Grading the MLB Trade deadline

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
By Larry Fleisher
XN Sports

MLB Trade Deadline
See Gallery
Grading the MLB Trade deadline

Boston Red Sox – For a team not going anywhere, the Red Sox made a pair of moves that netted them players that will contribute on next year’s team. The Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes, a right-handed hitter, who should have a good time with the Green Monster. They also acquired Allen Craig, who has a track record of big hits despite a down year this year. The Red Sox also needed pitching after trading 60 percent of their rotation and Joe Kelly once fully healthy could be a part of next year’s pitching mix. Additionally the Red Sox acquired highly regarded reliever Eduardo Rodriguez for Andrew Miller, who is a free agent.

Grade: A

Pictured: Yoenis Cespedes. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Oakland Athletics - Oakland’s rotation already was very good after last month’s trade with the Cubs. Now it got even better even if Jon Lester turns into just a three-month rental. The A’s were likely to lose Cespedes in free agency after next year so give credit to Billy Beane for thinking a few steps ahead by including Cespedes for Lester. And also give Beane credit for getting a proven outfielder Jonny Gomes. The A’s already had Gomes when he helped them reach the postseason two years ago.

Grade: A 

Pictured: Jon Lester (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Detroit Tigers – The Tigers responded to Oakland getting Jon Lester by getting an ace of their own in David Price. They get at least a year and a half of Price, which is good for his track record but also as insurance if Max Scherzer leaves via free agency.  The Tigers also made this deal without giving up Rick Porcello, who has really emerged this year. The Tigers already had one of the game’s best rotations even with Justin Verlander having a down year and it’s hard to argue that they didn’t get even better.

Grade: A

Pictured: David Price (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Seattle Mariners - The Mariners needed a right-handed hitting outfielder and Austin Jackson was their man. Jackson is a free agent after 2016 so they’re getting two and a half seasons with him and he figures to get even better as he enters his prime years. Also the cost of getting Jackson wasn’t high since Nick Franklin was the only outgoing player and he has spent most of the year in the minors. 

Grade: A

Pictured: Austin Jackson (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Baltimore Orioles – Andrew Miller is one of the top lefties in the game and that was an area of need for the Orioles. In Miller, the Orioles are getting a rental from the Red Sox but he has a 14.7 strikeout rate per nine innings which should help in the bandbox of Camden Yards. While giving up Eduardo Rodriguez is a steep price, Miller was a necessity to enhance a first place team’s pitching staff. Grade: B+

Pictured: Andrew Miller (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

New York Yankees - The reality of the mediocre record indicates that maybe the Yankees should sell but that’s not how they operate. They had clear needs in right field after Alfonso Soriano was released and after Ichiro Suzuki was exposed by playing every day. That’s where Martin Prado comes in and he is hitting .270 while also being able to play multiple positions. Additionally the Yankees also obtained Stephen Drew from the Red Sox. While his bat has been terrible, Drew’s glove is an upgrade over Brian Roberts, who is an ex-Yankee after making 10 errors.

Grade: B+

Pictured: Martin Prado (AP Photo/Matt York)

St. Louis Cardinals – Upon first glance you see the Cardinals trading Allen Craig and think, what are they doing? Then you look  at their rotation beyond Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn and it’s not pretty. That’s where getting John Lackey and Justin Masterson come in. Both have pitched well and should enhance a rotation missing Michael Wacha and waiting for more consistency from Shelby Miller.

Grade: B

Pictured: John Lackey (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Washington Nationals - The combination of ineffective play by Danny Espinosa and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman‘s hamstring injury led the Nationals down this path of acquiring Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera will slide into second base while Anthony Rendon will move to third. Cabrera is regarded as a below average glove but has a good bat despite the .246 average he had with Cleveland.

Grade: B

Pictured: Asdrubal Cabrera (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Atlanta Braves - This is kind of an understated move but the Braves addressed the lack of left-handed relief pitching by getting James Russell from the Cubs. Russell was highly sought-after for having a 3.51 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. They also received some the versatile Emilio Bonifacio, who can play many positions and has 14 steals in 69 games. It’s not the flashy move but it’s an understated one that should help the Braves.

Grade: B

Pictured: James Russell (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Miami Marlins – Starting pitching is already a strength for the Marlins and adding hard-throwing Jarred Cosart from the Astros enhances things. Despite a high ERA, Cosart is under team control through 2019 and has shown glimpses of his potential at times.

Grade: B

Pictured: Jarred Cosart (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Houston Astros – The Astros have spent the last few years stockpiling what they believe are high-end prospects that’s the description of Jake Marisnick from the Marlins and third baseman Colin Moran. Marisnick has yet to make an impact at this level and Moran is still in single-A. So if this trade does pay off, the Astros won’t know for a few years.

Grade: B

Pictured: Jake Marisnick (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Arizona Diamondbacks – When they tradedBrandon McCarthy to the Yankees, the return was mediocre lefty Vidal Nuno. This time they got a high-end prospect in getting Pete O’Brien from the Yankees for Martin Prado. O’Brien has 33 home runs and is not going to be a major league catcher. Scouts have compared him to Mark Reynolds but having that power potential at your disposal can’t be a bad thing. 

Grade: B

Pictured: Pete O'Brien (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Tampa Bay Rays – Considering that the Rays received a rookie of the year winner in Wil Myers for James Shields after the 2012 season, you’d have thought they could something similar for David Price, who has had a better career than Shields. Instead they wound up getting Nick Franklin from the Seattle Mariners and Drew Smyly from the Tigers. They’re adequate pieces but you’d have thought Tampa Bay would be able to fetch more maybe something similar to what the A’s sent to the Cubs. Grade: C

Pictured: Nick Franklin (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


Allen Iverson thinking about coaching?
Dwayne Wade supports LeBron's decision
Derrick Rose at World Cup trials

Read Full Story

People are Reading