Trade Deadline III

The synopsis train continues with the AL West…

Houston Astros—They could used an outfielder but instead traded one away. However, their big need was in the pen, and they pulled in Kendall Graveman, Phil Maton, and Yimi Garcia.

Oakland A’s—Their big pick up was Starling Marte. They also picked up back up catcher Yan Gomes, reliever Andrew Chafin, and utility infielder Josh Harrison.

Seattle Mariners—They been a surprisingly good team this season, and then traded away one of the best closers in baseball. It was especially weird that they traded him to a division rival. They picked up Diego Castillo from the Rays to fill his role. Other pickups include Abraham Toro, and Tyler Anderson.

Los Angeles Angels—Their big pick up will be Mike Trout coming off the IL. Otherwise there’s no immediate help coming in, and they traded away Andrew Heaney (granted he isn’t a lights out starter). They’ve hung in there around .500 with Trout out, but I doubt they can make a push even when he does get back.

Texas Rangers—They pretty much had to sell and did. Gone are Joe Gallo, Kyle Gibson, and Ian Kennedy. They picked up a number of prospects; this trade season will be judged by future season’s’ competitiveness, or lack thereof.

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