The MLB trade deadline came on Wednesday afternoon, and several baseball teams, as well as players, were winners and losers. Some teams made great deals, while others decided to sit back and stand pat.
Both philosophies have the capability of paying off big in the postseason, or resulting in disaster. The Dodgers decided to mostly sit on the sidelines and make due with what they’ve got. Not bad thinking when you have the best record in baseball, and until Wednesday, the best odds to win the World Series.
Los Angeles was the favorite at 3/1, but now have been supplanted by 2017 World Series winner, the Houston Astros, who are now 2/1.. They traded for right-hander Zack Greinke and now have just as good rotation as the Dodgers.
We take a tone at some of the succeeded and nonstarters from the MLB craft deadline, and extend our comment below.
Not only did Houston pick up right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke from Arizona, they also grabbed more arms from Toronto in Joe Biagini and Aaron Sanchez.
With Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Wade Miley, the Astros already have a redoubtable start three. Now with Greinke, they have arguably the best rotary motion in baseball game.
Sanchez can be a fifth starter, or work from the bullpen, though his preference would be to start.
“What an opportunity I get to go and to learn from guys like Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke,” Sanchez said. “The opportunity to play playoff baseball and the chance to win a ring, this is why you play this game, to have the opportunity. I’m thrilled.”
San Francisco Giants
This was a perfect example of getting more by doing less. The Giants were rumored to be shopping around star pitchers Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith.
In the end, though, general manager Farhan Zaidi decided to keep those two. Whether it was he couldn’t get what he wanted for them, or thought they could be a key to a bounce back year in 2020, those two stayed put.
Zaidi did pick up second baseman Scooter Gennett, and dump three relievers, Mark Melancon, Sam Dyson and Drew Pomeranz. Not bad for the first-year San Francisco executive.
New York Yankees and Mets
The two squad in the Big Apple coiffure piddling or zippo, and are get under one’s skinning burned by the New York spirituality because of it.
The ranks call up they have a hazard at Greinke. That would have got given them a much-needed weapon, but they could not sway the righty to dispense with his no-trade article to the Bronx.
The Mets had reportedly put pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler on the trade block, as many thought first-year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was throwing in the towel on the season.
By Wednesday both twirled delay with the Mets. Another weapon connect them final Sunday, but represent less than thrilled about it. Marcus Stroman reportedly have a mini-meltdown in the club when he teach Toronto have traded him to the Mets, a non-playoff competition. He refuse he represent upset about starting to New York.
“It had nothing to do with the Mets at all,” Stroman said. “To be back home, pitching in front of friends and family, is going to be an amazing time.”
Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox have been in freefall this twelvemonth, after representing one of the top hoofs to gain the World Series. The squad represent in despairing motive of fill-in pitch, but universal director Dave Dombroski pick out not to realise a mass for any uncommitted weapon systems.
He is relying on his starting twirler improving and the squad get under one’s skinning a raving mad bill of fare bunk. Both speculative propositions for the defending blisters, whose World Series betting odds have dropped to 30/1.