2018 Major Legue Baseball Trade Deadline Recap (Giuseppe)

With every trade deadline comes big names in new places as Playoff Races get increasingly more heated. Since my co-writer Daryll and I have been in Cooperstown New York for Hall of Fame Weekend the past few days, there just has not been enough time to cover all the biggest stories of the deadline. Because of this, I have decided to, rather than write individual articles for each and every player, recap the whole deadline in this article starting with Manny Machado. All trades that have already been covered will be linked. To get more information on those trades, click the link.

*All statistics used are statistics from the date of the signing.

July 17, 2018

Los Angeles Dodgers Acquire Manny Machado

Manny Machado was traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for Minor League outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-hander Dean Kremer, third baseman Rylan Bannon, right-handed reliever Zach Pop and third baseman Breyvic Valera in the Blockbuster 5-for-1 swap. Machado will help the Dodgers continue their Postseason Run while the Orioles haul of prospects will help them build for the future.

July 19, 2018

Cleveland Indians Acquire Brad Hand and Adam Cimber for Francisco Mejia

The Cleveland Indians announced Thursday that they acquired All-Star closer Brad Hand and pitcher Adam Cimber from the San Diego Padres in exchange for top catching prospect Francisco Mejia. The Cleveland Indians made this deal in an attempt to improve their inept bullpen for this upcoming postseason while the San Diego Padres are continuing to rebuild for future success.

Chicago Cubs Acquire Jesse Chavez

The Chicago Cubs acquired pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Minor League pitcher Tyler Thomas following the Indians acquisition. Reliever Tyler Thomas has been a stud in Single-A in 2018 while Jesse Chavez has had a rough time with the mediocre Texas Rangers with a 3.56 ERA with the club. The Rangers are building their farm system while the cubs are building their bullpen.

July 21, 2018

Oakland A’s Acquire Jeurys Familia

The Oakland A’s traded Minor League right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl and third baseman William Toffey in the deal, as well as $1 million in international slot money in return for Jeurys Familia. The Oakland A’s have been surprise contenders in 2018 and are in the hunt for the second Wild Card Spot. The Oakland A’s are making their push for the playoffs while the Mets are tearing it all down.

July 22, 2018

Kansas City Royals Acquire Brian Goodwin

The Washington Nationals traded Brian Goodwin to the Kansas City Royals for Minor League pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan on Sunday in order to relieve their overabundance of outfielders. Goodwin has been forced to ride the bench as a result of the Nationals’ stacked outfield. Now, Goodwin will get a shot at a starting job while the Nationals will receive Jacob Condra-Bogan who has been a stud with Class-A Lexington.

July 24, 2018

New York Yankees Acquire Zach Britton

As the Orioles continue their firesale, the Yankees are capitalizing as New York sent pitching prospects Dillon Tate, Josh Rodgers, and Cody Caroll to Baltimore for Zach Britton. The Yankees continue to pursue first place in the American League East and to do this, they will need to out-pitch and out-hit the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees made this move to make their bullpen (that was already a dominant force) almost unstoppable.

July 25, 2018

Boston Red Sox Acquire Nathan Eovaldi

Not even 24 hours after the New York Yankees traded for star closer Zach Britton the Bomber’s division rivals had to even the score. The Tampa Bay Rays have traded starter Nathan Eovaldi to the Boston Red Sox in return for lefty Jalen Beeks. Nathan Eovaldi was acquired by the Red Sox in order to equalize the deal the Yankees made the day before. The Rays gain a solid prospect, and the Sox gain a solid pitcher.

Colorado Rockies Acquire Seunghwan Oh

The Colorado Rockies bolstered their bullpen by acquiring reliever Seunghwan Oh from the Toronto Blue Jays in return for minor leaguer Chad Spanberger. Oh has posted a fantastic 2.68 ERA across 47 innings of work in 2018. Spanberger hit an exceptional .316/.364/.580 with 22 home runs, 75 RBI, 65 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 379 plate appearances in Single-A in 2018.

July 26th, 2018

Houston Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado

The pitching hungry Los Angeles Angels traded Gold Glove Award-winning Martin Maldonado to the Houston Astros for left-handed Minor League pitcher Patrick Sandoval. Maldonado was hitting a meager .223/.284/.332 with five homers while Sandoval is striking out guys left and right while walking few with pinpoint control in A-Ball.

Milwaukee Brewers Acquire Joakim Soria

The Milwaukee Brewers bolstered their already strong bullpen by acquiring right-handed relief pitcher Joakim Soria from the White Sox for Minor Leaguers, left-handed pitcher Kodi Medeiros and right-handed pitcher Wilber Perez. Soria has a 2.56 ERA with 16 saves in 19 attempts in 2018 and while he won’t close in Milwaukee, Soria will be another strong reliever on the Brewers arsenal. Medeiros and Perez have a long ways to go to get to the Major Leagues, but they have promising potential nonetheless.

New York Yankees Acquire J.A. Happ 

The New York Yankees improved their pitching staff yet again by trading infielder Brandon Drury and outfield prospect Billy McKinney in return for Toronto Blue Jays All-Star pitcher J.A. Happ. Happ is 10-6 on the season with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts and the star starter even got the save for the American League in this year’s All-Star Game. Brandon Drury has been restricted to just 57 at-bats due to visual issues, but in just under 1,000 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2016-17, Drury hit .273/.323/.453 with 29 homers, 68 doubles, and three triples. Billy McKinney is a powerful hitter with little on-base skill and while Yankees fans may have wanted to hang on to him, McKinney was expendable for New York.

Colorado Rockies Sign Santiago Castilla

Santiago Castilla has posted a 3.16 ERA in 31.1 innings in 2018 and the Rockies snatched up the solid free agent reliever in order to bolster their horrible bullpen that has been second worst in baseball behind the Kansas City Royals based on ERA this year.

Chicago Cubs Sign Cole Hamels

The Texas Rangers will receive Minor League pitchers Rollie Lacy and Eddie Butler from the Chicago Cubs in return for former Rangers’ starter Cole Hamels. In 20 games started in 2018, Hamels has posted a horrible 4.72 ERA and the Cubs are hoping that pitching for a contender will improve Hamels’ pitching in a big way. Rollie Lacy has a 2.45 ERA with 94 strikeouts and 24 walks in 80 2/3 innings in High-A ball.

Atlanta Braves Acquire Johnny Venters

Reliever Jonny Venters is back with the Braves after the Tampa Bay Rays traded the lefty to the Braves in exchange for $250,000 in international slot money. Venters put up a 3.86 ERA with 11 strikeouts and 6 walks in 14 innings with Tampa, and after missing a month due to a hamstring injury, Venters in back in business and ready to roll with his former team.

July 27, 2018

New York Mets Sign Austin Jackson

With Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, and Jay Bruce being injured, the Mets needed to make a move and did so by signing free agent Austin Jackson to a deal. Jackson hit .242/.309/.295 through 165 plate appearances with San Francisco and while he is owed roughly $4.5 Million of the 2-year, $6 Million deal the Giants signed him to before the season began, the Mets will not be paying as much as a penny of that.

St. Louis Cardinals Designate Greg Holland for Assignment

Holland posted a hideous 7.92 ERA over 32 appearances with the Cardinals after they signed Holland to a one-year, $14 Million deal. Just one year after posting 41 saves en route to winning the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award, Holland has been designated for assignment by the Cardinals.

Arizona Diamondbacks Acquire Eduardo Escobar

The Arizona Diamondback have shipped right-handed pitcher Jhoan Duran, outfielder Ernie De La Trinidad and outfielder Gabriel Maciel to the Minnesota Twins in return for Eduardo Escobar. Escobar currently leads the league in doubles with 37 and has an excellent line of .274/.338/.514 with 15 homers and 63 driven in. The Diamondbacks needed an infielder as they make a charge for the Postseason and Escobar is the perfect fit for the club. Escobar will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Philadelphia Phillies Acquire Asdrubal Cabrera 

The New York Mets will receive right-handed prospect Franklyn Kilome in the exchange for Asdrubal Cabrera who has been hitting a solid .277/.329/.488 with 18 home runs and an .817 OPS through 407 plate appearances in 2018. Franklyn Kilome has gone 4-6 in 19 starts and finished his run in Double-A with a 4.24 ERA through 102 innings in 2018.

Houston Astros Acquire Ryan Pressly

The Houston Astros acquired right-handed reliever Ryan Pressly from the Minnesota Twins in return for right-handed pitching prospect Jorge Alcala and outfield prospect Gilberto Celestino. Pressly currently owns a 3.40 ERA over 47 2/3 innings pitched and is under team control through 2019. Celestino has hit .317/.383/.476 with four home runs and 14 stolen bases in the Minors in 2018 while Alcala has a 3.29 ERA across 79 1/3 innings in 2018 in the Minors.

July 28, 2018

Milwaukee Brewers Acquire Mike Moustakas

The Milwaukee Brewers acquired third baseman Mike Moustakas from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Brett Phillips and pitcher Jorge Lopez. Mike Moustakas is hitting .249/.309/.468 with 20 homers and 62 RBI. Moustakas will take over for Milwaukee as Travis Shaw makes the switch over to second base. Phillips has hit .240/.331/.411 in 299 plate appearances at Triple-A in 2018. Lopez was once a highly touted prospect but has fallen on hard times. Despite this, he has tremendous upside. Moustakas will help the Brewers make their Postseason run while the Royals rebuild with their new, young talent.

Colorado Rockies Sign Matt Holliday 

Matt Holliday has not played in a Major League game since 2017 in which he hit .231/.316/.432 with the New York Yankees on a one-year, $13 deal. While Holliday’s best Major League days are behind him, he could still be a solid player for Colorado and his statistics will get a little extra boost in Coors. Holliday will now be playing for the team he had his best years in once again.

July 29, 2018

White Sox Acquire Caleb Frare

The White Sox acquired left-handed reliever Caleb Frare from the New York Yankees who will receive $1.5 million in international signing bonus pool money in the deal. Caleb Frare will be assigned to Triple-A Charlotte. Playing in Double-A and Triple-A in 2018, Frare has posted an incredible 0.81 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.

Atlanta Braves acquire Brad Brach

The Atlanta Braves traded international slot money for Baltimore Orioles reliever Brad Brach. Brach has put up a 4.85 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 19 walks in 39 innings this season. Brad Brach is yet another Oriole being dealt as the team’s rebuild continues. The Braves will use Brach as they make their charge for the Postseason.

July 30, 2018

Houston Astros Acquire Roberto Osuna

The Houston Astros pulled off a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays that will send Ken Giles, David Paulino, and Hector Perez to Toronto with star closer Roberto Osuna who is currently serving a 75-game suspension for Domestic Violence. Osuna had saved nine games with a 2.93 ERA before the suspension and even became the youngest closer to ever save 100 games. David Paulino has posted a 6.25 ERA in 36 major league innings between 2016-17. Paulino was suspended for 80 games last summer after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing drug. Hector Perez has posted a 3.73 ERA in 89 1/3 innings Ken Giles has struggled to a 4.99 ERA through 30 2/3 innings in 2018 and he has not been the most graceful in his misfortune (even punching himself in the face and cursing out his manager on separate occasions. Osuna will improve the Astros’ bullpen as they attempt to repeat as World Series Champions in 2018.

Seattle Mariners Acquire Zach Duke

The Seattle Mariners acquired reliever Zach Duke from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor leaguers Chase De Jong and Ryan Costello. Zack Duke has put up a 3.62 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 15 walks in 37 1/3 innings while being especially tough on left-handed hitters. De Jong has pitched himself into a 3.80 ERA across 21 starts and 123 2/3 innings in Double-A this year. Costello has hit .266/.360/.486 with 16 home runs and 70 RBI in 406 plate appearances in Single-A in 2018.

Seattle Mariners Acquire Adam Warren

The New York Yankees traded reliever Adam Warren to the Seattle Mariners for $1.25 million in international bonus pool money. Adam Warren is having a stellar season in 2018, posting a 2.70 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 12 walks in 30 innings of work. Warren will make a fine addition to the Mariners who are trying to separate themselves from the Oakland A’s for the second Wild Card Spot.

New York Yankees Acquire Lance Lynn

The Minnesota Twins acquired first baseman Tyler Austin and Minor League pitcher Luis Rijo from the New York Yankees in exchange for starter Lance Lynn. Lance Lynn has had a rough time with the Minnesota Twins, posting a 7-8 win-loss record with a 5.10 ERA in 102 1/3 innings pitched. Rijo has put up a 2.77 ERA with 32 strikeouts and three walks in 39 innings of work between Low-A and High-A ball this season. Tyler Austin has hit .223/.280/.471 with 8 home runs and 23 RBI in 132 plate appearances this season for the New York Yankees. The Twins will continue their rebuild as the Yankees hope that Lynn can turn his season around as the Postseason Race begins.

Atlanta Braves Acquire Adam Duvall

The Cincinnati Reds sent outfielder Adam Duvall to the Braves in exchange for pitchers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler and outfielder Preston Tucker. Duvall has not been very productive for the Reds this season hitting .205/.386/.399 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. Through 68 Major League innings, Lucas Sims has posted a 5.96 ERA, despite this, Sims has put up a 2.84 ERA in 73 innings pitched in Triple-A. Through 324 2/3 innings in the Big Leagues, Matt Wisler owns a 5.27 ERA with 230 strikeouts and 107 walks. Kyle Tucker has hit .256/.307/.444 with 4 homers and 22 RBI in 127 plate appearances for the Braves this season. The Reds will continue to rebuild while the Braves continue to fight or a playoff spot.

Boston Red Sox Acquire Ian Kinsler

The Boston Red Sox acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Anaheim Angels. The Angels will receive minor league pitchers Williams Jerez and Ty Buttrey from the Red Sox. Ian Kinsler has hit .239/.304/.406 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI in 391 plate appearances while playing stellar defense at second base in 2018. Jerez posted a 3.68 ERA through 51 1/3 innings of relief in Triple-A. Ty Buttrey posted a 2.25 ERA after 44 innings of work as a reliever in Triple-A. The Red Sox can now rest assured that Dustin Pedroia will not be rushed through the healing process while Kinsler mans his position. The Angels will get two solid pitching prospects as they build their farm system for the future.

Pittsburgh Pirates Acquire Keone Kela

The Texas Rangers traded stud reliever Keone Kela to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two players to be named later. In 2018, Kela has posted a 3.44 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 14 walks in 36 2/3 innings. The Pirates have had a great run as of late and are vying for a playoff spot. The Texas Rangers, on the other hand, have played horribly this year and are selling off their assets in order to rebuild.

July 31, 2018 

Tampa Bay Rays Acquire Tommy Pham

The St. Louis Cardinals traded Tommy Pham to the Tampa Bay Rays for Genesis Cabrera, Justin Williams, and Roel Ramirez. Pham is hitting a subpar .248/.331/.399 after having a phenomenal season in 2017. Genesis Cabrera is a Double-A pitcher, Justin Williams is an outfielder currently playing in Triple-A, and Roel Ramirez is a pitcher in High-A ball. The Cardinals appear to be beginning to stack their system for the long haul while the Rays make a last do or die push for the Wild Card Game.

Cleveland Indians Acquire Leonys Martin

Leonys Martin has hit .251/.321/.409 with 9 homers and 7 stolen bases on the season. The Indians acquired Martin after they shipped minor league shortstop Willi Castro and Double-A right-handed pitcher Kyle Dowdy. Willi Castro is hitting .245/.303/.350 in Double-A and is considered the Indians’ No.9 prospect.

Arizona Diamondbacks Acquire Brad Zigler

The Miami Marlins traded reliever Brad Zigler to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Double-A reliever Tommy Eveld. Zigler is currently 1-5 with a 3.98 ERA in a National League-leading 53 games. He is set to become a free agent this Offseason. The Diamondbacks continue to bolster their pen while the Marlins tear theirs down.

Seattle Mariners Acquire Cameron Maybin

The Miami Marlins continue their selling by trading Cameron Maybin to the Seattle Mariners for a Player To Be Named Later and some international bonus pool money. Maybin has hit .251/.338/.343 with 3 homers and 8 stolen bases for Miami this year.

Philadelphia Phillies Acquire Wilson Ramos

The Philadelphia Phillies traded for All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos in return for a Player To Be Named Later. Ramos has been a stud in 2018, hitting .297/.346/.488 with 14 home runs. The Phillies will get a massive upgrade at the catcher position as they compete with the Braves for the Division.

Pittsburgh Pirates Acquire Chris Archer

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded starter Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates in return for pitcher Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows and a yet to be announced third player. In 2018, Chris Archer has put up a 2-5 win-loss record with a 4.31 ERA through 17 starts this year. Austin Medows is currently hitting .292/.327/.468 with 5 homers in 165 plate appearances. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been in need of another solid starter for their push for the playoffs and they now have that.

Atlanta Braves Acquire Kevin Gausman, Darren O’Day

The Orioles continue their fire sale as the Braves acquire starter Kevin Gausman and reliever Darren O’Day. The Braves have made major improvements to their lineup and pitching rotation and Gausman is just another. Gausman has posted a 5-8 record with a 4.43 ERA in 21 starts with the inept Orioles. The haul for Gausman and O’Day is catcher Brett Cumberland, right-hander Evan Phillips, left-hander Bruce Zimmerman and infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion. The Braves will now continue to make runs at the Phillies while giving up some of their farm system.

Los Angeles Dodgers Acquire Brian Dozier

The Minnesota Twins traded star second baseman Brian Dozier to the Dodgers for Logan Forsythe, right-hander Devin Smeltzer, and outfielder Luke Raley. Dozier is hitting .224/.305/.402 with 16 homers on the year and will be a solid upgrade for the Dodgers at second. The Dodgers are beginning to look like a powerhouse again and with their infield that also includes the newly acquired Manny Machado, the team will be a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the season.

Philadelphia Phillies Acquire Aaron Loup

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired Aaron Loup for Jacob Waguespack in the one for one deal. Loup has had a rough 2018 campaign, posting a 4.54 ERA in 35 2/3 innings of work.

Arizona Diamondbacks Acquire Jake Diekman

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired reliever Jake Diekman from the Texas Rangers to further improve their bullpen. Deikman has posted a 3.69 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 23 walks in 39 innings in 2018 and will be a solid bullpen pitcher as the Diamondbacks contend for the playoffs. The Rangers will receive Minor League pitcher Wei-Chieh Huang in the deal.

Chicago Cubs Acquire Brandon Kintzler

Brandon Kintzler has put up a 3.59 ERA in 42 2/3 innings of work for the Nationals this season and will now be on the move. The Cubs and the Nationals pulled off a deal that will send Kintzler to the Cubs and minor league pitcher Jhon Romero to the Nationals. Romero is 23-years-old and is pitching in High-A.

Los Angeles Dodgers Acquire John Axford

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired reliever John Axford for right-handed pitcher Corey Copping. Axford has put up a 4.41 ERA in 45 games and 51 innings pitched this season. Axford will add to the Dodgers’ star-studded bullpen as they charge into the playoffs.

Milwaukee Brewers Acquire Jonathan Schoop

The Orioles continued to tear down the temple and traded Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder Jonathan Villar and Minor Leaguers Luis Ortiz and Jean Carmona. In 2018, Schoop has hit .244/.273/.447 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI in 367 plate appearances for the Baltimore Orioles this season. The Milwaukee Brewers were in need of another infielder going into this Trade Deadline and after whiffing on Manny Machado, they finally have their guy in Jonathan Schoop.


So there you have it, folks, from Manny Machado to Jonathan Schoop. What a Trade Deadline this has been!

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