Phillies – Injuries destroyed their 2013 season and there was no reason to blow up a potentially great team by dumping Utley, Lee, and/or Young. They stayed pat and continuing that with some fine tuning, and healthy returns next season by Ray Halladay and Ryan Howard, they will be a top contender next season.
Diamondbacks – Best trade made near the deadline was Arizona’s dumping of trojan brain surgeon one-year-wonder Headhunter ian kennedy. In return, they received an excellent late-inning situational lefty in Joe Thatcher plus great looking prospect Matt Stites (8-2, 1.53, 150 K in 135 ip in brief minor league career).
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|Dodgers – Great move in signing free-agent Brian Wilson – it could be huge. Nothing given up and if healthy he’s one of the games’ top closers and a great clubhouse and media guy. Late second move was acquiring back up catcher Drew Buters from Twins for MLTBN.
Tigers – With the likelihood that they will soon lose Jhonny Peralta for the rest of the season, dealing for budding star infielder Jose Iglesias was a real coup. They did give up their own top prospect in Avisail
Garcia but his day is way off yet, while Iglesias can and will play now.
Padres – Why in the world would they want a horrible, horrible one-year wonder like kennedy? And to give up Thatcher plus Stites? What could they have been thinking?
Rangers – The Rangers are definitely still in the hunt, and while they did acquire a big time starter in Matt Garza, the cost was major power prospect Mike Olt (52 HR, 171 RBI in 871 minor league ABs). That and their inability to get another bat could be real bad news if they do lose Nelson Cruz for much of the rest of the season. Olt could have fit in somewhere if they had made no deal. Hard to believe but Texas needed offensive help more than they needed pitching.
Red Sox – Hard to figure their big deal. If Jake Peavey is healthy he usually contributes big time, but giving up the immensely talented Iglesias, and leaving a giant hole at third base, may come back to haunt them. Brandon Snyder is now their third baseman, backed up by Brock Holt, while Peavey has only made 13 starts this year and hasn’t won more than 11 in a season since 2007.
A’s – They wanted pitching help but only made the deal with the Angels, giving up good prospect Grant Green for Alberto Callaspo, who they plan on playing full time, or close to full time, at second base, where he has never been a regular and last played in 2010. Paired with Jed Lowrie, their pitchers will be having nightmares, with so little range up the middle. Callaspo should be an upgrade offensively at second base, but defense in the middle infield could be their undoing.