For every big trade between now and the Tuesday deadline, we’ll break down the chops in action and the logic behind the trades. As always, baseball is hard to predict, so what looks like a C+ deal now can easily turn into an A+ deal with a new swing or pitch adjustment.
The Mariners have acquired primary bowler Luis Castillo from the Reds for 4 prospects, including SS Noelfi Martí.
The first big deal of the season saw Castillo, perhaps the most influential bowler, head to Seattle. He would take the top spot in the Mariners’ rotation and try to trap them into their first playoff appearance since 2001. It’s a sweeping move from famed Mariners active executive Jerry DePoto, but it could still pay off in 2023, when Castillo will remain in control of the team for another season. With the maturation of the core of the young Mariners. Having the best pitcher on the market is certainly a win, but it’s worth noting that the rotation — already backed by off-season signing Robbie Ray — wasn’t Seattle’s greatest need. It came at a great cost.
As the Reds continue a rebuilding process (rather cynical, seemingly impressive), this will go down by far as their biggest move yet. In exchange for Castillo, the Reds got a unique opportunity in Noelfi Martí, another young player who may now be one of Edwin Arroyo’s top 100 talents and two bowlers – Levi Stodt and Andrew Moore – with whom a strong shooting development team can work. Marte is an award here, ranked #11 right now by FanGraphs and #12 by Keith Law. He’s only 20 years old and looks like a solid player with a strong body who will hit for medium and power, and he’s a star in the making even if he eventually moves to third base. Acclaimed prospects like Marte don’t move much these days. Extracting it for a very good shooting but not the winning Ramy Young is a win for the Reds.
The Yankees have acquired Andrew Benintendi from the Royals for 3 odds
Sometimes the axes are very clear. In this case, the Yankees admit defeat in the acquisition of Joey Gallo and are inclined to an outside player who takes an entirely opposing approach. Benintendi, a former mainstay of the Red Sox, makes constant contact, hits doubles and plays a solid defense. The Yankees will put him at the top of the lineup and try to offload Gallo before the deadline. The problem with Benintendi is his refusal, so far, to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If the Yankees play major games against the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada, the Benintendi will not be allowed to go unless he changes his mind about vaccination.
In turn, the royal family has taken over three showrunners: Beck Way, TJ Sikkema, and Chandler Champlain. If you are going to encounter small pitchers in any organization, Yankees are one of the best options. The Royals gave in quite a bit to acquire Benintendi a few years ago, so while Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs says none of these pitchers projects more than the fourth (Sikkema), the Royals have done well in the exchange.
It remains to be seen if the Kansas City player development team can help them continue their progress. The royal family’s recent track record does not inspire confidence.
The royal family: b
The Mets acquired DH Daniel Vogelbach from Pirates in exchange for relief pitcher Colin Holderman
The Mets needed another home threat to add to Pete Alonso, preferably a left-handed. Vogelbach checks these boxes, and begins to boot. The New York squad has a lot of calling power, so Vogelbach’s approach to true three-scores isn’t an issue here. It probably shouldn’t be their only upgrade in the lineup, but it’s a good start.
Holderman quickly emerged as a high-quality bullpup arm capable of working more than one role. Hackers will likely see some greater potential either as a backend mitigator or as someone a tweak or two away from the start.
Mets: B +