Slipping Through the Cracks: The Smaller Deals on Deadline Day

When fans think of the MLB Trade Deadline, they envision huge, blockbuster deals. Much of the time, they’re correct. However, lost in the lingering mist of these blockbuster trades, are the smaller deals of the day. Past years have proven that smaller deals can have a big impact. Let’s take a look at the smaller deals that took place today, but slipped through the cracks during all of the blockbuster madness.

  • Minnesota Twins trade LHP Fernando Abad to Boston Red Sox for RHP Pat Light 
    • Underrated move, as Boston adds a solid veteran arm to their bullpen.
  • Houston Astros trade RHP Scott Feldman to Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Lupe Chavez 
    • Toronto adds a veteran arm to the back-end of their rotation
  • Tampa Bay Rays trade OF Brandon Guyer to Cleveland Indians for OF Nathan Lukes, RHP Jhonleider Salinas  
    • The Indians struck out on the offensive market but add some depth with this move.
  • New York Mets trade LHP Antonio Bastardo to Pittsburgh Pirates for LHP Jon Niese 
    • Given that Pittsburgh acquired Ivan Nova, they use an extra starter to strengthen their bullpen.
  • Tampa Bay Rays trade IF Steve Pearce to Baltimore Orioles for C Jonah Heim
    • Baltimore reunites with an old friend, adding the productive super-utility man.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers trade RHP Mike Bolsinger to Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Jesse Chavez
    • This has the feel of a good ‘ol “change-of-scenery” deal.
  • Los Angeles Angels trade RHP Joe Smith to Chicago Cubs for RHP Jesus Castillo

    • Chicago continues to improve and solidify their bullpen.
  • New York Yankees trade RHP Ivan Nova to Pittsburgh Pirates for PTBNL
    • The Pirates added a solid young arm to a shaky rotation, in hopes of making a late-season push.
  • Los Angeles Angels trade LHP Hector Santiago, RHP Alan Busenitz to Minnesota Twins for RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Alex Meyer 
    • Minnesota exchanges a bad contract for a rental, while swapping mid-level prospects with the Angels

The MLB Trade Deadline has now come and gone, so now we can focus on the “Postseason Push.”

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