Jul. 31, 2018
Trade Deadline Recap
The non waiver trade deadline has come and gone. All 30 teams made their moves to either bolster their ballclubs for a pennant race or retool and rebuild for the future, unless you're the Mets in which case I don't have a clue as to what they were doing. AJ Ramos? Really? But I digress, here are my thoughts on the "winners" and "losers" of the deadline, as well as my 3 favorite trades from it.
Before I start, not all trades happened today. The trades I am covering occured over the span of the month of July.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
Gained: LHP Tony Cingrani, LHP Tony Watson, RHP Yu Darvish, Cash considerations
Lost: OF Scott VanSlyke, C Hendrik Clementina, 2B Willie Calhoun, INF Brandon Davis, RHP AJ Alexy, INF Onell Cruz, RHP Angel German, RHP Sergio Romo
New York Yankees:
Gained: RHP Sonny Gray, LHP Jaime Garcia, 3B Todd Frazier, RHP David Robertson and RHP Tommy Kahnle, 1B Garrett Cooper
Lost: RHP James Kaprielian, OF Dustin Fowler, IF/OF Jorge Mateo, LHP Dietrich Enns, LHP Zach Littell, RHP Tyler Clippard, LHP Ian Clarkin, CF Blake Rutherford and CF Tito Polo, RHP Tyler Webb
Chicago White Sox:
Gained: RHP AJ Puckett, LHP Andre Davis, RHP Jean Machi, RHP Mark Lowe, RHP Tyler Clippard, LHP Ian Clarkin, CF Blake Rutherford and CF Tito Polo, IF Bryant Flete, RHP Dylan Cease, OF Eloy Jimenez and 1B Matt Rose
Lost: OF Melky Cabrera, 3B Todd Frazier, RHP David Robertson and RHP Tommy Kahnle, LHP Jose Quintana, Cash considerations
Gained: LHP Justin Wilson, C Alex Avila,LHP Jose Quintana, 2 PTBNL/Cash considerations
Lost: 3B Jeimer Candelario, SS Isaac Paredes, IF Bryant Flete, RHP Dylan Cease, OF Eloy Jimenez and 1B Matt Rose, C Miguel Montero
Gained: RHP David Hernandez, IF/OF Adam Rosales, OF JD Martinez
Lost: RHP Luis Madero, RHP Jeferson Mejia, 3B Dawel Lugo, SS Jose King and IF Sergio Alcantara
Gained: IF Tim Beckham, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, Cash considerations
Lost: RHP Tobias Myers, OF Hyun Soo Kim, LHP Garrett Cleavinger, International signing bonus pool money
Gained: LHP Francisco Liriano
Lost: OF Teoscar Hernandez, OF Nori Aoki
Gained: RHP Jeremy Jeffress, RHP Anthony Swarzak, RHP Tyler Webb
Lost: RHP Taylor Scott, OF Ryan Cordell, 1B Garrett Cooper
Here are the three trades that I believe will have the biggest impact down the stretch and into the postseason, as I believe all 3 players are on playoff bound teams.
JD Martinez to the Diamondbacks:
The Diamondbacks are a team that needed to add an impact bat, and they did. JD Martinez is perfect for them as a power hitting corner outfielder to bat cleanup. He has playoff experience (with Detroit) and I feel playing in hitter friendly Chase Field could do nicely for JD and the Snakes. The only concern for them is that he is a pending free agent and a poor fielder, which in the National League is not great. If the DBacks can get to the postseason, an offensive core of Pollock, Goldschmidt, Martinez and Lamb could go places.
Jonathan Lucroy to the Rockies:
The Rockies didn't do much at the deadline. They added journeyman reliever Pat Neshek and catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy could be the piece that they need to cement themselves into one of the two National League Wild Card spots. Lucroy, a 2x All Star and winner of the 2014 Fielding Bible Award, is a solid catcher that excels at controlling the running game. He has thrown runners out at an above average 30%, while having enough pop offensively to be a difference maker in the bottom of this Colorado lineup.
Howie Kendrick to the Nationals:
One of the most underwhelming moves this past week could turn out to be one of the most important. This move is less important now, with Trea Turner, Jayson Werth and Michael Taylor all on the disabled list, but as they all come back the addition of utility man Howie Kendrick is crucial. As of today, all three players are close to returning and starting rehab assignments while Wilmer Difo, Adam Lind and Brian Goodwin all start in their place. Upon their return, Lind and Difo will get moved back into bench roles whereas Goodwin would likely take over left field while letting Werth pinch hit. The addition of Kendrick won't fully sink in until they are back, but what his role will be is a late inning defensive replacement in case of a pinch hitter. Kendrick just gives the 3-time manager of the year, Dusty Baker, one more opportunity to use Lind and Werth and not having to worry about defensive changes, as he can play 1B, 2B, 3B, and all 3 outfield positions.