Trade Deadline: Winners and Losers

The Trade Deadline has come and gone. This is one of the most exciting times of the year, as it gives teams the chance to add a key player to help fuel a big run down the stretch. However, some teams who need to make a move sometimes do not pull the trigger, or they make the wrong move. Let’s take a look at the winners and losers from this year’s trade deadline.

WINNERS:

Cleveland Indians- The Indians getting Ubaldo Jimenez is the big deal of the deadline. The Indians have slipped and are now fighting to win the Central. However, this addition will help them compete and give them a much better shot at winning their division. Ubaldo has not been lights out, but has still been effective: 6-9/4.46 ERA/118 K/2 CG. The Indians will need to make an impact right away if they want to make the playoffs.

Philadelphia Phillies- Once again, the Phillies added an All-Star at the deadline. This time it was OF Hunter Pence, formerly of the Houston Astros. This fills the one very weak spot in the Phillies lineup, right field. Hunter Pence has hit really well this year, with a .305 BA/11 HR/62 RBI/26 2B. The Phillies, who were already loaded to begin with, are now in place to make a very serious run at the pennant.

San Francisco Giants- The Giants do not have a very good offense, but they made a deal to get a good bat in Carlos Beltran. Beltran will provide the Giants with a steady bat, and he should help out the pitching staff. He has hit .282 with 15 HR and 67 RBI so far this year. Add that to a .499 SLG and Beltran will be the bat the Giants need. Good move for them. The Giants also added Jeff Keppinger.

St. Louis Cardinals- Although the Cardinals lost Colby Rasmus, they got a solid pitcher in Edwin Jackson. Jackson will provide the Cardinals with quality numbers down the stretch. In Chicago, his numbers were pretty good: 7-7, 3.92 ERA, 97 K, and  7.2 K/9 IP. The Cardinals have now found a temporary replacement for Adam Wainwright, and Jackson will be effective for them in the postseason (if they make it). The Cardinals have also picked up Rafael Furcal from the Dodgers. Furcal has not well this season (.197 BA), but he will provide solid defense for the club.

Atlanta Braves-The Braves missed out on Pence and Beltran, but they filled a major hole in their lineup. Michael Bourn is a speedy guy who will give the Braves their true leadoff man, which they have been searching to find for some time. Bourn has had a good year, hitting .303 with 39 SB, a major league best. Atlanta now has somebody to get on in front of guys like McCann, Freeman, and a recently resurgent Uggla.

LOSERS:

New York Yankees-The Yankees needed to add a pitcher to help out CC Sabathia, but they did not get it done, Ubaldo Jimenez would have been have a good pick up for them, but the Yanks were not willing to give up what the Rockies wanted. Instead, Colorado shipped him off to Cleveland for some prospects. Now the Yankees must hope that the rest of the staff can answer the call from the Red Sox.

Cincinatti Reds- The Reds were in desperate need of making a move, and they stayed put. The Brewers and Cardinals are starting to pull away in the division and the Reds and Pirates needed to respond (Pirates got Derrek Lee). As much of a fan as I am of Dontrelle Willis, he is not the answer for the Reds (0-1, 3.52 ERA/15 K in 4 GS). The Reds have to make do with what they have or they will be at home watching come October.

Chicago Cubs- If it wasn’t already apparent, the Cubs are headed for a dismal season. Instead of getting rid of some of the older guys on their roster to bring some young talent, they sat back and did nothing. Now Cubs fans will have to hope that free agency brings some hope, otherwise things will continue to move south for the Cubs.

 

 


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4 Responses to “Trade Deadline: Winners and Losers”

  1. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    Phils did it again…. Pence is a stud. It will be a Yanks-Phils World Series replay- this time w. the Phils victorious.

  2. Robert says:

    I am not sure if I would go with the Yankees. They do have a way of winning when they get to the postseason, but i really like Boston this year. If only they had gotten rid of Dice-K or John Lackey…

  3. Robert says:

    I take that last part back. I forgot they got Bedard, who replaces either of those two, and that was needed by Boston.

  4. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    I hate the Yanks…..but they know how to win, something to do w. those Pinstrips

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