MLB teams produced a flurry of trades as the second half of the season got underway in mid-July. The final dominoes fell Monday as several big-name pitchers changed teams in the afternoon.
Below are all the reported deals leading up to and including the trade deadline. SN’s Ryan Fagan has commentary on Monday’s activity.
Kintzler joins the Nationals as the team looks to make a push straighten out its bullpen in the second half. Kintzler recorded 28 saves with a 2.78 ERA for the Twins this season.
Analysis: The Diamondbacks added to their bullpen by bringing back Hernandez, who pitched for Arizona from 2010-15. With the Angels this season, Hernandez, 32, boasted a 2.23 ERA in 36 1/3 innings.
Niekro served his suspension and returned to the Twins just in time for Minnesota’s stretch run. He finished the season 7-13 with a 5.33 ERA.
But all ended well in ’87 for Niekro and the Twins, who defeated the Cardinals in the World Series. Niekro pitched two shutout innings in relief in Game 4, presumably with nothing in his pocket. He appeared in five games in 1988 before calling it a career.
Lest the 1987 emery board incident define Niekro to younger fans, it should be noted that he enjoyed a long and successful career, winning 221 games over 22 seasons — including two 20-win seasons Make Cheap Jerseys Online and an All-Star appearance in 1979 — and accumulating 29.9 career bWAR.
“I didn’t send him a Christmas card for a few years (after the home run), but I really miss that guy,” Phil Niekro said of his brother, who died in 2006. “I want people to Kids Cheap Jerseys remember Joe as a hell of a guy who was full of fun and life. If you didn’t have a good time around him, it was your own fault.”