Possibly the top available player at the trade deadline has been dealt nearly two weeks away from July 31st. A day after speculation around J.D. Martinez's exit from Monday's game, the Detroit Tigers traded the outfielder to the Arizona Diamondbacks for prospects. Many thought he was going the other way after leaving Monday's win early, but the team reported it as back tightness. The D-Backs send three players to Detroit, including third baseman Dawel Lugo, infielder Sergio Alcantara, and shortstop Jose King. Martinez missed the entire first month of the season due to injury, which is the only reason he was left off the All-Star roster. The 29-year-old has a .305 batting average, along with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs on the season. He did make the All-Star team last year, making a big splash for Detroit after being cut by the Houston Astros. The move will hopefully bolster a struggling offense for Arizona, which is second-to-last in the majors with a .213 average. Martinez is expected to replace Yasmany Tomas in left field. Detroit has been hot as of late, and entered Tuesday six games back in the AL Central, and five games back in the AL Wild Card, but seem to be sellers at the deadline. Their closer Justin Wilson is expected to be the next big name to go from Detroit. The Diamondbacks have fallen off after a quick start to their season, allowing the Dodgers to pull away in the NL West. They will now battle for an NL Wild Card spot the rest of the season.
In another deal that was made late on Tuesday night, the New York Yankees acquired third baseman Todd Frazier and closer David Robertson from the Chicago White Sox. Frazier was made a healthy scratch in Chicago's loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday, Tommy Kahnle is also heading to New York, while Tyler Clippard and other prospects are going to Chicago. Neither Robertson or Kahnle were used in Tuesday's game. Prospects Blake Rutherford and Ian Clarkin, along with minor-league player Tito Polo is what Chicago got in return. Frazier is expected to play first or third base, but is coming off a career-low .225 average in 2016. The two-time All-Star did have 40 home runs and 98 RBIs that year, but has just 16 long balls this year. Robertson has a 2.70 ERA this season while going 13-for-14 in save opportunities. The 32-year-old had a 2.81 ERA in 402 games with the Yankees from 2008-2014. The 27-year-old Kahnle will also help out the Yankees' bullpen, as he has a 0.97 ERA in 37 appearances in 2017. The move helps the Yankees add help to a struggling bullpen, while also filling a big hole in the corner of the infield.
Astros Lose Correa to Thumb Injury
The Houston Astros have suffered their first big blow of the 2017 season, as the AL West leaders lost young shortstop Carlos Correa to a torn ligament in his thumb. Correa was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. The injury occurred while sliding in to second base in an extra-inning loss to the Seattle Mariners on Monday. He exited the game then, and will now miss an extended period of time with the injury that is the same one that kept Angels outfielder Mike Trout out of action. Trout suffered the injury the exact same way in Miami back in Ma and ended up missing a month and a half. Houston recalled infielder Colin Moran from Triple-A Fresno to fill the roster spot. The 22-year-old Correa is hitting .320 with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs for the team with the top record in the American League. There is no timetable on when he will undergo surgery.
Kershaw, Dodgers Shut Out White Sox for 10th Straight Win
The Los Angeles Dodgers sent their ace to the hill in Chicago on Tuesday night, making it nearly a given that they would win their 10th straight game. And that they did, as Clayton Kershaw threw seven shutout innings and walked just one in his major-league leading 15th win of the year, including 11 in a row, in a 1-0 shutout of the Chicago White Sox.. The lefty allowed seven hits on the night, before Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen closed it out, as Jansen earned his 24th save. Cody Bellinger's RBI single off of Miguel Gonzalez in the first inning was all that was needed on this night. Chris Taylor added four hits for the L.A. offense to support Kershaw, who was pitching for the first time since a complete game effort on July 9th against the Kansas City Royals. Gonzalez lasted six innings for Chicago, but suffered his ninth loss, despite just the one run against him. Both teams struggled with runners in scoring position on the night, with the Dodgers going 1-for-10, and the White Sox finishing at 1-for-8. They will do it all again in Chicago on Wednesday night, as the Dodgers look to continue this red hot run that has seen them win 30 of 34 overall.