One of my favorite days of the year, the trade deadline, has come and gone. Here are some of this year’s winners and losers of the 2013 trade deadline:
The Tigers couldn’t have done a much better job to prepare for the stretch run. Not only did they find themselves a back up SS in Jose Iglesias—in case Peralta ends up suspended—but also added a very solid back end of the bullpen option in Jose Veras.
Boston Red Sox
If Jake Peavy was only under contract for this season, I might question the blockbuster they made to acquire the oft-injured veteran. However, having Peavy through next year, plus a surplus of talent in the infield, makes this move well worth it.
Very few people are talking about it, but the Cubs did exactly what they should have done this season, and did it pretty well. Not only did they save some money by shipping Soriano to New York and Garza to Texas, but also managed to get possibly 7 players back in exchange for those 2 and Feldman.
The Braves made a very simple, yet beautiful move to acquire lefty reliever Scott Downs from the Angels. Got exactly what they needed and wanted for a very cheap price.
I know that the Pirates are playing really well, but I completely expected them to make a move. Especially when you consider how long it’s been since a postseason berth. I wish they had added an Alex Rios type bat or had found some more bullpen support.
Adding Scott Feldman and Bud Norris was a worthy effort by the Orioles to keep them in the race, but I don’t see it being enough. Both guys are #3 starters on most teams and its quite possible it still won’t push them over the top. Glad they are making an effort though.
The fact that the Phillies couldn’t find a team to deal any of their aging stars to is disappointing. Good news for the rest of the NL East though.
All of these bottom dwellers have yet to make a move to improve their future rosters.
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