The American League wild card race is extremely tight and no division leader has run away just yet. What does that mean? The MLB trading deadline was action-packed.
The most exciting professional sports trading deadline has come to a close, so let’s take a look back at the key players heading to an AL team for the final two months of the season.
- Baltimore Orioles (59-45, — GB)
The O’s acquired starting pitcher Wade Miley and utility infielder Steve Pearce at the deadline. Miley was 7-8 with a 4.98 ERA in 19 starts with the Seattle Mariners, while Pearce was hitting .309 in 60 games with the rival Rays.
- Boston Red Sox (58-46, 1.0 GB)
The Red Sox big splash came earlier in the season when they traded for starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz. But Boston made another move at the deadline, acquiring reliever Fernando Abad, who had a 2.65 ERA with the Twins in 2016.
- Toronto Blue Jays (59-47, 1.0 GB)
The Blue Jays acquired a pair of experienced pitchers as they look to make a playoff push in 2016. Francisco Liriano was 6-11 with a 5.46 ERA with Pittsburgh, while reliever Scott Feldman had a 3.05 ERA with Houston this year.
- New York Yankees (53-52, 6.5 GB)
It was unusual to see the Bronx Bombers become ‘sellers’ at the deadline, but the Yankees had a very successful deadline dealing talent. They did, however, acquire reliever Tyler Clippard, a member of the Mets’ 2015 NL championship bullpen.
- Tampa Bay Rays (42-62, 17.0 GB)
The Rays got Matt Duffy in the Matt Moore deal with San Francisco. Duffy, who will play shortstop with Tampa Bay, was hitting .253 with the Giants.
- Cleveland Indians (60-43, — GB)
The Indians biggest move was acquiring reliever Andrew Miller, who posted a 1.39 ERA in 39 games with the Yankees. Cleveland also acquired the versatile outfielder Brandon Guyer from Tampa Bay.
- Detroit Tigers (57-48, 4.0 GB)
The Tigers did not make a deal at the deadline.
- Chicago White Sox (51-54, 10.0 GB)
The White Sox only deal netted them prospect Charlie Tilson from the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Kansas City Royals (50-55, 11.0 GB)
The defending champion Royals are gearing up for 2017 by acquiring speedy outfielder Billy Burns, who has stolen 40 bases since the start of the 2015 season.
- Minnesota Twins (41-64, 20.0 GB)
The Twins’ deal to acquire quality starter Hector Santiago was surprising considering the Twins spot in the standings. The lefty was 10-4 with a 4.25 ERA with the Angels this year.
- Texas Rangers (62-44, — GB)
The Rangers were big winners at the deadline and now are serious World Series contenders. Texas acquired All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy (.299 with 13 home runs) and reliever Jeremy Jeffress (2.22 ERA in 47 games) from the Brewers. Then, it traded for Carlos Beltran, who led the Yankees in average, home runs, and RBIs.
- Houston Astros (56-49, 5.5 GB)
The Astros were surprisingly quiet at the deadline, as they only acquired two prospects and gave away reliever Scott Feldman.
- Seattle Mariners (52-52, 9.0 GB)
A week after the Mariners traded Joaquin Benoit for Drew Storen, Seattle acquired another reliever: Ariel Miranda, who has appeared in one major league game.
- Los Angeles Angels (47-58, 14.5 GB)
The Angels were sellers at the deadline, dealing pitchers Joe Smith to the Cubs and Hector Santiago to the Twins. In exchange Los Angeles received Ricky Nolasco, an 11-year starter, and 20-year-old Jesus Castillo.
- Oakland Athletics (47-58, 14.5 GB)
Also sellers, the A’s got a few prospects at the deadline, but only one major leaguer: Brett Eibner, an outfielder that has hit .231 in 26 career games.