Top 10 Winners of the MLB Trade Deadline

Top 10 Winners of the MLB Trade Deadline

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The 2014 MLB trade deadline has officially come to a close. What a day it was as there were a reported 10 transactions that took place between teams. Some came out winners with the necessary pieces to push for a postseason berth, while others will be regretting their trades for years to come. For now, the victors are whom we want to focus on. Here’s a look at the top 10 winners of the trade deadline.

10. Milwaukee Brewers

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10. Milwaukee Brewers

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The Milwaukee Brewers made only one transaction. Even though it wasn’t a flashy one, the addition of two-time Gold Glove outfielder Gerardo Parra is a move the team needed. It was imperative the Brewers upgrade their bench at the deadline and Parra definitely accomplishes that.

9. Washington Nationals

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9. Washington Nationals

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The Washington Nationals took a decent infield and made it better by acquiring Asdrubal Cabrera in a trade with the Cleveland Indians. Cabrera has struggled a bit at the plate this season, but Washington definitely needed to upgrade the infield due to Ryan Zimmerman dealing with a hamstring injury.

8. Atlanta Braves

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8. Atlanta Braves

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The Atlanta Braves improved their chances in the NL East by dealing for utility player Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell. Bonifacio can play several positions, which will give the Braves the opportunity to rest key players down the stretch. Meanwhile, Russell has posted a 3.51 ERA and five holds in 44 appearances for the Chicago Cubs this season.

7. David Price

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7. David Price

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David Price went from the lowly Tampa Bay Rays (53-55) to the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers (58-46). That right there is reason enough why he’s a winner at the deadline. Playing for the Tigers will also give Price more opportunities to showcase what he can do prior to becoming a free agent after the 2015 season.

6. Jon Lester

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6. Jon Lester

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Ace Jon Lester is a winner because he went from a team that is currently resting at the bottom of the AL East to the best team in baseball. The Oakland Athletics have to be thrilled to get a starting pitcher of Lester’s talent. By playing for the Athletics, he will get to show potential suitors that he can help another team win a World Series, which will only raise his stock price in free agency this winter.

5. New York Yankees

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5. New York Yankees

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The New York Yankees had already acquired third baseman Chase Headley, starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy and pitcher Chris Capuano prior to today. However, the team decided to take it another step further by trading for shortstop Stephen Drew and infielder Martin Prado. Drew is expected to play second base while Prado will fill in when necessary. Neither player is performing very well at the plate, but it still gives New York more players.

4. St. Louis Cardinals

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4. St. Louis Cardinals

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Even though the St. Louis Cardinals desperately needed to improve their offense, acquiring starting pitcher John Lackey in a trade with the Red Sox is a great consolation prize. On top of that, the team also dealt for starting pitcher Justin Masterson yesterday. Lackey has been rather impressive this season as evidence of his 11-7 record and 3.60 ERA on a last place team.

3. Oakland Athletics

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3. Oakland Athletics

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Some will question why the Athletics gave up talented outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for a player that will only be rented for the next two-plus months. The reason is because Oakland is determined to reach and win the World Series in 2014. Acquiring Lester makes that a realistic possibility, especially since he will join a rotation with Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, two other players the Athletics traded for earlier this month.

2. Detroit Tigers

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2. Detroit Tigers

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Just when it didn’t seem like the Tigers would make a move at the deadline, they shocked everyone by acquiring Price. With Oakland trading for Lester earlier in the day, the question was definitely how other AL teams would answer. As good as the Athletics are they will certainly have their hands full with the Tigers in the postseason once again.

1. Boston Red Sox

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1. Boston Red Sox

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The Red Sox are the clear favorites of the MLB trade deadline. They got rid of Lester, Lackey, Drew, Andrew Miller and Jonny Gomes in exchange for Cespedes, Joe Kelly, Allen Craig, Eduardo Rodriguez and Kelly Johnson. Boston did exactly what great organizations do in a losing season. Instead of sitting tight and dwelling on their current predicament, they were very active in trades to help build for next season.

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