The MLB trade deadline has come and gone, leaving baseball fans buzzing with excitement and anticipation for the remainder of the season. Numerous deals were made, reshaping rosters and setting the stage for intense competition down the stretch.
Let’s take a closer look at the biggest winners, losers, and some bold predictions following the trade deadline frenzy:
Let’s Start With the Winners:
Los Angeles Dodgers
The defending champions made a huge splash by acquiring Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals, giving them two All-Stars and potential Hall of Famers to bolster their already stacked roster.
Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in the game, and Turner is a dynamic shortstop who can hit, run, and field. The Dodgers also added Danny Duffy from the Kansas City Royals to add some depth to their rotation.
The Dodgers gave up some top prospects, but they are clearly going for another title this year and have the talent to do it.
New York Yankees
The Yankees were in desperate need of some offense, especially from the left side of the plate, and they got it by trading for Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers and Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs.
Gallo is a power-hitting outfielder who can also play multiple positions and draw walks, while Rizzo is a proven slugger and leader who can play first base and hit in the clutch.
The Yankees also added Andrew Heaney from the Los Angeles Angels to help their rotation. The Yankees did not give up any of their top prospects, and they have significantly improved their chances of making the playoffs and competing in the AL East.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox were already leading the AL Central, but they made some smart moves to improve their team for the postseason. They traded for Craig Kimbrel from the Chicago Cubs, giving them one of the best closers in baseball history to pair with Liam Hendriks at the back end of their bullpen.
They also added Cesar Hernandez from the Cleveland Indians to play second base and Ryan Tepera from the Cubs to strengthen their relief corps.
The White Sox did not have to part with any of their core players or top prospects, and they have positioned themselves as one of the favorites to win the AL pennant.
Now Let’s Look at the Losers
The Nationals decided to blow up their team after a disappointing season, trading away Scherzer, Turner, Kyle Schwarber, Brad Hand, Daniel Hudson, Yan Gomes, and Josh Harrison.
They received a haul of prospects in return, but they have essentially given up on competing for the next few years. The Nationals still have Juan Soto, one of the best young players in baseball, but they have lost a lot of star power and fan favorites from their 2019 World Series team.
The Cubs also decided to tear down their team after a dismal stretch that saw them fall out of contention in the NL Central. They traded away Rizzo, Kimbrel, Bryant, Baez, Tepera, Jake Marisnick, Trevor Williams, and Andrew Chafin.
They also received a lot of prospects in return, but they have parted ways with most of the core players who helped them end their 108-year championship drought in 2016.
The Cubs still have some young talent on their roster, but they have lost a lot of identity and charisma from their historic team.
The Twins were expected to contend for the AL Central title this year, but they have been one of the biggest disappointments in baseball. They traded away Jose Berrios, their ace pitcher, to the Toronto Blue Jays for two prospects.
They also traded away Nelson Cruz, their veteran slugger, to the Tampa Bay Rays for two prospects. They also traded away Hansel Robles, J.A. Happ, and Andrelton Simmons for minor leaguers.
The Twins did not get any elite prospects in return for their trades, and they have wasted a year of their window with a talented core that includes Byron Buxton, Josh Donaldson, Miguel Sano, and Max Kepler.
- San Francisco Giants Win the World Series: The Giants, having made savvy moves at the deadline, will continue their impressive season and claim the World Series title, surprising many skeptics.
- Shohei Ohtani Breaks Single-Season Home Run Record: The two-way sensation will go on a historic home run tear, surpassing the single-season record and solidifying his place as one of the game’s greatest players.
- Miami Marlins Make Wild Card Push: The Marlins, bolstered by some sneaky deadline deals, will stage a late-season surge and make a surprising run for a wild card spot in the National League.
Unfortunately, not all trade deadline news is positive. Several key players have suffered injuries that could impact their teams’ postseason aspirations:
- Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels): Trout, widely regarded as one of the best players in the game, sustained a significant injury and will be out for an extended period, dealing a massive blow to the Angels’ playoff hopes.
- Jacob deGrom (New York Mets): The Mets’ ace suffered a setback during his rehab, delaying his return to the rotation. The Mets will have to tread carefully as they manage their star pitcher’s recovery.