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MLB trade deadline tracker: Astros nab Christian Vázquez from Red Sox – The Washington Post

The Seattle Mariners got a jump-start on Major League Baseball’s trade deadline when they dealt four prospects to the Cincinnati Reds for ace Luis Castillo last week.

Several more players are expected to have new homes come Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Will the biggest name on the market, Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, be among them?

Follow along for updates.

Astros nab Christian Vázquez from visiting, busy Red Sox

The Houston Astros didn’t have to send Christian Vázquez a plane ticket after acquiring him Monday in a trade from the Red Sox. With Boston in town for the start of a three-game series, Houston simply needed Vázquez to switch clubhouses.

The 31-year-old catcher may ultimately be no more than a rental for the Astros, given that he is set for free agency next year, but for the rest of this season he should make for an upgrade over incumbent catchers Martín Maldonado and Korey Lee. To get Vázquez, Houston surrendered a pair of prospects: infielder Enmanuel Valdez and outfielder Wilyer Abreu.

While the deal was the second of the day for Houston, which traded earlier for Baltimore’s Trey Mancini, Boston was even busier. Entering Monday in last place in the American League East but also just 3½ games back in the wild card race, the 51-52 Red Sox acted as both sellers and buyers. They filled a sudden hole at catcher by trading for Reese McGuire from the Chicago White Sox, plus cash considerations or a player to be named later in exchange for pitcher Jake Diekman. They also acquired outfielder Tommy Pham from the Cincinnati Reds. Pham, 34, made headlines this season for slapping the San Francisco Giants’ Joc Pederson over a dispute stemming from their fantasy football league.

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