Despite the unusual circumstances, many teams still engaged in the yearly practice of buying and selling at the trade deadline. Let’s look at the trades that took place prior to this year’s deadline:
After solidifying rotation, Toronto adds a hitter
Toronto is receiving Jonathan Villar from the Marlins in return for outfielder Griffin Conine. Miami both bought and sold at the deadline, after acquiring Starling Marte. Griffin Conine was listed as Toronto’s 16th-best prospect. Jonathan Villar is hitting .259 with a .660 OPS in 2020.
After getting Jose Martinez, Cubs continue to bolster their roster
After trading for Jose Martinez, the Cubs acquired Cameron Maybin from Detroit, Andrew Chafin from Arizona, and Josh Osich from Boston. For Maybin, Chicago sent prospect Zack Short to Detroit. For Chafin and Osich, the players Detroit is sending to Arizona and Boston have yet to be named.
Rockies stay busy, add Pillar
The Rockies have struggled to find somebody that can both play center field and provide tough at-bats in the lineup, and Kevin Pillar can do just that. While he might not be the elite center fielder he once us, he’s an upgrade over anyone currently on the Rockies’ active roster, and he’s hitting .274 with a .795 OPS. The Red Sox will receive a player to be named later, cash, or international amateur signing bonus space.
Blue Jays acquire third starter pitcher, get Ross Stripling from the Dodgers
After trading for Taijuan Walker and Robbie Ray, the Blue Jays continued pushing chips into the middle of the table and acquired Ross Stripling from the Dodgers. The players the Dodgers will receive in return have yet to be named. Toronto’s rotation has been riddled with injuries and receives much-needed support. Meanwhile, Los Angeles was willing to part with the talented but struggling pitcher after the emergence of youngsters Dustin May, Julio Urias, and Tony Gonsolin.
Diamondbacks sell off a few more pieces
The Diamondbacks traded closer Archie Bradley to the Reds in return for Stuart Fairchild, Josh VanMeter, and cash considerations. They also received Caleb Smith, Humberto Mejia, and a player to be named later from Miami in return for outfielder Starling Marte. The Diamondbacks, currently last in the NL Central, capped off a busy deadline of selling.
Mets make a few last-minute moves
The New York Mets have acquired Robinson Chirinos and Todd Frazier from the Rangers in return for players to be named later. Additionally, they sent prospect Kevin Smith to Baltimore in return for relief pitcher Miguel Castro. With the expanded playoffs, even at 15-20, the Mets are right in the middle of the playoff race.
Phillies add one more bullpen piece, receive David Phelps from Milwaukee
Last week the Phillies kicked off the trade season by acquiring two relievers from the Red Sox. In one last move before the deadline, the Phillies have acquired reliever David Phelps from Milwaukee. Phelps, who has a sub-three ERA in 13 innings pitched in 2020, should make an immediate impact in the Phillies’ struggling bullpen.
Blue Jays get Robbie Ray
Arizona sends starting pitcher Robbie Ray to Toronto in return for pitcher Travis Bergen. This was the first of many players the Diamondbacks chose to sell off this deadline. Meanwhile, Toronto beefed up their rotation sitting at 18-15, and are currently holding the eighth playoff spot in the American League.
Oakland trades for Mike Minor
The Athletics have acquired starting pitcher Mike Minor from the rangers for two players to be named later. The talented Mike Minor has struggled in 2020. He’s 0-5 with a 5.60 ERA. However, his last outing as a Ranger was promising, pitching six scoreless innings against the Dodgers.
San Diego continues buying, lands Clevinger in blockbuster deal
San Diego acquires Mike Clevinger, Greg Allen, and a player to be named later in exchange for Josh Naylor, Austin Hedges, Cal Quantrill, Gabriel Arias, Joey Cantillo, and Owen Miller. Arias, Cantillo, and Miller were all top-11 prospects in San Diego’s farm system. Undoubtedly the biggest trade this season, San Diego capped off an extremely busy weekend with the acquisition of a bonafide ace in Clevinger.
Padres add second catcher, continue buying
Padres receive Austin Nola in a seven-player deal. The Padres, in addition, receive relievers Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla. Mariners receive top prospect Taylor Trammell, as well as Ty France, Luis Torrens, and Andres Munoz. With the addition of Nola and Jason Castro, the Padres have now completely revamped their catching rotation.
Padres add catcher Jason Castro
San Diego sends prospect Gerardo Reyes to the Angels in return for veteran catcher Jason Castro. Castro, who has made a living in recent years as a solid backup catcher, will continue to play this role for the contending Padres, who also traded for catcher Austin Nola from the Mariners.
Baltimore continues selling, sends reliever Mychal Givens to Rockies
Baltimore receives Tyler Nevin, Terrin Vavra, and a player to be named later from Colorado in return for reliever Mychal Givens. Givens, one of the more popular trade targets this deadline, has a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings pitched in 2020. At 30 years old, Given has another year of control after 2020. After the trade, MLB updated Baltimore’s prospect list and Vavra is now their 13th-ranked prospect and Nevin is at 23.
Cubs add power bat with Jose Martinez
The Cubs acquire Jose Martinez in return for two players to be named later. Martinez, who had been a central piece in the Cardinals lineup for a few years, was in his first year with the Rays. Martinez has a career OPS of nearly .900 against lefties, and has team control through 2022.
Braves add Tommy Milone from Baltimore
Braves add veteran Tommy Milone from Baltimore for a pair of players to be named later. After losing Mike Soroka for the year and DFAing Mike Foltynewicz, The Braves desperately needed rotation help. Outside of Cy Young contender Max Fried, there has been little consistently. While Milone hasn’t been spectacular, he’ll provide much-needed consistency.
San Diego adds first baseman Mitch Moreland
Padres send prospects Jeisson Rosario and Hudson Potts to Boston in return for Mitch Moreland. This was undoubtedly one of San Diego’s less splashy moves, but will still have a significant impact on their 2020 season. Moreland, traditionally an average hitter, is having an exceptional year. He’s hitting .328 with a 1.177 OPS and will bolster an already dangerous lineup.
Kansas City sends prized bullpen arm Rosenthal to the Padres
Kansas City receives Edward Olivares and a player to be named later from San Diego in return for reliever Trevor Rosenthal. It didn’t take long for teams to begin coveting a few bullpen arms out of Kansas City, nor did it take long for San Diego to realize they would be contending in 2020. Rosenthal has a 3.29 ERA over 13.2 innings pitched in 2020, and has been especially tough on lefties. Rosenthal stands to play a big role in the struggling bullpen for the playoff-bound Padres. According to MLB, Olivares is now the Royals 22nd-ranked prospect.
Tommy La Stella to the Athletics
The Athletics acquire Tommy La Stella in exchange for Franklin Barreto. Tommy La Stella is a free agent after the 2020 season, and Barreto is under team control through 2024. La Stella, an All-Star in 2019, is hitting well and will provide an excelent boost in the Athletics lineup. The Angels currently are not contending for a playoff spot, and La Stella is an impending free agent. Barreto, who is still only 24, has struggled as a big leaguer in his four years with the Athletics.
Blue Jays acquire Taijuan Walker
The Mariners sent Taijuan Walker to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later. Walker was the first of three starting pitchers the Blue Jays would eventually trade for. Walker, who is returning from Tommy John surgery rehab, has been a pleasant story in 2020. After being released by Arizona and looked over as a free agent option by most teams in the offseason, Walker was given a chance with Seattle and went 3-2 with a 3.27 ERA over six starts.
White Sox trade for outfielder Jarrod Dyson
The White Sox, who lost Leurys Garcia for the year, traded for center fielder Jarrod Dyson from the Pirates. Dyson will likely be a depth piece for the White Sox, who are playing Luis Robert in center field every day and aren’t in much need for more offense. Dyson, who has passable numbers against righties, will likely platoon for Robert, Engel, and Jiminez against tough righties.
Philadelphia bulsters their bullpen
The Phillies swapped pitchers with the Red Sox, acquiring relievers Heath Hembree, Brandon Workman, and cash considerations in exchange for Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. With one of the league’s worst bullpens in 2020, the contending Phillies receive much-needed help.