Analysis of every trade from Tuesday's MLB trade deadline

August 3, 2022 at 7:12 AM EDT

Juan Soto and the numbers that explain the biggest trade deadline deal ever

There are so many ways to explain why Juan Soto was just made the centerpiece of the biggest deal in trade deadline history. But here’s a way I always find fun:

Juan Soto by the numbers — the numbers that explain why a hitter like this just got mixed up in a deal like that.

THE MAGIC NUMBER — 23

Soto is 23 years old. I counted 20 players in the Futures Game who were older than him. Those 20 players haven’t even started their major-league careers yet. Soto just got traded for the half the population of La Jolla.

(Photo: James A. Pittman / USA Today)

Jayson Stark·

Senior Writer, MLB

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Juan Soto and the numbers that explain the biggest trade deadline deal ever

August 3, 2022 at 12:49 AM EDT

Dodgers take note of Padres’ blockbuster: ‘We look forward to that competition’

“Our track record would suggest that obviously, we would’ve been aggressive in trying to figure something out,” Dodgers’ president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said, unwilling to go into specifics on the Dodgers’ pursuit of Soto.

It was an incredible cost for an incredible talent, a player who will suddenly factor very prominently into conversations about the Dodgers’ own division.

“Certainly,” manager Dave Roberts said, “it’s a lot closer than I think any of us would have hoped.”

Fabian Ardaya·

Staff Writer, Dodgers

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Dodgers take note of Padres’ blockbuster: ‘We look forward to that competition’

August 3, 2022 at 12:46 AM EDT

Recapping the Blue Jays’ trade activity

There was no José Berríos-type blockbuster at this year’s trade deadline.

For fans looking for that sort of splashy, eye-catching get, they may be left a bit wanting by the Blue Jays’ cluster of pragmatic floor-raising moves. But, before Tuesday’s trade deadline, the front office completed several moves that addressed both the pitching and offensive depth in the short and long term. They believe those deals were enough to complement a team on pace for 91 wins, in the top American League wild-card spot and with its eyes on greater things should they reach the postseason.

Kaitlyn McGrath·

Staff Writer, Blue Jays

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Blue Jays make complementary trades at the deadline, underlining faith in ‘exciting’ young core

August 3, 2022 at 12:22 AM EDT

Cubs’ Jed Hoyer unable to find ‘motivated’ buyers for Contreras, Happ at deadline

The Cubs’ wait-and-see strategy worked in 2021 but didn’t this time around, demonstrating just how perfectly everything fell into place last summer in the deadline’s final hours.

“Like last year, we were willing to listen if someone gave us a piece that could really help our future,” team president Jed Hoyer said. “We never crossed that threshold. Willson is a really valuable player, he’s been a great Cub for six years now and we never got to that place where we felt comfortable making a deal to end his tenure here.”

Sahadev Sharma·

Staff Writer, Cubs

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Cubs’ Jed Hoyer unable to find ‘motivated’ buyers for Contreras, Happ at deadline

August 3, 2022 at 12:18 AM EDT

The Red Sox’s in-and-out balancing act, and the chance they now have to reward their GM’s faith

Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom did not tear the roster apart. He did not trade Xander Bogaerts or J.D. Martinez or Nathan Eovaldi. He did not cut payroll or prioritize the minor league system. Bloom added a corner outfielder and a veteran first baseman. He gave this Red Sox team — the group that reached the trade deadline in last place with a .500 record — a chance to prove itself. For better or worse, he bought in as much any executive reasonably could.

“When you have a chance at the playoffs, a real chance, even if it’s not the chance you were hoping to have, or even the chance we had a month ago, that’s not something you take lightly,” Bloom said. “And we wanted to do what we could to bolster that chance and still do the right moves for the organization. At the end of the day, we weren’t going to force anything that didn’t fit those goals.”

Chad Jennings·

Staff Writer, Red Sox

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Red Sox might be better, might be worse, but they’re certainly different after trade deadline

August 3, 2022 at 12:16 AM EDT

How were the Braves’ trade deadline moves affected by Austin Riley’s extension?

The trade deadline was further complicated this season for Braves president of baseball operations and general manager Alex Anthopoulos by the enormity of the contract extension that he had been discussing with Austin Riley and the slugger’s agent in recent weeks, talks that came to a head Monday when the Braves and their surging third baseman agreed to a 10-year, $212 million extension, easily the largest contract in franchise history.

The news conference was set up both for Riley and Anthopoulos to discuss that contract extension, since the Braves were off Monday when it was announced, and for Anthopoulos to answer questions about his deadline dealings.

“This is something that took a lot of thought, a lot of phone calls,” said Riley, 25, who signed a deal that includes an additional $20 million club option that could push the total to $232 million over 11 years.

David O’Brien·

Senior Writer, Braves

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How the Braves’ trade deadline moves were affected by Austin Riley’s extension

August 3, 2022 at 12:11 AM EDT

In prioritizing low-risk, high-reward deals, Cardinals bolster rotation, preserve system

Through all of the turbulence of the last few weeks leading up MLB’s trade deadline, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak was, if anything, consistent.

The longtime front office executive was consistent in emphasizing the organization’s most dire need – starting pitching – and his desire to improve it. He was also consistent in his communication methods as deadline day trickled closer. He was methodical and cautious in what he shared publicly with the media and what he didn’t, preferring to converge privately with his staff and not show his hand.

Katie Woo·

Staff Writer, Cardinals

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Cardinals bolster rotation, preserve system through low-risk, high-reward deals

August 3, 2022 at 12:07 AM EDT

Texas Rangers rejected ‘instant gratification’ at trade deadline and stood pat — here’s why

“Our general intent was to help the club this year, as well as build for the future and really address putting together pieces that could help us win in 2023 and beyond,” Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said during post-deadline media availability. “I think how we played here in the last couple of weeks and then just the nature of the standings, our focus shifted slightly from that more to players that would be here in 2023 and beyond.”

Levi Weaver·

Staff Writer, Rangers

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Texas Rangers rejected ‘instant gratification’ at trade deadline and stood pat — here’s why

August 3, 2022 at 12:06 AM EDT

Cubs, Willson Contreras stuck with each other for now as deadline passes

Barring a last-minute snag, there was no reason to think that the Cubs and Willson Contreras would stay together past Tuesday’s 5 p.m. trade deadline in St. Louis. Sensing this could be the end, Cubs fans gave Contreras standing ovations last week at Wrigley Field. Playoff contenders like the Padres, Mets and Rays were among the teams exploring a deal for Contreras, who could’ve been packaged with All-Star outfielder Ian Happ and/or a late-inning reliever to maximize the return. Contreras also hugged teammates after Sunday’s loss in San Francisco, thinking he had just played his final game in a Cubs uniform and telling reporters afterward: “I just want this to be over.”

In a stunning reversal, the Cubs failed to structure a deal around their All-Star catcher, leaving Contreras in another awkward spot for the final two months of the season before finally becoming a free agent

Patrick Mooney·

Senior Writer, Chicago

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Cubs, Willson Contreras stuck with each other for now as deadline passes

August 3, 2022 at 12:04 AM EDT

Mets’ conservative trade deadline approach failed to meet the moment

If not now, when?

The Mets submitted an ultimately underwhelming haul in front of the trade deadline, eschewing a major move and opting instead for incremental additions in platoon DH Darin Ruf and middle reliever Mychal Givens. The next three months can be spent pondering if this was enough.

Tim Britton·

Staff Writer, Mets

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Mets’ conservative trade deadline approach failed to meet the moment

August 3, 2022 at 12:02 AM EDT

Inside the Phillies’ trade deadline path to Noah Syndergaard, Brandon Marsh and David Robertson

In the frantic 24 hours that preceded Tuesday evening’s trade deadline, many of those gathered in the Phillies’ war room at Citizens Bank Park wondered if they could land the upgrade they wanted most: another starting pitcher. They had started to consider alternatives. They could secure another veteran bullpen arm. Maybe fill the black hole in center field. That became something of an obsession — the Phillies, according to sources, chased a bunch of young, controllable center fielders while using catcher Logan O’Hoppe as the bait.

But the rotation was always a priority.

Matt Gelb

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Inside the Phillies’ trade deadline path to Noah Syndergaard, Brandon Marsh and David Robertson

August 2, 2022 at 11:46 PM EDT

Mets deadline takeaways: Nine thoughts on what they did and didn’t do

While most of the National League’s contending teams traded for splashy additions, the Mets improved at the margins. At 65-37, they’ve proven all season that they were already a talented team. With Jacob deGrom back, things could continue to go just fine for New York. But a lingering thought nonetheless remained after the deadline: Why didn’t the Mets do more?

In the days leading up to the deadline, the Mets were one of the more aggressive teams, making deals to acquire Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Naquin. By the end of Tuesday, they also added Darin Ruf and Mychal Givens.

Here are nine thoughts based on what the Mets did — and didn’t do — and what it means for their pennant chances:

Will Sammon·

Staff Writer, Brewers

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Mets deadline takeaways: Nine thoughts on what they did and didn’t do

August 2, 2022 at 11:45 PM EDT

Yankees GM Brian Cashman explains his trade decisions with Frankie Montas, Jordan Montgomery

The trade deadline frenzy is over for the Yankees. Just in the past few weeks, the organization has added Andrew Benintendi from Kansas City, Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino from Oakland, Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs, Harrison Bader from St. Louis and traded away beleaguered slugger Joey Gallo to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Jordan Montgomery to the Cardinals.

The Montgomery for Bader deal happened just minutes before the deadline’s buzzer at 6 p.m. ET, and it was quite a surprising move for the Yankees considering the team’s state of the rotation with Luis Severino transferred to the 60-day IL on Monday, Jameson Taillon’s ongoing struggles and Nestor Cortes in the middle of a workload he’s never had before in his MLB career.

Montgomery is coming off back-to-back disappointing starts where his command was off, but he was a fine option as a back-end rotation choice who has shown an ability to eat innings. The move to acquire Bader is equally puzzling, as he’s currently on the IL with plantar fasciitis and may be able to return in September, general manager Brian Cashman said. Outfield depth was no longer a concern after the Benintendi trade, and Giancarlo Stanton is progressing to a return from the IL, manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday afternoon.

Chris Kirschner·

Staff Writer, Hawks

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman explains his trade decisions with Frankie Montas, Jordan Montgomery

August 2, 2022 at 10:51 PM EDT

White Sox whiff on trade-deadline goals, tying their fate to a disappointing core

A few minutes before White Sox general manager Rick Hahn addressed the media Tuesday night, a source indicated that the team’s silent final day leading up to the trade deadline was not popular in the clubhouse. The Sox’s veteran-laden group has been in enough contending seasons to expect midseason upgrades at the deadline as an endorsement of their playoff potential.

Then Hahn sat down in his team’s dugout and stated that the feeling extended across the front office.

“I’m a little sleep deprived and I’m in a crap mood,” Hahn said. “We’re disappointed that we weren’t able to do more to improve this club. I think you saw a year ago at this time, you’ve seen it for the last several years, arguably the last couple of decades that it’s our nature to try to improve this club at any opportunity we have. And unfortunately we weren’t able to line up on some of our other potential targets. Anyone out there who is feeling a level of frustration or disappointment, I’m there with you.”

James Fegan·

Staff Writer, White Sox

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White Sox whiff on trade-deadline goals, tying their fate to a disappointing core

August 2, 2022 at 10:35 PM EDT

Angels deal for prospects, seek ‘better supporting cast’ in quest to compete in 2023

Noah Syndergaard and Brandon Marsh did a couple slow walks around the Angels clubhouse. It was no longer theirs — both having been shipped off to the Phillies in the hours before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

But they were saying goodbye to their teammates, joking with and hugging what was left of a roster that just two months ago never could have imagined that this day would take on this tenor.

The Angels built the 2022 roster to win. That was always the plan. It was a goal they spoke into existence and one they backed up with offseason acquisitions.

Sam Blum

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Angels deal for prospects, seek ‘better supporting cast’ in quest to compete in 2023

August 2, 2022 at 10:33 PM EDT

Yankees trade Jordan Montgomery, prompting questions about starting pitching needs

Fifteen minutes before the 6 p.m. ET trade deadline Tuesday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone and pitching coach Matt Blake went to find starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery. Boone told the 29-year-old left-hander that he was being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, but he wasn’t aware yet who would be coming to New York in return.

Montgomery was, until that moment, a player who embodied something that has become rare in Yankeeland: A homegrown starter who had found a way to stick in the rotation.

“I don’t really think I’ve ever performed the way I should have here,” Montgomery said Tuesday night, an hour after learning he’d been traded. “I’m a lot better player than I’ve ever shown the fans. But I think I was consistent and I think I gave the team a chance to win.”

Lindsey Adler·

Staff Writer, Yankees

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Yankees trade Jordan Montgomery, prompting questions about starting pitching needs

August 2, 2022 at 10:22 PM EDT

The Giants made deadline trades, but not the ones you wanted

In isolation, every trade the Giants completed at the 2022 deadline makes sense.

They traded Curt Casali for the kind of prospect that a solid, respected, 33-year-old pending free agent catcher on the IL should probably be traded for. They told the Mets that they weren’t just going to give Darin Ruf away, so the Mets made an offer they couldn’t refuse, giving up a major-leaguer who can immediately replace him and not one pitcher or two pitching prospects, but three. They traded their speculative injury signings, Matthew Boyd and Trevor Rosenthal, for prospects, which means they essentially spent a few million on additional minor-league depth. That’s an unqualified success in the era of draft pools and bonus caps, when teams can’t spend freely on prospects.

Grant Brisbee·

Staff Writer, Giants

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The Giants made deadline trades, but not the ones you wanted

August 2, 2022 at 10:22 PM EDT

Schultz: Braves aren’t favored, but other NL contenders are playing catch-up

There is only one absolute that the Braves will latch onto in the aftermath of baseball’s trade deadline Tuesday, and it’s the same absolute we already knew:

They won a World Series last season. They won it without acquiring the biggest names at the trade deadline, with unexpected heroics from modest acquisitions in the outfield (Eddie Rosario, Jorge Soler, Joc Pederson, Adam Duvall), with the team throwing three bullpen games in the postseason and winning two of them, with the four-times-released and two-time Texas AirHogs lefty Tyler Matzek leading the pitching staff in playoff victories (three).

We bring this up today because the Braves came through another deadline that should/could plug some holes but without a move that rockets across the sky, leaving contrails and screaming, “Look at us!”

Jeff Schultz·

Senior Writer, Atlanta

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Schultz: Braves aren’t favored, but other NL contenders are playing catch-up

August 2, 2022 at 10:21 PM EDT

Orioles pass trade deadline short two clubhouse favorites, add six young pitchers

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was asked a few minutes after 5 p.m. CT on Tuesday if he felt a sense of relief that the Orioles only made two “seller” deals at this year’s trade deadline.

“Is it over?” Hyde said, sounding like a hurricane victim about to go outside and assess the damage.

Yes, he was told. Hyde could finally exhale after a 24-hour period that saw the Orioles deal first baseman/DH and team leader Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros for two pitching prospects; deal closer Jorge López to the Minnesota Twins for four minor league pitchers; and acquire outfielder Brett Phillips from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash.

“The thing is this has been a fun team for these last four months. I’ve really enjoyed this group and these guys enjoyed it. They don’t want to see buddies leave either,” Hyde said. “But this is the game we’re in. We’ve got to be up at the deadline. Hopefully, we’re adding soon. Hopefully, someday soon we’re adding at the deadline significantly.”

Dan Connolly·

Senior Writer, Baltimore

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Orioles pass trade deadline short two clubhouse favorites, add six young pitchers

August 2, 2022 at 9:58 PM EDT

Why the Cleveland Guardians stood pat at the trade deadline and what it means

With two and a half hours remaining until the MLB trade deadline, one Guardians player described the day as one in which “the baseball world blows up, with everybody tracking it closely, including the vast majority of players.”

“You get a feel for the rest of the second half and how people feel about their chances,” he said.

The Guardians executed one trade Tuesday, as they shipped Sandy León to the Twins for reliever Ian Hamilton. The move fulfilled a promise to the veteran catcher that if a major-league job arose, the Guardians wouldn’t stand in his way of attaining it.

So, 6 p.m. ET came and went, and Cleveland — sitting one game behind Minnesota in the league’s most up-for-grabs division — opted not to add any reinforcements to the roster. Here are a handful of insights on the club’s decision to stand pat at the deadline.

Zack Meisel·

Staff Writer, Guardians

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Why the Cleveland Guardians stood pat at the trade deadline and what it means