Here’s the roundup of what the NL’s teams did on trade deadline day…
Zac(k) Attack In ’Zona: It wasn’t clear for weeks whether the Diamondbacks would be buyers or sellers at the deadline, but they ended up making the day’s biggest trade, sending ace Zack Greinke to the Astros for four of Houston’s top prospects — right-handers Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas, first baseman Seth Beer and infielder Joshua Rojas. It’s a franchise-altering move that instantly gets $53MM of Greinke’s large contract off the books, and adds even more young talent to a farm system already bolstered by a huge draft class. It remains to be seen if other veterans like Robbie Ray or David Peralta could be shopped in the offseason after not being dealt at the deadline, though GM Mike Hazen has long resisted a full rebuild, and Arizona’s made two other deadline moves that are also indicative of a desire to stay competitive.
The D’Backs dealt shortstop prospect Jazz Chisholm to the Marlins for rookie right-hander Zac Gallen, adding a controllable young arm who has already had some success at the Major League level into the rotation. The Snakes further added to their starting five by acquiring Mike Leake (and just $6MM of Leake’s remaining salary through 2020) from the Mariners for young infielder Jose Caballero.
Cub-Stellanos: The Cubs acquired southpaw Brad Wieck and some international bonus money from the Padres for Carl Edwards Jr., then dealt backup catcher Martin Maldonado to the Astros for second baseman/outfielder Tony Kemp. It was a pair of useful pickups for players who no longer seemed like roster fits, but the Cubs saved their biggest trade for last with the addition of Nick Castellanos. Chicago sent Paul Richan and Alex Lange to the Tigers for Castellanos, whose production has taken a step backwards this season after three very solid years in Motown, though it wouldn’t be surprising if Castellanos hits better now that he is free of the trade rumors that have swirled around him for months.
Not Done Yet: The Padres and Reds each swung their biggest move of deadline season on Tuesday night, in the huge three-team trade with the Indians that saw Trevor Bauer, Yasiel Puig, Franmil Reyes, and Taylor Trammell all switch uniforms. But San Diego wasn’t quite done trading, as per the aforementioned deal that brought Carl Edwards Jr. from the Cubs. Cincinnati had an even busier day, both in trading Gennett to the Giants and then moving Tanner Roark to the Athletics for outfield prospect Jameson Hannah, a second-rounder from the 2018 draft.
Giant Steps: If you learned a month ago that the Giants were going to make five deadline-day trades, you wouldn’t have at all been surprised — San Francisco had been pegged as deadline sellers for months. But while the Giants did move out some excess pieces, their recent surge up the standings also made them buyers, acquiring Scooter Gennett from the Reds for cash in an attempt to upgrade at second base. Time will tell if the Giants will remain in the wild card hunt, or if their hot streak was ultimately rather ill-timed, and the team cost itself a chance to trade some veterans and add some much-needed young talent into the pipeline.
The Giants did move some pitching, but Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith and Tony Watson remain, while Sam Dyson (who went to the Twins) was the only premium arm dealt. San Francisco also sent Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black to the Brewers for intriguing young infielder Mauricio Dubon, and Mark Melancon to the Braves for Tristan Beck and Dan Winkler. While Melancon was pitching well, the fact that Atlanta is covering all the roughly $18.6MM owed to Melancon through next season is an unexpected boon for San Francisco.
The Braves’ Bullpen Blowout: After getting Chris Martin from Texas on Tuesday, the Braves swung two more deals that brought Tigers closer Shane Greene into the fold, as well as former Giants closer Mark Melancon. Dan Winkler and Tristan Beck went to San Francisco, while left-hander Joey Wentz and outfielder Travis Demeritte went to Detroit. While none of Atlanta’s top prospects were dealt, the Braves paid a rather unexpected cost of another kind in absorbing Melancon’s hefty salary. Melancon hasn’t been a true difference-maker since his heyday with the Pirates), and all advanced metrics suggest that Greene’s startling 1.18 ERA is due for some big regression. Still, even good production from these two veterans will help Atlanta’s relief core. The Braves were linked to some starters and position players in recent days, though a minor depth deal for Diamondbacks backup catcher John Ryan Murphy marked the club’s only other swap.
The Nationals’ Trifecta: Not to be outdone in the NL East bullpen sweepstakes, the Nationals added three new pitchers to the relief corps. Washington sent three minor league hurlers to the Mariners in a pair of trades that brought Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland to D.C., while Daniel Hudson was acquired from the Blue Jays for right-handed prospect Kyle Johnston. This isn’t the first time even this season that the Nats have overhauled their inconsistent bullpen, and they’re hoping that this final shakeup will at last smooth the late-inning path to closer Sean Doolittle.
Phillies Add Corey Dickerson: The Phils have been hurting in the outfield ever since Andrew McCutchen suffered a season-ending injury, so the team replaced one former Pirates outfielder with….another Pirates outfielder, grabbing Dickerson from the Bucs for international cash and a player to be named later. Philadelphia also took a flier on Dan Straily in a minor trade with the Orioles, to see if Straily can recapture any of his Marlins form now that he’s back in the NL East.
Dodgers Focus On Depth: Rather than add a Yu Darvish or a Manny Machado like at past deadlines, the Dodgers avoided blockbusters in favor of two small deals. L.A. supplemented its left-handed bullpen depth by acquiring Adam Kolarek from Tampa, and then brought yet another multi-position infielder into the mix in the form of Jedd Gyorko, as part of a trade with the Cardinals that also saw Los Angeles add international funds and cash considerations while Tony Cingrani and Jeffry Abreu went to St. Louis. With a big lead in the NL West, the Dodgers are just tinkering for October at this point, though do they finally have the right mix to claim that elusive World Series?
Marlins Reel In Position Player Prospects: Miami dealt a young asset in Gallen for an even younger and perhaps more questionable asset in Chisholm, a top-100 prospect who has struggled in 2019. But the Marlins also completed another trade involving moving young pitching for a young position player, as they also moved right-handers Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards to Tampa Bay for outfield prospect Jesus Sanchez and right-hander Ryne Stanek. Like Chisholm, Sanchez is also having a subpar year, so the Marlins are hoping they’ve been able to buy low on a couple of potential everyday players for the future.
Pitching Depth In Milwaukee: The Brewers were linked to a number of notable pitchers on the rumor mill, though they ended up adding mostly depth arms between Pomeranz, Black, and Jacob Faria, who was acquired for struggling first baseman Jesus Aguilar in a deal with the Rays. The addition of Jordan Lyles ended up being the Brewers’ biggest move, as the team decided to wait for its injured starters (Brandon Woodruff, Jhoulys Chacin) to return rather than make a splashier rotation fix. It could be a risky tactic for the Brew Crew, given how tight the NL Central race is between Milwaukee, Chicago, and St. Louis.
The Quiet Deadlines: Even with the Pirates in sell mode, Dickerson and Lyles were the only notable pieces moved by Pittsburgh, despite a lot of chatter surrounding Felipe Vazquez. The Mets also had a lot of late rumblings about Zack Wheeler, though in the end, they didn’t make any deals. The Rockies didn’t do anything apart from one minor trade with the Yankees, and the Cardinals also stood pat apart from the Gyorko trade. St. Louis’ lack of action was perhaps the most surprising given the tight NL Central race — the front office was certainly annoyed at the inability to complete any major deals, yet the Cardinals will have to hope their current roster (plus some players returning from injury) are enough to reach the postseason.
This ended up being a pretty wild day! I was skeptical about this deadline this morning, but it became a pretty good one.
Mike Hazen has done a nice job in Arizona. From a team that had just lost Pollock and Corbin for nothing but a draft pick he went and turned what he had left into a lot more.
The D’backs looked pretty F’d post Pollock, Corbin and soon Goldy but he’s turned that around. Kept them competitive this year and infused more talent into the system. Kelly is a starting catcher. Weaver is a solid arm in the rotation. He turned Greinke into 2 more solid pitching prospects + some more. All good moves that give Arizona a much longer competitive window than I would’ve ever anticipated. I thought this team was destined to win 70 games or less for the next few years.
I agree, I have very limited knowledge on Arizona but it appears they realized the current iteration wasn’t going to work. They shed salary and got younger. They made moves that help them now and in the immediate future. Good work!
It does seem like AZ excelled in terms of not selling off the present team too much and building upon their future outlook.
Yep – good for Arizona !
100% correct, imo. I thought it would be a rebuild, maybe 3 years. Hazen has added:
Martin (ranked #78 pre-2019)
Bukauskas (ranked ~ #80)
Robbie Ray, and four of the above guys, might be their rotation in 2020. And their payroll, including arb, might be $100M? With some small chance that Lamb & Souza could come back.
Great turn-around job.
Now with Greinke off the book(mostly), it would be nice to see the D’backs FO reinvest in position players and bullpen. They’re not a small market and it’d be nice to see that LA-AZ rivalry grow again.
“And soon Goldy”? Dude, he’s been gone all year(to the Cardinals)! Lol
I’m aware. I was referring to my POV when pollock and Corbin were FA’s. I literally referred to the pieces they got back for him in the same paragraph.
I’ll give you a deadline to give me some headline.
Your looking for what??? Hahah
Throughly surprised at the Dodgers lack of action, are they confident the team can hold up through a playoffs run?
Happy with what the Giants achieved, moving Melancons salary was huge
They could’ve matched the package Detroit got for Greene but overall they didn’t want to part with any top prospects for a RP…if May comes up and delivers some late inning results from here on out our best move was a no move…also I think Lux will end up taking over at 2B by the end of next season and has the potential to be a solid contributor
I didn’t mean that the package they got for Greene was comparable to May and Lux, just saying we could’ve went down the list and given up prospects that were equal to what the Braves gave them
Yeah mate I hear ya. They have a deep deep farm system, they could have surely created a package around some lower level talent that would have been enticing, their bullpen is their Achilles heel and to me, they did nothing to address that, sure they’ll stroll to their 179th division win in a row but will the pen hold up come playoffs?
Did nothing to address their bullpen?? Huh? Were you under a rock yesterday or just think 3 nice BP acquisitions is nothing..Suppose you believe the nationals did nothing either then?? Braves were one of the top 2-3 winners of yesterdays deadline. You must be confused or…
I was shocked. He is akin to the type of middling RP that the RS specialize in, but at 10x the cost. Melancon is a 1.2 WAR RP over 3 years. I can only imagine how valuable that $14M will be next year.
Well when you had to guarantee 23 to Robertson this offseason or 30 to Familia it’s less unbelievable. But still I don’t know how Farhan unloaded the entire deal and got a prospect. It just makes no sense. I don’t know how AA sees surplus value on Melancon at that price. The fact that it’s one year vs 2-3 makes it a bit better but even at that I figured the giants would eat about 5 million next year.
Cardinals’ President of Baseball operations is a disgrace to other presidents of baseball operations and other teams GM’s!!! His team has fought into first place in their division!! The Cardinals have highly visible deficiencies. Yet…While the Brewers and Cubs make great moves to improve their clubs for the remainder of the season, John Mozeliak of the Cardinals choses to remain pat!!!!! His glory days stopped in 2009 when he obtained Matt Holliday. When in the H### are the Cardinal owners going to quit defending this guy!?!?!?!? As in many others views….I’ll not buy another Cardinals ticket until this guy is gone. Best of luck to the current starting line up!! They get no support from their front office yet play their hearts out!!! Mozeliak will mandate Carpenter start and lead off when he’s back. That’s how this fella works. Can’t see the forest for the trees. The Owners remain blind that Mozeliak’s suspicion of being highly involved in the Astrogate affair…..Makes other teams GM’s shy away from him. With good reason!!! Owners of the Cardinals could care less about their team as long as they play .500 baseball and load up Ballpark Village to bring in the money!!!!!
That’s quite the use of exclamation points.
He got Goldy this offseason. Can’t keep selling the farm. It’s going to come down to whose starting pitching can hold up better between the Cubs and Cards.
He refused to sign Dallas Keuchel.
I’d hardly qualify any of the Brewers moves as great, and I say that as a Brewers fan.
I agree, the Cubs didn’t seem to make any moves that put them over the top either, which is odd. Makes me think it will be a dogfight to the end. Who knows, a Castillo-Bauer-Gray led Reds rotation could put Cincy on top.
Mo is cheap, that’s obvious. Dumping at most a net $1M in salary and sending back some international draft money while getting a high-rookie ball kid who likely will never sniff an MLB uniform is just the latest proof of that.
OTOH, the Astrogate affair has little or nothing to do with that. Rather, as others have said, Mo overvaluing many Birds prospects has more to do with it. socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2019/07/so-mo-makes-tr…
Congratulations to all of the Contending baseball teams for their strong moves to help improve their chances for the Playoffs!!! The Cardinal fans would like to trade their President of baseball operations. Any takers??? Evidently he thought the trading deadline was Next Month.
Love what Huntingdon did yesterday. He set a high price and stuck to it. Too often in the past, he’s had to make the deal and teams knew it and lowballed him into oblivion.
Unless the deal made the Pirates a better team, there was no reason to do it just to make the Dodgers, FOX and MLB happy.
The Astros and Braves (by making themselves better) and the DBacks and Giants (by clearing the books while still getting pieces) were the winners yesterday.
Add the Reds to the winners. Great rotation, one that most of the big market teams are envious of.
I was going to say that the move by the Red (and the Indians, FTM) could go either way, but….worse comes to worse, even if Bauer has a middling year and leaves as a FA, they can offer him a QO and get back the equivalent of Trammel.
So, while it might not work out, very low risk, so a good deal for the Reds.
The QO doesn’t offer the equivalent of Trammell. This is nonsense.
Trammell was literally drafted using a compensatory pick from a QO i believe
Trammell was drafted with the 35th pick overall out of HS. So yeah, if the Reds pay for an overslot pick, they very well could find the equivalent of a Trammell in say the second round. Much like Hannah who they received in the Roark trade, who was drafted by the A’s in the second round and was rated their 8th best prospect.
Lmao what does it matter that Trammell was drafted with a QO pick? That doesn’t matter in the slightest. You could draft a prospect who turns out to be better or you could draft a guy who doesn’t make it past AA. The expected value of that pick is far lower than what a top 50 prospect a year or two off from the majors brings.
Saying you can QO a guy and bring back the equivalent of Trammell is complete nonsense. If you think otherwise I don’t know what to tell you.Trading Trammell isn’t a “low” risk move at all. It’s a high risk, high reward move.
Hannah is a significantly worse prospect than Trammell today. Any draft pick you take is a significantly worse prospect. They’re also years further off from making a big league contribution. I don’t think you guys are grasping this idea at all. But It’s very simple. If Taylor Trammell was in the draft tomorrow he’d be a top 5 pick easily. Any top 50 prospect in baseball would.
Saying things like you can QO Bauer and get equivalent value to Trammell is complete garbage. You can QO Bauer and draft the next Donovan Tate. That’s why teams trade rentals for prospects. So they get a top prospect in hand instead of some draft pick.
I thought the Reds got slaughtered in the trade. They gave Puig, a likely QO recipient, and their best prospect, for one year of Bauer, with his 3.79 ERA/4.16 Whip and 1.9 WAR. He feels like a solid #2, at best.
What makes it worse is that they gave up two good prospects to obtain Puig. On a net/net basis, it is Trammell/Downs/Gray for one year of Bauer.
Again, just imo, but Cincy got crushed.
Curious to see what Farhan the Wizard does in the off-season with a little more financial wiggle room.
Did I really just read Zack attack in Zona? Terrific.
I can’t believe what the Giants pulled off. Getting rid of Melancon was an incredible coup, not trading Smith and Bum yet getting prospects for Dyson was solid, snagging a nice 2b prospect for Pomeranz was just amazing, and then to grab Scooter for peanuts was the icing on the cake.
Agreed! Buddy said it best above. Zaidi is a wizard!
Pittsburgh media and “fans” are simultaneously slamming the Pirates for getting enough for Corey Dickerson literally a sentence or two after complaining that they didn’t trade Cabrera and Liriano for “whatever they could get”.
They are also bashing them for holding out for the Dodgers top prospects after bashing them for settling for less than the Astros and Giants top prospects.
If you understand that they like complaining more than baseball, you realize this is a golden era of Pirates baseball for the “fans”. Haven’t seen them this happy in years.
Now, complaining about the Archer deal literally two seconds after saying that Huntingdon “overvalues his prospects.” Literally two seconds.
Thanks Mark for your work on these two articles.
The biggest winners are the Braves. They improved 1/4 of their pen with very good RPs in exchange for mediocre prospects and some additional salary.
The Giants are big winners. They only discarded what they didn’t need and improved the team overall. They dumped Mark Melacon’s salary, dumped two bad pitchers and one good one (Sam Dyson) for what I think are two sure bet MLB ready prospects in Mauricio Dubon (MIL) and Jaylin Davis (MIN) while they bought low on Scooter Gennett (with just some of what they saved on Melancon).
Next comes the Cubs then the Reds and D-Backs for next season.
The biggest losers are the Nats who only made their pen worse and the Brewers who gave away an excellent prospect and sold low a slumping slugger for a slew of just bad pitchers.
Mets get one of the two top starters acquired and not a word except not moving Wheeler. Rotations right now are Mets/Astros, a huge gap, everyone else.
The Mets acquired Marcus Stohman. However, they received a below average backup MiLB catcher for Jason Vargas. I think they could’ve gotten more. The Mets biggest need is CF but, they didn’t address the OF at all. Still, they are winners overall but not in my top list because they improved on a strength not their overwhelming weakness.
Teams really do wait until the last day to make deals lol. Was interesting how it wasn’t just a buyer/seller market.
The Reds did not receive cash for Gennett. The Reds traded Gennett and cash to the Giants for a Player to be Named Later.
Man, all of the titles had flair until you get to Phillies add Corey Dickerson.
Zaidi showed his genius yesterday. Pretty remarkable really.