You can never see more chaos of a trade deadline in any other sport than the MLB. This year in particular was rather hectic. Contenders were in a minute to minute battle trying to match each other move in a baseball chess match! We saw things this past weekend that we have never seen before, like the Yankees selling and waving the white flag! Although, they will never admit they waived the white flag trading there two best back end relievers as well as their top RBI leader it was very obvious to everyone else. The Indians must have felt a little bit of the Cavs championship running through their veins as they went out and got the Bullpen help they needed, and fellow American League 1st place Rangers made a huge splash catapulting them to the odds on favorite to win the AL Pennant. The Cubs, Indians, and Rangers all made huge splashes at the trade deadline but those teams were already on a collision course to make the playoffs and make some noise, lets take a look at some teams that positioned themselves to make a run at October baseball:
San Francisco Giants
The Giants were on the verge of being a team that was guaranteed to be in October but the Dodgers and a slew of wild card teams are not too far behind so they made a couple small but very fortuitous moves. The greatest part of playing at PNC Park is that its a pitchers park, however, you need pitchers who can keep the ball in the yard! Cain and Samardzjia respectfully are not a #3 starting pitcher in the league, even despite some stellar seasons in previous years. Cain is averaging 1.67 HR/9inn and Samardzija is not much better at 1.28 HR/9inn. Thus the need to go out and acquire Matt Moore from the Rays with giving up almost nothing in return with Duffy/ Santos and Fox. Duffy was hitting .250 this season and with Gillaspie ready to take the everyday 3rd base duties so the upside of Moore is a steal in this trade. With many teams trying to find postseason baseball success the bullpen is always an aspect to look at and they found a great guy in Will Smith (no not the Fresh Prince of Bel Air) but a middle reliever who has paid his dues to the Brewers. Smith's numbers are not that great this year, but he will be a great addition to help with holds/ setup Casilla especially since all they had to do was give up a couple of mid-level prospects! Look for the Giants to slowly pull away from the Dodgers and lock up that division by mid-September!
Toronto Blue Jays
O'Canada.....you decided that this is going to be the year you go for it! Although last year would have been a great year to go for it as well, just saying. I digress, the Blue Jays made quite a bit of mediocre moves near the trade deadline but all of those acquisitions put them in line to overtake the Orioles. The Blue Jays took the " Low Risk, High Reward" with obtaining a lot of "old" players who might still have a little left in the gas tank. Lariano, Scott Feldman and BJ Upton.....excuse me....Melvin Upton Jr. were three great acquisitions to add some veteran leadership to the AL East contender especially with little given up in Hutchinson and some prospects! I know what your thinking, how do you give up Hutchinson? I think we can all agree that the Blue Jays bats are FINE! What they got was some great leadership and some October arms, not starters, but some mid to late inning bullpen arms that might be what they need to get over the hump over mediocracy which probably seems a little ironic!
These two teams look to make a deep postseason run in their respective leagues. Who knows maybe the chalk will prevail in the end, but we guarantee this: If these two teams do not win the World Series, both pennant winners will go through these teams come October!