The trade deadline is always one of my favorite times of the year due to the absolute 24 hours of frenzy that happens in the baseball world. Reporters tweet out hot lead after hot lead, breaking news banners are constantly updated, and clubs send some of their best minor-league prospects for the biggest names on the market.
While the potential Bryce Harper trade hype was fun while it lasted, it’s time to focus on the teams that actually made moves to their rosters. Below, with reasoning, are three teams that I think won and lost at the deadline this season. Feel free to tell me on Twitter what you think of my analysis and your take on the trade deadline at @Snack_TimeFS.
1) Los Angeles Dodgers = A+
How can you not put this team at the top of the list? With the arsenal of sky-bombers the Dodgers have in their lineup, the race for the pennant may already be over. Brian Dozier (who clubbed a homer in his first at-bat with the team) will only strengthen a beastly lineup that enjoyed the addition of Manny Machado weeks earlier. There’s not stopping these guys on the road to the postseason.
2) New York Yankees = A
Trailing seven games behind Boston, the Yankees knew going into the deadline that they needed more pieces. They accomplished exactly that. Zach Britton joins Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen, now undoubtedly the National League’s best closing trio. The Yankees also traded for J.A. Happ, a sneaky addition because of his successful track record pitching against the Red Sox. New York had their targets and they made sure they didn’t move past the deadline empty-handed.
3) Baltimore Orioles = A
This one may come as a surprise to some people, but not in my eyes. All the Orioles did was sell at the deadline and they had no shortage of buyers. Floating around .3oo on the season and recognizing the need to start from scratch, the Orioles made moves to avoid a long and painful rebuild process. Through trades that sent away superstars like Machado, Britton, starting pitcher Kevin Gausman, and second baseman Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles were able to haul in a king’s ransom worth of prospects. Among those Baltimore acquired were versatile infielder Yusniel Diaz and 100-mph right-hander Dillon Tate. The Orioles also increased their international bonus money to $8.24M, allowing them to take advantage of Latin America’s upcoming ballplayers.
Honorable mentions: Rays (A-), Red Sox (B), Pirates (B)
1) Houston Astros = C-
The Roberto Osuna move was puzzling, to say the least. The closer just got out of a 75-game ban for domestic abuse and, due to his talents despite his off-field issues, cost the Astros a large package in return for his services. Osuna fills a need and is a reliable closer, but was it worth it?
2) Miami Marlins = D-
Still working on its rebuild, this team had so much to sell and failed miserably. One of baseball’s best catchers right now, J.T. Realmuto, was mentioned heavily in trade talks but the asking price was too high. The team did move Brad Ziegler (D-backs) and Cameron Maybin (Mariners) but didn’t get very fair in discussions for Derek Dietrich, Justin Bour or Starlin Castro. A lot of opportunity for trade deadline magic was there for Miami’s front office and they didn’t deliver. Bummer.
3) New York Mets = F
The team just isn’t good and the front office, by doing pretty much next to nothing at the deadline this year, insured that it will be the same story next season as well. Offers for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard were not taken seriously and talks were far from close to reaching an agreement. The Mets did get a worthy return for Asdrubal Cabrera and Jeurys Familia, but those moves were heavily criticized as well. Overall, it was a pretty disappointing deadline performance from a team that could have been a top seller.
Honorable mentions: Cardinals (D), Rangers (C+), Giants (C)