The last month seemed to drag on forever, but the non-waiver trade deadline finally passed. Yesterday, Jake recapped all of the Yankees’ moves. Hopefully Brian Cashman made enough improvements to propel the team to the postseason. Their stiffest competition just so happens to be their division rivals, the Red Sox. Let’s take a look at how Boston and the rest of the AL East fared at the deadline.
It was the basement dwelling Orioles who kicked off all the action. For weeks, rumors circulated about where Manny Machado would end up. The Yankees were even in the chase and seemed like strong contenders at one point, but in the end he went to the Los Angeles Dodgers. After that, Baltimore really opened up shop.
They made a rare trade with the Yankees, sending Zach Britton over in exchange for a few pitching prospects. The Orioles also shipped Brad Brach, Kevin Gausman, and Darren O’Day to Atlanta. Finally, Baltimore acquired Jonathan Villar, Luis Ortiz, and Jean Carmona from the Brewers. Milwaukee received Jonathan Schoop in the deal. You’d think the Yankees would be able to beat this version of the Orioles, but they still managed only to split the two-game series against them that wrapped up yesterday.
The Rays are nearly 20 games back in the division, but that didn’t stop them from being busy at the deadline. For one thing, they decided to take their bullpenning strategy to the extreme. Having a two-man rotation consisting of Nathan Eovaldi and Chris Archer turned out to be two too many starting pitchers for them. The Rays rectified this problem by flipping Eovaldi to the Red Sox, and sending Chris Archer to the Pirates. They also traded left-handed pitchers Jonny Venters and Hunter Schryver to the Braves and White Sox, respectively.
Meanwhile, catcher Wilson Ramos was sent to the Phillies, and right-hander Matt Andriese found a new home with the Diamondbacks. After moving a ton of pitchers, Tampa Bay decided to add a bat. They acquired outfielder Tommy Pham and future considerations from the Cardinals in exchange for Justin Williams, Genesis Cabrera, and Roel Ramirez.
Boston Red Sox
Despite recent injuries to Eduardo Rodriguez, Rafael Devers, and Chris Sale, the Red Sox didn’t do much at the deadline. They did add former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi to their rotation, and the Bombers will get a look at him this coming weekend. Other than that, Boston’s only interesting move came together in the hours leading up to the 4 PM Eastern deadline when they acquired Ian Kinsler from the Angels. I guess there isn’t a need for many improvements when your team doesn’t lose.
It sure was an interesting month of intra-division trades. Not only did the Yankees make a deal with the Orioles, but they worked out a trade with the Blue Jays too. New York acquired J.A. Happ from Toronto in exchange for Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney. The Blue Jays’ biggest move sent Roberto Osuna to the Astros for Ken Giles, David Paulino, and Hector Perez. They also parted ways with relievers Seung Hwan Oh (Rockies), Aaron Loup (Phillies) and John Axford (Dodgers).
Which of the AL East teams do you think had the most successful deadline? Let us know in the comments.