No doubt, the Los Angeles Dodgers generated the most trade-related buzz since the all-star break, acquiring some of the biggest names in baseball through four separate trades.
With Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Shane Victorino and the injured Carl Crawford—not to mention, role players Nick Punto and Joe Blanton—now in Los Angeles, the Dodgers lineup is quite intimidating. Yet, since the trading frenzy, the Dodgers have lost ground in the divisional race to the Giants, a team that was as active—yet considerably more frugal—in the trade and waiver-wire markets.
The names may not be quite as impressive, but collectively Hunter Pence, Marco Scutaro, Jose Mijares and Xavier Nady are proving to be better acquisitions for the Giants than the bevy of superstars collected by the Dodgers—at least this season.
Here’s why San Francisco’s trades are better.