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Sunday 20th Aug 2017

When the clock struck 4 PM ET last Thursday, the dust settled after a flurry on the final day of the non-waiver trade deadline for MLB. While the Boston Red Sox made the most noise on the final day, there certainly were moves from National League teams. A recap of the final day:

Arizona Diamondbacks – Sent Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers for Mitch Haniger, a 23-year-old former first-round pick who lost much of his first round luster, and Anthony Banda, a 20-year-old who was so far down the Brewers prospect list he was below the sub-basement. They also traded Martin Prado to the New York Yankees for catcher Peter O'Brien, a 24-year-old who has shown some power at Double-A with 23 home runs in 72 games.

Chicago Cubs – Traded Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell to the Atlanta Braves for Victor Caratini. Caratini was a catcher in the Braves organization but played third base in college. He might see a position change if the Cubbies see him as a better infielder than backstop. Atlanta got someone who can play all over the field and the southpaw bullpen help they wanted.

Miami Marlins – Sent outfielder Jake Marisnick, third baseman Colin Moran and right-hander Francis Martes to the Houston Astros for starting pitcher Jarred Cosart and outfielders Enrique Hernandez and Austin Wates. Cosart is a promising 24-year-old who might be better off at the end of the bullpen eventually. Hernandez has played in the outfield mostly this year but can play the middle infield as well. He’ll be a super utility player for Miami with a chance to eventually stick as a starter. Wates basically amounts to fodder in this deal.

St. Louis Cardinals – The Cards received right-handed starter John Lackey and 22-year-old Corey Littrell (a fifth-round draft pick in 2013) for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. St. Louis is hoping Lackey and the previously acquired Justin Masterson will bolster the starting rotation for the stretch run.

San Diego Padres – Traded outfielder Chris Denorfia to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Abraham Almonte and right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen.  Almonte was a former Yankees prospect who hasn’t done much in the Minors or in 25 games for Seattle last year. Kohlscheen is big (6’6”) but doesn’t have big potential. All you need to know is he’s 25 years old, hasn’t seen the Majors yet and was a 45th round pick in 2010.

Washington Nationals – Received shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for infielder Zach Walters. Cabrera has played five games at second base since the trade, replacing Danny Espinosa.

Even though the non-waiver deadline has passed, that doesn’t mean general managers are done wheeling and dealing. We are now in the waiver trade period. In this process, teams put players on waivers. The players could be claimed by any major league team. If a player is claimed by more than one team, the team lower in the standings in the same league wins the claim. The two teams then have the opportunity to work out a trade or the player’s original team can opt to let him go with the claiming team assuming the contract. Teams putting players on waivers usually have a team or two they would be willing to consummate a trade with. If the winning team in the waiver process isn’t any of them, then the team just pulls the player back from waivers. This is usually a shell game as teams can put up to seven players a day on waivers – many players they have no interest in trading.

One team that should be very active is the Philadelphia Phillies. After doing nothing before the deadline, they are in just as bad a position as they were before – an old team getting older with some big contracts they desperately need to unload. General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has stated he received many inquiries but none of them were worth the players they would be losing. But here the Phils sit with the same old players and big contracts and they’ll be a year older next year. They needed to dump some of those big contracts that are like an anchor around their necks. We’ll see if they pull the trigger this month. Reportedly, some players are willing to waive their no-trade clauses to go to a playoff contender. Evidently, Cliff Lee won’t be one of the players changing uniforms as he was again placed on the disabled list. The difference now is he has cleaned out his locker, which is a pretty good sign he’s done for the season, although nothing has officially been said.

Another team that didn’t do much was the Colorado Rockies. This didn’t sit well with super shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who said “something needs to change” with the team but stopped short of saying he wanted out.

Teams will now see what they can accomplish for this year or the future during the month of August.

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