L.A. DODGERS GET PITCHER DARVISH
Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray headed a parade of prized arms on the move Monday, leaving little doubt on trade deadline day: Top teams made a big pitch for the playoffs.
All-star Brandon Kintzler, Addison Reed and Justin Wilson were among the many relievers swapped before the cutoff. There were 14 deals involving major leaguers — all six division leaders got someone new.
“We’re trying to go from good to great,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
The Yankees bolstered their rotation by getting Gray from Oakland for three minorleaguers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, owners of the best record in the majors and the top payroll, gave up three minor leaguers for Darvish.
“We’re not going to be lining up our playoff rotation quite yet,” general manager Farhan Zaidi said.
Los Angeles also added relievers Tony Watson from Pittsburgh and Tony Cingrani from Cincinnati.
A few stars mentioned in trade speculation stayed put — Orioles closer Zach Britton, Detroit starter Justin Verlander and San Diego reliever Brad Hand, among them.
Teams had until 2 p.m. to make trades without waivers. For the rest of the season, players can be dealt only if every other club passes on a chance to claim them.
A year after the champion Cubs and Cleveland used deep bullpens to reach the World Series, several teams boosted their relief corps. As did the Cubs and Indians.
Chicago got Wilson, a valuable lefty, along with backup catcher Alex Avila from Detroit. Avila was traded away by his dad, Tigers GM Al Avila.
Joe Smith, who relieved for Cleveland from 2009-13, was sent from Toronto to the Indians.
NL East-leading Washington got Kintzler from Minnesota.
The Astros, already running away with the AL West, plucked lefty Francisco Liriano from Toronto.
The Red Sox added Reed, who had been serving as the Mets’ closer. Reed is 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA and 19 saves in 21 chances, and he joins a bullpen that includes dominant closer Craig Kimbrel.