Heading down the home stretch of the 2012 season, we have seen some landmark names hit the road packing.
In a painful NL West, the two-headed monsters emphatically distanced themselves from the remaining teams by their headlining deals.
So, what have you done for me lately? The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants answered that inquiry with authority.
However, they weren’t the only teams that reeled in top talent. Let us take a look around the league to see who the winners were in the trade department.
Although out in front in the division, it seemed with every move the Dodgers made, the Giants would wither away. They were indeed scrambling for an answer.
Giants fans, it is alright, you can now breathe a sigh of relief. Hunter Pence, welcome aboard. The usual suspects brought in a sure-handed outfielder and a proven bat to complement their versatile lineup. Pence only enhances the Giants' chances to conclude yet another stellar regular-season campaign.
Pence has put together another healthy season with 17 home runs, 61 RBI and a respectable .271 average.
Exchanging coast for coast, Pence will look to lift the Giants past the Dodgers and extend their October hopes.
As the Dodgers looked to peel away from the Giants, the Black and Orange took charge and hit the lottery with the security blanket of Mr. Pence.
Grabbing on to the third slot in the AL West, the Angels were desperate for another piece to add to their lethal starting rotation. And they did just that. The Halos locked in the former Cy Young Award recipient, Zack Greinke.
Greinke was off to a fine season in Milwaukee with a noteworthy 9-3 record to match his 3.44 ERA.
With the addition, Greinke rests at the back end of the Angels' rotation. On any other club, he would be a virtual threat as the No. 1 starter.
The Angels will lean heavily on their stacked pitching staff to guide them into the playoffs. Greinke will help them jump back into the hunt as they look to stifle the Rangers’ powerhouse offense.
Dee Gordon, step aside and let the era of “Hanleywood” commence. The Dodgers helped lift the tension off of the Marlins shoulders by happily bringing in the five-tool player, Hanley Ramirez.
Heading into the 2012 season, the Marlins eyes were much bigger than their mouths could swallow. Welcoming in a brand new ballpark and new faces, the contracts weren’t panning out as predicted. Something had to give.
With the addition, the Dodgers cleaned up the left side of their defense and incorporated a bat to complement Matt Kemp.
Ramirez wasn’t the only significant acquisition the Dodgers landed. They addressed their outfield and bullpen with the signings of Shane Victorino and Brandon League, respectively.
Home is where the heart is. That feeling couldn’t be any more true for the timeless wonder, Ryan Dempster.
Looking at his 2012 statistics, his numbers wouldn’t translate as successful in the least. He has a mediocre 5-5 record to go along with his 2.25 ERA. Then again, wins don’t come easy when your in Wrigley.
Fortunately for Dempster, he left a depleted club for a team leading their division. Unlike the Cubs, the World Series is a tangible possibility for the Rangers this season.
Welcome to the American League. In his Rangers debut, Dempster was lit up like a Christmas tree after he allowed an alarming eight runs on nine hits.
On a team stockpiled on the offensive front, Dempster just needs to stick to his bread and butter of keeping the ball down in the zone. If he can eat up innings, the Rangers will have received an ideal bargain on their end.