I'd say it's safe to say that the Dodgers were by far the busiest team of the trade deadline. It seemed like they were in on just about every potential deal, but in the end, they wound up making three trades that could very well be difference-makers in their quest for an NL West crown.
Their first deal was their biggest, and maybe the deal that this deadline will be remembered for. That was the trade that sent Nathan Eovaldi and minor league pitcher Scott McGough to the Miami Marlins in exchange for left-handed reliever Randy Choate, and yes, superstar third baseman/shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
Yes, it is true that Hanley is not the same Hanley he was two or three years ago. His average is down, and he didn't seem happy having to move to third base to accommodate Jose Reyes in Miami, but now, it's a fresh start.
Maybe the California living will agree with him and revitalize his promising career. If so, it's a fantastic trade for the Dodgers. Eovaldi was a decent pitcher for the Dodgers, but nothing that they couldn't replace internally.
Second, Los Angeles picked up right-handed reliever Brandon League, a former closer, from Seattle for a couple prospects. While this appears like a minor deal, League has experienced various amounts of success in his career and could prove to be an invaluable piece of the LA bullpen.
Finally, the Dodgers acquired centerfielder Shane Victorino from the Phillies for reliever Josh Lindblom and prospect Ethan Martin. Strangely enough, Victorino originally came to Philly after the club claimed him in the Rule 5 Draft from—you guessed it—the Dodgers. So, full circle for Victorino, who has had a rough season for Philadelphia in 2012, but really, who hasn't?
Victorino will play left field and bat lead off for the Dodgers, joining Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier to form one of the game's best outfields.
So, in conclusion, the Dodgers were able to acquire four excellent players for very little in return, with only Eovaldi's absence likely to be felt the rest of the season.
They may have missed out on Ryan Dempster, but with a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Chris Capuano, Chad Billinglsey and Aaron Harang, they will likely be just fine.