"The Stack" 8-2-16

Yasiel Puig is likely headed to the minor leagues after the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to trade him on Monday before the trade deadline. He did not accompany the team to Colorado for their series with the Rockies. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Yasiel Puig is likely headed to the minor leagues after the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to trade him on Monday before the trade deadline. He did not accompany the team to Colorado for their series with the Rockies.
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After nixing a trade to the Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is headed to Texas as part of the Rangers big haul on trade deadline day which included a trade for Carlos Beltran of the Yankees.
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It’s all baseball on today’s “the stack”.  The Stack will not be talking about Jordan Rodgers, brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, winning the Bachelorette.  Let’s get right to the baseball talk in “the stack” for today, Tuesday, August 2nd:


MLB trade deadline deals


What a fascinating few hours yesterday as the MLB trade deadline approached yesterday at 4 PM ET.  There were a number of deals made yesterday. 


  • The New York Mets acquired OF Jay Bruce from Cincinnati in exchange for IF Dilson Herrera and LHP Max Wotell
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers surprised some people and got LHP Rich Hill and OF Josh Reddick from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHPs Jharel Cotton, Grant Holmes and Frankie Montas.  They also acquired RHP Jesse Chavez from Toronto in exchange for RHP Mike Bolsinger
  • The last place Minnesota Twins made a couple of moves, one of them acquiring RHP Pat Light from Boston in exchange for LHP Fernando Abad
  • The San Diego Padres acquired RHP Colin Rea from Miami in exchange for RHP Luis Castillo.
  • Milwaukee made a couple of different moves on Monday, one of them acquiring RHP Phil Bickford and C Andrew Susac from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for LHP Will Smith.
  • The Cleveland Indians kept making deals acquiring OF Brandon Guyer from Tampa Bay in exchange for OF Nathan Lukes and RHP Jhonleider Salinas.
  • The Texas Rangers were busy on Monday winning the trade deadline with a number of deals including getting OF Carlos Beltran from New York Yankees in exchange for RHPs Nick Green, Erik Swanson and Dillon Tate.
  • The Houston Astros acquired RHP Lupe Chavez from Toronto in exchange for RHP Scott Feldman.
  • The Baltimore Orioles acquired IF/OF Steve Pearce from Tampa Bay in exchange for C Jonah Heim
  • Tampa Bay also sent LHP Matt Moore to the San Francisco Giants for IF Matt Duffy, SS Lucius Fox and RHP Michael Santos.
  • The Yankees kept making moves trading RHP Ivan Nova to Pittsburgh in exchange for two players to be named later.
  • Milwaukee kept dealing sending LHP Jeremy Jeffress and C Jonathan Lucroy to the Rangers for OF Lewis Brinson, RHP Luis Ortiz and a player to be named later.
  • The Chicago Cubs acquired RHP Joe Smith from Los Angeles (AL) in exchange for RHP Jesus Castillo.
  • The Los Angeles Angels acquired RHPs Alex Meyer and Ricky Nolasco from Minnesota in exchange for LHP Alan Busenitz and RHP Hector Santiago
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired RHP Drew Hutchison from Toronto in exchange for LHP Francisco Liriano, C Reese McGuire and OF Harold Ramirez.  They also acquired LHP Antonio Bastardo from the New York Mets in exchange for LHP Jon Niese.

In terms of the big winners at the trade deadline, overall you would have to say three teams improved their chances greatly of making the World Series.  That would be the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers.  The Cubs of course got bullpen firethrower Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees to shore up their bullpen, easily their weakest spot on the team.  The Indians added Andrew Miller to make their bullpen almost unhittable along with their fantastic rotation.  And the Rangers added some great pieces from the Brewers in Lucroy who is a major upgrade at catcher and a good bullpen guy in Jeffress.  Starting pitching is still a bit of a question mark, but they definitely are better today than they were over the weekend.  These teams did great.  


The New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres it appears got better helping to infuse their farm systems with some young talent.  The Yankees especially got better even though they sold some big pieces away, but they did get nine prospects back combined so that’s extremely good news for the Yankees in a very un-Yankee-like traded deadline period.  They normally buy.  They sold a lot, but it will help their future.  The Minnesota Twins also made some moves to help their future.  Teams that didn’t do too much that probably should have done more included Houston and Miami. 


In all, 18 trades were made on trade deadline Monday making it the busiest trade deadline since 1995.  Pretty amazing. 


Yasiel Puig unhappy with the Dodgers


Now that Yasiel Puig isn’t producing as much as he was the first few years in the majors, the Los Angeles Dodgers are apparently getting sick and tired of his act.  Puig did not travel with the team on their trip to Colorado apparently unhappy and dissatisfied with the team’s attempt to trade him during the trade deadline.  Now it appears that the team will send him to the minors.  Unless Puig can get back close to the level he was playing at he may be done with the Dodgers.  The Dodgers were fine with Puig’s antics both on and off the field when he was producing, but now that Puig’s numbers are the lowest he’s had since coming to the big leagues (7 HRs, 34 RBIs) he better figure it out in the minors and not make a fuss or he will be done with the Dodgers.  If no other team wants to put up with Puig if he isn’t producing, he may very well be out of baseball.


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