MLB Trade Deadline 2018: Live Grades for All the Biggest Trades

Zachary D. Rymer@zachrymerMLB Lead WriterJuly 31, 2018

MLB Trade Deadline 2018: Live Grades for All the Biggest Trades

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    Can anything top Manny Machado to the Dodgers?
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    There's no time like the present to grade some trades.

    It is, after all, the day of Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline. Contrary to the August waiver period, July 31 is the last day for teams to make trades with no strings attached. Rest assured, they'll take advantage.

    Indeed, many teams have already done so. In addition to grades for all the trades that go down on deadline day, here's where you can also find grades for all the big deals that have happened since the All-Star break.

Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Get: RHP Chris Archer

    Hope seemed to be lost for the Pirates, but this is a move befitting of a team that's climbed back into the NL Central race via a 15-4 run.

    Although Archer only has a 4.10 ERA since 2016, his ace reputation still holds some water. His trademark fastball-slider combination are going strong. And despite his diminished strikeout rate, his contact rate is still well below average. A move to the National League should get those two things in line.

    Also, the Pirates will control Archer through as far as 2021. They're not getting a mere rental, and they didn't give up any vital players to make this deal happen.

    Grade: A


    Tampa Bay Rays Get: OF Austin Meadows, RHP Tyler Glasnow and a player to be named later

    The Rays are effectively swapping out a former ace for former elite prospects.

    Meadows entered 2018 as a top outfield prospect, and he initially looked the part in the majors before falling into a slump. Nonetheless, the 23-year-old still projects as a do-it-all everyday outfielder.

    Glasnow is a year removed being a top prospect. Beyond losing his rookie status, he's also lost some shine by way of his frequent control problems. But he's still only 24, and he has both a big frame (6'8", 220 lbs) and big stuff.

    Meanwhile, Jon Heyman of Fancred reports the PTBNL in the deal is a "real asset." If so, the Rays turned a controllable arm into three decent pieces.

    Grade: A-

Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day to the Atlanta Braves

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    Atlanta Braves Get: RHPs Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day

    Gausman seemed to turn a corner with a 3.61 ERA in 2016. But over the last two years, he's managed just a 4.58 mark as his strikeout and home run rates have taken a turn for the worse.

    Nevertheless, Gausman is a classic change-of-scenery candidate. He's 27 and under club control through 2020, and he still throws a good fastball with a good swing-and-miss splitter.

    O'Day is sidelined for the rest of 2018 as he recovers from hamstring surgery, but he does have one more year on his contract. He could also prove to be a good upside play for Atlanta.

    Best of all, it cost the Braves none of their best prospects to complete this deal.

    Grade: A-


    Baltimore Orioles Get: RHP Evan Phillips, INF Jean Carlos Encarnacion, C Brett Cumberland, LHP Bruce Zimmerman and international bonus-pool money

    Only Encarnacion (No. 14) and Cumberland (No. 30) ranked among the Braves' top 30 prospects at So, this deal is less about quality and more about quantity for the Orioles.

    That's OK. Baltimore probably couldn't have done any better for two diminished trade chips such as Gausman and O'Day, and its farm system needs as much depth as it can get.

    The bonus-pool money will also help in that regard. After years of sitting out the international market, the Orioles are finally making an effort to invest in it.

    Grade: B

Brian Dozier to the Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Los Angeles Dodgers Get2B Brian Dozier

    After mashing 76 home runs with an .871 OPS across 2016 and 2017, Dozier has regressed mightily in 2018. He's going to Los Angeles with just a .708 OPS and 16 homers.

    The Dodgers will gladly take that production at second base, however, as the position has only produced a .624 OPS and seven homers. There's also the possibility Dozier will get hot. To this end, his .765 July OPS bodes well.

    Like with Manny Machado, the Dodgers are only renting Dozier for the rest of 2018. It's a good thing they're looking more like a World Series contender every day.

    Grade: A


    Minnesota Twins Get: INF Logan Forsythe, OF/1B Luke Raley and LHP Devin Smeltzer

    The Twins are doing the Dodgers a solid by taking on Forsythe, as he and Dozier are both earning $9 million. That's saving L.A. from luxury-tax complications.

    For their part, Raley and Smeltzer aren't chopped liver. Raley, 23, is a left-handed hitter with power who has an .822 OPS at Double-A. Smeltzer, 22, has had a harder time at Double-A, but he's maintained his good control with a 2.0 BB/9.

    The Twins didn't get a boatload for a guy who had been one of their best players. But relative to how far Dozier's stock has fallen, it could be worse.

    Grade: B-

Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers

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    Milwaukee Brewers Get: 2B Jonathan Schoop

    After breaking out with an .841 OPS and 32 home runs in 2017, Schoop slumped out of the gate in 2018. That's all changed in July, as he boasts a 1.056 OPS and nine homers for the month.

    Since Schoop is strictly a second baseman, the Brewers have a crunch in their infield. Manager Craig Counsell will have to find playing time for him, Travis Shaw, Jesus Aguilar and fellow new arrival Mike Moustakas at three positions. That's going to involve platoons and plain, ol' mixing and matching.

    Provided Counsell can handle that, the Brewers will be deeper and more powerful for the stretch run. And Schoop will still be around in 2019.

    Grade: B+


    Baltimore Orioles Get: INF Jonathan Villar, RHP Luis Ortiz and SS Jean Carmona

    Villar isn't as good as Schoop, but he is controlled through 2020. That gives the Orioles time to see if he, too, can become a valuable trade chip.

    Otherwise, the draw here is Ortiz. His stock has fallen a bit since the Texas Rangers took him in the first round in 2014, but he's still only 22 with a promising fastball-slider combination. With a 3.71 ERA at Double-A this year, he could be on his way to becoming a solid mid-rotation starter. If not, he might become a shutdown reliever.

    Carmona is a lesser, yet still interesting prospect. He's a switch-hitter who may be able to stay at shortstop.

    Grade: B

John Axford to the Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Los Angeles Dodgers Get: RHP John Axford

    Axford, 35, is well removed from his heyday with the Milwaukee Brewers. But year in and year out, he manages to be useful.

    So it goes in 2018. Axford is a steady source of ground balls, and he has a reverse split with just a .552 OPS allowed against lefty batters.

    Axford is also still throwing hard with an average fastball of 95.5 mph. The Dodgers, who are renting him for the rest of 2018, might be able to do something with that.

    Grade: B


    Toronto Blue Jays Get: RHP Corey Copping

    The Blue Jays have swapped out an old reliever for a young reliever who's ready to contribute.

    Copping isn't a top prospect, but the 24-year-old has advanced as far as Triple-A by way of strong career strikeout numbers (9.5 K/9) and, more recently, a talent for home run suppression. He's allowed only two long balls in 53.2 innings.

    Grade: B-

Jake Diekman to the Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Arizona Diamondbacks GetLHP Jake Diekman

    A year after undergoing a major surgery to correct chronic ulcerative colitis, Diekman is back to looking like his usual self.

    His 5.3 BB/9 is evidence this still entails a few walks here and there, but he makes up for that by being hard to hit. He's whiffed 48 batters in only 39 innings and surrendered just two home runs. Traditionally, he's been useful against both righty and lefty batters.

    Alongside Brad Ziegler, Diekman is yet another upgrade for a D-backs bullpen that sorely needed them. Both will be free agents at the end of the year.

    Grade: A-


    Texas Rangers Get: RHP Wei-Chieh Huang and a player to be named later

    Huang began his professional career as a starter, but injuries forced him into a relief role beginning last year.

    The 24-year-old Taiwan native is making the most of the transition. This year, he has a 2.31 ERA and a 12.0 K/9 across 29 appearances at High-A and Double-A. And those appearances cover 58.1 innings. If the Rangers keep him on that program, they may get more than a typical setup man.

    If so, they'll have swapped out a rental for at least (depending on what happens with the PTBNL) a significant long-term relief asset.

    Grade: B+ 

Aaron Loup to the Philadelphia Phillies

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    Philadelphia Phillies GetLHP Aaron Loup

    Loup's 4.54 ERA isn't much to look at, but it's flanked by a 10.6 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9. He's also traditionally been tough on left-handed batters, holding them to a .618 OPS in his seven-year career.

    These things should make Loup a useful cog in the Phillies bullpen. Philadelphia needed a reliable lefty alongside shutdown righties Seranthony Dominguez and Victor Arano.

    Grade: B


    Toronto Blue Jays GetRHP Jacob Waguespack

    The Pittsburgh Pirates originally drafted Waguespack in the 37th round in 2012. He's produced modest results in the minors, and he's lately been getting roughed up at Triple-A.

    If nothing else, the 24-year-old is MLB-ready. With their pitching staff decimated by injuries and trades, that should soon come in handy for the Blue Jays. 

    Grade: C

Brandon Kintzler to the Chicago Cubs

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    Chicago Cubs GetRHP Brandon Kintzler

    The Cubs aren't exactly getting a relief ace, but they are getting a dependable veteran.

    There was good fortune in play in getting Kintzler to the 2017 All-Star Game, as he didn't suddenly become more overpowering. He's more about throwing strikes and pitching to contact.

    These things make him a good fit in Chicago, however. Kintzler will be a fix for a bullpen with a high walk rate, and he'll be a good match for MLB's third-most efficient defense. He could be back in 2019 via either a $10 million team option or a $5 million player option.

    Grade: B+


    Washington Nationals Get: RHP Jhon Romero

    As far as 23-year-olds at High-A go, Romero looks interesting.

    He's a relief pitcher all the way, so it's a good look that his K/9 has progressed from 5.4 to 8.4 to 11.4 to 11.7 across four minor league seasons. He's also walked only 2.9 batters per nine innings altogether.

    If he keeps this up, he could rise fast and replace Kintzler in Washington's pen in no time.

    Grade: B-

Cameron Maybin to the Seattle Mariners

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    Seattle Mariners GetOF Cameron Maybin

    Per defensive runs saved, the Mariners have endured the worst defense of any team in center field this season. Considering their pitchers typically don't keep the ball on the ground, that's a problem.

    Maybin should help fix it. A few exceptions aside, he's mostly rated as an above-average defensive outfielder. And not just in center field, as he can also play left field and right field as needed.

    Although Maybin's bat packs less of a punch, the .251 average and .338 on-base percentage he has this year are good marks relative to his career numbers. All told, he should be a useful rental.

    Grade: B


    Miami Marlins Get: INF Bryson Brigman and international bonus pool money

    Brigman didn't flash a ton of promise with the bat in 2016 or 2017 after going in the third round of the 2016 draft. But in 2018, he's hit .304 with a .373 on-base percentage at High-A.

    The catch is that the 23-year-old doesn't have any power. He also may not have long-term viability at shortstop. But if all else fails, he could become a solid second baseman or utility infielder.

    Naturally, Miami's farm system will benefit from the extra bonus pool money. It's a decent return for a role player such as Maybin.

    Grade: B-

Wilson Ramos to the Philadelphia Phillies

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    Philadelphia Phillies GetC Wilson Ramos

    It may be a while before the Phillies get to start Ramos behind the plate. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the veteran isn't ready for a rehab assignment in his recovery from a strained hamstring.

    When Ramos returns, however, he'll look to build on an All-Star first half in which he put up an .834 OPS and 14 home runs. The Phillies have gotten just a .709 OPS and 10 homers out of the catcher's spot.

    Philadelphia is only renting Ramos for the rest of the year. But since it's already in first place in the National League East, it should indeed dig in its heels.

    Grade: A


    Tampa Bay Rays Get: Player to be named later or cash considerations

    Well, a player to be named later/cash considerations and immediate salary relief. Ramos is making $8.5 million, which is a good chunk of change by Rays standards.

    Still, this is a disappointing return for Tampa Bay. Whoever the PTBNL turns out to be,'s Jonathan Mayo reports he won't be plucked from Philly's top 30 prospects.

    That may speak to how inactive Ramos' market was in the run-up to the deadline. But if that's the case, the Rays might have been better off waiting until he got healthy and then moving him during the August waiver period.

    Grade: D

Brad Ziegler to the Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Arizona Diamondbacks GetRHP Brad Ziegler

    Arizona's bullpen started the year off strong. But over the last 30 days, FanGraphs wins above replacement rates it as the worst in MLB.

    Along comes one of the hottest relief pitchers in baseball. Ziegler, who pitched in Arizona from 2011 to 2016, has allowed only two earned runs over his last 28 appearances. Not so coincidentally, the veteran's ground-ball percentage has skyrocketed. That habit will mesh well with the Diamondbacks' infield defense. According to Baseball Savant, it's allowed an MLB-low .213 batting average on grounders.

    The only real downside is Ziegler is a rental who's earning $9 million. Still, the D-backs will be glad to have him for the stretch run.

    Grade: A


    Miami Marlins Get: RHP Tommy Eveld

    Eveld didn't place among Arizona's top 30 prospects at, but that's no excuse to write him off as a nobody.

    The 24-year-old has dominated his way across High-A and Double-A to the tune of a 1.11 ERA this season. He's struck out 47 and walked only eight in 40.2 innings. A good fastball-slider combination and improved control is at work there. He's also known for his competitiveness.

    With these things, Eveld can become an impact reliever soon. That's a solid swap for a rental veteran.

    Grade: B+

Leonys Martin to the Cleveland Indians

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    Cleveland Indians GetOF Leonys Martin and RHP Kyle Dowdy

    Michael Brantley has been a rock in left field, but center field and right field have been veritable black holes for the Indians.

    Martin should do a decent job of fixing the one in center field. The 30-year-old has consistently rated as an above-average defender throughout his career. And despite a recent slump, his .731 OPS marks a personal best since he became a major league regular in 2013. He also has one more year of arbitration standing between him and free agency.

    Dowdy, meanwhile, is a throw-in. But since he's already at Triple-A, at least he's an MLB-ready throw-in. 

    Grade: B


    Detroit Tigers Get: INF Willi Castro

    Although Castro rated as Cleveland's No. 8 prospect, per, he's a natural shortstop. Francisco Lindor has that position locked down. Castro has a clearer path to the majors in Detroit, where Jose Iglesias is due for free agency this offseason.

    The question is whether Castro, 21, can recapture the hitting mojo he had in 2017. He's following a .761 OPS at High-A with a .653 OPS at Double-A this year. If yes, he can be an everyday shortstop. If no, he might still be a usable switch-hitting utility infielder.

    In either event, the Tigers have turned their dice roll on Martin into a viable prospect.

    Grade: B

Tommy Pham to the Tampa Bay Rays

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    Tampa Bay Rays GetOF Tommy Pham and international bonus pool money

    Although Tommy Pham's big breakout happened just last year, he's already 30 years old. There's also a constant threat his vision problems will undercut his game.

    All the same, Pham's abilities are intriguing. He comes equipped with power, speed and an excellent feel for the strike zone. These things produced a .931 OPS, 23 home runs, 25 stolen bases and, according to Baseball Reference, 6.2 wins above replacement in 2017.

    Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Rays don't believe that was a fluke despite Pham's regression to a .730 OPS and 0.9 WAR in 2018. This is an upside play for them. If it pays off, they stand to reap the benefits through 2021.

    Grade: B+


    St. Louis Cardinals Get: OF Justin Williams, LHP Genesis Cabrera and RHP Roel Ramirez

    Williams is the prize here. The 22-year-old is a .299 career minor league hitter with a bit of power, and he's already debuted in the majors. He had ranked as the No. 14 prospect in Tampa Bay's loaded system, according to

    Cabrera is a hard-throwing lefty who's been putting up solid strikeout numbers (9.8 K/9) at Double-A. Ramirez is a lesser prospect, but he's transitioned well to relief in 2018 with a 2.53 ERA and 10.1 K/9 at High-A and Double-A.

    But while this return isn't horrible, it's underwhelming for a guy who played like an All-Star just last year. The Cardinals have sold low on Pham.

    Grade: C+

Pre-Deadline Day: July 30

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    Houston Astros Get: RHP Roberto Osuna

    Sans context, this trade was a huge score for the Astros. They turned valuable yet spare parts into one of MLB's most dominant relievers since 2015. Osuna is also just 23 years old and controlled through 2020.

    Osuna, however, hasn't pitched since May 6 because of a 75-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy, and a criminal case is ongoing. On the field, rust could be an issue after he returns to the mound. Off the field, this trade is bound to haunt the Astros beyond 2018.

    Grade: C-


    Toronto Blue Jays Get: RHPs Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez

    The Blue Jays turned a toxic asset into pieces they can use. Though his tendency for meltdowns earned him a demotion, Giles still has a high-powered arm that Toronto will control through 2020. Paulino was one of Houston's top prospects before he was suspended for a positive performance-enhancing drugs test in 2017. Since he already has the stuff, Perez is just improved control away from taking off.

    Grade: A

    New York Yankees Get: RHP Lance Lynn and cash

    Lynn is stepping into the roster spot vacated by Adam Warren, who was sent to the Seattle Mariners in a lesser deal. Though the Yankees gave up little to make this happen, it's hard to see the logic. Lynn has struggled with a 5.10 ERA, and he's slated to be a sixth wheel in the Yankees rotation. Unless another move is forthcoming, this one doesn't make a ton of sense.

    Grade: D


    Minnesota Twins Get: 1B/OF Tyler Austin and RHP Luis Rijo

    Austin is basically a Quadruple-A platoon hitter. Rijo is more interesting, as he's a 19-year-old who's teased excellent control (1.0 walk per nine innings) in the minors. The Twins also saved about $2 million. All told, not a bad haul for a guy who had little trade value.

    Grade: B

    Atlanta Braves Get: LF Adam Duvall

    Though their bullpen took precedence, the Braves couldn't neglect an offense that's been getting colder with each passing month. Duvall can help. He slammed 64 home runs across 2016 and 2017, and he's continued to make frequent hard contact in 2018. He also rates as an excellent left fielder, though it remains to be seen how the Braves will mix and match him with Ronald Acuna Jr.

    Grade: B


    Cincinnati Reds Get: OF Preston Tucker and RHPs Matt Wisler and Lucas Sims

    This return would have looked amazing in 2015, when Wisler and Sims were top pitching prospects and Tucker was a rising young slugger. In 2018, however, all three guys are post-hype upside plays. They still have youth and controllability, though, so the Reds could have done worse for a diminished trade chip like Duvall.

    Grade: B

    Boston Red Sox Get: 2B Ian Kinsler and cash

    Brian Dozier is the best second baseman the Red Sox could have gotten to fill in for the injured Dustin Pedroia. But as a Plan B goes, Kinsler is solid. The 36-year-old is still an excellent defender, and he's been looking more like his old offensive self with each new month. It only cost Boston a few million bucks and a couple of non-prospects to rent him.

    Grade: B+


    Los Angeles Angels Get: LHP Williams Jerez and RHP Ty Buttrey

    The Angels got some payroll relief and two guys who are basically non-prospects yet who are also practically MLB-ready relievers. That's not a steal, but they could be glad to have Jerez and Buttrey if they trade their best relievers before Tuesday's deadline.

    Grade: B-

    Pittsburgh Pirates Get: RHP Keone Kela

    Kela has had ups and downs both on and off the mound, but the Pirates are still getting a 25-year-old with a big arm. He'll fit right in with a bullpen that co-leads MLB in average fastball velocity. If he doesn't help the Pirates make it to October this year, oh well. He'll be under their control through 2020.

    Grade: A-


    Texas Rangers Get: LHP Taylor Hearn and players to be named later

    Even without knowing the other players involved, this deal also looks solid for Texas. Hearn is a 23-year-old lefty with a fastball that reaches the upper 90s. He has other things he needs to iron out if he wants to be a successful starter. But worse comes to worst, he can be a shutdown lefty reliever.

    Grade: A-

Pre-Deadline Weekend: July 27-29

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    Chicago Cubs Get: LHP Cole Hamels and cash

    Getting a four-time All-Star and the 2008 World Series MVP is a heck of a way to solve a back-end rotation problem. Granted, Hamels has mostly looked past his prime over the last two years. But between his rising velocity and low contact rate, there's hope he'll be rejuvenated in the National League. The Cubs also gave up nothing of consequence to get him.

    Grade: B+


    Texas Rangers Get: RHP Eddie Butler and RHP Rollie Lacy

    Taking a flier on Butler, a former top prospect, didn't pay dividends for the Cubs. It probably won't for the Rangers either. And while Lacy has been making waves in the low minors this year, he's already 23 years old. So, this looks like little more than a salary dump for Texas.

    Grade: C

    Arizona Diamondbacks Get: 3B Eduardo Escobar

    The Diamondbacks needed an infield upgrade even before Jake Lamb suffered another shoulder injury. Escobar is the best guy they could have asked for. He has a versatile glove and a bat that produced an .852 OPS and 55 extra-base hits in Minnesota. And it cost Arizona little to rent him.

    Grade: A


    Minnesota Twins Get: RHP Jhoan Duran and OFs Gabriel Maciel and Ernie De La Trinidad

    This was an odd trade for the Twins, as three guys who are all in the low minors isn't going to help them bounce back in 2019. Still, there's some upside. Duran has a good arm and a projectable 6'5" frame, and Maciel can run and hit (albeit not for power).

    Grade: B-

    Philadelphia Phillies Get: 2B/SS Asdrubal Cabrera

    The Phillies aren't going to get good defense out of Cabrera at shortstop, but they'll live with it if he hits. The .817 OPS he had for the Mets is way better than the .613 OPS the Phillies have gotten out of their shortstops so far. And it only cost Philadelphia an expendable prospect to rent Cabrera.

    Grade: B


    New York Mets Get: RHP Franklyn Kilome

    Contrary to what the Mets got for Familia, Kilome is a legit prospect. Though it doesn't show in his 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings in the minors, he has a big arm attached to his 6'6" frame. The Mets will be celebrating this trade for years if they can unlock Kilome's potential and use it to beat up on a National League East rival.

    Grade: B+

    Houston Astros Get: RHP Ryan Pressly

    After missing out on Britton, this was a case of the Astros going off the board for a late-innings reliever. Pressly doesn't have much name value, but he did have a 3.40 ERA and 13.0 strikeouts per nine innings in Minnesota. He can get even better if the Astros maximize his talent for spin and not just in 2018. He's around through 2019.

    Grade: A


    Minnesota Twins Get: RHP Jorge Alcala and OF Gilberto Celestino

    Though neither Alcala nor Celestino is a blue chip in his own right, together they're a solid return for a year-and-a-half of Pressly. Alcala has a hard fastball to guide his way. Celestino doesn't have much power, but he can hit, run and field.

    Grade: B

    Milwaukee Brewers Get: 3B Mike Moustakas

    Moustakas has been just OK since a hot start, yet he still had a .778 OPS and 20 homers at the time of this trade. This after he hit 38 homers in 2017. The real issue is that he's bumping Travis Shaw from third base to second base. That's a downgrade in a vacuum, and Shaw's lack of experience at second base could further hurt the Brewers.

    Grade: C+


    Kansas City Royals Get: OF Brett Phillips and RHP Jorge Lopez

    Rather than go for the top prospects in the Milwaukee system, Kansas City went for two plug-and-play prospects. Phillips is more glove than bat at this point, and Lopez has a classic relief profile: big arm but small control. Both of them are projects for the Royals to work on.

    Grade: C-

    Atlanta Braves Get: RHP Brad Brach

    With this trade coming on the heels of the team's lesser deal for Jonny Venters, the Braves effectively patched their beleaguered bullpen. Brach has had a rough season, but he was an All-Star in 2016, and he's been adding velocity over time this season. Plus, he cost next to nothing to rent.

    Grade: B


    Baltimore Orioles Get: International bonus pool money

    Given how much Brach's stock had been damaged, this might have been the most the Orioles could get for him. It's also an encouraging play, as it indicates Baltimore is prepared to end its frustrating unwillingness to engage on the international market.

    Grade: B+

Pre-Deadline Week: July 22-26

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    New York Yankees Get: LHP Zach Britton

    Britton was baseball's most dominant reliever from 2014 to 2016, and he's been regaining velocity on his sinker following his return from a ruptured Achilles tendon. If that holds, New York's superbullpen shall become a super-duperbullpen just in time for October. It also didn't cost it any elite prospects to rent him from Baltimore.

    Grade: B+


    Baltimore Orioles Get: RHPs Dillon Tate and Cody Carroll and LHP Josh Rogers

    Tate's inability to stay healthy is a red flag, but he's a 2015 first-round pick who's pitched well over the last two seasons. Carroll and Rogers are lesser pieces, but the former has a huge fastball that plays well in relief. In all, not a bad return for a past-his-prime rental.

    Grade: B

    Boston Red Sox Get: RHP Nathan Eovaldi

    Eovaldi slid into a rotation that had been thinned by injuries. And the Red Sox rented a guy who's been getting good results out of a big arm and a revamped pitch mix. Put simply, he can help them win their fourth World Series since 2004.

    Grade: B+


    Tampa Bay Rays Get: LHP Jalen Beeks

    Though Beeks has gotten lit up by major league hitting, he's not to be taken lightly. He struck out 117 batters in just 87.1 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket before moving to the Rays. That speaks to how well he uses his unspectacular stuff, and the Rays are just the team to get creative with his role.

    Grade: B

    Milwaukee Brewers Get: RHP Joakim Soria and cash

    The Brewers bullpen had been a huge strength, but it hit a wall with a 5.15 ERA over the last 30 days. Enter Soria, who had a 2.56 ERA and 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings in Chicago. He'll help get things on track again, and it cost Milwaukee none of its top prospects to rent him.

    Grade: A


    Chicago White Sox Get: LHP Kodi Medeiros and RHP Wilber Perez

    If nothing else, the White Sox did better in this deal than the Mets did in the Familia deal. Medeiros is a 2014 first-round pick who's been salvaging some lost value in 2018. Even if starting doesn't work out, he has the goods to be a quality left-handed reliever.

    Grade: B-

    New York Yankees Get: LHP J.A. Happ

    Contrary to Britton, Happ is a fix for what had been the Yankees' biggest need. Though he hit a wall before the trade, he still made his first All-Star team. He also has a 3.32 ERA over his last 89 starts. Like in the Britton trade, the Yankees didn't have to surrender any top prospects to rent Happ.

    Grade: A


    Toronto Blue Jays Get: INF Brandon Drury and OF Billy McKinney

    Though the Blue Jays didn't turn Happ into elite prospects, that may not have been their intent. What they did instead was get two guys they can use right away. Drury is a talented infielder who's still only 25. McKinney is only 23, and he has power to put to use at multiple positions. These guys can only help Toronto rebound in 2019.

    Grade: B

Post-All-Star Break: July 18-21

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    Los Angeles Dodgers Get: SS/3B Manny Machado

    The Dodgers became an obvious fit for Machado the moment star shortstop Corey Seager was lost for the year to Tommy John surgery. They did have to give up five players to get him, which is a big price for a mere rental. However, they got to keep Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo and Keibert Ruiz, and their quest to win the National League West gained a four-time All-Star with a .950 OPS.

    Grade: A


    Baltimore Orioles Get: OF Yusniel Diaz, RHPs Dean Kremer and Zach Pop, INFs Rylan Bannon and Breyvic Valera

    Though Diaz wasn't Los Angeles' best prospect, he now ranks as Baltimore's No. 1 prospect at Kremer (No. 13), Bannon (No. 20) and Pop (No. 24) also check in among the organization's best prospects. This was a much-needed shot in the arm for what had been a weak farm system.

    Grade: B+

    Cleveland Indians Get: LHP Brad Hand and RHP Adam Cimber

    To fix their ailing bullpen, the Indians plucked the best (Hand) and arguably second-best (Cimber) relievers from the Padres bullpen. To boot, both will stay in Cleveland well beyond 2018. Given that it's very much a win-now team, this is enough justification for surrendering its best prospect.

    Grade: A-


    San Diego Padres Get: C Francisco Mejia

    Because the Padres already have Austin Hedges and his spectacular defense behind the plate, they really didn't need Mejia. But when you have a chance to acquire the best catching prospect in baseball, you take it. Besides, Mejia's future may lie in a corner outfield spot.

    Grade: B+

    Oakland Athletics Get: RHP Jeurys Familia

    Oakland's trade for Familia isn't going to stop the revolving door in its starting rotation. But in tandem with Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen, the 2016 All-Star will help pick up the slack for the Athletics' lackluster starting pitching. Plus, the A's gave up little to rent him.

    Grade: B


    New York Mets Get: RHP Bobby Wahl, 3B Will Toffey and international bonus pool money

    Neither Wahl nor Toffey is a standout prospect, so a Mets farm system that was already weak didn't get a boost in this trade. Perhaps the international bonus money will prove to be a key in the long run. But for now, it looks like the Mets didn't do much besides dump Familia's $7.9 million salary.

    Grade: D