“Winners-Losers-Trade Deadline Day”
The Baseball Trade Deadline is made to order for baseball junkies…the media…and wannabe GMs.
A total of 31-deals were consummated in the week leading up to the Wednesday afternoon deadline.
Who did well..who did not…here’s a scorecard.
MILWAUKEE….Adds 3rd baseman Mike Moustakas….2nd baseman Jon Schoop and closer Joacim Soria, to a strong roster already…..The two bats will help a lot to what was a dangerous batting order.
ATLANTA….Kevin Gausman, with great stuff joins the rotation, with Brad Bach, Darren O’Day and Johnny Venters joining a tired bullpen. Watch how many homers Adam Duvall hits in Atlanta.
DODGERS….Manny Machado’s big bat and gold glove adds a lot….Brian Dozier should hit some homers and get mores hits with a better lineup around him…..reliever John Axford hasn’t been dominant for years and LA may regret not pursuing a better rated setup man for the struggling bullpen.
CLEVELAND….Brad Hand and Adam Cimber will be difference makers the final two months where injuries had hurt the Tribe closers….Cleveland could have used another outfield bat though.
ARIZONA….Brad Ziegler returns to the D-Backs, bringing with him a (0.94) ERA since May 1st-a huge upgrade…..Eduardo Escobar adds pop to a troubled 3rd base situation…..Jake Deckman can setup.
A’s…….Closer Jeurys Familia brings veteran closer ability to a young staff.
CUBS….They needed arms, bug did they get trustworthy arms in an aging Cole Hamels, .journeyman Brandon Kintzlere and journeyman arm Jesse Chavez. Maybe Hamels, with good bats around him, will pitch better than he did in Texas, but then again, it’s at Wrigley Field, and Hamels is no longer the gun he used to be, despite hist 1st start for Chicago.
HOUSTON….The Astros are taking heat for taking on a suspended pitcher, but Roberto Osuna has been a big time closer, despite off field problems….Catcer Martin Maldonado replaces the loss of injured veteran Brian McCann.
PIRATES…They paid quite a steep price, but we see now if Chris Archer, with better run support, can be what he was a couple of years ago, an All Star pitcher….Keone Kela will upgrade the closer role.
YANKEES….JA Happ and Lance Lynn weren’t having good years, but they weren’t on good teams….maybe Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and others change all that….Zach Britton will help a dominant bullpen.
PHILLIES…..Will Ramos, the catcher, is having a career year, Asdrubal Cabrera can play all over the infield, and Aaron Loup is a decent setup pitcher..
BOSTON…hoping that infield rental Ian Kindler can get hot, and starter Nathan Eovaldi gives them two months of quality starts.
SEATTLE….Jerry DiPoto keeps making trades, but you wonder if pitchers Adam Warren-Zach Duke and outfielder Cam Maybin can make a difference.
ANGELS….They added 3-young arms, all having good seasons at the lower minor league level…future pitchers on the way.
PADRES….Losses pile up and San Diego keeps adding quality minor league talent, the latest being catcher Francisco Mejia, but how close are any of them, and when two they start to win games?