The Major League Baseball trade deadline day is usually not as active as people want it to be. 2014 was a dramatic exception, as blockbuster deals went down across the league left and right. The New York Mets did not take part in any of those deals, choosing to stand pat at the trade deadline. The Mets may still make moves by the August waiver trade deadline, but as of right now frequent trade candidates Bartolo Colon and Daniel Murphy remain with the Mets. Here are the highlights from a crazy day of deals:
- The Mets got very tepid offers for Colon, reportedly for fringe players while expecting the Mets to eat a significant portion of Colon's remaining salary. Mets executives reportedly felt that Colon will have more value at the winter meetings.
- Daniel Murphy was linked to the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants earlier in the day, but the Nats addressed their second base need by acquiring Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians for infielder Zack Martin.
- The biggest movers on the day were the Boston Red Sox, who made a whopping four trades. The big move came early as they dealt ace Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland A's for Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 compensation round draft pick.
- The Red Sox subtracted from their rotation again as they dealt John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Allen Craig and starting pitcher Joe Kelly. They also dealt reliever Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, a player the Mets asked for in the offseason in Ike Davis discussions.
- The Red Sox completed their busy day by agreeing to a deal with their rivals, the New York Yankees, to swap struggling infielders Kelly Johnson and one time Met target Stephen Drew.
- The other big domino fell 10 minutes before 4:00 as the Detroit Tigers responded to Oakland's power move by acquiring David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three team deal. The Tigers acquired Price, the Rays received starter Drew Smyly from Detroit and one time Met target shortstop Nick Franklin, while Seattle acquired outfielder Austin Jackson from Detroit.
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