MLB trade deadline 2022: Winners and losers from busy day in baseball

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals hugs Manny Machado (13) of the San Diego Padres during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium July 18, 2022, in Los Angeles.

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What a time the 2022 MLB trade deadline was.

Baseball might have seen the biggest trade in league history, and there were plenty of other big splashes in the days leading up to the 6 p.m. ET deadline.

There were also moves and non-moves that had to be disappointing for some fans.

Here are the winners and losers from the trade deadline.

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Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals hugs Manny Machado (13) of the San Diego Padres during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium on July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles.
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Winner: San Diego Padres

The Padres took home the biggest prize: Juan Soto.

And that’s not all. Despite being essentially out of the race for the NL West, the Padres are doing what the Los Angeles Angels couldn’t do for their superstar, Mike Trout. The Padres are providing Fernando Tatis Jr. with an all-star team. The Padres acquired Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers and also acquired Josh Bell in the Soto trade. They also hit late and got Brandon Drury from the Reds.

The Padres are going for it, and it looks like October will be fun in Southern California.

Winner: New York Yankees

The Yankees have the best record in baseball, but were recently humiliated by going 2-7 against the Houston Astros and New York Mets. They had clear holes in the rotation, bullpen and outfield and filled them all by adding Frankie Montas, Scott Effross and Andrew Benintendi. If he wasn’t convinced the Yanks were legitimate World Series contenders, these moves should move that needle.

Admittedly, the Jordan Montgomery-for-Harrison Bader trade is a bit confusing, but it begs the question: Was Montgomery going to have a role in the postseason?

The Yankees also got rid of a struggling Joey Gallo.

Andrew Benintendi of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a fly ball during the ninth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals on July 28, 2022 in New York.

Andrew Benintendi of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a fly ball during the ninth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals on July 28, 2022 in New York.
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Winner: Minnesota Twins

Historically, the Twins haven’t done well in the postseason when they qualify. But as long as they’re at the dance, they have a chance. The Twins took advantage of their silent division rivals and made some much-needed improvements while leading the AL Central by just one game.

On Deadline Day, they got Michael Fulmer and Tyler Mahle for their rotation, and acquired All-Star reliever Jorge Lopez from the Baltimore Orioles. They didn’t exactly shine a light on the deadline, but they were active and did what they had to do in an effort to distance themselves in the division and become a postseason threat.

Winner: Seattle Mariners

They landed the best pitcher on the trade market in Luis Castillo, who is also under team control through the 2024 season. It took a lot to get there, but the Mariners see an opportunity to make the postseason for the first time in more than 20 years. and they go for it.

Like the Padres, Seattle has a young stud in Julio Rodriguez and wants to make his tenure worthwhile. Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis is back and while he’s struggling, Robbie Ray is still the defending Cy Young winner. A team already built for the postseason now has an anchor at the front of its rotation with a bullpen that has been elite.

The Mariners won 90 games last year and missed the postseason in Game 162. The Mariners have the longest postseason drought in baseball and now have a realistic chance of playing in October for the first time since their 116-win campaign in 2001.

Luis Castillo of the Cincinnati Reds throws during a game against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park on July 27, 2022 in Cincinnati.

Luis Castillo of the Cincinnati Reds throws during a game against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park on July 27, 2022 in Cincinnati.
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Loser: Baltimore Orioles

Three weeks ago, fans expected the O’s to be sellers. But then they went on an outright streak, winning 10 in a row, and entered deadline day over .500. But that didn’t stop the franchise from giving away Trey Mancini and Jorge Lopez, who was its only All-Star this year. It would have been nice to see a team that got fired up and put themselves in the wild-card race (they’re only 2.5 games behind) go for it, or at least not sell.

Loser: Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays could be the biggest disappointment of the season. They were everyone’s favorite team heading into the season. However, they are 12 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Yes, they’re the wild-card leaders by a healthy margin, but a couple of teams chasing them (Minnesota and Seattle) got better, while Toronto didn’t do much.

At the buzzer, the Blue Jays acquired Whit Merrifield, but he’s been a shadow of his former self, at -0.2 bWAR and hitting just .240 with a .643 OPS, hardly an upgrade for a team that needed him. Merrifield was not previously vaccinated against the coronavirus, which barred him from entering Canada.

Loser: New York Mets

The Mets saw just about every other team achieve their primary goals. The Mets were reportedly interested in Josh Bell, Trey Mancini, JD Martinez, Willson Contreras and David Robertson, to name a few.

They didn’t get any of them.

It’s hard to blame owner Steve Cohen. The Mets rank first with the franchise’s highest payroll of all time and were by far the winners of the offseason. Still, the Mets have some glaring holes, and Cohen and general manager Billy Eppler were mostly silent.

They got a much-needed reliever in Mychel Givens of the Chicago Cubs, who will likely set up Edwin Diaz, but one probably won’t be enough for that bullpen. And the Mets did nothing to improve their poor designated hitter and catcher spots. They’re heading down the stretch with hardly any improvement on the list.

New York Mets owner Steven A. Cohen speaks at the dedication ceremony for the Tom Seaver statue before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on April 15, 2022 in New York City. York.

New York Mets owner Steven A. Cohen speaks at the dedication ceremony for the Tom Seaver statue before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on April 15, 2022 in New York City. York.
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Loser: Cleveland Guardians/Chicago White Sox

Both teams are within three games of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. The White Sox are the defending division champions with young talent. So it was surprising to see them stand still. The Guardians have a perennial MVP candidate in José Ramírez, a surprise All-Star in Andrés Giménez and are just one game behind in what has been a surprisingly good season for them.

As the Twins improved with three big moves, both Cleveland and Chicago held their ground. The Twins did not enter the deadline as undisputed leaders of the division. But after Tuesday, the Twins may need to be considered favorites down the stretch.

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