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.
New York Yankees > Chicago Cubs
P Aroldis Chapman = P Adam Warren, SS Gleyber Torres, OF Billy McKinney, OF Rashad Crawford
This was the deal that got things going leading up to the August 1st deadline. Instantly the Cubs weakness becomes a strength with their acquisition of Chapman. They have the resources to re-sign him in the offseason as well. New York gets back Warren and Torres should develop into their shortstop of the future.
Minnesota Twins > San Francisco Giants
INF Eduardo Nunez = P Adalberto Mejia
It wasn’t a splashy move, but Nunez provides depth at many positions for the Giants who have had an assortment of injuries at key spots. He’s having a career year at the plate so this is a win for them.
San Diego Padres > Miami Marlins
P Andrew Cashner, P Colin Rea, P Tyron Guerrero = 1B Josh Naylor, P Luis Castillo, P Jarred Cosart, P Carter Capps
Aside from giving back Rea because of injury, this was a solid move by the Marlins. They are clearly looking to clinch a playoff berth this year and Cashner has been pitching better of late. He could stay long term depending on how he performs down the stretch.
Pittsburgh Pirates > Washington Nationals
P Mark Melancon = P Taylor Hearn, P Felipe Rivero
A surprise move by the Pirates, but they are always looking to control key bullpen pieces long term without spending big money. Getting Rivero was exactly what they were looking for in swapping one of the more consistent closers in baseball in Melancon.
New York Yankees > Cleveland Indians
P Andrew Miller = OF Clint Frazier, P Justus Sheffield, P J.P. Feyereisen, P Ben Heller
No one expected the Yankees to move Miller after trading Chapman a few days before. Obviously they couldn’t pass up the opportunity with the Indians giving them a pretty impressive payload that includes Frazier and Sheffield. Those two will be in pinstripes soon. Miller instantly gives the Indians a great shot at staying competitive going into September and possibly October.
Oakland Athletics > Los Angeles Dodgers
OF Josh Reddick, P Rich Hill = P Frankie Montas, P Jharel Cotton, P Grant Holmes
In typical Billy Beane fashion he makes a deal that fits his model for building contenders in a short amount of time. All three of the pitchers they acquired from Los Angeles will time in Oakland very soon. The Dodgers get a solid left-handed bat and a crafty left-handed starting pitcher to keep their playoff ambitions going forward.
Milwaukee Brewers > San Francisco Giants
P Will Smith = P Phil Bickford, C Andrew Susac
The Giants seem to always make a shrewd bullpen acquisition at this time of year. Giving up Susac might sting, but getting a solid bullpen arm in Smith who happens to be a lefty isn’t bad either.
New York Yankees > Texas Rangers
OF Carlos Beltran = P Dillon Tate, P Erik Swanson, P Nick Green
Beltran is a rental since he will be a free agent after this season, but Texas is in ‘win now’ mode and giving up three pitchers, including a stud in Tate, won’t sting for long considering Beltran is one of the best hitters this season.
Tampa Bay Rays > San Francisco Giants
P Matt Moore = 3B Matt Duffy, P Michael Santos, SS Lucius Fox
He was traded toward the tail end of the deadline, but he instantly gives the Giants another quality arm to plug into their deep rotation. With their previous acquisition of Nunez, including Duffy in this trade doesn’t seem far fetched, but the fan favorite will be missed.
Cincinnati Reds > New York Mets
OF Jay Bruce = P Max Wotell, 2B Dilson Herrera
We knew the Mets would make a move for a bat with their recent run scoring troubles becoming a bigger problem this year than it was this time last year. Jay Bruce should fit in nicely like Yoenis Cespedes did for them last year.
Milwaukee Brewers > Texas Rangers
C Jonathan Lucroy, P Jeremy Jeffress = OF Lewis Brinson, P Luis Oritz, 1 Player to be name later
The Rangers got not only acquired one of the best hitting catchers in the game today, but a pretty good defensive one too and he has a friendly team option for next season to boot. Getting Jeffress was just icing on the cake to bolster their bullpen.