Now three days into September, rosters have expanded and teams can no longer acquire players for their prospective playoff runs. Let's take a moment to look back at all the transactions carried out in August.
After one of the busiest July trade deadlines in recent memory, anyone hoping for a reprieve in August was sorely disappointed. With the second wild card putting several more teams in the playoff hunt, a total of twenty-eight deals (the most since at least 2006) were worked out via waiver claims and trades.
The total of eighteen waiver trades is the largest number since 2009, and the ten waiver claims are the most since 2010. Overall, forty-four players were moved in these transactions, with another seventy being picked up on the free agent market.
While the biggest move of the month hands down was $250+ million "MegaTrade" that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles, several other teams made smaller moves that could pay dividends down the home stretch.
A complete run down of the August waiver wire (with links) is after the jump:
- Astros acquire RHP Garrett Mock from the Red Sox - LINK
- Nationals acquire C Kurt Suzuki from the Athletics for C David Freitas - LINK
- Astros acquire RHP Chris Devenski from the White Sox - LINK
- Dodgers acquire RHP Joe Blanton from the Phillies for RHP Ryan O'Sullivan and cash - LINK
- Tigers acquire INF Jeff Baker from the Cubs for two PTBNL - LINK
- Red Sox acquire 3B Danny Valencia from the Twins for OF Jeremias Pineda - LINK
- Astros acquire INF Tyler Greene from the Cardinals for cash and a PTBNL - LINK
- Orioles acquire LHP J.C. Romero from the Indians for INF Carlos Rojas - LINK
- Mets acquire C Kelly Shoppach from the Red Sox for RHP Pedro Beato - LINK + LINK
- Diamondbacks acquire RHP Daniel Cabrera from the Pirates - LINK
- Athletics acquire SS Stephen Drew from the Diamondbacks for SS Sean Jamieson - LINK
- Athletics acquire RHP Jesse Chavez from the Blue Jays for cash - LINK
- Dodgers acquire 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford and INF Nick Punto from the Red Sox for 1B James Loney, INF Ivan DeJesus Jr., RHP Allen Webster, RHP Rubby De La Rosa and 1B/OF Jerry Sands - LINK
- Orioles acquire LHP Joe Saunders and cash from the Diamondbacks for RHP Matt Lindstrom - LINK
- Yankees acquire 1B/OF Steve Pearce from the Astros for cash - LINK
- Athletics acquire C Blake Lalli from the Cubs for C Anthony Recker - LINK
- Braves acquire INF Jeff Baker from the Tigers for cash - LINK
- Rays acquire OF Ben Francisco from the Astros for a PTBNL - LINK
- Indians claim RHP Fabio Martinez off waivers from the Angels - LINK
- Nationals claim INF Cesar Izturis off waivers from the Brewers - LINK
- Giants claim LHP Jose Mijares off waivers from the Royals - LINK
- Blue Jays claim RHP Juan Abreu off waivers from the Astros - LINK
- Cubs claim LHP Alex Hinshaw off waivers from the Padres - LINK
- Padres claim RHP Thad Weber off waivers from the Tigers - LINK
- Cubs claim RHP Miguel Socolovich off waivers from the Orioles - LINK
- Pirates claim LHP Hisanori Takahashi off waivers from the Angels - LINK
- Indians claim LHP Scott Maine off waivers from the Cubs - LINK
- Diamondbacks claim 3B Cody Ransom off waivers from the Brewers - LINK