Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray headed a parade of prized arms on the move Monday, leaving little doubt on trade deadline day: Top teams made a big pitch for the playoffs.
Addison Reed and Justin Wilson were among the many relievers swapped before the cutoff, along with the Twins' Brandon Kintzler. There were 14 deals involving major leaguers — all six division leaders got someone new.
"We're trying to go from good to great," New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said.
The Yankees bolstered their rotation by getting Gray from Oakland for three minor leaguers. That swap came a day after the AL East leaders acquired lefthander Jaime Garcia from the Twins.
Gray, 27, has been slowed by a series of injuries, but he is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts in 2017 and 4-2 with a 1.37 ERA in his past six outings. He is not eligible for free agency until after the 2019 season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, owners of the majors' best record and top payroll, sent three minor leaguers to Texas for Darvish. He will join three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw as the Dodgers try to reach the World Series for the first time since 1988.
"We're not going to be lining up our playoff rotation quite yet," GM Farhan Zaidi said.
Darvish was an All-Star this year for the fourth time in his five seasons playing for the Rangers. Texas agreed to pay more than $107 million to acquire Darvish from Japan before the 2012 season, and he can become a free agent this offseason.
Los Angeles also added relievers Tony Watson from Pittsburgh and Tony Cingrani from Cincinnati.
A few stars mentioned in trade speculation stayed put — Baltimore closer Zach Britton, Detroit starter Justin Verlander and San Diego reliever Brad Hand among them.
"We just didn't line up at this time," Padres GM A.J. Preller said, adding there was "no rush" to make a move right now.
Teams had until 3 p.m. Monday to make trades without waivers. For the rest of the season, players can be dealt only if every other club passes on a chance to claim them.
A year after the champion Chicago Cubs and Cleveland used deep bullpens to reach the World Series, several teams boosted their relief corps. As did the Cubs and Indians.
Chicago got Wilson, a valuable lefty, along with catcher Alex Avila from Detroit. Avila was traded away by his dad, Tigers GM Alex Avila.
Joe Smith, who relieved for Cleveland from 2009 to '13, was sent from Toronto to the Indians.
Houston, already running away with the AL West, acquired Toronto lefthander Francisco Liriano.
Boston added Reed, who had been serving as the Mets closer.
Woman says she had sex with Rose as teen
A woman said she had a sexual relationship with Pete Rose in the 1970s, starting when she was 14 or 15 years old, according to her sworn testimony submitted to a Philadelphia court Monday.
The testimony was presented by the defense as part of a federal lawsuit Rose filed last year against a lawyer whose investigation got the hits leader kicked out of Major League Baseball for gambling.
Rose contends John Dowd defamed him in 2015 by saying on the radio that Rose had raped young teen girls during spring training. Rose, 76, has acknowledged having a relationship with the woman beginning when she was 16, the age of consent in Ohio.
Rose's lawyer Ray Genco said the woman's claims are unverified.
Dowd investigated Rose in 1989 for gambling on the Cincinnati Reds while managing the team, a violation of baseball's rules. Rose accepted a lifetime ban, and the Hall of Fame decided in 1991 that anyone on the permanently ineligible list could not appear on a ballot.
• There were tears and smiles and hugs and mixed emotions as Jose Fernandez's family visited Marlins Park for a game for the first time since the Miami All-Star pitcher was killed in a boat crash in September. Monday would have been Fernandez's 25th birthday. The family visitors included his 5-month-old daughter, Penelope.
• Sitting in fourth place in the AL East with a losing record, the Baltimore Orioles refused to abandon their playoff chances, acquiring infielder Tim Beckham from Tampa Bay on Monday after acquiring starter Jeremy Hellickson from Philadelphia over the weekend.