A look at buyers and sellers from busy MLB trade deadline

Aug 2, 2022, 11:53 AM | Updated: Aug 3, 2022, 8:40 am
FILE - Washington Nationals' Juan Soto hits a three-run home run during the second inning of a base...

FILE - Washington Nationals' Juan Soto hits a three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, on June 19, 2022, in Washington. The San Diego Padres acquired superstar outfielder Juan Soto from the Nationals on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in one of baseball's biggest deals at the trade deadline, vaulting their postseason chances by adding one of the game's best young hitters. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

This is quite a time to be a season ticket holder for the San Diego Padres.

Great weather, a jewel of a ballpark — and perhaps the most exciting lineup in baseball for the near future.

The Padres landed the biggest prize of this year’s trade deadline — and maybe at any year’s deadline — when they acquired outfielder Juan Soto, a 23-year-old superstar who isn’t due to become a free agent until after the 2024 season. To get him, they had to send six players to Washington, including several of their top recent prospects.

It’s a massive move for an organization that has never won a World Series — but now adds Soto to a team that has Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Yu Darvish. San Diego also traded for closer Josh Hader this week.

Here’s a look at the biggest buyers and sellers at this year’s deadline, and how they’ve reshaped their futures.

BUYERS

San Diego Padres (60-46, second NL wild card)

Acquired: OF Juan Soto, 1B Josh Bell, LHP Josh Hader, 2B Brandon Drury, C Cam Gallagher, LHP Jay Groome.

Traded: LHP MacKenzie Gore, SS C.J. Abrams, OF Robert Hassell III, OF James Wood, RHP Jarlin Susana, 1B Luke Voit, LHP Taylor Rogers, RHP Dinelson Lamet, 2B Esteury Ruiz, LHP Robert Gasser, SS Victor Acosta, OF Brent Rooker, 1B Eric Hosmer, 2B Max Ferguson, OF Corey Rosier.

Analysis: It was going to take a big offer to pry Soto loose from the Nationals, and the Padres always made some sense as a destination. They had enough attractive prospects to make the deal happen — and because they were already postseason contenders, adding Soto can benefit them even if he only stays through 2024. Bell brings power to the lineup as well.

Philadelphia Phillies (55-48, third NL wild card)

Acquired: RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP David Robertson, OF Brandon Marsh, 2B Edmundo Sosa.

Traded: C Logan O’Hoppe, LHP JoJo Romero, OF Mickey Moniak, OF Jadiel Sanchez, RHP Ben Brown.

Analysis: Chasing their first postseason berth since 2011, the Phillies added help in the rotation, the bullpen, the infield and the outfield. Philadelphia moved on from Moniak, the top pick in the 2016 draft.

Seattle Mariners (56-49, second AL wild card)

Acquired: RHP Luis Castillo, LHP Matthew Boyd, C Curt Casali.

Traded: SS Noelvi Marte, SS Edwin Arroyo, RHP Levi Stoudt, RHP Andrew Moore, LHP Anthony Misiewicz, RHP Michael Stryffeler, C Andy Thomas.

Analysis: Speaking of postseason droughts, the Mariners haven’t qualified since 2001, and they approached this deadline with a sense of urgency, sending three of their top prospects to Cincinnati for Castillo. Boyd had some good moments in Detroit but didn’t pitch at all this year for San Francisco because of elbow problems.

New York Yankees (70-35, first place in AL East)

Acquired: RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Lou Trivino, OF Andrew Benintendi, OF Harrison Bader, RHP Scott Effross, RHP Clayton Beeter.

Traded: OF Joey Gallo, LHP Jordan Montgomery, LHP Ken Waldichuk, LHP JP Sears, RHP Luis Medina, 2B Cooper Bowman, RHP Chandler Champlain, LHP T.J. Sikkema, RHP Beck Way, RHP Hayden Wesneski.

Analysis: Considering what Seattle gave up for Castillo, the Yankees probably feel pretty good about landing Montas, who had a 3.18 ERA in 19 starts this year for Oakland. Benintendi and Bader give New York more outfield options, although the latter has been dealing with foot problems.

Minnesota Twins (54-49, first place in AL Central)

Acquired: RHP Jorge Lopez, RHP Tyler Mahle, RHP Michael Fulmer, C Sandy Leon.

Traded: RHP Yennier Cano, LHP Cade Povich, LHP Juan Rojas, RHP Juan Nunez, RHP Ian Hamilton, SS Spencer Steer, 3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand, LHP Steve Hajjar, RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long.

Analysis: Lopez and Fulmer can help Minnesota’s bullpen, and Mahle has been solid over the past couple months for the Reds. And none of the Twins’ top AL Central rivals did anything all that special at the deadline.

SELLERS

Washington Nationals (36-69, last place in NL East)

Traded: OF Juan Soto, 1B Josh Bell, SS Ehire Adrianza.

Acquired: SS C.J. Abrams, OF Robert Hassell III, LHP MacKenzie Gore, OF James Wood, 1B Luke Voit, RHP Jarlin Susana, 2B Trey Harris.

Analysis: It’s one thing to trade a star for prospects. It’s another to give up a generational talent who was under team control for another couple years. If Soto’s career proceeds as expected, there may always be questions about whether the Nationals tried hard enough to keep him. That said, Washington received plenty in return. Hassell immediately becomes the team’s top prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. Abrams and Gore are both top-six draft picks who made their big league debuts this year.

Cincinnati Reds (42-61, third place in NL Central)

Traded: RHP Luis Castillo, RHP Tyler Mahle, OF Tommy Pham, 2B Brandon Drury, OF Tyler Naquin, LHP Phillip Diehl.

Acquired: SS Noelvi Marte, SS Edwin Arroyo, RHP Levi Stoudt, RHP Andrew Moore, 2B Hector Rodriguez, RHP Jose Acuna, SS Spencer Steer, 3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand, LHP Steve Hajjar, SS Victor Acosta, C Austin Romine.

Analysis: The Reds cashed out with Castillo, acquiring Marte and Arroyo, who are ranked as the No. 17 and No. 92 prospects by MLB Pipeline. Cincinnati now has six of the top 100.

Oakland Athletics (39-66, last place in AL West)

Traded: RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Lou Trivino, C Austin Allen.

Acquired: LHP Ken Waldichuk, LHP JP Sears, RHP Luis Medina, 2B Cooper Bowman, RHP Carlos Guarate.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Waldichuk was the top prospect the A’s received. He was excellent at Double-A this year and has posted a 3.59 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A.

Baltimore Orioles (53-51, 1 1/2 games behind third AL wild card)

Traded: 1B Trey Mancini, RHP Jorge Lopez.

Acquired: RHP Seth Johnson, RHP Chayce McDermott, RHP Yennier Cano, LHP Cade Povich, LHP Juan Rojas, RHP Juan Nunez, OF Brett Phillips.

Analysis: The Orioles were in a tricky spot, because although they’ve been rebuilding, they’re also surprisingly in contention for a wild card after two good months. Trading Mancini wasn’t the sentimental move, but he can become a free agent after this season, so a breakup might have come soon anyway. Lopez was Baltimore’s closer, but its bullpen has been very good this year and may be able to withstand his departure.

___

Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Houston Astros third base coach Gary Pettis (8) low fives Jose Altuve, right, as he rounds third ba...
Associated Press

Altuve homers twice as Astros rout Diamondbacks 10-2

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit two of Houston’s five home runs to lead the Astros to a 10-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night in a game where Yordan Alvarez left with an ankle injury. The Astros, who have already won the American League West title, moved within one win or one […]
21 hours ago
Argentina soccer coach Lionel Scaloni, left, talks to his staff as his players warm up during pract...
Associated Press

Scaloni to remain as Argentina coach through 2026 World Cup

HARRISON, N,J. (AP) — Lionel Scaloni will remain as Argentina’s national team coach through the 2026 World Cup. Chiqui Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association, made the announcement after Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over Jamaica in the Albiceleste’s next-to-last tuneup match for this year’s World Cup. “We continue to bet on the comprehensive national […]
21 hours ago
Boston Red Sox's Rafael Devers (11) is forced out at second base as Baltimore Orioles' Rougned Odor...
Associated Press

Orioles waste 4 homers in 13-9 loss to slumping Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — Baltimore wasted four homers, including two more by Anthony Santander, in a 13-9 loss to Triston Casas and the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night, hurting the Orioles’ chances of earning an AL wild card. Adley Rutschman and Ramón Urías also went deep, but Baltimore (80-74) lost for the third time in […]
21 hours ago
St. Louis Cardinals' Andrew Knizner hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball ...
Associated Press

Cardinals clinch NL Central title by beating Brewers 6-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL Central title Tuesday night by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 behind six strong innings from Miles Mikolas. Andrew Knizner hit a two-run homer and Goldschmidt added two RBIs as St. Louis sealed its first division crown since 2019 and fourth straight playoff […]
21 hours ago
A fan is tackled as he tries to take a picture of Argentina's player Lionel Messi during the second...
Associated Press

Messi 2 goals, accosted twice, Argentina tops Jamaica 3-0

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Lionel Messi responded to an in-game, on-field request for a signature with a signature goal. Messi scored two goals and was twice accosted by fans running on the field as Argentina extended its unbeaten streak to 35 matches over three years by beating Jamaica 3-0 on Tuesday night in its next-to-last […]
21 hours ago
Tampa Bay Rays' Taylor Walls, left, and Wander Franco celebrate after scoring on a double by Harold...
Associated Press

Ramirez’s double in 11th, Rays top Guards, tighten WC race

CLEVELAND (AP) — Harold Ramírez’s two-run double with two outs in the 11th inning gave Tampa Bay a 6-5 win over Cleveland on Tuesday night, helping the Rays tighten the AL wild-card race and ending the Guardians’ seven-game winning streak. The Rays closed within 1 1/2 games of Toronto for the wild-card lead. Ramírez, who […]
21 hours ago
A look at buyers and sellers from busy MLB trade deadline