For two days, Major League Baseball turned into a frantic star exchange encounter.
a Record 10 All-Stars earlier this month in unused teams suddenly, reflecting the wide-begin state of play that tempted some teams to upload lofty stakes banner races and two other unused champions to burst the glass and hit the self-destruct button.
When the dust settled, it was the wildest trade deadline in recent memory. Here are those who did and those who did not.
Winners: Los Angeles Dodgers
Everyone expected the defending champions to be the best baseball team. They weren’t yet, in terms of records, tracking the San Francisco Giants in the Western NL. They were still an absolute force to be reckoned with, preferring to triumph everything.
Then they added Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, the best center player and the best player who moved on the trading deadline. In the process, they fended off the San Diego Padres from the Scherzer rupture.
With a system as deep as the Dodgers, commercial pitcher Josiah Gray and backer Quebert Ruiz for the Washington Nationals sensed impending rationality for Scherzer and a year and a half from Turner. When, a day later, the Toronto Blue Jays ditched a prospect package similar to pleasing-but-not-distinguished twins starter Jose Berrios, it came down to how distinguished a deal it would have been for General Manager Andrew Friedman and the company.
Losers: Distressed Mets, Phillies and Braves fans
The department that refuses to make anything stride.
On top of the NL East, the New York Mets have added Javier Baez’s biggest name. But the alike day they found out that Jacob Degrom had a setback and wouldn’t be back until September, they didn’t do much to fundamentally improve their show. Baez is sexy, and his eventual relationship with Francisco Lindor would be fun, but it’s not clear he’s the difference maker at the moment.
Down in Philadelphia, the second-placed Phillies swapped his best prospects in promotion for a pleasing housing and no one was sure the primary bowler would aid.
The curvy Atlanta Braves made the most of their deadline, but it largely consisted of turning gaps into efficiency. This is significant, if not exciting.
The outcome would likely be very disappointing for a race that gives the winners the right to stare at Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer in qualifying. pleasing luck.
Winners: Cubs Born Tomorrow Fans
Look, this has been a day packed of pain for Chicago Cubs fans who watched the three most defining players with their 2016 World Championship title arid,parched up unofficially shipped to the contenders within 24 hours.
It was coming for a while. When Theo Epstein cease for the holiday, it was clear that a unused era was imminent. However, it remains shocking that none of the Anthony Rizzo-Chris Bryant-Javier Baez trio has yet to be rescued or retained in hopes of a lengthy-term agreement. Cubs fans who enjoyed 2016 and thought it would be the start of a lengthy-term career may not overcome the disappointment of the reality that followed.
However, it’s also clear that Cubs fans who can split up or who pick up on the team from a post-Billy Goat vantage point might appreciate the day unused Chief of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer ransacked Band-Aid.
The talent they’ve extracted for sought-following players like Craig Kimbrel could quickly bring a unused era of joy to Wrigley Field. Nick Madrigal, who will miss the year with a hamstring injury, will immediately be an exciting second base talent in 2022. Soccer player Pete Crowe-Armstrong, who came from the Mets on a Bayes deal, is a player worthy of a dream.
It won’t be lovely for the rest of the season, but by brushing emotions aside once the path is set, the Cubs will likely make the coming that much brighter.
Losers: Citizens of Washington
At fewest they will not be pressured. Suddenly, Patriots fans have very little to watch except for the highlights of Juan Soto.
Their dramatic upheaval has also yielded fantastical talents – two of them will likely appear with the team soon – but it felt much less thoughtful than Cubs’ decision. Scherzer’s trade became an obvious move given the team’s place in the standings. The call for an arrest in Tria Turner – which could aid the team compete in 2022 – does not appear to be justified based on expectations that have returned, and ends up feeling unnecessarily pessimistic.
A team that has one of the four or five crown jewels of the sport in Soto shouldn’t ride entire seasons because a firm extension decision could loom on the horizon. Even when they recently won the world championship.
Winners: New York Yankees
You wouldn’t say General Manager Brian Cashman didn’t go for it. The team that seemed to be sleeping into disappointment had a distinguished mix of talent and character with Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo.
The AL uncivilized-card race will be a Barnbrunner, and the Yankees have put themselves in a holeshot, but they have a lofty chance of making their way in October.
Losers: San Diego Padres
Briefly on Thursday, AJ Preller appeared and that the Padres family will be combative handling darlings once again. Then the Dodgers stole their Thunder and Max Scherzer simultaneously. On Friday, the San Francisco Giants took the big swing and brought in previous NL MVP Kris Bryant as their first candid admission of yes, they think they can do it.
Stuck in third place, it’s firm to imagine Padres avoiding the uncivilized card game. Now they have to hope that they can escape from it and have a proper confrontation with the bad big dodgers.
Losers: Colorado Rockies
Still on this dismal Colorado team for the former two months prior hitting free agency, Shortstop Trevor Story summed it up nicely for the Denver Post: “I’m confused and don’t really have anything pleasing to say about the situation and how it happened.”