Another trade deadline has come and gone and a lot of moves have been made. I will very briefly go through each of the trades that happened over the past 24 hours. We will start with Saturday June 30th.
Jaime Garcia to NYY:
The Twins, who a week previously acquired Garcia from Atlanta, decided they did not want to be buyers. They Trade Garcia and cash considerations to the Yankees in exchange for LHPs Dietrich Enns and Zack Littell. Garcia has a 4.29 ERA and 4.04 FIP. His ERA may have suffered from a stretch of three consecutive games in the end of June where he gave up 6 earned runs in each game. The Yankees did not have to give up too much considering the depth of the system. Enns is doing well in AAA with a 2.29 ERA in 39.1 innings pitched. Littell is also doing well a level down in AA. He currently has a 2.05 ERA in 44 innings pitched. Overall good trade for the Yankees and Twins. Twins add more promising young pitchers to hopefully join Berrios and the Yankees add a much needed LHP to the rotation.
Melky Cabrera to KC:
The Royals acquire Melky Cabrera in exchange for LHP Andre Davis and RHP A.J. Puckett. So its clear that Jorge Soler isnt working out for the Royals. He is back in the minors and their is a need for outfield depth. Melky is a great add. He played for the Royals in 2011 and had great success. Currently this year he is hitting .295/.336/.436 with 13 home runs. He currently has some of the best plate discipline hes shown in his career setting a career low in whiff percentage and a career high contact within the zone. The Royals give up their 2nd round pick from last year AJ Puckett from Pepperdine University. He currently has a 3.90 ERA in High A. He profiles to have a plus changeup. Andre Davis has struggled during his career in the minors. He mostly has trouble with the long ball always having a HR/FB ratio of at least 10%. Royals need outfield depth and Melky is a solid outfielder for them. He has played for the team already and fit the mold. The Royals did not give up too much, and for one of the hottest teams in baseball who are hoping for another World Series run, this move makes a lot of sense.
Jonathon Lucroy to COL:
Lucroy traded to the Rockies for player to be named later. Lucroy is having a terrible year offensively and defensively. For more on Lucroy refer to the previous article written on statsswipe. Colorado could have looked for other trade targets.
Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to CHC:
Cubs receive Wilson and Avila for 3B Jeimer Candelario, SS Isaac Paredes and player to be named later or cash considerations. Great trade by Cubs. Wilson is a solid bullpen arm to be the setup man for Wade Davis. In addition having an above average backup catcher is important when going into the playoffs. Avila is having a great season and hitting the ball harder than he has in previous years. Justin Wilson is 14th among qualified relief pitchers in in zone contact percentage and 19th in k/9. The Cubs meanwhile give the Tigers a solid 3B prospect in Candelario, but with Kris Bryant manning 3B for the future there is really no place for him.
Addison Reed to BOS:
The Red Sox receive a good relief pitcher to bolster that already good bullpen. Reed has a 2.57 ERA this season with 19 saves for the Mets. He will be the set up man for Kimbrel. What makes reed so valuable is the fact that he rarely walks batters. He is 4th among qualified relief pitchers in lowest BB/9. As we have all seen in previous years, you can never have enough bullpen help.
Sonny Gray to NYY:
Now we get to the fun. As everyone expected Sonny Gray was traded. Oakland got a risky but possibly elite package in return. RHP James Kaprielian is returning from Tommy John. Scouts project his future value to be a 55 with plus pitches being his fastball, slider, and changeup. Dustin Fowler was up in the beginning of the year, but injured his knee on the first defensive opportunity he had. He strikes out a fair amount, but hit .293/.329/.542 in a full AAA season last year. Jorge Mateo was the Yankees 6th ranked prospect. He is a speedster drawing speed comps to Billy Hamilton. The A’s wanted Mateo in this deal. He also strikes out a fair amount but is also walking more this year than previously. He is currently batting .300/.381/.525 with 11 stolen bases in 30 games in AA. For an analysis of Gray, read my previous article on statsswipe. Yankees should be happy in this trade. They did not have to give up too much again considering the depth they have in the minors. Gray has pitched in the playoffs before and can handle the pressure. He is having a great season and will work perfectly with Severino to make a top 1/2 punch in the AL.
Yu Darvish to LAD:
As if the starting staff was not stacked enough, the Dodgers added Darvish while giving up prospect Willie Calhoun and two other prospects. The rotation now included Kershaw, Darvish, Wood, Hill, Meada, and Ryu. Darvish has a 4.01 ERA and 3.81 xFIP. He still has a k/9 close to 10. Darvish has a nice combination of being in the top 25 in out of zone swing percentage and top 25 lowest in zone swing percentage. The Dodgers do not have any holes in their lineup and look primed to go to the World Series. Darvish is an impact arm, who when on his game, is a top 10 pitcher in baseball.
Yet again this season has seen how valuable relief pitching is. Nearly all contending teams added a relief pitcher. The Nationals acquired Brandon Kintzler which is a great move for the Nationals who have one of the worst bullpens in baseball. Stay tuned for a breakdown of Kintzler. In addition the Brewers traded to receive Jeremy Jeffress back. The trade deadline involved many surprises and many expected moves. Comment below who you believe had the best deadline and who you feel improved their team most.