Deadline Review: AL East

Boston Red Sox

Did most of their work before the deadline acquiring utility players Aaron Hill and Michael Martinez, reliever Brad Ziegler, and All Star Drew Pomeranz.  They did make one deadline deal in picking up lefty specialist Fernando Abad. 

Grade: B  The Sox filled their needs as they amassed a right handed bat, starting pitching help, and a back end reliever, but they missed out on Chris Sale.

New York Yankees

The Yankees were busy this week.  For the first time in what seems to be my lifetime the Yanks were sellers at the deadline.  And they brought quite a haul back.  They first traded fireball closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Top 100 prospect Gleyber Torres, swingman Adam Warren, and outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford.  They then sold off another back end bullpen piece in Andrew Miller.  The trade yielded promising young outfielder Clint Frazier and pitchers Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen.  The next man to go was veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran.  The fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, Dillon Tate, joins Erik Swanson and Nick Green as the players also shipped over.  In somewhat minor deals, the Yankees also traded Ivan Nova to the Pirates and acquired Tyler Clippard from the Diamondbacks.

Grade: A  The Yankees have bought into rebuild mode and now have critical pieces for the future.  Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier should be fun to watch together.  

Baltimore Orioles

It was a relative quiet deadline for the O’s.  They procured Rays infielder Steve Pearce and Mariners workhorse Wade Miley in separate deals.  Wade Miley should help eat innings along with newly signed reliever Logan Ondrusek.  

Grade:  C Like getting socks for Christmas. 

Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays were also busy during the deadline searching for pitching upgrades.  They are bringing in Fransico Liriano and his 5.46 ERA.  Prospects Harold Ramirez and Reese McGuire also head North from Pittsburgh in exchange for Drew Hutchison.  Scott Feldman and Mike Bolsinger come in the form of bullpen help.  Melvin Upton, formerly B.J., was also added as a right handed bat. 

Grade: B- They made some good deals while not giving up much but, their acquisitions won’t put this roster over the top.  None of the players brought in will dynamically change this team (not necessarily a bad thing).

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays were also in position to tear down at the deadline.  They shipped off 27 year old starter Matt Moore to San Fran for youngsters Matt Duffy, Lucius Fox (what a name), and Michael Santos.  Brandon Guyer was also moved to Cleveland in exchange for Nathan Lukes and pitcher Jhonleider Salinas.  As mentioned above, Steve Pearce was moved to Baltimore.

Grade: Grabbed some intriguing players from San Francisco but overall, just meh.

Look for other division reviews coming this week from other WalkOff Report writers.




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