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Deadline Dust Has Settled: NL East Recap

Phew. That was wild. I’m not a conspiracy theorist or anything, but remember all that collusion talk in the offseason? It’s almost like every MLB club got together and said “hey, let’s make every writer’s job impossible on July 31st and bombard them with as many trades as we can all at once.”

Anyway, I know you’re overloaded with deadline talk at this point and while it is impossible to remember who all went where and for whom, here is a quick look at some relevant deals. We will recap division by division as we start with perhaps the most surprising division, the NL East.


Philadelphia Phillies

Key Additions: C Wilson Ramos, LHP Aaron Loup, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera

Key Losses: RHP Franklyn Kilome, LHP Hoby Milner

Analysis in 100 Words or Less: The first place Phillies definitely got better at the deadline by upgrading offensively at their two weakest spots. Cabrera will bring some pop to a middle infield that didn’t feature a guy with double digit homers or an OPS over .750. Ramos is in the middle of a career year and is certainly an upgrade over their Jorge Alfaro / Andrew Knapp duo.

Atlanta Braves

Key Additions: OF Adam Duvall, RHP Kevin Gausman, RHP Darren O’Day, RHP Brad Brach, LHP Jonny Venters

Key Losses: OF Preston Tucker, RHP Lucas Sims, RHP Matt Wisler, 3B Jean Carlos Encarnacion, C Brett Cumberland

Analysis in 100 Words or Less: The bullpen was the big need for the Braves and Brach will be a great addition down the stretch. With young arms in the rotation, Gausman will provide some stability among the starters. The big move was snagging Duvall from Cincy. The club was missing a right handed power bat and he will double as a threat off the bench and a platoon guy.

Washington Nationals

Key Additions: None

Key Losses: RHP Brandon Kintzler,

Analysis in 100 Words or Less: . The Nats did acquire some depth, but nothing we can call “key”. There were a lot of rumors flying around and at one point we were convinced they were throwing in the towel. Well, sometimes just sitting on your hands is pretty much throwing in the towel. After adding zero to their major league roster, the Nats are hoping the current 25 can somehow turn things around in the final two months. If they don’t, Mike Rizzo and company will have to answer a lot of questions in the offseason about their deadline stagnation.

Miami Marlins

Key Additions: SS Bryson Brigman, RHP Tommy Eveld,

Key Losses: LF Cameron Maybin, RHP Brad Ziegler,

Analysis in 100 Word or Less: A rather quiet deadline for the Marlins, but they pretty much sold off everyone already except for Realmuto, who they appear to be building around. They also held on to Bour and Castro who may both be in the future plans as well. The rest of the team is young, developing, and controllable.

New York Mets

Key Additions: RHP Franklyn Kilome, RHP Bobby Wahl, 3B Will Toffey

Key Losses: 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, RHP Jeurys Familia

Analysis in 100 Words or Less: The Familia trade wasn’t really deadline news, but the Mets didn’t give us much to write about other than wondering why they are just holding steady and not selling. (Is it just me wondering that?)


Winner: Philadelphia Philles. I was torn between the Phillies and Braves here. I like that the Braves made moves to address all of their needs, except for MAYBE infield depth, but ultimately the Phillies made an impact that may take their club to another level. Ramos and Cabrera are significant upgrades to that lineup. I would have liked to have seen them get some more bullpen help to put them over the edge.

Loser: Jacob deGromI was really pulling for the Mets to deal deGrom because he is wasting a historic season with them. He and Noah Syndergaard deserve better.

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Jake Berry

Contributing Writer at Legends On Deck®
Jake resides in Carrollton, GA and loves everything baseball. He is a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys traveling to watch their Minor League teams. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management. Jake is also a certified personal trainer and has a passion for fitness and weight lifting. You can find his personal site at berrysbaseball.com

You can also reach out to Jake at jberry@legendsondeck.com
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