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.

 

The Trade Deadline Will Separate The Contenders From The Pretenders

The Trade Deadline Will Separate The Contenders From The Pretenders

Today’s MLB trade deadline will let us know which teams are throwing in the towel on 2022, and who will be fighting for an opportunity to win it all. These are just a few scenarios from what is shaping up to be an extremely active deadline.

St. Louis Cardinals – Find Replacement for Jack Flaherty

Even with the MVP season first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is having, the Cardinals find themselves trailing the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central headed into the deadline. The pitching staff for the Cards has underperformed, partially due to injury. One pitcher in particular who has certainly been missed is Jack Flaherty. Jack only pitched eight innings in 2022 before a right shoulder strain landed him on the 60-day IL.

Flaherty has looked like a shell of the pitcher who went 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.060 WHIP in 2021.

Any talk of finding Jack’s replacement has been overshadowed by the Cardinals’ pursuit of Nationals superstar Juan Soto. A trade for Soto would come with a heavy price tag and unfortunately that would all but guarantee their No.1 overall prospect Jordan Walker would be on the move.

The 6’5, 220 third baseman has been raking at the Cardinals Double A affiliate in Texas, currently slashing .305/.389/.531 on the year. With Platinum Glove winner Nolan Arenado still in the fold for St.Louis at the hot corner combined with what it will take to acquire Soto or a quality arm to replace Flaherty, either move will see Walker hit the show for another ball club.

Milwaukee Brewers – How Trading Josh Hader affects Devin Williams

Devin Williams has been elite for the Brewers all season and has slid into the closer role flawlessly on more than one occasion. But after the Brewers decided to move on from current closer and fan favorite Josh Hader, it looks as if Devin may be spending a lot more time dominating the ninth innings for Milwaukee.

The Hader deal was structured around San Diego’s No. 7 prospect Robert Gasser and No. 28 Esteury Ruiz, who may challenge to replace MLBbro Lorenzo Cain, designated for assignment earlier this season. With Willams in the fold there is no need for Brewers fans to panic about the ninth innings.

However, if the aforementioned Cardinals are able to make some big moves, it will take a lot more than great relief pitching to maintain their lead in the NL Central.

Washington Nationals – Where Does Josh Bell end up ?

Now the two teams above are clearly buyers battling for playoff position, but unfortunately for the nation’s capital, the Nationals are nothing close.

Juan Soto may be the first name you hear leaked to trade talks in D.C, but first baseman Josh Bell’s name usually isn’t far behind.

Bell is having a career year right before being able to test free agency for the first time and the Nationals
will look to gain something before he walks.

Josh is hitting .302 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI and has made pitchers pay for trying to sneak breaking balls past him (.319 BA and SLG .511).

It’s rumored that Dusty Baker’s Astros have made a call about Bell, so we could
potentially see another major weapon added to the machine down in Houston.

Way Too Early Wild Card | Who Makes The Cut?

Way Too Early Wild Card | Who Makes The Cut?

The MLB wild card has provided us with great moments over the years, from classic single elimination games to underdog champions. This year, Major League Baseball has expanded the playoffs, which will without a doubt give us even more of those moments come October.

Now when we look at the current wild card rankings, remember that some of these teams still have a shot at winning their respective divisions. For others, they have no choice but to shoot for a wild card spot. 

Toronto Blue Jays – 54-43, 2 games up

Toronto was a team picked by many, even here at MLBbro.com, to win not only the AL East, but the American League pennant. However, the way Aaron Judge and the Yankees are playing, it looks like the wild card may be the Blue Jays best shot at a playoff berth.

George Springer has continued to produce for Toronto, slashing .333/.394/.433 collecting 10 hits and seven RBI over his last seven games. 

Seattle Mariners – 53-45, 0.5 games up

Now anytime we mention the Mariners, we have to say it—Seattle is looking to break the longest postseason drought in North American sports. Twenty years. Two decades. That’s how long it’s been since the Pacific Northwest has hosted a playoff game. 

Seattle came into this season with hopes of winning the division, but a horrible start to the season has put the Mariners in the same position they were in last season. Despite their failure to live up to preseason expectation, Seattle has blossomed into one of the most exciting clubs to watch in the league. 

 

 

J.P. Crawford has continued to be a solid leadoff man and a steady hand at short for a squad that has won seven of its last 10 ballgames. Their current pace would help them break that streak, but Crawford and Co. will need to be consistent. Only three games separate the last AL wild card spot from Cleveland, Baltimore and Chicago. 

Atlanta Braves – 59-40, 7.5 games up

The Braves came out flat to begin the year, and as a result have been playing catch-up to the New York Mets all season long. But if there’s any team that the National League doesn’t want to see as the wild card, it’s Atlanta. 

 

Atlanta has one of the best lineups in baseball, and that’s been without second baseman Ozzie Albies. Third baseman Austin Riley is an MVP candidate, and Ronnie Acuna Jr. still looks like one of the best young superstars in baseball. Combine all that with the arrival of MLBbro Michael Harris II, and you have one of the most dangerous teams in baseball. 

Harris II has provided gold glove caliber defense since day one in The Bigs, but what has been most impressive is his consistent contributions at the plate. In his last seven games, Money Mike is slashing .385/.407/577 with 10 hits, four RBI and four stolen bases. Harris’s production will be much needed the rest of the way, especially after losing OF Adam Duval for the rest of the season. 

San Diego – 55-44, 3.5 games up

Any hopes of a San Diego World Series run are relying on the return of superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. Tatis’ absence has allowed for young MLBbro C.J. Abrams to get some much-needed experience at the major league level. 

 

Although he’s only hitting .231 on the year, Abrams has done damage against the fastball, batting .310 with 18 hits including a homer and four doubles. The Padres are always active during the trade deadline, so reinforcements may be on the way soon.

Which Player Had The Greatest Season By An MLBbro In Yankees History ? | Aaron Judge Wants The Crown

Which Player Had The Greatest Season By An MLBbro In Yankees History ? | Aaron Judge Wants The Crown

The New York Yankees didn’t pay the man, so instead Aaron Judge has made opposing pitchers pay all season.

Judge has played with a chip on his shoulder all season, and so far, the results have been staggering. As of Monday morning, Judge was hitting .294 with an MLB-best 37 home runs. He also leads the American League in both runs scored (80) and runs batted in (81) and ranks second in slugging (.650) and OPS (1.026).

ESPN projections have Judge on pace for arguably the greatest offensive season in Yankees history, with his current 60-homer pace hovering around the historic mark Roger Maris set in 1961.

With Judge on the verge of history, let’s take a look at five of the greatest individual seasons by Black Yankees players. Despite individual success on a major scale, none of these seasons ended with a championship parade down Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes. Only time will tell if Judge can break that trend.

Elston Howard – 1963 – .287/.342/.528, 28 HR, 85 RBI, 75 R

 

One of only two Black catchers, and the only Black Yankee to win the MVP, Elston Howard had his best season at the age of 34 as the driving force behind a New York lineup that won the AL pennant with 104 wins.

Howard set career highs in home runs and runs scored and won the Gold Glove behind the plate. The powerful Pinstripes met their match in the World Series as they were swept by Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Reggie Jackson – 1980 – .300/.398/.597, 41 HR, 111 RBI, 94 R, 154 H

 

An All-Star all five years he spent in the Bronx, Mr. October put on a show in 1980. The two-time MVP set a career high in home runs for the Yankees en route to his first Silver Slugger Award. Jackson was unstoppable all season, but unfortunately that wasn’t enough to bring a World Series to the Yanks, who were eventually swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.

Dave Winfield – 1982 – .283/.345/.513, 32 HR, 116 RBI, 99 R, 169 H

 

Jeter’s documentary “The Captain” touched on the contentious relationship between “The Boss” George Steinbrenner and Winfield, but there wasn’t a soul who could discredit his contributions during the regular season, especially in 1982.

Winfield would finish top seven in MVP voting while collecting Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards that season. But like everyone else on the list, this great individual season didn’t result in a championship. The Yankees were swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.

Rickey Henderson – 1985 – .314/.419/.516, 24 HR, 28 2B, 72 RBI, 80 SB, 146 R

 

Rickey Henderson spent just under four seasons with the Yankees, but they were incredible seasons. Part of a lineup that featured Winfield and Don Mattingly, Henderson’s 1985 season, his first in pinstripes, may have been his best.

Rickey finished third in the MVP balloting to his teammate Mattingly, and won the Silver Slugger Award after leading the American League with a career-high 146 runs and finishing tops in stolen bases for the sixth consecutive season. His 282 total bases were the second-most of his career. New York won 97 regular season games, but failed to win their division and missed the postseason,

Derek Jeter – 2006 – .343/.417/.483, 14 HR, 97 RBI, 118 R, 214 H

 

Derek Jeter, aka “The Captain”, could have made this list several times over, but 2006 was a special year. Jeter posted the second-highest batting average of his career while setting a career high in RBI during the phase of his career where most players begin to decline.

Jeter’s season was remarkable and earned him his highest finish in the MVP voting as he finished second to Justin Morneau. He also won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger as New York won an AL-best 97 games, but the Yankees went on to lose 3-1 in the ALDS to the Detroit Tigers.

MLBbros Drive NL Division Leaders As Second Half Of 2022 Season Blasts Off

MLBbros Drive NL Division Leaders As Second Half Of 2022 Season Blasts Off

Before the break, we broke down the American League division leaders and the MLBbros who helped to make that happen. We even saw two of the bros we mentioned, Yankees Slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, win the All-Star game for the American League Tuesday night in Los Angeles. 

Stanton was the MVP.

Now that the second half of the season is underway, let’s take an MLBbro.com look at the three National League division leaders. There are two pretty tight races brewing in the NL East and NL Central, while Mookie and the Dodgers are running away with the West. Let’s take a look at who’s holding it down up top.

NL East

New York Mets – 58-35, 2.5 games up

For a while it looked like the Mets were going to run away with the NL East. Armed with a gang of new talent acquired this offseason, New York shot out of the gates and took a commanding lead in their division. Injuries to starters Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer slowed them a bit, but the Mets closed out the first half winning six of ten.

Taijuan Walker has once again been a steady hand the Mets pitching staff needs as they await the return of their Ace. Walker is currently 7-2 with a 2.55 ERA with a 20.1% K rate to go with his 6.9% walk rate. The Mets will need to remain consistent throughout the second half, or they may see Michael Harris II and the Atlanta Braves leapfrog them in the standings.

NL Central 

Milwaukee Brewers – 50-43, 0.5 games up

The All-Star break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Brewers, who went into the break losing seven of their last 10. The bullpen is still dominant but unfortunately for Devin and the pen, the Brewers offense has proven to come up short as the competition rises. 

 

 

When called upon, Williams has been lights out. Over his last seven games, Devin has thrown 7 innings and only given up three hits while striking out 13 batters. He has filled in perfectly at closer when needed, saving six games over the Brewers last 30. 

Hitters simply can’t touch Devin, and honestly that might be putting it lightly. On the year, hitters are batting .187 against his all-world changeup and .085 against his 4-seamer. The man is ELITE, hopefully the Brew Crew can score enough runs to really take advantage of his elite ability.

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers – 60-30, 10.0 games up

Everything is going exactly how it should be in Hollywood. The Dodgers signed Silver Slugger Freddie Freeman in the offseason and added him to a lineup that was already one of the most dangerous in all of baseball. Freeman has fit right in, and the Dodgers look poised to make another trip to the NLCS.

Mookie Betts hit 20 bombs with 47 RBI enroute to another All-Star appearance and made an emphatic statement with his pregame wardrobe while he was there. Mookie has been very selective at the plate this season, and according to Baseball Savant he ranks in the 91% percentile in both whiff% and chase rate. 

Dave Roberts has his guys firing on all cylinders, and it will be tough for anyone in the West to catch LA.