Trades from July 24, 2017
July 25, 2017
Yesterday, there were a few trades, most of them involving pitchers. The Atlanta Braves sent catcher Anthony Recker and starting pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Minnesota Twins and the Twins, in another trade, sent pitcher Nick Tepesch to the Toronto Blue Jays. The San Diego Padres and the Kansas City Royals traded five pitchers: Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill went to the Royals and Matt Strahm and Travis Wood are now with the Padres.
Anthony Recker has been in and out of the major leagues since 2011. After playing with the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago Cubs, he was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets after the 2012 season. He spent time in both the major and minor leagues during his time with the Mets. He became a member of the Braves in 2016 but he spent most of the 2016 and 2017 seasons in the minors.
Jaime Garcia played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2008 through 2016. He had strong seasons in 2010 (13 wins and a 2.70 ERA) and 2011 (13 wins and a 3.56 ERA) but he had injuries that limited his playing time from 2012 through 2015. Last year, he finished with a 4.67 ERA and 10 wins and 13 losses. He was traded to the Braves in December, 2016.
Blue Jays - Nick Tepesch
Nick Tepesch was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2010 and he pitched for them in 2013 and 2014. He spent the entire 2015 season on the DL. After the Rangers released him on June 4, 2016, he went to the Dodgers, the Athletics, and the Royals. The Twins signed him in January, 2017.
Matt Strahm, who was drafted by the Royals in 2012, made his major league debut last year. He pitched in 21 games as a reliever and he finished with a 1.23 ERA.
Travis Wood began his major league career with the Cincinnati Reds in 2010. Two years later, he was with the Chicago Cubs. He pitched as a starter for the Cubs from 2012 through 2014 and as a reliever in 2015 and 2016. Last year, in 77 games of relief, he had a career low ERA of 2.95. He signed with the Royals in February, 2017.
Brandon Maurer was already a good pitcher at the young age of 12, when he pitched a perfect game in a Little League All-Star game. He became a major league player in 2013, pitching as both a starter and a reliever with the Seattle Mariners. The Padres acquired him in December, 2014.
Ryan Buchter started his professional baseball career with the Washington Nationals in 2005. However, he didn't make it to the major leagues until 2014, after being traded first to the Chicago Cubs in 2008 and then to the Braves in 2011. He joined the Padres in December, 2015.
Trevor Cahill started his major league career as a starting pitcher with the Oakland Athletics in 2009. The following season was his best one. In 2010, he had 18 wins and a 2.97 ERA in 30 games as a starter. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in December, 2011, and he continued as a starting pitcher until 2014. He then transitioned to working out of the bullpen. From the Diamondbacks, Cahill moved to the Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs, and finally to the Padres in January, 2017.