MLB trade deadline ended with some of the blockbuster deal on the last day, and many teams have boosted their rosters. As the clock struck 4 pm on Wednesday, July 31, more and more news on deals being finalized came out. Whether the newly acquired players will perform as per the expectation or not is not known, the new team combinations are out.
Puig's final game in Cincinnati ends in a benches-clearing brawl vs the Pirates. Legend.
— Cincinnati 💔 (@CincyProblems) July 31, 2019
Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Yasiel Puig, etc. were the winners of the MLB trade deals. On the other hand, the Yankees are still trying to prove that they are better without any trade deals. Here are the details on Puig and Bauer deals and how it changes the future of MLB games.
Indians gets Stronger with Yasiel Puig
Cleveland Indians are already doing good in the MLB rankings and are way ahead of the other teams in their league. The only department that the Indians kind of lacked was their offense and now it has also been solved by getting Yasiel Puig. The hitter has an OPS of .925 in the games played after May 24, and it is going to get much better.
Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, and Jose Ramirez will have now the support of Puig and they can further improve their explosive abilities. As for the pitching side, Corey Kluber (arm) and Carlos Carrasco (leukemia) will soon return from the injury list and make the Indians whole again.
Reds gets the best deal in Bauer
Cincinnati Reds are almost out of the playoffs and have no shot at even the wild card spot. Hence it was the right thing to trade Puig out and get Trevor Bauer in their team. The Reds can rebuild their bullpen as Bauer can provide some quality pitching.
Since the reason why the Reds are lagging so behind in the league table was lack of starting pitchers. They can now build a fresh bullpen around him for the next MLB season. If they start to prepare Bauer from now, there are high chances that the Reds can make it to the playoffs in 2020.
Padres as the Third Team in Deal
San Diego Padres were the third team involved in the high profile trade deal between the Indians and the Reds. The Padres received Taylor Trammel, and it is the best they could hope for. Although, one would doubt why the Padres gave their prospects Franmil Reyes and Logan Allen to the Cleveland Indians.
Rival exec on the #Padres getting Taylor Trammell for Franmil Reyes and Logan Allen: “Love the deal for San Diego. Trammell has chance to be a star despite the down year. Would trade a DH and a back-end starter any day for that chance, especially when they aren’t contenders yet.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2019
The real reason is they have no plans with those players and are looking at the younger core. Trammel is currently just 21 years old and has a lot of potential in baseball. The Padres already have Renfroe, Manny Machado, and Fernando Tatis Jr. in their bullpen. Adding Trammel as the leadoff man makes a lot of sense for them.
MLB Teams are now Balanced
The fact that most of the pitchers and hitters went from stronger teams to the weaker teams kind of makes a lot of sense. No one likes one-sided games; it is no fun if the two teams are not balanced.
The Mets got Marcus Stroman, Astros signed Zack Grienke and all the teams have now equal power. Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler in the Mets kind of makes sense as their team was trailing behind a lot. Now that most of the pitchers are equally distributed, MLB games kind of seems fair for the next season.
Yankees will no longer stay on Top
New York Yankees are the only team which didn’t acquire a single big name in their bullpen. Brian Cashman, the manager of Yankees, have some other plans for their team. The fact that the Yankees are at the top in the league tables was a major point for other teams in the MLB trade deals.
None of them was willing to give their starting pitchers to the Yankees sends out a clear message. The Yankees lost their last game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and it gives a clear message. The rest of MLB teams have joined hands, and the Yankees won’t stay on the top for much longer.