MLB trade deadline buyers and sellers: Juan Soto the headliner

It’s been a manic MLB trade period, with superstars and key figures touring around the league. These were the buyers and sellers of the deadline.

SAN DIEGO — This is a pretty good time to be a season ticket holder for the San Diego Padres.

Great weather, a gem of a ballpark – and perhaps the most exciting lineup in baseball for the foreseeable future.

The Padres landed the biggest prize of this year’s trade deadline — and perhaps every year’s deadline — when they acquired outfielder Juan Soto, a 23-year-old superstar who isn’t scheduled to become a free agent until after the 2024 season. To get him, they had to send six players to Washington, including several of their top recent prospects.

It’s a massive move for an organization that has never won a World Series – but is now adding Soto to a team that has Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Yu Darvish. San Diego was also traded for closer Josh Hader this week.

Here’s a look at the biggest buyers and sellers as of this year’s deadline, and how they’ve reshaped their futures.


San Diego Padres (60-46, second NL wildcard)

Acquired: OF Juan Soto, 1B Josh Bell, LHP Josh Hader, 2B Brandon Drury, C Cam Gallagher, LHP Jay Groome.

Traded: LHP MacKenzie Gore, SS CJ Abrams, OF Robert Hassell III, OF James Wood, RHP Jarlin Susana, 1B Luke Voit, LHP Taylor Rogers, RHP Dinelson Lamet, 2B Esteury Ruiz, LHP Robert Gasser, SS Victor Acosta, OF Brent Rooker , 1B Eric Hosmer, 2B Max Ferguson, BY Corey Rosier.

Analysis: It would take a big bid to pry Soto away from the Nationals and the Padres always made sense as a target. They had enough attractive prospects to pull the deal through – and since they were already postseason contenders, the addition of Soto may benefit them even if he only stays until 2024. Bell also brings power to the lineup.

Philadelphia Phillies (55-48, third NL wildcard)

Acquired: RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP David Robertson, OF Brandon Marsh, 2B Edmundo Sosa.

Traded: C. Logan O’Hoppe, LHP JoJo Romero, OF Mickey Moniak, OF Jadiel Sanchez, RHP Ben Brown.

Analysis: In their quest for their first postseason spot since 2011, the Phillies added help with the rotation, bullpen, infield, and outfield. Philadelphia switched from Moniak, the top pick in the 2016 draft.

Seattle Mariners (56-49, second AL wildcard)

Acquired: RHP Luis Castillo, LHP Matthew Boyd, C Curt Casali.

Traded: SS Noelvi Marte, SS Edwin Arroyo, RHP Levi Stoudt, RHP Andrew Moore, LHP Anthony Misiewicz, RHP Michael Stryffeler, C Andy Thomas.

Analysis: Speaking of post-season droughts, the Mariners haven’t qualified since 2001, and they approached that deadline with a sense of urgency, sending three of their best prospects to Cincinnati for Castillo. Boyd had some good moments in Detroit but didn’t pitch at all for San Francisco this year due to elbow problems.

New York Yankees (70-35, first place in AL East)

Acquired: RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Lou Trivino, OF Andrew Benintendi, OF Harrison Bader, RHP Scott Effross, RHP Clayton Beeter.

Traded: OF Joey Gallo, LHP Jordan Montgomery, LHP Ken Waldichuk, LHP JP Sears, RHP Luis Medina, 2B Cooper Bowman, RHP Chandler Champlain, LHP TJ Sikkema, RHP Beck Way, RHP Hayden Wesneski.

Analysis: Considering what Seattle gave up for Castillo, the Yankees probably feel pretty good about landing Montas, who had a 3.18 ERA in 19 starts for Oakland this year. Benintendi and Bader give New York more outfield options, although the latter is struggling with foot problems.

Minnesota Twins (54-49, 1st place AL Central)

Acquired: RHP Jorge Lopez, RHP Tyler Mahle, RHP Michael Fulmer, C Sandy Leon.

Traded: RHP Yennier Cano, LHP Cade Povich, LHP Juan Rojas, RHP Juan Nunez, RHP Ian Hamilton, SS Spencer Steer, 3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand, LHP Steve Hajjar, RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long.

Analysis: Lopez and Fulmer can help Minnesota’s bullpen, and Mahle has been solid for the Reds in recent months. And none of the Twins’ best AL Central rivals have done anything special as of deadline.


Washington Nationals (36-69, last place in NL East)

Traded: OF Juan Soto, 1B Josh Bell, SS Ehire Adrianza.

Acquired: SS CJ Abrams, OF Robert Hassell III, LHP MacKenzie Gore, OF James Wood, 1B Luke Voit, RHP Jarlin Susana, 2B Trey Harris.

Analysis: It’s one thing to trade a star for prospects. It’s another to give up a generational talent that was under the team’s control for a few more years. If Soto’s career goes as expected, there can always be questions about whether the Nationals have put in enough effort to keep him. However, Washington received plenty in return. Hassell immediately becomes the team’s top prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. Abrams and Gore are both top-six draft picks making their big-league debuts this year.

Cincinnati Red (42-61, third place in NL Central)

Traded: RHP Luis Castillo, RHP Tyler Mahle, OF Tommy Pham, 2B Brandon Drury, OF Tyler Naquin, LHP Phillip Diehl.

Purchased: SS Noelvi Marte, SS Edwin Arroyo, RHP Levi Stoudt, RHP Andrew Moore, 2B Hector Rodriguez, RHP Jose Acuna, SS Spencer Steer, 3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand, LHP Steve Hajjar, SS Victor Acosta, C Austin Romine.

Analysis: The Reds conceded with Castillo and acquired Marte and Arroyo, ranked #17 and #92 by MLB Pipeline. Cincinnati now has six of the top 100.

Oakland Athletics (39-66, last place AL West)

Traded: RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Lou Trivino, C. Austin Allen.

Acquired: LHP Ken Waldichuk, LHP JP Sears, RHP Luis Medina, 2B Cooper Bowman, RHP Carlos Guarate.

Analysis: 24-year-old Waldichuk was the best prospect the A’s received. He was excellent at Double-A this year and has a 3.59 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A.

Baltimore Orioles (53-51, 1 1/2 games behind third AL wildcard)

Traded: 1B Trey Mancini, RHP Jorge Lopez.

Acquired: RHP Seth Johnson, RHP Chayce McDermott, RHP Yennier Cano, LHP Cade Povich, LHP Juan Rojas, RHP Juan Nunez, OF Brett Phillips.

Analysis: The Orioles found themselves in a difficult position because, despite rebuilding, they are surprisingly also fighting for a wild card after two good months. Trading Mancini wasn’t a sentimental move, but he may become a free agent after this season, so a breakup might have been imminent anyway. Lopez was Baltimore’s closer, but his bullpen has been very good this year and could withstand his exit. MLB trade deadline buyers and sellers: Juan Soto the headliner

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