This covers trades a week before and the trading deadline itself. I’m only focusing on major moves. The minor moves will be covered on Twitter at @WriterNeilBK. Latest moves at the top.
Kansas City Royals traded 2B Whit Merrifield a couple years too late to the Toronto Blue Jays for Minor League RHP Max Castillo and Minor League 2B/3B/LF Samad Taylor. Solid move for Toronto if Merrifield can get back to his old form.
Atlanta Braves acquired a new closer? Raisel Iglesias is likely the set-up msn now but closer next season. He’s just replacing Smith this season (who was better) so no change really otherwise. The Los Angeles Angels were smart to rid themselves of this contract, but then again if they’re rebuilding they should’ve went all-in. They received Minor League LHP Tucker Davidson and RP Jesse Chavez in return, which is a steal for Atlanta.
The New York Yankees traded SP Jordan Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals for CF Harrison Bader. I’m surprised, St. Louis get a controllable inning-eater they needed but the Bronx Bombers really needed pitching, so it’s odd. St. Louis have enough OF depth to absorb the hit. New York now improve their CF defense considerably. Potentially good move for both teams.
The Los Angeles Angels correctly traded SP Noah Syndergaard to the Philadelphia Phillies for OF Mickey Moniak and a lottery ticket tule prospect to be named later. Philly improved their rotation, but I still don’t think they’re a playoff team.
The Minnesota Twins acquired Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds to bolster their rotation, but still lack an ace. Cincinnati is selling so the move made sense for them. Minnesota way overpaid sending infield prospects Spencer Steer and Christian Encarnacion-Strand and pitching prospect Steve Hajjar. Minnesota also acquired RP Michael Fulmer from the Detroit Tigers for pitching prospect Sawyer Gipson-Long in a solid move.
The Philadelphia Phillies finally got their CF, acquiring Brandon Marsh from the Los Angeles Angels for Minor League C Logan O’Hoppe. Strange move for Anaheim, unless they just wanted to give Jo Adell a guaranteed starting job. I still think Philly won easily. They also acquired David Robertson for their bullpen from the Chicago Cubs for Minor League RHP Ben Brown, in a good move for both teams.
New York Yankees finally got rid of OF Joey Gallo, shipping him to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Minor League RHP Clayton Beeter. Gallo should be a bench bat in LA, and it could be a solid pick-up for them.
In a terrible move for them, the Boston Red Sox acquired Eric Hosmer from San Diego. San Diego won easily by getting out of that contract. Boston sent pitching prospect Jay Groome in return and San Diego cover most of Hosmer’s salary.
Miami Marlins traded RP’s Zach Pop and Anthony Bass to the Toronto Blue Jays for Minor League SS/3B/RF Jordan Groshans. Groshans has a lot of upside and was a good acquisition for Miami for a couple of replaceable RP’s. Toronto did find too adding bullpen help that they need, though paid a bit much for it.
Washington Nationals traded RF Juan Soto and 1B Josh Bell to the San Diego Padres for 1B Luke Voit, SP MacKenzie Gore, Minor League SS C.J. Abrams, Minor League OF Robert Hassell, Minor League RHP Jarlin Susana and Minor League OF James Wood. Washington failed to pay Soto what he wanted and moved on from a franchise cornerstone in a sad move for the fans. Washington received a haul and might even be better going forward in the long-term. San Diego no longer has an elite farm but a core of position players that should put them in contention for the next few years. Abrams was blocked in the middle infield and Gore’s health was a concern, while he wasn’t even in their rotation. Bell was hitting free agency after the season and Washington had to trade him. They will replace him directly with Voit. Long-term San Diego will trade Soto and recoup some of the cost.
Baltimore officially gave up on a playoff run by shipping Closer Jorge López to Minnesota for prospects Cade Povich, Yennier Cano, Juan Nunez and Juan Rojas. The prospect return is OK, but it looks like a win for Minnesota for me, as they needed a closer. Baltimore should’ve received more and didn’t need to trade him based on team control.
Atlanta Braves traded RP Will Smith to the Houston Astros for SP Jake Odorizzi. Atlanta gets more pitching depth and Houston traded from their surplus to improve their bullpen. Solid deal for both sides. Atlanta then traded Minor League LHP Kris Anglin to the Detroit Tigers for RF Robbie Grossman. It was a depth move that made sense for both sides, with Detroit moving on from an upcoming free agent, and Atlanta getting OF depth.
Boston Red Sox acquired LF Tommy Pham from the Cincinnati Reds. Strange move for Boston, when they’re selling. Good move for Cincinnati when they’re rebuilding.
The Houston Astros acquired C Christian Vazquez from the Boston Red Sox for two Minor League prospects. Good move for Houston to upgrade a position of need, and for Boston to deal a free agent-to-be. Boston then immediately acquired a replacement in Reese McGuire from the Chicago White Sox for RP Jake Diekman. Boston seems to be looking long-term with this move, while Chicago is trying to make up the difference in their division.
The Atlanta Braves signed 3B Austin Riley to a 10 year/$212 million extension. This is a bit of a gamble due to Riley’s penchant for strikeouts, but could be a good move.
The Baltimore Orioles traded DH Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros. It ended up being a three team deal involving the Tampa Bay Rays. Baltimore isn’t going to the playoffs this season and Mancini was hitting free agency after, and Houston needed a 1B upgrade. Good trade for both teams.
New York Yankees acquired SP Frankie Montas and RP Joe Trivino from the Oakland Athletics for Minor League pitchers J.P. Sears , Ken Waldichuk and Luis Medina, and Minor League 2B Cooper Bowman. The Bronx Bombers added a needed SP and Oakland got prospects as they’re rebuilding. Good trade for both sides. Luis Severino now likely moves to long relief for New York.
trade improves the rotation and bullpen of the Bronx Bombers, as Oakland continue their rebuild.
The San Diego Padres traded Taylor Rogers, Robert Gasser, Esteury Ruiz and Dinelson Lamet to the Milwaukee Brewers for Josh Hader. San Diego upgraded at closer, while moving expendable pieces. Rogers lost his closing job and was likely leaving as a free agent. Ruiz will be a starter in Milwaukee and Lamet gives them pitching depth. Hader has been having a bad season, so I think that Milwaukee won the trade.
The San Diego Padres extended ace Joe Musgrove for 5 years/$100 million. Great for the team as he would’ve made more on the open market.
Seattle Mariners acquired SP Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds for Minor Leaguers SS Noelvi Marte, RHP Levi Stoudt, 2B/SS Edwin Arroyo and RHP Andrew Moore. If Cincinnati is going to rebuild than it was a good trade for them. Seattle now look like a legit playoff team this year.
The New York Yankees traded Minor Leaguers T.J. Sikkema (LHP), Chandler Champlain (RHP) and Beck Way (RHP) to the Kansas City Royals for LF Andrew Benintendi. The Bronx Bombers improve their lineup with better contact, and don’t give up much in return. Kansas City traded a free agent to be. Good trade for both teams.