Now that the dust has settled on the MLB trade deadline and the last minute dealings have ceased it’s time to take a look at the best, and worst, moves as we gear up for the push towards playoffs.
There were some very notable trades that happened as always but not everyone was a winner. One of the biggest names traded was Lucas Duda from the Mets to the Rays for relief pitcher Drew Smith. Mets fans may be bemoaning the loss at first glance, but it may help them in the long run, with Jay Bruce or up an coming Dominic Smith stepping up and filling some big shoes. As always with baseball, only time will tell.
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— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 10, 2017
Here’s look at some of the other trades that took place before the deadline:
Who they got: LHP Francisco Liriano.
Who they got rid of: OFs Teoscar Hernandez and Nori Aoki.
Verdict: Meh. There were bigger moves to be had, but the Astros are still in decent shape. They could have definitely used another strong bat, but now that Fisher is starting off settle into the bigs, things might be looking up.
Who they got: RHPs Blake Treinen and Jeferson Mejia, LHP Jesus Luzardo, OF Dustin Fowler and INF Jorge Mateo.
Who they got rid of: RHPs Sonny Gray and Ryan Madson, LHP Sean Doolittle and INF Adam Rosales.
Verdict: Could have done better. Gray, despite his highs and lows, injuries and inconsistencies could have drawn more but no one was biting. It’s a little confusing of a trade too, when you consider the fact that Fowler blew out his knee earlier this year. We may have to wait and see if this was a good move.
Who they got: LHP Tyler Webb, RHPs Anthony Swarzak and Jeremy Jeffress.
Who they got rid of: INF Garrett Cooper, OF Ryan Cordell, and RHP Tayler Scott.
Verdict: Too single minded and unsuccessful. Gray was a target, but the miss is sorely felt by the Brewers. There is plenty of young talent to capitalize on, it would be a shame to miss out on the playoffs because of a trade gone south.
Who they got: LHPs Jose Quintana and Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila.
Who they got rid of: INFs Bryant Flete, Matt Rose, Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Parades, RHP Dylan Cease, and a player to be named later or cash.
Verdict: Smoking hot. The Cubs have finally had their moment of glory and it’s obvious they are not eager to give it up any time soon.
New York Yankees
Who they got: INFs Garrett Cooper, Todd Frazier, and Ryan McBroom, RHPs David Robertson, Sonny Gray, and Tommy Kahnle and LHP Jaime Garcia.
Who they got rid of: RHPs Tyler Clippard, James Kaprielian, and Zack Littell, LHPs Dietruch Enns, Tyler Webb and Ian Clarkin, OFs Tito Polo, Blake Rutherford, and Dustin Fowler, INFs Jorge Mateo and Rob Refsnyder.
Verdict: The Evil Emoire has returned. Or at least they are trading like they are. It’s too soon to tell realistically if the Yankees of old have returned. I know I wouldn’t want to wish that on any team. These are incredibly smart trades and I shudder to think what that means going into the playoffs.