Winners And Losers From The 2018 MLB Trade Deadline

Winners And Losers From The 2018 MLB Trade Deadline

Which teams were able to bolster their rosters for a playoff push?


The trade deadline is often the time when teams finally realize who they are. Buyers or sellers. Contenders or pretenders. And just like the game itself, there are winners and losers. Who actually acquired someone and got better? Or who was content and missed out on someone? Well, let me help you tell the difference.

Winners: The Atlanta Braves

Additions: RP Brandon Brach, RP Darren O'Day, RP Kevin Gausman, OF Adam Duvall

The Braves added some much needed postseason depth in the bullpen. A young team like this is going to need all the help they can get in October. Brach, O'Day, and Gausman have all played in playoff games for the Baltimore Orioles and hopefully, they can take some pressure off of Atlanta's young arms. The Braves also add some depth in the outfield with the power bat of Duvall. Their starting outfield of Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis, and Ronald Acuna Jr. combine for just 29 home runs on the season. Duval will be able to add a true power threat when in the field and will be an effective DH in interleague play.

The New York Yankees

Additions: RP Zach Britton, RP Lance Lynn, SP J.A. Happ

Just like the prior, the Yankees have added to their bullpen. But in this case, the rich just got richer. The Yankees have had the best bullpen all year and have only strengthened it. Since 2014, Zach Britton has been one of the best relievers/closers in all of baseball. Just two seasons ago he had a record-setting year by having a 0.54 ERA and was 47 for 47 in save opportunities. But what might be the most important part of this deal was that they kept him away from the Red Sox. Lynn is an interesting player who has experience starting games and pitching out of the pen. Guys like that are very valuable come playoff time. Happ on the other hand, may not be a flashy name, but is a Red Sox killer for he has a 1.78 ERA against them.

The Milwaukee Brewers

Additions: 2B: Jonathan Schoop, 3B Mike Moustakas, RP Joakim Soria

The Travis Shaw second base experiment was short-lived, but won't be missed. The Brewers now have a reliable every day second baseman and can move Shaw back to other positions where he is more comfortable. Schoop has adds a deceptively powerful bat to the lineup. But the front page addition is easily Mike Moustakas. He's going to be one of the top free agents this offseason and the brew crew grabbed him for a bargain. Although he isn't having one of his best season's, he will be getting a lot more pitches to hit with the lineup they have around him.

The Washington Nationals


The Nats have 17 games left against the Mets and the Marlins. They are only 5.5 games behind two extremely inexperienced teams in the Braves and the Phillies. They are filled with veterans who can help turn they're season around. That is all.

Losers: The Boston Red Sox

Additions: Nathan Eovaldi, 2B Ian Kinsler

It's not like they did nothing, but it still wasn't enough. The one area of the team what the sox lacked was an eighth-inning guy. Someone who was a sure fire 1,2,3 machine who could hand the ball off to Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. But instead, Boston elects to add another starter. The Sox now have eight starting pitchers to choose from. EIGHT. As if seven wasn't enough already. Also, Ian Kinsler is a solid pick up, but what happens when Dustin Pedroia finally comes back healthy? He'll be sitting on the bench with the rest of utility players.

The Pittsburgh Pirates

Additions: SP Chris Archer

This was probably the most surprising move of the deadline. The Pirates shipping out prospects for a starter like they are trying to make a playoff push. I hate to burst their bubble, but they're going nowhere. Their lineup has no power, their best players aren't all-star caliber, and they just shipped out a bunch of prospects for Archer, who really isn't that good. Sure he strikes out a lot of guys, but the last three years his ERA has been over 4, he hasn't had a winning record since 2014. The only really likable thing about him is that he is under contract until 2022 for an inexpensive price, but who's to say he won't be traded again. To me it just seems like they gave up some important pieces for a guy who looks like a number four starter.

The Tampa Bay Rays

Additions: No one that will help them anytime soon

The Rays were able to turn some of their older players into young promising prospects. But when you trade so many pitchers to the point where you don't have an active starter on your roster is not a good look. For that alone, they are losers and will probably be losers for the foreseeable future.

The Houston Astros

Additions: RP Roberto Osuna

It's because they traded for a reliever, its who they traded for. The Astros definitely need help in their bullpen but Osuna from a team standpoint is not the answer. Osuna hasn't pitched all year for he has been serving an 80 game suspension for domestic violence. And if that wasn't enough his now teammate Justin Verlander has been very outspoken about this type of offense. In my opinion, Osuna should have been released for this type of behavior not rewarded with being traded to one of the best teams in the league. Houston also traded Ken Giles who was one of their more dependable postseason pitchers. Even if Osuna does come back and pitch well, I still don't like him. They're losers.

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"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."


Stressed AF about finals?

Let Pooh take the wheel:

1. "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." 

2. "Think it over, think it under." 

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 

4. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." 

5. "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

6.  "Think, think, think." 

7. "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually." 

8. "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." 

9. "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." 

10. "Home is the comfiest place to be." 

11. "So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions, and get on with the book." 

12. "I must go forward to where I have never been instead of backwards where I have." 

13. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries." 

14. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." 

15. "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." 

16. "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist


Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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