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Grading the Trade Deadline in the American League

This trade deadline wasn’t designed for the faint of heart. Over the past week All-Stars, role players and prospects have been on the move. Well over 30 trades have been made. In the American League Toronto, Houston, Kansas City and Texas all added superstars to their teams. Meanwhile some teams were surprisingly quiet, particularly big market teams such as Boston, New York and Chicago. With no further ado, lets break it all down.

New York (AL):

Grade: D-

Get: Dustin Ackley (age 27, UTL)

Give Up: Ramon Flores (age 23, OF), Jose Ramirez (age 25, RHP)

It is questionable if Ackley, once considered a blue chip prospect, really helps the Yankees. However he does come with a good amount of flexibility, able to play in both the infield and outfield. They were rumored to be going after blue chip bullpen pieces but deals went nowhere. Bronx Bomber fans have to be disappointed that the team didn’t add a rotation arm. Instead the Yankees will call up top pitching prospect Luis Severino.

Baltimore Orioles:

Grade: B-

Get: Gerardo Parra (age 28, OF), Junior Lake (age 25, OF)

Give Up: Zach Davies (age 22, RHP), Tommy Hunter (age 29, RHP)

The Orioles probably could’ve done more, grabbing some pitching would’ve been helpful. Nevertheless, it is hard to not like picking up Parra. He has speed and is having a career year this season. Expect him to take over as the O’s lead off hitter.

Toronto Blue Jays:

Grade: B

Get: David Price (age 29, LHP), Troy Tulowitzki (age 30, SS), Latroy Hawkins (age 42, RHP), Ben Revere (age 27, OF), Mark Lowe (age 23, RHP)

Give Up: Jose Reyes (age 32, SS), Miguel Castro (age 20, RHP), Jeff Hoffman (age 22 RHP), Jesus Tinolo (age 20 RHP), Daniel Norris (age 22, LHP), Matt Boyd (age 24, LHP), Jairo Labourt (age 21, LHP), Jimmy Cordero (age 23, RHP), Alberto Tirado (age 20, RHP), Rob Rasmussen (age 26, LHP), Jake Brentz (age 20, LHP), Nick Wells (age 19, LHP),

While many will give the Blue Jays an A plus for delivering mega-stars Price and Tulowitzki some questions remain. Did they give up too much for David Price? He is a free agent at the end of the year and the Jays still aren’t in a playoff spot at the moment. Daniel Norris has the potential to be an ace in the not so distant future. He headlines the ELEVEN pitching prospects that they gave up in various trades this past week. Clearly Toronto has gone all in for 2015. If they do not succeed expect some heads to roll.

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The Jays added Tulo’s bat and Price’s ace arm but is it enough?

Tampa Bay Rays:

Grade: C

Get: Eduar Lopez (age 20, RHP)

Give Up: David DeJesus (age 35, OF)

Lopez is not a big time prospect but is a very good haul for the aging DeJesus. Granted Dejesus was batting clean up for the Rays, but that says more about Tampa’s offense than anything else.

Boston Red Sox:

Grade: D

Get: Josh Rutledge (age 26, INF)

Give Up: Shane Victorino (age 34, OF)

The Red Sox made a minor salary dump in the Victorino trade, but did nothing else. Red Sox Nation is likely up in arms.

Kansas City Royals:

Grade: A +

Get: Ben Zobrist (age 34, UTL), Johnny Cueto (age 29, RHP)

Give Up: Brandon Finnegan (age 22, LHP), Cody Reed (age 22, LHP), John Lamb (age 25, LHP), Sean Manaea (age 23 LHP), Aaron Brooks (age 25, RHP)

The rich just got richer. While they did give up some top flight prospects to land the guys they wanted you have to love their moves. Cueto, like Price is a rental, but the difference is that the Royals are firmly in a playoff spot. The team is ready to make another run.

Minnesota Twins:

Grade: C-

Get: Kevin Jepsen (age 31, RHP)

Give up: Chih-Wei Hu (age 21, RHP), Alexis Tapia (age 19, RHP)

Not much is ever expected from the small market Twins and they did not disappoint. With that said, Jepsen is a helpful bullpen piece.

Detroit Tigers:

Grade: B+

Get: Derek Norris (age 26, LHP), Matt Boyd (age 24, LHP), Jairo Labourt (age 21, LHP), Jacoby Jones (age 23, SS/OF), Michael Fulmer (age 22, RHP), Luis Cessa (age 23, RHP)

Give Up: David Price (age 29 LHP), Joakim Soria (age 31 RHP), Yoenis Cespedes (age 29, OF)

 The Tigers decided to “reboot” and went about it in swift fashion. They traded away their top soon to be free agents while acquiring a handful of soon to be ready prospects. If Daniel Norris can correct his control issues he will be a fixture in the motor city rotation for years to come. 

Chicago White Sox:

Grade: D

Get: Cash, Player To Be Named Later

Give Up: Conor Gillaspie (age 28, 3B), Justin Sellers (age 29, SS)

If the White Sox are going for it, which is likely considering their hot streak, then they probably should have been more aggressive. A bullpen arm and an outfield bat would have been a big boost.

Cleveland Indians:

Grade: C+

Get: Rob Kaminsky (age 20, LHP), Eric Stamets (age 23, SS), Abraham Almonte (age 26, OF)

Give Up: Brandon Moss (age 31, 1B/OF), David Murphy (age 33, OF),Marc Rzepczynski

(age 29, LHP)

The Indians moved players who they likely planned on not bringing back next season and got minor prospects in return. Solid, but certainly not great moves.

Houston Astros:

Grade: A+

Get: Scott Kazmir (age 31, LHP), Carlos Gomez (age 29, OF), Mike Fiers (age 30, RHP)

Give Up: Jacob Nottingham (age 20, C/1B), Daniel Mengden (age 22, RHP), Brett Phillips (age 21, OF), Domingo Santana (age 22, OF), Josh Hader (age 21, LHP), Adrien Houser (age 22 RHP)

The Astros made big moves, and gave up big time prospects. Ultimately you have to love their game plan. They hoarded young talent, then moved them when they felt like they had a legit shot to win. Kazmir and Gomez are obvious plus pieces, but Fiers might be as important. He seems to be getting better and will be cheap for seasons to come.

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Kazmir hopes to give the Astros the push they need

Los Angeles Angels:

Grade: C+

Get:David Murphy (age 33, OF), David DeJesus (age 35, OF), Shane Victorino (age 34, OF), Conor Gillaspie (age 28, 3B)

Give Up: Eric Stamets (age 23, SS), Eduar Lopez (age 20, RHP), Josh Rutledge (age 26, INF), Cash

The Angels added pieces to help them, while giving up no one of consequence. I am not sure any of their new guys will be major contributors, but they didn’t lose anything either.

Texas Rangers:

Grade: A +

Get: Cole Hamels (age 31, LHP), Jake Diekman (age 28, LHP), Sam Dyson (age 27, RHP)

Give Up: Matt Harrison (age 29, LHP), Jorge Alfaro (age 22, C), Nick Williams (age 21, OF), Jake Thompson (age 21, RHP), Alec Asher (age 23, RHP), Jared Eickoff (age 25, RHP), Tomas Talis (age 24, C), Cody Ege (age 24, LHP)

They gave up good young talent to get Hamels. However he’s a true ace who is under contract through the 2018 season. He helps now and should be great in a rotation that also has Yu Darvish.

Seattle Mariners:

Grade: C +

Get: Ramon Flores (age 23, OF), Jose Ramirez (age 25, RHP), J.C. Ramirez (age 26, RHP), Adrian Sampson (age 23, RHP), Rob Rasmussen (age 26, LHP), Jake Brentz (age 20, LHP), Nick Wells (age 19, LHP),

Give Up:Dustin Ackley (age 27, UTL), J.A. Happ (age 32, LHP), Mark Lowe (age 32, RHP), Player To Be Named Later

The Mariners did a good job of accumulating decent prospects for players who did not have roles on the 2016 Mariners (with the exception of Lowe, but he is 32 years old). However, more could have and probably should have been done.

Oakland Athletics:

Grade: B

Get: Sean Manaea (age 23 LHP), Aaron Brooks (age 25, RHP), Jacob Nottingham (age 20, C/1B), Daniel Mengden (age 22, RHP), Casey Meiser (age 20, RHP)

Give Up: Ben Zobrist (age 34, UTL), Scott Kazmir (age 31, LHP), Tyler Clippard (age 30, RHP)

This is the money ball life. Stars leave, good prospects come. Jacob Nottingham is a potential superstar.

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