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2016 Trade Deadline Impact

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A look at how the big names that changed uniforms at the trade deadline are doing with their new clubs

The non-waiver trade deadline is always an important time in the MLB season. It is a time when teams can add players that can make them playoff or even World Series contenders. Two weeks after the 2016 trade deadline is a time to reflect on the deals that were made and the big names that switched teams and how they are impacting their new clubs.

Jonathan Lucroy to the Texas Rangers:

This move sent Milwaukee Brewers catcher, Jonathan Lucroy to the Texas Rangers for prospects Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz. The Rangers, who are looking to make the playoffs this season, needed more power bats in their lineup. They fixed that issue when they traded for Lucroy. Jonathan is one of the games best defensive catchers and has pop in his bat. So far in 14 games for the Rangers, Lucroy is hitting .250 with 6 home runs and 11 RBI’s in 40 at-bats. Along with Lucroy, the Rangers also landed bullpen arm Jeremy Jeffress from the Brewers. Jeffress had a 2.22 ERA at the time of the trade but currently owns a 3.86 ERA in 7 games for the Rangers this season.

Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers:

The Rangers also landed outfielder Carlos Beltran at the trade deadline. In return for Beltran, the Rangers sent the New York Yankees minor league pitcher Dillon Tate and other prospects. Beltran is batting .340 in 14 games for the Rangers so far. He also has 2 home runs and 8 RBI’s in only 50 at-bats since joining the Rangers. Carlos is a great addition to the Rangers because he can provide good defense and stellar offense which will help them out greatly in the playoffs.


Jay Bruce to the New York Mets:

When Jay Bruce was traded to the New York Mets, many Mets fans wandered what the thinking was behind the move. They did not really need another outfielder but extra depth always helps especially with the injury riddled Mets. They had to give up prospect Dilson Herrera to get Bruce but Herrera was kind of stuck in the minors anyway with Neil Walker playing ahead of him. Bruce was posting great numbers with the Cincinnati Reds this season as he hit 25 home runs and had 80 RBI’s in 97 games before the trade. Since the trade, his batting average has dropped 80 points and his OBP and slugging percentage are also down. He does have 2 home runs and 5 RBI’s in 14 games for the Mets. Bruce will provide veteran outfield depth for the Mets for the remainder of the season.


Rich Hill and Josh Riddick to the Los Angeles Dodgers:

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been hit hard with injuries to their starting pitchers so far this season. That is why it made sense for them to trade for Oakland’s Rich Hill. Hill has been pitching great for the Athletics this season but has been battling a blister issue that has landed him on the 15-day DL. He has not made a start for the Dodgers yet but will look to make an impact once he is healthy. The other piece to this trade is outfielder Josh Riddick. Riddick had 8 home runs and 28 RBI’s in 68 total games for Oakland before the trade. Since joining the Dodgers, Riddick is hitting just .163 with no home runs and no RBI’s. The Dodgers sent a pretty hefty prospect package to the Athletics for Riddick and Hill that included: minor league pitchers Grant Holmes, Jharel Cotton and Frankie Montas. Los Angeles needs Hill and Riddick to produce if they hope to beat out the San Francisco Giants for the NL West crown.


Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians:

Andrew Miller is a piece that the Cleveland Indians have been looking for. He is a tall left-hander that can pitch the 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th inning depending on the situation. The Indians paid a steep price for the lefty that included prospects Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield along with two other prospects. Miller is well worth the price as he has already racked up 8.2 innings in 7 games for the Indians. He is pitching to the tune of a 2.08 ERA so far for Cleveland. Andrew Miller will be a very important bullpen arm as the season and eventually playoffs progress. If the Indians can continue their success, Miller will be a huge part of that continued success.


Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs:

Many Chicago Cubs fans were excited when they heard that fire-ball closer Aroldis Chapman would be joining the team. Chapman has been great this season for the Yankees as he has pitched 31.1 innings and posted a 2.01 ERA in those innings. His success has followed him to the north side of Chicago. Chapman has a 0.93 ERA in 9.2 innings for the Cubs this season. He has only appeared in 11 games but has already recorded 6 saves. The haul that the Cubs had to give up was headlined by prospect Gleyber Torres and pitcher Adam Warren. Giving up top prospects like Torres is no big deal for the Cubs as they own one of the deepest and most talented farm systems in the majors. Chapman will be key to the Cubs success in the postseason as he has been known to touch 105 MPH on his fastball.



The 2016 MLB trade deadline was one of the busiest in the history of the sport. With a lot of teams still in the hunt for a playoff berth, it made a lot of exciting trades occur as teams try to position themselves for the postseason. These trade discussed above involved some big names that we will likely see make a big impact for their new teams in the playoffs this season.