This year’s MLB Trade Deadline was one of the more quiet ones that we have experienced in recent years, but we still had some big-name trades. The clear winners of the Trade Deadline are the San Diego Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays.
San Diego Padres
The Padres addressed pretty much all of their weaknesses. Adding key depth in their bullpen and bringing in the biggest name in this year’s trades, SP Mike Clevinger.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays had a very efficient weekend. Adding key points in pitchers Taijuan Walker, Daniel Vogelbach, Ross Stripling, Robbie Ray, and IF Jonathan Villar. This adds tremendous depth to an already loaded Blue Jays team.
The Braves did not live up the expectations, in my opinion. I think we all were expecting the Braves to really show out with transactions. Or at least try to address the bleeding spots in their lineup caused by injuries within their pitching rotation. Max Fried can’t start every game, and their current rotation is not going to take them where we want them to. They have lasted this long purely off of the absolute dominance of their offense.
With the MLB Trade Deadline already past, the Braves will have to work with them already for the remainder of the season.
One of the other big trades involved the Arizona Diamondbacks sending their best RP in Archie Bradley and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Cincinnati Reds for the multi-use position player, Josh VanMeter. The Reds got the better end of this trade. The cash amount aside, the Cincinnati Reds have been competitive this year but are continuously losing games due to pitching in the later innings. Hopefully, Bradley will be able to close that gap for the Reds better as they continue to strive for the Wildcard spot in the National League.
They thought they could live without him. However, the New York Mets get the 2015 HR Derby Champion, Todd Frazier, back in their lineup.
The Miami Marlins’ made a surprising jump to Arizona to get OF Starling Marte. Nevertheless, every team would be happy to bring Marte into their locker room. However, I think there were more pressing issues in the Marlins organization that they should have addressed. For example, their 36-year-old closer who has only struck out 7 people out of the 40 outs he is responsible for.