Winners and Losers of the 2022 MLB Trade TBEN Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The 2022 MLB Trade TBEN did not disappoint.
Stars were on the move, contenders bolstered their roster, and there was a frenzied sprint to the 6 p.m. ET line. Still, one move stands above the rest.
Which teams are emerging after the TBEN and which ones were fans disappointed in?
Here are three winners and three losers from the last week of chaos in baseball.
Winner: San Diego Stardom
The San Diego Padres stole the spotlight on the trade TBEN.
They made the blockbuster of all blockbustersacquire Washington Nationals phenomenon Juan Soto, along with first baseman Josh Bell, in exchange for six prospects. Soto has made a historic start to his career at the age of 23 and now he is moving from a struggling franchise to a franchise with ambitions in October. As if that wasn’t good enough, the Padres also brought in star illuminator Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
Now, Soto doesn’t have a long-term deal yet, so the amount of time he will spend in San Diego is undetermined. But if soto can strengthen one schedule in which Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado are already present, the Padres could win something much bigger than the trade TBEN.
Loser: DMV baseball fans
Both teams have said goodbye to a beloved player in the Battle of the Beltways.
Losing Soto is a big blow to Nationals fans, but it’s one they’ve become more and more accustomed to in recent years. Washington has failed to retain five key contributors from their 2019 World Series squad: Max Scherzer, Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner and now Soto. Returning to the year before, the team also had Bryce Harper join divisional rivals Philadelphia Phillies. As Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington say, Nationals fans deserve much better.
About 40 miles northeast, the Baltimore Orioles also covered a few key contributors. they sent Trey Manciniclongest-serving player on the team, to Houston and split All-Star closer Jorge Lopez to Minnesota. Even as the squad turned the season around and entered the AL Wild Card hunt, the Orioles eventually decided to sell again.
Winner: AL’s Top Teams
The New York Yankees and Houston Astros are trying to beat each other in the standings, and they also went toe to toe on the TBEN.
The Yankees got an early start by bringing in All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendic of the Kansas City Royals. They went on to add a much needed starter in Frankie Montasalong with reliever Lou Trivino, of the Oakland Athletics. On Tuesday, they capped things off by adding former St. Louis Cardinal Harrison Bader to their outfield.
Houston didn’t make nearly as many moves as New York, but it made some effective ones. The Astros brought in Mancini from the Orioles and added another Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez. They also brought in reliever Will Smith of the Atlanta Braves for Jake Odorizzi, although Smith had a hard time this season.
The Yankees and Astros may be on a collision course in October, and both sides made moves to prepare for that fight.
Loser: NL’s top team
The Los Angeles Dodgers entered TBEN day with a four-game lead over every other NL club. Things have clearly worked in LA, but the team’s quiet TBEN allowed some other contenders to close the gap.
As mentioned, the Padres brought the league up to speed by adding Soto, Bell and Hader. The NL East frontrunner New York Mets also added a handful of pieces to round out their selection.
The only notable addition from the Dodgers was Joey Gallo. The former Yankees-outfielder has a .159 and has struckout 106 in 233 at bats this season. He told how he was desperately looking for a… change of sceneryso maybe the palm trees in LA will help get him back on track in Dodger blue.
He returned to López and was one of the three main pitchers to bring in the AL Central-leading Twins. Minnesota also brought in reliever Michael Fulmer of the Detroit Tigers and starter Tyler Mahlea of the Cincinnati Reds.
The Twins still have a long way to go to reach the level of the other two AL division leaders, but their deadlines show they want to compete in October.
Loser: Boston Red Sox schedule
Like their record, the Red Sox seemed split at the trade TBEN.
As they departed from their starting catcher in Vazquez, it looked like the 52-52 Sox would become sellers on the TBEN. Instead, they staggered back to the buyer’s territory by acquiring Eric Hosmer, Tommy Pham and Reese McGuire.
The team held onto All-Star JD Martinez until the TBEN. However, after this season, he is a free agent and the Red Sox have made no progress in retaining their other two All-Stars, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, in the coming years.
Despite making additions on the TBEN, Red Sox fans may still see a Nationals-esque departure from key players for the foreseeable future.