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Wait, what? Five most surprising moments from a bizarre MLB trade deadline week

Wait, what? Five most surprising moments from a bizarre MLB trade deadline week 1

I mentioned typically within the weeks main as much as the July 31 commerce deadline that I was fascinated to see how this 12 months’s extravaganza would play out.

A lot of new components had been within the combine, primarily the elimination of the Aug. 31 commerce deadline. Positive, that one was a bit extra sophisticated; gamers needed to positioned on waivers, then both moved to the staff that claimed them or traded to anybody in the event that they handed by way of. However the backside line was if a contender wanted assist, it might discover assist, and if a staff fell out of competition and wanted to maneuver items for prospects, it might do this, too.

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The elimination of that back-up plan figured to make issues attention-grabbing, and that is what occurred. However even when anticipating the sudden, we had been shocked by a number of of the strikes that performed out within the week or so main as much as the deadline.

Let’s have a look.

1. Mets commerce for Stroman

Wait, what? The Mets had been seen as particular sellers for months. Starter Zack Wheeler, a free agent after the season, was certain to be dealt and the one query was whether or not they’d commerce Noah Syndergaard – Thor puzzled himself – and struggling nearer Edwin Diaz, together with guys like Todd Frazier and others. However then they pulled off the deal for Marcus Stroman, the Toronto All-Star who was seen as one of the crucial beneficial starters on the commerce market.

It was shocking not simply because it was the Mets – not the Yankees, Phillies, Astros, Cardinals or any of the opposite above-.500 groups who wanted starters – who pulled off the deal, however as a result of it occurred on Sunday, a few days earlier than the deadline, and the bundle the Mets despatched to Toronto wasn’t precisely overwhelming. Even now, we’re nonetheless scratching our heads.

2. Reds commerce for Bauer

Wait, what? This one actually got here from left subject (not heart subject, the place Bauer launched his last throw in a Cleveland uniform on the sphere in Kansas Metropolis), for a few causes. First, it was nonetheless exhausting to consider that the Indians, a staff in prime playoff place with World Collection aspirations, would commerce an ace-type pitcher like Bauer who wasn’t a free agent till after 2020. However no one thought the Reds – a staff in fourth place within the NL Central, nonetheless underneath .500 – can be the staff to spring for the deal.

However that is the way it went down, a three-team deal that gave Cleveland an enormous offensive increase (Franmil Reyes and Yasiel Puig) plus prospects and landed former Cincy prospect Taylor Trammell in San Diego. To not point out, San Diego’s haul appeared very gentle; Trammell is a pleasant prospect, however Reyes has 27 homers this 12 months within the majors and a few years remaining of membership management.

3. Yankees, Dodgers, Cardinals, Phillies and Pink Sox sit nonetheless

Wait, what? I wrote about this final evening, however even after an evening to sleep on it, it is nonetheless type of gorgeous that these 5 groups – all with World Collection or a minimum of deep-into-October goals – let the commerce deadline come and go with out addressing severe flaws of their roster building. From the followers’ perspective, it was infuriating. The entrance workplaces talked about excessive asking costs, however nonetheless.

4. MadBum & Co., the starters who stayed put

Wait, what? Coming into the season, and even heading into July, it was exhausting to think about any situation (in need of an damage) that included Madison Bumgarner sporting a Giants uniform in August and September. However then the Giants rattled off a 19-6 report in July and climbed again to the fringes of competition, and out of the blue a deal wasn’t a certain factor. And certain sufficient, the lefty with impeccable October numbers was not traded (and even requested to approve a deal to groups on his no-trade record). That was shocking, however he wasn’t the one lefty starter who will not have a brand new uniform this month.

Zack Wheeler, nicely, we mentioned the Mets a bit already. He stayed put. The Mets talked about him, however they requested for the moon when the moon wasn’t on the desk.

Detroit lefty Matthew Boyd is underneath membership management for 3 extra seasons, however he is having a breakthrough 12 months – significantly, his strikeout numbers are WAY up – and it made sense that the Tigers would promote as excessive as potential on Boyd whereas supplementing their rebuilding course of. He stayed put. In the meantime, the Rangers have fallen out of playoff competition (largely) and it made sense they’d commerce Mike Minor, the lefty All-Star pitcher who has yet another 12 months on his contract. However, nope. Similar factor with Arizona and lefty Robbie Ray. The asking costs had been mentioned to be astronomical.

However, yeah, with so many contenders craving beginning pitching, it was nonetheless very shocking to see so many out there beginning pitchers staying with their previous/present groups.

5. Astros land Greinke

Wait, what? OK, this one’s not shocking for the content material of the deal – the Astros clearly needed a top-of-the-rotation piece, and Greinke made sense for lots of causes – however for when the commerce information broke, at 4:13 p.m. ET, in a tweet by Ken Rosenthal. It wasn’t the final commerce information to interrupt, however to have one thing that huge go down nearly 15 minutes after the deadline handed despatched a little bit of a shock wave by way of Twitter.


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