Now that the smoke has cleared from the July 31st trade deadline, let’s do a quick roundup of the deals that went down in the National League, involving teams that are in the NL East and selected teams that appear to be in the Wild Card race.
NOTE: Big haul for Pence, and according to various reports, the Phils offered less for Carlos Beltran.
- Wil Nieves from Brewers for cash
NOTE: Wow, much larger haul than I would have guessed for Bourn. Remember when he was a speedster who couldn’t reach base and struck out far too often for a leadoff hitter? He still strikes out a ton but at least he’s an on-base machine.
NOTE: the Marquis and Hairston,Jr. deals imply the Nats were sellers, but the Gomes deal made them buyers as well. Additionally, they were rumored to be in play for a centerfielder such as Bourn or B.J. Upton. My guess is they are looking to finish strong and build some momentum toward 2012.
- Mike Cameron from Red Sox for PTBNL or cash
NOTE: interesting that there wasn’t more action in Miami, though that could be because they weren’t sure whether to buy or sell.
NOTE: K-Rod, obviously, was the big piece, and the additions of Hairston and Lopez will try to somehow replace the injured Rickie Weeks. I thought they would add one more bullpen arm, but once Weeks went down, filling that hole became a priority.
- Carlos Beltran from Mets for Zack Wheeler
- Orlando Cabrera from Indians for Thomas Neal
- Jeff Keppinger from Astros for Henry Sosa and Jason Stoffel
NOTE: Like the Brewers, the Giants were desperate for middle infield help. I’m a little surprised they didn’t make a deal for a backstop; might Ronny Paulino have been mentioned during the Beltran discussion?
- Rafael Furcal from Dodgers for Alex Castellanos
- Octavio Dotel, Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski, Corey Patterson, and three players to be named later or cash from Blue Jays for Colby Rasmus, Trever Miller, Brian Tallet, and P.J. Walters
NOTE: I wonder if the Cards have traded Rasmus to the Mets for, say, Angel Pagan, Jason Isringhausen, and Chris Capuano?
NOTE: The Pirates needed to make at least one solid acquisition to stay in the race, but instead they made two questionable ones — the kind where you cross your fingers and hope the new player will recapture something from the past and be better than what you already have. I thought for sure the Bucs would wind up with Carlos Pena, but reports from Chicago were that the Cubs decided to hold on to the slugger. Why? No one is sure; I guess they plan to re-sign him for 2012. I also thought the Pirates would make a move for a catcher — for example, Ronny Paulino.
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