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With a multitude of moves coming as the 4:00 PM Eastern Time buzzer sounded, the MLB trade deadline was saved from being a complete dud. Lots of teams made lowkey moves that improved them in the race for the playoffs, while others made big splashes to immediately launch them into World Series contention. Let’s take a look at the winners and losers of this year’s trade deadline.
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Houston Astros: The Astros won the deadline, and made themselves clear-cut World Series favorites by beating the buzzer and trading for Zack Grienkie. The Astros did have to give up some of their top prospects in the deal, but held onto their prized top prospect Kyle Tucker. With a rotation of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Zack Grienkie, Wade Miley, and the additions of Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini, the Astros have added a lot of depth to their pitching staff. Their dominant pitching mixed with their loaded lineup should allow for a deep playoff run.
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Cleveland Indians: It is crazy to think that the Cleveland Indians traded arguably their best pitcher and still ended up on the winner’s list. This was the perfect trade for Trevor Bauer, and an offer they could not refuse. Five players came to the Tribe in the deal: Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes immediately help the Indians offense that ranks 10th in the AL in runs scored. Puig is hitting .252 with 22 Home Runs and 61 RBI, and Reyes is hitting .255 with 27 Home Runs and 47 RBI. The Indians can put Puig in the outfield alongside Naquin, and Mercado. They can slot Reyes at DH, where his defensive struggles will not be an issue. Reyes is also only 24 years old and is not arbitration eligible until 2023 which is another positive. They also added long term players like LHP Logan Morrison, a top 100 prospect in the MLB, and young position players Victor Nova and Scott Moss. Losing Bauer, who leads the league in innings pitched, is somewhat significant for the Indians. However, the returns of Danny Salazar and Corey Kluber, and the emergence of Zach Plesac, in addition with Shane Bieber and Mike Clevinger give the Indians a strong rotation for the stretch run. If the more than likely playoff bound Indians get good pitching in the playoffs, they’ll now have an offense who can compete with the likes of the Astros, Twins, and Yankees.
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Atlanta Braves: The Braves would probably have liked to add an outfield bat with injured Right Fielder Nick Markakis, but they did address their biggest need and got help in the bullpen. Atlanta has blown 17 saves this season and ranks 9th in the NL with a 63% save percentage. The acquisition of Shane Greene will certainly help them.Greene has 22 saves and a 1.18 ERA this season with Detroit and will slide into the closer role for the Braves. Atlanta also added Mark Melancon to the back end of their pen, he has a 3.50 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 46 ⅓ innings pitched. The Braves hold a 6.5 game lead in the NL East, and upgrading the bullpen was a smart move.
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The New York Yankees: The Yankees did virtually nothing at the deadline despite having issues in their starting rotation and their bullpen. The Astros, and Indians also got a lot better,while the Yankees remained stagnant. The Bombers badly needed a starter, none of their starters have a sub 4.00 ERA. Ace Luis Severino has been on the injured list for the vast majority of the season. If the Yankees got a premier starter, and paired that with their vaunting lineup they would be the favorites to win their first World Series in 10 years. However, they will enter October without a fear that strikes fear into opposing batters.
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Minnesota Twins: The Twins helped out their bullpen by acquiring Sam Dyson from the Giants, and Sergio Romo from the Marlins. These two acquisitions will not be enough to hold off the red-hot Cleveland Indians in the division race. The Indians added Puig and Reyes to their offense, and will soon be getting Salazar and Kluber back to their rotation. The Twins who once held an 11.5 game lead, only hold a 3 game lead to a much improved Cleveland team. The Twins now must hope that their inexperienced roster can withstand the pressures of a playoff races.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers desperately needed a bullpen arm and did nothing to improve their bullpen at the deadline. NL rival Atlanta did bolster their bullpen unlike the Dodgers. I understand not wanting to give up top prospect Gavin Lux, but if the Dodgers want to win the Fall Classic this year, they have to be all in.