2009 has been a season full of exciting trades, and now that the deadline is over, I'd like to do a little recap of who won, who lost, and who stayed by and large the same.
It seems like a lot of big names were moved this year. Last year a few big name trades were made, but this season teams were really changed. The Indians had a proverbial fantasy draft and the Yankees didn't do anything huge, but I think a lot of teams got better. Only a few got worse.
The St. Louis Cardinals definitely did well this year. Adding a big bat and veteran leadership in Matt Holliday was a great move. He wanted out of Oakland, and where better to go than the leading team in the NL Central (.5 games ahead at the time of this writing)? The Cardinals proved that they are serious, adding Julio Lugo and Mark DeRosa as well.
The Phillies won too: four prospects equals a Cy Young pitcher. Adding Cliff Lee to an already potent starting rotation was a fantastic move, and one that could propel the Phillies back deep into the playoffs.
The White Sox made a great move picking up Jake Peavy and Mark Kotsay. It shows they are serious about making a run in the AL Central, but I'm not sure if it will be enough. The Twins have arguably the easiest second-half schedule in baseball and Tigers have more home games than anyone else in the second half.
Was it any question? They had an open market, sending away Victor Martinez, Mark DeRosa and Cliff Lee among others. The team has obviously waived the white flag for this season, but these trades may have set the franchise up well in the future. It looks rough now, as the only immediate participants for the Indians are Justin Masterson and Lou Marson.
The Twins nabbed Orlando Cabrera, which was great. They just needed to do more.
Cabrera will add a great bat to the Twins lineup (he's already proven it) and a gold glove caliber defender, but the Twins needed pitching, and they didn't go for it.
The Red Sox did well in adding Victor Martinez. They are hoping he can add a little extra pop in the lineup down the stretch.
The Brewers and the Rays seemed to be in a similar position at the break. They were both in the mix, needed to make a big move, and didn't. The Cardinals were big winners in acquiring Holliday, and the Cubs added a reliever in Grabow, but the Brewers' addition of Vargas probably won't do much.