2014 MLB Trade Deadline Winners
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With the 2014 MLB trade deadline in the books, let’s take a look at the major winners.
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Detroit Tigers – The Detroit Tigers landed the biggest fish in the pond by prying David Price away from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tigers saw the Oakland Athletics pitching rotation and simply had to make this move if they were to have any shot against them come postseason play. Price is still one of the best pitchers in baseball and currently leads MLB with 189 strikeouts. Even with this move, the Tigers are still looking up to the Athletics in the American League, but it at least gives them another elite arm and will give them a fighting chance once October rolls around.
Oakland Athletics – I think it’s safe to say that the Athletics are truly trying to make this the season they win the World Series. After getting Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in a trade about a month ago, the A’s decided that wasn’t enough and added Jon Lester to an already loaded staff. Now there’s really no argument to which team has the best starting rotation in baseball, and the move makes the Athletics the overwhelming favorites to win the whole thing. However, the move didn’t come cheap as Yoenis Cespedes was sent to Boston.
Boston Red Sox – While Boston fans can’t be pleased with trading Jon Lester and John Lackey, pretty much waving the white flag on the season, the Red Sox made the biggest step towards building for next season. In these blockbuster trades, the Red Sox came away with Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig and Joe Kelly, guys who will be key pieces to keeping this team afloat for years to come. The trades also take away some big contracts, giving the Red Sox more flexibility to build a more complete roster around their new pieces. It’s going to be ugly these next couple of months for the Red Sox, but next year should be fun if you’re a Boston fan.
Miami Marlins – The Miami Marlins traded away a ton of prospects to get Jarred Cosart and Enrique Hernandez from the Houston Astros, but it’s going to be well worth it in the long run. One, Cosart and Hernandez are players who can contribute right now and help the Marlins make a fair run towards a wild card berth. Also, Hernandez is a promising player at 22 years old, while Cosart is locked up until 2019. Next season, the Marlins will have a pitching rotation made up of Cosart, Jose Fernandez and Henderson Alvarez. Quite filthy if you ask me. Even if the Marlins strikeout on the postseason this year, this young team has enough talent in place to be a contender for years to come.
St. Louis Cardinals – While the Cardinals did lose Joe Kelly, they came away with John Lackey and Justin Masterson, adding even more depth to a pitching staff that has the ninth best ERA in baseball at 3.46. The Cardinals have proved time and time again that pitching dominates the postseason and with those guys being added to a rotation that already includes Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn, you can bet they’ll have something to say about it again this season. The Cards didn’t get a much needed bat, but they once again have one of the best pitching staffs in the majors.