Soto to Padres; Twins, Phillies add


CHICAGO (AP) — Juan Soto joins Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. in San Diego. Jorge López, Michael Fulmer and Tyler Mahle go to Minnesota. Noah Syndergaard, David Robertson and Brandon Marsh are heading to Philadelphia, and Joey Gallo is looking for a fresh start with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Baseball’s trade deadline day was an action-packed affair — and no one had more fun than the Padres.

San Diego caused a stir when it acquired Soto in a massive deal with the Washington Nationals. Soto, just 23, joins Machado in the middle of the Padres’ order, and Tatis is on his way back after being sidelined with a broken left wrist.

“It’s pretty impressive to have these three types of guys on a team in the same roster,” said Wil Myers, the Padres’ longest-serving player. “Glad to see this trio hopefully in the next week or two.”

The Cardinals and Yankees traded big leaguers, with Gold Glove-winning center fielder Harrison Bader going to New York in exchange for left-handed starter Jordan Montgomery. The Atlanta Braves prepared for their title defense by shipping former closest Will Smith to the Houston Astros for right-hander Jake Odorizzi, then acquiring reliever Raisel Iglesias in a deal from the Angels. from Los Angeles.

The Toronto Blue Jays got second baseman Whit Merrifield in a trade from Kansas City — it’s unclear whether Merrifield plans to get a COVID-19 shot in order to play in Canada — and fortified their bullpen by adding Anthony Bass and Zach Pop in a deal with the Miami Marlins. The Brewers added reliever Trevor Rosenthal in a trade with San Francisco.

San Diego acquired Soto and first baseman Josh Bell from Washington for rookie left-hander MacKenzie Gore, first baseman/DH Luke Voit and prospects James Wood, CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell III and Jarlin Susana.

After landing Soto, a generational talent who helped Washington win the 2019 World Series, San Diego also acquired infielder Brandon Drury from Cincinnati. The Padres sent minor league shortstop Victor Acosta to the Reds for 29-year-old Drury, who had a career-high 20 home runs this year.

“The atmosphere here is that they want to win, and not just go to the playoffs, but win a World Series,” said Josh Hader, closer to the stars, who was signed by San Diego on Monday in another big deal. with Milwaukee.

Eric Hosmer was part of the Soto deal before he vetoed that move, and San Diego ended up trading the first baseman to Boston with two minor leaguers and cash in exchange for the minor league southpaw. Jay Groome.

The Twins bolstered their pitching squad with three trades, acquiring López as part of a deal with the Baltimore Orioles and Mahle as part of a trade with the Cincinnati Rebuild. Fulmer came from Detroit for minor league right-hander Sawyer Gipson-Long.

López, 29, is in the midst of a breakout season, with a sparkling 1.68 ERA and 19 of his 20 career saves. Mahle, 27, is 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 19 starts. Fulmer has a 3.20 ERA and two saves in 41 appearances.

“It is completely life changing. I’m just so grateful for the Orioles and what they’ve done, and I’m glad it’s starting a new chapter with the Minnesota Twins,” López said on a conference call with reporters.

The Twins, who took a one-game lead in the AL Central heading into Tuesday night’s game against Detroit, have a 5.30 team ERA since the All-Star break.

Baltimore received minor league pitchers Cade Povich, Yennier Cano, Juan Nuñez and Juan Rojas from Minnesota for López. Cincinnati got the most prospects — infielders Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Spencer Steer, and left-handed pitcher Steve Hajjar.

Seeking its first playoff appearance since 2011, Philadelphia added Robertson to its bullpen in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, and got Marsh and Syndergaard from the Los Angeles Angels.

Philadelphia sent minor league pitcher Ben Brown to the Cubs for Robertson, 37, one of the best relievers around before the deadline. The Phillies got Marsh from the Angels in exchange for the hope of catching Logan O’Hoppe, then separately acquired Syndergaard for outfielders Mickey Moniak and Jadiel Sanchez.

Robertson is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA and 14 saves in 36 appearances this year. The right-hander finalized a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Cubs on March 16.

Marsh is a 24-year-old who hits left and throws right with projection of speed and power. He ranked as one of Los Angeles’ top prospects before making his major league debut last season, but struggled in the majors.

Syndergaard, the former Mets star, is 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA in his first full season since 2019 due to Tommy John surgery.

Also on the move: Gallo was traded from the New York Yankees to the Dodgers for minor league right-hander Clayton Beeter, and Darin Ruf went from the New York Mets to the Giants for JD Davis and three pitching prospects.


AP baseball writers Ronald Blum and Jake Seiner, and AP sportswriters Bernie Wilson, Stephen Whyno and Dave Campbell contributed to this report.


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