This MLB Trade Deadline came late on the calendar year, but early in the season. With the deadline being early and an expanded playoffs giving EVERY team a playoff chance, this trade deadline was the most important it has ever been. Here is a recap of the busy and exciting trade deadline all across baseball!
Starling Marte- The Diamondbacks trade Starling Marte to the Marlins for Caleb Smith, Humberto Mejia, and Julio Frias
Former All Star and two time Gold Glover, Starling Marte, has been traded to the Miami Marlins. Marte is an amazing defensive and offensive outfielder and will join a Marlins outfield that has many combinations. There is only one Marlins every-day and lock in the OF, and his name is Corey Dickerson. Marte will join Dickerson in the outfield as a lock and possibly Brinson, Joyce or Harold Ramirez, the players that can possibly play LF. Marte is currently batting .311 with 5 SB and will definitely improve a Marlins team that can make a deep playoff run this year. For the Diamondbacks, they received 3 pitchers including one who should be part of their starting rotation. His name is Caleb Smith. Smith only started one game this year because he got infected by Covid, part of the Marlins outbreak. In that one game against the Phillies, Smith gave up 1 run in 3 innings pitched striking out 3 batters, and walking 6 batters. Last year Smith did pretty good as he finished with a 10-11 record. He had a 4.52 ERA and got 168 strikeouts, which is a great number. In all, this is an even trade. Fun Fact- Marte is one of 3 active players with at least 300 HR's, 200 SB's, 1,000 hits, and a .280 batting average. The other 2 are Ryan Braun and Jose Altuve.
Tommy La Stella- Angels trade Tommy La Stella to Athletics for Franklin Barreto
Tommy La Stella has been a star in the making having a breakout season last year making the All Star Game, and so far this year. La Stella most of this year batten 2nd in a pretty darn good Angels lineup. Their record may not be good but that doesn't deny the fact that the Angels have one of the best offensive lineups. This lineup includes Mike Trout who is the best player in baseball, Anthony Rendon, Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols who still hits home runs at a pretty good rate considering he is this far in his career, and even David Fletcher who is a great leadoff hitter. Even though this lineup has tons of power, La Stella still managed to bat 2nd on the Angels.
Tommy La Stella got traded to the Oakland Athletics for Franklin Barreto. Now he turns his attention to an Athletics team who are another MLB team with tons of power and offense in their lineup. The A's have Semien, Chapman who is one of the best third basemans, Olson who is one of the best first basemans, and Canha. La Stella figures to be the every day 2B for the A's, but we will see where he bats in the lineup. In his Athletics debut, he batted 2nd in the lineup. This was a great signing for the A's as they needed a decent 2B, and they got an above decent 2B. La Stella can also play 3B and 1B.
Mitch Moreland- Red Sox trade Moreland to the Padres for Minor leaguers OF Jeisson Rosario and IF Hudson Potts
The Padres ink veteran slugger Mitch Moreland after a trade that sent minor leaguers Jeisson Rosario and Hudson Potts to the Red Sox. Moreland had a .328/.430/.746 slash line with Boston and his 1.176 OPS is the second-highest in the majors currently behind Washington's Juan Soto. Moreland figures to be the every day DH as the Padres already have Hosmer at 1B, and that is Moreland's only position in the field. Moreland provides a relatively young team that includes possible MVP candidate Tatis Jr., with playoff experience as a veteran of three World Series.
Jason Castro- Angels trade catcher Jason Castro to the Padres for reliever Gerardo Reyes
The Padres made yet another move during the trade deadline, sending reliever Gerardo Reys to the Angels for catcher Jason Castro. Castro was the starting catcher for the Angels and should be the every day catcher now for the Padres, a team that mash home runs.
For the Angels, this is a pretty good move as Castro was going to become a free agent after this season. The Angels now get Reyes, 27, who is a hard-throwing right-hander whose fastball averaged 97 mph in 2019, when he went 4-0 with a 7.62 ERA in 27 games for the Padres, striking out 38 and walking 11 in 26 innings. Reyes also has a nasty slider that averages 87.8 mph, but he has had trouble finding the strike zone consistently. He has not pitched in the major leagues this season, but that can change now that he has become an Angel. The Angels also got rid of La Stella in a trade with the Athletics. These trades make sense for the Angels who entered Sunday with a 12-22 record, the second-worst mark in the American League.
For Castro who is now a Padre, he is hitting .192 with a .707 OPS, which is surprisingly slightly above average for a catcher this season. The Padres, who entered Sunday with a 20-15 record, the third-best mark in the National League, now have a new starting catcher and DH for the playoffs. They even got former All Star and RHP Trevor Rosenthal from the Royals.
Mike Clevinger- The Padres Acquire Mike Clevinger, Greg Allen In Nine-Player Trade With Indians
When was the last time you saw a 9 player trade? Well, it was worth it as the Padres traded for above average pitcher Mike Clevinger, CF Greg Allen, and a player to be named later(PTBNL). On the other hand, the Indians received a six-player package of outfielder/first baseman Josh Naylor, catcher Austin Hedges, right-hander Cal Quantrill, minor league shortstop Gabriel Arias, minor league left-hands Joey Cantillo and minor league infielder Owen Miller.
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Jonathan Villar- The Marlins traded Jonathan Villar to the Toronto Blue Jays for right fielder Griffin Conine. Villar led the MLB in stolen bases in 2016 and so far, he is leading the MLB in stolen bases this year. This trade comes after Marlins 2B opts back in after opting out of the MLB season when the Marlins had their Covid outbreak. I doubt this trade would have happened if it wasn't for Isan Diaz returning.
Kevin Pillar- The Rockies acquire Kevin Pillar and cash from the Red Sox in exchange for a PTBNL and 2019-20 international slot money.
Todd Frazier and Robinson Chirinos- The New York Mets acquired infielder Todd Frazier and catcher Robinson Chirinos from the Texas Rangers for two players to be named. New York also receives cash in the deal involving Chirinos. So, Frazier head backs to the Mets after leaving them in free agency this offseason.
Brian Goodwin- The Angels acquired LHP Packy Naughton and a PTBNL or cash considerations from the Reds in exchange for OF Brian Goodwin.
Ross Stripling- The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded RHP Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays for two players to be named later. Stripling was an All Star in 2018.
Cameron Maybin- The Detroit Tigers trade Cameron Maybin to the Cubs for Zack Short.
David Phelps- Brewers trade reliever David Phelps to Philadelphia for three low-level minor leaguers.
Robbie Ray- The D-backs have acquired left-handed pitcher Travis Bergen from the Blue Jays in exchange for Robbie Ray and cash considerations.
Mike Minor- The Athletics received pitcher Mike Minor and also received cash considerations in the deal and sent two players to be named later and international slot money to the Rangers in return.