The Los Angeles Dodgers and Five Other MLB Teams Left for Dead
With Major League Baseball now 48 hours removed from the non-waiver trade deadline, we look back at teams that either made a move that didn't help them enough or teams that didn't make a move but should have.
We'll go through six different teams who will be left out of the playoff race because they didn't do enough to help their team down the stretch.
With all the rumors and all the talk going on from the start of Saturday morning all the way through the insanity of the final hour, it showed us who was serious about making a run this year and who didn't do enough to get themselves back into their divisional race.
There are several races still up for grabs, and while there were a few teams that didn't need to do anything to keep themselves in the race, or even overcome the divisional leader, there were teams that made moves which didn't quite help them enough.
Here's my list of six teams that either didn't help themselves enough or didn't help themselves at all.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers had been working with the Chicago Cubs on a trade for the last few days and finally got the deal completed hours before the deadline.
They acquired infielder Ryan Theriot and left-hander Ted Lilly from the Chicago Cubs for infielder Blake DeWitt and pitching prospects Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach.
For the Dodgers, this seemed like a good move, especially bringing in a veteran starter to a rotation that already boasts Clayton Kershaw (2.94), Hiroki Kuroda (3.53), and Chad Billingsley (3.78).
Unfortunately for the Dodgers, it might be too little, too late for a team that is eight games out first in the NL West. They have lost five straight and are coming off a sweep by the San Francisco Giants.
While I like the move for Lilly and Theriot, I don't think it's good enough to get them back in race in the NL West;
Boston Red Sox
One team I didn't expect to stay quiet was the Boston Red Sox. While they didn't stay completely quiet, the move they did make left me scratching my head.
After the deadline passed, I learned that the Red Sox had acquired catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the Texas Rangers in return for pitcher Roman Mendez, first baseman Chris McGuiness, and a player to be named later.
Saltalamacchia is a catcher who, a year and a half ago, was one of the better catchers in the big leagues. However, Salty has had some problems getting the ball back to the pitcher, which has made Rangers fans think of the catcher in the movie Major League.
The Red Sox are 6.5 games out of the AL East race behind Tampa Bay and the front-running Yankees. They needed to do more than acquire a catcher hitting .244 in Triple-A.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
When you talk about the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, it normally comes with an AL West championship guarantee. Not this year.
The Texas Rangers have been the lead horse for most of the season and they made the moves before the deadline to ensure that their lead wont be gone anytime soon.
As for the Angels, acquiring Dan Haren was nice, but it wasn't the move that they needed to eliminate the eight-game deficit they currently look at in the AL West.
Perhaps it's what the Angels didn't do that led to their downfall. Letting Vladimir Guerrero go in free agency has come back to bite them.
Guerrero has been a thorn in the Angels' side since signing with the Texas Rangers and will be one of the reasons the Angels will be watching the playoffs from home come October.
New York Mets
The New York Mets talked big before the deadline. They were looking at pitchers from Dan Haren to Ted Lilly to Roy Oswalt. They landed none of the three and apparently decided to give up.
General manager Omar Minaya tried to pull the wool over the eyes of the Chicago Cubs, offering pitcher Oliver Perez and infielder Luis Castillo in return for Carlos Zambrano, a deal the Cubs smartly turned down.
While I'm sure Minaya tried to acquire several players, they let the deadline go without doing much at all and certainly nowhere near what they needed to do to catch the front-running Atlanta Braves.
The Detroit Tigers have been known for the big acquisition, not to mention the blockbuster trade, landing Miguel Cabrera and recently departed left-hander Dontrelle Willis from the Marlins.
However, this trade deadline would pass without the Tigers doing much of anything to help their cause or their seven-game deficit in the AL Central.
General manager Dave Dombrowski said they were working on a "big deal" but that it fell through before the deadline passed. We don't know who that "big deal" was for, so we can only speculate.
However, the Tigers needed to do something to get back in the race. The fact that they didn't could mean they're waving the white flag or hoping the White Sox collapse down the stretch.
This last team was a tough one for me to pick, but with the kind of talent the Marlins have, I really was of the opinion that they could climb back in the NL East race with the right move or two at the deadline.
Instead, they sold off infielder Jorge Cantu. However, they did pick up reliever Will Ohman from Baltimore, which I will admit was a good move.
Nonetheless, the Marlins needed to make one solid move to be able to solidify themselves as a playoff contender. But with the Phillies acquiring Roy Oswalt, and the Braves acquiring Kyle Farnsworth and Rick Ankiel on Saturday, their hopes are all but over at this point.