The trade deadline is today and this is the place to go to keep track of all of the Washington Nationals trades and rumors
6:15 p.m – Check out our special DoDcast with myself, Ron Juckett, and Drew Douglas as we talked about the Kintzler trade and what else happened on deadline day:
4:15 p.m – Rosenthal also tweets that Yu Darvish is being traded to the Dodgers
4:09 p.m – Ken Rosenthal adds that pitching prospect Tyler Watson is going to Minnesota
4:06 p.m – Mark Zuckerman of MASN tweets that the Nats are going to get Brandon Kintzler from the Twins. The Washington Post also reported it too.
4:04 p.m – Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post tweets that the Nationals might have a deal coming
4:03 p.m – The deadline has passed, but deals can still be announced. Ken Rosenthal reported that the Dodgers acquired Tony Cingrani from the Reds. Another left-hander in LA’s bullpen
3:56 p.m – Joel Sherman tweets thats the Padres are unlikely to move Hand. Looks like its Kintzler or bust for the Nationals
3:53 p.m – Mike Berardino tweets 3 Nationals prospects that could be dealt for Kintzler. 7 minutes to go!
3:38 p.m – Buster Olney of ESPN tweets that David Hernandez is being traded to Arizona:
3:37 p.m – Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers are close to acquiring Tony Watson. Takes somebody out of the Britton/Hand sweepstakes
3:30 p.m – If the Dodgers can’t land Britton, Ken Rosenthal tweets they are talking to Tony Watson from the Pirates. Half hour to go!
3:27 p.m – Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweets that the Los Angeles Angels are close to dealing reliever David Hernandez
3:16 p.m – Mike Berardino tweeted that the Twins are going to deal Kintzler. Less than 45 minutes to go:
3:10 p.m – Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Indians have acquired reliever Joe Smith. Another bullpen target is off the board.
3:02 p.m – Jeff Passan from Yahoo Sports tweets the return the A’s got for Gray and it’s a big one!
2:58 p.m – Jack Curry from YES says Sonny Gray will be heading to the Bronx
2:53 p.m – Jerry Crasnick of ESPN talks about the latest on the Brandon Kintzler sweepstakes
2:47 p.m – Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweets that the A’s appear to either be dealing Gray to the Yankees or not dealing him at all:
2:33 p.m. – Nats working the phones. Whatever happens today will be under the radar.
2:27 p.m. – As the Yanks dither on Gray, guess who is watching:
2:20 p.m.- Toronto’s decision to sell comes at the 11th hour:
2:11 p.m. – When the logjam breaks, this is what’s ahead:
2:03 p.m. – Dodgers and Astros pressing on Britton. Be afraid if the Dodgers get him:
1:58 p.m. – Chris Cotillo chimes in. This is probably the Nats best chance today:
1:55 p.m. – The Rangers made a trade! But, not who you think:
1:51 p.m – Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted that the Nats made one last push to try to trade for Justin Wilson last night, but it fell short to the Cubs:
1:46 p.m – Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Dodgers are in fluid talks with the Orioles. A Britton-Kenley Jansen combo will be tough to beat in the postseason if it happens
1:38 p.m – Mark Feinsand tweeted that a source told him the Nats would have to pay a hefty price to get Britton, moreso than other teams. Count me out on that then:
1:34 p.m – Despite the O’s-Nats MASN debute, Jon Heyman tweets that the O’s haven’t ruled out dealing Britton to D.C., but Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Astros are seriously in pursuit of the closer:
1:26 p.m – Shi Davidi of SportsNet tweets that the Blue Jays and Astros have a deal for Liriano, pending a physical:
1:16 p.m – Chris Cotillo of SB Nation tweeted that nothing appears to be close between the Nats and Twins regarding Kintzler:
1:07 p.m – With less than three hours to go, could Houston make a big move? Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network tweets the Astros have talked to the Blue Jays about Francisco Liriano:
12:50 p.m – Morosi further adds that the Nats and Twins are having discussions about Kintzler:
12:43 p.m – The trade talks involving Kintzler are heating up, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports and MLB Network
12:35 p.m ET – Based off this latest tweet by Mike Berardino, something might happen involving the Washington Nationals today:
12:31 p.m – Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network tweets that the price is high if any team wants to acquire Padres closer Brad Hand. It doesn’t sound like the Nats are going to be getting him if he is dealt:
12:24 p.m – Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press further adds that the connection between Nats pitching coach Mike Maddux and Kintzler is something to keep an eye on:
12:16 p.m – Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post tweeted that the Washington Nationals are still looking at relief pitching:
11:55 a.m – If the Nats don’t make a deal for one of the big relief arms, maybe they go out and acquire Twins closer Brandon Kintzler. According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Nats are one of two teams interested in trading for Kintzler, who is a free agent after this season:
11:50 a.m. – Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that a Sonny Gray deal to the Yankees is looking more and more likely:
11:44 a.m – As for the Miami Marlins, it doesn’t sound like starter Dan Straily is going to get traded today, according to Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports and MLB Network:
11:25 a.m – Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that the Braves interest is cooling down on Gray, so there aren’t many suitors left for the A’s to deal with :
10:53 a.m – Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets who is in the running for Yu Darvish and that the Rangers think they can get a deal done today:
10:45 a.m – It sounds like the Indians could be in the position to make a big move today. Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com tweets that the Indians are trying to push for Zach Britton. Ken Rosenthal of FOX and MLB Network also tweets who is in the running and it isn’t the Nats:
10:41 a.m – Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweets that the Braves are still in the running for Sonny Gray, but the Yankees look to be the favorite right now. Still, the NL East is trying to be active in the early stages:
10:33 a.m – Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports says the Red Sox are going to give up three prospects to get Reed. With the Mets getting AJ Ramos over the weekend, dealing Reed seemed inevitable:
10:22 a.m ET – Another reliever might be coming off the trade market today. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Boston Red Sox are getting closer to trading for Mets reliever Addison Reed:
Before the Washington Nationals begin their three game series against the Miami Marlins tonight, the non-waiver trade deadline is the big story around baseball until 4 p.m ET. The Nats have been busy this month in terms of trades acquiring relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle (Athletics) and outfielder Howie Kendrick (Phillies). But, are more moves in store?
Over the weekend, Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reported that the Washington Nationals were focused on adding one of the three big relievers left on the trade market (Zach Britton, Brad Hand, or Justin Wilson). However, the big news from last night is that Wilson was traded to the Cubs.
Britton and Hand are both under team control past next season, so the Orioles and Padres will ask for a lot back in return for their closer. If the Washington Nationals are going to add another reliever, then getting someone who can close would definitely help.
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In addition to closer, starting pitching is an area of need heading into the deadline. Right now, the Nats don’t have a starter listed for Wednesday’s game against Miami and they had to use Erick Fedde and Edwin Jackson in yesterday’s doubleheader. It shouldn’t shock anyone if the Nats do make a small move to get a starter.
Outside of what the Washington Nationals might do today, the other big storylines are whether or not starters Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish will change teams and will the Houston Astros make a move to help their team as they seem to be the clear favorite in the American League.
Be sure to stick with this live thread all day as Ron Juckett and I keep you up to date on all the trades and significant rumors that take place today. Also, Ron, Drew Douglas, and I will be talking about the trade deadline on a special DoDcast today at 5 p.m ET.
What moves do you think the Washington Nationals should make today? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.