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The 2022 MLB Trade Deadline it did not disappoint.
The stars were on the move, the contenders bolstered their rosters and there was a mad rush to the finish line at 6 p.m. ET. However, one movement stands above the rest.
Which teams are on the rise after the deadline, and which ones left fans feeling disappointed?
Here are three winners and three losers from the latest week of baseball chaos.
Winner: San Diego Star
The San Diego Padres stole the spotlight at the trade deadline.
They did it blockbuster of all blockbustersacquiring Washington Nationals phenomenon Juan Soto, along with first baseman Josh Bell, in exchange for six prospects. Soto has gotten off to a historic start to his career at just 23 years old and is now transitioning from a struggling franchise to one with October ambitions. As if that wasn’t good enough, the Padres also received star relief Josh Hunter by the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
Now, Soto still doesn’t have a long-term deal, so how long he’ll spend in San Diego is undetermined. But if Soto can boost a list of names which already has Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado, the Padres could get something much bigger at the trade deadline.
Loser: DMV baseball fans
Both teams in the Battle of the Beltways said goodbye to a beloved player.
Losing Soto is a major blow for Nationals fans, but it’s something they’ve grown increasingly accustomed to in recent years. Washington has been unable to hang on to five major contributors from its 2019 World Series squad: Max Scherzer, Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner and now Soto. Going back to the previous year, the team also let Bryce Harper join the rival Philadelphia Phillies. As NBC Sports Washington’s Chase Hughes Put it this way, Nationals fans deserve much better.
About 40 miles northeast, the Baltimore Orioles also took on a pair of key contributors. They sent Trey Mancinithe team’s longest-tenured player, in Houston and provided the All Star closer Jorge Lopez in Minnesota. Even though the team turned their season around and entered the AL Wild Card hunt, the Orioles ultimately decided to sell again.
Winner: The AL’s top teams
The New York Yankees and the Houston Astros are trying to beat each other in the standings, and they also went toe-to-toe at the deadline.
The Yankees started early by bringing in the All-Star outfielder Andrew Benedenti by the Kansas City Royals. They went on to add a much needed starter Frankie Montasalong with reliever Lou Trivino, from the Oakland Athletics. On Tuesday, they capped things off by adding former St. Louis Cardinal Harrison Bader to their outfield.
Houston didn’t make as many moves as New York, but they made some effective ones. The Astros reeled in Mancini from the Orioles and added another Boston Red Sox collector Cristian Vasquez. They also brought in reliever Will Smith from the Atlanta Braves for Jake Odorizzi, although Smith has struggled this season.
The Yankees and Astros are likely on a collision course in October, and both sides have been making moves to prepare for that battle.
Loser: The NL’s top team
The Los Angeles Dodgers entered deadline day with a four-game lead over any other NL club. Things have clearly worked out in LA, but the team’s quiet deadline has allowed some other contenders to close the gap.
As previously reported, the Padres notified the league by adding Soto, Bell and Hader. The NL leads the East New York Mets also added a handful of pieces to round out their roster.
The Dodgers’ only notable addition was Joey Gallo. The former Yankees shortstop is hitting .159 and has 106 hits in 233 at-bats this season. He mentioned how he was desperately looking for a change of sceneryso maybe the phoenixes in LA will help him get back on track in Dodger blue.
Going back to López, he was one of three starting pitchers brought in by the AL Central leading Twins. Minnesota was also a reliever Michael Fullmer from the Detroit Tigers and starters Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds.
The Twins still have a ways to go to reach the level of the other two AL division leaders, but their moves at the deadline show they want to compete in October.
Loser: The Boston Red Sox design
Just like their record, the Red Sox appeared divided at the trade deadline.
When they traded away their starting catcher in Vazquez, it looked like the 52-52 Sox were going to be traded at the deadline. Instead, they returned to the buyer’s territory with the acquisition Eric Hosmer, Tommy Pham and Reese McGuire.
The team retained All-Star JD Martinez until the deadline. He is a free agent after this season, however, and the Red Sox have made no progress in keeping their other two All-Stars, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, around for years to come.
Despite making additions at the deadline, Red Sox fans could still see a departure of key players in the near future.