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MLB trade deadline: The most interesting under-the-radar moves


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The timing of Tuesday’s monumental trade from Juan Soto to the Padres was, to the neutral baseball observer, both a blessing and a curse. The deal was done (at least in principle, try how Eric Hosmer might delay it) early enough that we didn’t have to wait all day for a resolution. But the fact that the biggest deal of the day (and possibly ever?) happens before most of the other deals are revealed casts a shadow over the rest of the events of what has been an extremely eventful day of turnover and transactions.

In case you forgot any of the notable non-Soto trades, fear not: we’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at the five most interesting under-the-radar moves from this year’s Deadline.

Bader will be looking to factor in a Yankees team trying to make a pennant charge.

Yankees trade SP Jordan Montgomery to Cardinals for CF Harrison Bader

As another entry on this list will further illustrate, I’m a sucker for a one-for-one trade, especially those of the big leaguer for big leaguer variety. Those are hard to come by, which makes this trade between the Yankees and Cardinals — two teams aiming for a World Series this fall — all the more interesting.

For the cardinals, they simply had to get another starting pitcher, and they were able to get some solid southpaws in Montgomery and José Quintana (from Pittsburgh). But the Montgomery acquisition is good for both sides of the deal. Bader hasn’t played since June 26 and hasn’t hit as well as he has in recent years while on the pitch, but he’s been defending the elite center since his debut in St. Louis in 2017 and is under contract for next season. for just $5.2 million, giving the Yankees a quality player at a reasonable price (assuming he’s able to return to full strength).

Like Bader, Montgomery also has one more year in control of the club after this one before reaching free agency, but the Yankees have more throwing depth than any other team and should be able to hold their own. his departure without feeling too much pressure on the rest of the staff. If Bader is able to come back and contribute this year, however, he’s a potential game-changer on both sides of the ball and has the makings of an X-factor in the playoffs.

Blue Jays trade IF Jordan Groshans to Marlins for RP Anthony Bass, RP Zach Pop from Marlins

Trades for relief pitchers dominate on deadline day, and the Blue Jays landed two quality arms from Miami in one move. In exchange for minor league infielder Jordan Groshans – who was a first-round pick in 2018 but put up a measly .635 OPS in 73 games mostly in Triple A this year – Toronto landed both Bass and Pop to help fortify the backend of his bullpen.

Go to Bass’s Baseball Savant page – there’s a lot of red in there. Like many pitchers in the league, Bass has leaned more heavily on his slider than he ever has before, and the results have been outstanding. Batters are feeling 40.7 percent swings against the pitch this year, with a .178 batting average and no home runs. Pop, meanwhile, throws a heavy sinker 83.2% of the time to generate an absurd 63.1% ground ball rate. These two will join Jordan Romano, David Phelps, Yimi Garcia and Adam Cimber, and could make a huge difference in a postseason series (assuming the Jays are able to pull it off).

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Groshans was the 12th pick in the 2018 draft as an 18-year-old and performed well in two pre-pandemic seasons. He hit Double A in 21 and put up a solid .297/.367/.450 slash line in 75 games, but has seen his game regress drastically this year, with just 10 extra hits and a circuit in 304. plate appearances. There’s still time to become a rookie-caliber infielder, and if he does, it’ll be a worthwhile trade for the forward-looking Marlins.

Phillies trade C Logan O’Hoppe to Angels for OF Brandon Marsh

Speaking of individual offers, what about this one? The Phillies and Angels traded a top prospect for another (former) first-glove Marsh, heading to Philadelphia to provide much-needed defensive reinforcements. In his second major league season, Marsh, 24, shone on this side of the ball, even playing mostly out of position in left field. His nine outs over average are tied for second among all outfielders, and while he alone can’t fix the Phillies’ defense (the team ranks near the bottom in almost every metric), he will certainly help, although his bat still has room for improvement given his league-worst 36.2% strikeout rate.

For the Angels, they simply needed controllable young bats, and O’Hoppe plans to be just that at a position where offense is hard to come by. The 22-year-old is a consensus top 100 prospect and represented the Phillies at the Futures Game this year, posting an OPS of .889 at Double A. Will O’Hoppe be key to the Angels making a push? in 2023? Doubtful, but he’s certainly a nice acquisition for an agricultural system in dire need of top-notch prospects.

Rays outfielder David Peralta celebrates an RBI hit.

The Rays added Peralta to bolster their offensive depth before heading to a playoff spot.

Diamondbacks trade OF David Peralta for Rays for C Christian Cerda

Sounds like a Rays move, doesn’t it? For the price of a 19-year-old receiver who has 63 pro games under his belt, Tampa Bay got an outfielder who posted 119 OPS+ at Arizona and has a .490 hitting percentage this season against right-handers, a big more for the game. Rays in mind who have suffered numerous injuries that have hampered their offensive depth this season as they try to hold on to a wildcard spot.

Peralta turns 35 next month and will be a free agent after this season, so it’s clearly short-term play for Tampa Bay as it continues while Wander Franco, Kevin Kiermaier, Manuel Margot, Harold Ramirez and Mike Zunino are all currently on the injured list. An extra bat won’t make or break a playoff run, but when you’re in the Rays’ situation, every little bit will help.

Tigers trade RP Michael Fulmer to Twins for SP Sawyer Gipson-Long

The Twins needed pitching reinforcements, and while the acquisitions of closer Jorge López and starter Tyler Mahle are steallier deals, Fulmer can be just as impactful.

Since transitioning to a full-time reliever role last season, Fulmer has a 3.03 ERA in 110 innings, with 113 strikeouts and just eight homers allowed. Among qualified pitchers this season, he has been the hardest in the league for opposing hitters to face, allowing only one barrel all year. That, plus López, will go a long way to stabilizing Minnesota’s bullpen, which ranks third among majors in total fWAR (0.6).

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