It’s July 31st, which mean it’s Trade Deadline day! Let’s take a closer look at every trade that happened on this trade frenzy day.
Red Sox acquire 2B Ian Kinsler
The Red Sox have acquired 2B Ian Kinsler from the Angels in exchange for pitching prospect Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez. Kinsler, 36, is only hitting .239/.304/.406 with 13 home runs this season. However, he’s hitting .320 in July and still plays exceptional defense as he has 10 defensive runs saved this season. Therefore, he was a WAR of 2.5, which shows he still is a very valuable player. Buttrey, 25, has a 2.25 ERA in Triple-A as a reliever and is Boston’s 19th ranked prospect. Jerez, 26, has a 3.63 ERA as a reliever in Triple-A and is ranked as Boston’s 23rd ranked prospect.
Boston: Dustin Pedroia has only played in three games, so the Red Sox have relied on Eduardo Nunez, who only has a .666 OPS, and Brock Holt, who only is slugging .378 this season. Third baseman Rafael Davers is also on the disabled list, so Nunez and Holt have had to fill in at third as well. The stats may not look good, but Kinsler is heating up at the right time and is still an elite defender. Nunez and Holt have a combined -0.5 WAR, so Kinsler and his 2.5 WAR is a major upgrade. Grade: A-
Angels: Neither Buttrey nor Jerez are true prospects, but they are MLB ready relievers. Bot have had success in Triple-A and could become middle relievers for the Angels, who could use some pitching. There’s also a chance they get nothing out of this, but at the very least this is a salary dump. It’s also important to note that there isn’t much of a market for a 36-year-old pending free agent hitting .239. Grade: B+
Pirates acquire RP Keone Kela
The Pirates have acquired reliever Keone Kela from the Rangers in exchange for pitching prospect Taylor Hearn and a player to be named later. Kela, 25, has a 3.44 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and a 2.97 FIP. There is some concern with Kela, as he’s giving up hard contact 35.1% of the time, which is near his career high (35.3%). However, he induces ground balls more than fly balls (1.03 GB/FB) and righties are hitting just .122/.220/.188 this season. It’s lefties who’ve killed him, and since he doesn’t have to be the closer for the Pirates, he won’t be forced to face them. He’s also controlled through 2022, so the Pirates have him for at least three more years. Hearn, 23, has a 3.12 ERA in Triple-A and was Pittsburgh’s #7 ranked prospect.
Pirates: Pittsburgh’s bullpen ranks just 19th in the MLB in ERA, with a 4.23 ERA. They’ve had to rely heavily on Kyle Crick (40 IP 2.03 ERA 1.15 WHIP 2.64 FIP) and closer Felipe Vazquez (44.2 IP 3.02 ERA 1.28 WHIP 2.20 FIP). Now, Crick can slide to the 7th inning, with Kela working the 8th and Vazquez working the 9th. Vazquez has been asked to get saves consisting of more than 3 outs multiple times, so Kela’s presence means that he won’t have to do that anymore. Overall, this makes Pittsburgh a much better team now, and in the long term. Grade: A+
Rangers: Earlier in the week, the Braves and Rangers were linked together in a deal involving Kela and prospect Luiz Gohara, a top 100 prospect. Texas also had many other teams interested in Kela, and it seemed for sure that it would take at least 1-2 top 100 prospects for the Rangers to move Kela, an affordable reliever who’s controlled for three more years and has FIP under 3.00. Instead, the Rangers got ONE prospect, someone who isn’t a big name by any means. To add some salt to that wound, Hearn is likely to end up as a reliever, as he only throws two effective pitches and has very inconsistent command. Needless to say, this is an extremely underwhelming package for Kela and one that could come back to hurt the Rangers big time. Grade: D-
Rays acquire OF Tommy Pham
In a surprising trade, the Rays acquired center fielder Tommy Pham from the Cardinals in exchange for outfield prospect Justin Williams, and pitching prospects Genesis Cabrera and Roel Ramirez. Pham, 30, is hitting .248/.331/.399 with 14 home runs this season in what has been a down year. However, his hard contact rate is at a career-high at 47.5%, which suggests that there is some hope for a turnaround. His -5 defensive runs saved is also a lot worse than his 11 defensive runs saved a year ago. Williams, 22, is hitting .258/.313/.376 with 8 home runs in Triple-A. and was ranked the Rays’ #14 prospect. Cabrera, 21, has a 4.12 ERA in Double-A and was ranked Tampa’s #25 prospect. Ramirez, 23, has a 2.53 ERA between Single-A and Double-A this season.
Rays: This is an unexpected splash for a Rays team that is 53-53 and is 10 games back in the AL Wildcard. However, it makes a lot of sense. Pham is under team control through 2022, so he’ll be a big part of the Rays moving forward. He also clearly needed a change of scenery, as he and the front office did not get along at all. The Rays reportingly believe in Pham and believe that he’ll be able to turn it around. His 47.5% hard contact rate gives them reason to hope so and a move to Tampa may help him do so. As for the lackluster defense, Pham will move to a corner outfield spot with Kevin Kiermaier plugged in as Tampa’s center field. Most of his 11 defensive runs saved came from left field last year, so he’s better suited to be a corner outfielder. The fit is much better for the Rays than it was for the Cardinals and Tampa may be getting an all-star caliber player for no top prospects if Pham figures it out. Grade: A
Cardinals: The Cardinals have a clog of outfielders with Marcell Ozuna, Dexter Fowler, and Harrison Bader. Bader is just 23 and could easily become St.Louis’ center fielder for years to come, and he is a much better fit than Pham. This could allow the Cardinals to experience using Jose Martinex as a corner outfielder, as he’s a defensive liability at first base. It seemed that Pham was becoming more of a liability due to his poor fit with the Cardinals, so it makes sense for St.Louis to trade. However, the return for Pham is extremely underwhelming. The didn’t land any of Tampa’s better prospects, which they should’ve demanded for a player under control through 2022 who finished 11th in MVP voting last year. Also, the only MLB ready prospect they got was an outfielder in Wiliams, when they’re already set there. What they do need is a middle infielder or extra pitchers, which Tampa had. Nick Solak, Brandon Low, or even Matt Duffy would’ve fit as the middle infielder, while Anthony Banda, Ryan Yarbrough, Yonny Chirinos would’ve made sense as MLB ready pitchers. Grade: C
Indians acquire CF Leonys Martin
The Indians have acquired center fielder Leonys Martin and pitcher Kyle Dowdy in exchange for shortstop prospect Willi Castro. Martin, 30, is hitting .251/.321/.409 with 9 home runs this season. He also plays solid defense, as he has 3 defensive runs saved this season. Dowdy, 25, has a 5.09 ERA in Double-A and is nothing more than a throw-in. Castro, 21, is hitting .245/.303/.350 in Double-A and was Cleveland’s #9 prospect.
Indians: Cleveland center fielders have just a .224 batting average, which ranks 27th in the MLB. Therefore, Martin will be an upgrade over all their other options, which will help them get more production from the bottom of their order. How much he helps remains to be seen, as he’s only hitting .251. Considering they gave up one of their better prospects in Castro, one would expect them to get better value than Martin, who isn’t a difference maker by any means. Grade: B-
Tigers: Detroit was able to take a flyer in Martin last offseason, and turned it into a solid prospect in Castro. Castro is a switch hitter, who was given a 55 hit grade from MLB.Com. Since their farm system is extremely pitcher heavy, it’s important for them to add quality position player prospects. Even though Castro is having a down year in the minors, he’s still a quality prospect. Grade: A-
Diamondbacks acquire RP Brad Ziegler
The Diamondbacks have acquired reliever Brad Ziegler from the Marlins in exchange for pitching prospect Tommy Eveld. Ziegler, 38, has a 3.98 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 4.58 FIP this season. He does, however, boast a 0.92 ERA since the start of June, so there’s more to like than what the overall numbers show. Eveld, 24, has a 1.11 ERA as a reliever between Single-A and Double-A.
Diamondbacks: Arizona does have the second-best bullpen ERA at 3.07, but they are a little top heavy. Archie Bradley has already thrown 50.2 innings this season, as he’s been forced to work multiple innings and a numerous amount of occasions. Ziegler adds depth, and could definitely work the 6th or 7th inning for them. That would take the pressure off of Bradley, which makes certain he won’t burn out before the playoffs. This isn’t a splashy move, but an excellent one for Arizona. Grade: A
Marlins: There wasn’t going to much of a market for Ziegler, so taking a flyer on Eveld wasn’t a bad idea by any means. Eveld’s 42-7 K-BB ration and 1.11 ERA suggests he could be a solid reliever for the Marlins if he continues to progress. Even if he doesn’t, Miami still is able to dump Ziegler’s $8 million salary. Grade: B+
Mariners acquire OF Cameron Maybin
The Mariners have acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Marlins, in exchange for infield prospect Bryson Brigman and international pool money. Maybin, 31, is hitting .251/.338/.343 with 3 home runs. He’s also an excellent defender, as he had 8 defensive runs saved. Brigman, 23, is hitting .304/.373/.391 with 2 home runs and was ranked as Seattle’s #19 prospect.
Mariners: Seattle’s defense is the worst in the league in defensive runs saved and getting an excellent defender in Maybin will help fix that. He’s also an upgrade over current center fielder Guillermo Heredia, who is only hitting .229/.314/.335 this season. Seattle is slipping a little, as they only have a 2 game lead over Oakland for the second wildcard spot. Maybin is an excellent teammate, who will provide some excitement for Seattle both defensively and on the bases as a base stealer. Grade: A-
Marlins: Maybin didn’t seem to be a major trade chip, as he’s a free agent at the end of the season. Therefore, getting a solid prospect in Brigman and international bonus money is a great return for him. Brigman is already 23 and is only in Single-A, but he should be a quick mover as he’s a high floor-low ceiling type of player. He should end up as a role player, which is solid value for Maybin. The international bonus money could also help them sign some big name international free agents to help improve their farm system through the rebuilding process. Grade: A-
Phillies acquire C Wilson Ramos
The Phillies have acquired all-star catcher Wilson Ramos in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Ramos, 30, is hitting .297/.346/.488 with 14 home runs this season. He is currently sidelined on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, with a timetable for his return uncertain.
Phillies: Philadelphia has their catcher of the future in Jorge Alfaro, but he’s only hitting .254/.305/.398. This may simply be a case of Alfaro wearing down a little in his first season, and the Phillies need to make sure that doesn’t happen. What better way than to acquire Ramos? He’s a free agent at year’s end, so this doesn’t affect Alfaro’s standing with the team long term. He is an instant upgrade offensively, fits in the middle of the order, and makes the Phillies a much better team. Also since they have Alfaro, they don’t have to rush Ramos back from the disabled list. Grade: A+
Rays: There’s not much to say besides the fact that this is an extremely disappointing trade for the Rays. Ramos was the starting catcher at the All-Star Game, and Tampa Bay wasn’t able to turn that into one or two prospects at least? His value is down due to his injury, but Tampa Bay could’ve let him come back and rebuild his value before trading him at the August 31st waiver trade deadline. Instead, they trade him now to dump the remaining of his $6.25 million contract. Being cheap often comes in the way of building a contender, and the Rays continue to fall in that trap. Grade: F
Cubs acquire RP Brandon Kintzler
The Cubs have acquired reliever Brandon Kintzler in exchange for pitching prospect Jhon Romero. Kintzler, 33, has a 3.59 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 3.44 FIP this season. Romero, 23, has a 3.27 ERA with an 11.7 K/9 in Single-A.
Cubs: Chicago isn’t getting a difference maker in Kintzler in any means, but they don’t need one. Their bullpen already ranks 3rd in ERA, it needed extra depth after closer Brandon Morrow went on the disabled list. Kintzler’s sinker induces a lot of ground balls (career 2.45 GB/FB ratio), which should play well with the Cubs’ excellent infield defense. He also has a very affordable team option of $5 million next year, so he’ll be able to help the Cubs for two World Series runs assuming they pick up the option. Grade: A-
Nationals: Romero has done well as a reliever so far in the minors, but he’s already 23 and is only in Single-A. He’s not a big name prospect, so there is no guarantee that he is able to move up the system quickly. Therefore, he’s likely to still be a minor leaguer past his age 25 season, diminishing his value. Kitnzler’s friendly team option makes it strange that the Nationals could trade him, considering he could have been a real asset for them next season. Grade: D
Phillies acquire RP Aaron Loup
The Phillies have acquired lefty reliever Aaron Loup from the Blue Jays in exchange for pitching prospect Jacob Waguespack. Loup, 30, has a 4.54 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and 3.61 FIP. He’s tough against lefties, as they have a .690 OPS vs them. His high groundball rate also makes him a great fit in Citizens Banks Park, which is the third most hitter-friendly park as far as home runs are concerned. Waguespack, 24, has a 4.68 ERA and 1.46 WHIP between Double-A and Triple-A as both a starter and a reliever.
Phillies: Before trading for Loup, the only lefties in the Phillies had in the bullpen were Adam Morgan, who has a 4.76 ERA, and Austin Davis, who has only pitched in 19.1 innings in his career. Therefore, it’s safe to say that they needed a more reliable lefty reliever. Loup isn’t anything special, but he’s tough against lefties and induces a lot of groundballs. Grade: A
Blue Jays: Waguespack doesn’t look to be anything special, and his high H/9 (9.3) is alarming. At best, he looks like a long reliever or a fill-in player for Toronto. It’s still a solid return for a pending free agent with an ERA over 4.00 though. Grade: B+
Dodgers acquire 2B Brian Dozier
The Dodgers have acquired second baseman Brian Dozier in exchange for second basemen Logan Forsythe, first baseman prospect Luke Raley, and pitching prospect Devin Smeltzer. Dozier, 31, is hitting .224/.305/.402 with 16 home runs in what has been a disappointing season. However, there is some hope for a turnaround. Dozier’s career-high 35.3% hard contact rate and his career-low .252 batting average balls in play don’t add up at all and suggest he’s an extreme victim of bad luck. Plus he has a reputation of destroying lefties and being excellent in the second half. Forsythe, 31, is hitting .207/.270/.290 and is nothing more than a throw-in to prevent the Dodgers from going over the luxury tax. Raley, 23, is hitting .275/.345/.477 with 17 home runs in Double-A and is now the Twins’ #19 prospect. Smeltzer, 22, has a 4.73 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in Double-A.
Dodgers: Dodgers second basemen are hitting just .209 this season, so there hasn’t be a lot of production there. This move now allows Chris Taylor to move from second base to the outfield, which strengthens the Dodgers outfield defense. The Dodgers already has a juggernaut offense with the likes of Manny Machado, Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and others, but they now may be borderline unstoppable if Dozier goes on one of his usual second half tears. This seems like a harmless trade, as they didn’t give up any top prospects and stayed under the luxury tax. Grade: A
Twins: The Twins didn’t get any top tier prospects for Dozier like they may have expected, but the reality is this may have been the best they could so right now with how bad Dozier is struggling. However, they should’ve seriously considered holding onto him until the August 31st waiver trade deadline, as they could’ve possibly gotten a lot more for him if he was able to build up his value. Also, Raley doesn’t make sense as the centerpiece, considering they already traded for first baseman Tyler Austin in the Lance Lynn trade. They’d been better off acquiring 1-2 MLB ready arms for Dozier than another first baseman/outfielder. Grade: C
Dodgers acquire RP John Axford
The Dodgers made another trade, acquiring reliever John Axford in exchange for minor league pitcher Corey Copping. Axford, 35, has a 4.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and a 4.03 FIP this season. He’s done a nice job this season inducing soft contact (27.3% compared to 25.2% hard contact rate) and inducing ground balls (53.3%). Copping, 24, has a 2.52 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A as a reliever.
Dodgers: The Dodgers bullpen ranks 11th in the MLB, in ERA with a 3.71 ERA. They have plenty of depth, but what they really need is an effective setup man to Kenley Jansen. Axford’s 4.43 ERA suggests he won’t be that, which means the Dodgers left their biggest hole unfilled. Not having an effective setup man may be what ends up costing them a World Series title. But this individual trade is pretty harmless as it adds depth at a low cost. Grade: B
Blue Jays: Copping looks like a potential solid reliever in the MLB. At 24, he’s pretty much MLB ready and should get a chance this season. If he is able to succeed in the majors like he has in the minors, then he’ll turn out to be a great return for a 35-year-old pending free agent with an ERA over 4.00. Grade: A
Pirates acquire SP Chris Archer
In a blockbuster, the Pirates have acquired SP Chris Archer from the Rays in exchange for RHP Tyler Glasnow, OF Austin Meadows, and a player to be named later that reportingly is a “significant piece”. Archer, 29, has a 4.31 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and a 3.62 FIP. His ERA is significantly better on the road (3.95) than it was at home in Tampa (4.85). He is giving up hard contact at a career-high 40.2% of the time, but he’s also walking batters at a solid rate (7.5%) and is still avoiding contact at a 27.5% whiff rate. Both Glasnow and Meadows are former big-time prospects, but both have hit some bumps in the road. Glasnow, 24, has a 4.34 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and a 3.63 FIP in 56 innings out of the bullpen after having a 7.69 ERA, 2.02 WHIP, and 6.30 FIP in 15 games (13 starts) last season. He still has excellent stuff (11.6 K/9), but needs to work on his controlling his 6’8” frame (5.5 BB/9). When it’s all set it done, he could end up being a front-line starter, a dominant closer, or a complete flop. It all comes down to how the Rays are able to develop him. Meadows, 23, has had injury issues in the past but burst onto the scene this year, hitting .292/.327/.468 with 5 home runs in 154 at-bats. However, there have been more concerns with Meadows despite some early success at the plate in the majors. His 4.8% walk rate is a concern, and his awful defense (-8 defensive runs saved) actually gives him a -0.2 WAR.
Pirates: The Pirates rotation only ranks 18th in the MLB with a 4.20 ERA. It’s a young rotation with the likes of Jameson Taillon (Age 26 3.64 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 3.57 FIP), Trevor Williams (Age 26 3.89 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 4.34 FIP), and Joe Musgrove (Age 25 3.63 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 3.63 FIP). It’s unclear if any of those guys can take the next step and become the ace of the staff, which they may not need to be now that Archer is in the rotation. Archer has been the “ace” of the Rays rotation since they traded David Price, and has a career 3.48 FIP. His career xFIP of 3.45 is much better than the average of 4.18, meaning he is an above average pitcher despite what critics may say about him. Sure, he may be a #2 starter and not an ace, but he certainly has the overall stuff of an ace. He hit a plateu with Tampa, so a move to Pittsburgh may untap his ace potential. He’s also controlled on a cheap contract through 2021, which is huge for a small market team like the Pirates who aren’t able to sign big name pitchers in free agency. Losing Glasnow and Meadows hurt, but they have enough pitching depth and outfield depth to be fine without him. Assuming the player to be named later isn’t pitching prospect Mitch Keller, third baseman prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes, or high ceiling pitching prospect Shane Baz, this is a great trade for the Pirates. Grade: A-
Rays: This is also a great trade for the Rays. As mentioned before, Archer had hit a plateau with Tampa, and now was definitely time to trade him. They were able to add two (possibly three) significant pieces for him, as they were able to get a return worthy of ace, not someone who has a 4.31 ERA for them this year. Glasnow also had hit somewhat of a plateau in his development with the Pirates, but he goes to Tampa, where they are known for developing pitchers. With his great stuff but bad control, he could be a muliti inning reliever. Therefore, he does fit perfectly as a pitcher in a “bullpen game”, if the Rays use him like that. He still has the ceiling of an ace, however, so it would be wise for Tampa to give him a chance to be a normal starter. As for Meadows, he won’t be forced to play center as Tampa already has Kevin Kiermaier and Tommy Pham. His defensive numbers should improve at a corner outfield spot, and he’s arguably already the best hitter on the Rays MLB roster. He could be the #3 three hitter for the Rays for years to come, which is something that they lack in their pitcher heavy farm system and on their major league roster. This is a great trade for them as is, and the player to ben named later being a quality position player prospect, such as Hayes, would make this an even better trade. Grade: A
Braves acquire SP Kevin Gausman
The Braves have acquired SP Kevin Gausman and RP Darren O’Day from the Orioles, in exchange for third baseman prospect Jean Carlos Encarnacion, catching prospect Brett Cumberland, pitching prospects Evan Phillips and Bruce Zimmerman, and $2.5M in international bonus money. Gausman, 27, has a 4.43 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 4.58 FIP this season. There are some signs of hope for a turnaround, as his 1.45 GB/FB ratio is a career high, and he’s only giving hard contact at a 32.1% rate. He’s had trouble with the long ball, as he has a 1.5 HR/9. However, a move from Camden Yards (4th most hitter-friendly for HR) to Sun Trust Park (30th most hitter-friendly for HR) should help with that. A move from the AL East to the NL East should also help his overall production. Encarnacion, 20, is hitting .288/.314/.463 in Single-A and is ranked as the Orioles’ #15 prospect. He is an all-around player with high upside and is nowhere near a finished prospect. Cumberland, 23, is hitting .228/.357/.389 between Single-A and Double-A and is ranked as the Orioles’ #30 prospect. He’s a switch-hitting catcher that doesn’t do anything particularly well. Phillips, 23, has an 8.53 ERA in 6.1 innings in the MLB and has a 1.99 ERA and 13.1 K/9 in Triple-A as a reliever. Zimmerman, 23, has 2.86 ERA and an impressive 3.38 K-BB ratio between Single-A and Double-A.
Braves: The Braves have the 6th best rotation as far as ERA is concerned, as they have a 3.71 ERA. However, it is very top heavy with Mike Foltynewicz (3.04 ERA) and Sean Newcomb (3.23 ERA). Julio Teheran has disappointed (4.46 ERA) and it’s unclear how long Anibal Sanchez will be able to pitch at a high level, as his .249 BABIP shows there is some regression to come. Gausman isn’t a proven player, but he still has tremendous upside. Gausman has the stuff as a front-line starter, and now Atlanta needs to untap that potential. A change of scenery should help him tremendously, and he should be a main part of the Braves rotation until at least 2021, as he still has three years control after this. Even if he doesn’t pan out, they didn’t give up a lot to get him. Therefore, this is a low risk-high reward deal, which is the best type of trade. Grade: A+
Orioles: Considering the Rays turned three years of Chris Archer into potentially three significant pieces, it’s puzzling that the Orioles couldn’t do better with Gausman. Archer’s career 3.45 xFIP is not that much better than 3.93 career xFIP, so it’s unclear if Archer is really that much better. Plus Gausman is even cheaper than Archer and has less red flags than Archer. Now that don’t get me wrong, Archer is still the better pitcher, but not by the difference the returns would suggest. In the end, Baltimore probably will end up with an average third baseman, a spot starter, and a middle reliever for three years of Gausman. The Rays, on the other hand, will probably end up with a front-line starter/dominant reliever and a future #3 hitter for three years of Archer. The Orioles also had more leverage than the Rays, as Gausman is two years younger and there wasn’t as much of a rush to trade him. It’s unclear what was so good about this package that made the Orioles pull the trigger. Grade: D-
Brewers acquire 2B Jonathan Schoop
The Orioles continued their firesale, shipping second baseman Jonathan Schoop to the Brewers for pitching prospect Luis Ortiz, shortstop prospect Jean Carmona, and second baseman Jonathan Villar. Schoop, 26, is having a down season, as he’s hitting .240/.270/.441 with 17 home runs this season. His hard contact rate is way down at just 26.8% and his walk rate is a career low at 3.2%. In July though, he is hitting .360 with 9 home runs (more homers than first three months combined). He’s also nothing more than an average defender at second with 0 drs, but he does have excellent instincts and an outstanding arm. He has another year of control after this year, so he’ll be a big part of the Brewers lineup for two pennant races at least. Ortiz, 22, has a 3.71 ERA in Double-A and is ranked as the Orioles’ #7 prospect. He has a great two pitch offering with his fastball and slider, but he needs to develop a third pitch to remain a starter. Carmona, 18, is hitting .239/.299/.406 in Rookie Ball and is ranked as the Orioles’ #14 prospect. He is glove-first shortstop with an excellent arm. He’s far from a finished prospect and probably won’t be in the majors until 2022 at the earliest. Villar, 27, is hitting .261/.315/.377 and is controlled through 2021.
Brewers: It’s unclear where Schoop fits, as Travis Shaw had been playing second base since they traded for Mike Moustakas. Schoop could play shortstop and has the arm for it, but that would give the Brewers one of the worst infield defenses ever. Nevertheless, Schoop completes their lineup and will fit it in the middle of the order. He’s also not a rental and is still only 26. If Schoop continues his hot streak, Milwaukee’s lineup could be borderline unstoppable. They didn’t give up any major prospects for Schoop and seem to have a plan, so this trade is still a good one despite the questionable fit. Grade: A-
Orioles: Schoop is coming off a season where he hit .293/.338/.503 with 32 home runs, so it doesn’t make sense that they would sell low on him. The better move would’ve been to hold onto him until the offseason, as there would’ve been more suitors for him, as the Diamondbacks, Indians, Red Sox, Angels, and Cardinals all don’t have anyone lineup up to start at second base next season. Plus, his value would’ve gone up even more if he continued his hit streak through August and September. Instead, they ended up with Ortiz, who will be a #3 or #4 starter at best, and Carmona, someone who projects to only hit .230-.245 in the MLB. Villar doesn’t help them, as they won’t contend for at least 5-10 years. This is another example of the Orioles getting too trade happy and not getting a return that matches the player they are trading. Grade: D