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.”
John Elway is executive vice president of the Denver Broncos, but he tweeted a lot like the president of the United States on Wednesday.
With his team’s quarterback situation becoming messier than anticipated in Year 2 of Trevor Siemian vs. Paxton Lynch, Elway had to shoot down rumors of the Broncos pursuing a third option: Bengals backup AJ McCarron.
“A lot goes into our evaluation but it’s always going to be about efficiently and effectively running the offense,” Jackson said. “You want your starter to be able to do that despite any circumstance. Brock hasn’t really gotten any first-team reps and this will give him that chance. We look forward to seeing what he can do with this opportunity throughout the week and against the Saints.”
“Winning the Super Bowl will always be special. Football changes lives like that,” Jones said. “A year later we did it again and certainly a dynasty was born.”
Jones was presented by his wife, Gene, who was one of two wives to present their husbands on Saturday. The other was Brenda Warner, the wife of former Rams and Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. Gene Jones and Brenda Warner are the third and fourth women to present their husbands for induction, joining Kim Singletary (Mike Singletary, 1998) and Deanna Favre (Brett Favre, 2016).
“Gene, you kept me between the rails when I didn’t really have Kobe Bryant Cheap Jerseys the strength to get to the middle,” Jones said to his wife. “You’re my presenter because you’ve always presented this family in a loving and caring light that only you can provide.”
Jones’ experience as a college player at Arkansas made him want to pursue a career in Make Cheap Jerseys Online football. He thought about coaching, but figured there was not much money in coaching.