Earlier, I took a look at which teams improved themselves the most at the deadline, so naturally I now will look at which teams I felt didn’t do enough at the deadline.
Here are the five losers from this year's July 31 trade deadline...
1. Tampa Bay Rays
The window of opportunity the Rays have is pretty small, and I feel they have to strike while the iron is hot. Trading for Chad Qualls is not the strike I was thinking of.
They were kicking the tires on Adam Dunn but were scared off because of the failed Pat Burrell experiment, which is completely ridiculous. If you date a blond and it doesn’t work out, are you never going to date a blond again? Just silly.
In fairness to the Rays, however, the Washington Nationals were asking for a ton for Dunn, which didn’t help matters.
The Rays needed a bat and failed to get one.
2. Chicago White Sox
I am guessing when Ken Williams acquired Edwin Jackson, he thought he could just flip him to the Nationals for Dunn. Well, that didn’t work out, and now the White Sox are stuck with Jackson.
The funny part of this whole trade is that the White Sox traded Daniel Hudson for Jackson, and I would rather have Hudson than Jackson. Like the Rays, the White Sox needed a left-handed bat or any bat in general and failed to get one.
3. Arizona Diamondbacks
I like the fact they got Hudson for Jackson, as I mentioned above, but they sold low on their best asset and didn’t get nearly enough for Dan Haren, as I thought they should have.
4. Detroit Tigers
As I mentioned a couple of times, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski had a lot of holes to fill. Unfortunately for Tiger fans, he filled only one of them by acquiring Jhonny Peralta. That wasn’t good enough in my opinion.
I thought Ted Lilly would be a nice fit in Detroit, and they really needed bullpen help. Now it looks like the Tigers will fade in the second half.
5. St. Louis Cardinals
Essentially the Cardinals traded Ryan Ludwick for Jake Westbrook, and I wouldn’t have done that trade in million years. The Cardinals’ offense has been nothing to write home about this season, and they could have acquired a No. 3 or 4 type pitcher at a lesser cost.
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