Now that the 2018 MLB Trade Deadline has passed, we’re taking a look back at what each team in each division was able to accomplish (or not accomplish) before 4 p.m. ET on July 31. We continue our series with the clubs in the National League East.
The Braves surprised people this year by becoming a contender for the NL East crown. In doing so, most were wondering if they were going to be buying a lot of pieces or stand pat with their young, talented roster.
As it turned out, they made some smaller moves and they did not have to give up their big-time prospects in these deals.
The first move they made was acquiring lefty reliever Jonny Venters from the Rays on July 27 in exchange for international slot money. Two days later, the Braves beefed up their bullpen even more by getting Brad Brach from the Orioles for international slot money. Then on July 30, they landed Adam Duvall from the Reds for right-handed pitchers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler and outfielder Preston Tucker. Finally on deadline day, the Braves made another trade with Baltimore, as they acquired Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day for Evan Phillips, Jean Carlos Encarnacion, Brett Cumberland, Bruce Zimmermann and future Considerations.
Though they were involved in trying to trade for Chris Archer, the Braves probably feel good that they didn’t sacrifice their entire future for one player at a chance to win now.
After being big sellers in the offseason, the Marlins sold off a couple more players on deadline day.
The Marlins dealt outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Mariners for infield prospect Bryson Brigman and international slot money. Then, they traded reliever Brad Ziegler to the Diamondbacks for reliever prospect Tommy Eveld.
The two moves were not exactly a grand sell-off in Miami. They still have some pieces left that they could sell, including catcher JT Realmuto. However, the action may not pick back up in Miami until the offseason.
After their season pretty much tailspined following a hot start in April, the Mets practically made every player on their roster available at the deadline. However, they only dealt two of those players, as they traded Jeurys Familia to the Athletics for minor-leaguers Will Toffey and Bobby Wahl, plus international slot money and they traded Asdrubal Cabrera to the rival Phillies for pitching prospect Franklyn Kilome.
The Familia deal drew criticism on the Mets’ side because there had been tons of rumors about them possibly trading ace Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard so they could start from scratch. Even our own Stephen Tolbert made the case to deal deGrom. And if you are a Mets fan, you have to wonder why keeping him was a better alternative, considering the state of the organization.
In addition, the deal didn’t bring a top-30 prospect back to New York. Though they got a top-10 prospect from the Phillies in Kilome, the Mets were still one of the big losers this trade season.
Like the rival Braves, the Phillies made three moves that helped them improve without giving up a ton in return.
After finishing “third” in the Manny Machado sweepstakes behind the Dodgers and Brewers, the Phillies pivoted by acquiring Cabrera from the Mets. Then on July 31, the Phillies acquired All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos for a player to be named later and Aaron Loup from the Blue Jays in exchange for pitching prospect Jacob Waguespack.
The Ramos deal was huge get because they practically gave up nothing for a veteran catcher who is having a great year. The Cabrera deal gave them a solid versatile infielder who provides depth on their bench. The Loup trade gives them a nice veteran in their bullpen, something which they need to have perform well if they want to beat out the Braves for the NL East crown or earn a wild card berth.
Everyone thought the Nationals were going to be a buyers this summer after having sky-high expectations and having a disappointing first half of the season.
It looked that way at first, as they acquired reliever Kelvin Herrera from the Royals on June 18 for prospects Blake Perkins, Kelvin Gutierrez, and Yohanse Morel. At the time, they appeared to be building a “super bullpen,” as they have Herrera, Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson, and closer Sean Doolittle.
But, after going 14-22 since the trade and falling to third in the division, the Nationals decided to deal Kintzler to the Cubs for pitcher Jhon Romero. They also even explored the option of trading superstar Bryce Harper.
Even though no one really thought Harper was moving, they could have moved on from players such as Herrera, Gio Gonzalez, Matt Adams, and Jeremy Hellickson in order to try to get better for the future, which may not include Harper since he is a free agent after the season.