How the NL West moves affect the Dbacks
While the MLB Trade Deadline has come and gone, it’s effects will linger on. The big spending Los Angeles Dodgers further displayed their financial superiority. The crafty San Francisco Giants get (another) perfect fit. The talented, but directionless Colorado Rockies ‘blind sighted’ their former face of the franchise. The disappointing San Diego Padres will march on for a playoff push. Our Dbacks, they didn’t do anything at the deadline.
Los Angeles acquires:
- LHP Alex Wood, RHP Mat Latos, RHP Jim Johnson, LHP Luis Avilan, RHP Bronson Arroyo
In a move that involved 13 players as well as Atlanta and Miami, the Dodgers showed the rest of us that they’re just playing a game. Los Angeles needed not one but two quality starters (Wood, Latos), as well as some righty (Johnson) and lefty (Avilan) bullpen help. They were committed to doing so and took on some expensive contracts (Arroyo, Morse).
San Francisco acquires:
- RHP Mike Leake
Johnny Cueto was all the rage and after Kansas City nabbed him, some big game hunters gravitated towards Price and Kazmir. San Francisco, never one to seek the headlines in July, but in October, grabbed Cincinnati’s ‘other’ starter. The California man returns to the West Coast and could join the list of San Francisco’s never-ending Trade Deadline steals.
San Diego acquires:
- LHP Marc Rzepczynski
All eyes were on San Diego. It hasn’t been the season they had expected. Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Justin Upton and Craig Kimbrel were all subjects of trade talk, with the latter two gaining the most traction. After an improbable comeback against the Mets on Thursday, the Padres decided to keep the hand they dealt themselves and continue their playoff push.
- SS Jose Reyes, RHP’s Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco
- SS Troy Tulowitzki, RHP LaTroy Hawkins
Mired in the cellar, Colorado had to something to clear their skies. With Nolan Arenado ready to become the face of their franchise, the Rockies decided to stock up on pitching. The trio of high upside youngsters came at the price of one Troy Tulowitzki, who felt ‘blind sighted’ by the trade. Reyes is Tulo’s instant replacement at shortstop. The Rockies also dealt former closer, LaTroy Hawkins in the deal.
One has to believe that the Dodgers and Giants will only be a more stiff opponent for the Dbacks with their recent additions. Meanwhile, instead of the Padres selling off their players, the Padres will continue to battle the Dbacks for 3rd place in the NL West. With Tulowitzki in the same confines of the American League, Arizona won’t have to face him as many times as before. Always a plus.
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