It's Monday August 31, which means today is the trade deadline for the 2020 MLB season. It's a strange one, as is everything this year. With the shortened season, teams have only played about 30 games, which makes it a little tougher to decide if you're going to be a buyer or a seller.
Throw in the expanded playoffs for the 2020 season, and there are few teams that are very clearly out of contention at this point, which means there are fewer sellers than there would be in a normal baseball season.
But even with all of that, we've still had some notable trades go down already.
4:16 p.m. ET: We're not done yet!
The Mets have acquired third baseman Todd Frazier from the Texas Rangers. Frazier previously played for the Mets from 2018-2019. He is currently batting .241 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs on the season.
4 p.m. ET: Cubs acquire Cameron Maybin
We've got some last-minute moves as we hit the 4 p.m. deadline.
ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Detroit Tigers. Maybin is batting .244 with a .311 OBP this season.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Cincinnati Reds have acquired relief pitcher Archie Bradley from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bradley is 1-0 this season with a 4.22 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 10.2 innings pitched.
The Diamondbacks have now traded away pitchers Bradley and Robbie Ray, in addition to outfielder Starling Marte.
Rosenthal also reported that the Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Jonathan Villar from the Marlins. Villar is batting .259 with a .315 OBP, 2 home runs and 9 RBIs this season.
2:58 p.m. ET: Marlins acquire Starling Marte
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Marlins were close to a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks to acquire Starling Marte. The 31-year-old outfielder is hitting .311 this season with 2 home runs, 14 RBIs and an .827 OPS.
1:50 p.m. ET: Blue Jays acquire Robby Ray
Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired pitcher Robbie Ray from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ray has made seven starts this season for Arizona, striking out 43 batters in 31 innings pitched, but racking up a 7.84 ERA in that timeframe as well.
The Blue Jays starters rank 15th in MLB with a 4.41 rotation ERA.
12:30 p.m. ET: A's acquire Mike Minor
The second big trade on this year's trade deadline involves another quality starter named Mike.
The Oakland A's have reportedly acquired starting pitcher Mike Minor from the Texas Rangers, according to Jeff Passan. Minor is 0-5 this season with a 5.60 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 35.1 IP. That ERA and win-loss record looks a little rough, but he is coming off a solid season that saw him post a 3.59 ERA with 200 strikeouts.
The A's certainly haven't been struggling this year, but their starting pitching ERA is 4.84, 16th in MLB.
11:12 a.m. ET: Padres acquire Mike Clevinger
The San Diego Padres have been the team to watch at this year's trade deadline already, making four trades before Monday morning. They had already acquired reliever Trevor Rosenthal, DH Mitch Moreland, and catchers Jason Castro and Austin Nola over the weekend.
Clevinger adds to a San Diego rotation that has already looked pretty good. With starting pitchers Chris Paddack, Dinelson Lamet, Zach Davies and now Clevinger, the Padre should be in good shape come playoff time.
Clevinger is 1-1 this season with a 3.18 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched. He was optioned to the team's alternate training site earlier in the season after breaking COVID-19 protocol, but was reinstated and made his fourth start of the year on Aug. 26.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.