MLB Trade Deadline: Winners and Losers
The trade deadline is one of my favorite days of the baseball year; it’s filled with excitement and disappointment. Legends on Deck breaks down the 2016 Trade Deadline with winners and losers.
Do we let the rest of the year play out? Or do we just hand over the 2016 World Series to the Cubs? Aroldis Chapman has put them over the edge. They are the far frontrunners not only in the National League Central, but they’re the favorites all throughout Major League Baseball.
New York Yankees
Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran and Ivan Nova… GONE. The Yankees made themselves the biggest sellers in baseball other than the Padres, but the Yankees really turned their farm system around. The Yankees went from one of the lower end farm organizations to easily a top three. It’s unbelievable what Brian Cashman accomplished. The Yankees will continue to sell this offseason and are looking to not just make the playoffs but to start over and build a dynasty.
The Texas Rangers are the American League’s Chicago Cubs. The offense is loaded after the acquisitions of Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Beltran. Picture this line-up: Jurickson Profar (LF), Ian Desmond (CF), Carlos Beltran (DH), Adrian Beltre (3B), Rougned Odor (2B), Jonathan Lucroy (C), Mitch Moreland (1B), Elvis Andrus (SS), Nomar Mazara (RF). That’s lethal. The Rangers versus the Cubs in the World Series seems like a given.
The Indians could’ve been the Texas Rangers. A deal was set in place to acquire Lucroy but Lucroy vetoed the trade by using his no-trade-clause to Cleveland and will now play in Arlington. The Indians still made a big splash by picking up Andrew Miller from the Yankees. Can the Indians accept the baton from the Cavaliers and bring a second title to “Believeland”?
The Nats fell short of Andrew Miller, but turned it around and picked up Mark Melancon from Pittsburgh– without giving up one of his top prospects. The Nats needed someone to replace Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon’s on his way out. He’s losing the closer role so the Nats made a move to replace him.
Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox made plenty of moves before the deadline, but when the day of the deadline struck Boston was silent. They made minor pick ups with Drew Pomeranz and Aaron Hill. But since Pomeranz joined the Sox, he’s struggled mightily. Boston failed to make a power move and acquire a “Chris Sale-caliber” player, now they remain in that AL East race where it’s unknown who will really move on to play in October.
The Atlanta Braves picked up Matt Kemp from San Diego for Hector Olivera. Why Atlanta felt the need to take on that massive contract for a declining player is still mind boggling. The Braves may have the best farm system in the league so maybe its a front office ploy for jersey sales while many unproven stars are being called up.
New York Mets
The Mets acquired Jay Bruce from Cincinnati but gave up top prospect Dilson Herrera in the process. If the Mets are truly making a push this year, then they definitely made the wrong move. Why the Mets gave up a heavy chunk of change for an outfielder that they don’t desperately need. They lost out on the Jonathan Lucroy sweepstakes, or couldn’t make a move to solidify first, third and bullpen.
For more on the Mets giving up Herrera, click here.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays were in desperate need of a starter and some bullpen help. They didn’t do much besides acquire an offensive bat like Melvin Upton, Jr. The offense for the Jays is already stacked so this wasn’t really needed. Although it helps, they didn’t fill their needs.
Yet another AL East team finds themselves on the “Loser” board. The Baltimore Orioles, like the Jays and the Sox, could have made a push to solidify themselves in the division. The small move in Wade Miley did make them better, but not good enough to be a favorite for the division crown. They lost out on Rich Hill and other proven pitchers.
Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals
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