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Deadline Dust Has Settled: NL West Recap

Part three of our trade deadline series takes us to the highly competitive NL West. There was a lot of movement in this division as the West crown is up for grabs. The stretch run will be an interesting one as the top four teams are all within five games of each other.

Part One: NL East

Part Two: NL Central

Los Angeles Dodgers

Key Additions: 3B Manny Machado, 2B Brian Dozier, RHP John Axford

Key Losses: OF Yusniel Diaz, 2B Logan Forsythe, RHP Zach Pop, RHP Dean Kremer, LHP Devin Smeltzer

Analysis in 100 Words or Less: Obviously the Dodgers got the biggest target in the trade market when they brought Machado over from Baltimore, but the deals didn’t stop there. They made a signifigant upgrade at second base by replacing Forsythe with Dozier and even added a little bullpen depth as well. Things are still tight in the division, but the Dodgers could start to pull away with this lineup.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Key Additions: SS Eduardo Escobar, RHP Brad Ziegler, LHP Jake Diekman, RHP Matt Andriese

Key Losses: RHP Tommy Eveld, OF Ernie De La Trinidad

Analysis in 100 Words or Less: I say the Dodgers may pull away, but the Diamondbacks will not make it easy. They were in conversations for many infielders and ultimately landed a pretty good one in Escobar. I think they did more to improve their bullpen than any other team in the National League as well.

Colorado Rockies

Key Additions: RHP Seunghwan Oh

Key Losses: 1B Chad Spanberger, 2B Forrest Wall

Analysis in 100 Words or Less: The Rockies have been HOT as of late and apparently the front office thought there wasn’t much they needed to do to improve their club. The Dodgers and Dbacks, who are both narrowly ahead of the Rockies in the standings, are much improved and the NL Wildcard race is going to be a dog fight. With that being said, I was somewhat surprised to see them not do anything more than add an aging reliever.

San Francisco Giants

Key Additions: None

Key Losses: OF Austin Jackson, RHP Cory Gearrin, RHP Jason Bahr

Analysis in 100 Words or Less: If anything, I thought the Giants would be sellers at the deadline. It is a veteran filled roster on a team that finds themselves, while still in the fight, in fourth place behind a couple of teams who made big moves. It was surprising to see them not doing anything other than dump a contract.

San Diego Padres

Key Additions: C Francisco Mejia

Key Losses: LHP Brad Hand

Analysis in 100 Words or Less: If the Dodgers snagged the biggest major leaguer on the trade market, the Padres landed the biggest prospect on the market. The Padres added to their stout farm system by getting the Indians top prospect in return for what was one of their few trade chips.

Winner: Manny Machado, Brian Dozier, Brad Hand. These three guys just made up a lot of ground in the standings. Machado and Hand both went from last place teams to virtual playoff locks with Dozier coming from a similar situation.

Loser: Minnesota Twins. How could the Twins be the loser of the NL West division? Their deals to send Dozier and Escobar out west is why they have earned these honors. The duo was no Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve, but the Twins traded away one of the better offensive infield tandems in the game and have nothing in the record books to show for their time in the Twin Cities.

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