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MLB Trade Deadline Losers: Assessing how the worst MLB trade deadline acquisitions are faring a month later

The MLB trade deadline was a little over a month ago, and the winners and losers of the deadline have become very obvious. 

There were several excellent acquisitions like Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Cole Ragans, but there were also some moves that left teams regretting their decision. 

Here are some of the biggest losers from the trade deadline and how their deadline acquisitions have fared since joining their new team.

Lucas Giolito (Traded from Chicago White Sox to Los Angeles Angels)

The worst trade deadline acquisition by far was Lucas Giolito. 

The Angels were in desperate need of starting pitching since their rotation was already very thin before Shohei Ohtani tore his UCL. 

At the time of the trade deadline, the Angels were only 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. 

Trading for a veteran starting pitcher seemed like a smart idea, but it turned out to be a horrible mistake. 

The Angels acquired Lucas Giolito and reliever Reynaldo Lopez from the White Sox in exchange for two prospects. 

Giolito made six starts for the Angels, accumulating a 1-5 record, a 6.89 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in those six outings. 

As for Lopez, he appeared in 13 games and posted an 0-2 record with a 2.77 ERA. 

The two pitchers were on the Angels for only about a month before Los Angeles waived the white flag and placed both players on waivers to avoid paying their salaries for the remainder of the season. 

Giolito and Lopez were both claimed by the Cleveland Guardians soon after, and in Giolito’s first start for Cleveland, he allowed 9 runs and 7 hits in 3 innings.

Noah Syndergaard (Traded from Los Angeles Dodgers to Cleveland Guardians)

When the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Noah Syndergaard in the offseason, they were hoping to get a few more good years out of him. 

The 31-year-old was fabulous in his first few seasons with the Mets but struggled a lot in the 2021 season, enough for the Mets to not re-sign him. 

Thor landed on the West Coast with the Angels, who were attempting to not waste any more good years of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. 

But Syndergaard made only 15 starts with the Halos before being dealt to the Phillies at the trade deadline in 2022. 

After a decent campaign in Philadelphia, Thor went back to the West Coast in the offseason as he signed with the Dodgers. 

He posted a 7.16 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP for the Dodgers in the first half of this season, and for the second season in a row, he was traded at the deadline. 

This time, he was sent to Cleveland. In six starts with the Guardians, Syndergaard is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. 

He continues to get hit hard wherever he goes, and Guardians are likely regretting trading Amed Rosario for him. He was released by Cleveland on August 31.

Paul DeJong (Traded from St. Louis Cardinals to Toronto Blue Jays)

Star shortstop Bo Bichette went down with an injury the day before the trade deadline. 

That sent the Toronto Blue Jays into a panic since it appeared Bichette would need to be placed on the injured list, and because the Jays were in the middle of the Wild Card hunt, they couldn’t afford to have a hole at shortstop. 

The next day, Toronto made a trade for the Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong, who had been with St. Louis since he came up in 2017. 

But DeJong’s tenure with the Blue Jays was much shorter than anyone expected as he played only 13 games for Toronto. 

In those 13 games, DeJong hit .068 with a .136 OPS and a 41% strikeout rate. He was the exact opposite of what the Blue Jays needed, so once Bichette came back, Toronto DFA’d DeJong. 

He has since been signed by the San Francisco Giants.

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