MLB’s trade deadline is just around the corner.
The Oakland Athletics are getting ready to move to a new stadium, while the Colorado Rockies are expected to sign one of the new stadium’s most prized players, Carlos Gonzalez.
With this in mind, the Astros, Dodgers, Padres and Diamondbacks are among the teams who are getting their most valuable players, according to a list of players who have signed new contracts through the trade deadline.
The Astros, who had signed left-handed pitcher Michael Fulmer to a five-year, $68 million contract last week, were the most recent team to sign a free agent this year, while Houston also signed shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year deal worth $20 million, the same amount as its new starter, Trevor Bauer.
The Dodgers, who were reportedly interested in acquiring shortstop Didi Gregorius, also got their second-most valuable player, second baseman Todd Frazier, in a three year, $27 million deal.
The Padres and Dodgers were the only teams to sign players to multi-year deals.
The Diamondbacks, who finished last season at 37-62 and have a $42 million payroll, signed lefty reliever Joe Smith, who was designated for assignment by the Padres.
Smith, 36, was originally a first-round pick by the Dodgers in 2005.
The Astros signed left fielder Jose Altuve, who went 23-for-30 with three home runs and eight RBIs for Texas last season.
The Athletics signed right-hander Luis Valbuena, who signed a two-year contract worth $14 million with the Dodgers.
The Rockies, who have had a rebuilding year, signed shortstop Ian Desmond to a two year, almost $22 million deal in June.