Five Winners at the 2010 MLB Trade Deadline
The MLB trade deadline has come and passed and we are left with a bunch of teams who have improved, a bunch of teams who are stockpiling their minor league systems and some other teams who just decided to stand pat.
A trade at the deadline can be key to a team's ability to make the playoffs and perform well in the playoffs, so keep these deals in mind when we reach October.
Let's take a look at the five teams who got the most out of this year's trade deadline.
The obvious winners at the trade deadline this season are the Texas Rangers. They got the biggest prize of them all, Cliff Lee, from Seattle, and also improved in other areas with minor trades.
Lee has already brought a presence to the rotation like no one else has ever done in Texas. His 35.1 innings pitched in four games is only two batters away from four straight complete games.
The Rangers also got some help at catcher with Bengie Molina, who has played some solid defense and handled the pitching staff fairly well in his month in Texas.
Another addition that Jon Daniels felt he needed to make was at first base, and he did just that by trading for Jorge Cantu.
After trading away Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee deal and seeing that Chris Davis still can't hit major league pitching, Cantu can come in and bring some stability to the position.
Finally, the Rangers also added 2B/SS Cristian Guzman to be a utility player and also sub in for the injured Ian Kinsler.
Guzman can give the club a .290 average and play above average defense, so this is a solid under the radar deal for Texas.
Although the Phillies only made one move at the trade deadline, it was a big one.
Trading JA Happ and others to the Astros for Roy Oswalt gives the Phillies a top rotation in the NL, and gets them right back in the hunt for the NL East title after struggling for most of the year.
A rotation headed by Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels is probably the best you can find in all of baseball.
Add that to a lineup that is starting to come around and the Phillies look like the dangerous team we all thought they would be at the start of this season.
San Diego Padres
We all know about the Padres great pitching staff this season, but their lineup needed a lot of help as the trade deadline approached.
San Diego did the best they could at the deadline by getting veterans Miguel Tejada and Ryan Ludwick without having to give up too much.
Ludwick will probably slide in right around Adrian Gonzalez in the middle of the order while providing a good bat for a terrible hitting outfield in San Diego.
Tejada, who is hitting .267 this season, will play shortstop for the Padres after being bumped over to third base in Baltimore.
He has a track record of solid hitting, and the Padres believe in him so much that they put him in the cleanup spot last night in his first game!
Los Angeles Dodgers
For a team that is currently seven games behind in the NL West, the Dodgers sure were aggressive at this trading deadline.
The main deal that LA made this year was trading Blake DeWitt and others to Chicago in return for Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot.
Lilly gives the Dodgers another respectable arm in their rotation, something the team badly needed behind Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley.
Theriot is a nice player and can provide some good at bats from time to time.
Earlier this month, the Dodgers also got Scott Podsednik from the Royals. Scotty Pods was having a great year in KC, hitting over .300 while stealing a ton of bases.
This was a good move for LA and should give them a lot of good depth in the outfield.
Finally, the last good move the Dodgers made today was trading for Octavio Dotel to slide into a seventh or eighth inning role.
Teams are always looking to improve their bullpens as they advance toward postseason play and the Dodgers did just that.
Kansas City Royals
The best seller leading up to this year's trade deadline was the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals had a lot of tradeable commodities and they used most of them wisely to stock up their already loaded farm system.
While you won't recognize the names they got in return for Scott Podsednik, Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth, they could blossom into everyday players in a couple of years when the Royals plan on being contenders.