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FILE - In this June 20, 2018, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Pham bats against the Philadelphia Phillies during a baseball game in Philadelphia. The Cardinals have traded outfielder Tommy Pham to the Tampa Bay Rays for three minor league players, outfielder Justin Williams, left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera and right-handed pitcher Roel Ramirez. The Cardinals also received international cap space in the four-player trade announced Tuesday, July 31, 2018, baseball's deadline for trades without waivers. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Flurry of Action as MLB Trade Deadline Looms

The MLB Trade Deadline is rapidly approaching with the deadline being at 4 p.m. Tuesday. There’s already been plenty of action, with the potential for more fireworks still a possibility.

Latest Deals

Rays Land Tommy Pham

In a rare instance of the Rays being buyers instead of sellers, Tampa Bay acquired outfielder Tommy Pham from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for three prospects.

Pham is batting .248 on the season with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 351 at-bats so far on the season. While Pham was part of a deep midfield in St. Louis that included former Gator Harrison Bader, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Pham didn’t have the best of relationships with the Cardinals’ front office.

Reds Acquire Preston Tucker

One former Gator who’s on the move is outfielder Preston Tucker. Tucker goes to Cincinnati as part of a three player package in exchange for Adam Duvall, who provides a power bat for a Braves team that sits just 0.5 games back of the Phillies in the NL East. Duvall is only hitting .205 with 15 home runs in 2018, but hit 64 home runs between 2016 and 2017. Tucker had been batting .256 this season in Atlanta with four home runs and 22 RBI.

Red Sox Trade for Ian Kinsler

With Rafael Devers headed to the disabled list recently, and Dustin Pedroia only having played three games this season, Boston moved to secure its infield depth.

They did exactly that, grabbing veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Angels. In exchange, Los Angeles gets pitching prospects Williams Jerez and Ty Buttrey.

https://twitter.com/RedSox/status/1024144847337410560

“Very good defensive player; still has good instincts,” Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski said of Kinsler. “We think he makes us a better ballclub because he goes in at second base and is in a spot where he could play every day.’’

With Kinsler sliding in to second base, it’ll allow utility infielders Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez to cover at third base until Devers returns from the disabled list.

 

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