MLB: Trade Deadline Winners and Losers
Initially, all of America thought that the MLB trade deadline was more of a trade dudline. Things didn’t take off until 4 PM had come and gone. So let’s look at who are the winners and losers of the trade deadline.
Houston Astros – Winners
The Astros had been linked to a number of high-end starters from Noah Syndergaard to Robbie Ray and everyone in-between. Eventually, the Mets pulled Syndergaard off the market and Robbie Ray never happened. Even though both of them fell through Houston still landed relief pitcher Joe Biagini, starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez and the creme de la creme; Zack Greinke. Houston is now favorites to represent the AL in the World Series and for good reason. The starting rotation now consists of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Zack Greinke, Wade Miley, and rookie Jose Urquidi. The Astros landed one of the biggest fish this deadline and it may pay off in the long run.
Pittsburgh Pirates – Losers
The Pirates came into the MLB Trade Deadline as sellers for obvious reasons. The team had the ability to move expiring contracts of Melky Cabrera, Corey Dickerson, Francisco Liriano, even Jung-ho Kang and managed to only move one of those guys. Not only that but the team failed to move either centerfielder Starling Marte, or closer Felipe Vazquez. The only player the Pirates moved was Corey Dickerson. Dickerson was traded to Philadelphia for cash considerations and a player to be named later. The Pirates were unwilling to compromise on a return from the Dodgers on a deal for Vazquez. The Pirates were asking for Gavin Lux, and one of Keibert Ruiz or Dustin May and more. Pittsburgh can still deal Vazquez in the offseason or any of the next four years since he’s under team control but I can’t see his value being any higher than it currently is.
Atlanta Braves – Winners
Clearly, the biggest need in Atlanta was bullpen help. That’s exactly what the Braves went out and got. They moved Arodys Vizcaino early this season and hoped Luke Jackson could fill that hole. Good news is he did for a few months, but has struggled mightily recently. GM Alex Anthopoulos clearly wasn’t happy so he went out and got arguably the biggest name on the market. They acquired Shane Greene from Detroit and Mark Melancon from the San Francisco Giants. Both these moves bolster the back end of the Braves bullpen and may make them the favorites in the NL going forward. Atlanta may be the biggest winner at the deadline.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Losers
It’s definitely odd saying that the best team in MLB was a loser at the deadline but here we are. The Dodgers needed to add to the bullpen to better their chances for a World Series title and they did nothing. In fact, the only player they added was Jedd Gyorko. As stated above LA missed out on the Pirates elite closer Felipe Vazquez due to not wanting to part ways with Gavin Lux. Let’s put this into perspective. In 2016 the Chicago Cubs gave up top prospect Gleyber Torres for two months of control for Aroldis Chapman. The Dodgers refused to give up one or two top guys for four years of control on Vazquez. Maybe it was Chicago’s desperation or the fact that Chicago thought they had a chance to win it all. Clearly, Los Angeles is content with watching another team win the World in Chavez Ravine.
This list could go on and on for the winners and losers of the trade deadline but who wants to read all of that? Instead, here are some notable mentions.
Losers – New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers
Winners – Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals
With this being the first year of just one trade deadline how do you think your team did? The new single deadline made picking winners and losers of the deadline much easier than previous years. After a slow start, this year took off and was more exciting than most anticipated. Let’s see if these acquisitions put some of these teams over the edge and what the losers of today do going forward.
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