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Everyone’s favorite 45-year-old starting pitcher achieved another historic milestone on Tuesday night, as Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon earned his 246th career win. With the Dominican-born Colon passing Nicaragua native Dennis Martinez (who had to pitch for two seasons more than Colon has to achieve that total) on the career wins leaderboard, he became the winningest Latin American-born pitcher in major-league history.
Since the next active Latin American-born pitcher on the leaderboard is 32-year-old Felix Hernandez, who has 168 wins and is seemingly in the twilight of his career, it’s quite possible that Colon’s record will never be broken, seeing as starting pitchers are throwing significantly fewer innings these days and thus earning the often-maligned pitcher win much more rarely than they used to. No matter how fluky you think the pitcher win stat is, it’s hard to deny that this milestone is a significant one for Colon and a great testament to his longevity.
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 July 31. We began our recap series with the clubs in the American League East and then continued by taking a look at the AL Central.
- The Pirates continued to find ways to improve their roster as they pursue a somewhat-improbable playoff run, acquiring Adeiny Hechavarria from the Rays in a waiver-wire move.
- In another waiver-wire deal, the Athletics finally got their man, as Mike Fiers joins one of the majors’ hottest teams in Oakland.
- Our own Matt Powers went through the winners and losers of the trade deadline and identified the deals he liked the most.
- Tyson Ross has been claimed off of waivers by Cardinals, thus jump starting waiver-wire SZN.
- The Brewers have claimed Jordan Lyles off of waivers.
- After the Nationals DFA’d him following a glove-throwing tantrum, he Athletics acquired Shawn Kelley from Washington in exchange for international slot money.