Grading the Trade Deadline: Padres and Red Sox make solid additions
Now that the trade deadline has passed, it's time to hand out some grades. Did anyone get an "A" this year?
The 2013 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone with relatively little activity. Only four trades were completed on Wednesday before the 4pm ET deadline, and one of those four was a very small move involving minor leaguers. Over the last three days, a total of nine trades involving MLB players were finalized.
Now that the dust has settled, it's time to hand out some grades. It's only natural. The trade deadline lends itself to this sort of stuff, and grades lend themselves to looking foolish. Don't like a grade? Don't take it personally, chances are it'll be amazingly wrong when we look back in a few weeks and months, nevermind years.
Here are those nine trades in reverse chronological order, so the first is the most recent, etc. No club made a brilliant, pennant race-altering deal this summer, hence the lack of "A's." Onto the grades.
ORIOLES GET: RHP
and international spending pool money
ASTROS GET: OF L.J. Hoes , LHP Josh Hader and a 2014 competitive balance lottery draft pick
ROYALS GET: OF Justin Maxwell
ASTROS GET: RHP Kyle Smith.
PADRES GET: RHP Ian Kennedy
DIAMONDBACKS GET: LHP Joe Thatcher , RHP Matt Stites and a 2014 competitive balance lottery pick
RED SOX GET: RHP Jake Peavy (from Chicago White Sox ) and RHP Brayan Villarreal (from Detroit Tigers )
WHITE SOX GET: OF Avisail Garcia (from White Sox), RHP J.B. Wendelken, RHP Francellis Montas and IF Cleuluis Rondon (all from Boston Red Sox )
TIGERS GET: IF Jose Iglesias (from Red Sox)
ATHLETICS GET: IF Alberto Callaspo
ANGELS GET: IF Grant Green
INDIANS GET: LHP Marc Rzepczynski
CARDINALS GET: SS Juan Herrera
RAYS GET: RHP Jesse Crain
WHITE SOX GET: Future considerations
TIGERS GET: RHP Jose Veras
ASTROS GET: OF Danry Vazquez and a player to be named later
BRAVES GET: LHP Scott Downs
ANGELS GET: RHP Cory Rasmus
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