MLB Trade Deadline Updates

In the past 48 hours, many prominent names in Major League Baseball have been in the headlines. Cole Hamels signed a $144 million extension, Ichiro was traded to the Evil Empire that is the New York Yankees, Hanley was traded to Hollywood, and Wandy Rodriguez was traded to the surprising NL Central division leading Pirates. 

By resigning Cole Hamels, the Phillies have assured themselves of having their core of pitchers together for another 3 seasons, along with the fact that they wanted to show they are committed to winning in the years upcoming. While the price tag may seem steep, Hamels has been one of the main integral parts of the Phillies current run of playoff teams, he won the World Series MVP in 2008, and has been consistent starter for the Phillies ever since.

In the same division, Hanley Ramirez aka El Niño, was traded out west to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Randy Choate for Nathan Eovaldi and a minor league pitcher. Which is surprising to many is that Ramirez, when healthy and has his head all the way there, is an elite hitter and can change the dynamic of any lineup. Ramirez may come with a hefty contract and some baggage, but he no doubt will improve the Dodgers immediately, and will be under team control for another 2 seasons.

Over to the NL Central, the Houston Astros traded Wandy Rodriguez, in the division to the surprisingly contending Pittsburgh Pirates. (When was the last time you said that this late in July). Rodriguez had been rumored to be on the move this trading deadline, just a little shocking that he went to the Pittsburgh Pirates. This bolsters and already impressive staff led by the resurgent A.J. Burnett, Jason McDonald and Erik Bedard. I’m not sure if the PIrates are done shopping but this gives them a legitimate chance to contend down the stretch with 4 quality starters.

Lastly Ichiro Suzuki, who had been with the Seattle Mariners since coming to the U.S. in 2001, was traded to the New York Yankees on Monday for 2 minor league pitchers. To me this trade is ridiculous, Danny Farquhar is on his 4th organization this season and D.J. Mitchell has been struggling all season. The Yankees are able to fill the void left by Brett Gardner, who is out of the season due to elbow surgery, with a great hitter who is sure to fit in the lineup great.

Now for the final 7 days left until the trade deadline it should be interesting to see who is moved and who stays put. Teams like the Dodgers, Athletics, Angels, Rangers, and Nationals are teams who for sure will be buyers, but at what expense. Will they be willing to part with top prospects? Only time will tell and it should be a wild week!

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