Padres score big at trade deadline; Cards, White Sox, Astros strike out
In one of the most active trade deadlines in memory, a number of teams made pickups notable not just for their quality, but for their low price. At the other end of the spectrum, a number of contenders with holes sat out the deal-making, to their detriment, and one made themselves worse with a deal. Here are the trade deadline winners and losers:
The Padres also picked up
In neither of these deals did the Padres give up anything of note. Kluber, the best of the bunch, is a big 24-year-old whose pitching fairly well in the Texas League this season. He's headed to the Indians, for whom he'll have a chance to advance quickly. Even with that, Kluber was nowhere near the Padres' top 10 prospects over the winter; the prospect dealt for Tejada,
It's a disappointment for Astros fans, who now face a team that has dealt away its identity and has little chance of contending in the short- or medium-term. On the other hand,
More critically, the White Sox did nothing to address their offensive problems, and head into August with
Instead, the Cards chipped away at a marginal offense by dealing Ludwick, an above-average hitter and good defensive outfielder, to San Diego, which shipped a second-tier pitching prospect to Cleveland for Westbrook (and a third-tier one to the Cardinals to complete the deal). The Cardinals, fooled by
... and there'll be people wondering why the Cardinals keep losing 3-1. This trade of an above-average hitter for a below-average pitcher, is why.