New month, same team.
For the second year in a row, the New York Yankees did not budge at the trade deadline, deciding to ride out the rest of the 2020 season the way the team is currently structured. While Brian Cashman and company stood pat, the rest of the American League East was relatively active. Let’s run through the other four teams within the division and recap what they did at the deadline.
If it makes Yankees fans feel any better, the first place Rays did not manufacture anything to write home about. They dealt pitcher Anthony Banda to the San Francisco Giants for cash. Banda threw just seven innings for the Rays this year in four appearances, so he wasn’t much of a benefactor to the team anyway. The only other real move that Tampa Bay made was dealing first baseman Jose Martinez to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later and cash. The Rays acquired Martinez back in January of this year to be a power bat in their lineup, but after hitting only two home runs and striking out at career high clip of 26.3%, the Rays decided they’ve seen enough. Just like the Bombers, Tampa will finish the season with virtually the same team they’ve had all year.
If there’s a team in the AL East that surprised the rest of the division at the deadline, it was the Blue Jays. Toronto made some moves that indicates that they’re not playing around in this shortened season.
They acquired starter Robbie Ray from the Arizona Diamondbacks, a player the Yankees have expressed interest in within recent years. Although, there may be a good reason why Brian Cashman didn’t pay much attention to Ray this time around — in seven games this year, he owns a 7.84 ERA, 7.23 FIP and a -0.4 fWAR. Those are, well, not very stellar to say the least. The lefty has always been known for his high strikeout rate, which is at 12.48 K/9 thus far. On the flip side, however, he’s walking nine batters per nine innings and surrendering nearly three homers per game. If the Jays can tame his biggest issues, Ray could be a nice addition to a young team.
Ray wasn’t the only arm added to the arsenal. The Seattle Mariners traded starter Taijuan Walker to Toronto, another name the Yankees were rumored to be in on. He’s having a much better season than Ray, as Walker sits at a 3.27 ERA, 4.62 FIP, and 0.3 fWAR. Though, he does seem to have some trouble with walks as well, sporting a 3.00 BB/9.
The Jays also added right hander Ross Stripling and shortstop Jonathan Villar. Toronto currently sits in third in the AL East, only two games behind the Yankees.
As we all predicted, the O’s were sellers at the deadline, dealing three of their pitchers. Reliever Miguel Castro went to the New York Mets, starter Tommy Milone to the Atlanta Braves, and Baltimore shipped Mychal Givens to the Colorado Rockies.
In return, the Orioles received lefty Kevin Smith and a PTBNL from the Mets; two PTBNL from the Braves; and first baseman Tyler Nevin, shortstop Terrin Vavra and a PTBNL from the Rockies. Nevin is a name Yankees fans may be familiar with. Phil Nevin, New York’s third base coach, is Tyler’s father. Should be a fun little rivalry within the division.
It’s amazing how just two years ago this team was hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy and are now breaking it all down. They did trade Mookie Betts over the offseason to the Los Angeles Dodgers, which proved to be just the start of the selling process.
The Sox traded outfielder Kevin Pillar to the Colorado Rockies, lefty Josh Osich to the Chicago Cubs, and Mitch Moreland across the country to the San Diego Padres. Those were just the moves that they finalized right before the deadline. A little over a week ago they sent their top bullpen arms, Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree, to the Philadelphia Phillies for pitchers Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. The Red Sox are one of the worst teams in all of baseball right now. Injuries helped put them here, but it may be that way for some time.