As expected, all was quiet in Anaheim as the trade deadline passed Thursday. Dipoto had stated he didn’t want to give up big-league pieces and he’d already parted with six prospects this month, so there probably wasn’t really much the Halos could do, even if they’d wanted to. The rest of the division? Went crazy. The A’s, Mariners, and Astros were involved in a flurry of last-minute deals that saw a total of 16 players (!) move in and out of the AL West, most of whom were/are MLB players.
Here’s a brief breakdown of who went where, and what it might mean for the Halos down the stretch run:
Add: LHP Jon Lester, OF Jonny Gomes, OF Sam Fuld
Lose: OF Yoenis Cespedes, LHP Tommy Milone
Add: OF Austin Jackson, OF Chris Denorfia
Lose: INF Nick Franklin, OF Abraham Almonte, RHP Stephen Kohlscheen
Add: OF Jake Marisnick, 3B Colin Moran, RHP Francis Martes
Lose: OF Kiké Hernandez, RHP Jarred Cosart, OF Austin Wates
The biggest move, here, is Oakland’s addition of Jon Lester to its already potent rotation. They now have a top four of Lester, Jeff Samardzija, Scott Kazmir, and Sonny Gray, meaning the Angels’ chances of catching the A’s and avoiding a Wild Card coin-flip game just got that much bleaker. Oakland now has so much rotation depth that they literally tossed Tommy Milone — who hasn’t even entered his arbitration years yet — to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a guy they DFA-ed in April. Who does that?