The 2012 MLB trade deadline was packed with a number of last-second deals that shifted the landscape atop many divisions in the league.
Some teams realized that they weren’t going anywhere this season and decided to have a fire sale of their aging veterans who were due for new contracts in the immediate future.
Others tried to bolster their roster and gain an advantage over close rivals for the upcoming pennant races.
Let’s take a look at what deals went down and grade them for each club.
Shane Victorino to Los Angeles Dodgers
The Philadelphia Phillies flipped starting outfielder Shane Victorino to L.A. in exchange for Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin.
This was another major move for the Dodgers, who are competing with the Giants and Diamondbacks for NL West dominance. While Victorino is aging, he’s still got plenty to provide and will help a postseason run.
Lindblom is a nice player that will be a good addition to the Phillies' bullpen, while Martin is a high-upside prospect that could help sooner than later.
Grades: Phillies – A, Dodgers – A
Hunter Pence to San Francisco Giants
This was the other major move the Phillies made to clear away an unnecessary contract from their roster.
The Giants had to give up Tommy Joseph, Nate Schierholtz and Seth Rosin for the outfielder, but it should pay dividends.
This move neutralizes the Dodgers' deal for Victorino and keeps the teams on even footing.
It’s also, again, great for the Phils, as they acquired an amazing prospect in Joseph. Schierholtz will be a platoon guy and Rosin has reliever potential.
Grades: Phillies – B, Giants - A
Travis Snider to Pittsburgh Pirates
Who Won the Snider Deal?
Surprisingly, the Pirates are primed to have their first winning season since 1993. The club decided to help ensure that they can lock up an above .500 record and a postseason spot by going out and trading with the Toronto Blue Jays for Travis Snider.
This is a young man with a ton of talent, but who has never reached his full potential. He’s got a great bat, something the Pirates need, and will have a real chance to play and find a groove.
Toronto obviously wasn’t having any luck with Snider, so picking up Brad Lincoln for their bullpen wasn’t a bad move whatsoever.
Grades: Blue Jays – B+, Pirates – A