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MLB Trade Deadline Winners: Assessing how the best MLB trade deadline acquisitions are faring a month later

It’s been over a month since the MLB trade deadline and there are some clear winners and losers already.

There were numerous big names traded at the deadline like Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Michael Lorenzen, Jordan Montgomery, Aroldis Chapman, Lucas Giolito and more, but not every trade worked out.

Let’s get into some of the notable trade deadline acquisitions and how they have fared since joining their new team.

Justin Verlander (Traded from New York Mets to Houston Astros)

After just half a season, the Justin Verlander era is over in New York.

The Mets lost Jacob deGrom in the offseason and needed to boost their pitching staff for 2023, so they signed Verlander to team up with Max Scherzer. It sounded like a great idea, but it didn’t turn out that way.

Verlander struggled in the beginning of the season and Scherzer started to show his age in June. In the end, Verlander made only 16 starts for the Mets and finished with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Since being traded to the Astros, the reigning AL Cy Young winner is 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA and has provided Houston with the depth in their pitching staff that they desperately needed. Right now, the trade seems like a win-win for both teams.

Max Scherzer (Traded from New York Mets to Texas Rangers)

They were teammates in the first half of the season, and now they’re on rival teams in the AL West. The Mets unloaded both Verlander and Max Scherzer at the deadline as they looked towards the future, and the two aces weren’t a part of it, mostly because of their age and salaries.

Unlike Verlander, Scherzer was never able to find his rhythm with the Mets. He finished with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 19 starts for New York before being traded.

The change of scenery has completely changed Scherzer’s season since he’s posted a 3-1 record with a 2.21 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in six starts for the Rangers.

He’s been unstoppable since arriving in Arlington, and it’s safe to say that the Rangers are happy with their decision.

Michael Lorenzen (Traded from Detroit Tigers to Philadelphia Phillies)

As Detroit’s lone All-Star representative, Lorenzen was a hot target at the trade deadline. The right-hander posted a 3.58 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP in 18 starts for the Tigers, and as the deadline approached, it seemed nearly certain that he was going to be traded.

And finally, it happened. Lorenzen was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, who were in desperate need of reliable starting pitchers.

In his first outing with his new team, Lorenzen went eight innings and surrendered just two runs to the Marlins.

But wait, it gets better. In his first start in Citizens Bank Park since joining the Phillies, Lorenzen threw a no-hitter. It was an incredible moment for the right-hander who has appeared to find his home. After a month in Philadelphia, Lorenzen has been a perfect fit for the Phillies.

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

This will go down as one of the worst trades at the deadline in MLB history. The Angels were 3.5 games out of the Wild Card at the trade deadline, so they did everything they could to keep Shohei Ohtani and make the playoffs.

That included adding pitching, so they traded for Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez from the White Sox in exchange for several prospects.

While the trade sounded smart for the Angels, it quickly turned sour. Giolito was terrible for the Angels as he went 1-5 with a 6.89 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in six starts.

The Angels started losing badly and often after the deadline and just a few weeks after they found themselves over 10 games out of the Wild Card reckoning.

Instead of keeping Giolito and Lopez for the remainder of the season, the Angels put both players on waivers. Giolito has since been picked up by the Guardians and the Angels now have nothing from their trade with the White Sox.

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