It’s that time of year again. The trade deadline. The Red Sox started the fire early this year, as they managed to trade for Padres starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz, as well as getting role players Aaron Hill and Michael Martinez to solidify the bench. The Red Sox are clearly in buy now mode, as their main goal is to get Big Papi his 4th ring in his final year.
The Cubs got the perfect flamethrower in Aroldis Chapman. They acquired him from the Yankees for Adam Warren, and a few prospects. I hope this ends up in a World Series Title for Chicago. But you never know. Someone can pull off a Steve Bartman in the NLCS, while Giants fans remind us for the 837th freakin’ time that it’s an even year.Speaking of the Giants, they got Eduardo Nunez from the Twins for a prospect. They also get Will Smith from Milwaukee for Andrew Susac. Perfect move by them, as they need infielders with Joe Panik and Matt Duffy injured. In other Twins news, they made a very strong push to acquire a new scoreboard operator.
Staying on the West Coast, the Padres fire sale is only beginning. They traded Melvin Upton Jr. to Toronto for a prospect. Next, they traded Andrew Cashner to Miami, which might be the best trade of this year’s deadline. Miami gave up too much for two months of Andrew Cashner, trading Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps (who is recovering from TJS), and a few prospects. The Dodgers also lost on this trade too, because they won’t be able to hit as many free homers as they did with facing Cashner as a Padre. Finally, San Diego trades Matt Kemp to the Braves (WHY?!) for Hector Olivera.
Toronto already got Melvin Upton Jr to try and compete for a playoff spot. They continue that trend, as they swap relievers with Seattle. Drew Storen for Joaquin Benoit.
The Nationals continue their playoff push by trading for Mark Melancon, as Jonathan Papelbon has a 4.41 ERA in the back of the bullpen.
Also, the Indians won the Jonathan Lucroy sweepstakes, trading away a few prospects to get him. Sike! He used his no trade clause to prevent a trade to Cleveland, and got traded to the Rangers instead. No need to be sad, Indians fans. You got Andrew Miller from the Rare Bronx Fire Sale.
Oh, and speaking of Rangers, they got Carlos Beltran from the Yankees too.
The Royals get Billy Burns from the A’s for Brett Eibner. Not a big move, but it provides Kansas City with some outfield depth.
Even though the Yankees have been in sell mode, they got Tyler Clippard from the Dbacks. Remember when he was a Yankee?
The Orioles, looking to make the playoffs, acquired Wade Miley from the Mariners, and Steve Pearce (the one year wonder for the 2014 AL East Champs!) from the Rays.
The Mets, looking to contend get Jay Bruce from the Reds for Dilson Herrera, and a few other prospects. When healthy, the Mets lineup with Bruce, Cespedes, and company will be stacked.
The Dodgers, looking tow in the NL West for the 4th straight year, acquired Josh Reddick and Rich Hill from Oakland. All they gave up was a Klondike Bar. At least A’s fans can root for the Warriors.
That was pretty much it for the Trade Deadline 2016. Sorry it took me a while to post this. I got a new phone a few days back, and I have been busy setting it up while writing about these trades.
On another note, my recap of Mike Piazza’s number retirement ceremony is coming in a few days. Stay tuned.