I will keep track of everything happening this month here.
Pointless move by Atlanta, but a good one for the Chicago Cubs. Atlanta should just sell, but at least Chicago got something for free agent-to be Joc Pederson.
Pointless trade for San Diego & a bad return for Pittsburgh. So which one of San Diego’s overpaid players will give up their starting job to an underachieving Adam Frazier.
Houston improved their bullpen and Seattle got worse. Kendall Graveman is going to help Houston, but Seattle basically got no help at all and just a utility hitter and a struggling reliever.
New York cut salary and Cincinnati probably didn’t really improve.
Blockbuster swap. Oakland improved their outfield by bringing in Starling Marte to take over centerfield, but I don’t see it moving the needle for them much, as they won’t be able to extend him after another early playoff loss (if they even get there). Miami won the deal by trading a player that was too old to extend for a top prospect in Jesus Luzardo. Luzardo will either be an ace or a trade chip.
The Bronx Bombers pulled off a stunner. Joey Gallo improves an already loaded lineup, that is too strikeout heavy. He’s a lefty bat though and they needed one. Gallo isn’t a free agent after the season, but he‘s too risky to extend and Texas weren’t going to contend next season.
Surprising trade between two division rivals. Cleveland rightly gave up on their season and moved on from free agent after the season Cesar Hernandez. Hernandez will fill-in at second base and is a solid though non-pennant deciding addition for the Chicago White Sox.
Los Angeles made a questionable trade. Looking at Danny Duffy‘s shaky recent results and advanced metrics, not sure if it made as much sense for the Dodgers as it did for Kansas City, who can just bring him back in the offseason.
Bizarre trade between Tampa Bay and Seattle. Seattle likely got a new closer in Diego Castillo, which makes their previous Graveman trade look fine, but Tampa Bay weakened their bullpen for no reason.
Speaking of bizarre trades: why did the New York Yankees acquire Anthony Rizzo? He’s a lefty bat and his whole salary will be paid by the Chicago Cubs, but what about Luke Voit? Is he done for the season? Is he going to be traded in another trade? Chicago got prospects for a declining player who wanted too much money.
Talk about a blockbuster! Washington officially launch a rebuild by moving on from ace Max Scherzer and SS Trea Turner. While Scherzer is a free agent after the season and is a risky signing due to his age, Turner is in his prime and was only going to hit free agency after next season. Still, it was likely the right call due to their playoff chances going forward. They received some elite prospects back, with Keibert Ruiz likely taking over at catcher next season and Josiah Gray stepping into their rotation now and potentially becoming a cornerstone it in the future. Scherzer gives the Los Angeles Dodgers arguably the best pitching rotation in the game, though who knows if it will be enough for them to repeat as world champions. It’s also unclear if they’ll extend him. Turner is a great addition as he’s also a likely replacement for Corey Seager after this season. It’s unclear which position Turner will play this season though.
Washington’s fire sale continues as reliever Daniel Hudson moves on to San Diego in another good trade for both sides. Hudson should help San Diego’s bullpen, though he’s not going to change things much as far as deciding the division race and the pennant.
Decent bullpen depth move by Tampa Bay and Baltimore did fine too.
Atlanta added OF depth & Miami added catching depth. OF Adam Duvall is a free agent after the season, so Miami had to move him. This way, they give their youngsters a chance to make the starting lineup going forward. He should be a good bench bat in Atlanta. Alex Jackson was a minor league C in Atlanta who washed out, he gives Miami the aforementioned catching depth.
Cleveland gave away LF Eddie Rosario to Atlanta. All that Atlanta had to give up is a veteran who is lucky to be on the bench: Pablo Sandoval. Atlanta has to be given credit for trying, but I don’t see them having much of a chance at the pennant, let alone the playoffs.
The Chicago teams pull off another blockbuster. Craig Kimbrel might not be a closer anymore, but he gives the White Sox the best 1-2 bullpen punch in the game. The Cubs rightly moved on from the free agent after the season. Nick Madrigal is a steep price to pay however, though the White Sox can control Kimbrel for next season too via a player option.
Big trade between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets. Javier Baez is a risky extension candidate, so it made sense for the rebuilding Cubs to move him. They received a weak prospect return however, even though they through in an inning-eater. The Mets get a SS fill-in for Francisco Lindor and a new 2B once Lindor is back from the IL. They can try to re-sign Baez, or let him walk as they have in-house replacements already. They also got a much needed inning-eater.
Pointless swap between two teams not going to the playoffs. Minnesota did better though as they have more control and a prospect.
Oakland got some depth as Washington continues to sell. Oakland still don’t look like contenders or even a likely playoff team.
Philly added a new closer. Good trade for the rebuilding Texas Rangers, but looking at their advanced metrics… they swapped SP’s with Kyle Gibson overachieved and Texas improved by getting a direct replacement in Spencer Howard, who might turn into an ace if he gets his walks under control. Philly should’ve just stuck with Howard, or acquired a better arm for him. Ian Kennedy is only an upgrade for their bullpen if his advanced metrics don’t finally catch up to him.
Interesting trade between Cleveland and Houston. Houston now need a CF, though they get more bullpen help with Phil Maton. It made more sense for Cleveland, who now have more much-needed OF help and a direct replacement for Eddie Rosario in LF.
The Chicago Cubs potentially ripped off San Diego in a minor trade. The price that San Diego paid was too high.
Washington continue to sell, while St. Louis continue doing pointless trades. Is Jon Lester supposed to send St. Louis to the playoffs?!
San Francisco got a bullpen arm. Solid trade for them and the Los Angeles Angels.
Atlanta improved their bullpen for this season and next. They got Richard Rodriguez for little as Pittsburgh should’ve got more in return. Pittsburgh had to trade him now though, as he was hitting free agency after next season and they’re not going to the playoffs next season either.