A lot went down prior to Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline. More deals could be coming in August, but for now, let’s rank July’s trades by how much impact the moves will have on each team’s roster:
15. Brewers add another infielder in Schoop
|To Brewers||To Orioles|
|2B Jonathan Schoop||2B Jonathan Villar|
|SP Luis Ortiz|
|SS Jean Carmona|
Jonathan Schoop is a puzzling addition for the Brewers, but only in the wake of the Mike Moustakas deal, which will be addressed later. Before the Moustakas trade, the Brewers’ biggest need was a middle infielder, and adding Schoop to play second would have been ideal. However, under the current roster construction, Schoop will likely slot in at shortstop – a position he’s played for all of 23 innings over the past year and a half. That’s not optimal defensively, but offensively, Schoop should move the needle in Milwaukee’s favor.
14. Dozier finally goes to L.A.
|To Dodgers||To Twins|
|2B Brian Dozier||2B Logan Forsythe|
|OF Luke Raley|
|SP Devin Smeltzer|
Brian Dozier moving to the Dodgers feels like it’s been a rumor for years. Amazingly, it took until the 2018 deadline to complete the trade, when Los Angeles has a noticeably lesser need for the second baseman. Dozier will likely displace a combination of Max Muncy and Enrique Hernandez, who have proven their value this year. However, shipping off Logan Forsythe – who never panned out with the Dodgers – and low-level prospects gives the team surplus value.
13. Orioles move Gausman for prospects
|To Braves||To Orioles|
|SP Kevin Gausman||SP Bruce Zimmermann|
|RP Darren O’Day||RP Evan Phillips|
|C Brett Cumberland|
|IF Jean Carlos Encarnacion|
An impact starter was likely at the top of the Braves’ trade-deadline wishlist. Instead, Atlanta added Adam Duvall and a middle-of-the-rotation arm in Kevin Gausman. It’s a start for a team that’s a 1/2 game back of the wild card and the NL East lead, but it might not be enough. The Braves are competitive a year earlier than expected, and they’re likely still taking the long view. Paying the acquisition cost for rentals probably wasn’t in their plans.
12. Red Sox grab hard-throwing righty Eovaldi
|To Red Sox||To Rays|
|SP Nathan Eovaldi||SP Jalen Beeks|
Nathan Eovaldi was among the best readily available starting pitchers on the market, and he now gives the Red Sox a right-hander in the rotation. The 28-year-old has been dominant aside from one catastrophic start in his return from a second Tommy John surgery. The deal has already paid dividends, as Eovaldi tossed seven shutout innings against the Twins in his first start at Fenway Park.
11. Brewers add Moustakas to hot corner
|To Brewers||To Royals|
|3B Mike Moustakas||OF Brett Phillips|
|RP Jorge Lopez|
Milwaukee’s acquisition of Mike Moustakas is a bit of a head-scratcher. The Brewers really needed a middle infielder, and they later acquired Schoop. But general manager David Stearns prioritized adding a rental third baseman at a relatively premium acquisition cost, which means Travis Shaw will shift to second base – a position he’s never played at the professional level. Good on the Royals for adding Brett Phillips, a major-league caliber player without a path to the bigs with Milwaukee.
10. Cubs add veteran southpaw Hamels to rotation
|To Cubs||To Rangers|
|SP Cole Hamels||SP Rollie Lacy|
|SP/RP Eddie Butler|
The Cole Hamels the Rangers acquired back in 2015 is likely gone, but a change of scenery could help. The 34-year-old goes from being the ace of the Rangers’ staff to the No. 4 or 5 starter for the Cubs, a role the southpaw could fill admirably.
9. Red Sox bolster second base with Kinsler
|To Red Sox||To Angels|
|2B Ian Kinsler||RP Williams Jerez|
|Cash considerations||RP Ty Buttrey|
The Red Sox answer to the AL East arms race was, fittingly, to address the middle infield, their most dire need. With Dustin Pedroia sidelined, and Eduardo Nunez performing well below his 2017 value, it was imperative Boston filled that spot to keep pace with the Yankees. The trade market for middle infielders was deep, so Ian Kinsler might not be the sexiest name for Red Sox fans. But the 36-year-old hasn’t lost a step defensively, and he’s suppressing runs at a rate unmatched since his 2011 campaign, according to FanGraphs.
8. Cardinals shock everyone by dealing Pham
|To Rays||To Cardinals|
|OF Tommy Pham||OF Justin Williams|
|International slot money||SP Genesis Cabrera|
|RP Roel Ramirez|
In the most surprising move of deadline day, the Rays added a substantive major-league piece in Tommy Pham after jettisoning so many of their own. Since the beginning of 2017, Pham is the 10th-best outfielder by WAR, ahead of sluggers like George Springer and Bryce Harper. In exchange, the Rays parted ways with a handful of prospects who will almost definitely not equal the current production of Pham. Justin Williams is 22 years old and the piece this package revolves around. The outfielder is on the precipice of big-league action, having already earned a promotion this year.
7. D-Backs bring in doubles machine Escobar
|To D-Backs||To Twins|
|IF Eduardo Escobar||OF Gabriel Maciel|
|SP Jhoan Duran|
|OF Ernie De La Trinidad|
For the second consecutive season, the Diamondbacks have added one of the top position players on the market. Sure, Escobar is no J.D. Martinez, but he has a more multi-faceted impact, as the 29-year-old can play both third base and shortstop, a pair of premium defensive positions. His 126 wRC+ ranks higher than fellow third basemen Miguel Andujar and Travis Shaw. In exchange, the Twins add a trio of prospects to a top-heavy farm system which now features more depth.
6. Indians make play for All-Star reliever Hand
|To Indians||To Padres|
|RP Brad Hand||C Francisco Mejia|
|RP Adam Cimber|
Brad Hand was likely the second-best reliever available next to Zach Britton, and he comes with additional years of control. Cleveland went the extra mile and snagged Adam Cimber – a submariner and righty specialist – as part of the deal as well. Cleveland, a team that popularized “bullpenning” during the 2016 postseason, addressed its most dire need ahead of an almost-certain division victory. Doing that cost them, though, as Francisco Mejia, a major-league ready top prospect, heads back the other way. He’ll likely push aside Austin Hedges behind the dish in San Diego.
5. Yankees load up bullpen with Britton
|To Yankees||To Orioles|
|RP Zach Britton||SP Dillon Tate|
|SP Josh Rogers|
|RP Cody Carroll|
Already armed with the best bullpen in the majors, the Yankees added another All-Star closer by acquiring Zach Britton from the Orioles. Britton won’t close games in New York, but he can be a versatile weapon for manager Aaron Boone down the stretch and into the playoffs. Baltimore was able to snag a solid package of pitchers in return centered around Tate, who becomes the organization’s No. 6 prospect in the system.
4. Yankees add veteran lefty Happ
|To Yankees||To Blue Jays|
|SP J.A. Happ||IF Brandon Drury|
|OF Billy McKinney|
Eager to add a starter, the Yankees reeled in J.A. Happ, the top arm available on the market. The left-hander gives New York a solid veteran pitcher who’s had success in the American League East, and an additional southpaw who takes the spot of an injured Jordan Montgomery. The acquisition cost also wasn’t much for general manager Brian Cashman, as both Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney were buried on the Yankees’ depth chart and unlikely to play a role on the team this season.
3. Blue Jays part ways with suspended Osuna
|To Astros||To Blue Jays|
|RP Roberto Osuna||RP Ken Giles|
|SP David Paulino|
|SP Hector Perez|
In a complete stunner, the Blue Jays managed to trade suspended closer Roberto Osuna to the reigning champion Astros for their former closer Ken Giles, who was pitching in Triple-A following a performance- and attitude-related demotion. The move is a major dice roll for Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow, as Osuna is serving the final days of a 75-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. For the Blue Jays, it’s a solid return considering the front office already decided Osuna wouldn’t pitch for the organization again.
2. Rays finally move Archer
|To Pirates||To Rays|
|SP Chris Archer||OF Austin Meadows|
|RP Tyler Glasnow|
Mere months after shipping Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole out of town, who would have guessed the Pirates would be the team acquiring Chris Archer? The odds they would move on from Austin Meadows, their top prospect and heir apparent to McCutchen, seemed even more remote. Yet here we are, and they also added Tyler Glasnow to the deal, who is a year removed from being considered one of the league’s top pitching prospects. There’s a case that the major-league rosters of both teams improved with this deal, even though Tampa Bay has zero healthy starting pitchers on its depth chart now.
1. Manny goes to Hollywood
|To Dodgers||To Orioles|
|SS Manny Machado||OF Yusniel Diaz|
|IF Rylan Bannon|
|IF Breyvic Valera|
|SP Dean Kremer|
|SP Zach Pop|
The Dodgers, a team with World Series aspirations, landed the top position player available and used their strong minor-league depth to replace an injured All-Star shortstop with another elite player. Machado is having one of his best seasons, and he gives Los Angeles the middle-of-the-order bat it needed. The move also gives the Orioles a number of future pieces, centering around Yusniel Diaz, who immediately becomes the top prospect in Baltimore’s system.
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