Making Dollars and Sense Out of the Trade Deadline
As the whirlwind MLB non waiver trade deadline has finally come and gone, many teams that are out of the playoff hunt are either in rebuilding mode trying to trade for younger promising prospects that we have never heard of or simply dumping salary. The teams that are in the playoff hunt are trying to add pieces that fit due to either injuries or just simply upgrading at a certain position. This year has seen more teams wheeling and dealing due to the fact that there is the extra Wild Card in play. I will analyze the most notable deals and try to make dollars and sense out of them.
Pitcher Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers. Texas sent two minor league prospects back to the Chicago Cubs.
Analysis: Major upgrade for Texas starting pitching which has seen injuries to Colby Lewis & Neftali Feliz. This move needed to be made for them to compete with Los Angeles after seeing them get Zack Grienke just a few days ago. The AL West should be an interesting one going down the stretch.
Outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers sent reliever Josh Lindblom and a minor leaguer to Philadelphia.
Analysis: Salary dump for Philadelphia as most of their money (over $100 million) is tied up in their pitching (Halladay, Lee, Hamels & Papelbon). Great move for Los Angeles as it gives them speed in the outfield and on the bases not to mention a .324 on base percentage from the flying hawaiian.
Outfielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants. Philadelphia gets right fielder Nate Schierholtz and two minor leaguers.
Analysis: Good addition for a San Francisco team that has trouble at times scoring runs especially from the right field position. Nice compliment with Melky Cabrera having a career year. Also another Philadelphia salary dump as 10 million comes off their books.
Closer Jonathan Broxton to the Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati sends two minor leaguers to Kansas City.
Analysis: Simply put, Cincinnati just might have the best bullpen in baseball and gets no attention for it. They now have a righty to compliment lefty Aroldis Chapman. They will be a dangerous 1-2 punch come playoff time.
Infielder Casey McGehee to the New York Yankees. Pittsburgh gets reliever Chad Qualls.
Analysis: Decent corner infielder option for the Yankees as A-Rod is on the DL for 6-8 weeks and Mark Teixeira is dealing with a sore wrist. As for Qualls, he has been horrible this season for both Philadelphia and the Yankees.
Pitcher Edwin Mujica to the St. Louis Cardinals. Miami gets a minor leaguer from St. Louis.
Analysis: Part of the once again Marlins fire sale. Decent middle reliever from the right side that will help get to closer Mitchell Boggs in the 9th.
First Baseman Gaby Sanchez To the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh sent a minor leaguer and a draft pick to Miami.
Analysis: Writing was on the wall for Gaby once the Marlins traded for Carlos Lee a few weeks ago. He has been nowhere close to what he was hitting before last years All-Star game. Miami's best memory of Sanchez will always be clotheslining Nyjer Morgan a few years ago.
Reliever Craig Breslow to the Boston Red Sox. Boston sends reliever Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik to Arizona.
Analysis: Breslow has had himself an under the radar good season in the pen so far as he has a 2.70 ERA in 43 innings. Bostons bullpen needs the help to stay close in the wild card.
Catcher Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers. The Chicago Cubs sent a minor leaguer and a player to be named or cash considerations to Texas.
Analysis: Weird trade because Texas isn't hurting for catchers with Napoli and Torrealba in the mix. The only good this does it gives Napoli half a day off to DH. Soto hasn't been the same since his rookie season.
Reliever Brandon League to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers sent two minor leaguers to Seattle.
Analysis: One of the more sought after relievers this trade deadline even though he lost the closer role in Seattle. He should definitely strengthen their bullpen.
Pitcher Paul Maholm & Outfielder Reed Johnson to the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta sends two minor league pitching prospects back to the Cubs.
Analysis: Good trade by Atlanta to shore up the back end of their rotation as Maholm has been on fore as of late. Johnson will serve the same role as he had in Chicago as a 4th outfielder.
Starter Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox. Minnesota receives a pair of minor leaguers.
Analysis: Will be interesting to see if the change of scenery will help Liriano as he was demoted from the starting rotation to the bullpen back in May. He lowered his ERA once he was put back in the rotation by Minnesota.
Starter Zack Grienke to the Los Angeles Angels. Milwaukee gets three minor leaguers from the Los Angeles Angels.
Analysis: What else is to say about this trade other than it gives the Angels one of the best starting rotation heading down the stretch. The Angels believe they can re-sign him in the offseason because they are rumored not to bring back Haren and Santana after this season who have contract options over 13 million. A lot of scouts think Milwaukee got a steal in a prospect the Angels gave up by the name of Jean Segura who is considered a top 60 prospect.
Third Baseman Hanley Ramirez & Reliever Randy Choate to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers send Starter Nathan Eovaldi and a minor leaguer.
Analysis: I covered this one last week. Simply put, the reason Hanley is no longer is in Miami is because of his attitude and approach to the game. One of the last things outspoken manager Ozzie Guillen told him was "You think you're a superstar, but you're just an average player at best". Remains to be seen if he can come close to his .342 season in 2009 hitting with Matt Kemp in the lineup. Miami got a promising pickup in starter Nathan Eovaldi while Randy Choate bolsters the Dodgers pen.
Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Houston gets three minor league prospects.
Analysis: Could this be the guy that helps gets the Bucs in the postseason for the first time in almost 20 years? Yes. He bolsters a staff that has AJ Burnett of all people piching lights out. On a bad Houston team that can't score runs, Wandy had a 3.79 ERA in 130 innings. Another plus is Houston is picking up half of the remainder of Rodriguez contract which is a good thing for a small market team.
Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees. Seattle gets reliever DJ Mitchell and a minor leaguer.
Analysis: Salary dump for both Seattle and the Yankees at the end of the season. Ichiro was bought in to be Brett Gardners replacement in terms of speed, defense & on base percentage. Will be interesting to see what Ichiro can do on a team that takes a lot of pitches an wear out opposing pitchers early.
Pitcher Anibal Sanchez & Second Baseman Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers. Miami receives three prospects from Detroit.
Analysis: More salary fire sale dumps by Miami as it is now in rebuilding mode. Sanchez is a free agent at the end of the season that the Marlins weren't going to sign and Infante provides a decent second base option for Detroit.
First Baseman Carlos Lee to the Miami Marlins. Houston receives two minor leaguers from Miami.
Analysis: At the time a good move when the Marlins thought they were still in the wild card race. I'm surprised "El Caballo" wasn't traded to an American League team seeing that he can serve as a first baseman/DH with a good on base percentage.
Infielder Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox. Boston receives utility man Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart.
Analysis: Always tough to see a guy who was the heart and soul of a team like Youkilis get traded but due to nagging injuries, and a manager in Bobby Valentine who he did not get along with, it was probably the best time for him to get out of town and get a fresh start especially with the emergence of Will Middlebrooks cutting into his playing time.
In closing, which teams do you think are winners and losers with these trades and who do you feel is the most complete team in baseball right now after this MLB trade non waiver deadline.? Just remember, teams can still make deals as the waiver trade deadline is on August 31st for teams to have a player on their roster to be eligible for the postseason.
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