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What time was the 2022 MLB trade deadline.
Baseball may have seen the biggest trade in league historyand there were plenty of other huge splashes in the days leading up to the 6 p.m. ET deadline.
There were also moves and non-moves that must have been disappointing for some fanbases.
Here are the winners and losers of the trade deadline.
Winner: San Diego Padres
The Padres walked away with the biggest prize: Juan Soto.
And that’s not all. Despite being essentially shut out of the NL West race, the Padres are doing what the Los Angeles Angels failed to do for their superstar, Mike Trout. The Padres provide Fernando Tatis Jr. an all-star team. The Padres acquired Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers and also got Josh Bell in the Soto case. They also struck late and got Brandon Drury from the Reds.
The Padres are going, and October is shaping up to be fun in Southern California.
Winner: New York Yankees
The Yankees have the best record in baseball, but were humbled recently going 2-7 against the Houston Astros and New York Mets. They had clear holes in the rotation, bullpen and outfield and filled them all by getting Frankie Montas, Scott Effross and Andrew Benintendi. If you weren’t convinced the Yanks were legitimate World Series contenders, these moves should move that needle.
Admittedly, the trade of Jordan Montgomery for Harrison Bader is a little confusing, but it begs the question: Was Montgomery even going to play a role in the playoffs?
The Yankees too got rid of a struggling Joey Gallo.
Winner: Minnesota twins
The Twins have historically not performed well in the playoffs when they qualified. But as long as they’re in the dance, they have a chance. The Twins took advantage of the silence of their division rivals and made much-needed improvements while leading the AL Central by just one game.
On deadline day, they got Michael Fulmer and Tyler Mahle for their rotation, and they acquired All-Star reliever Jorge Lopez from the Baltimore Orioles. They didn’t exactly light up the deadline, but they were active and did what they had to do to stand out in the division and become a playoff threat.
Winner: Seattle Mariners
They got the best launcher in the trade market in Luis Castillowhich is also under the control of the team throughout the 2024 season. It took an absolute run to get it, but the Mariners see an opportunity to reach the playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years and go there.
Like the Padres, Seattle has a young stud in Julio Rodriguez and wants his tenure to be worth it. Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis is back, and though he’s struggling, Robbie Ray is still the reigning Cy Young Award winner. A team already built for the playoffs now has an anchor at the front of its rotation with a bullpen that has been elite.
The Mariners won 90 games last year and missed the playoffs in Game 162. The Mariners have the longest playoff drought in baseball and now have a realistic chance to play in October for the first time since their campaign of 116 victories in 2001.
Losing: Baltimore Orioles
Three weeks ago, fans expected the O’s to sell. But then they made an absolute tear, winning 10 straight, and they entered the day limit above 0.500. But that didn’t stop the franchise from giving Trey Mancini and Jorge Lopez, who was his only All-Star this year. It would have been nice to see a team that fired up and got into the wild card race (just 2.5 games back) go for it, or at the very least, not sell.
Losing: Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays could be the biggest disappointment of the season. They were everyone’s favorite team before the season. However, they trail the Yankees by 12 games in the AL East. Yes, they are the wildcard leaders by a good margin, but a few teams chasing them (Minnesota and Seattle) have all improved, while Toronto hasn’t done much.
At the buzzer, the Blue Jays acquired Whit Merrifield, but he was a shell of himself, possessing a bWAR of -0.2 and hitting just 0.240 with an OPS of 0.643, barely an improvement for a team that had it. need. Merrifield was previously not vaccinated against the coronavirus, which barred him from entering Canada.
Losing: New York food
The Mets have watched just about every other team achieve their major goals. The Mets would have been on Josh Bell, Trey Mancini, JD Martinez, Willson Contreras and David Robertson – to name a few.
They had none.
This is hard to blame the owner Steve Cohen. The Mets hold the No. 1 spot with the franchise’s all-time highest payroll, and they were, by far, the winners this offseason. However, the Mets have some glaring holes, and Cohen and general manager Billy Eppler were mostly silent.
They got a much-needed reliever in Mychel Givens from the Chicago Cubs, who will likely set up Edwin Diaz, but one probably isn’t enough for this bullpen. And the Mets did nothing to improve their poor DH and grab slots. They head into the stretch with hardly any roster improvements.
Losing: Cleveland Guardians/Chicago White Sox
Both teams are within three games of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. The White Sox are the defending division champions with young talent. It was therefore surprising to see them standing. Guardians have a perennial MVP contender in Jose Ramirez, a surprise All-Star in Andres Gimenez and are just one game away from what has been a surprisingly good season for them.
As the Twins improved with three big moves, Cleveland and Chicago stood their ground. The Twins did not enter the deadline as the clear division leader. But, after Tuesday, the Twins may have to be considered the favorites.