2017 MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers
It’s been a wild week in baseball to say the least. Blink and everything could change, from injuries, to acquisitions, and most importantly, future odds. With the trade deadline come and gone, let’s look back and see which MLB teams made out like bandits, and which got robbed!
AL Winners and Losers
There’s one team that just might make themselves the face of baseball once again, and that’s the New York Yankees. With Luis Severino dominating, C.C. Sabathia back to old form, and the rest of their pitchers playing above average, the Yanks added Sonny Gray, a lifetime Oakland A.
The 27-year-old has a 3.43 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 1.7 WAR and is a great addition to the team. He only turns a free agent in 2020. If that’s not enough, the Bronx Bombers also acquired Todd Frazier and David Robertson from the White Sox. This team’s looking primed to make a serious run this year and more to come.
The Kansas City Royals are another team that made out pretty well and have a great current roster to show for it. Three San Diego pitchers came over to help KC, starter Trevor Cahill, reliever Ryan Buchter, and closer Brandon Maurer. While Cahill had a disastrous start in his first game with KC, Buchter and Maurer have been decent so far. Also taking advantage of the White Sox’ fire sale, the Royals acquired Melky Cabrera to boost an already scary offense that’s been on a tear recently.
Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Eric Hosmer are going to be free agents soon, so while the team’s future is iffy, they aren’t waiting and making a push this season, according to Yahoo Sports.
While there’s not a lot of losers in the AL, the Baltimore Orioles could have made some better moves. With Boston in the driver’s seat in the AL, and the Yankees atop the Wild Card spot, Baltimore only has a 6.3% chance to even make the playoffs, according to FanGraphs.
They opted to buy though, and acquired Jeremy Hellickson, who actually stands to be better than the struggling Chris Tillman, Wade Miley, and mediocre Kevin Gausman. If Ubaldo Jimenez reverts to being a gascan, Hellickson could be the ace in this rotation.
NL Winners and Losers
Much to no one’s surprise, the Los Angeles Dodgers went from dominant to just plain ferocious after acquiring Yu Darvish from the Rangers. His advanced stats are right up there, and fits him in well with a nasty Dodgers’ pitching staff.
With Clayton Kershaw still out, they needed a starter, and with Darvish contracted to be able to move to a few teams, the Dodgers were the perfect fit. Once Kershaw returns, this starting rotation is one to be reckoned with, and even their worst starter could be an ace on any other team.
The Dodgers improved their relief as well, getting Tony Watson from the Bucs. And with Jansen closing, good luck to any team that wishes to score more than 3 or 4 runs per game.
Staying in the NL West, the Colorado Rockies are poised to make a playoff push. While not making any huge moves, their intentions are clear.
They fortified their bullpen with the Phillies’ Pat Neshek, and added Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers to add a bit of firepower. Offense has been a bit stagnant lately, but the Rocks hope the catcher can give them the jolt they need to try to snag a Wild Card spot.
Lastly, in the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs are on the move as well. Well before the deadline, they acquired Jose Quintana from the White Sox, and he’s been stellar so far.
While only 2-1 since leaving the South Side, the left hander has a 2.37 ERA and 0.895 WHIP with 11.8 SO/9. Behind a stalwart starting rotation, with Lester and Arrieta, Quintana is proving to be invaluable, especially with the Cubs’ bats waking up. They also added Justin Wilson as a reliever as they try to win their second straight title.
The rival Brewers had the opportunity to get some more firepower, but only traded for Anthony Swarzak and Jeremy Jeffress, neither of whom should have a big enough impact.
With the Cubs back on top, Milwaukee needed someone to keep them in contention, but might have given their season away with their lack of movement.
They could always hope for the Cubbies to go on another slump, but with the rest of the competition out there, the Brewers still aren’t considered an upper tier team.. yet.
MLB Futures Update
As of right now, the Red Sox didn’t really make any moves to improve their 3rd base problems, but are still slightly favored to win the division. With the moves the Yankees made though, they should definitely give the BoSox a run for their money.
Kansas City also might be able to make a move on Cleveland, a team which has been quite up and down as of late, yet always commanding huge chalk lines at home.
In the NL, the Cubs just overtook the Brewers for 1st place, but Milwaukee won’t just roll over.
They are still in the hunt, and despite the Cubs’ acquisitions, the Brew Crew could cause them some trouble. Bodog currently has them at +600, which is banking on the Cubs to continue their great play, and not revert to mediocrity.
Some players can still be moved with waivers, but for now, we have a better picture of what the rosters are and which teams are real contenders. Who do you think got the best deal at the trade deadline? If you liked this article, be sure to share it and comment below!
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