The 2022 Trade Deadline Came And Went; Here’s What That Meant For Some MLBbros Around The League

The 2022 Trade Deadline Came And Went; Here’s What That Meant For Some MLBbros Around The League

Some of the moves made at this year’s trade deadline will turn out to mean nothing, while others may be the difference between winning a division crown or scrapping for a wild card spot. It’s still too early to determine winners/losers, but let’s take a look at who on paper made the best moves.

 

San Diego Padres

No team in the major leagues made more noise at the deadline than the San Diego Padres, something that has rang true the last several trade deadlines. The Padres understand that in order to knock off a juggernaut like the Los Angeles Dodgers, you have to stockpile talent in a similar fashion.

Acquiring a generational talent like Juan Soto along with a lights out closer in Josh Hader would be enough for most squads, but the Padres wanted more. Along with Soto, San Diego scooped up switch hitting first baseman Josh Bell. On Tuesday we spoke about how Bell could find himself on a playoff contender after the break, and here we are.

Two of our young MLB bros were a part of this deal, as shortstop C.J. Abrams and outfielder James Wood will make their way to Washington to join starting pitcher Josiah Gray as a part of the Nationals core of young talent.

 

 

New York Yankees

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have done the bulk of the heavy lifting for the Bronx Bombers this year, even with Stanton’s recent trip to the IL. Brian Cashman may have slipped up this offseason when he didn’t extend Judge, but he was on point at the deadline.

The Yankees acquired starter Frankie Montas, relievers Lou Trivino and Scott Efforts along with former Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi from KC and look poised to make a World Series Run. Every pitcher the Yanks traded for is under team control, which means that if they can resign Judge in the offseason there will be plenty of help in every aspect already with the team.

It’s officially the World Series or bust in the Bronx, a feeling they haven’t had in awhile.

 

Minnesota Twins

The Twins are trying to hold off both Cleveland and Chicago, so standing pat simply wasn’t an option for Byron Buxton’s squad. The Twins acquired one of the best closers in the game this season when they plucked Jorge Lopez from the Orioles, and then added even more pitching by acquiring Cincinnati starter Tyler Mahle before the deadline passed.

Buxton and the Twins will have their hands full down to close the season, but the fact that Minnesota was the most active team in the division should give them plenty of confidence headed into the home stretch.

 

 

Houston Astros

After losing the World Series AND superstar shortstop Carlos Correa, there were some around baseball who wondered just what Dusty Baker’s ballclub would look like going forward. Fast forward to the midpoint of the season and Baker’s boys look poised at another World Series run.

Like most great front offices, the Astros braintrust saw this and decided to stockpile more weapons as we head into the playoff push. They acquired Trey Mancini from the forever rebuilding Baltimore Orioles and Christian Vazquez from the Red Sox, two players who project to contribute immediately for the Stros.

 

How Does the Future Of MLBBro Josh Bell Fit In With the Juan Soto Trade Situation?

How Does the Future Of MLBBro Josh Bell Fit In With the Juan Soto Trade Situation?

Almost a month to the day MLBbro.com did a feature on the future of Josh Bell (who some believed was playing well enough to participate in this year’s All-Star game) on the potential trade rumors surrounding him. Even though the Washington Nationals were very pleased with our MLBbro’s production this season, it was clear that signing Juan Soto to a long term extension was their first priority. Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo made that clear during spring training.

“Josh Bell is a guy that we really like, we made a trade for,” Rizzo said. “We’re concentrating on seeing if we can get something done with Juan Soto first. Like I said before, he’s our No.1 priority and we’re going to attack that one before we move on to anybody else.”

 

 

What a difference 30 days make. The Nationals “attacked” and “concentrated” on their No.1 priority to the tune of a 15-year $440 million extension offer which was considerably higher than the 13-year, $350 million offer before the lockout. Soto declined the offer and the trade rumors took off, attaching him to possible teams with the financial resources to afford arguably the most decorated slugger of this era going forward. It didn’t take long for theories of Juan Soto being a pawn in the contract negotiations between the New York Yankees and Aaron Judge…

 

 

For the record, NO ONE on the MLBbro.com staff believes that Judge will don no other uniform other than the Yankees pinstripes due to the fact that he is hitting homers like he has personal
stock in Major League pitching.

If there was a conspiracy theory that the Yankees were trying to use Soto as a bargaining piece, our top MLBBro sent out yet another reminder of who he is and what he accomplishes on a consistent basis.

 

His four homers against the Kansas City Royals this week sent his home run total to 42 in only 101 games which is the third highest total since 2000 behind Barry Bonds 42 and Luis Gonzalez’s 41, both in 2001.

But with Juan Soto almost certainly to be traded at some point and even though the Yankees are interested, they will never let Judge walk because of a low bridge offer. So, where does that leave Josh Bell?

With Soto’s potential departure, Bell’s stock may have risen considerably since Washington gave him a one year, $10 million deal last offseason just to avoid arbitration. Unlike Juan Soto, our MLBbro is a free agent after this season and his production this season has made sure that he will have numerous suitors up until the trade deadline on Aug. 2nd. MLBbro.com listed the

Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins were potential suitors last month. Now it seems that the Houston Astros are in the mix making a strong effort to land Bell according to MLB on Fox.

 

Whether it be the Astros or the Milwaukee Brewers (another team in the hunt) that lands Bell, they will be getting instant production to build a postseason roster. Our MLBbro currently has a .302 batting average with an impressive .877 OPS and 13 home runs in only 99 games.

It seems that Josh Bell understands the business surrounding him and his talk weeks ago with The Athletic’s David Aldridge shows that he enjoys the organization and the DC area.

“It’s one of those things where it’s kind of out of my hands,” Bell said. “We’ll definitely see what happens. But I think the organization knows how pleased I am being here, with the city and all that, and with the community as a whole. I think this organization does pretty much everything. So I’m definitely happy to throw on the Nationals jersey.”

Very classy words to describe a team with the worst record in the major leagues. But if Bell is traded, it’s almost certain that he will be moved to a winning situation and playing games that matter, which is something that he is definitely ready for.

“I feel like it’s one of the things that you strive to be in as a kid,” Bell told reporters. “It’s a scenario where the game’s on the line, you want the bat in your hands, you want the opportunity to win it. So that’s what makes this game fun.”

What’s going to be fun for baseball fans is this upcoming weekend with the trade deadline fast approaching on Tuesday.

Dusty Baker Thinks MLB Hall Of Fame Voters Are Playing Favorites | If David Ortiz Is In Then Barry Bonds Shouldn’t Be Waiting For Induction

Dusty Baker Thinks MLB Hall Of Fame Voters Are Playing Favorites | If David Ortiz Is In Then Barry Bonds Shouldn’t Be Waiting For Induction

One of the greatest managers in the history of Baseball is not happy with whom the Hall of Fame voters have left out of Cooperstown.

Dusty Baker, the current manager of the Houston Astros, recently said how ridiculous it is that Barry Bonds is not a part of the MLB class of 2022 Hall of Fame. He believes that players like Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire should have their own plaque and are being treated unfairly by the committee.

Everyone assumes that Bonds was one of the many players who were a part of the steroid era, but it is key to remember that he was never suspended from the MLB for PEDs, nor did he ever test positive with the league. However, as much as Bonds denies it, a lot of people believe that he did and therefore his home run record is tainted.

“The voters (supposedly) like guys of high character, guys with no marks or any suspicions about their reputation — or maybe it’s how you treated the media,” Baker said last Monday to NBC Sports. He believes that Bonds not getting in is due to the stigma between him and the media and has nothing to do with the allegations made against him. Bonds was known to not be too friendly with the writers. People like Baker think that the media is getting revenge against Bonds for his treatment of them.

“When you talk about the best of that era, people always want you admit this or that. Well, Mark McGwire admitted and he’s not in. He should be in, too,” he also said in the interview. He feels that if David Ortiz, a player who had a positive test for PEDs back in 2003, but very much denied it, has no problem getting in, then so shouldn’t Bonds nor McGwire. Baker is a big believer in trying to forgive people for their mistakes in the game as he believes that everyone slips up and no one is perfect. He emphasized that last season with the Astros by saying fans should start to try and forgive them for their huge mistake with the scandal in 2017, and made a point of this with the media, Bonds and McGwire, and Cooperstown.

Keep in mind that Bonds and Baker have a very solid relationship with one another, as he managed him for 10 seasons, from 1993 to 2002. Bonds helped get Baker the closest he has ever gotten to a title: Game 7 of the World Series. A world Series ring is the one thing that is missing from his outstanding managerial career.

Baker, in his third season with the Astros, has helped lead them to the third-best record in the league and is primed for another deep postseason run. He has done everything imaginable to get his own plaque in Coopertown and if he can finally climb the one hill he has not been able to conquer, it will be the cherry on top.

An MLBbro.com Breakdown In the AL MVP Race Between Aaron Judge and Yordan Alvarez

An MLBbro.com Breakdown In the AL MVP Race Between Aaron Judge and Yordan Alvarez

It’s hard to believe that the All-Star game is getting closer and closer with some of the best
individual performances from multiple players dominating the headlines. But it seems the
MLBbros will be well represented this year with their outstanding starts in the first half of the
season.

But after the Summer Classic is over, the conversation will definitely go to who is going to win the
AL MVP award while teams are making their runs for the postseason. But while reigning MVP
Shohei Ohtani’s play will command votes for a back to back reign, two MLBbros are battling to
compete against the Los Angeles Angels superstar. Those two are Aaron Judge of the New
York Yankees and Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros.

It’s hard to miss the accomplishments of Aaron Judge due to the fact that he is thriving this
season while embroiled in contentious negotiations with the Yankees that led to a $19
million deal that only quiets things down to the end of this season. With that storyline out of the
way, it opens up the spotlight to things shown in this highlight video here.

But these are just 20 of the homers that our MLBbro put in the seats. As of this writing, Judge is
up to 30 dingers that currently lead the majors along with RBI at 64. Throw in the fact that he
had 39 in all of 2021 which is considered by experts as being a down year, this MLBbro is
perceived as the best power hitter in baseball. But despite his outstanding season, media pundits
sometimes take the storyline over the overall production of said player.

Judge has the opportunity for a comeback story if he can match or surpass the 52 home runs he hit in
2017. Since that, he hasn’t reached that number, but piling up huge numbers playing for the franchise with the biggest media market in the country could land him a lot of votes. The narrative of betting on himself will play a part at the end whether it’s fair or not.

But this is not to say that Aaron Judge is not deserving. Along with his home run barrage, he has made the adjustments needed to cut down on the strike outs that plagued him the past few seasons. His slashes of .287/.366/.627 with an OPS of .993 makes him the most feared and well known power hitter in baseball.

But he is not the only dominant power hitter in the majors. MLB.com would like to introduce
another player into the MVP conversation…Yordan Alvarez.

Yes, baseball fans THIS MLBbro currently is at the top of the baseball world as the hottest hitter
in the game. At this point, the guy with the nickname “Air Yordan” is slashing at a .312/.410/.665
rate and is closing on Judge’s HR lead with 26 after yet another blast a few days ago against
the Kansas City Royals.

Right now, Alvarez is on pace to have the best season of his career and join an
exclusive club of players who have hit 45 home runs while batting over .300 with an on base
percentage of over .400 since 2005 according to The Analyst.

While Judge has worked hard to improve on his discipline at the plate, Alvarez has almost
cleaned up his mistakes to the point that he almost has no weaknesses. After fanning 145 times
to only 50 walks last season, his patience has brought him as many walks (42) as strikeouts
(53).

His constant hitting improvements at the plate have brought comparisons to Hall of Famer, “Big
Papi” David Ortiz. Both are left-handed power hitters with precision for making
contact to all areas of the field. At the end of the season, whomever takes the AL MVP award will come down to advanced statistics or the media storyline because both players are dominating at a high level. While Judge is box office material with his power, Alvarez is an analytics dream.

If Yordan overtakes Judge as MVP for his offensive exploits and if both players stay at this level, it
will come down their RAW value.

RAW value is the analysis of the outcomes of pitches as opposed to overall at-bats. The
rankings are based on the discipline of laying off pitches out of the strike zone and hitting
available strikes. Yordan is performing better than Judge in the three phases of overall
hitting: the discipline to read strikes, making consistent contact and the impact of the hit that
influences the game. Alvarez is outperforming Judge here as well between the power hitters.

What does all of this mean? It means that the AL MVP award will be in the MLBbro camp no
matter what if these two MLBbros continue at the rate they are going. At this point, both are
unstoppable at the plate. Maybe one will definitely get next year’s MLBbro.com’s Player of the Year Award like recent winner Marcus Semien.