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MLB: Trade deadline round up

The San Diego Padres have pulled off the biggest trade of the deadline, as president of baseball operations and general manager A.J Preller looks to have gone all in.

The Padres have added further additional trades to their roster over recent days, including the best closer in Major League Baseball at the moment, a staggering bit of business by the Padres.

Padres land Soto

So Juan Soto was named by just about every possible franchise as their number one target by the trade deadline following his rebuff of the Nationals’ offer of a 15-year deal, worth $440m. Washington knew it was a deal that was ticking towards the deadline and they wanted a lot in return.

It was the Padres that attracted the Nationals the most with what they were willing to give up in return.

The deal initially included first baseman Eric Hosmer, however the 32-year-old refused to waive his no-trade clause to the Nationals. Shortly after the deal, Hosmer was traded to the Boston Red Sox, a team not on Hosmer’s no-trade list.

The Nationals not only moved Juan Soto, but traded first baseman Josh Bell also. They received in return MacKenzie Gore, C.J. Abrams, Robert Hassell, James Wood and Jarlin Susana. The replacement for Hosmer in the deal turned out to be Luke Voit.

Best closer heads to San Diego

The Padres acquired the best closer in Major League Baseball in Josh Hader. A stunning trade from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Taylor Rogers, Robert Gasser, Esteury Ruiz and Dinelson Lamet.

Hader leads baseball with 29 saves this season and 113 saves since 2019. San Diego also added versatile veteran Brandon Drury to their roster.

San Diego’s All-Star Lineup

A.J.Preller has an All-Star roster now including probably the best nine in baseball. Adding Soto and Bell to team that includes Fernando Tatis Jr, Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth suggests Preller is going all in on the franchise trying to win the World Series.

San Diego are +1000, to win the World Series, but they have some catching up to do first in the National League West Division.

As it stands, the Padres are currently 12 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, however they currently occupy one of the NL Wild Card positions.

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Yankee trades

The New York Yankees traded for pitchers Frankie Montas and Lou Trevino with the Oakland Athletics, in exchange for four prospects.

The Yankees also made a late and surprising move by trading lefty pitcher Jordan Montgomery to the St Louis Cardinals.

However, the trade wasn’t as surprising as who the Yankees received in return, as outfielder Harrison Bader, who was a National League Gold Glove winner and fan favourite with the Cardinals, made the move to Yankee Stadium.

Yankees’ outfielder Joey Gallo, who was set to be traded after New York brought in Andrew Benintendi, surprisingly finds himself going to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed pitcher Clayton Beeter. 

Who is stronger after the deadline?

Obviously the San Diego Padres roster is significantly better following the deals made in the last couple of days.

The Atlanta Braves are also in a stronger position, not only with the trades that they made, but also by securing third baseman Austin Riley to a 10-year deal. The 25-year-old signed the most lucrative deal in franchise history, worth some $212m with a 2033 club option.

The Braves also swapped pitchers at the deadline with the Houston Astros, with right-hander Jake Odorizzi heading for Atlanta, while lefty Will Smith made his way towards Houston.

Atlanta also acquired right-handed pitcher Raisel Iglesias from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Jesse Chavez and Tucker Davidson.

The Philadelphia Phillies made a few moves to make a push towards the postseason. They added Los Angeles Angels pitcher Noah Syndergaard, giving up outfielder Mickey Moniak and 21-year-old outfielder Jadiel Sanchez. Syndergaard joins his old pitching stablemate, Zach Wheeler, who he shared the rotation with at the New York Mets.

The Phillies also traded for closer David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs; the 37-year old will return to Philadelphia after pitching for them in the 2018 season, and he appears to have rejuvenated his career this year with 14 saves.

The New York Mets added some bullpen help by obtaining Mychal Givens from the Chicago Cubs.

More significantly they traded for first baseman/designated hitter Darin Ruf from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for JD Davis and three prospects.

There was some talk that the Mets would try and trade for a lefty pitcher to help in the rotation, however, despite talks taking place, general manager Billy Epplier remained very protective of his farm system.  

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