Let’s just call it what it is: Major League Baseball teams in the hunt for a playoff spot, are all looking to make a power move. So they make moves in order shake things up in the clubhouse. The hope is that they make the RIGHT move.
Here’s a rundown on all the moves made at the trade waiver deadline on Friday Night:
David Freese is now a member of the Dodgers. The Pirates traded Freese for minor league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez. Freese is batting .283. The Dodgers plan to use him exclusively against left-handed pitchers. Manager Dave Roberts told ESPN, “Our guys [in the front office] have done a great job supporting us, and I’m really excited to have (Freese) him.” If the Dodgers make the postseason, they will have seen a dramatic change since the All-Star Break. They have since added Manny Machado, Brian Dozier, Freese and Ryan Madson.
So you ask, “Why are so many teams making moves before September 1st?” The simple answer is this: All players eligible for a postseason roster spot, must be on the roster before September 1st.
Andrew McCutchen was dealt to the New York Yankees. He will be there Saturday when the Yankees host the Detroit Tigers. McCutchen is known for his nicely “kept” beard. Team rules with the Yankees prohibit facial hair. He has since shaven once he got sent from San Francisco to New York.
The Cleveland Indians pulled the trigger and got former AL MVP Josh Donaldson in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. Donaldson comes with limited action this season. He’s been dealing with injuries and has only played in 36 games this year.
Donaldson has been on a rehab stint in Florida. His batting average in 2018 is .234 with 5 home runs. Earlier on Friday, it was rumored that the Cardinals, Dodgers and Indians were all looking for Donaldson’s services. The move would have been a good one for St. Louis considering the Cardinals expect Jedd Gyorko to be on the disabled list for the next 10 days. That could be even longer if lingering pain still persists with Gyorko’s groin injury.
Donaldson, Madson and Freese were part of 10 trades to playoff contenders. In fact, the Brewers were busy making deals. All they had to do was yank one of the players out of the opposing dugout on Friday night. The Brewers made a deal with the Nationals to get Gio Gonzalez. This after getting infielders Mike Moustakas and Jonathan Schoop back in July.
Outfielder Curtis Granderson is also a Milwaukee Brewer. The Brewers picked him up in a trade with the Blue Jays for a minor league outfielder. Reliever Xavier Cedeno is also going to Milwaukee. He came in a trade from the Chicago White Sox. Are you confused yet?