Fantasy Football 2014:

Trade Tracker: Deadline deals and analysis

Steve Henson
Yahoo Sports

The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. Yahoo! Sports tracked each trade and assessed its impact on the teams involved, beginning with the Texas Rangers acquiring Bengie Molina(notes) and Cliff Lee(notes).

Logo

Texas
arrow
ACQUIRED
Evan Reed
Omar Poveda(notes)
Logo

Florida

ANALYSIS: The acquisition of Cantu blunted the loss of Justin Smoak(notes) in the Cliff Lee deal. The Rangers had hoped Chris Davis(notes) could carry the load at first base, but the addition of the veteran Cantu eases worries that first base would become an offensive liability down the stretch.
Logo

Texas
arrow
ACQUIRED
Chris Ray(notes)
Michael Main
Logo

San Francisco

ANALYSIS: Molina gave the Rangers a veteran presence behind the plate, and he quickly became familiar with each young talented arm in a staff stuffed with them. Molina was expendable by the Giants because rookie Buster Posey(notes) was ready to play every day and is a better hitter than Molina.
Logo

Texas
arrow
ACQUIRED
Justin Smoak(notes)
Blake Beavan
Josh Lueke
Matthew Lawson
Logo

Seattle

ANALYSIS: The acquisition of Lee elevated the Rangers from unlikely leader in the AL West to bona fide World Series contender. He’s nice to have in the regular season. He’s essential for the Rangers to have any chance of advancing beyond the first round of the playoffs – something they’ve never done.
Logo

Texas
arrow
ACQUIRED
Tanner Roark
Ryan Tatusko
Logo

Washington

ANALYSIS: Leaving no holes, not even for a couple weeks, the Rangers acquired Guzman to fill in for injured second baseman Ian Kinsler(notes). Down the stretch and in the playoffs, Guzman will be a super utility player who also could provide a decent bat off the bench in the late innings.
Logo

L.A. Angels
arrow
ACQUIRED
Joe Saunders(notes)
Patrick Corbin
Rafael Rodriguez(notes)
Tyler Scaggs
Logo

Arizona

ANALYSIS: Haren is under contract through 2012, so this was a sound move for the Angels even as they fall out of contention in 2010. Just two years ago, Saunders was considered one of the AL’s top up-and-coming left-handers, but he has struggled since. The Diamondbacks are counting on a rebound with a switch to the NL. Scaggs has the best long-range potential of the minor leaguers acquired by Arizona.
Logo

Kansas City
ACQUIRED
Sean O'Sullivan(notes)
Will Smith
arrow
Logo

L.A. Angels

ANALYSIS: This deal was made when the Angels still had an outside chance to catch the Rangers in the AL West. That opportunity is over, although Callaspo could develop into a decent contributor for Mike Scioscia for several years. The Royals are hoping they landed a legitimate starting pitcher in the 22-year-old O’Sullivan.
Logo

Philadelphia
arrow
ACQUIRED
J.A. Happ(notes)
Anthony Gose
Jonathan Villar
Logo

Houston

ANALYSIS: Bringing in Oswalt is a tacit admission by the Phillies that they blew it by trading Cliff Lee last offseason. If they reach the World Series for the third year in a row, it’ll be considered a bold move. If injuries and closer issues keep them out of the playoffs, it’ll be all about next year.
Logo

Minnesota
arrow
ACQUIRED
Wilson Ramos(notes)
Joe Testa
Logo

Washington

ANALYSIS: Ramos, expendable because Joe Mauer(notes) will be the Twins’ catcher for a long time, is a great get for the Nationals. He’s now their catcher of the future. Capps, an All-Star closer with the Nationals, gives the Twins a ninth-inning option besides Jon Rauch(notes), but he doesn’t fill Minnesota’s most pressing need: another dependable starter.
Logo

Chi. White Sox
arrow
ACQUIRED
Dan Hudson(notes)
David Holmberg
Logo

Arizona

ANALYSIS: The White Sox opted for the inconsistent veteran Jackson over the rookie Hudson as the starter to replace injured Jake Peavy(notes). It says something about what they really thought about Hudson, who the Diamondbacks hope will become an inexpensive fixture in their rotation for years.
Logo

Tampa Bay
arrow
ACQUIRED
TBA
Logo

Arizona

ANALYSIS: The Rays were unable to land an impact bat and settled for a flyer on a reliever who has been effective in the past but has been a fire starter this season. The loss of Grant Balfour(notes) prompted the move, and pitching coach Jim Hickey can redeem himself for his ill-fated horseplay with Balfour by getting something out of Qualls.
Logo

N.Y. Yankees
arrow
ACQUIRED
Mark Melancon(notes)
Jimmy Paredes
Logo

Houston

ANALYSIS: A perfect marriage between a disappointing team needing to dump an exorbitant salary and a contender flush with cash willing to overpay for a veteran bat. Berkman from the left side is dangerous in Yankee Stadium. Berkman from the right side belongs on the bench. The Yankees have the pieces to utilize him properly.
Logo

N.Y. Yankees
arrow
ACQUIRED
TBA
Logo

Cleveland

ANALYSIS: Kearns addresses a Yankees’ vulnerability – hitting left-handed pitchers. Curtis Granderson(notes) has been dreadful against lefties and Berkman won’t help either, so Kearns might turn out to be a valuable addition. He’s also a decent corner outfielder.
Logo

N.Y. Yankees
arrow
ACQUIRED
TBA
Logo

Cleveland

ANALYSIS: Kerry Wood(notes) once was Joba Chamberlain(notes), now he fills his role – provided he can stay healthy for three months. The Indians were overjoyed to dump Wood’s salary.
Logo

San Diego
arrow
ACQUIRED
Wynn Pelzer
Logo

Baltimore

ANALYSIS: The Padres’ turn from sellers to buyers is the most notable aspect of this acquisition. Tejada is too old to show power at Petco Park and too slow to be an infield upgrade. But he’s a respected veteran who can play shortstop or third base.
Logo

San Diego
arrow
Logo

St. Louis

ANALYSIS: This was three-team deal. Westbrook went from the Indians to the Cardinals and Ludwick from the Cardinals to the Padres. The Indians got salary relief and Double-A starter Corey Kluber. Ludwick hasn’t approached his breakout numbers of 2008 – 37 homers, 113 RBIs – but he’s an everyday outfielder with decent power, a good get for the Padres. Westbrook gives the Cardinals a sorely needed veteran starter. St. Louis also got Class-A starter Nick Greenwood from the Padres.
Logo

Los Angeles
arrow
ACQUIRED
Lucas May
Elisaul Pimentel
Logo

Kansas City

ANALYSIS: Podsednik essentially returns Juan Pierre(notes) to the Dodgers, albeit much more cheaply. He can bat at the top of the order, steal a few bases and play some left field for Manny Ramirez(notes). But it’s not a move that’s going to enable the Dodgers to eclipse the Padres and Giants.
Logo

Los Angeles
arrow
ACQUIRED
Blake DeWitt(notes)
Brett Wallach
Kyle Smit
Logo

Chicago Cubs

ANALYSIS: Theriot gives the Dodgers a sorely needed upgrade at second base and insurance at shortstop against Rafael Furcal’s(notes) frequent injuries for 2011. Lilly is a rental who likely won’t be enough for the Dodgers to win the division. DeWitt doesn’t play with the energy of Theriot, but he’s young and inexpensive. Wallach, the son of Tim Wallach, is having a sensational year in Class-A.
Logo

Pittsburgh
ACQUIRED
Chris Snyder(notes)
Pedro Ciriaco
arrow
Logo

Arizona

ANALYSIS: With Ryan Doumit(notes) out, the Pirates needed a catcher, so they acquired one without giving up anybody who matters. Snyder had fallen out of favor in Arizona, so they unloaded him while acquiring pieces that probably won’t contribute much. But if Church, Crosby or Carrasco grades out above a C, it’ll be a good deal for the D’backs.
Logo

Pittsburgh
arrow
Logo

San Francisco

ANALYSIS: Another odd Pirates’ deal with another losing team that yields little and costs even less. For San Francisco, it’s a good-riddance move.
Logo

Atlanta
arrow
Logo

Kansas City

ANALYSIS: The Braves didn’t need to make this deal but are hoping Ankiel or Farnsworth – two of the strongest arms to come along in decades – can salvage something of their ho-hum careers; Ankiel by hitting a few homers, Farnsworth by notching a few key strikeouts. Chavez, who pitched well for the Pirates in 2009, never settled in with the Braves. Blanco is a light-hitting reserve outfielder.
Logo

Baltimore
arrow
Logo

Florida

ANALYSIS: In a deal with minor impact, the Marlins picked up the veteran situational lefty Ohman and gave up on VandenHurk, a product of the Netherlands who has pitched well at Triple-A but not so well in the big leagues. He’ll get another shot with the woeful Orioles.
Logo

San Francisco
arrow
ACQUIRED
Daniel Turpen
Logo

Boston

ANALYSIS: Ramirez might bolster an already sound Giants bullpen. Then again he might be a downgrade. Turpen has a decent sinker and eventually could become a serviceable middle reliever.
Logo

Boston
arrow
ACQUIRED
Chris McGuiness
Roman Mendez
Logo

Texas

ANALYSIS: The Red Sox were frustrated at not making an impact move at the deadline, making do with the acquisition of Salty, once one of baseball’s best prospects. Boston will keep him under the radar until spring training, when he’ll compete for the catching spot. First he’ll have to show that he can throw the ball back to the pitcher.
Logo

Atlanta
arrow
ACQUIRED
TBA
Logo

Detroit

ANALYSIS: Maybe the Braves can figure out why the once highly prized Ramirez can’t hit a breaking ball.
Logo

Los Angeles
arrow
ACQUIRED
James McDonald(notes)
Andrew Lambo
Logo

Pittsburgh

ANALYSIS: Dotel shores up a wobbly Dodgers bullpen, and the Pirates get two highly regarded prospects who have lost some of their sheen. McDonald was expected to become a rotation fixture but has yet to develop; Lambo is an excellent hitter with a cannon arm who is serving a 50-game suspension for recreational drug use.
Logo

Detroit
arrow
ACQUIRED
Giovanni Soto
Logo

Cleveland

ANALYSIS: Peralta had better get to work quickly spelling the injured Brandon Inge(notes) at third base because the Tigers are nearly out of the AL Central race. Wasn’t it only an eye-blink ago that Peralta was the heir-apparent to Omar Vizquel(notes) at shortstop for Cleveland? Soto, not to be confused with Cubs catcher Geovany Soto(notes), is a Class-A pitcher.
Logo

Toronto
arrow
ACQUIRED
Alex Gonzalez(notes)
Tyler Pastornicky
Tim Collins
Logo

Atlanta

ANALYSIS: In one of the more interesting deals last month, the Braves gave up an inexpensive young shortstop with a high ceiling and a questionable motor for a moderately expensive veteran shortstop who might better weather a pennant race. It’s all about winning now in Bobby Cox’s last year.

Instantly join a new league.

League type:
Free Yahoo League
League size:
10 players
Draft time:
Aug 27 9:00 am