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The MLB Trade Deadline impact on the American League

The 2014 trade deadline was one of the most dramatic in recent history. Trades came fast and furious. The impact of these deals will certainly play important roles in the 2014 post-season race, as well as years to come. Who won, who lost? Shawsports has the answers for you.

Let’s take a look around the American League.

Baltimore Orioles:

Grade: B

Get: Andrew Miller (age 29, RP)

Give Up: Eduardo Rodriguez (age 21, RP)

Baltimore adds the hard throwing Miller to their already formidable bullpen. The pen is certainly ready for the playoff push. Time will tell if the starting rotation is as prepared.

Toronto Blue Jays:

Grade: D

Get: No one

Give Up: No one

The Jays are within striking distance of the playoffs but did not make any moves to the chagrin of Jose Bautista.

New York Yankees:

Grade: C +

Get: Stephen Drew (age 31, SS), Martin Prado (age 30, UTL)

Give up: Kelly Johnson (age 32, IF) , Peter O’Brien (age 24, C, CI), Player to be Named Later

The Yankees continue to get better and the better end of deals, in theory. However it’s questionable if any of these additions are enough to get them over the hump.

Tampa Bay Rays:

Grade: D-

Get: Nick Franklin (age23 MI) , Drew Smyly (age 25, SP), Willy Adames (age 18, SS)

Give up: David Price (age 28, SP)

The Rays get an unspectacular return for a superstar pitcher who is under team control for one more season. The deal looks even worse considering what Boston got in return for Jon Lester earlier in the day.

Boston Red Sox:

Grade: A ++

Get: Allen Craig (age 30, 1B,OF), Joe Kelly (age 26, SP), Yoenis Cespedes (age 28, OF), Eduardo Rodriguez (age 21, SP), Kelly Johnson (age 32, IF), 2015 Compensation Draft Pick

Give up: Jon Lester (age30 SP), Jonny Gomes (age 33, OF), John Lackey (age 35, SP), Corey Littrell (age 22, P), Stephen Drew (age31, SS), Andrew Miller (age 29, RP)

Wow! Double wow! Talk about retooling on the fly! If the Sox can get Allen Craig to return to form their 2015 line-up will be deep and dangerous. Kelly and Rodriguez project to be mid-rotation type pitchers.

Detroit Tigers:

Grade: A+

Get: David Price (age 28, SP)

Give up: Austin Jackson (age 27 OF), Drew Smyly (age 25, SP), Willy Adames (age 18, SS)

Losing Austin Jackson is a big blow, but with addition of Price gives the Tigers the best rotation in baseball. Imagine Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez at the back end of their playoff rotation!

Kansas City Royals:

Grade: F

Get: No One

Give up: No One

With James Shields heading into free agency after this season, 2014 seems to be do or die for the Royals. A move should have been made.

Cleveland Indians:

Grade: C+

Get: Zach Walters

Give up: Asdrubal Cabrera

Sometimes low & mid-market teams have to make tough decisions. The trade of Cabrera was softened by the fact that top prospect Francisco Lindor is about ready to take over at short stop. Walters is an intriguing pick up.

Chicago White Sox:

Grade: C-

Get: No One

Give up: No One

There was no reason to hold onto Adam Dunn. However it’s hard to believe that they would’ve gotten a prospect of substance in return for him anyway.

Minnesota Twins:

Grade: A

Get: Tommy Milone (age 27, SP)

Give up: Sam Fuld (age 32, OF)

The Twins deal a guy they claimed off waivers back to his original team and receive a legitimate MLB starter in return. That is genius!

Oakland Athletics:

Grade: B-

Get: Jon Lester (age 30, SP), Jonny Gomes (age 33, OF), Sam Fuld (age 32, OF)

Give up: Yoenis Cespedes (age 28, OF), Tommy Milone (age 27, SP), 2015 Compensation Pick

The A’s have truly gone all in for 2014. The Lester rental for Cespedes will be graded solely on the teams playoff results. They will assuredly miss the big Cuban in 2015. The Tommy Milone trade is worthy of an F.

Los Angeles Angels:

Grade: C+

Get: No One

Give up: No One

The Angels took care of their bull pen needs well before the deadline. They feel they are ready to go.

Seattle Mariners:

Grade: A+

Get: Austin Jackson (age 27, OF), Chris Denorfia (age 34, OF),

Give up: Abraham Almonte (age 25, OF), Stephen Kohlscheen (Age 25, P), Nick Franklin (age 23. UT)

While neither Jackson nor Denorfia will set the world on fire with their bats, they are vast improvements to what the Mariners had. The Mariners needed a little more offense to support their pitching staff, and they got it.

Houston Astros:

Grade: C

Get: Jake Marisnick (Age 23, OF), Colin Moran (Age 21, 3B), Frances Martes (Age 18, P), 2015 Compenstaion Pick

Give up: Jared Cosart (age 24, SP), Austin Wates (age 25, OF), Enrique Hernandez (age 22, MI,OF)

The Astros continue to move major league contributors for prospects, when will the madness end? With that said, Houston dealt from pitching strength and grabbed a couple of interesting prospects.

Texas Rangers:

Grade: C-

Get: No One

Give up: No One

The Rangers moved a couple of bullpen pieces for prospects earlier in July but stood still at the deadline. It seemed like a perfect time to move Alex Rios, but no offered they received enticed them enough.

 

 

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