It is finally over. The time has come and gone where all the General Managers in the MLB are scurrying to improve their teams. They all can relax now and admire their work, or maybe excuse why his team did not make any moves. It was quite the trade deadline indeed, where we saw General Managers go “old school” and trade some Major League talent for other Major League talent. Two aces were dealt and a cleanup hitter was exchanged in somewhat interesting trades. The interesting fact being that not many prospects were involved in those trades. Former All Stars and elite players were exchanged, while many teams prepare for the playoffs or look forward to the future. Here is the total summary of the MLB trade deadline:
Tigers Acquire David Price
Mariners Acquire Austin Jackson
Rays Receive Nick Franklin, Drew Smyly, and Willy Adames
Details: This is a deal that nobody saw coming. David Price was considered the top pitcher on the trade market, and was rumored that the Rays would want multiple top prospects in return. Instead Andrew Friedman made an old school trade, exchanging MLB talent for more MLB talent.
The Rays received a left handed pitcher with ace potential in Drew Smyly, who had a 2.37 ERA out of the bullpen last year. They also received a solid young infield option in Nick Franklin, who hit .225 with 20 doubles, 12 home runs, and 45 RBI, as well as an 18 year old infield prospect in Willy Adames.
The Mariners had been looking for a right-handed outfield bat for awhile, and were rumored to be looking at Marlon Byrd; however, they pulled the trigger and acquired a solid centerfielder in Austin Jackson.
The Tigers responded to the Athletics’ acquisition of Jon Lester with an acquisition of their own. After the Athletics received Jon Lester in a deal, many thought that they had the better rotation if the two teams met in the playoffs. Dave Dombrowski proved otherwise, as he picked up former Cy Young David Price, the biggest piece on the market.
Mariners Acquire Chris Denorfia
Padres Receive Abraham Almonte and Stephen Kolscheen
Details: The Mariners were looking for a right-handed outfielder at the deadline, and did so with Chris Denorfia and Austin Jackson. Denorfia may prove to be a good platoon outfielder, as he has a lifetime .301 average, .367 on-base percentage, and .447 slugging percentage against lefties. This year he is hitting .242 with 10 doubles and 8 stolen bases through 89 games.
In return, the Padres will get outfielder Abraham Almonte and pitcher Stephen Kolscheen. Almonte has hit .267 but with a .333 on-base percentage, 6 home runs, 10 doubles, and 7 stolen bases in AAA. He underperformed in the big leagues this year, where he hit .198 and had 21 hits (5 doubles though) and 3 stolen bases in 27 games. Kolscheen has done very well in the minor leagues this year, proven by his 2.70 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 56.2 innings pitched in-between AA and AAA.
Braves Acquire James Russell, Emilio Bonifacio and Cash
Cubs Receive Victor Caratini
Details: The Braves finally acquired the left-handed reliever they were looking for. For awhile it was rumored they were interested in the Red Sox’s Andrew Miller. Russell has a 3.51 ERA through 33.1 innings pitched, but fills a gap in the Braves bullpen that has been there since Jonny Venters is injured. Emilio Bonifacio is having a solid season, where he has hit .279, with 14 doubles and 14 stolen bases. He can play centerfield, where the Braves could play him over B.J Upton or he can give Chris Johnson and Tommy La Stella a break at third and second base.
Victor Caratini is a 2013 second round pick of the Atlanta Braves, and can play third base and catcher. Through the 2014 season he has played 87 games for the Rome Braves in the South Atlantic League (A) He has hit .279, with 18 doubles, and 5 home runs and 42 RBI while playing 70 of his games at the catcher position.
Marlins Acquire Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez, Austin Wates
Astros Receive Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick, and Compensation Pick
Details: The Marlins are only 5.0 games from making a wildcard berth, and they fully believe they can make the playoffs. They were rumored to be looking for a front-line starter as the deadline approached; rumors of John Danks and whispers of John Lester were swirling in the Miami area, but neither of two ended up in the sunshine state.
The Marlins ended up going a different route and picked up a young and controllable starter in Jarred Cosart, along with the versatile Enrique Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates. The 24 year old pitcher has 4.41 ERA and 75 strikeouts through 116.1 innings pitched, but has shown promise last year where he posted a 1.95 ERA in 10 starts. Hernandez can play outfield, second base, and shortstop and has hit pretty well this season. He hit .336 with a .379 on-base percentage, 9 home runs and 20 doubles in 77 games between AA and AAA. He also has hit well in the majors since his callup; he has posted a .284 average, has a .348 on-base percentage, 1 home run, 2 doubles, and 8 RBI through 24 games. The Marlins also received outfielder Austin Wates, who has hit .299, has a .396 on-base percentage, 2 home runs, 11 doubles, and 30 RBI through 74 games.
With all of these young players heading to the Marlins, the Astros wanted a young return. They received third baseman Colin Moran, centerfielder Jake Marisnick, pitcher Francis Martes, and a 2015 compensation draft pick. Moran has a .294 average and .342 on-base percentage through 89 games in single-A ball. The 2013 6th overall pick also has 5 home runs, 21 doubles, and 33 RBI. Jake Marisnick has hit .277 with 10 home runs, 16 doubles, 4 triples, 40 RBI, and 24 stolen bases in 89 AAA games. He struggled in the MLB this year, hitting .167 and 0 home runs and only 8 hits in 14 games. Francis Martes is an 18 year old right-handed pitcher that has not pitched in single-A yet, only the Gulf Coast League. He had a 4.97 ERA in 29 innings pitched, and has a long way to the big leagues.
Nationals Acquire Asdrubal Cabrera Indians Receive Zach Walters and Cash Considerations
Details: Due to Ryan Zimmerman’s recent injury, the Nationals were looking for an elite infield bat at the trade deadline. They were looking all over, so much that they even checked to see if Adrian Beltre was available according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com. They soon came to terms with the Indians and acquired Asdrubal Cabrera at the trade deadline. Cabrera is expected to fill-in at second base while Anthony Rendon mans third base for the rest of the season. He is hitting .246, with 9 home runs, 22 doubles, and 40 RBI in 97 games. The Indians will pay the remaining $3.3 million left on the All Star’s contract says MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian.
The Indians will be receiving infielder Zach Walters and cash considerations from the Nationals. Walters is versatile, playing shortstop, second base, third base, and the outfield. He has hit .300 with 15 home rwwwuns, 18 doubles, and 48 RBI through 60 games in AAA. He made a brief appearance in the MLB this year, but the 24 year old struggled hitting .205 with 3 home runs in 32 games.
Twins Acquire Tommy Milone
Athletics Recieve Sam Fuld
Details: According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Athletics and Twins have swapped Fuld and Milone in a trade today. Milone will join the big question mark that is the Minnesota Twins’ rotation. With Kevin Correia, Ricky Nolasco and Mike Pelfrey underperforming this season, Milone adds some stability to the rotation. The 27 year old left-hander pitched to a positive 3.55 ERA in 96.1 innings pitched and 16 starts for the Athletics, before he was taken out of the rotation. Milone requested that he be traded when he was removed from the rotation after the Athletics acquired Jeff Smardzija and Jason Hammel. His wish was granted.
The Athletics will be getting Sam Fuld in return, who actually was designated for assignment by the A’s earlier this season. With the Twins he has hit .274 with 10 doubles and 12 stolen bases in 53 games. He looks to play centerfield while Coco Crisp is injured and Craig Gentry struggles. The recent trade of Yoenis Cespedes only strengthens the idea that Fuld will be playing full-time.
Athletics Acquire Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes
Red Sox Receive Yoenis Cespedes
Details: This was a big trade that basically started off the July 31st frenzy. Lester was one of the more dominant pitchers on the market, and many teams wanted him (even the Orioles). Eventually the Red Sox found an offer from the Athletics that they could not pass up and landed Oakland’s cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes.
The Red Sox will be getting Cespedes for the rest of this year, and next year where he will become eligible for free agency. Cespedes is hitting .256, with 17 home runs and 67 RBI, which definitely could improve since his right handed power could receive a Jason Bay-like boost from the Green Monster.
Lester has pitched to a 2.52 ERA with 149 strikeouts in 143 innings pitched. He will join a rotation with Jeff Smardzija, Scott Kazmir, and Sonny Gray (all who also have a sub-3.00 ERA) Jonny Gomes could see some playing time with the Athletics now that Cespedes is gone, Coco Crisp is hurt, and Craig Gentry is underperforming. He is hitting .234 with 6 home runs and 32 RBI in 78 games this season. According to Susan Slusser the A’s are paying $650K of Cespedes’ salary but are getting back $1.8MM from the Red Sox for Lester’s salary.
Cardinals Acquire John Lackey, Corey Littrell, and Cash Considerations
Red Sox Recieve Joe Kelly and Allen Craig
The Red Sox were not done when they had traded Lester away. In fact another front line pitcher would be leaving Boston by the deadline. Lackey as well was traded for the Red Sox to rebuild for the not-so-distant future.
Lackey will go along with pitcher Corey Littrell and $1.75 million to the Cardinals. He has a 3.60 ERA through 137.1 innings of work and has struck out 116 people this season. Lackey also comes with a 2015 option that would only pay him $500,000, and he intends to honor the deal according to Ken Rosnethal instead of retiring after the season. Littrel pitched in 18 starts for the A affiliate of the Red Sox, and had a 3.60 ERA and 91 strikeouts through 100 innings pitched.
The Cardinals did not get Lackey for free, having to give up both Joe Kelly and Allen Craig. Craig can play first base and right field, but has struggled offensively this season. He has only hit .237 with 7 home runs and 17 doubles in 97 games, but has shown promise in previous years. Last year he finished 18th in MVP voting, where he hit .315, 13 home runs, 97 RBI, 29 doubles, and had a .373 on-base percentage in 134 games. Joe Kelly is a solid, young pitcher who has struggled with a 4.37 ERA in 7 starts this season, but posted a 2.69 ERA in-between the bullpen and rotation last year.
Orioles Acquire Andrew Miller
Red Sox Receive Eduardo Rodriguez<
Details: The Red Sox continued their sale for the not-so-distant future with the trade of their star reliever Andrew Miller.
Obviously the Red Sox were willing to part with him in-division if the price was right, since they ended up sending him to the Orioles. Miller was the most sought-after player on the market, as he was a cheap left-handed option with dominating stats. Through 42.1 innings pitched, he has a 2.34 ERA and 69 strikeouts. The Sox think they can resign Miller after this season according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald ,so the return is even more promising.
Eduardo Rodriguez is the #65 MLB prospect before the 2014 season, and has potential. He has struggled a bit in AA however, posting a 4.79 ERA this season in 82.2 innings pitched and 16 starts.
Yankees Receive Stephen Drew
Red Sox Acquire Kelly Johnson
Details: To potentially free up some space in the infield for Xander Bogaerts and save some money, the Red Sox also dealt shortstop Stephen Drew today.
Drew was signed mid-season after declining his qualifying offer from the Red Sox during the offseason. Since signing he has hit .176 with 4 home runs and 11 RBI through 39 games. According to Sean McAdam of CSN New England the Yankees will pay for almost all of the remaining $5 million left of Drew’s salary. He will also play second base for the team.
Kelly Johnson will most likely play off the bench for the Red Sox; he has hit .216 with 6 home runs and 22 RBI through 77 games.
Brewers Acquire Gerardo Parra
Diamondbacks Receive Mitch Haniger and Anthony Banda
Details: The Diamondbacks had some outfield depth when the deadline came around, and decided to deal two-time gold glover Gerardo Parra to the Brewers.
Parra is hitting .259, with 6 home runs, 18 doubles, 30 RBI, and 5 stolen bases through 104 games. He could potentially platoon with Khris Davis in left field, since he has hit .271, with 5 home runs,17 doubles, and 5 stolen bases against right-handers.
Outfielder Mitch Haniger and pitcher Anthony Banda will be heading to Arizona. Haniger has hit in AA, .255 with 10 home runs, 7 doubles, and 34 RBI through 67 games. Banda has a 3.66 ERA through 83.2 innings pitched with 83 strikeouts in the Midwest League (A).
Yankees Acquire Martin Prado – Diamondbacks Receive Peter O’Brien and PTBNL/Cash Considerations
Details: The Yankees had been searching for an outfield right-handed bat as the deadline approached. Eventually talks with the Diamondbacks stirred up, and they ended up acquiring Martin Prado in a deal. Prado is known for his versatility, since in his career he has played second base, third base, left field, and even a little shortstop. This season he is hitting .270 with 17 doubles, 5 home runs, and 42 RBI in 106 games. He is owed $22 million over the next two years, but the Diamondbacks are not paying for any of it according to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.
The Diamondbacks will be receiving power-hitting prospect Peter O’Brien and a player-to-be-named-later or cash considerations. O’Brien has grown accustomed to hitting the long ball, as he has hit 33 home runs and 22 doubles through 102 games in-between A and AA. He has also hit .267, and can play third base, right field, and catcher.