It’s funny that how after a week Hunter Pence, Carlos Beltran, Ubaldo Jimenez, Mike Adams, Koji Uehara, Derrek Lee and Erik Bedard all have new homes. The Giants kicked off the trading when they traded top pitching prospect to the New York Mets for OF, Carlos Beltran. Beltran, 34, is coming off of 2 extremely injury proen seasons in which he played for a combined 145 games, is having a very productive season. Thus far, he has belted 15 homeruns and has posted a line of .281/.382/.496. Upon joining the Giants, Beltran became the team leader in HR, RBI, and many other categories. The Giants needed an impact bat to conquer the Phitin’ Phils again this postseason.
To no one’s surprise, Ruben Amaro stunned us again on July 29th in which he traded top prospects Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, Josh Zeid and a PTBNL. Acquiring Pence made the Phillies lineup even more dangerous. Now Pence will hit behind Ryan Howard. Fun fact: Ruben Amaro has made all his major trades the past 3 years on July 29th. Acquiring Pence leveled the playing field between both the Giants and Phillies.
Another team in the NL East made a splash today. Who? The Atlanta Braves acquiring CF, Michael Bourn in a trade that involved Jordan Schafer. All might assume with the Giants and Phillies acquisitions the Braves where out of contention, but not so fast! With Bourn, the Braves finally acquired the lead-off man they have been searching for, for quite some time.
Turn you’re attention to the AL Central where the Indians made arguably the biggest trade of the deadline, acquiring SP Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez, has had his struggles this season in which he has posted a 4.46 ERA thus far with Colorado. The Indians send top draft pick Drew Pomeranz, Alex White, Joe Gardner and Matt McBride. Nice job, Cleveland.
As if the Rangers weren’t lethal enough, they got even better. The Rangers acquired Koji Uehara and Mike Adams from the Orioles and Padres (respectively). The Rangers acquired Mike Adams for Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland. Both are considered to be the best RH and LH pitchers in the Rangers system. Great move. Hold up. We’re missing something… Oh right! Koji Uehara. The Rangers sent Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis to the O’s for Uehara. This season his opponents have only posted a batting average of .152, not to mention his 1.72 ERA in 47 IP this season.
Overall, after the deadline, I can see a Rangers/Phillies World Series. How could you not? The Rangers have a potent offense, have gotten some great pitching, and will lock you down after the 6th inning. The Phillies have the Big-3, a great offense and with Bastardo, Madson in the ‘pen, how can you go wrong? Might not be Texas’ bullpen but quality at that.
Winners: Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves
Losers: Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals