MLB Trade Deadline 2012: Grading All 30 MLB Teams' Moves at the Trade Deadline

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2012

MLB Trade Deadline 2012: Grading All 30 MLB Teams' Moves at the Trade Deadline

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    The July 31 trade deadline has come and gone, and while it was a relatively quiet trade market compared to years past, there were still a number of impact players changing teams.

    While some teams came away from the deadline improved for their postseason push, others came away with a disappointing result to their July wheeling and dealing.

    So here is a team-by-team look at all of the trades made in the month of July, as well as a grade for each team's trade deadline transactions.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    July 25, 2012: Traded 3B Ryan Roberts to Rays for 2B Tyler Bortnick

    July 29: Traded OF Bobby Borchering, OF Marc Krauss to Astros for 3B Chris Johnson

    July 31: Traded LHP Craig Breslow to Red Sox for RHP Matt Albers, OF Scott Podsednik

     

    The Diamondbacks' biggest move at the deadline was holding onto right fielder Justin Upton, who was rumored to be on the block, but they were able to improve the team with some small-scale moves.

    Swapping out Ryan Roberts (.236 BA, 7 HR, 36 RBI) for Chris Johnson (.278 BA, 9 HR, 45 RBI) at third base is a clear upgrade, and the fact that Johnson is under team control through 2016 makes it an even better move.

    Moving Craig Breslow (40 G, 2.70 ERA, 8.7 K/9) for Matt Albers (40 G, 2.29 ERA, 5.7 K/9) is a fairly lateral move, but the Diamondbacks also landed Scott Podsednik in the deal, and he should provide a spark off the bench with his speed.

    Deadline Grade: B+

Atlanta Braves

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    July 14: Traded RHP Todd Redmond to Reds for SS Paul Janish

    July 31: Traded RHP Arodys Vizcaino, RHP Jaye Chapman to Cubs for LHP Paul Maholm, OF Reed Johnson

     

    The Braves nearly dealt one of their top young pitchers in Randall Delgado to the Cubs for Ryan Dempster, but when Dempster used his 10-and-5 veto rights to nix the deal, the Braves turned their attention to other pitchers.

    After making a serious push for Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke before losing out on him to the Angels, the team eventually settled on Cubs left-hander Paul Maholm to fill out their rotation.

    Maholm has gone 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his last seven outings, and he will help fill out a Braves rotation that has not been as deep as it looked prior to the season.

    Vizcaino was one of the team's top prospects entering the season, but he has missed the entire year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He is no doubt the X-factor of this deal long-term.

    Deadline Grade: B-

Baltimore Orioles

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    July 1: Traded C Gabriel Lino, RHP Kyle Simon to Phillies for DH Jim Thome

    July 20: Purchased 2B Omar Quintanilla from Mets

     

    Unwilling to move top prospects Manny Machado or Dylan Bundy, the Orioles were unable to pull off a big trade at the deadline. While it may hurt their postseason chances this season, the franchise is better off in the long run.

    They were wise to avoid the temptation of going all-in this season in an effort to make the postseason for the first time since 1997.

    Quintanilla has been a nice pickup, going 12-for-28 at the plate and seeing decent playing time at second base with Brian Roberts and Robert Andino battling injury, while Thome provides a veteran bat with power.

    Deadline Grade: C

Boston Red Sox

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    July 24: Traded Brent Lillibridge to Indians for Jose De La Torre

    July 31: Traded RHP Matt Albers, OF Scott Podsednik to Diamondbacks for LHP Craig Breslow

    July 31: Traded 1B Lars Anderson to Indians for RHP Steven Wright

     

    The Red Sox opted against making any significant moves at the deadline, as they are currently 8.5 games out of first in the AL East and four games back in a crowded AL wild-card picture.

    They did get a solid, left-handed setup reliever in Breslow, who is controllable through next season, but little else in the way of major league impact players.

    On the minor league level, the team dealt first base prospect Lars Anderson to the Indians for 27-year-old Steven Wright. A former second-round pick by Cleveland back in 2006, Wright has enjoyed a breakout season of sorts in Double-A, going 9-6 with a 2.49 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 115.2 innings.

    Deadline Grade: C

Chicago Cubs

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    July 31: Traded C Geovany Soto to Rangers for RHP Jacob Brigham

    July 31: Traded LHP Paul Maholm, OF Reed Johnson to Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino, RHP Jaye Chapman

    July 31: Traded RHP Ryan Dempster to Rangers for RHP Kyle Hendricks, 3B Christian Villanueva

     

    The Cubs were expected to be active sellers, and while they did manage to pull off a trio of moves, they did not have the impact that many Cubs fans would have hoped.

    They added three starting pitching prospects, and while all three are solid, not one is the impact arm that they were targeting in looking to deal Dempster and Matt Garza.

    Brigham, 24, is 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA, 116 K, 124 IP in his second go-around at Double-A this season. Hendricks, 22, is 5-8 with a 2.82 ERA, 112 K, 130.2 IP at High Single-A in just his second pro season, and first as a starter. Vizcaino made his MLB debut last year at the age of 20 and has plenty of upside, but he has missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

    Beyond those three, Chapman is a solid reliever who could see MLB action this fall, and Villanueva is the only Top 100 prospect of the group as he was ranked No. 100 by Baseball America heading into this season and has hit .285 BA, 10 HR, 59 RBI at High Single-A.

    The team failed to move Alfonso Soriano despite a willingness to take on most of his remaining salary, kept Jeff Baker who no doubt had some appeal as a utility infielder and wound up having to keep Matt Garza after he was temporarily shut down with an arm injury.

    Deadline Grade: C-

Chicago White Sox

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    July 21: Traded RHP Matthew Heidenreich, LHP Blair Walter to Astros for RHP Brett Myers

    July 29: Traded SS Eduardo Escobar, LHP Pedro Hernandez to Twins for LHP Francisco Liriano

     

    Despite a farm system that ranks among the worst in baseball, the White Sox were able to add a pair of key arms to their pitching staff, as the always creative Kenny Williams was busy as usual at the deadline.

    The team was eyeing a big-time deal for Zack Greinke, but in the end they settled for Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano, who has been a different pitcher after an early season demotion to the bullpen. 

    With John Danks now out for the season, according to ESPN, the Liriano acquisition becomes even more important, as he will play a key role for the team down the stretch.

    A closer with the Astros, Myers serves as a setup man for now—but with inexperienced Addison Reed at closer, Myers is invaluable as an insurance policy.

    While he was technically acquired in June, third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who had the worst production at third base of any team in baseball prior to the move, was also a major pickup for the team.

    Deadline Grade: A

Cincinnati Reds

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    July 14: Traded SS Paul Janish to Reds for RHP Todd Redmond

    July 31: Traded LHP Donnie Joseph, RHP J.C. Sulbaran to Royals for RHP Jonathan Broxton

     

    The Reds proved capable of meeting the Royals' high asking price for closer Jonathan Broxton, as they shipped reliever Donnie Joseph (44 G, 8-3, 18 Sv, 1.72 ERA, 11.7 K/9 at Double-A and Triple-A) and starter J.C. Sulbaran (19 GS, 7-7, 4.04 ERA, 111 K, 104.2 IP at Double-A).

    Broxton will set up flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman and provide insurance should the first-time closer falter down the stretch.

    However, the Reds failed to add a top-of-the-order bat with good on-base skills to hit in front of their potent middle of the lineup, as they will now embark on the stretch run with Zack Cozart (.288 OBP) and Drew Stubbs (.301 OBP) hitting first and second in the lineup.

    I do understand not wanting to mess with the chemistry of a team that is playing so well, and getting Joey Votto back from injury will be far bigger than any acquisition they could have made.

    Deadline Grade: C

Cleveland Indians

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    July 24: Traded RHP Jose De La Torre to Red Sox for UT Brent Lillibridge

    July 31: Traded RHP Steven Wright to Red Sox for 1B Lars Anderson

     

    The Indians have fallen a notch below the Tigers and White Sox in the AL Central, and as a result, they decided against aggressively buying at the deadline.

    They did not find the right-handed bat they were looking for to break up their heavily left-handed lineup, and instead they will head into the offseason with some clear-cut needs to address in free agency.

    The Lars Anderson trade is an interesting one, as the former top prospect (ranked as high as No. 17 overall back in 2009, according to Baseball America) has spun his wheels in Triple-A for parts of three seasons now, but does have solid on-base skills (.370 career minor league OBP) and is still just 25 years old.

    In return, Cleveland shipped out right-hander Steven Wright, who is having a solid year in Double-A (9-6, 2.49 ERA, 101 K, 115.2 IP) but is older than most players at that level.

    Deadline Grade: C

Colorado Rockies

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    July 20: Traded RHP Jeremy Guthrie to Royals for LHP Jonathan Sanchez

    July 28: Traded IF Marco Scutaro to Giants for 2B Charlie Culberson 

     

    Done in by their terrible starting pitching, the Rockies were out of the postseason picture as early as anyone this season, yet they were relatively quiet as far as selling.

    Catcher Ramon Hernandez and a number of relievers headlined by closer Rafael Betancourt and middle reliever Matt Reynolds could have been moved, but the team's asking price was high enough that they stayed put.

    They flipped under-performing starters with the Royals in acquiring Jonathan Sanchez for Jeremy Guthrie, and with both pitchers set to hit free agency at season's end, this was an empty move.

    In return for the versatile Scutaro, the team added second baseman Charlie Culberson, a 2007 first-round pick. He has some pop for a second baseman, with 10 HR and 53 RBI at Triple-A this season—but he is a career .258/.310/.379 hitter in the minors and has been even worse this year at .236/.283/.396, so it remains to be seen if he will hit enough to utilize that power.

    Deadline Grade: D

Detroit Tigers

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    July 23: Traded RHP Jacob Turner, C Rob Brantly, LHP Brian Flynn to Marlins for RHP Anibal Sanchez, 2B Omar Infante

     

    The Tigers had two clear needs as the deadline approached—adding a starting pitcher and upgrading at second base—and they filled them both in one deal with the Marlins a week before the deadline.

    Once the Marlins decided to sell, the Tigers moved quickly to land the duo of Anibal Sanchez (20 GS, 5-8, 4.11 ERA) and Omar Infante (.278 BA, 8 HR, 33 RBI, 10 SB).

    It cost them, as they shipped off top pitching prospect Jacob Turner along with a catching prospect in Rob Brantly (.293 BA, 4 HR, 36 RBI), who could be a starter at the big league level down the road. 

    The third piece they shipped off in the trade, left-hander Brian Flynn, is a 6'8" starter who has gone 8-5 with a 4.07 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 112.2 innings of work.

    While the price they paid was high, there is no question the trade puts the Tigers in a better position to compete this season, as they look to make a serious postseason run.

    Deadline Grade: B

Houston Astros

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    July 5: Traded 1B Carlos Lee to Marlins for 3B Matt Dominguez, LHP Rob Rasmussen

    July 20: Traded LHP J.A. Happ, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP David Carpenter to Blue Jays for RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco, RHP Joseph Musgrove, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP David Rollins, C Carlos Perez, PTBNL

    July 21: Traded RHP Brett Myers to White Sox for RHP Matthew Heidenreich, LHP Blair Walters

    July 25: Traded LHP Wandy Rodriguez to Pirates for OF Robbie Grossman, LHP Colton Cain, LHP Rudy Owens

    July 29: Traded 3B Chris Johnson to Diamondbacks for OF Bobby Borchering, OF Marc Krauss

     

    The Astros did exactly what everyone expected them to at the deadline, moving any and all veteran pieces that were of any interest to contenders, shipping off a total of six veterans for 13 prospects total.

    Among the highlights of their return was Marlins third baseman Matt Dominguez, who plays Gold Glove-caliber defense but looks like he'll be average at best with the bat.

    Pirates outfielder Robbie Grossman (.294/.418/.451, 10 SB) has terrific plate discipline and the speed to make an impact at the top of the order.

    Blue Jays starter Asher Wojciechowski (20 GS, 8-3, 3.42 ERA, 87 Ks, 105.1 IP) was a first-round pick in 2010, and he has pitched well in Double-A this season.

     

    Deadline Grade: A

Kansas City Royals

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    July 20: Traded LHP Jonathan Sanchez to Rockies for RHP Jeremy Guthrie

    July 31: Traded RHP Jonathan Broxton to Reds for LHP Donnie Joseph, RHP J.C. Sulbaran

     

    Even though there was hope for a solid second half they could build off of moving forward, the Royals were not quick to deal at the deadline. In the end, however, they moved their biggest asset in reliever Jonathan Broxton.

    In return, they added reliever Donnie Joseph (44 G, 8-3, 18 Sv, 1.72 ERA, 11.7 K/9 at Double-A and Triple-A) and starter J.C. Sulbaran (19 GS, 7-7, 4.04 ERA, 111 K, 104.2 IP at Double-A) to an organization that can use all the young pitching talent it can get.

    As for the other deal, the trade of Jonathan Sanchez may have been more about helping to forget how the acquired him in the first place (from the Giants for MVP candidate Melky Cabrera this offseason) than anything else, and Guthrie will be gone in the offseason.

    Deadline Grade: B

Los Angeles Angels

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    July 27: Traded SS Jean Segura, RHP Ariel Pena, RHP Johnny Hellweg to Brewers for RHP Zack Greinke

     

    The Angels landed what ended up being the biggest trade chip of the deadline in Greinke, and their rotation of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Greinke, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana is the kind of staff that could carry a team in the postseason.

    It cost them, though, as they shipped shortstop Jean Segura (No. 55 prospect overall, No. 2 Angels prospect) and right-handers John Hellweg (No. 4 Angels prospect) and Ariel Pena (No. 9 Angels prospect) to Milwaukee.

    Greinke is a free agent at season's end and the Angels are hoping to lock him up long term (according to MLB.com), but if they lose him, they paid a steep price for a rental player.

    Just as important as the fact that the Angels added Greinke is the fact that they prevented the Rangers from adding him, and they are now in a position to make a serious run at the AL West title.

    Deadline Grade: A

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    July 25: Traded RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Scott McGough to Marlins for 3B Hanley Ramirez, LHP Randy Choate

    July 31: Traded RHP Logan Bawcom, OF Leon Landry to Mariners for RHP Brandon League

    July 31: Traded RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Ethan Martin to Phillies for CF Shane Victorino

     

    While they failed to add a starter at the deadline, the Dodgers added a pair of impact bats to their lineup and bolstered their bullpen, doing so without mortgaging too much of their farm system.

    Adding Hanley Ramirez was obviously the big move, and it filled the biggest hole in the lineup at third base. A prime candidate to benefit from a change of scenery, Ramirez is signed through 2014 and will be a big part of the team's plans moving forward.

    Victorino is having a down season, hitting just .261 BA, 9 HR, 40 RBI, 24 SB, but he will remedy what has been a revolving door in left field with Matt Kemp entrenched in center field. A free agent at season's end, he'll be motivated to boost his stock with a good performance down the stretch.

    Choate is one of the best lefty specialists in the game, while League is a former All-Star closer who struggled early this season but has posted a 3.09 ERA in 23.1 innings of work since June 1.

    In return for all of this, the Dodgers only gave up two of their top 10 prospects, with their No. 3 prospect (Eovaldi) and No. 8 prospect (Lindblom) heading out in the trades.

    Deadline Grade: A

Miami Marlins

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    July 5: Traded 3B Matt Dominguez, LHP Rob Rasmussen to Astros for 1B Carlos Lee

    July 23: Traded RHP Anibal Sanchez, 2B Omar Infante to Tigers for RHP Jacob Turner, C Rob Brantly, LHP Brian Flynn

    July 25: Traded 3B Hanley Ramirez, LHP Randy Choate to Dodgers for RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Scott McGough

    July 31: Traded 1B Gaby Sanchez, RHP Kyle Kaminska to Pirates for CF Gorkys Hernandez

    July 31: Trade RHP Edward Mujica to Cardinals for 3B Zack Cox

     

    Once the Marlins decided to sell, they sold in a big way. While they ended up keeping hotly rumored starter Josh Johnson, they traded off far more than most people expected them to.

    Dealing Hanley Ramirez was obviously the big move, but they also shipped out struggling former All-Star Gaby Sanchez and reliever Edward Mujica in the final hours before the deadline.

    The team landed a pair of Top 100 prospect starters in Jacob Turner (No. 22) and Nathan Eovaldi (No. 96), as well as a former first-round pick in third baseman Zack Cox and a former Top 100 prospect, center fielder Gorkys Hernandez.

    All in all, it was a solid haul for the Marlins, and they have set themselves up for sustained success once they put it all together.

    Deadline Grade: B+

Milwaukee Brewers

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    July 27: Traded RHP Zack Greinke to Angels for SS Jean Segura, RHP Ariel Pena, RHP Johnny Hellweg

    July 29: Traded C George Kottaras to Athletics for RHP Fautino De Los Santos

     

    A terrible week last week finally forced the Brewers into the position of seller, and after making an extension offer to Zack Greinke in excess of $100 million (according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports), the team realized they weren't going to be able to keep him and wisely moved him.

    In return, the team got three of the Angels' top 10 prospects, as Segura should be the shortstop of the future as early as next season, and both Pena and Hellweg have terrific upside.

    The team also acquired an electric arm in Fautino De Los Santos for backup catcher George Kottaras. De Los Santos has struggled to the tune of a 7.05 ERA in 37 Triple-A innings this season, but he was terrific down the stretch for the A's last season (33.1 IP, 4.32 ERA, 11.6 K/9) and had an outside chance at winning the closer's role this offseason.

    Deadline Grade: A

Minnesota Twins

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    July 29: Traded LHP Francisco Liriano to White Sox for SS Eduardo Escobar, LHP Pedro Hernandez

     

    The Twins wisely shipped off free-agent-to-be Francisco Liriano, as he has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career but has been as inconsistent as any pitcher in baseball since breaking into the league.

    Escobar, 23, profiles as a solid utility infielder who has shown some offensive skills in the minors, hitting .266 BA, 4 HR, 49 RBI in Triple-A last season with 23 doubles and 13 stolen bases.

    Hernandez, 23, was acquired in the Carlos Quentin trade this past offseason, and he has been great this season between Double-A and Triple-A, going 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA over 14 starts.

    The team was also wise to opt not to trade Josh Willingham (.274 BA, 27 HR, 79 RBI), as he is a steal at $7 million in 2013 and 2014.

    Deadline Grade: B+

New York Mets

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    July 20: Sold 2B Omar Quintanilla to Orioles

     

    After a surprisingly impressive first half, the Mets have gone 4-13 since the All-Star break and have effectively fallen out of the playoff hunt.

    As a result, the team didn't make any moves at the deadline, and they will look to evaluate some of their young talent down the stretch.

    Surprisingly, they did not move outfielder Scott Hairston, who is one of the best situational hitters in baseball with a .307/.338/.606 line against left-handed pitching, making him the ideal bench bat for a contender.

    Deadline Grade: N/A

New York Yankees

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    July 1: Purchased RHP Chad Qualls from Phillies

    July 23: Traded RHP D.J. Mitchell, RHP Danny Farquhar to Mariners for OF Ichiro Suzuki

    July 31: Traded RHP Chad Qualls to Pirates for 1B/3B Casey McGehee

     

    With the improved pitching of Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova, along with the impending return of Andy Pettitte, the Yankees opted not to acquire a starter at the deadline.

    Their big splash was dealing for Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who fills the void left by Brett Gardner, who will miss the remainder of the season with an elbow injury.

    When Alex Rodriguez went down with a fractured wrist, the Yankees were targeting a number of different low-cost infield options to fill in for him. In the end, the team landed Casey McGehee (.230 BA, 8 HR, 35 RBI) from the Pirates, and he can play both first and third.

    Deadline Grade: B-

Oakland Athletics

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    July 29: Traded RHP Fautino De Los Santos to Brewers for C George Kottaras

     

    Despite being one of the hottest teams in baseball and in a position to make a playoff push, the low-budget A's opted not to do much at the deadline.

    The team has the worst shortstop situation in all of baseball and could stand to upgrade throughout the lineup, but in the end, their only move was to add some catching depth.

    Kottaras has decent power for a catcher and should at least split time with under-performing Kurt Suzuki (.216 BA, 1 HR, 18 RBI in 259 at-bats).

    Deadline Grade: D

Philadelphia Phillies

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    July 1: Traded DH Jim Thome to Orioles for C Gabriel Lino, RHP Kyle Simon

    July 1: Sold RHP Chad Qualls to Yankees

    July 31: Traded CF Shane Victorino to Dodgers for RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Ethan Martin

    July 31: Traded RF Hunter Pence to Giants for RF Nate Schierholtz, C Tommy Joseph, RHP Seth Rosin

     

    The Phillies sold big on the last day before the deadline, and they netted a solid prospect haul in return for outfielders Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence.

    Victorino, a free agent at season's end, landed reliever Josh Lindblom (48 G, 3.02 ERA, 8.1 K/9) and starter Ethan Martin (20 GS, 8-6, 3.58 ERA, 8.5 K/9 at Double-A).

    Pence, who was acquired at the deadline last season, brought right fielder Nate Schierholtz to step in immediately for Pence, as well as top catching prospect Tommy Joseph (.260 BA, 8 HR, 38 RBI at Double-A) and reliever Seth Rosin (34 G, 10 Sv, 4.31 ERA, 10.9 K/9).

    Deadline Grade: B

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    July 25: Traded OF Robbie Grossman, LHP Colton Cain, LHP Rudy Owens to Astros for LHP Wandy Rodriguez

    July 31: Traded RHP Brad Lincoln to Blue Jays for OF Travis Snider

    July 31: Traded CF Gorkys Hernandez to Marlins for 1B Gaby Sanchez, RHP Kyle Kaminska

    July 31: Traded 1B/3B Casey McGehee to Yankees for RHP Chad Qualls

     

    In a position to legitimately contend this season, and much better off than they were last season, the Pirates were active buyers at the deadline.

    Their big move was acquiring Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros, pushing Kevin Correia to the bullpen and giving the staff another veteran innings eater for the stretch run.

    In their three other moves, they essentially just shuffled players, as they replaced Brad Lincoln with Chad Qualls, replaced Casey McGehee with Gaby Sanchez and replaced one once-highly touted outfielder with another in picking up Travis Snider and moving Gorkys Hernandez.

    Deadline Grade: B

San Diego Padres

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    No Trades

     

    The Padres had three of the biggest trade chips on the market in left fielder Carols Quentin, closer Huston Street and third baseman Chase Headley, but when all was said and done they held onto all three.

    Quentin (three-year, $27 million) and Street (two-year, $14 million) were both extended, as they will be a big part of the team's move back towards contention in the seasons ahead.

    Headley received interest from a number of teams, but with him under team control through 2014, the Padres did not need to move him.

    Deadline Grade: N/A

San Francisco Giants

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    July 28: Traded 2B Charlie Culberson to Rockies for IF Marco Scutaro

    July 31: Traded RF Nate Schierholtz, C Tommy Joseph, RHP Seth Rosin to Phillies for RF Hunter Pence

     

    After sending top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to the Mets for rental outfielder Carlos Beltran last season, the Giants landed an outfielder in Hunter Pence who is signed through next season.

    The team didn't give up all that much to land Pence, giving up the player he replaces in Nate Schierholtz and a relief pitching prospect in Seth Rosin.

    The key piece they moved was catcher Tommy Joseph, who hit .270 BA, 22 HR, 95 RBI as a 19-year-old in High Single-A last season. 

    Also acquired was Marco Scutaro, who bolsters a weak middle infield and cost the Giants a prospect who very well may not make enough contact to tap into his offensive potential, in Charlie Culberson.

    Deadline Grade: B+

Seattle Mariners

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    July 23: Traded RF Ichiro Suzuki to Yankees for RHP D.J. Mitchell, RHP Danny Farquhar

    July 31: Traded RHP Steve Delabar to Blue Jays for OF Eric Thames

    July 31: Traded RHP Brandon League to Dodgers for RHP Logan Bawcom, OF Leon Landry

     

    The headline-grabbing move for the Mariners at the deadline was dealing Ichiro Suzuki, who had spent all 12 of his big league seasons in Seattle.

    The team also moved under-performing reliever Brandon League, and while they did not acquire any top-tier prospects for either player, they added four solid players to bolster their farm system.

    They also acquired Blue Jays left fielder Eric Thames, who is still just 25 and has been fantastic since being sent down to Triple-A, hitting .330 BA, 6 HR, 32 RBI with a .935 OPS. He should slide into a starting job right away, and under team control through 2017, he will be auditioning for a significant role with the team moving forward.

    Deadline Grade: B+

St. Louis Cardinals

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    July 31: Traded 3B Zack Cox to Marlins for RHP Edward Mujica 

     

    With the improved play of their starting rotation, the Cardinals entered the trade deadline confident in the roster they have moving forward.

    In need of a solid middle reliever alongside Mitchell Boggs, the team acquired Edward Mujica (41 G, 4.38 ERA, 6.0 K/9) from the aggressively selling Marlins.

    The team shipped off 2010 first-round pick Zack Cox in the deal, who is hitting .254 BA, 9 HR, 30 RBI, and he replaces the traded Matt Dominguez as the third baseman of the future for the team.

    Deadline Grade: C+

Tampa Bay Rays

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    July 25: Traded 2B Tyler Bortnick to Diamondbacks for 3B Ryan

     

    The Rays have been severely limited by their anemic offense this season, and without Evan Longoria in the lineup, there was a gaping hole at third base.

    Because they are on the fringe of contention, the team was not in a position to aggressively buy, and they actually shopped starter James Shields although they eventually decided to keep him.

    They did make one under-the-radar move, acquiring Ryan "TatMan" Roberts from the Diamondbacks to man third base for the time being. 

    He hit .249 BA, 19 HR, 65 RBI, 18 SB in a breakout year last year, but he has batted just .236 BA, 7 HR, 36 RBI, 7 SB so far this season. He was replaced in Arizona by Astros third baseman Chris Johnson.

    Deadline Grade: C-

Texas Rangers

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    July 31: Traded RHP Jacob Brigham to Cubs for C Geovany Soto

    July 31: Traded RHP Kyle Hendricks, 3B Christian Villanueva to Cubs for RHP Ryan Dempster

     

    After making a run at seemingly every big-name starting pitcher on the market, the Rangers wound up landing Cubs starter Ryan Dempster to bolster their injury-plagued rotation.

    Following the Angels acquisition of Zack Greinke, and with Colby Lewis out for the season, the Rangers more or less had to add a starter at the deadline.

    Dempster has been great this season, but he has never pitched in the American League, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the move.

    The team also added Cubs catcher Geovany Soto in a separate trade, but with a .199 BA, 6 HR, 14 RBI line on the season, he is not much of a pickup.

    Deadline Grade: B

Toronto Blue Jays

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    July 20: Traded RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco, RHP Joseph Musgrove, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP David Rollins, C Carlos Perez, PTBNL to Astros for LHP J.A. Happ, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP David Carpenter

    July 31: Traded RF Travis Snider to Pirates for RHP Brad Lincoln

    July 31: Traded LF Eric Thames to Mariners for RHP Steve Delabar

     

    The Blue Jays headed into the deadline looking to bolster their starting rotation with three of their regular starters on the disabled list, and in the end, they landed a pair of pitchers capable of starting who they will use in relief for the time being.

    Brad Lincoln (28 G, 5 GS, 4-2, 2.73 ERA, 9.1 K/9) will serve as a key setup man but is also capable of starting, while J.A. Happ is capable of starting as well. Steve Delabar and Brandon Lyon will help improve the bullpen.

    The team moved outfielders Eric Thames and Travis Snider in the trades as well as a handful of prospects, but they managed to keep their top young players. Asher Wojciechowski was the biggest prospect the team gave up, as he entered the season ranked No. 10 in the organization.

    Deadline Grade: B+

Washington Nationals

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    No Trades

     

    Aside from releasing veterans Xavier Nady and Rick Ankiel, the Nationals did virtually nothing during the month of July.

    The team was looking for another starting pitcher to give the rotation some depth, as well as a middle infielder with Ian Desmond on the disabled list with a torn oblique.

    Deadline Grade: N/A