Yesterday's MLB trade deadline was everything we could want it to be and more. There were 18 trades made and a lot of action right up to the actual deadline. Deals were getting done, undone and reworked. It was very exciting for a baseball nerd like myself. Now, if you weren't paying attention you may have missed some things, so I am here to give you a brief recap of the more notable trades that went down.
One of the early trades that came up was Jay Bruce to the Mets. However, the trade was put on hold after Cincinnati had an issue with the medical records of one of the minor league players that New York was sending back for Bruce. Luckily the deal was reworked and Bruce went to the Mets for Dilson Herrera and Max Wotell.
In what seems to be a pure salary dump, the Pirates traded Francisco Liriano, Harold Ramirez and Reese McGuire to the Blue Jays for Drew Hutchinson. It was said by a few analysts that this one of the most lopsided of the trades made and it is believed that the Pirates had to send the two minor leaguers to Toronto just to get them to take on the salars of Liriano.
Everything is bigger in Texas and the trades the Rangers made showed that. Texas acquired one of the biggest trade pieces on the market in the form of Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers. Lucroy just a day earlier had vetoed a trade to the Indians, but the Rangers were not on his no-trade list so this time the deal couldn't be vetoed. In exchange for Lucroy Texas send back Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz and a player to be named later. Not only did Texas solve their catching issue in this trade they also acquired Jeremy Jeffress to solidify their pen.
After Carlos Beltran was traded to the Rangers (yes, they called Beltran as well) and Jay Bruce went to the Mets the other big outfield prize to be had was Josh Reddick. The Dodgers wasted no time in snatching up Reddick, but since they were already on the phone with Oakland they went ahead and got Rich Hill as well. In return the A's received Frankie Montas, Grant Holmes and Jhanel Cotton. Went is more notable about the Dodgers is probably what they didn't do yesterday and that was trade Yasiel Puig. This lead to reports of Puig storming out of Dodger Stadium after being told he would be traded or sent to triple-A, later we found out those reports were not true. What was true is that Puig was told he would be traded or demoted and since he wasn't traded he is likely on his way down to the minors.
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