It was exhilarating to watch the two days that led up to 2021 MLB’s trade deadline. Which players are going to make the most impact on their teams’ new rosters?
We are glad you asked.
Let’s look at 11 of the most impactful players. We will only use guys who were traded on Thursday or Friday. This is an arbitrarily cutoff. Starling Marte was traded on Wednesday to A’s, Nelson Cruz to Rays, and Adam Frazier to Padres on Friday.
Let’s get started.
11. Josh Harrison, A.
There are no trade deadlines. It is now past the August 31 waiver deadline. Your favorite players are those who will stay with your team no matter what. Only minor league players or those who have been cut from other teams can provide reinforcements. Harrison is a valuable player because he can be at multiple positions, he played left and right field, third, second, center, and right field. A manager’s love for having Harrison at his disposal is evident when it comes to getting the team into the playoffs and how they handle injuries and adversity. He’s batting at.294 and has a 124 OPS+, 2.5 bWAR and is having an excellent season.
10. Adam Duvall, Braves
Duvall was brought home by the Braves on Friday. Duvall was a player for the Braves from 2018-20. He hit 26 home runs over 131 games. However, the power remains — there are 22 homers across 90 games — but the problems persist. His batting average is.229 and his on-base percentage is.277. Duvall could be considered a combination entry with Eddie Rosario or Jorge Soler who were the outfielders that the Braves traded on deadline day.
9. Anthony Rizzo, Yankees
Rizzo was left handed hitter and the short porch at Yankee Stadium’s rightfield was made for him. Don’t take my word for this.
Anthony Rizzo is hitting 14 home runs in this season’s campaign, and there are 10 more that he has hit (per Statcast).
Here they are: pic.twitter.com/msks5HxkeA
Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman).June 30, 2021
8. Javier Baez, Mets
Baez is a dramatic man, no matter what your opinion. It will be a benefit to his versatility: He can fill in for Francisco Lindor at shortstop and play second base or third. He could be played at third but his most defensive position is second. This would enable Jeff McNeill to move back to third base. Baez is a free agent and won’t be shying away from NYC’s spotlight. Baez hasn’t been as consistent this year at the plate (NL-high 131 strikesouts,.292 obp), however, he does have 22 homers, 65 RBIs, and 13 stolen bases.
7. Kyle Schwarber, Red Sox
Schwarber is a natural homer, and it’s not hard to imagine him hitting more than just a handful of big homers in the final stretch or October. Do you remember how hot Schwarber was for the Nationals in June? The Sox do have J.D. Martinez as their DH. Martinez) and their outfield are solid. Where does he pitch?
We want you to be the first baseman for the Boston Red Sox.
“OK, I have only played outfield and DH.”
It’s easy, Kyle. Alex, tell him.”
It’s extremely difficult. https://t.co/UprETBF6TB
— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan)June 30, 2021
Yes. This is the plan. What will happen? We will see.
6. Jose Berrios, Blue Jays
The hours ticked by and the minutes ticked down until 4 p.m. The Jays felt the pressure as they waited for Friday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. Joey Gallo, Anthony Rizzo and the Yankees were their competitors in the AL East. Red Sox had already made a deal for additional players. Rumours were circulating that the Rays were active. The Jays called and signed Berrios, an ex-Twins star who will be joining Robbie Ray and Hyun Jin Ryu at the top of their rotation. Toronto did a great job of strengthening its bullpen by trading for Trevor Richards and Adam Cimber, before adding Brad Hand, who was able to save 21 games for the Nationals, but Berrios was what they were looking for. He’s now under control until 2022 when the Jays will be fully preparing to compete again.
5. Craig Kimbrel (White Sox)
The White Sox will never be short of ninth-inning options with Kimbrel or Liam Hendriks in the bullpen. They’ll likely save more than one game during the regular season. This move is only for the postseason. You’ll likely see them both if the White Sox even have a small lead in the final innings. Kimbrel’s 0.49 ERA has a 15.7 K/9, and 23 saves. Hendriks’ 2.58 ERA has a 14.1K/9 and 25 saves. This is incredible.
4. Trea Turner, Dodgers
His age 28 season is his best yet and he’s a potential MVP candidate. He has had 18 homers and 21 stolen bases in 96 games. His slash lines are.322/.369/.521 with a 146 OPS+, a 4.1% bWAR, and an.322/.369/.521 line. Corey Seager has been released from the IL. Turner will be playing second base once he is free of Covid restrictions and the active roster. This will most likely bring Chris Taylor back into a “play-everywhere” role. Turner is also able to play center field when necessary.
Yankees 3 Joey Gallo
They have a lot of work ahead of them. They were Friday’s starters, sitting 8 1/2 behind the Red Sox in AL East, and 3 1/2 ahead of the AL second wild-card spot. Many wondered how they would approach the deadline. However, those queries were quickly answered by a big trade that brought in another big-ol’ slugger. Gallo is the kind of hitter that can lead a team’s offense. Remember the stretch leading up to the All-Star break when he had 11 homers, and 19 RBIs over 12 games. These games saw the Rangers go 6-6, which is roughly 10-2 for a team with a record of 30 games less than.500 100 games in. With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Ston in the Yankees lineup there is no place for pitchers.
2. Max Scherzer, Dodgers
Scherzer won in October with the Dodgers, who traded a lot for him. His track record is impressive. Five times Scherzer started the first game of a playoff series. He was the Nationals’ Game 1 and 7 starter in the 2019 World Series. His club had a stunning run to the title, with a 2.40 ERA over 30 October innings. With only 81 hits and 137 strikeouts, he has a 3.38 ERA over 112 playoff innings.
The stakes in this NL West dogfight are very high for the Dodgers. The winner of the division jumps into the NLDS. This is a best-of-5 series. Two wild cards are thrown in to a winner-takes-all contest that can turn into anything. L.A. can catch San Francisco with eight to ten starts from Scherzer.
1. Giants Kris Bryant
Bryant is a perfect addition to any team because he can be either a full time third baseman or full-time firstbaseman. The IL has the Giants primary first baseman, Brandon Belt, and their primary third baseman, Evan Longoria. Alex Dickerson, their primary left fielder has a.287 On-base% and 87 OPS+.
Bryant was a great fit for the Giants. The club made a last-minute deal to sign Bryant, which was an appropriate response to the Dodgers baseball-shaking move for Turner and Scherzer. People, the NL West race will be exciting.
Publited Sat 31 July 2021 at 11:52:14 @0000