Well, that’s a wild one. Congratulations, you’re on the other side of the trade deadline — after the biggest trade in recent memory plus a slew of others. Here’s a rundown of who won, who lost and who fell in the middle:
San Diego Padres
They added a generation of talent in his heyday (Juan Soto), a serious rental bat (Josh Bell), Elite Approach (Josh Hader) and quality utility (Brandon Drury).They also moved Eric Hosmer (although needing to eat most of his salary).Yes, that would require giving up most of their top prospects, as well as first baseman Luke Voight and relief Tyler Rogers. But that’s all it takes to get a player with Soto’s proven track record – it’s worth repeating that he’s still just 23 years old with two full seasons under team control. In short, San Diego is much better today than it was yesterday. Offenses that were okay before now look scary. They have enough depth to make some noise in October. Is winning the division enough? maybe not.But that says more about the lead the Dodgers have built in the West of Holland than about priest. That’s certainly enough to make this team more competitive in the late and postseason. (Also, it’s worth noting that they did manage to stick to Some Their big prospects: Catcher Luis Campsano and shortstop Jackson Merrill are still here. ) oh yes they also extended Joe Musgrove. AJ Preller’s week.
new york yankees
They checked all major needs before the deadline: they had a left-handed hitter (Andrew Benintendi), starting (Frankie Montas) and some bullpen help (Lou Trivino and Scott Everose). That’s enough to prove it’s a victory. But before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, they went one step further — New York moved starter Jordan Montgomery to St. Louis in exchange for outfielder Harrison Budd.A true center fielder isn’t exactly a pressing man need, but it’s certainly a “pleasure” and by getting Bud, the team can now choose one of the best guards.There are some fair questions to ask: Bud is currently in Illinois with plantar fasciitis, and while he should return this season, there is no firm timeline and you can question whether yankees There’s really enough starting pitching depth to make Montgomery comfortable. But in general? They address every one of their needs, and then some.
This twin Need to pitch and they got it.with appetizers Taylor Mahler and relief Jorge Lopez and Michael Fulmer, Minnesota landed a deep fix for their biggest flaw. (They also got a backup catcher from Cleveland’s Sandy Leon.) In a bad division, they defaulted to being the best team.Now, they look closer to being a OK. As an added bonus, the Guardians and White Sox did little to make those moves even more impactful for the Twins.
None of their moves are particularly flashy. But together, they add up, Phillies Almost filled every hole in them. They now have a true center fielder (Brandon Marsh). Another starter (Noah Syndergard). More in the bullpen (David Robertson). A good defensive shortstop (Edmundo Sousa). Collectively, these moves lighten this defense somewhat and add some much-needed pitching depth — while allowing Philly to keep most of its top prospects.
M was the first to make a splash in this market as they got the best starter: Luis Castillo. Yes, it takes a serious lead package, but it always does. (Castillo is also under team control next season.) Beyond that, while Seattle hasn’t made any big moves, it has rolled out a few smaller ones that might end up being quietly useful. On Tuesday, the front office added a backup catcher (Curt Casali), an extra bat (jack lamb), and more pitching depth (Matthew Boyd). But just acquiring Castillo was enough to mark that deadline as a victory here.
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It’s never pleasant to watch a team do everything they can to sell everything.but Red Army At least manage to get a lot out of what they sell. The prospects for Castillo and Mahle are solid — top names from Seattle (Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo, Levi Stoudt) and Minnesota (Spencer Steer and Christian Encarncion-Strand). They got more for Drury and Tyler Naquin. The Reds acquired a total of 10 minor league players by the deadline. In Cincinnati, a winning campaign is a long way off. But if a team is going to trade like this one…in terms of what they get in return, they can’t ask for better.
New York Mets
Yes, they made some much-needed additions to the lineup: Daniel Vogelbach, Darling Ruff and Nakun.they are Mitchell Givens. But they didn’t get another catcher? Bullpen lefties?This is the best team metropolis It’s been several years. But they have a narrow lead in the NL East (overcoming the Warriors who got better on Tuesday), and it’s a little disappointing to see them pass up the opportunity to address some clear, obvious needs.
nobody want to Trade an All-Star like Harder. But given that Milwaukee won’t be extending his contract and has no interest in pivoting to rebuilding the hard way (good!)…the front office is doing the best job possible. It brings another man closer to replacing him at Rodgers along with some extra talent. However, they should also try to get more for the lineup. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to make a trade for another outfielder or bench player, and this team could have really, really used it in the playoffs.
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Toronto Blue Jays
Benefit: They support their bullpen by adding Anthony Bass and Zach Pop of the Marlins. The bad: where is the rotation help they need?somewhere in between: here Whit MerrifieldThe same is true, even though his trade value is as low as it has been in his career.
Los Angeles Dodgers
They have the best record in the Netherlands, lead by double digits in the division, and expect some injured players to be on their way back.This Dodgers No need Do anything. But…they are the Dodgers! It’s still reasonable to expect more — even if only in the form of getting more depth. That didn’t happen. They did choose to take a risk on Joey Gallo — who will try to redeem himself in a new place after a rough first half with the Yankees. But there’s reason to wonder why a pitcher or two wasn’t added. Fans can at least focus on the fact that top prospect Miguel Vargas has been called up. And, you know, the entire aforementioned “NL best-record” deal.
St. Louis Cardinals
They needed to step up their rotation, and they did, Montgomery (from the Yankees) and Jose Quintana (pirate). While parting ways with Bud was a big price for Montgomery, they were well-positioned in that regard: it just meant a commitment to Dylan Carlson as a midfielder of the future. It’s certainly not a bad deadline! But after talking about a sensation like Soto or a potential big-name starter…it’s fair to wonder if there’s anything else possible here.
boston red sox
Boston’s deadline is neither good nor bad because it’s just ConfusingWith three games outside of their playoff berth, they were faced with a tough choice of whether to sell or buy, instead, they did…both, but fundamentally neither?they moved Christian Vazquez but insist JD Martinez. They traded Hosmer and Tommy Fan. They’re not worse, but they’re not significantly better, and if there’s a fixed direction here, it’s not obvious.
There is a case to hold on Ian Happ. but keep happe and Wilson Contreras• When multiple teams should be interested in a catcher? He got a standing ovation in his final game at Wrigley Field when it became clear he was leaving? Maybe they didn’t get what they wanted in the trade proposal.but they should try to get something.
This is an unexpectedly tricky place Orioles. Didn’t expect them to start the season winning. But after five dismal losses, they found their footing a little early, and they were two and a half games away from the final wild-card berth before the deadline. A general manager like Mike Elias never strays from his plan to chase low-seeded playoffs. But the options are not “all in” or “sell as much as you can”. There is a middle ground there. Orioles flew over it.Instead, they opted to trade their franchises and upcoming free agents Tremancini and Their All-Star Game in Lopez is even closer. The former is a sad deal, but still somewhat grim and incomprehensible. However, the latter involves a player who has control of the team for two full seasons! The comments about trading Lopez are less about low expectations for this year than for next year and the year after. This fan base – after so much over the past few seasons – deserves more.
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chicago white sox
It’s an understatement to say the season didn’t go as planned white sox. However, there’s still plenty of talent on this list, and at .500 they’re only three games behind the AL Central’s No. 1. They could have seen this as an opportunity to push. Instead, they sat quietly as they watched the twins leave.
Look, anytime you can decide not to make a single trade, but to get your 37-year-old closer, or he could be a potentially useful trading chip, you have to. It’s just common sense.
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