The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants were two of the most active teams leading up to Major League Baseball’s July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. Meanwhile, their division rivals in San Diego, Colorado and Arizona gained attention for the moves they didn’t make.
The Dodgers acquired four players—OF Shane Victorino from the Philadelphia Phillies, RHP Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners, and 3B/SS Hanley Ramirez and LHP Randy Choate from the Miami Marlins—in three separate trades.
The Giants added SS Marco Scutaro from the Colorado Rockies and OF Hunter Pence from the Phillies.
Los Angeles continued to be active after the trade deadline, putting in waiver claims for two of Philadelphia’s starting pitchers—RHP Joe Blanton and LHP Cliff Lee.
The Dodgers were able to agree to trade terms to acquire Blanton, but the Phillies pulled Lee back off of waivers—meaning he will remain in Philadelphia through the end of the 2012 season.
Both San Francisco and Los Angeles made bold efforts to improve their odds of contending for a World Series championship in 2012, but many of the moves will impact their 2013 Opening Day rosters as well.
Instead of their usual fire sale, the Padres actually re-signed two of their veterans—left fielder Carlos Quentin and closer Huston Street—to contract extensions that will keep them in San Diego beyond this year.
The Diamondbacks acquired Chris Johnson from the Houston Astros to fill a void at third base, but Arizona made more noise by not trading star right fielder Justin Upton despite rumors suggesting he was available.
The Rockies decided to hold on to All-Star center fielder Carlos Gonzalez instead of moving him to spur a rebuilding effort.
Although there are still a few weeks left before the August 31st trade deadline for players who clear waivers and a full offseason of free-agent signings to be made, it’s not too early to predict what the 2013 Opening Day lineups for each NL West team will look like.