Dodgers- Manny Machado, Brian Dozier
With Corey Seager out for the season the Dodgers needed to find a replacement at shortstop. Playing Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez are better utilized in a play anywhere and everywhere role. Adding Manny Machado gave them a player with huge upside, while his defense is suspect he right away can be placed in the middle of the Dodgers order making an impact. With the Diamondbacks hot on their heels in the National League West it was fair to assume that the Dodgers brass didn’t want to rely on the bats on Max Muncy and rejuvenated Matt Kemp.
The Dodgers also added more depth to their middle infield adding veteran second baseman Brian Dozier. Dozier, whose name has come up around the deadline for what seems like the last century will finally be placed on a team that is ready and willing to do what it takes to compete for a championship.
Yankees- J.A. Happ, Zach Britton, Lance Lynn, Luke Voit
The New York Yankees had a few holes to fill going into the trade deadline. Starting pitching was the biggest need. They filled it without giving up their top tier prospects. While J.A. Happ doesn’t have the sexy stats you may want to see in New York he does bring a valuable asset. He can beat the Red Sox. Since 2015, Happ, a 35-year-old lefty, has one of the lowest ERAs at 1.78 among starters vs. the Red Sox. This season alone in two starts vs. the Red Sox Happ has allowed only one run in 10 2/3 innings pitched. The Yankees were also able to add a veteran starter Lance Lynn who can eat up innings down the stretch allowing your dominate bullpen to get rest during the dog days of August.
The under publicized move to add Luke Voit can end up being an impact for the Yankees. With the injury to Aaron Judge the Yankees will have a small void to fill for a few weeks. Voit allows the Yankees to place power back in their lineup. Will he be Aaron Judge? No that’s not fair but he can supply a right handed bat to platoon at DH and 1st base for the time being. Oh… Zach Britton also joins a bullpen with Aroldis Chapman and Delin Betances. That’s not to shabby.
Astros- Roberto Osuna
I am not a believer in getting involved in the personal issues of professional athletes, this one is hard to ignore. Roberto Osuna is an extremely talented reliever with huge upside now and in the future but this seems like a buy low move from an organization that has openly stated they have zero tolerance against domestic abuse. Osuna makes them stronger on the field but has a chance to cause some issues in the locker room. Team leader Justin Verlander has already openly made a statement against the move which right away could cause a rift between new teammates. I understand Osuna’s talent and every person should have a second chance in life if they truly regret what they have done but this move I cannot agree with. The Astros are a classy organization with respectable players. If any team can handle some controversy then it would be this team, but why bring it??
Mariners- Zach Duke, Sam Tuivailala, Adam Warren
Jerry Dipoto loves to make trades. In fact a strongly believe that during his time off he plays fantasy mode on MLB the Show just so he can make more trades. He reminds me of the guy in your fantasy football league that will offer you a trade every week that makes no sense for you or him. He just can’t help himself. When evaluating his moves I focused more on the actual moves made closer to the deadline. The pickup of Denard Span and Alex Colome were very good but a little early for our rating system. Adding three arms to the bullpen was a sound strategy for a team looking to make a run right now, but it doesn’t really get you over the hump against the beasts of the east. Juan Nicasio’s offseason signing has turned out to be a bust as he currently sits with an ERA way to close to six but Sam Tuivailala and Adam Warren are not two guys that are battle tested enough to fill in that need. Zach Duke has been a consistent performer in his major league career but are you really going to trust him in the middle innings of a playoff game to get a big out….nope. These moves have make the playoffs all over them but the Mariners were likely to do that anyway. They don’t put them any closer to the World Series.
Brewers- Mike Moustakas, Jonathon Schoop
I am trying to understand the moves that the Brewers made during the deadline and I have come up with this…they are going to try and out slug everyone. Continually their starting pitching has been questioned. After the injury to Brent Suter all eyes were watching for what potential starting pitcher was going to be headed to Milwaukee. Instead they added two players that bring the boom stick with them. Adding Schoop and Moose to a lineup that already features one of the best home run hitters in the league, Jesus Aguilar, makes their lineup up one of the most vicious the NL has seen in years. I guess who needs starting pitching when you can potentially put up 12 runs a game.
Pirates- Chris Archer, Keone Kela
No much was expected of the 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates. An offseason of change saw veteran franchise faces Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole moved in what seemed like the beginning of a rebuild in the steel city. Sitting 3.5 games back in the NL Wildcard race and seeing their young stars emerge into the roles they had envisioned has inspired the front office to make moves that are not only bold but uncharacteristic of the organization. Picking up Keone Kela to match up with All- Star Felipe Vasquez as already a noteworthy move. Then out of nowhere the blockbuster deal getting long time Ace Chris Archer from the Rays caught the entire league off guard. The Pirates have decided they are very close to being a true contender for years to come and they proved it today.
St. Louis needed to go young in the outfield. Welcome to the majors Tyler O’Neil.
Tampa Bay may have the craftiest front office in all of baseball. Austin Meadows can hit.
Braves bullpen got much better. O’Day and Brach are going to help them win the East.