Deadline Fallout: Part 1

Deadline Fallout: Part 1
With the trade deadline shaking up the world of closers, Brad Johnson covers the latest and speculates on more to come.
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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said late Wednesday that the rumored deal to acquire Carlos Gomez from the Brewers "will not transpire".

The reported deal had the Mets sending Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores to the Brewers in exchange for the outfielder. The deal was reportedly pending physicals, and still could be, but it doesn't sound as if it's a sure thing at this point. Stay tuned.
Jul 29 - 11:13 PM

Albert Pujols went yard for the 30th time this year, but the Angels wound up losing on Wednesday to the Astros by a 6-3 score.

Pujols did his part in attempting to spur a comeback, clubbing a solo home run in the ninth inning against Luke Gregerson to make it 6-2, but the Halos ultimately fell short. He went 1-for-4 on the night. Pujols is one homer shy of Mike Trout's 31 for the major league lead. He's also knocked in 64 runs while hitting .260/.323/.539.
Jul 29 - 11:11 PM

Preston Tucker homered in Wednesday's win against the Angels, which helped the Astros retake sole possession of first place in the AL West.

Tucker's solo shot pushed the Astros' lead to 3-1 in the sixth inning against Garrett Richards. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk. The outfielder has been on a rampage, homering five times in his last eight games, giving him 10 on the year with 28 RBI and a .262/.319/.477 batting line.
Jul 29 - 11:09 PM

Jon Singleton went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI single, and a solo home run to help the Astros take down the Angels on Wednesday.

Singleton pushed the Astros' lead to 4-1 in the seventh inning with a solo home run off of Garrett Richards, his first round-tripper of the year. He added an RBI single in the eighth to add insurance. It's only his second multi-hit game of the season as he hasn't exactly done a whole lot at the plate in 16 games, batting .205/.321/.318 with six RBI.
Jul 29 - 11:07 PM

Garrett Richards came apart late, allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Wednesday.

Richards had a no-hitter through the first four innings, but the Astros manufactured a pair of runs in the fifth, then clubbed a solo home run in both the sixth and seventh. Overall, the right-hander gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Richards has cobbled together a fine season, currently holding a 3.38 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP and a 91/41 K/BB ratio over 122 2/3 innings. He'll take a crack at the struggling Indians at home next week.
Jul 29 - 11:05 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Matt Harrison, Alec Asher, Jerad Eickhoff, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro and Nick Williams in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.

Alfaro, Williams and Thompson are the three best prospects in the deal, and represent a nice return package for the Phillies. The Rangers get another ace to pair with Yu Darvish for the next few seasons as they strive to return to glory in the American League West.
Jul 29 - 11:05 PM

Lance McCullers pitched well in a winning effort on Wednesday against the Angels, allowing only one run in seven innings of work.

The right-hander gave up an RBI triple to Conor Gillaspie in the second inning, but that was it. He scattered five hits while walking none and striking out five. With the win, the Astros retake sole possession of first place in the AL West over the Angels. McCullers has been quite effective in his first 13 major league starts, brandishing a 2.48 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 78/27 K/BB ratio over 76 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Rangers in a road start next.
Jul 29 - 11:02 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that Matt Harrison is heading to the Phillies as part of package for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.

Harrison has struggled in his return from the disabled list, posting a 6.75 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 5/6 K/BB ratio over 16 innings. With all of the rotation woes in Philadelphia though, he should be able to hold down a rotation spot for the remainder of the season.
Jul 29 - 10:55 PM
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