Analyzing the trades that occurred before the MLB Trade Deadline

By: Jon

Although the trade deadline did not experience any major trades, a few minor trades may significantly impact the MLB playoff push. As usual, there were a lot of rumors that did not transform into actual trades. A lot of players were not available because a lot of teams feel that they are in the Wild Card Race. Since the TV contracts have added a lot of money to the game, smaller market teams can pay their players instead of trading them to large market teams like the Yankees or Dodgers.

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

Acquired: Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger

Grade: C+

The Orioles desperately needed pitching and they believed that Scott Feldman would solve some of their pitching problems. However, Feldman has not been good during his time with the Orioles. Scott Feldman has struggled over his last 9 starts, five with the Orioles. The Orioles did not need Scott Feldman because they already have average pitchers. Although Feldman was pitching like an ace during the beginning of the season, he was struggling even before he came to the Orioles, which should have warned the Orioles front office.

Scott Feldman
Scott Feldman

Chicago Cubs

Acquired: Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and money

Grade: B+

The Cubs did a nice job trading away Scott Feldman at his highest value. Scott Feldman has risen o.6 points in just 5 starts before he was traded to the Orioles. The Cubs were able to reel in a nice catch. Jake Arrieta is a young, talented player who needed a change of scenery to succeed in the majors. In his first start with the Cubs, Arrieta pitched six strong innings while only giving up one run. Arrieta is under control for a few years, which is great for a team that wants to rebuild and keep their payroll low. The Cubs acquired Pedro Strop and some international money which will help them rebuild and succeed in the future.

Jake Arrieta
Jake Arrieta

 

 

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

Acquired: Ricky Nolasco

Grade: A

If this was a different team, the Dodgers would have been forced to deal a lot more prospects and the grade would have been lower. Although the Dodgers had a lot of pitching at the beginning of the season, their pitching staff was decimated by injuries. The Dodgers needed a pitcher if they wanted to make the playoffs and the World Series. During his four starts, Nolasco has a 3.13 ERA, which is good enough for a fourth starter. The Dodgers only had to eat about $6 million for his services, which is nothing for the Dodgers.

Ricky Nolasco
Ricky Nolasco

Miami Marlins

Acquired: Josh Wall, Steven Ames, and Angel Sanchez

Grade: C-

The only thing that the Marlins received from this trade was some payroll relief. The Marlins received three players, but none of them are considered as top or mid level prospects. If the Marlins waited until the break, they could have received a greater return, like Bud Norris. If Jeff Loria was not extremely cheap, they could have gained a top prospect or a few mid level prospects.

Josh Wall
Josh Wall

 

 

 

Texas Rangers

Acquired: Matt Garza

Grade: A-

The Rangers needed to add another star player if they were going to make the playoffs and make a run to the World Series.  Matt Garza is a top of the rotation pitcher, who can alter the playoff race. Although Garza is usually hurt, Garza has been great since coming off of the DL.  Garza is 7-1 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.88 ERA with the Rangers. The Rangers were able to obtain Garza without giving up a player, who was in their future. If the Rangers can re-sign Matt Garza this offseason the grade will be bumped to a A+.

Matt Garza
Matt Garza

Chicago Cubs

Acquired: Justin Grimm, Mike Olt, CJ Edwards, and a future player

Grade: A

Although the Cubs traded their best pitcher and a top of the rotation pitcher, they were able to acquire more young talent which will help them in the future. Mike Olt is a top prospect and will have a role with the Cubs, unlike the Rangers. Olt is a really good hitter and will provide a solid middle of the order bat to Cubs in the future. CJ Edwards looks like a future top of the rotation pitcher for the Cubs, although he is only in A ball. This year, Edwards has a 1.83 ERA, 8 wins, and 122 strikeouts in 93 innings. Grimm can be a solid bullpen arm and the future player may be a good player in the future. The Cubs added to their already stacked farm system.

Mike Olt
Mike Olt

 

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

Acquired: Francisco Rodriguez

Grade: B+

Although Rodriguez was successful with the Brewers, they were not playing with a lot of pressure because they are one of the worst teams in baseball. However, the Orioles were able to obtain Rodriguez for a player who’s future was blocked by Manny Machado. Francisco Rodriguez was relegated to the eighth inning role, which has proven to be disastrous. Francisco Rodriguez has not been successful with the Orioles, 6 ERA.

Francisco Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez

Milwaukee Brewers

Acquired: Nick Delmonico

Grade: A-

The Brewers’ farm system is extremely thin so any added talent will significantly help. According to Baseball America, Delmonico was the fourth best player in the Orioles organization. The Brewers will need a future replacement for Aramis Ramirez and Nick Delmonico could be the answer to that problem. The Brewers had no use for a top closer because they rarely have a lead. The Brewers were able to net a great return especially compared to the return that the Angels received for their relief pitching. The Brewers need to look toward the  future.

Nick Delmonico Courtesy of BR
Nick Delmonico
Courtesy of BR

 

 

 

Detroit Tigers

Acquired: Jose Veras

Grade: A-

Jose Veras has had a solid season for the Houston Astros this season, which allowed them to sell him at a high price. The Tigers have had a need for relief pitching for a long time. Since Veras is not a true closer, he will be able to adapt to the setup man position. Veras has an ERA under 3.00 while maintaining a WHIP under 1. This was a great pick up for the Tigers because their bullpen is their achilles. The Tigers have a chance of winning the World Series and their bullpen should not get in the way of their desires.

Jose Veras
Jose Veras

Houston Astros

Acquired: Danry Vasquez and a future player

Grade: A-

The Astros had no need for Jose Veras because they are rarely win and have save opportunities. Houston was able to find a team that was desperate and made a great deal. Danry Vasquez was rated as the 6th best player in the Tigers farm system. Vasquez is extremely raw because he is only 19 years old, but has a lot of talent. The Astros need to rebuild their farm system if they want to make the playoffs in the future. Danry is a solid player, who will help rebuild the Astros farm system.

Danry Vasquez Courtesy of BR
Danry Vasquez
Courtesy of BR

 

 

 

Atlanta Braves

Acquired: Scott Downs

Grade: A

The Braves needed a left handed reliever if they were going to reach their goals of reaching the playoffs and winning a few series. The Braves already lost two left handed relievers this season so they were desperate. However, they did not pay like they were desperate. As seen over the years, relief pitching is vital if a team wants to win a World Series because the game shortens and relief pitchers are vital.

Scott Downs
Scott Downs

Anaheim Angels

Acquired: Cory Rasmus

Grade: F

While other teams were acquiring future talent, the Angels did not get much of anything for a quality reliever. The Angels basically gave away a Scott Downs for nothing, when they could have acquired a prospect that will help them in the future. The Angels farm system is depleted and the Angels do not even have  a good team at the major league level. The Angels should be angry with the traded they completed with the Braves.

Cory Rasmus
Cory Rasmus

 

 

 

Boston Red Sox

Acquired: Jake Peavy and Brayan Villareal

Grade: A

The Red Sox needed to acquire a pitcher if they are going to reach the playoffs. The Red Sox batting lineup is deep and potent. However, the Red Sox’s pitching has been bad as of late and they needed help. The Red Sox do not know when Clay Buchholz will return from injury or if he will stay healthy for the rest of the season. Jake Peavy is a true gamer who will find a way to go 7 strong innings while limiting the opposing offense. Even though he is not a Cy Young pitcher, he will improve the Red Sox chance of making the playoffs, especially with the resurgence of the Rays and the skill of the Orioles. Brayan will be a quality relief pitcher for the Red Sox. Any marginal improvement will help the Red Sox playoff push.

Jake Peavy
Jake Peavy

Chicago White Sox

Acquired: Avisail Garcia, Cleuluis Rondon, Francellis Montas, and JB Wendelken

Grade: A-

The White Sox needed to trade Jake Peavy because they are heading into full rebuilding mode. Unless they can drastically improve their team in the next year through free agency or trades, the White Sox look like they will become the Astros. The White Sox got decent value for Jake Peavy. Avisail Garcia looks like he can become a solid outfield for the White Sox over the next decade. During his time at Triple-A, Garcia hit .382 with five homers and 7 doubles. Red Sox gave three players to the White Sox including two decent prospects. Cleuluis Rondon is a young 19 year old hitter who has a chance to become a decent MLB player. Wendelken is a decent pitcher as well.

Avisail Garcia
Avisail Garcia

Detroit Tigers

Acquired: Jose Iglesias

Grade: B+

The Tigers are desperate for a shortstop because of the looming Biogenesis suspensions. The Tigers’ shortstop Jhonny Peralta is currently on the list of players that will probably be suspended for the rest of the season. Since the Tigers are meant to win now, they could not go into the playoffs without a real shortstop. Although Jose is not a good hitter like Peralta, Iglesias is a great defensive shortstop. The Tigers are able to have an offense liability because they have the greatest offensive player in the game and a lot of other solid players. However, the Tigers were forced to give up a talented outfielder. The Tigers can blame this trade on Jhonny Peralta because he forced them to make this trade.

Jose Iglesias
Jose Iglesias

 

 

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

Acquired: Joe Thatcher, Matt Stites, and Comp B

Grade: B+

Ian Kennedy was a lost cause with the Diamondbacks. After his breakout year, Kennedy has been awful over the last year and a half for the Diamondbacks. However, the Diamondbacks do not have a lot of need for Kennedy because they have a lot of starting pitchers at the major and minor league levels. The Diamondbacks are in the playoff push and need help in their bullpen. The Diamondbacks have blown a few saves. The addition of Joe Thatcher will significantly improve their bullpen and chance of becoming a playoff team. Matt Stites is also a minor league relief pitcher who has had a great year. The Diamondbacks made a great deal because they improved their weakness while only giving up an extra asset.

Joe Thatcher
Joe Thatcher

San Diego Padres

Acquired: Ian Kennedy

Grade: C+

The Padres could have received a good prospect for Joe Thatcher. However, they traded the talented relief pitcher for Ian Kennedy. Although Ian Kennedy has some talent, he has failed too often to be relied upon by the Padres. Ian Kennedy relies totally on location because he does not have good stuff. Although Petco Park is a pitcher’s dream, Kennedy is not a good pitcher. The Padres should not expect much from Kennedy because he is extremely inconsistent.

Ian Kennedy
Ian Kennedy

 

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

Acquired: Bud Norris

Grade: B

The Orioles need a number one or two starter, but Bud Norris did not help the Orioles in that way. Although Bud Norris is a nice pitcher, he is at best a number four starter for a contender in the AL East. Bud Norris barely has an ERA under four and the Orioles gave up a two solid prospects for him. However, the Orioles are a win now team and desperate for a pitcher. Since Jason Hammel went on the DL, the Orioles needed a pitcher who could fill in for him and be better than him. The Orioles are in a tight playoff race and need as many wins as possible. Bud is under contract for a few years. The Orioles should have made a trade for Jake Peavey since they probably could have traded for him.

Bud Norris
Bud Norris

Houston Astros

Acquired: LJ Hoes and Josh Hader

Grade: A

The Astros are need of talent and this trade gives them two talented players. LJ Hoes is a major league ready talent and could be the starting outfielder for a few years. Although Hoes is not a great talent, he can be a quality third or fourth for the Astros in the future. Although Hoes can immediately play at the major league level, Josh Hader is a better prospect. Josh Hader is a 19 year old left handed pitcher with a lot of talent. Hader has dominated the lower levels of the minor league. Hader has pitched 113 innings and struck out 127 batters while compiling a 2.45 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. The Astros goal is to obtain more high ceiling talent and this trade helps them in pursuit of their goal.

LJ Hoes
LJ Hoes

 

 

 

 

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