Poll: Best Trade Deadline Buy

This just had to happen. Yesterday’s deals not only changed the context for earlier summer trades, but reshaped rosters around the game. For purposes of this poll, let’s focus on the teams that were looking to upgrade their current MLB roster.

Here are the moves that contenders made yesterday, by team:

So, which of these teams made the wisest addition(s) yesterday, given team need and the price they paid?


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Karkat
1 year 2 days ago

Tough call between A’s and Tigers for me. Tigers got the player with the better numbers who’s also under control for 2015, but A’s got a postseason stud (something that Price has yet to be.

Light_tower_power
1 year 2 days ago

People have to remember the A”s got Samardzija as well…

Karkat
1 year 2 days ago

For the purposes of this poll I’m looking at yesterday’s moves in isolation.

Adam Heath
1 year 2 days ago

Either way, A’s are set up for a great run this year but I believe they gave up more valuable pieces than Detroit.

Better
1 year 2 days ago

Had I remembered that I would have voted A’s. They now have 4 starters with an ERA under 3 and the 5th’s ERA is under 4. Unreal.

$114759666
1 year 2 days ago

I’m a die hard Tigers fan and I leaned to the A’s. Lester is a great playoff addition, and Fuld will help them, and all they really gave up was Cespedes. The Tigers did have maybe the biggest get, but Smyly/Jackson is a steep price to pay…

Big D
1 year 2 days ago

The Tigers did not improve defensively, offensively and did not fix the woeful bullpin; probably, made it worse, because Smyly would have been moved to the pin for the playoffs. Price better remain stellar or be better than stellar for this to payoff in the short-term.

myeo
1 year 2 days ago

Twins

Austin
1 year 2 days ago

Best overall trade before the deadline was probably the Cubs trading Samardzija to the A’s for Addison Russell (#7 overall prospect) and Billy McKinney. They threw in Jason Hammel to make it happen.

schaddy24
1 year 2 days ago

The Cubs may have gotten a better return (based on potential) for Shark than Tampa got for Price.

Dynasty22
1 year 2 days ago

That was a selling move. This article is about best trade deadline buy though I agree with your statement.

MiggyCabby24
1 year 2 days ago

Hammel has been pitching like a throw-in. Detroit still has the best starting rotation just by virtue of experience. Samardzija, Kazmir doesn’t have it, and Gray has very little. Lester is the only one with any substantial playoff experience.

James Pinsky
1 year 2 days ago

Run this poll again after the World Series.

MB923
1 year 2 days ago

What would be the point of that? The obvious winner would be the team that does win the WS (assuming a team that does win it is listed here). The only team not listed here which I think has a good chance to win it is the Dodgers.

lefty177
1 year 2 days ago

Red Sox

Baseball Legend
1 year 2 days ago

They weren’t buyers. Not part of the poll, but they had an atrocious deadline, regardless. Spin it all you want, but their net loss was about 4 wins in the short-term and there was very limited long-term value gained. They’re best result is that Craig is 4th outfielder or your 2015 1st basemen who is light on power and Kelly becomes a set-up type of guy. The Cespedes thing still makes no sense whatsoever.

Victoria Roberts
1 year 2 days ago

Yeah I really can’t see getting an outfielder with 25+ hr potential and moving him to a very small ballpark. Particularly when your outfield has combined for 15 hrs this season, and you were looking for a righthanded power bat. What were the Red Sox thinking?

DodgerBlue83
1 year 1 day ago

Really what were they thinking? They gave up an ace at the deadline and got, an outfielder with a below average BA a below average OBP and a career negative dWAR. Add in the fact that the last two years he is 10 of 19 in SBs (which is really bad) and making 10M a year. So congratulations, you got an average outfielder making what he deserves.

Victoria Roberts
1 year 1 day ago

Better than having three below average outfielders making between 15-22 million a season. Now that is brutal.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 2 days ago

I’m not even a Sox fan but you have to admit they did very well.

antsal
1 year 2 days ago

Looking at the 2015 Red Sox they could have Napoli (16M) or Craig(5.5M) at first. The OF will probably have JBJ, Victorino(13M) and Cespedes(10.5M). Throw in David Ortiz (16M) at DH and that is an expensive group of 5 players (not including JBJ) to fit into 4 spots(1B, LF, RF, DH) in 2015. You would think something has to give. It looks like dollarwise Craig is the odd man out. I can’t see them benching Napoli and his 16 million dollars to play Craig at first. Maybe they can platoon somewhere? Or if JBJ fails they can move Cespedes/Victorino to center and fit Craig into the OF. At least they have some flexibility and two months to figure out some things going into 2015.

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

I believe that the A’s got the better deal between the two of them, they got something very valuable, postseason experience. Lester is 6-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 76.2 innings with 68 strikeouts in the Postseason
David Price on the other hand is 1-4 with a 5.06 ERA in 32.0 innings with 30 strikeouts. I know these numbers are past numbers but it clearly indicates Lester as being the better postseason arm albeit in a smaller sample size. So with all of this being taken into account and considering the seasons they are both having currently the A’s got the better deal, however in the long run this could end up being a better deal for the Tigers due to the one extra year of control that they received with Price.

$114759666
1 year 2 days ago

Post-season numbers are so fickle though. Lester shut down the Tigers last year, good on him. Verlander got roughed up in the playoffs up through 2011, then was dominant in 2012-2013, but does anyone really feel comfortable counting on him to again be dominant after the year he’s having? Price has been the only horse for the Rays in his playoff appearances, going to be a lot less pressure on him when surrounded by the Tigers rotation.

One thing I do know is that if the Tigers go up against the A’s in the ALCS, that is going to be some must-watch baseball!

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

Personally I like both of the moves I just gave the edge to Lester because of how good he has been this season and to me experience in pressure situations are a good thing for a pitcher to have because they know how to experience the heat. Plus if he can take the heat of the Boston Media then playing in Oakland is going to be a walk in the park. But Price also has been dominant this year and it could go either way, but I do know one thing, it’s still too early to jump aboard the Tigers/A’s World Series train like everybody is doing because the games are played for a reason :). But I agree if the Tiger A’s ALCS does happen I expect it to go to a game 7 with some great dramatic baseball being played.

Voice_of_Reason
1 year 2 days ago

+1 … Lesters post-season numbers are better than Prices’. An even smaller sample size but Lester is #2 ALL TIME for World Series ERA 0.43 in 21 innings. If he pitches like he historically has in the post-season the A’s have the best trade deadline pickup.

Mike
1 year 2 days ago

I said the ms for three reasons. 1 I’m a homer that loves my team. 2 we fixed an obvious need by bringing in right handed bats and also doesn’t hurt they can both play D and run bases well. 3 we didn’t give up any major pieces from our farm. The guys we gave up either have had a shot at the bigs and didn’t do anything or a guy that maybe will never reach the majors.

Andrew_Jackson_Pollock
1 year 2 days ago

Based on yesterday only (i.e. taking earlier trades such as Shark out of the equation), I have to give Tigers the nod here. Getting a real ace with another year of team control for a good, but not great CF and a mid-rotation arm is a great deal.

The Original Drew
1 year 2 days ago

Gotta give it to the Tigers, especially for what they gave up to get him. The Rays got such an underwhelming return.

TheFenwayFaithful
1 year 2 days ago

I voted A’s, just because of the two aces playoff histories. I prefer Lester over Price in the post-season. I do think the A’s gave up more, but I think they had to. The Rays sold low on Price for some reason.

Bob Love
1 year 2 days ago

Tigers

They get a upgrade at SP over Smiley, get rid of a Scot Boras client in Jackson, open up some room for a young outfielder to come/Andy Dirks when he is ready, and create a spot for their number 1 draft pick to come into when he is ready.

Matthew Spanakos
1 year 2 days ago

What about the Astros?
If you can vote for the Brewers addition of Gerardo Parra then you should be able to vote for the Astros getting 2 top 100 prospects and a top 40 pick.

The Original Drew
1 year 2 days ago

Do you honestly believe the Astros had a better deadline than the team that got David Price or John Lester? These prospects they got are just that, prospects as in not established big league aces. I get that they will “win the world series in 2017″ lolz but it is 2014 so the embarrassment of a franchise shouldn’t be included in any conversation ever about winning anything except the award for “Top 10 media market franchise that acts like they play their games in Montana”.

James Pinsky
1 year 2 days ago

Any reason comments are awaiting approval? Seems silly.

Allismileo
1 year 2 days ago

Although it’s the smaller part of the three way trade with the Tigers and Rays, I’ve gotta say that the Mariners got a steal with Austin Jackson. It’s going to help their offense and outfield defense tremendously.

James Pinsky
1 year 2 days ago

Its short sided to judge a trade before the players perform. Teams absorb players differently. Chemistry, coaching, scouting, the coachability of a player, injuries. stadiums, shift in pitchers faced all matter.

Mike
1 year 2 days ago

Also by the Ms not giving anything major to get the guys we got yesterday we are now in prime position this off season to get a major impact bat like a Stanton or tulo if the available..

MB923
1 year 2 days ago

I think Baltimore and NY did Okay moves, but not enough to change their team (even though Baltimore is in first place). If I’m Baltimore I would have given up Gausman or Bundy for Lester (assuming the Sox were interested in getting 1 of them). If O’s make the playoffs, it will take luck (and we all know that happens in this game) to beat a rotation of Price/Scherzer/JV or Lester-Shark-Gray.

I gotta call Toronto a big loser of this deadline for not doing anything (or not doing anything off the top of my head). Yankees improved a little bit (Drew has actually hit well in July) and Prado is a Huge upgrade over Ichiro, but Yankees didn’t get something else they need and that’s a SP, though thankfully FOR NOW, Pineda’s rehab is going well

I posted this in the Recap thread from last night, but my winners/losers of the trade deadline are:
Winners:
1 – Tigers
2 – A’s
3- Tie with Cards/Red Sox

Losers
1 – We all know who
2- San Fran
3- Toronto
(though we can name a bunch of other teams too, but as far as teams that could/should be Buyers, I’d go with Toronto and San Fran).

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

Gray over Kazmir? Shouldn’t they put Kazmir in the playoff rotation if he continues to pitch well? Because while Gray is a good pitcher, I think that he is still young and that the pressure of the postseason might get to him, Kazmir on the other hand has experience which I think is a valuable tool in the playoffs. There were a few pitchers the Yankees could of gotten yesterday for minimal pieces that could improve their chances to take the division such as Colon (Old but effective), Milone (Price was low enough worth a risk), Latos was said to be available (Although I don’t know if they had the prospects to get it done). I also think the Prado move was one of the most underrated moves of the Trade Deadline, I feel he can help them a ton due to the fact that the Yankees are older and he can play so many positions, it could help them to get their veterans a day of rest here and there when they need it to keep them fresh for the latter part of the season. I agree that the Blue Jays should of at least done something even if it was only acquiring a small bench bat, they should of taken advantage of the fact that the AL East is wide open this year.

MB923
1 year 2 days ago

smh, can’t believe I left out Kazmir. Sorry my head isn’t still straight this morning. And yes he has playoff experience but it hasn’t been very successful.

Mets asking price from what I’ve read was high for Colon. Guess Yankees could have gone after him because of his age!!!! (old joke but still good).

I don’t think Anybody was expecting Millone for such a low price. That was a terrible trade for Oakland. Yes Fuld may help this team This year more than Millone, but the value they got back is awful. They could have gotten an MLB player much better than Fuld.

Not sure if an intradivision trade would have happened, but I bet they could have gotten Alex Rios for Millone (maybe an additional minor league prospect from the A’s). And I don’t think we can disagree that Rios >>>>>> Fuld.

That’s just an example though, my point is Oakland’s return wasn’t good.

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

Were the twins the only team that checked in on Milone? Or did the A’s just have less leverage in negoiations because Milone asked for a trade? When I first heard he was traded to the twins I was almost 100% sure it was going to be for Willingham but man, I was underwhelmed when they announced it was Fuld seeing as the A’s let him go for nothing earlier this year.

MB923
1 year 2 days ago

Well that’s a good point you make, though it appeared most other teams were looking at Hammel rather than Millone. Man I wish the Yankees could have traded for him and put him in the rotation instead of Capuano.

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

The Yankees could of made a similar offer to the A’s and send them Ichiro, I know he’s on the decline and not much of anything nowadays but I think if the Yankees threw in a low level prospect and sent cash to the A’s it could of gotten done because of the fact that Milone had no real spot on the team and that adding a Veteran like Ichiro to the mix would be a good addition to the clubhouse and he could work with the younger guys potentially.

MB923
1 year 2 days ago

Ichiro wouldn’t have been a bad platoon player, but he’s done well for the Yankees as a platoon player when Soriano was here and when Beltran was playing defense (and he will be playing defense again soon if all is well).

I actually still like him on the bench for the Yankees….that is assuming he stays there and I have to assume he will.

But yes I think if they settled for Fuld, they would have even maybe taken Ichiro (maybe a low level prospect too because of Ichiro’s salary)

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

But realistically if the Yankees are getting starting pitching this month they will go after Colon because he’s the best fit and not just because of his age :P.

MB923
1 year 2 days ago

Maybe the fact that he’s under contract for next year (and likely to decline more) is what made them Not go after him. Probably why they wanted De La Rosa too who is a FA after this season. As is McCarthy who they traded for.

If Colon was on a 1 year deal, I could see the Yankees and other teams pushing harder for him. There’s always next year.

We shall see what happens with the waivers now. Maybe Yankees wanted to try to get Lee but not anymore. He probably threw his last pitch of the year last night.

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

RAJ really messed up last year at the deadline by not moving Lee while he had the chance, teams would of paid a premium price for him even though he was in his mid thirties, RAJ took the risk that he would still produce a year later after being a year older and he lost all his value. When you have veterans you have to deal them while they are producing and not wait until it’s too late to try to deal them because injuries happen and you have to be aware of that. I honestly see the Yankees going after a bat on waivers this year though. But here’s a question for you, if the Yankees miss the playoffs for a second straight year is Cashman out of a job?

MB923
1 year 2 days ago

Cashman’s contract is up at the end of the year. They may not even re-sign him.

Karkat
1 year 2 days ago

If the playoffs start today, it’s Orioles @ Tigers for one of the ALDS matchups. Going into that with no Lester might be enough to actually make me pity Baltimore.

letsgogiants
1 year 2 days ago

From Ben Cherington’s press conference yesterday about his trade deadline moves, he said he got packages from other teams that contained very good prospects in exchange for Lester and Lackey. Cherington, however, said he wanted to go with guys who could contribute now and help them win for 2015, as he said they’ve already got a strong farm system. So maybe the Orioles did offer at least one or two of their top prospects, who knows.

MB923
1 year 2 days ago

Just heard Cashman asked about Lester and Cherington said he’s available to 28 other teams. Something tells me that has to do with the fanbase or management dealing him to the rival, because why we would have dealt him to Toronto, Baltimore or Tampa (if any of the 3, and we know Baltimore did, wanted him)., but not NY, who arguably has the worst farm amongst the division teams.

Sam Blodgett
1 year 2 days ago

The clear answer to the question is the Mariners. They needed a right handed hitter and an outfielder. They got both in AJack and gave up few guys that would never play in Seattle anyway.

stl_cards16
1 year 2 days ago

The Cardinals significantly upgraded their rotation this year and next for a broken 30 year old 1B and a #6 starter/middle innings guy. All while also clearing way for Taveras to play every day. I really think it was an underrated move.

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

Isn’t it a bit early to call him broken after only half a bad season so far which was preceded by three pretty above average seasons?

stl_cards16
1 year 2 days ago

He could be fixed, but he is definitely broken right now. Sure his BABIP is a career low, but so is his LD% by far. He doesn’t drive the ball, it’s not just bad luck. I hope he turns it around, he’s always been one of my favorites. Even peak Craig is about a 3 win player, not a superstar.

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

I think all he needs to do is improve his bat speed which is down, and get his confidence back and a change of scenery could do wonders for him. Who knows, maybe Papi could give him a few pointers and try to help him turn it around.

stl_cards16
1 year 2 days ago

I hope you’re right. There was just no room for him to play in St. Louis. It’s been very sad to watch him this year.

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

St Louis has enviable depth all over the diamond, I don’t think there is one position of real need for them because whatever happens they always seem to be able to fill their holes and do so in an effective but inexpensive manner.

stl_cards16
1 year 2 days ago

No one position of need but they could sure use some offense.

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

Could you see them claiming a guy like Byrd on waivers? (I know he’s an outfielder which there’s already a logjam at but he would give them some offense that they need. Or maybe Beckham?

stl_cards16
1 year 2 days ago

I’m just not sure where the Cardinals could really upgrade the offense. An outfielder likely would move Taveras back to the bench, which I can’t see Mozeliak doing. I guess maybe a 2B, but I don’t think Beckham is an upgrade over Wong. It’s just kind of puzzling how bad the offense has been. I would guess the team is just going to have to turn it around. I don’t see any more trades.

SouthsideChicagoFan
1 year 2 days ago

I’m a White Sox fan and I’d rather have Kolten Wong than Beckham. Beckham is a bust at this point, top pick who never panned out. His defense has gotten okay, but he can’t hit. Regardless, I’d trust what the Cardinals are doing. Only the Yankees have more flags than they do. Although if the Cardinals REALLY want Beckham, we wouldn’t say no haha.

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

I think they will start to make strides in August and September and really start hitting by the time October rolls around.

East Coast Bias
1 year 2 days ago

It’s very hard, near impossible, to just “improve his bat speed.” That’s why players retire. Because they cannot keep up with the pitching.

It’s the offensive equivalent of saying player x would be great defensively if he could just improve his range.

Ace2095
1 year 2 days ago

I still think that he could possibly have a lingering issue that has effected his bat speed, I guess I’ll get the answer to that or if he is just losing his touch in the offseason

East Coast Bias
1 year 1 day ago

Well, in that case, it’s the injury which heals, or the mechanics that get fixed. But if the bat speed slows on its own, it rarely (never) comes back. At least not “naturally.”

Baseball Legend
1 year 2 days ago

David Price, Martin Prado, Tommy Millone and Parra were the 4 top moves considering cost. All 4 trades are clear winner out of the gate for the team that acquired them.