster on Thursday afternoon to clear a spot for Angel Sanchez, whom Pittsburgh claimed off waivers from the White Sox. The 27-year-old will likely pass through waivers.
Brewers transferred RHP Tyler Thornburg to the 60-day disabled list.
This is nothing more than a procedural move to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for new acquisition Gerardo Parra. Thornburg has been out since early June with a right elbow injury, but he does not need Tommy John surgery. He isn't close to rejoining the Brewers' bullpen.
Pirates claimed RHP Angel Sanchez off waivers from the White Sox.
Chicago claimed Sanchez off waivers in early July from the Rays, who claimed him off waivers in early June from the Marlins. The 24-year-old is far from a prospect.
Diamondbacks acquired LHP Anthony Banda and OF Mitch Haniger from the Brewers for OF Gerardo Parra.
Arizona has always liked Banda, having selected him in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of high school. The left-hander went to a JUCO for a year and was taken in the 10th round by the Brewers the next year. Banda struggled in his first two pro seasons, but has taken a step forward with a 6-6 record and 3.66 ERA across 83-plus innings at Low-A Wisconsin this season.
Diamondbacks acquired OF Mitch Haniger and LHP Anthony Banda from the Brewers for OF Gerardo Parra.
Haniger is the prize of the return package. The No. 38 overall pick in the 2012 draft slashed an uninspiring .255/.316/.416 across 271 plate appearances for Double-A Huntsville. If he can pick up his developmental pace, a mid-season debut in 2015 isn't out of the question.