There are typically three types of teams during Major League Baseball’s trade deadline: the buyers, the sellers, and those in between. The Chicago Cubs were certainly one of the sellers this go-around. A ton of teams, seemingly, decided they have to ‘buy something, but they were in a selling mood. Friday saw them move Javier Baez to the New York Mets, Kris Bryant to the San Francisco Giants, and closer Craig Kimbrel across the city to the White Sox. All in one day.
The Mets got the bad news of Jacob deGrom being ruled out until September with inflammation, but they decided to bring in another All-Star quality shortstop anyway. The Giants, knowing that both the Dodgers and the Padres had added to their teams, also made a move, bringing in Bryant to give them tons of options both offensively and defensively and to shore up their hopes of retaining top spot in the NL West. Kimbrel’s move is also a big one for the White Sox. They are fairly comfortable in the AL Central race, but this gives them even more firepower as they already had a very capable closer in Liam Kendricks. This one-two punch could be just the ticket they need to lead them to postseason glory. Who won (and lost) the trade deadline? Only time will tell, both this season and far beyond.