2018 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.

Tampa Bay Rays > Philadelphia Phillies

C Wilson Ramos = Player to be named or cash

The Phillies didn’t have to give up much to get the All-Star catcher. He will be a free agent at the end of the year, but with the Phillies in the midst of a tight race for the NL East with the Braves, this move was hard to pass up.

Minnesota Twins > Los Angeles Dodgers

2B Brian Dozier = INF Logan Forsythe, OF/1B Luke Raley, P Devin Smeltzer

While Dozier isn’t having his best season, he still is a force to be reckoned with in any lineup. Adding him along with the Dodgers previous acquisition of Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles shows that LA is hell bent on winning the World Series no matter the cost.

Baltimore Orioles > Atlanta Braves

P Kevin Gausman, P Darren O’Day = P Evan Phillips, INF Jean Carlos Encarnacion, C Brett Cumberland, P Bruce Zimmermann, international bonus money

The fire sale in Baltimore continued with this deadline deal. The Braves didn’t give up any of their top tier prospects to get two pitchers that will help Atlanta keep pace with the Phillies in the NL East.

Tampa Bay Rays > Pittsburgh Pirates

P Chris Archer = OF Austin Meadows, P Tyler Glasnow, player to be named later

There has been speculation for years about where and when the Rays would trade Archer. Come to find out that the Pirates would be the ones to pull the trigger and acquire a top tier starter under control for three more seasons.

Baltimore Orioles > Milwaukee Brewers

2B Jonathan Schoop = INF Jonathan Villar, P Luis Ortiz, SS Jean Carmona

Rumors were swirling about the Brewers acquiring Schoop well before the deadline. This deal happened at the last minute and gives the Brew Crew another bat to go along with the previous acquisition of 3B Mike Moustakas from the Royals.

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