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Josh Hader’s business was a two-sided blunder. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
It’s been more than a month since the August 2 deadline for Major League Baseball deals came. And that’s enough time for quick reactions to make way for first impressions.
So, let’s discuss which trades work for better…and for worse.
We chose four deals for each side of the fence. We’re mostly interested in buyers’ perspective, though one particularly disastrous trade – you can probably guess which one – required us to lament how it worked out with all parties involved.
Let’s start with some honorable and dishonest signs, and then we’ll count down the best of the best and the worst of the worst.
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distinguished: RHP David Robertson, RHP Noah Syndergaard, SS Edmundo Sosa, Philadelphia Phillies
Robertson hit a wall in September, but still has a 2.76 ERA and five saves in seven attempts for Philadelphia. Syndergaard has just 4.61 ERA as Phillie, but the team has won five of the seven games he’s started.
The biggest surprise so far is Sosa. He was known for his glove business when it was acquired by the Phillies family, but has since been spun off from the 1.030 OPS. Although this is more than a small sample size of 54 panel appearances, it was nonetheless a boon to Velez Field.
Dishonest: Minnesota Twins RHB Tyler Mahley
These guys were supposed to lift the Twins’ staff that was inconsistent for the first four months of the season, but that didn’t really happen.
Vollmer has been more solid than good on their new threads, while Lopez has been open about rolling out a 4.40 ERA. Meanwhile, Mahle put his 4.41 ERA into four starts for twins before going on to list those with shoulder inflammation.
distinguished: 3B J.D. Davis, San Francisco Giants
Davis was only hitting .238/.324/.359 through 66 games with the New York Mets, however Peripheral metrics It included some encouraging numbers in the call quality sections.
As such, it’s not the biggest shocker that he raised his idle ratio to .457 with the Giants. That’s more than they were getting from Darren Rove, who has since slipped into a .140/.182/.200 slash in New York.
Dishonest: Christian Vasquez and DH Tree Mancini, Houston Astros
Vasquez has only hit .246 in 22 games as an Astro, which is a blank number .246. He’s only walked four times and has yet to score an extra base kick.
For his part, the seven races Mancini has given to the Astros are all well and good. But he also only has 14 more strokes in 102 strokes on the bat, with 33 strokes to boot.
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Trading: Los Angeles Dodgers gets RHB Chris Martin. Chicago Cubs Get INF / OF Zach McKinstry
Look, the team simply can’t win 96 of its first 139 games without some kind of Midas Touch. Of all the players the Dodgers have turned into gold this season, Chris Martin is just the latest.
After submitting to a modest 4.31 ERA through 34 appearances as a cub, the 36-year-old veteran succumbed to just four earned runs over the course of 16.2 innings as a dodger. That comes to 2.16 ERA, although arguably he deserves better because of how he only allowed nine hits next to zero walking and 20 strikes.
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for each his 0.6 fWARMartin is the third best NFL loyalist since he debuted on the Dodgers on August 1. Meanwhile, on the North Side, Cubs’ rookie didn’t end up playing on McKinstry because he only produced 0.574 OPS in 28 games.
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Trading: Atlanta gets RHP Raisel Iglesias; Los Angeles Angels acquire RHP Jesse Chavez and LHP Tucker Davidson
The Angels were clearly feeling some Jupiter’s remorse for Raisel Iglesias, as their trade with the 32-year-old came to Atlanta just months after he re-signed him to a four-year, $58 million contract in the off-season.
Suffice it to say, Atlanta hasn’t felt anything like this since then seize The remainder of Iglesias’ contract is in the deal. It allowed every single win to run through 15.2 runs with the defending world champion, with 19 strokes against just four walks.
Unlike Martin in Los Angeles, Iglesias didn’t gain any speed in Atlanta. However, he tweaked his pitch mix to display more changes and profited accordingly. Since he debuted in Atlanta on August 5, the hitters have become so 3 for 20 With 10 strikes against his change.
However, Atlanta stuck with Kenley Jansen in the closing role even as he hit a rocky patch with a 5.27 ERA since Iglesias’ arrival. But given that Iglesias also has experience with locking in addition to the hot hand, don’t be surprised if they eventually make the switch.
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Trading: Seattle Mariners get RHB Luis Castillo. Cincinnati Reds get SS Noelify Mart, SS Edwin Arroyo, RHB Levi Studt, RHB Andrew Moore
The start of the sailors’ rotation wasn’t quite a weakness as the August 2 deadline approached, yet there was no escaping the need for some sort of thing.
Obviously, that came in the form of Luis Castillo. It was nothing but a smooth sail for him as a navigator, with his seven starts so far yielding a 2.70 ERA with 51 strokes in 43.1 runs.
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Apparently activated by a move to the opponent, the 29-year-old made contact with him Average Fastball From 96.8 to 97.2 mph. Excessive speed increases the danger of the fastball, as do the hitters 6 for 47 With 23 hits against him since he joined Seattle.
Likewise, the rest of the sailors were energized by the arrival of Castillo. proud of 2.83 pm Since they debuted on August 3, which is probably Show A for the reason they’re currently putting them into the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
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Trading: St. Louis Cardinals earned LHP Jordan Montgomery; New York Yankees Acquire CF Harrison Bader, PTBNL / Cash
Even then, the Cardinals seemed to have gotten a better end to the trade that brought Jordan Montgomery back from the Yankees in exchange for Harrison Bader. In fact, it was a swap of a player with a functional initiator.
Now starting seven in the Cardinals’ tenure, “functional” doesn’t come close to cutting it as Montgomery’s descriptor. All he did for St. Louis was record a 1.45 ERA in seven rounds, all of which resulted in victories for the Cardinals.
Since this trade, the 29-year-old has taken a seemingly counterintuitive move away from His own bread-and-butter plunger in favor of more 4-ply quick balls. But there is no arguing with the results, as the latter suddenly holds the opposing hitters to average .137.
Back in New York, the Yankees are still waiting for Bader’s plantar fasciitis to heal enough to let him play. To this end, Glover Gold He confessed He will play with some discomfort even if he manages to get back on the field.
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Trading: San Diego Padres gets RF Juan Soto, 1B Josh Bell; Washington Nationals get 1B Luke Voit, LHP MacKenzie Gore, SS CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell III, James Wood, RHP Jarlin Susana
The Padres had no reason to regret what they lost in the mega deal that brought Juan Soto and Josh Bell back from the Nationals. The young players who went to Washington, D.C. on the deal may one day become the major stars of the league, but that day hasn’t come yet.
Instead, here’s what Padres should be crying about now:
That’s not exactly the offensive support Padres was hoping for when he sold the farm to 23-year-old Soto and 30-year-old Bale. That’s certainly not what the fans were hoping for, and they let Soto (who’s only been 3 for 39 in his last 12 games) to know boo birds fly for him.
Of course, Padres is still in a position to make the playoffs one of the three National League cards. It’s an added comfort that the Soto/Bell deal doesn’t prove to be the worst deal they struck on Deadline, although we’ll get more into that later.
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Trading: The New York Yankees have RHP Frankie Montas and RHP Lou Trivino; Oakland Athletics features LHP Ken Waldichuk, RHP Luis Medina, LHP JP Sears and 2B Cooper Bowman
It’s doubtful the Yankees would have traded Jordan Montgomery for Harrison Bader if they hadn’t taken over Frankie Montas the day before – which, in retrospect, only adds insult to injury.
While Montgomery dominated in cardinal red, Montas mostly struggled in striped lines. The 29-year-old put in a 5.94 ERA through seven starts, with the Yankees moving 3-4 in days when he is introduced.
It wasn’t Montas’ fast balls effective Lately, though, it’s also fair to point out that he wasn’t so lucky either. Aaron Hicks owes him this drop On Friday, even the Blue Jays brazenly admitted that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had collected licenses for Yankee Stadium on August 18:
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While the Yankees wait for Montas to perform to par, they can at least be thankful that Lou Trivino has pulled off his end of the bargain. The 30-year-old loyalist has a 1.23 ERA through 17 Kianky appearances.
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Trading: Toronto Blue Jays awarded INF / OF Whit Merrifield; Kansas City Royals Earned INF/Of Samad Taylor and RHP Max Castillo
The Blue Jays made what we call an “interesting” decision when they acquired Whit Merrifield on deadline. Unless the veteran reverses his position Against COVID-19 vaccination, he won’t even be allowed to play in Canada.
Fortunately for the team, Murrayfield has already done it get vaccinated. Unfortunately for the team, the acquisition of the 33-year-old proves to be an addition offering.
During his heyday as a two-time All-Star player from 2017-21, Merrifield was known to offer a versatile defense with good hitting, excellent speed and cross power. The Blue Jays had a versatile defense but no more than that, hitting only .182 Merrifield with one home run and one stolen base in 26 games.
Although they are in a position to make the playoffs, it is not entirely coincidental that the Blue Jays are 5-13 in 18 games started by Murrayfield.
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Trading: San Diego Padres gets LHP Josh Hader. Milwaukee Brewers acquire LHP Taylor Rogers, RHP Dinelson Lamet, LHP Robert Gasser and Esteury Ruiz
There was nothing quite as big as Padres’ deal with Soto and Bale, but the brothers also made the most surprising trade of the summer when they had huge success off the field for Josh Hader.
Until then, though, the value of the All-Time Four was already declining as he struggled with an 8.82 ERA in his last 18 appearances as Brewer. He was somehow worse than Padre, allowing 13 points earned in 8.2 runs in a 13.50 ERA period.
The Milwaukee end of this trade couldn’t have been much better. Even putting aside the 4.96 ERA Taylor Rogers posted in the Brewers costume, it might not be a coincidence that the crew is 18 to 21 years old since the trade. to me listen to it From leftist Eric Lauer, the deal sent the message that “a lot of people just didn’t go along with it.”
We tend to think of “bad” deals as deals in which one team is violated by another. Hader’s trade should serve as a reminder of what a proper bad trade really is: a trade in which both sides have gone to great lengths only to take a big loss.