Grading 2017 Trade Deadline Deals

Diamondbacks: RF J.D. Martinez

Tigers: 3B Dawel Lugo, SS Jose King and SS Sergio Alcantara

This is probably the one trade that wasn’t completely mutually beneficial this trade deadline.  The Tigers got ripped off as they traded a top tier player in Martinez who has 5 home runs and 12 RBIs in 9 games with the Diamondbacks without receiving any top prospects in return.

Diamondbacks: A+

Tigers: D

Yankees: 3B Todd Frazier, RP David Robertson and RP Tommy Kahnle

White Sox: RP Tyler Clippard, P Ian Clarkin, CF Blake Rutherford and CF Tito Polo

The White Sox have been sellers since last year and this trade was no different as they got 3 prospects and Tyler Clippard’s expiring contract.  Blake Rutherford was the gem of this deal for them, but the Yankees were willing to give him up to sure up their bullpen and try to complete their corner infielders with Todd Frazier.  However, Frazier is having a below average year and the Bombers might’ve been better off making a trade with the Mets for Lucas Duda and Addison Reed.

Yankees: C+

White Sox: A-

Mariners: RP David Phelps

Marlins: RHP Brandon Miller, CF Brayan Hernandez, RHP Lukas Schiraldi and RHP Pablo Lopez

The Mariners find themselves 2.5 games back in the Wild Card race and needed something to help them get over the edge so they decided to get Phelps to help complete their bullpen.  The Marlins didn’t acquire any top tier prospects but found themselves getting a lot of upside in return such as Miller’s 1.22 A ball WHIP and should hope that these prospects pan out.

Mariners: B

Marlins: B-

Red Sox: 3B Eduardo Nunez

Giants: P Gregory Santos and P Shaun Anderson

The Red Sox are locked in a duel with the Yankees for the AL East and really only had one major hole, third base.  That is solved with the acquisition of Eduardo Nunez who is hitting .471 since joining Boston.  The Giants didn’t get any great prospects back, but with one of the weakest farm systems in baseball these two have the ability to be big contributors to that system.

Red Sox: A-

Giants: B+

Rockies: RP Pat Neshek

Phillies: P Alejandro Requena, P J.D. Hammer and SS Jose Gomez

Neshek is having an incredible year as an All-Star maintaining a .818 WHIP this season Pat_Neshek.pngand should help to keep runs down even in Coors Field.  He will be a vital part of the Rockies final push to get a Wild Card spot.  In the meantime the Phillies are by no means in win now mode and adding talented players to their farm system will help them grow for the future.

Rockies: A-

Phillies: A-

Rays: 1B Lucas Duda

Mets: RP Drew Smith

In four games with the Rays, Duda has a 1.554 OPS and will certainly help them make a push towards the playoffs, whether to find a way to catch the Yankees/Red Sox or get a wild card spot.  He looks like he will be a great rental for them without having to give up more than a talented reliever who has “a ceiling of a future set up man” (  With Domonic Smith lurking in the minors, the Mets weren’t going to resign Duda at the end of the year so this trade makes sense for both sides.

Rays: A-

Mets: B

Mets: RHP A.J. Ramos

Marlins: P Merandy Gonzalez, OF Ricardo Cespedes

This trade is peculiar because it is odd that the Mets who are in the middle of a lost season would be buyers at the deadline.  However, with Ramos eligible for arbitration after this season it makes sense.  GM Sandy Alderson plans on competing again next year but knows he will have to beef up with bullpen in the offseason so why not start now if you can get a reliever at a good price.  Gonzalez has been good this year (.98 WHIP) and Cespedes has many skills that just need to be put together.

Mets: B-

Marlins: B+

Royals: OF Melky Cabrera

White Sox: P AJ Puckett and P Andre Davis

Rick Hahn and his gold mine of a farm system just got richer.  He got two solid prospects for an outfielder who did his team good service and should help the Royals with their recent push towards the playoffs.  They have a shot at both the division and the Wild card and are going to take it while they still have their championship core together.

Royals: B+

White Sox: B+

Rockies: C Jonathan Lucroy

Rangers: Player to be named later

The Rockies just got Lucroy on the cheap after the Rangers gave up a lot to get him last lucroyyear.  In the investment world you are supposed to buy low and sell high, but the Rangers have done the opposite with Lucroy.  From the Rockies point of view, you are giving up one player to gamble on a player returning to his former All-Star form.

Rockies: B

Rangers: C-

Cubs: RP Justin Wilson, C Alex Avila

Tigers: 3B Jeimer Candelario, SS Isaac Paredes and player to be named later or cash considerations

After acquiring Jose Quintana to finish off their starting rotation the Cubs reached back into their farm system to go get a veteran catcher and good reliever for Joe Maddon to use.  Since taking the division lead back from the Brewers, the Cubs have gone all in on being World Series contenders this year.   Candelario will become the Tigers #3 prospect and marks a much better return than the one Detroit got from Arizona.

Cubs: A-

Tigers: A-

Red Sox: Addison Reed

Mets: RHP Jamie Callahan, RHP Gerson Bautista and RHP Stephen Nogosek

Addison Reed gives the Red Sox a lethal one-two punch in their bullpen as they make him Craig Kimbrel’s set up man.  They were willing to give up 3 very strong young reliever to get him but they have not shied away from going all in on this season as evidenced by this trade and the Chris Sale trade.  Despite not coming very cheap, Reed is a big acquisition for the Sox.

Red Sox: B

Mets: B+

Yankees: SP Sonny Gray

Athletics: RHP James Kaprielian, OF Dustin Fowler, IF Jorge Mateo

Sonny_Gray_2015This deal has Yankees fans completely conflicted because while they want to win now and improve the starting rotation, they didn’t want to have to loot their farm system in order to do so.  However, they did trade three elite prospects to bring in a pitcher with a 3.42 career ERA who has a tendency to pick up many little injuries.   However Gray is an elite talent and this best part about him is that he remains under control for two more years after this season so he can still be a part of the Yankees bright future.

Yankees: B+

Athletics: A-

Astros: SP Francisco Liriano

Blue Jays: OF Norichika Aoki and OF Teoscar Hernandez

This trade in symbolic of the disappointing trade deadline for the Astros.  The best team in the AL only brought in a pitcher with a 5.88 ERA this year who has been a notoriously volatile performer over the entire time of his career.  Especially after seeing what the NL’s best team, the Dodgers, did at the deadline (more on that in a little bit), the Astros were disappointing.  Not to mention they gave up an exciting prospect who has a .854 OPS in AAA this season.

Astros: C+

Blue Jays: B+

Dodgers: LHP Tony Watson

Pirates: RHP Angel German and INF Oneil Cruz

This was the first of two big Dodgers deals.  Watson will come in and provide the Dodgers with an elite lefty out of the bullpen to help get the ball to Kenley Jansen in the ninth or earlier in the playoffs.  They had no problem reaching into their farm system as they are already the best team in baseball and wanted to reinforce that.

Dodgers: B+

Pirates: B+

Dodgers: SP Yu Darvish

Rangers: OF/2B Willie Calhoun, RHP A.J. Alexy, and INF Brendon Davis

If the best team in baseball improving their bullpen wasn’t enough they went out and got one of the best starting pitchers in all of baseball to join their rotation.  Darvish is a great strikeout pitcher with a wide variety of pitches to baffle hitters.  Combining him with Clayton Kershaw will be deadly, and once you add in Rich Hill and Alex Wood you are talking about one of the best playoff rotations in baseball.

Dodgers: A

Rangers: B

*Note: The Quintana trade was not discussed as it is talked about in “Start Rooting for the White Sox now”

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