Enrique Hernandez acquired by Marlins
Enrique Hernandez | FLA
(July 31, 2014 4:50 PM EDT)
Marlins acquired INF/OF Enrique Hernandez from the Astros in the Jarred Cosart deal.
Hernandez, 22, sported a nice .284/.348/.420 batting line over 24 games for the Astros and will give the Marlins another option at second base and in the outfield. He profiles as a super utility player.
Marlins make deal for Jarred Cosart official
Jarred Cosart | FLA
(July 31, 2014 4:47 PM EDT)
Marlins acquired RHP Jarred Cosart, INF/OF Enrique Hernandez and OF Austin Wates from the Astros in exchange for OF Jake Marisnick, 3B Colin Moran, RHP Frances Martes and a 2015 compensation pick.
Cosart has posted a 3.57 ERA over his first 30 major league starts and is under control for a few more years, but his 4.13 FIP and 1.42 WHIP suggests that a regression is coming. He will at least get to pitch in a very pitcher-friendly park but isn't much of a fantasy option with his low strikeout rate.
Boston takes Kelly Johnson for Stephen Drew
Kelly Johnson | BOS
(July 31, 2014 4:42 PM EDT)
Red Sox acquired INF/OF Kelly Johnson from the Yankees for SS Stephen Drew.
Johnson was a popular fantasy sleeper in the spring, but unfortunately he kept dozing after Opening Day. He ended up hitting just .219 with a .304 OBP and six home runs in 77 games for the Yankees. Currently on the disabled list with a strained left groin, Boston won't rush him back. Slotted behind Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia in the infield, and Shane Victorino and Allen Craig in the outfield, the tank of Johnson's 2014 fantasy value has run dry.
Yankees designate Roberts for assignment
Brian Roberts | NYY
(July 31, 2014 4:42 PM EDT)
Yankees designated 2B Brian Roberts for assignment.
Roberts managed to stay healthy this season, but he hit just .237/.300/.360 over 91 games and the Yankees decided to upgrade at second base with Stephen Drew. The 36-year-old will clear waivers and try to catch on elsewhere for the remainder of the season.
Red Sox trade maligned Drew to rival Yankees
Stephen Drew | NYY
(July 31, 2014 4:36 PM EDT)
Yankees acquired SS Stephen Drew from the Red Sox for INF Kelly Johnson.
Drew's bizarre season continues. He was on Boston's World Series championship squad last year, turned down a qualifying offer over the winter, and sat out the first month-plus of the season before returning to the Red Sox. Batting a gruesome .176 with four home runs and 11 RBIs, Boston pulled the plug, and in so doing consummated their first trade with the hated Yankees since Aug. 13, 1997, when New York shipped Tony Armas and a PTBNL to Boston for Randy Brown and Mike Stanley. Drew won't halt Derek Jeter's retirement party. Instead, he'll play primarily second base.
Braves get Bonifacio, Russell from Cubs
Emilio Bonifacio | CHC
(July 31, 2014 4:31 PM EDT)
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves have acquired Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Cubs.
The Cubs will receive catching prospect Victor Caratini in the deal. Bonifacio will be a jack-of-all-trades for the Braves, filling in at second base some and in the outfield. Russell gives them the left-hander reliever that they've been looking for.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Twins sign catcher Kurt Suzuki to extension
Kurt Suzuki | MIN
(July 31, 2014 4:27 PM EDT)
Twins signed C Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension.
There's also a vesting option for 2017 based on plate appearances. The Twins had an opportunity to sell high on Suzuki during an All-Star season, but they decided to lock him up long-term instead. That means Josmil Pinto isn't going to take over at catcher in Minnesota anytime soon.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Yankees pick up Martin Prado from D'Backs
Martin Prado | ARZ
(July 31, 2014 4:20 PM EDT)
Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees have acquired Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks.
First base prospect Peter O'Brien is expected to head to the Diamondbacks in the deal. Prado has hit just .270/.317/.370 with five homers this season, but he's been much better in the past and gives the Yankees another option at second and third base.
Jack Curry on Twitter
Marlins pick up Jarred Cosart from Astros
Jarred Cosart | HOU
(July 31, 2014 4:14 PM EDT)
MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports that the Marlins have acquired Jarred Cosart and Enrique Hernandez from the Astros.
Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick and a compensation pick are expected to head to the Astors in the deal. Cosart has posted a 3.57 ERA over his first 30 major league starts and is under control for a few more years, but Houston probably did well to sell him off for what was a nice return.
Brian McTaggart on Twitter
Orioles option Guilmet to Triple-A Norfolk
Preston Guilmet | BAL
(July 31, 2014 3:53 PM EDT)
Orioles optioned RHP Preston Guilmet to Triple-A Norfolk.
Guilmet filled in temporarily for T.J. McFarland, who was on the bereavement list. Guilmet has been riding the Baltimore-to-Norfolk train all year, and will continue to do so as needed.