2015 MLB Trade Deadline Review



As with past deadline deals these will be highly scrutinized for many years. Instantly we see and decide who got the better end of the deal, but we really won’t know until at least two or three seasons down the road. The only way to know in real time is if the team getting the established major leaguer goes on to win a World Series. Time will tell if that happens this year with the flurry of names (a few marquee ones) being dealt this July.

Oakland Athletics > Houston Astros

P Scott Kazmir = C Jacob Nottingham, P Daniel Mengden

It’s a typical Billy Beane type move. Trade a pending free agent for a couple pieces that will eventually make the big league club. Houston gets a quality starter that will help keep them competitive down the stretch.

Cincinnati Reds > Kansas City Royals

P Johnny Cueto = P Brandon Finnegan, P John Lamb, P Cody Reed

The Royals have the best record in the American League and grabbed one of the best starting pitchers in the National League. He will be a free agent at years end, but he will legitimize a rotation in need of a frontline starter. The Reds get three quality arms to build on for the future.

Colorado Rockies > Toronto Blue Jays

SS Troy Tulowitzki, P LaTroy Hawkins = SS Jose Reyes, P Miguel Castro, P Jeff Hoffman, P Jesus Tinoco

A total surprise to see Tulowitzki moved before the deadline and to Toronto of all places. Tulo was a probable trade candidate in the offseason, but being moved at this time will put him back into the postseason potentially with a close race in the AL East. Colorado gets a quality player in Reyes and three arms to plug into the rotation or bullpen long term.

Philadelphia Phillies > Texas Rangers

P Cole Hamels, P Jake Diekman = C Jorge Alfaro, P Jake Thompson, OF Nick Williams, P Alec Asher, P Jerad Eickhoff, P Matt Harrison

Odds are Cole Hamels wasn’t expected to be traded to Texas, but it has happened. The Phillies got three quality prospects in Alfaro, Thompson and Williams to build upon. Matt Harrison when healthy is a solid starter. Texas will stay in contention with Hamels this year and going forward when Yu Darvish returns next season from Tommy John surgery.

Detroit Tigers > Toronto Blue Jays

P David Price = P Daniel Norris, P Matt Boyd, P Jairo Labourt

After getting Tulo, the Blue Jays didn’t stop by getting the best starting pitcher on the trade market. David Price is the legitimate ace for that rotation and this deal will put a lot more pressure to get into the postseason now for GM Alex Anthopoulos. Detroit has a nice return for Price who might not have re-signed with them in the offseason.

Miami Marlins > Los Angeles Dodgers

P Mat Latos, 1B Mike Morse

Atlanta Braves > Los Angeles Dodgers

P Alex Wood, 2B Jose Peraza, P Jim Johnson, P Luis Avilan, P Bronson Arroyo

Los Angeles Dodgers > Miami Marlins

P Jeff Brigham, P Victor Araujo, P Kevin Guzman

Los Angeles Dodgers > Atlanta Braves

INF Hector Olivera, P Paco Rodriguez, P Zach Bird

This was a bit complicated, but essentially the Dodgers got two starting pitchers and two bullpen arms. Wood and Latos give the Dodgers a solid rotation going forward with Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy having season ending injuries. Atlanta gets Olivera who is a 30-year old Cuban prospect that was signed to a big contract by Los Angeles. Long term control is the key for the Braves. Miami gets three arms to mix and match in their system.

Milwaukee Brewers > Houston Astros

OF Carlos Gomez, P Mike Fiers = OF Brett Phillips, OF Domingo Santana, P Adrian Houser, P Josh Hader

After the fiasco with the Mets reportedly getting, then not getting Carlos Gomez, the Brewers deal him to Houston. The Astros also get Fiers who adds another solid starter to that rotation. Gomez gives them another bat to help offset George Springer’s absence (broken wrist). Milwaukee received more from Houston than they would have from New York by including Fiers.

Cincinnati Reds > San Francisco Giants

P Mike Leake = P Keury Mella, 1B/3B Adam Duvall

Sneakily the Giants swooped in to get Leake who has been a solid starter for most of his tenure in Cincinnati. San Francisco had to answer what the Dodgers did with their trade by getting Latos and Wood for their rotation. The Reds get two quality prospects as they prepare for a new era.

Milwaukee Brewers > Baltimore Orioles

OF Gerardo Parra = P Zach Davies

A simple trade that should help Baltimore down the stretch with Parra’s offense and defensive prowess for all three outfield positions. There’s a good chance the Orioles could keep Parra when he becomes a free agent. The Brewers add a future starting pitcher in Davies.

Philadelphia Phillies > Toronto Blue Jays

OF Ben Revere = P Jimmy Cordero, P Alberto Tirado

While losing their speed at the top of the order by dealing Jose Reyes in the Tulowitzki trade, they make a deal for Ben Revere who is a solid defensive center fielder and a decent table setter for the lineup. Two more arms are added to the Phillies haul as they prepare for the future.

Detroit Tigers > New York Mets

OF Yoenis Cespedes = P Michael Fulmer, P Luis Cessa

To make up for the Carlos Gomez fiasco, the Mets did add an outfielder in Yoenis Cespedes. He is a perfect fit for them, even though it could be in the short term with him being a free agent this offseason. With Detroit getting five solid young arms for both David Price and Cespedes should not be overlooked.

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