Winners and Losers from the Trade Deadline

Winners

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
    • Acquired Players: SP Yu Darvish, LHP Tony Watson, LHP Tony Cingrani
    • Relinquished Assets: OF Scott Van Slyke, C Hendrick Clementina, OF/2B Willie Calhoun, RHP A.J. Alexy, INF Brendon Davis, RHP Angel German, INF Oneil Cruz
    • Thoughts: The Dodgers are officially going all-in on a World Series this season.  They need rotation depth and instead, they are essentially getting a second ace in Darvish to pitch behind Kershaw. Darvish also gives the Dodgers a good right-handed starter to break up the lefties that they throw.  Watson and Cingrani give the Dodgers two solid left-handed relievers to lengthen and strengthen their bullpen and makes it a nightmare against opposing teams late in games.  They were able to make these trades happen without having to give up Yadier Alvarez or Walker Buehler, meaning that they were able to protect their best assets.
  • New York Yankees
    • Acquired Players: SP Sonny Gray, 3B/1B Todd Frazier, SP Jaime Garcia, RHP David Robertson, RHP Tommy Kahnle
    • Relinquished Assets: RHP James Kaprielian, OF Dustin Fowler, IF Jorge Mateo, P Dietrich Enns, P Zack Littell, RHP Tyler Clippard, P Ian Clarkin, CF Blake Rutherford, CF Tito Polo
    • Thoughts: In a period of one year, the Yankees have gone from a rebuilding team to one on the edge of contending for a World Series. They added an ace starting pitcher, a depth starter, two relievers, and a power hitting corner infield all without giving up Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier.  They did send three top 100 prospects back in these trades in Kaprielian, Mateo, and Rutherford but that isn’t too big of a price when considering what they acquired. Perhaps the biggest win is that they bettered their team this season plus got better in the future.
  • Chicago White Sox
    • Relinquished Players: OF Melky Cabrera, RP Dan Jennings, RP Anthony Swarzak, 3B/1B Todd Frazier, RP David Robertson, RP Tommy Kahnle, SP Jose Quintana
    • Acquired Assets: P AJ Puckett, P Andre Davis, 1B Casey Gillaspie, CF Ryan Cordell, RP Tyler Clippard, P Ian Clarkin, CF Blake Rutherford, CF Tito Polo, 2B Bryant Flete, RHP Dylan Cease, LF Eloy Jimenez, 1B Matt Rose
    • Thoughts: The White Sox have pretty much now completed their teardown.  They have sold off nearly every tradeable asset that they were willing to trade and got big returns back.  If they didn’t have the best farm system in baseball before the deadline, they likely do now.  They added three top 100 prospects in these deals with the prized possession being Eloy Jimenez, a top ten prospect.  The White Sox have now addressed pretty much all positions as well as their pitching staff and have talented prospects across the diamond. There is always the chance that prospects won’t work out, but if they do, the White Sox will be really good in 2019 or 2020.
  • Oakland Athletics
    • Relinquished Players: SP Sonny Gray, SS Adam Rosales, RP Ryan Madson, RP Sean Doolittle
    • Acquired Assets: RHP James Kaprielian, OF Dustin Fowler, IF Jorge Mateo, P Jeferson Mejia, P Blake Treinen, LHP Jesus Luzardo, 3B Sheldon Neuse
    • Thoughts: The A’s did an excellent job at waiting on moving Sonny Gray until this season since he pitched terrible last year.  They were able to take advantage of his good season and got two top 100 prospects in return from the Yankees.  They also moved relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to the Nationals for two prospects plus Blake Treinen, which should help the A’s in the future.  It could be several years before the A’s see these prospects in the majors but James Kaprielian and Jorge Mateo should be good.
  • Texas Rangers
    • Relinquished Players: RHP Jeremy Jeffress, C Jonathan Lucroy, SP Yu Darvish
    • Acquired Assets: OF/2B Willie Calhoun, RHP A.J. Alexy, INF Brendon Davis, RHP Tayler Scott
    • Thoughts: With the Rangers pretty much out of playoff contention, they made the smart decision to move players with value and who aren’t part of their future core.  Giving up Darvish was a tough decision but one that needed to be made and they got a sizable return for him considering he is just a playoff rental for the Dodgers.  Willie Calhoun will likely be a future outfielder for the Rangers and he could be in the majors next season as he is already in AAA.
  • Chicago Cubs
    • Acquired Players: C Alex Avila, SP Jose Quintana, RP Justin Wilson
    • Relinquished Assets: 3B Jeimer Candelario, SS Isaac Paredes, 2B Bryant Flete, RHP Dylan Cease, LF Eloy Jimenez, 1B Matt Rose
    • Thoughts: The Cubs had a need for a controllable starter and that is what they got with Jose Quintana.  He is under contract for next season plus has two option years after that.  Since joining the Cubs, he has made three starts and has a 2.37 ERA in 19.0 innings.  He also has a 25/5 strikeout to walk ratio and is the perfect starter to slot in behind Jon Lester in their rotation.  The Cubs paid dearly for Quintana, giving up top ten prospect Eloy Jimenez, plus top 100 prospect Dylan Cease in return.  This essentially tears down the top ranked farm system they once had, but that’s okay.  The Cubs also addressed their struggles behind the plate by acquiring veteran catcher Alex Avila from the Tigers.  In that trade, they also received reliever Justin Wilson, one of the best available at the deadline this year, to help in their bullpen.  Provided that the Cubs get into the playoffs, and I think they will, they should be set up once again to make a run at another World Series.  That is, as long as their rotation can perform up to its capabilities.
  • Washington Nationals
    • Acquired Players: UT Howie Kendrick, RP Brandon Kintzler, RP Sean Doolittle, RP Ryan Madson
    • Relinquished Assets: LHP Tyler Watson, P McKenzie Mills, P Blake Treinen, LHP Jesus Luzardo, 3B Sheldon Neuse
    • Thoughts: Pretty much everyone knew that the Nationals were going to upgrade their bullpen but they didn’t accomplish by acquiring just one big name.  Instead, they brought in three different relievers to give the team the best chance at closing out games.  All three having closing experience and can give the Nationals a chance every game.  The best thing about them acquiring three relievers instead of a Zach Britton is that they didn’t have to give up any big prospects.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks
    • Acquired Players: RF J.D. Martinez, UT Adam Rosales, RP David Hernandez
    • Relinquished Assets: RHP Luis Madero, P Jeferson Mejia, 3B Dawel Lugo, SS Jose King, SS Sergio Alcantara
    • Thoughts: The Diamondbacks didn’t have a deep farm system from which to trade and none of the prospects they gave up were ranked very highly within their system.  That was key to any trades they made because the primary focus of the front office is to continue rebuilding their farm system.  Martinez gives them a power hitting outfielder who is crushing left-handed pitching this season, which gives the Diamondbacks a great chance to combat the Dodgers, Cubs, and Nationals pitching staffs.  Adding David Hernandez was key because it likely gives them a better option at closer than what they have had all season long.
  • Sonny Gray
    • Thoughts: Any player who gets the opportunity to get out of Oakland and play for a contender is very lucky.  Gray was going nowhere with the Athletics and with this move he has the chance to be the ace of a playoff team and one that has the potential to be a World Series champion within a few years.
  • Jose Quintana
    • Thoughts: Quintana has been one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball the past few seasons and now he finally has the chance to play on a contending team.  In his three starts with the Cubs, he has pitched better than he had all season for the Orioles and his stats should only get better pitching with a better defense behind him.

Losers

  • Toronto Blue Jays
    • Thoughts: The Blue Jays made just two moves at the deadline, trading Joe Smith and Francisco Liriano to the Indians and Astros, respectively.  They got a nice prospect from Houston in Teoscar Hernandez but they could have done better.  It was rumored that Josh Donaldson could be available and if he had been, he would have been moved.  I’m also surprised that they didn’t move Marco Estrada or Jose Bautista.
  • Baltimore Orioles
    • Thoughts: The Orioles have virtually no chance at making the playoffs this season and so it didn’t make any sense that they didn’t trade away players.  They have plenty of valuable assets to move, including Zach Britton, Brad Brach, and even Manny Machado but moved none of them.  Britton and Machado especially could yield a huge return for the Orioles and essentially spark a rebuild of their farm system.
  • Houston Astros
    • Thoughts: The Astros looked like they needed help in their starting rotation but did nothing to address it except acquire Francisco Liriano.  They were rumored to be in on Sonny Gray or Gerrit Cole but ended up acquiring neither.  If they end up being outpitched by the Yankees, Nationals, Cubs, or Dodgers in the playoffs, this will be looked back upon as a mistake.
  • New York Mets
    • Thoughts: The Mets should have been marketing and attempting to move Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, and Asdrubal Cabrera.  Even though this was a weak trade market for position players, the Mets should have done everything to move these players even if it meant only getting 20 cents on the dollar in return.
  • Cleveland Indians
    • Thoughts: I really thought that the Indians were going to do more to help their rotation.  After Corey Kluber, it is quite weak and could be a problem in the playoffs.  Even acquiring an innings eater like Jeremy Hellickson could have gone a long way in helping them.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
    • Thoughts: The Pirates aren’t going to make the playoffs this season and they aren’t bad enough to teardown and rebuild.  That’s a bad place to be.  They should have done a better job at trying to move Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole.  I do still think that there is a chance that they move one of or both of these players this offseason.

*All stats and information came from ESPN, CBS Sports, Roster Resource, and Baseball Reference

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