Eve of Construction

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by: Rich Daniels

On the eve of Major League Baseball's non-waiver trading deadline, there was no shortage of activity. 

Early in the day the Twins and Mariners struck a deal sending lefty specialist Zach Duke to Seattle in exchange for two minor leaguers.

Duke provides depth to the Mariners' bullpen after appearing in 45 games for the Twins compiling a 3-4 record with a 3.63 ERA in 37.1 innings. The 35-year-old posted 39 strikeouts, 15 walks and 12 holds. His impact is twofold with Duke's holding opposing left-handed hitters to only a .562 combined OPS and the fact that he has yet to give up a home run this season. Seattle also got right-handed reliever Adam Warren from the Yankees in exchange international signing pool money.

The Twins acquired 24-year-old starting pitcher Chase De Jong and 22-year-old third baseman Ryan Costello

De Jong has logged 120.2 innings at AA so far this season for a 5-5 record and a 3.80 ERA. In seven appearances with the big club last year, De Jong was battered for a record 0-3 and a 6.35 ERA. Costello is hitting .266 in Class A ball with a .845 OPS, 16 homers and 70 RBI's.

The Twins weren't done dealing sending starting pitcher Lance Lynn to the Yankees in exchange for first baseman Tyler Austin and minor league right-hander Luis Rijo

Lynn has cranked out 102.1 innings for the Twins for a 7-8 record and a 5.10 ERA. Lynn should give the Yanks a veteran innings horse for the stretch run. Austin has shuttled between the Yankees and Triple-A several times this year and compiled a .223 AVG, 8 HR and 23 RBI's. Rijo is a 19 year-old starting pitcher who has seen rookie ball and two levels of Single-A already this year. He's combined for a 4-1 record and 2.77 ERA. 

The Blue Jays and Astros exchanged headaches in the personages of Roberto Osuna heading to Houston and Ken Giles going to Toronto. 

Osuna will finish a 75 game suspension under the league's domestic abuse policy on Sunday. Prior to the suspension, Osuna had saved nine games in fifteen appearances. Giles had worn out his welcome with the Astros and was sent down to Triple-A after a cross verbal exchange with manager AJ Hinch. Giles had struggled to a 0-2 record, 12 saves, and a 4.99 ERA. The Blue Jays also receive right-handers David Paulino (24, 0-0, 4.67 ERA at Triple-A) and Hector Perez (22, 3-4, 3.73 ERA at A and AA).

The Reds shipped struggling outfielder Adam Duvall to the Braves in exchange for right-handed pitchers Matt Wisler and Lucas Sims along with outfielder Preston Tucker

Duvall has hit only .205 this year with 15 HR and 61 RBI's. The Braves are hoping that the pennant race will energize the slugger who collected 64 HRs and 202 RBI's over the past two seasons. Wisler, 25, has been back and forth between Triple-A and the big club and has managed 1-1 record and a 5.40 ERA. Sims, 24, has also seen multiple options exercised this season and has only posted ten innings for the Braves with a 7.84 ERA. Tucker, 28, spent much of the first three months of the season as a frequent pinch-hitter for Atlanta hitting for a .256 AVG and four homers.

In a late-announced deal, the Red Sox plugged their hole at second base by acquiring Ian Kinsler from the Angels in exchange for two minor league pitchers. 

Kinsler, 36, struggled out of the gate this year with a batting average in the low .220's for the first three months of the season. The veteran has picked up his performance with a .320 average in July raising his season totals to .239, 13 HR, 32 RBI's and 9 SB. For their end of the deal, the Angels receive minor league righty Ty Buttrey (25, 1-1, 2.25 ERA in 44 relief innings at AAA) and lefty Williams Jerez (26, 2-1, 3.68 ERA in 51 relief innings at AAA).

All this and the best may be yet to come as rumors are swirling that the Nationals are shopping Bryce Harper in the eleventh hour before the deadline! Stay tuned to Outofthepenbaseball.com as the noon ET deadline approaches. 

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