It's August 1st, and the busiest day in the baseball rumor world is over. Teams can no longer make trades with each other, and contenders can no longer improve thier squads. But, who came out on top this Trade Deadline? And, who failed to do anything right?
The Cubs were the only seller to get rid of all their stars. Matt Garza, Scott Feldman, Scott Hairston, Carlos Marmol, and Alfonso Soriano were all dealt for an immense amount of prospects. The moves replenished their farm system, and it already looks as if the Cubs could be in contention in the NL Central within the next few years.
The O's attacked their problems at the deadline by acquiring key pieces in Francisco Rodriguez and Bud Norris. What's better is that the O's only had to give up three players, two of which are low level prospects. They not only acquired names that will help them in the Wild Card race, they didn't give up their future stars while doing it.
Chicago White Sox
Many people's opinions may vary on this, but I think the White Sox did a great job at the deadline. Although they only traded Jake Peavy, they did a great job of dealing him by recieving four prospects that included a very promising prospect in Avisail Garcia. The other prospects do also have promising careers, but they are not anywhere near reaching the big leagues. But, Garcia has been called "Mini Miguel Cabrera," and if that is anywhere near true, the White Sox are recieving a great prospect.
The Phillies could easily be in the "winner" category, especially with all their moveable players in the big leagues. They could have thrown themselves back into contention next year and beyond by just making a few moves. The Phillies did not make a single move. They're having their old veterans play it out, rather than have some young blood in Philly. That's why they're in the "loser" category.
New York Mets
There's an old saying, "Buy low, sell high." Marlon Byrd has been having a great season, and drew plenty of trade interest. He may not be able to keep up his numbers in future years, and would get a decent prospect in return for his power. I think the Mets should've traded Byrd, and given his position to a prospect.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox did make a good move in trading Peavy. But, just like the Phillies, I think they should've gotten rid of other players such as Alex Rios. They had an opportunity to gain a large sum of prospects, but failed to do so. They didn't do a good job overall at the Deadline.