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Weekend Digest: Big trades before deadline; Smoltz is inducted into Hall; D-Ross homers as a pitcher

MLB news from the past week.

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Following are many (but not all) of the non-Braves trades made this week leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline.
Rockies - Blue Jays

Blue Jays get: SS Troy Tulowitzki, RHP LaTroy Hawkins

Rockies get: SS Jose Reyes, RHP Miguel Castro (minors), RHP Jeff Hoffman (minors), RHP Jesus Tinoco (minors)

Tulowitzki will pick up a $2MM assignment bonus and a full no-trade clause by virtue of being dealt.

Stories and reactions: Purple RowBluebird Banter

Royals - Reds

Royals get: RHP Johnny Cueto

Reds get: LHP Brandon Finnegan, LHP John Lamb (minors), LHP Cody Reed (minors)

Stories and reactions: Royals ReviewRed Reporter

Phillies - Rangers

Rangers get: LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman

Phillies get: LHP Matt Harrison, RHP Alec Asher (minors), RHP Jerad Eickhoff (minors), RHP Jake Thompson (minors), OF Nick Williams (minors), C Jorge Alfaro (minors)

Stories and reactions: The Good PhightLone Star Ball

Tigers - Blue Jays

Blue Jays get: LHP David Price

Tigers get: LHP Daniel Norris, LHP Jairo Labourt (minors), LHP Matt Boyd (minors)

Stories and reactions: Bless You BoysBluebird Banter

Yankees - Mariners

Yankees get: OF Dustin Ackley

Mariners get: OF Ramon Flores (minors), RHP Jose Ramirez (minors)

Stories and reactions: Pinstripe AlleyLookout Landing

Blue Jays - Phillies

Blue Jays get: OF Ben Revere

Phillies get: RHP Jimmy Cordero (minors), RHP Alberto Tirado (minors)

Stories and reactions: Bluebird BanterThe Good Phight

Pirates - Tigers

Pirates get: RHP Joakim Soria

Tigers get: SS JaCoby Jones (minors)

Stories and reactions: Bucs DugoutBless You Boys

Mets - A's

Mets get: RHP Tyler Clippard

A's get: RHP Casey Meisner (minors)

Coming on the heels of this trade, Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia got busted AGAIN for PEDs three weeks after being reinstated, and for the same drug. He'll miss a full season's worth of games for a second offense.

Stories and reactions: Amazin' AvenueAthletics Nation

Red Sox - Angels

Angels get: OF Shane Victorino

Red Sox get: IF Josh Rutledge (minors)

Stories and reactions: Halos HeavenOver the Monster

Mets - Tigers

Mets get: OF Yoenis Cespedes

Tigers get: RHP Michael Fullmer (minors), RHP Luis Cessa (minors)

Stories and reactions: Bless You BoysAmazin' Avenue

Phillies - Nationals

Nationals get: RHP Jonathan Papelbon

Phillies get: RHP Nick Pivetta (minors)

Stories and reactions: The Good PhightFederal Baseball

Pirates - Mariners

Pirates get: LHP J.A. Happ

Mariners get: RHP Adrian Sampson (minors)

Stories and reactions: Bucs DugoutLookout Landing

Royals - A's

Royals get: UT Ben Zobrist

A's get: LHP Sean Manaea (minors), RHP Aaron Brooks (minors)

Stories and reactions: Royals ReviewAthletics Nation

Angels - Rays

Angels get: OF David DeJesus

Rays get: RHP Eduar Lopez (minors)

Angels - Indians

Angels get: OF David Murphy

Indians get: SS Eric Stamets (minors)

These two trades happened literally minutes apart for the Angels. This gives them three new outfielders in 24 hours. Angels be like "GIVE US ALL YER VETERAN PRESENTZ!!"

Stories and reactions: Halos HeavenDRaysBayLet's Go Tribe

Cardinals - Brewers

Cardinals get: RHP Jonathan Broxton

Brewers get: OF Malik Collymore (minors)

Stories and reactions: Viva El BirdosBrew Crew Ball

Cubs - Marlins

Cubs get: RHP Dan Haren

Marlins get: SS Elliot Soto (minors), RHP Ivan Pineyro (minors)

Stories and reactions: Bleed Cubbie BlueFish Stripes

Giants - Reds

Giants get: RHP Mike Leake

Reds get: RHP Keury Mella (minors), IF/OF Adam Duvall (minors)

Stories and reactions: McCovey ChroniclesRed Reporter

Orioles - Brewers

Orioles get: OF Gerardo Parra

Brewers get: RHP Zach Davies (minors)

Stories and reactions: Brew Crew BallCamden Chat

Cardinals - Indians

Cardinals get: 1B/OF Brandon Moss

Indians get: LHP Rob Kaminsky (minors)

Stories and reactions: Viva El BirdosLet's Go Tribe

Astros - Brewers

Astros get: OF Carlos Gomez, RHP Mike Fiers

Brewers get: OF Brett Phillips (minors), OF Domingo Santana (minors), RHP Adrian Houser (minors), LHP Josh Hader (minors)

Carlos Gomez had originally been reported to have been traded to the Mets along with Wilmer Flores, but that deal fell through.

Stories and reactions: Brew Crew BallCrawfish Boxes

Cubs - Orioles

Cubs get: RHP Tommy Hunter

Orioles get: OF Junior Lake

Stories and reactions: Bleed Cubbie BlueCamden Chat

Marlins - Dodgers

Dodgers get: RHP Mat Latos, 1B/OF Michael Morse

Marlins get: RHP Jeff Brigham (minors), RHP Victor Araujo (minors), RHP Kevin Guzman (minors)

The Dodgers DFA'd Morse as expected, just like they did with Eric Stults.

NOTE: This does not include the Braves part of the three-team deal, which is discussed in detail here.

Stories and reactions: True Blue LAFish Stripes

Dodgers - Pirates

Pirates get: 1B/OF Michael Morse

Dodgers get: OF Jose Tabata

Stories and reactions: Bucs Dugout / True Blue LA

Marlins - Rangers

Rangers get: RHP Sam Dyson

Marlins get: C Tomas Telis (minors), LHP Cody Ege (minors)

Stories and reactions: Fish StripesLone Star Ball

Padres - Indians

Padres get: LHP Marc Rzepczynski

Indians get: OF Abraham Almonte

A lot of people expected the Padres to be sellers with Justin Upton and Craig Kimbrel being tossed around as potential trade candidates, but no. This is all they get.

Stories and reactions: Let's Go TribeGaslamp Ball


Smoltz and Co. officially inducted into Hall of Fame

John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio, and Randy Johnson were all officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. Smoltz was the second to talk after Biggio, and donned a wig to take a crack at his fellow Hall teammates Maddux and Glavine.

Here's an interesting tidbit about Smoltz's speech.

Congrats, Smoltzie. You earned it. :)

David Ross pitches, then hits a homer

As if David Ross couldn't be any more awesome...

This also gives me a reason to use this again! It's been three years already.

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Tim Hudson beats A's to complete rare feat

Entering this year, Tim Hudson had wins against all but two MLB teams: the Braves and the A's. He had beaten the Braves earlier this year, but on Sunday finally topped the A's to become the 15th pitcher to beat all 30 major-league teams. A.J. Burnett and Dan Haren are two active pitchers who have also accomplished the feat.

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