While all past trade deadlines in the MLB are exciting, this year’s deadline may have been one of the craziest, most star-studded deadlines of all time. Some of the biggest stars in the game had to say goodbye to their teams while many teams bolstered their rosters for a postseason push.
With so much action, let’s take a look at some of the biggest headlines of the trade deadline.
Dodgers Make Biggest Splash Of Trade Deadline
Coming into play Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves three games out of first place in the NL West despite having the second-best record in the league at 62-42. Knowing that it will be a fight between them, the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres down the stretch, they may have made the biggest move to help their chances.
In a trade consummated on the eve of the deadline, the Dodgers acquired Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals in exchange for four prospects, including their the Dodgers’ top two prospects, Keibert Ruiz and Josiah Gray.
In Scherzer, they are getting a 37-year-old future Hall-of-Famer who is currently 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and has 147 strikeouts in just 111 innings pitched. Especially with the likelihood that Trevor Bauer is out for the season, Scherzer, who is a free agent this offseason, will be a big addition to the Dodgers’ postseason chances. With a rotation headlined by Clayton Kershaw, Scherzer, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urias, this is a rotation that any team should fear in the postseason.
In addition to Scherzer, the Dodgers also picked up a superstar in Turner. While he will likely play second this season with Corey Seager at shortstop, Turner will supplant Seager after the year since Seager will be a free agent.
This season, Turner is hitting .322/.369/.521 with 18 home runs, 49 runs batted in, 66 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases.
Nationals And Cubs Go Full Teardown
The trade of Scherzer and Turner wasn’t the only trade for the Nationals. In fact, both the Nationals and the Chicago Cubs went into a full-blown teardown.
For as busy as the Nationals were, though, the Cubs might have even traded away more star power. The trio of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo, all free agents at the end of the season, all have new homes.
For Baez, he was traded on Friday to the New York Mets, where he will play second base as soon as Francisco Lindor returns from injury.
Kris Bryant was traded to the Giants, while Rizzo was traded to the New York Yankees. Even All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel was traded crosstown to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Nick Madrigal and Codi Heuer.
It didn’t stop there, though. They had already traded Joc Pederson earlier in the season to the Atlanta Braves and traded Jake Marisnick to the Padres. They also got rid of some more pitchers as Trevor Williams went to the Mets, Ryan Tepera to the White Sox, and Andrew Chafin to the A’s.
Yankees Add Slugger Joey Gallo
As previously mentioned, the Yankees added a big lefty to their lineup in Rizzo, but he wasn’t the only one added. The Yankees also struck a deal with the Texas Rangers for Joey Gallo. On the season, Gallo is hitting .223/.379/.490 with 25 home runs, 55 runs batted in, and 57 runs scored.
Between Rizzo, Gallo, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez, they have a lineup that can put the ball over the fence at any point.
At 53-48, the Yankees currently sit 8.5 games back in the division, but they are definitely in the mix for a Wild Card spot.
Blue Jays Bolster Rotation With Berrios Deal
Like the Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays may be more of a player for the Wild Card than the division. They sit 9.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox, but that did not stop them from making moves.
The biggest of their moves helped bolster their starting rotation as they traded with the Minnesota Twins for starter Jose Berrios. On the season, Berrios is 7-5 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and has 126 strikeouts in 121.5 innings.
It is worth noting that these trades just scratch the surface of what was an unbelievably busy trade deadline.