With close races throughout the majors and that second wild card team in each league, MLB general managers had a trading frenzy leading up to today’s non-waiver trade deadline, with as many big names changing teams as I’ve seen in years, and a second group of serviceable, second and third tier players also being dealt. I’m very glad, however, that the Dodgers did not get swept up and did nothing stupid like trading any, and certainly not all, of the best triumvirate of budding stars they have had since the Garvey-Russell-Cey-Lopes era. Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias are all still Dodgers’ property, and David Price and Jon Lester have new homes, so the threat of a liquidation appears to be over.
As the smoke clears, the big losers in my mind are the Rays. After endless months of
|rumors, they appeared to make a terrible trade for Price, receiving only underachieving starter Drew Smyly from the Tigers, plus light-hitting middle infielder Nick Franklin and 18-year-old, far-off shortstop prospect Willy Adames from Seattle in a three-team deal. Had the Rays received Smyly and Austin Jackson, who went from Detroit to Seattle in the deal, if would have been ok, but what they did receive seems far under value for Price, who the media has built up||
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The deal seems to solidify Dave Dombrowski’s position as maybe baseball’s top GM, now having acquired by trade in just three years the likes of Price, Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, and Jose Iglesias, while signing quality and productive free agents such as Victor Martinez, Joe Nathan, and Torii Hunter. While Oakland helped themselves considerably the past month or so, first trading for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammels, and now acquiring Jon Lester, the Tigers have now improved to the point of
The Dodgers are still more than likely to make a deal, but for a second-level pitcher who can clear waivers and who is just as likely to be a reliever as a starter, and in exchange for second-level prospects, not for a star of the farm system.