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MLB Trade Deadline Recap

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An overview of the major trades that occured prior to the yesterday’s trade deadline.

MLB Trade Deadline Recap

As usual, MLB general managers were on the phones throughout the day yesterday (July 31) up until the 4 PM non-waiver trade deadline. With that being said, however, the new two wild card system that was just put in place before this season has resulted in more teams "buying" and less teams "selling" at the deadline. I will go over each of the notable trades that occurred over the past week plus name the teams I believe were winners and losers.

Dodgers acquired 3B/SS Hanley Ramirez and LHP Randy Choate from the Marlins for RHP Nathan Eovaldi and RHP Scott McGough. (July 25)

Pirates acquired 1B Gaby Sanchez from the Marlins for OF Gorkys Hernandez, RHP Kyle Kaminska and a 2013 competitive balance pick. (July 26)

Angels acquired RHP Zack Greinke from the Brewers for SS Jean Segura, RHP Johnny Hellweg and RHP Ariel Pena.(July 27)

Giants acquired 2B/SS Marco Scutaro and cash considerations from the Rockies for INF Charlie Culberson. (July 27)

White Sox acquired LHP Francisco Liriano from the Twins for INF Eduardo Escobar and LHP Pedro Hernandez. (July 28)

Diamondback acquired 3B Chris Johnson from the Astros for OF Bobby Borchering and OF Marc Krauss (July 29)

Braves acquired OF Reed Johnson, LHP Paul Maholm and cash considerations from the Cubs for RHP Jaye Chapman and RHP Arodys Vizcaino. (July 30)

Rangers acquired C Geovany Soto and cash considerations from the Cubs for RHP Jacob Brigham and a player to be named later or cash considerations. (July 30)

Blue Jays acquired RHP Steve Delabar from the Mariners for OF Eric Thames. (July 31)

Cardinals acquired RHP Edward Mujica from the Marlins for SS Zack Cox. (July 31)

Dodgers acquired OF Shane Victorino from the Phillies for RHP Josh Lindbolm and RHP Ethan Martin and a player to be named later or cash. (July 31)

Dodgers acquired RHP Brandon League from the Mariners for OF Leon Landry and RHP Logan Bawcom. (July 31)

Giants acquired OF Hunter Pence and cash considerations from the Phillies for OF Nate Schierholtz, C Tommy Joseph and RHP Seth Rosin. (July 31)

Pirates acquired OF Travis Snider from the Blue Jays for RHP Brad Lincoln. (July 31)

Rangers acquired RHP Ryan Dempster from the Cubs for RHP Kyle Hendricks and 3B Christian Villanueva. (July 31)

Red Sox acquired LHP Craig Breslow from the Diamondbacks for OF Scott Podsednik and RHP Matt Albers. (July 31)

Reds acquired RHP Jonathan Broxton from the Royals for LHP Donnie Joseph and RHP J.C. Sulbaran. (July 31)

Yankees acquired 1B/3B Casey McGehee and cash considerations from the Pirates for RHP Chad Qualls. (July 31)

Trade Winners

1. Dodgers - It's hard to not pick the Dodgers as the biggest winners with the players they acquired before the deadline. This was a team that struggled offensively all year, even when Matt Kemp was healthy. The additions of Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino will really bolster the lineup. The acquisition of Brandon League flies under the radar a bit because of Hanley and Victorino, but League will bring some depth to a bullpen that needs it, especially with Josh Lindbolm heading to Miami.

2. Angels - Although the Angels had to part ways with their top position-player prospect in SS Jean Segura, they did land a Cy Young award winner in Zack Greinke. It will be interesting to see how Greinke performs out in southern California with some of the psychological issues he's dealt with in the past. If he can adjust back to pitching the AL again and feels comfortable with his new ball club then the Angels have themselves arguably the best starting pitching rotation in baseball.

3. Rangers - The Rangers added a much needed starting pitcher to their rotation, and it ended up being the best starter available in the trade market (at the time). Texas still may not have a true ace type pitcher atop their rotation, however, they now have three good options (Ryan Dempster, Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison) to go with in a post season series. Geovany Soto will allow for manager Ron Washington to spell Mike Napoli more at the catcher position.

4. Giants - The acquisition of Hunter Pence was vital for a team that has struggled to score runs for the past three seasons. They now have a legitimate home run threat in the middle of their lineup. Pence also brings a great attitude on and off the field. He gives it his all on every play in the field and has always been a good teammate in the clubhouse. Marco Scutaro was also a good pickup as he can play a variety of infield positions well and can hold his own at the plate.

Trade Losers

1. Red Sox - Boston acquired left handed reliever Craig Breslow which adds to the depth to the bullpen, but they traded a solid relief pitcher in Matt Albers to get him, so the upgrade was minimal. Also, the Red Sox have one of the worst starting pitching staffs in baseball this year and failing to address that issue might cost them a shot at a playoff berth. While they will likely move Franklin Morales into the rotation, you have to wonder if they could have done more.

2. Yankees - The Bombers traded for 1B/3B Casey McGehee which wasn't a bad move considering Alex Rodriguez at least until the middle of September with a hand injury. However, GM Brian Cashman failed to land Ryan Dempster, or any starting pitcher for that matter, which might become a real need for this team come October. It's going to hard to trust Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes to pitch well in a post season game.

3. Nationals - It was rumored that the Nationals were attempting to land a starting pitcher before yesterday's trade deadline. After failing to do so, to go along with Stephen Strasburg being shut down after 160 IP (He's currently a 121.1 IP) the Nationals are going to be in some trouble down the stretch of the regular season and in the playoffs. They'll have to rely on Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann to pitch great and hope another starter steps up in the absence of Strasburg.

4. Cardinals - Cardinals GM John Mozeliak apparently thinks his team is good enough to compete for another World Series Championship, however, I'm not sold. The Cardinals lineup is one of the best in the NL, especially if Lance Berkman can be close to the player he was last year. With Chris Carpenter out for the remainder of the season, their starting pitching might be what keeps them from making it to a second straight World Series.

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