2014 MLB Trade Deadline Losers
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Since we looked at the winners, let’s take a look at the big losers from the 2014 MLB trade deadline.
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Baltimore Orioles – The Baltimore Orioles really needed a starting pitcher to help improve an overall ERA of 3.75, which is in the middle of the pack. The Orioles don’t have a good enough rotation to beat some of the powerhouse teams in the American League such as the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics, who both greatly improved. The Orioles were looking at David Price and Jarred Cosart but struck out on both, obviously. Baltimore did pick up relief pitcher Andrew Miller, but it wasn’t nearly the big splash the best team in the AL East was expecting. The Orioles missed out on a big opportunity to improve their team.
Tampa Bay Rays – First off the Rays traded David Price when their team is red hot and still in playoff contention. Granted, Price would have probably left anyway when it was all said and done, but that’s no excuse to bail on this season when the team was finally turning the corner. Also, if the Rays were going to make the trade, you would think they would get quite a bit in return. I’m pretty positive a package that contains Drew Smyly and Willy Adames doesn’t equal to one of the best pitchers in baseball. If you’re going to bail and trade away your best player, at least get equal or greater value. The Rays really screwed the pooch on this one.
Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pittsburgh Pirates had the young pieces in place to put together a deal for David Price or John Lester or any of the other 56 pitchers who were traded at the deadline. Didn’t happen. Even without any moves, the Pirates are still a solid team without any glaring weaknesses, but they lack that star pitcher who can give them two wins in a seven game series if needed. The Pirates missed out on their chance to help get themselves over the hump.
New York Yankees – When was the last time the Yankees decided to play small ball when presented with a chance to improve their club? I can’t recall. Even with all the injuries to their pitching staff, the Yanks have a decent chance of playing in the postseason, and all they did was add Stephen Drew and Martin Prado? Huh? Neither one of those guys is a difference maker or a missing piece to helping the Yankees turn the corner. Shoot, the Yankees benefited more from the Red Sox trading Jon Lester and John Lackey. These moves will improve the Yankees defense, but I’m not sure it puts many more wins on the board.