By Alex Hale, @ThatCLESportGuy
As the clock passed 4pm Monday afternoon, it signaled the end of what turned out to be one of the best trade deadlines in recent history. It was full of blockbusters and a lot of controversy. Unlike previous years deadlines with a lot of anti-climatic movement at the deadline, the rumors that were swirling before the deadline gave us a lot of fun and now it’s time find out who the big winners and losers were. Now let’s be honest in a few years, this could all look different about who won and lost at the deadline. But in terms of right now for quite a few teams, the future looks bright and for some others, lost opportunity.
Honorable Mention- Washington Nationals, Oakland A’s
Honorable Mention- Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros
Honorable Mention- San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves
Now remember these are initial reactions and all of these will probably change in time. There were some very good trades that under the radar will be steals of the future and I’ll go over those here in the coming days. While the Trade Deadline has passed, we now look toward the August Waiver Trading Deadline. In a simplified explanation, teams must put a player through waivers, then they must clear waivers in order for them to be traded. We’ve seen trades like the monster trade of Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers and for Indians fans, the trade that brought back Jim Thome. I would expect with some teams not as active at the deadline, there will be activity before that deadline passes as well. But for now, we’re now into the last 2 months of this 6 month marathon. It’s not time for the teams that made the investment to win now, to take the next step and start to position themselves as a team for a long postseason run. Races are far from over and because of the deadline, some division races could either change in the coming weeks or a team can start to run away. Only time will tell, but as for the trading deadline that now has passed, for the first time in a few years, it didn’t disappoint.