Biggest Winners and Losers after Trade Deadline

Jake DeWitt

NL East

Winners: New York Mets, Miami Marlins
While the Mets were hoping to acquire a right-handed power bat, the market simply wasn’t there. The did feel a massive need by adding Jay Bruce in a trade with the Reds. They also held onto top prospects Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto. In an odd turn of events, the Miami Marlins traded Colin Rea back to the San Diego Padres after Rea sprained his elbow in his only start with Miami. The Marlins felt they were sold damaged goods, and will receive Luis Castillo back in the deal. More importantly, they added a nice piece in Andrew Cashner, who has shown high upside in the past.

Losers: Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves
The Nationals failed to make an impactful move, in my opinion. Mark Melancon has been good over the last several years, but he’s showing signs of declining performance. The Phillies are rebuilding, so why didn’t they move Gomez and Hellickson? The Braves added Matt Kemp. I guess it will be good to have some experience on the roster moving forward

NL Central

Winners: Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds

The Cubs continued to bolster their bullpen with the addition of right-handed submariner Joe Smith from the Angels. The Cardinals only added Zach Duke, but sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make. The Brewers received good value in Phil Bickford, Lewis Brinson, and Luis Ortiz by trading Will Smith to the Giants, and Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress to the Rangers. The Reds successfully dealt Jay Bruce to the Mets and received IF Dilson Herrera as the main piece.

Losers: Pittsburgh Pirates

The Bucs were neither sellers nor buyers at the deadline. They acquired Ivan Nova from the Yankees with the hope that their coaching staff will be able to fix him. Yet, they traded Melancon to the Nationals for prospects Felipe Rivera and Taylor Hearn. They also traded Francisco Liriano to the Blue Jays in the last few minutes of the deadline.

NL West

Winners: San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers

The Giants acquired LHP Matt Moore to supplant either Matt Cain or Jake Peavy in the rotation. They also added LHP Will Smith to aid a shaky bullpen. They had to surrender 2015 1st-rounder Phil Bickford to the Brewers, and Matt Duffy, Matt Santos, and Lucius Fox to the Rays. The Dodgers acquired Josh Roddick and Rich Hill from the Oakland Athletics, but had to give up top prospects Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas, and Jharel Cotton. They filled some needs, but once again have a surplus of outfielders after failing to trade Yasiel Puig.

Losers: San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks

The trade of Colin Rea backfired for the Padres after he was injured in Miami. The Rockies have played well lately, but neither moved nor acquired any players at the deadline. The Diamondbacks were unable to move the struggling Shelby Miller, or add any players for a run in 2017.

AL East

Winners: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays

Every team in the AL East did well before the deadline. The Yankees now boast a top three farm system for the first time in long time after dealing Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, Andrew Miller, and Ivan Nova. The Red Sox filled their rotation needs a couple weeks ago with the acquisition of Drew Pomeranz. They also acquired left-handed specialist Fernando Abad from the Twins. The Blue Jays acquired Scott Feldman and Francisco Liriano to eventually replace the excellent Aaron Sanchez in the starting rotation. The Orioles re-acquired Steve Pearce, a versatile hitter who had much success with the Orioles last season. They also acquired Wade Miley from the Orioles to eat up some innings down the stretch. The Rays received good value for Matt Moore and Steve Pearce. They could have made additional moves, but it’s clear they were not receiving the equitable offers they wanted.

AL Central

Winners: Cleveland Indians

The Indians separated themselves in the AL Central with the acquisition of Andrew Miller. A trade for Lucroy or Beltran would have put their lineup over the top, but at the expense of their farm system.

Losers: Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins

The Tigers did not make any moves to get better. Their lineup is dangerous, but they could have used some more pieces. The White Sox arguably have the most valuable trade pieces, but failed to move any of them, including Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, David Robertson, and Melky Cabrera. The Royals were unable to move Edinson Volquez or Kendrys Morales. The Minnesota Twins did move Fernando Abad to the Red Sox, but don’t have very many trade pieces left.

AL West

Winners: Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics

The Rangers greatly improved with the additions of Carlos Beltran, Jonathan Lucroy, and Jeremy Jeffress. They should have made another trade for a starting pitcher, but the right deal failed to manifest on Monday. The Rangers were also able to hold on to top prospects Joey Gallo and Jurickson Profar. The Athletics acquired great value in Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas, and Jharel Cotton from the Dodgers. They held onto their ace Sonny Gray and top slugger Khris Davis.

Losers: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners

The Angels did trade Hector Santiago to the Twins, and Joe Smith to the Cubs. I would have loved to see a blockbuster Mike Trout trade. The Astros did not get better, as they failed to make any moves. The Mariners were close to acquiring Zack Cozart from the Reds, but the trade ultimately fell through.


Author: Thrive Nation

Amateur sports journalism blog, primarily posting about the latest happenings in EPL, MLB, NFL, and Boxing.

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