MLB Trading Deadlines Winners and Losers: The Padres Go Big; Yankees, Astros, Braves disappoint

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The 2020 Major League Baseball trade deadline has passed 4 p.m. ET on Monday. Due to the coronavirus stoppage and the shortened 60-game season, teams had only five weeks to assess their roster, and there are only four weeks left until the playoffs. There was not much time to make decisions and there will not be much to reap the fruits of those decisions.Like last year, this season will not have a waiver exchange period after the deadline. Monday was the last day to trade and improve listings, either short term (buyers focus on this year) or long term (sellers look to the future) or both. After Monday, the rosters will mainly be set for the remainder of 2020. There will be no further opportunities to make meaningful upgrades.

The past few days have been relatively slow on the trade front with the exception of the San Diego Padres, who struck again on Monday morning by Acquisition of right-handed starter Mike Clevinger of Cleveland in exchange for a six-man package that includes outfielder Josh Naylor, right-hander Cal Quantrill and shortstop Gabriel Arias.

Fortunately, business on trade deadlines resumed on Monday. Here is the full list of notable transactions as of the deadline day:

Former Marlins president David Samson broke Monday’s deadline on the last Nothing Personal with David Samson. Listen below:

Knowing that the best-prepared games don’t always work, here are our big trade deadline winners and losers. Do not hesitate to add this article to your favorites for future teases.

Winner: The Padres

The indisputable No.1 winner at the 2020 trade deadline. GM AJ Preller acted decisively and addressed his team’s weaknesses at receiver (Jason Castro and Austin Nola), at spot DH (Mitch Moreland), in the in the surveys (Austin Adams, Dan Altavilla, Trevor Rosenthal and Taylor Williams), and in the rotation (Mike Clevinger). He did all of this without sacrificing his top prospects and subtracting much from his MLB roster. San Diego has the best offense in baseball and can now beat Clevinger, Dinelson Lamet and Chris Paddack in a short postseason streak. Big upgrades at reasonable prices. Smart, sane and punchy moves for the Padres.

Loser: contenders who held on

Looking at you Astros, Braves, Rays, Yankees and White Sox. Yes, the Braves added Tommy Milone and the White Sox added Jarrod Dyson, but neither moves the needle as much. These are five candidates with obvious needs that were not addressed by the deadline. Consider:

  • Astros: Justin Verlander is injured, the No. 5 rotation position is not set and there are seven rookies in their nine-man field.
  • Braves: Mike Soroka and Cole Hamels are injured and Mike Foltynewicz, Sean Newcomb and Kyle Wright have been demoted.
  • Rays: They have 11 pitchers on the injured list, 10 of them with arm injuries, five of which are late in the season.
  • Yankees: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres and James Paxton are injured and weeks to return.
  • Sox blancs: Injuries to Gio Gonzalez, Carlos Rodon and Aaron Bummer have created holes in the pitching staff.

I guess we could group the Dodgers together here too, because all they did on deadline day was send Ross Stripling to the Blue Jays for two prospects. The Dodgers don’t really have a dire need, however. It is clearly the best team in baseball. Those other five teams are all playoff favorites and World Series contenders, but have done next to nothing by the deadline. Disappointing.

Gagnant: The Blue Jays

No, their moves weren’t as flashy as San Diego, but the Blue Jays fixed the spinning weaknesses with Taijuan Walker, Robbie Ray and a late trade for Ross Stripling, and they brought depth of field to Jonathan Villar. . Villar’s versatility means there will be ways to get him into the roster even after Bo Bichette is healthy, and Stripling is flexible enough to be a pen option. Ray has struggled all season, but there are advantages there, and he’s as capable of leading a hot month-long streak as any pitcher in the game. Toronto sits comfortably 8th in the larger AHL playoff squad and those moves are as much about racing in October as it is about racking up regular season wins. Very good deadline for the Blue Jays, if not subtle.

Loser: rentals on non-racing teams

Specifically Asdrubal Cabrera and Howie Kendrick (Nationals), Austin Romine and Jonathan Schoop (Tigers), Kevin Gausman and Drew Smyly (Giants), Andrelton Simmons (Angels) and Jackie Bradley Jr. (Red Sox). Guess it’s not fair to say that a team is out of the running in the expanded postseason, although these clubs are away right now, and these players haven’t been. exchanged at the deadline. There will be no chased ring this year. And hey, maybe they’re okay with that. Who wants to change teams during a pandemic? But from a pure baseball perspective, spending the rest of your year walking with a team outside of the postseason running isn’t fun.

Gagnant: The Red Sox

Keeping Jackie Bradley Jr. and Martin Perez seems pointless but it’s not this great lost opportunity. The Red Sox have traded impending free agents Mitch Moreland, Kevin Pillar and Brandon Workman, as well as Heath Hembree, who is under control until 2021. Baseball people love to pitch prospect Connor Seabold, the headliner of the trade Hembree / Workman with the Phillies and prospects Hudson Potts and Jeisson Rosario are strong rolls of the dice. They came into the Moreland trade with the Padres. The Red Sox were never likely to do anything big like trade Xander Bogaerts. Overall, new baseball manager Chaim Bloom has cashed in his chips well. The agricultural system has been improved.

Perdant: The Brewers

Milwaukee is one game away from the playoff spot and the team’s only move was to send reliable reliever David Phelps to the… Phillies? The team they’re chasing for eighth place? Oki Doki. Christian Yelich is the only Brewers regular with an above-league OPS – the Brewers are averaging 3.91 points per game, second in baseball – and they haven’t addressed the offense at all. They are counting on the players already registered to change seasons. “That’s the bet we’re making,” director Craig Counsell told reporters, including Sentinel Journal’s Tom Haudricourt, after the deadline. A little more urgency would have been cool.

Gagnant: The Reds

Despite being 1.5 games away from a playoff berth, the Reds made it on the deadline and added high leverage reliever Archie Bradley and underrated outfielder Brian Goodwin in trades. separated. The bullpen has been a major sore spot all season and Bradley gives manager David Bell another option in the final innings alongside Lucas Sims, Amir Garrett and Tejay Antone. Shogo Akiyama was disappointed in his debut MLB season and, even if he returns it, Goodwin may fit well into left field. These moves give Cincinnati a better chance in the playoffs and let me tell you, if they sneak up, no one is going to want to face Sonny Gray, Trevor Bauer, and Luis Castillo in a short streak.

Loser: the Royals

Their low-cost flyer on Trevor Rosenthal worked perfectly. He’s had a wonderful season and rebuilt value, and they turned him into two prospects, including outfielder Edward Olivares. That’s all they did, and it was pretty much the bare minimum. They kept another Greg Holland salvage plan, didn’t seem to seriously consider a trade with Whit Merrifield (again), and didn’t capitalize on a weak starting market by peddling Danny Duffy or Brad Keller or Jakob Junis . The Royals are rebuilding in their own way and that’s great. GM Dayton Moore is a Championship ruler and has earned the benefit of the doubt. Still, it feels like the Royals could have done more.

Winner: The fans

Over the past month or so, speculation was that the deadline would be slow because teams are increasingly risk averse and because they have lost a ton – a your – money this year. No team wants to trade leads or take money, and that indicates a potentially slow deadline. And, until a few days ago, it was slow. Few rumors and almost zero trades. Luckily, everything picked up in the last 48 hours or so, and we had some fun action on trade timelines, including the nine-player blockbuster Clevinger. Baseball is the entertainment business, and the trading and rumors of business are entertaining. We have had it this year despite the unusual circumstances.


We were with you all day providing you with updates and analysis on the trade timelines below.

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