Many moves have been made this season, but a few stand out. Some have stood out because they were great moves for the team. Some stood out because they where move that didn't need to happen. Now I'm listing the winners and the losers this season. Please comment and tell me if you agree or disagree. Thanks for reading in advance and enjoy the slide show.
I think the White Sox lost in this deal because they gave up too much for the older Peavy. Now, I understand that the White Sox needed another pitcher, but the Padres got Clayton Richard, who has proven that he can make a big impact in the bigs. The Padres also got Aaron Poreda, Adam Russel, and Dexter Carter, who were the best prospects the Sox had. Peavy's still on the DL by the way. That is why I give the White Sox a thumbs down.
I do like that the Tribe got some top prospects and cleared some salary, but I think they went a little overboard with giving up some star players. They gave a hitter that can get it done, Ben Francisco, and their best pitcher, 2008 AL Cy Young Winner Cliff Lee to the Philadelphia Phillies, who gave up 4 minor league prospects. Then Victor Martinez went to the Boston Red Sox, who he has been playing for great lately, and Ryan Garko went to the San Francisco Giants. They got some nice prospects, but they don't have anything to play for now (like they did before Ha Ha!). They are 11 back in the AL Central, and really have no chance to make the playoffs. That is why the Tribe gets a big thumbs down.
I think the Phillies won in this deal. As defending champs, they added a new ace to the starting rotation in Cliff Lee. He is a former AL Cy Young winner and one of the best pitchers in the game. The Phillies also got Ben Francisco, who will contribute to their hitting lineup and their outfield game. That is why I think the Fightin' Phils got a big thumbs up for landing this guy before the Trade Deadline.
The deals madefor the Cards weren't really deadline trades, but I still believe these deals were the best this season. They added two big bats to their lineup over the season, Mark DeRosa from the Clevland Indians, and Matt Holliday from the Oakland Athletics. Both these two big stars have been red hot since joining St. Louis, and the Cards have been the most improved team over this last month. Also, lost in all these big deals, the Cards landed Julio Lugo, who will fill a big gap for the Cards' defense at shortstop and will add some much needed speed to the lineup. That is why I think the St. Louis Cardinals deserve four thumbs up, but I only have two thumbs, so I'll give them a huge two thumbs up.
Even though Halladay stayed put, I still think the Jays made a good move. It is good that they keep Halladay because the Blue Jays, I think, are in one of the hardest divisions to pitch in. They have the Bronx Bombers, and they're not called the Bronx Bombers for nothing, the BoSox, who have been cracking slams all season, and the Rays, whos Longoria and Upton and even Zobrist and been hot all season, and you never know what Baltimore can do. The Jays need a pitcher who can strike out guys who usually hit bombs every day. I also think Halladay stayed put because the Jays wanted too much. As a Phillies fan, I follow the Phils. The Jays wanted two of our top prospects and my ROTY pick J.A. Happ. That's kind of crazy! Anyway, that is why I'm giving the Blue Jays not two, but one thumb up, just because that trade offer was crazy. Thanks for reading.