1. San Diego Padres
In: OF JUAN SOTOOOOO, 1B Josh Bell, LHP Josh Hader, UTIL Brandon Drury, C Cam Gallagher, LHP Jay Groome.
Out: 1B Eric Hosmer, 1B Luke Voit, SS C.J. Abrams, OF Robert Hassell III, LHP MacKenzie Gore, LHP Taylor Rogers, RHP Dinelson Lamet, OF James Wood, SS Victor Acosta, RHP Jarlin Susana, LHP Robert Gasser, OF Brent Rooker, OF Esteury Ruiz, 2B Max Ferguson, OF Corey Rosier.
Juan Soto is unarguably the BIGGEST trade piece of the 21st century for any sport. The Childish Bambino is just 23 years old, and he is already the best hitter in the entire league. Soto will be the biggest superstar in baseball for many, many years to come and the Padres have locked him down for at least 2.5 years. This is undoubtedly the biggest trade of the season, and the Padres should get all their players and their grandmothers steak dinners because they just pulled the heist of the decade.
As if Juan Soto wasn’t enough, the Padres also received the two best Joshes to ever walk this Earth in Josh Hader and Josh Bell. Hader is one of the best relievers in the game, with a career ERA+ of 173 (meaning that he is 1.73 times better than the average pitcher) and 4 all-star appearances. He has already gotten his first win as a Padre in his very first appearance for them. The other Josh is no less, with a batting average of .301 and an OPS of .877 this year. He is quite an upgrade on their previous first baseman who, by the way, almost canceled the trade of the century because he didn’t like the capital of the United States of America.
Long story short, the Padres are unbelievably awesome and they are going to win. A lot.
2. New York Yankees
In: RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Lou Trivino, OF Andrew Benintendi, RHP Scott Effross, RHP Clayton Beeter, OF Harrison Bader, PTBNL or cash
Out: LHP Jordan Montgomery, OF Joey Gallo, LHP T.J. Sikkema, RHP Beck Way, RHP Chandler Champlain, RHP Hayden Wesneski, LHP JP Sears, LHP Ken Waldichuk, RHP Luis Medina, INF Cooper Bowman
The Yankees have ticked every box they had before the opening of the trade market, including dispensing Joey Gallo. Their biggest acquisitions were Frankie Montas and Andrew Benintendi: not the biggest superstars but the perfect pieces for the Yankees’ needs.
Montas has an ERA of 3.18 and a WHIP of 1.137 this year. He is the perfect No.2 starter to follow up the magic of Gerrit Cole, and the Yankees couldn’t have found anyone better (well, except Luis Castillo). Andrew Benintendi is too talented to waste his prime years with a non-conteder in Kansas City, and I am glad he’s going to a big-market team, even if it is the Yankees. Benny has been hitting for an average of .308 and an OPS of .765 this season. That’s…pretty darn good.
I hate to say it, but the Yankees are winning the AL East this year, and there’s absolutely nothing you or I can do about it.
3. Houston Astros
In: C Christian Vázquez, 1B Trey Mancini, LHP Will Smith, RHP Jayden Murray
Out: RHP Jake Odorizzi, OF Jose Siri, INF Enmanuel Valdez, OF Wilyer Abreu, RHP Chayce McDermott
The Astros have made some extremely smart moves, and will probably prove to be the AL’s only hope in beating the Yankees.
Christian Vasquez has a batting average of .282 and an OPS of .759 this year. And he used to play for the Red Sox. And they traded him. And I’ll never forgive them for that. On a personal note, Vasquez was the only player who I’ve seen hit a homerun live in the stadium for the Red Sox. That moment, and many more, will always remain close to my heart and I am so grateful to him for them.
Trey Mancini is an absolute legend, both as a player and a human being. He is such a moving presence in the clubhouse that the Baltimore players are literally rallying against the team for trading him. Mancini is a career .270 hitter with an OPS of .797. He is also extremely versatile as a fielder, playing both infield and outfield. He will be a pivotal addition to the Astros lineup.
They have also received bolstering for their bullpen in legendary relief pitcher Will Smith and up-and-coming pitching prospect Jayden Murray.
Basically what I’m trying to say is: Astros, please don’t let the Yankees go to the World Series. You’re the only ones who can do it. I’m begging you.