Each division in the National League boasted three playoff-contending teams entering the month of August. With divisions still up in the air, and wild card teams good enough to make the World Series, the trade deadline was drama-filled.
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 NL team for the final two months of the season.
- Washington Nationals (62-44, — GB)
For the second consecutive season, the Nationals traded for a reliever at the deadline. They are hoping this year, former Pirate Mark Melancon (1.51 ERA in 45 games) can propel them to a division title and a playoff berth.
- Miami Marlins (57-49, 5.0 GB)
The Marlins acquired two starters from the Padres at the deadline, but one, Colin Rea, was quickly returned after an injury in his first game. The Marlins get to keep Andrew Cashner, who has a career 3.71 ERA.
- New York Mets (54-51, 7.5 GB)
The Mets got a big bat at the deadline yet again by trading for the NL’s RBI leader Jay Bruce. New York also re-acquired Jonathon Niese, a pitcher who was with the Mets for several seasons before he was dealt to Pittsburgh.
- Philadelphia Phillies (48-59, 14.5 GB)
The Phillies did not make any moves at the deadline.
- Atlanta Braves (37-68, 24.5 GB)
The Braves dealt suspended youngster Hector Olivera for 31-year-old slugger Matt Kemp, who has hit 23 homers in 2016 with the Padres.
- Chicago Cubs (64-41, — GB)
The World Series hopefuls have significantly improved their bullpen by trading for Aroldis Chapman and Joe Smith. Chapman, who threw a 105.1 mile per hour fastball with the Yankees, has a 2.06 ERA while Smith has a career 2.94 ERA.
- St. Louis Cardinals (56-49, 8.0 GB)
The only move the Cardinals made at the deadline was a wise one, as St. Louis acquired relieved Zach Duke from the White Sox. Since he was traded mid-2013, Duke has been successful out of the ‘pen. He has a 2.63 ERA so far this year.
- Pittsburgh Pirates (52-51, 11.0 GB)
Pittsburgh had a relatively quiet trade deadline, but still swung three deals that brought in three arms. Relievers Antonio Bastardo, 4.74 ERA, Felipe Rivero, 4.44 ERA, and starter Ivan Nova, 7-6, 4.90 ERA, will all suit up in black and gold for the remainder of the 2016 season.
- Milwaukee Brewers (47-57, 16.5 GB)
Although the Brew Crew didn’t acquire any current MLB talent, their attempts to sell were successful. Milwaukee dealt Jonathon Lucroy, Jeremy Jeffress, and Will Smith for a total of four prospects.
- Cincinnati Reds (42-62, 21.5 GB)
The Reds were sellers at the deadline and they acquired former Mets second base prospect Dilson Herrera (.215 average in 49 MLB games) in exchange for right fielder Jay Bruce.
- San Francisco Giants (61-44, — GB)
After acquiring shortstop Eduardo Nunez, the first place Giants added a pair of left-handed pitchers for the pursuit at yet another even year championship. Will Smith had a 3.68 ERA with Milwaukee and Matt Moore was 7-7 with a 4.08 ERa in the AL with the Rays.
- Los Angeles Dodgers (59-46, 2.0 GB)
The Dodgers were one of the big winners of the weekend, as they acquired several talented major leaguer’s ready to help them pursue the Giants in the standings. Rich Hill (9-3, 2.25 ERA) had been one of the best pitchers in the AL this year and Josh Riddick (.296 average) will relieve the struggling Yasiel Puig of his duties.
- Colorado Rockies (52-53, 9.0 GB)
The Rockies did not make any moves at the deadline.
- San Diego Padres (46-60, 14.5 GB)
The Padres received a pair of former NL East youngsters, Jarred Cosart and Hector Olivera. However, they were unsuccessful to get rid of Colin Rea after he injured his elbow in his first appearance with Miami.
- Arizona Diamondbacks (43-63, 18.5 GB)
It was a quiet weekend for the last place Diamondbacks, who acquired pitching prospect Vicente Campos for Tyler Clippard.