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MLB trade deadline: Pirates acquire Chris Archer; Phillies deal for Wilson Ramos

The Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their pitching rotation at the Major League Baseball trade deadline, adding right-hander Chris Archer from Tampa Bay for a pair of coveted prospects in outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow and a player to be named later.

Archer, a two-time All Star, is 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts this season for the Rays. The 29-year-old gives the Pirates a significant jolt in experience in a rotation that includes three starters — Jameson Taillon, Trevor Williams and Joe Musgrove — 26 or younger.

The move is the second significant trade by the Pirates at Tuesday’s deadline for trades without waivers. Pittsburgh also acquired Texas Rangers closer Keone Kela in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Taylor Hearn and a player to be named.

The Pirates, who have been reluctant to part with young prospects at the deadline in recent years, gave up a pair of promising talents.

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Meadows, a first-round pick in the 2013 draft, hit .292 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 49 games for the Pirates after making his major-league debut on May 17. The 24-year-old Glasnow dominated as a starter in the minors but struggled as a starter during his first season-plus in Pittsburgh, going 2-7 with a 7.69 ERA in 15 games (13 starts) in 2017.

The Pirates moved Glasnow to the bullpen this season with better results. The 6-foot-8 right-hander is 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA in 34 appearances.

Phillies acquire Ramos

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos from Tampa Bay for a player to be named or cash.

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Ramos is batting .297 with 14 homers and 53 RBIs but is on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. He’ll upgrade an offense that has struggled during a four-game losing streak.

Ramos, who turns 31 next month, has a $10.5-million salary, and the Phillies will be responsible for the remaining $3,443,548. He has 315 plate appearances and can earn $250,000 each for 450, 475 and 500.

He is eligible for free agency after the World Series.

Jorge Alfaro has been Philadelphia’s starting catcher, with Andrew Knapp also seeing plenty of action. They’ve combined for 16 errors and 13 passed balls.

More trades

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired second baseman Jonathan Schoop in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

The playoff-hopeful Brewers sent second baseman Jonathan Villar, along with two prospects to Baltimore.

The Atlanta Braves have acquired right-handers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for four prospects.

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The 27-year-old Gausman is 5-8 with a 4.43 ERA in 21 games started for Baltimore. He is under team control through 2020.

The Atlanta Braves have acquired right-handers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for four prospects.

The 27-year-old Gausman is 5-8 with a 4.43 ERA in 21 games started for Baltimore. He is under team control through 2020.

Miami Marlins outfielder Cameron Maybin has been traded to the Seattle Mariners for minor league infielder Bryson Brigman and international slot money.

Maybin is batting .251 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 99 games this season, but he’s batting .329 with a .912 OPS since June 29.

Right-handed reliever Brad Ziegler has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who gave up Double-A reliever Tommy Eveld to the Miami Marlins.

Ziegler, 38, is 1-5 with a 3.98 ERA this season. His ERA was 7.88 on June 1, but since then he has allowed two runs in 28 innings.

The Cleveland Indians have acquired center fielder Leonys Martin from the Detroit Tigers. Cleveland also received right-hander Kyle Dowdy in the deal for shortstop prospect Willi Castro.

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The St. Louis Cardinals have traded outfielder Tommy Pham to Tampa Bay for three minor leaguers — outfielder Justin Williams, left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera and right-handed pitcher Roel Ramirez.

The Rays also received international cap space in the four-player trade.


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